Episodes – Witch, Please

Episodes – Witch, Please Podcast

A fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world by two lady scholars

S3E3: Witch, Please Goes Rogue on Prequels
WE ARE GETTING ROGUER EVERY EPISODE TBQH So this one’s on time, but witches? It is pretty. silly. We sat down, in the same room, with our favourite guy-with-a-film-degree, and we talked about the fan-made prequel film Voldemort: Origins of the Heir. If you don’t mind spoilers, this Telegraph review will set the tone for the episode. This episode … Continue reading S3E3: Witch, Please Goes Rogue on Prequels...

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S3E2: Witch, Please and the Rogue History Lesson
OH MY GOLLY WE ARE SO ROGUE IT IS RUUUUDE. But we are ever grateful for your patience and love, dear listeners! This episode comes to you after much travel and celebration and exhaustion and desperately-needed rest on the part of your hosts. It means the world to us that you’re so chill about the … Continue reading S3E2: Witch, Please and the Rogue History Lesson...

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S3E1: Witch, Please Gone Rogue!
OKAY IT IS NOT JUNE ANYMORE SO THIS IS LATE but we’re back with a brand new episode for this, the final season of Witch, Please: WITCH, PLEASE GONE ROGUE! We’re coming to you straight from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, except that we didn’t want to bring our recorder into the park and then … Continue reading S3E1: Witch, Please Gone Rogue!...

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S2E8: Witch, Please and the Magic of Inter-Continental Technology
Well, witches, it’s that time of year again for the first time (technically the second time): time to say “later witches” and actually mean “see you in a few months.” This is our first ever (intentional) Season Finale, but don’t desair! We’ll be back again next summer BIGGER, BOLDER, and SEXIER THAN EVER! You’re gonna … Continue reading S2E8: Witch, Please and the Magic of Inter-Continental Technology...

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S2E7: Witch, Please and Some Other Novel
Episode CW: discussion of intimate partner abuse To record this episode, Hannah and Marcelle sat in a bed together for two hours with a singularly chill-less cat and had wildly divergent opinions about a book, sort of at one another, while the cat purred way too loudly. Does that make it sound fun? TRUST US IT … Continue reading S2E7: Witch, Please and Some Other Novel...

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S2E6: Witch, Please and the Symphonic Discourse
Good evening witches and magicians and wizards of all ages! Welcome to this evening’s musical performance of Witch, Please! This fornight has Marcelle “in the field” interviewing Konstantine Kurelias and Amanda Brace, two staff members of the Winspear Centre, about the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s enchanting production of The Music of Harry Potter! As a special … Continue reading S2E6: Witch, Please and the Symphonic Discourse...

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Special Bonus Episode: Secret Feminist Agenda 1.7
Hey witches! We’re popping into your feed on a Friday to drop the newest episode of Hannah’s new podcast, Secret Feminist Agenda! We thought this conversation about witchcraft and embracing your inner Hagrid would be particularly up your alley. Enjoy! This week I’m joined by authors/witches extraordinaire Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman to talk about their … Continue reading Special Bonus Episode: Secret Feminist Agenda 1.7...

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S2E5: Witch, Please and the Fan-Made Musical
By popular demand, we sat down and watched A Very Potter Musical and boy did we have some thoughts. Some… thoughts. ANYWAY, if you still like us after this episode and you’d like to chip in to send us to Orlando, you can do that here. If you like the sound of boring self care, check out … Continue reading S2E5: Witch, Please and the Fan-Made Musical...

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S2E4: Witch, Please and the Stunning Studio Tour
Queue neatly and check your ticket, because we’re heading back to England for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour with special on-location guest Rachelle Saunders (of Episode Sigma fame). Check out the photos Hannah took on the tour! Don’t forget to listen all the way to the end for our latest #trywitches tournament challenge and the answer to … Continue reading S2E4: Witch, Please and the Stunning Studio Tour...

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S2E3: Witch, Please and the Rise of White Nationalism
Howdy partners! Grab yer ten galleon hats and join us as we impose our critical feminism on Calgary, Alberta during the Stamp—er………. that is the Comics and Entertainment Expo that took place this past April. Marcelle hosted a one-witch panel wherein she discussed the rise of fascism in the Harry Potter series. You’ll notice references to … Continue reading S2E3: Witch, Please and the Rise of White Nationalism...

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S2E2: Witch, Please and the Phenomenal Foggos
Well hello again, witches! Thanks for tuning in for this week’s mega super long but mega super lovely episode featuring the Foggo Family. An under-slept Marcelle joins the Foggos as they discuss what the Harry Potter series and the podcast Witch, Please mean to them as a family and as fans. ***** OH AND MEGA SUPER APOLOGIES FOR THE AUDIO SHENANIGANS IN … Continue reading S2E2: Witch, Please and the Phenomenal Foggos...

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S2E1: Witch, Please and the Curse of Live Theatre
Welcome back, witches! We sure have missed you, and we’re excited to get started on Season 2 (new numbering system TBA). The focus of this season will be the Harry Potter fandom, and Hannah kicked things off by attending Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London with HP megafan, author, and journalist Anna James. Join us for … Continue reading S2E1: Witch, Please and the Curse of Live Theatre...

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Witch, Please and the THIS IS JUST AN ANNOUNCEMENT DON’T GET TOO EXCITED
Hey witches! We’re dropping back into your feed momentarily to let you know about three upcoming events! On Sunday, April 23, at 1pm UPDATE: 3:30PM, Hannah and previous guest Rachelle Saunders will be hosting a meet-up at the Parcel Yard in King’s Cross. Come hang out! On Sunday, April 30, at 1:30pm, Marcelle (and the robot … Continue reading Witch, Please and the THIS IS JUST AN ANNOUNCEMENT DON’T GET TOO EXCITED...

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Harry Potter and the Sexy Reboot
Hold onto your hard drives, witches, because we have an announcement for you! We’ve been thinking over the past months about ways to make Witch, Please sustainable. After two years of fortnightly episodes, we’re worried about fizzling out over the next year. We don’t want to fizzle out, dear witches, because hanging out with you is too … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Sexy Reboot...

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Episode 18B: #FantasticAsks, Or, That’s Real Fucked Up
HAPPY 2017, WITCHES! We don’t believe in resolutions because they are a neoliberal conceit intended to keep you politically docile by convincing you that your very being is a perfectable project. But we do believe in trying to educate yourself every damn day, and in that spirit, this minisode is accompanied by some recommended readings. Enjoy! Content Warning … Continue reading Episode 18B: #FantasticAsks, Or, That’s Real Fucked Up...

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Episode 18: Roaring Anachronisms and Where to Find Them
Greetings from the Roaring Twenties, witches! In this excitingly lengthy new beast of an episode, Marcelle and Hannah are joined by your favourite Guy with a Film Degree: Neale Barnholden! Your hilarious hosts FINALLY talk about that new venture into the Wizarding World by money machines JK Rowling and Warner Brothers: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! Get … Continue reading Episode 18: Roaring Anachronisms and Where to Find Them...

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Episode Sigma: Harry Potter and the Brand of Loyalty
Welcome back, witches! We are gearing up to tackle Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! In this fantastic minisode, Marcelle sits down with Harry Potter marketing wiz and wandmaker-in-training  Rachelle Saunders (of Science for the People fame) to talk about branding and Harry Potter. So grab your House Scarf and an official Witch, Please mug of hot cocoa and … Continue reading Episode Sigma: Harry Potter and the Brand of Loyalty...

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Episode Rho: Live and Professional at Tufts University
Howdy, witches! This extended universe not-so-mini minisode comes to you hot off the mics in America! Hannah and Marcelle (and Trevor!) (and the hippogriff baby, too!!) had the pleasure of visiting Tufts University to deliver a workshop on podcasting and to speak on a panel with Tufts Experimental College Professor Lydia XZ Brown about disability, race, … Continue reading Episode Rho: Live and Professional at Tufts University...

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Episode 18.5: Fabulous Trailers and Their Locations
Welcome to the future, witches! In this episode, Marcelle and Neale tackle the trailers for the first (of FIVE?!?!) movie in the Fabulous Beasts and Their Locations Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film franchise. We honestly cannot believe we are going to do this five more times, but for sure by the second or third movie … Continue reading Episode 18.5: Fabulous Trailers and Their Locations...

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Episode Omicron: Witch, Please; Live & CURSÈD
This arbitrarily-categorized Extended Universe Episode saw one of your brave hosts venture out of her cozy living room and into stormy Vancouver in search of a real live theatrical BUT TOTALLY COMMUNITY-DRIVEN AND FREE SO IN NO WAY LEGALLY LIABLE reading of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Thanks to Laura Fukumoto, Nicole Yukiko, and everyone who took … Continue reading Episode Omicron: Witch, Please; Live & CURSÈD...

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Episode 15.5.5: Teasers and Trailers and Spoilers, Oh My!
Gather ’round, witches! We’re back with another minisode! This week, Marcelle asks resident Guy With A Film Degree Neale Barnholden all about trailers and somewhat ironically they talk for an hour! PSA: we had a LOT of unexpected technical difficulties before, during, and after recording, so please think of this episode as a rather rough … Continue reading Episode 15.5.5: Teasers and Trailers and Spoilers, Oh My!...

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Episode 15.5: Harry Potter and the Dubious Kerning
Pull out your rulers, witches, and start measuring your margins, because this episode we’re getting into the nitty and the gritty of book design. Hannah is joined by book designer (and brand new colleague at her brand new job!) Mauve Pagé in a discussion of three different editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. We talk about kerning! We … Continue reading Episode 15.5: Harry Potter and the Dubious Kerning...

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Episode 15B: Curiouser and Curiouser
Welcome back, witches! Today's episode wraps up our discussion of the second half of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and after this we'll never speak of it again—at least, not until the next edition of play script gets published with all that sweet, sweet paratext you know we crave........ Seriously, though, we're stoked for the re-issuing of the post-production script with, like, photos and shit. But for now we make do with the incomprehensible stage directions and many, many title pages. Enjoy!...

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Episode 15A: Witch, Please and the Curious Child Part 1
Grab your contraband Time Turners, witches, because we’re zipping back in time to episode 15A: the first half of our discussion of the play script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Speaking of time, in this episode Hannah and Marcelle dive into recording from two different timezones! The results are PRETTY GOOD! Dramatic reading background music … Continue reading Episode 15A: Witch, Please and the Curious Child Part 1...

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Episode 16.5.5: Jeremy Mason and the Cursed Child
Grab your opera glasses, witches, because this week Hannah is joined by actor, director, and playwright Jeremy Mason for a discussion about the pleasures of reading plays, and why Rowling might have turned to the theatre for her newest addition to the Harry Potter canon. Don’t forget to take notes, because we’ll be asking you for your … Continue reading Episode 16.5.5: Jeremy Mason and the Cursed Child...

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Episode 16.5: British Technocratic Wet Dreams
Are you prepared for a rambling, margarita-fuelled discussion of pamphlets, propaganda, British fascism, lightning bolts, and how to browbeat your beloved hosts into getting your very own episode? No? Then you should probably skip this one. But if you actually love all those things, plus gratuitous lightning sound effects*, then this minisode is for you! Download this … Continue reading Episode 16.5: British Technocratic Wet Dreams...

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Episode 16: Witch, Please: New and Improved
Welcome to our brand new podcast, The Harry Potter Hour, Starring Feminism! It’s a lot like our old podcast Witch, Please except, uh, Newer and Different! This truly is the last episode of classic Witch, Please, though. After this it’s all paratexts, minisodes, and shenanigans! No more rules, no more social decorum, no more consistency. … Continue reading Episode 16: Witch, Please: New and Improved...

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Episode 14: The Ghost of Podcast Past
But we’re not dead yet! cry your coven mistresses as we claw our way back into your podcast apps. That’s right, witches! We still have two more official (and, like, scores more unofficial) episodes for you! Tonight we’re joined by real life guy with a film degree, Neale Barnholden, for the ultimate—no, no then penultimate—wait no! the antepenultimate—WHATEVER, FOR … Continue reading Episode 14: The Ghost of Podcast Past...

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Episode Xi: Project Firenze
With Marcelle a million miles* away, we’re presenting to you a live event organized by Edmonton Potterwatch. “Project Firenze: Minority Representation in Fantasy Literature” was the organization’s first-ever live panel on that topic, focusing this time on the Magic in North America stories and the representation/appropriation of Indigenous cultures. We were joined by Lucinda Rasmussen and Roxanne … Continue reading Episode Xi: Project Firenze...

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Episode 13C: Hallows and Goodbyes
Well, this is it, witches. Buckle in for an extra long episode, because this is the LAST (third) part of our discussion of the LAST (seventh) book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and we have a lot of ground to cover and old friends to mourn. But don’t you worry. Even though we make about … Continue reading Episode 13C: Hallows and Goodbyes...

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Episode 13B: Deathly Famous
Howdy witches! Marcelle edited tonight’s episode in a flurry of packing so please forgive the dearth of whimsical sound effects! We hope that even without an obscene number of honks and hoots you’ll enjoy this second instalment of our discussion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. But, to be honest, we’re so internet famous now that … Continue reading Episode 13B: Deathly Famous...

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Episode Nu: Politically Joyful at the Calgary Expo
Howdy, witches! While Hannah was off feministing her heart out in Ontario, Marcelle and Trevor and Neale recorded a live episode at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo! A word of warning: the sound quality is lousy but there are some cute hippogriff baby coos AND the attendees were RADIANT! Also there’s a slide show to … Continue reading Episode Nu: Politically Joyful at the Calgary Expo...

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Episode 13A: Hedwig’s Last Flight
Tonight, witches, we bid farewell to a friend and confidante. As the Harry Potter series draws to an end Hannah and Marcelle get selectively weepy because compassion fatigue is real and, like, everybody dies in this book. So pour yourself a stiff drink and, while you’re at it, pour one out for Hedwig that she … Continue reading Episode 13A: Hedwig’s Last Flight...

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Episode 12.5: Montages Through the Ages
Pull out your scissors and glue sticks, witches, because today we’re bringing you a very special montage-filled minisode. As part of our public lecture, “Witch, Please: Feminist Fandom, Public Pedagogy, and Podcasting,” delivered at the University of Calgary, Marcelle prepared two audio montages of our book and movie episodes. They’re pretty charming, and you should … Continue reading Episode 12.5: Montages Through the Ages...

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Episode N: Witch, Please! Live and Scholarly at the U of C
Settle down students because class is about to begin! Cheer for your U of A Champions Hannah and Marcelle as they swoop into the University of Calgary’s English Department on their shiny new Red Arrow broomsticks. It’s kind of like the Triwizard Tournament, except it’s like really safe for all involved. Graciously invited by Dr. Derritt Mason … Continue reading Episode N: Witch, Please! Live and Scholarly at the U of C...

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Episode M: The Technicolor Dream Snape
Get your adult colouring books ready, witches! In tonight's minisode Hannah and Marcelle descend the rabbit hole of adult colouring books, producing a relatively unedited stream-of-consciousness discussion about books, libraries, censorship, Nazism(?!), racism in general, and how good Snape would look in jewel tones....

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Episode 12: Harry Potter and the Teen Sex Romparoo
Get ready for a sexy romp with our favourite witches and wizards in this week’s critical analysis of the sexy film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince. If you haven’t seen the sexy trailer, check it out here as it features sexily in our sexy critique. And if that isn’t sexy enough, break out your … Continue reading Episode 12: Harry Potter and the Teen Sex Romparoo...

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Episode 11B: The Half-coy Stint
This outrageously tardy episode marks our FIRST birthday as a podcast, which means it’s also our first anniversary with YOU! We’ve come a long way these last twelve months and our coven has reached farther than we ever dreamed. We even got a fancy-pants makeover to celebrate! Above all, YOU are all the very best, and, to … Continue reading Episode 11B: The Half-coy Stint...

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Episode Λ (lambda): Live and Surprised at Nerd Nite YEG
Hey witches! Our discussion of Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince is on hold for a fortnight as we bring you our adventures at Nerd Nite Edmonton! We drank a bunch of wine and got up on a stage to talk about literary criticism, feminist criticism, and fan theories. It was the best. Enjoy! UPDATE: If … Continue reading Episode Λ (lambda): Live and Surprised at Nerd Nite YEG...

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Episode 11A: The Full-blood Patriarchy
Hey Witches! It’s late and there’s a hippogriff baby in need of attention, so let’s get right to it: here for your listening pleasure is the first half of our discussion of Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince (see what I did there?). Enjoy! Download Episode...

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Episode K: A Very Witch, Please Holiday Special
Ho Ho Ho, Witches! We're back in the expanded universe of the podcast and we wrote some songs just for you, dear listeners. Get ready to cackle at fraternity, get a lil' tipsy on vegan egg nog, and bravely sing along at the top of your lungs. Sending you hugs, kisses, and shitty jingly bell sound effects, Happy Holidays from Marcelle, Hannah, Neale, & Trevor....

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Episode 10.5.5 Quidditch IRL
Join us for another mat leave minisode as we travel back in time to learn about Quidditch IRL! This recording comes from the 2015 Edmonton Comics and Entertainment Expo and features the vocal talents of the Edmonton Aurors Quidditch team....

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Episode 10.5: Gadding with Guys (with film degrees)
This week, as Marcelle and our erstwhile tech support selfishly abandon us to care for a newborn, Hannah and genuine guy-with-a-film degree Neale Barnholden go on magical tour of cinematic and material history, featuring dragons! It’s a Q&A minisode, minus the mini. Buckle in, dear listeners, because things are going to get shouty. Download Episode...

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Episode 10: One Member Short of an Order
In tonight's episode Hannah and Marcelle tackle the fifth movie without any actual film expertise from our favourite Actual-Guy-with-a-Film-Degree, Neale. But fear not, covenmates, Neale will be back. And on the topic of absenteeism, this might be Marcelle's last episode for a little while because she's gonna have a baby or something. Possibly tonight! Who knows! The important thing is that you can rely on Hannah to keep things going and something or other about when things get dark look to the light....

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Episode 9.5: Witch, Please; Live & Unruly
Nothing gets your magical blood pumping quite like a room full of Harry Potter fans ready to talk about feminism! Witches, we are just over the moon on a Firebolt to bring you our first ever live episode, recorded at the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo....

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Episode 9B: The Tears of Age
You know what, witches? Growing up is hard. In tonight’s episode your hosts Hannah and Marcelle relive their teenage years and cry a bunch. Get your hankies and enjoy! Download Episode...

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Episode 9: The Cleansing Fire
Is it getting hot in here or is it just that cleansing fire? Either way, we are thrilled to bring you the long-awaited first half of our discussion of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Download Episode...

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Episode 8.5: Encounters with Trolls
Gird your loins, witches, because it’s time for ANOTHER #witchpleasetellme minisode. Thrill to the sounds of Hannah bravely confronting Trevor, the erstwhile robot troll of our hearts. Will she defeat this perilous foe? Only time will tell! (Spoiler: no.) Don’t fret if your question wasn’t selected. Now that the episode is recorded, we’ll re-post your queries on Twitter so that … Continue reading Episode 8.5: Encounters with Trolls...

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Episode Theta: Gamers At The Gate
Game on, witches....

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Episode 8: The Winner of the Raspberry Cup
Howdy, witches! We recorded this episode in Marcelle’s rasberry-filled yard, all the while stuffing our faces with these spectacularly tart backyard berries. If only we realized at the time how entirely à propos our snack choice was! Can you find all the “raspberries” in tonight’s episode? Listen and find out. Download Episode...

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Episode 7.5: A Draught of Veritaserum
Tonight we present to you... our second minisode! While Hannah rubs elbows in Montreal, Marcelle answers your questions with the help of our erstwhile tech support and the robot of our hearts, Trevor....

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Episode 7B: The Goblet is Political
We are thrilled to bring you our second episode on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Guest host Andrea Hasenbank helps us wrap our heads around the issue of labour (domestic, craft, and pre-industrial) in the wizarding world....

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Episode 7A: The Tri-and-fail-to-fit-everything-into-an-hour Tournament
Here we are, witches, with the first of TWO too long episodes about Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire! SPOILERS ABOUND, so proceed with caution. It's an 85-minute discussion about displacing racial violence onto "grievable subjects," precarity, sexual violence, Game of Thrones, and more....

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Episode 6.5: Ridiculous Digressions and Where to Find Them
Our first ever, surprisingly long minisode. Sylvie and Rebecca join Hannah for some unusual segments and old-timey foley work....

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Episode 6: Neale Barnholden and the Final Cut
This episode was a real adventure–not just the editing, but the recording process, too. An extra long wait for an extra long episode: it makes sense, if you think about it! We are excited to present to you Witch, Please Episode 6: Neale Barnholden and the Final Cut, which would make a pretty decent band name IMHO. … Continue reading Episode 6: Neale Barnholden and the Final Cut...

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Episode 5B: Escape From Time Constraints
Oh hi there! You’re still waiting for the second half of Episode 5, huh? Well you’re in luck! Episode 5B is ready for your listening pleasure. xo Download Episode...

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Episode 5A: Prisoner of Time Restraints
Part one of two! (no time for whimsy) Download Episode...

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Episode 4: The Chamber of Whiteness
Book lovers, we’re back from our week-long hiatus. It’s been too long. Without further ado (but with so very Much Ado), we present to you Episode Four! Bisoux Download Episode...

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Episode 3: The Chamber of Spoilers
Get ready to level up, Second Years! Download Episode It’s time we stop pretending there won’t be spoilers in this podcast. We’ll do our best to give you ample warning when a spoiler is coming, and we won’t discuss the spoilers at length, so hopefully our listeners reading along with us don’t have the magic ruined for … Continue reading Episode 3: The Chamber of Spoilers...

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Episode 2: The Sophomore’s Stone
We are excited to bring you the second episode! Download Episode PS: It’s a Monday, and we’re going to keep releasing on Mondays. If you prefer to listen to Witch, Please on Fridays, you are responsible for securing your own time turner....

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Episode 1: Sorting Ceremony
Feast your magic-loving ears on THIS: Download Episode...

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