The Witch Please Podcast | Extra Credit

Posted December 5, 2016 by Tara in Extra Credit /// 2 Comments

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 preHalf-Blood Prince, so there were plenty of fan theories to catch up on). I bought books like The Magical Worlds of Harry PotterThe of End of Harry PotterHarry: A HistoryHarry Potter Should Have DiedThe 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!


Tara is a PhD student studying education. Her dissertation will be on digital book communities as public pedagogy (ask her about it!), though she often takes a break from all of that to read books about oppressive governments and sassy teenagers. In a former life, she was a middle school teacher and middle school librarian. In her future life, she's a professor of YA lit. In her free time, she drinks a lot of coffee while planning her next grand adventure (there's always something).

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2 responses to “The Witch Please Podcast | Extra Credit

  1. Jemma

    In a Harry Potter vein, I have listened to “Dear Mr. Potter” by the StoryWonk team, and a few episodes of “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text”, though the latter is a little too religious for me and I’m having second thoughts about it.

    StoryWonk have a series on the Diana Gabaldon books “The Scot and the Sassenach” as well as the TV show, and will also be doing a Tolkien read-along series in the new year called “There and Back Again” covering The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the Peter Jackson movies. In terms of general literature, I have heard one episode of “Imaginary Worlds” on how “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley came to be written and I definitely want to listen to more!

    • The Frankestein podcast sounds right up my alley — I looooooove Frankenstein. And I might still check out Harry Potter and the Sacred Text because I’m fascinated by religion and I see why those two things fit so well together. Thanks for the recommendations. I love living in the 21st century when nerdy folks can make niche podcasts that find their audience around the world!

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