Extra Credit is a monthly feature where I give a quick shout-out to bookish things I love.
This month, I’m giving Extra Credit to the Witch, Please podcast!
I love Harry Potter and could basically eat up anything offering literary or critical analysis of the series. In college, I read the Chamber of Secrets forums religiously while working the midnight shift at my dorm’s front desk (this was pre-Order of the Phoenix, and then pre–Half-Blood Prince, so there were plenty of fan theories to catch up on). I bought books like The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter, The of End of Harry Potter, Harry: A History, Harry Potter Should Have Died, The Plot Thickens: Harry Potter Investigated For Fans, By Fans, and What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7….the list goes on and on. But now that the series has been “over” for almost ten years, finding new material in this category is difficult.
Until I found Witch, Please. I don’t know what landed me on this podcast, but I’m glad I found it.
[okay, it may have been my love of the Bachelor podcast Here to Make Friends that led me to search for similar podcasts analyzing pop culture that I love…but I digress]
Witch, Please is the creation of Marcelle and Hannah, a pair of Canadian academics with a lot of brains and a lot of sass. Both read parts of the Harry Potter series and watched some of the movies in the past, but have chosen to take on the existing canon one item at a time while podcasting their way through the texts. Without doing any research on the series or the fandom, these lovely ladies provide commentary on everything from feminism and the dearth of POC characters to plot holes and symbolism in the series.
If you love podcasts and Harry Potter, then I highly recommend you give this one a listen. At the moment the podcast has a catalog of 45 episodes giving a sequential run through the books, movie, expanded universe, and more. Their most recent podcast covers the recent film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which could be a great starting place if you’ve recently invested time in that film.
Do you have any favorite bookish podcasts to recommend? I’m looking to add more to my podcatcher. Let me know in the comments!