Witch, Please

Witch, Please Podcast

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

Animals
Snuggle up to your familiars, Witches, because today's episode is all about animals (and critical animal studies!). What distinguishes the "animal" from the "human" and why did Western society come to arrive at that distinction? How does separating humans from their fellow animals work to enforce destructive social, political, and ecological power dynamics? What do we make of the way magical and non-magical creatures (and the humans who care for them, commune with them, or use them) are portrayed throughout...

Orientalism
In this episode, we unravel the many layers of Orientalist tropes that permeate the Harry Potter world. How do some not-so-subtle visual and narrative cues--turbans, hooked noses, and mysterious powers from the "East" tell readers who to fear, dislike, and distrust in these books? How can we heighten our awareness of tropes like these and call out these negative portrayals when we see them?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

The Chosen One
It’s FINALLY HERE! In honor of Hogwarts day, September 1st, we present to you the first day of class you’ve always dreamed of from your two favourite lady scholars: Witch, Please | Ep. 1, The Chosen One. Our first episode goes back to the very beginning–to the concept of origin stories themselves–to explore how and why Harry Potter fits into a long tradition of “chosen one” narratives. Harry, we learn, is a very special boy in all the ways English literature tells us special boys ought to be. Harry is a her...


Announcing the Witch, Please Reboot!
BIG NEWS, WITCHES! Through a brand new partnership with Not Sorry Productions (the brilliant team behind Harry Potter and the Sacred Text), we’re coming back! New and better than ever, which is to say, produced by somebody else and not actively losing money. W O W.Speaking of not losing money, if you’d like to support this reboot, check out our new Patreon! Rewards include unedited audio from the first season, bonus interviews, Q&As, and movie watch-alongs!Enjoy our extremely goofy teaser/reboot announcemen...

S3E3: Witch, Please Goes Rogue on Prequels
WE ARE GETTING ROGUER EVERY EPISODE TBQHSo 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 contains fewer sound effects than usual because it was too hard to fit them in between all the laughter. It also contains an above average amount of us being delighte...

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 lag since S03E01. (Also, time is just a social construct so, like, what even is a fortnight?)This episode contains the audio recoding from Marcelle’s keynote lecture at the 86th Annual ABQLA Conference. (Librarians ...


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 we were too tired to record a proper episode that night and then we got really busy for a couple of months but LISTEN. It’s a great episode. Just trust us, okay?Mega extra special thanks to Julie Frances for being ...

S2E8: Witch, Please and the Magic of Inter-Continental Technology
image credit: Melbourne Writers FestivalWell, 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 love it. So, until then… later witches xoxo.http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/S02E08_WitchPleaseAndTheMelbourneWritersFestival.mp3Down...

S2E7: Witch, Please and Some Other Novel
Image of courtesy of BuzzfeedEpisode CW: discussion of intimate partner abuseTo 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 IS. If nothing else, we can promise the horniest episode we’ve ever delivered, as we sit down to talk about Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On and hash out the differences between fa...


S2E6: Witch, Please and the Symphonic Discourse
photo credit: @wildflowersyegGood 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 treat, you’ll also hear Marcelle debrief the performance with longtime friend and basically brother Stephen Tchir—a Mas...

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 forthcoming book Basic Witches (preorder it here!). If you’re in the New York area, you can head to the launch at The Astoria Bookshop on August 29th! If y...

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 Hannah Daisy and maybe buy some of her stuff.Don’t forget to listen all the way to the end for our latest #trywitches tournament challenge and the answer to this episode’s #witchpleasetellme question!http://ohwitchplease.ca/w...


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 this episode’s #witchpleasetellme question!http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Witch-Please-and-the-Stunning-Studio-Tour.mp3Download this not-entirely-immersive...

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 slides during the talk; you can view or download them from the links below 🙂In keeping with our shiny new format, Hannah and Marcelle cap off the episode with fanfare, sho...

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 THIS EPISODE. IT IS 50% TOO LITTLE SLEEP 50% I FORGET HOW TO PODCAST *****In keeping with our seasonal format, Hannah and Marcelle play catchup before the mai...


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 a conversation about the liveness of theatre, three-piece suits, and harpsichords!After Marcelle and Hannah are done catching up, this episode gets pretty danged spoilery, so here’s a...

Witch, Please and the THIS IS JUST AN ANNOUNCEMENT DON’T GET TOO EXCITED
Image from page 375 of “The Haverfordian, Vols. 26-27, 1904-05” (1905) 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 of our hearts!) will be giving a talk at the Calgary Expo on “Harry Potter and Social Justice” in room Palomino FG...

Harry Potter and the Sexy Reboot
Image courtesy of Huffington Post 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 much fun. And so we have arrived at: A PLAN. Proudly announcing: Witch, Please 2.0, this time with seasons, and maybe an even more incompreh...


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 for this episode: discussion of racialized violence and murder.Fantastic Beasts is Not So Fantastic With DiversityTilda Swinton’s Email To Margaret Cho ...

Episode 18: Roaring Anachronisms and Where to Find Them
Image source: Miss Nobody on tumblrGreetings 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 cozy, because this episode is fantastically long!http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/WitchPlease-2...

Episode Sigma: Harry Potter and the Brand of Loyalty
Image credit: Ashley Hostetter “The Charming Classroom”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 cozy up for this magical exploration of marketing in the Potterverse!http://ohwitchplease.ca...


Episode Rho: Live and Professional at Tufts University
Photo credit: Max Lalanne / The Tufts DailyHowdy, 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, and queerness in the Harry Potter series. It was awesome!If you’d like to learn more about Lydia and their work (...

Episode 18.5: Fabulous Trailers and Their Locations
Image source: Fantastic Beasts “Final Trailer”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 release we’ll live in the same city as Hannah again so these minisodes will be even more hilarious!HEY! Speaking of being in the same c...

Episode Omicron: Witch, Please; Live & CURSÈD
Image from page 988 of “Popular electricity magazine in plain English” (1912) (Internet Archive Book Image)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 part in this magical event, for letting me record ...


Episode 15.5.5: Teasers and Trailers and Spoilers, Oh My!
Image: filmratings.comGather ’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 cut.http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/WitchPlease-20161010-TeasersTrailersAndSpoilersOhMy.mp3Download this re-cut minisode  See acast...

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 talk about x-height! We talk about widows! And as all those exclamation marks indicate, you should be excited!P.S. Things get visual in this one, so you might...

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!Credits:Dramat...


Episode 15A: Witch, Please and the Curious Child Part 1
Image: Tasha Chawner, flickrGrab 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 by Bensound.http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/WitchPlease160829CuriousChild-Hawtfix.mp3Download this Curious Episode...

Episode 16.5.5: Jeremy Mason and the Cursed Child
Source: Flickr, The CommonsGrab 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 questions about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the coming weeks.http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/WitchPlease-20160815-E1655J...

Episode 16.5: British Technocratic Wet Dreams
Image source: Deviant ArtAre 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!http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/WitchPlease-20160801-E165BritishTechnocraticWetDreams.mp3Download this Ministry-...


Episode 16: Witch, Please: New and Improved
Image source: TumblrWelcome 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. If the episode seems a little early, that’s because the Internet screwed up and we didn’t know how to fix it we wanted to give you a special present befor...

Episode 14: The Ghost of Podcast Past
photo credit: slgckgc on flickrBut 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 ANOTHER EPISODE! Turn on all your lights and settle in with a companion species for a spooky episode from the podca...

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 Harde from the University of Alberta, and moderators Emily Hoven and Nina Legesse, to talk about YA, North Ameri...


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 a hundred jokes about it, we’ll be back with more moviesodes and minisodes before the summer is through!{TW for sexual assault, rape culture}http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/WitchPlease-20160530-E13C...

Episode 13B: Deathly Famous
Image Credit: Eric/Kimber on FlickrHowdy 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 we might just start making weird avant-garde artsy episodes to fuck with you. Probably not. But we could!{TW: episode contains use of the ...

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 accompany our panel below if you like visuals.Download this wild slideshowhttp://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/WitchPlease-20160502-EN_PoliticallyJoyfulCalgary.mp3Download t...


Episode 13A: Hedwig’s Last Flight
Photo credit: Peter Trimming, FlickrTonight, 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 may soar again in our dreams.{TW: episode contains use of the song “Taps” and references to death}http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/WitchPlease-2016...

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 probably listen to them and share them with everyone you know. If you’d like to see a little more of our public lecture, you can check out the ...

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 and his Children’s Literature class, Marcelle and Hannah have a topical back-and-forth before opening up the floor to questions that will challenge their wits and long ...


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.Aaaaaaand! if you live in the Calgary area we hope you’ll come to our public talk at the University of Calgary on Thursday March 17th. Details about the event can be found here! We look forward ...

Episode 12: Harry Potter and the Teen Sex Romparoo
Image Source: Martin Fisch on FlickrGet 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 Malcoy flirting fans because beloved guy-with-a-sexy-film-degree Neale Barnholden returns to explain all the sexy technical terms necessary to understand this sex...

Episode 11B: The Half-coy Stint
Image from tiffany terry on flickrThis 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 show our appreciation, we bring you our silliest and smartest episode yet!Get your chips ready as we continue our analysis of Harry Potter and the Half-blo...


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 you’d like to follow along with the slides, here they are!http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/WitchPlease-20160125-EΛ_LiveAndSurprised.mp3Download Episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and ...

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!http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Witch-Please-Episode-11A_The-Full-blood-Patriarchy.mp3Download Episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Episode K: A Very Witch, Please Holiday Special
Ho Ho Ho, Witches! We’re back in the expanded universe of the podcast with Episode Kappa in which we cackle at fraternity, get a lil’ tipsy on vegan egg nog, and VERY bravely sing some songs. We wrote the songs just for you, dear listeners, so scroll down to find the lyrics and sing along!Word of caution: if this is your first time tuning in to Witch, Please, this episode is probably not the best introduction to the podcast itself (though it is most definitely the best intro to your podcast hosts and regula...


Episode 10.5.5 Quidditch IRL
Ahoy witches! 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. We hope you enjoy!http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/WitchPlease-20151130-E1055QuidditchIRL.mp3Download Episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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.http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/WitchPlease-20151117-E105GaddingWithGuys.mp3Download Episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Episode 10: One Member Short of an Order
Tonight is a magical night for citizens in the North Land called Canada. In addition to a Federal Election with a potentially record-breaking voter turnout, there’s also some kind of sports event starring some carnivorous birds that people are taking pretty seriously. Also, the latest episode of Witch, Please!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. ...


Episode 9.5: Witch, Please; Live & Unruly
**Just a wee correction to keep this episode in line with our outrageously complicated numbering system! The real number 10 will be uploaded as scheduled on Monday!**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.Special thanks to all you listners who made it out that afternoon! You sure know how to m...

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!http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/WitchPlease-20150921-E9BTheTearsOfAge.mp3Download Episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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.http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/WitchPlease-20150907-E9TheCleansingFire.mp3Download Episode   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


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 everyone can see how brilliant our listeners are.http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/WitchPlease-20150824-E85Encounte...

Episode Theta: Gamers At The Gate
Here it is. The episode that’s too hot to upload through a mere, smear mobile phone.Game on, witches.http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/WitchPlease-20150810-E_GamersATheGate.mp3Download Episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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.http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/WitchPlease-20150727-E8WinnerOfTheRaspberryCup.mp3Download Episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Episode 7.5: A Draught of Veritaserum
Hello, dear witches!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.Thanks to everyone who submitted #witchpleasetellme questions! We love interacting with our listeners even more than we love the Harry Potter series. And, now that she’s allowed to look at the twitter feed, Marcelle will re-post all of your excellent queries for everyone’s enjoyment!http://ohw...

Episode 7B: The Goblet is Political
Welcome back, witches! We are thrilled to bring you our second (too-long) episode of Witch, Please about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In today’s episode, “The Goblet is Political,” guest host Andrea Hasenbank helps us wrap our heads around the issue of labour (domestic, craft, and pre-industrial) in the wizarding world.We’re dealing with a lot of big, serious topics, so you may notice a slight derth of whimsical sound effects. We’re pretty optimistic that the discussions themselves will compensate f...

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. Marcelle is back from her adventures in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (a mystical land whose residents think Witch, Please episodes appear on Tuesdays!) and joins Hannah for an 85-minute discussion about displacing racial violence onto “grievable subjects,” precarity, sexual violence, Game of Thrones, and more.Spoilers ABOUND in this episode, so proceed with caution.http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uplo...


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.http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/WitchPlease-20150601-BecSylvieMinisode.mp3Download Episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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.Extra special thanks to CJSR fm, the Edmonton Public Library, and the wonderful viewers and organizers of Edmonton’s Accio Books.Enjoy!http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/WitchPlease-...

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.xohttp://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/WitchPlease-20150504-E5BEscapeFromTimeConstraints.mp3Download Episode    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....


Episode 5A: Prisoner of Time Restraints
Part one of two!(no time for whimsy)http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/WitchPlease-20150420-E5PrisonerOfTimeRestraints.mp3Download Episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

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 http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/WitchPlease-20150406-E4ChamberOfWhiteness.mp3 Download Episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Episode 3: The Chamber of Spoilers
Get ready to level up, Second Years!http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/WitchPlease-20150316-ChamberOfSpoilers.mp3Download EpisodeIt’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 them. But if you are reading along with us—and for the first time—we really want to encourage you to ...


Episode 2: The Sophomore’s Stone
We are excited to bring you the second episode!http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/WitchPlease-20150302-E2SophomoresStone.mp3Download EpisodePS: 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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....

Episode 1: Sorting Ceremony
Feast your magic-loving ears on THIS:http://ohwitchplease.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/WitchPlease-20150213-E1SortingCeremony.mp3Download Episode  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information....