Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is shaped by Quidditch, but what games propel the
plot at the beginning of the book? And why do students camp in the Great Hall
when Sirius Black might be in the castle?
This episode guide provides links to the blog posts for each episode
(where the links to the mp3 files are) plus helpful information about which Harry Potter book is linked to each
episode. To see the episodes arranged according to which book in the series goes with which podcast episode, go to Quantum Harry: By the Book.
Episode 1: The Kids' Table - What three words can sum up the Harry Potter series? What do Voldemort, the Dursleys, and Dolores Umbridge have in common with The New York Times, the Academy Awards, and a children's book publisher? (20 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube or read the relatedessays.
I: THE ARCHETYPE EPISODES The Archetype
Episodes examine the archetype “ruling” each of the seven books in the Harry Potter series. In each book there
is a character who best embodies the ruling archetype (JK Rowling’s …
In the Harry Potter books, Harry’s
relationships with characters who embody the Mother archetype are vital to his journey.
His relationships with archetypal Fathers are also key, especially in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the
book ruled by the Father archetype, though James Potter plays only a cameo
Hagrid stands out
amongst the many characters who mother Harry because he is a male character
playing a traditionally female role: an archetypal Mother. (Go to Quantum Harry, the Podcast, Episode 4:Mother, May I?or the previous two blogposts.) There is also a female
character who doesn’t Mother Harry but
seems much more determined to be a Father to him: Minerva McGonagall. Professor
McGonagall conspicuously lacks many archetypal Mother attributes. She doesn’t
knit or weave, like Molly Weasley, Hagrid, Hermione or the mythical Penelope. She
doesn’t nurture nor coddle, like Molly and Hagrid again, nor attempt to repress
Harry, like Aunt Petunia or Dolores Umbridge. And she’s def…
Rowling makes extensive use of doppelgangers in the Harry Potter books and Albus Dumbledore is one of Ron Weasley’s.
They have many things in common and often play similar roles in Harry’s life.
From the start Ron guides Harry into the wizarding world; he offers
folk-wisdom, which is usually the role of an older member of the community: the
Wise Old Man. In the first book, when Harry is on the Hogwarts Express,
Dumbledore is invoked when Harry finds his Famous Wizard Card in a Chocolate
Frog package. In
Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a
Thousand Faces, there’s a passage that is perfect to apply to the Harry Potter series. Campbell writes
Wise Old Man of the myths and fairy tales whose words assist the hero through
the trials and terrors of the weird adventures. He is the one who appears and
points to the magic shining sword that will kill the dragon-terror...applies
healing balm to the almost-fatal wounds, and finally dismisses the conqueror,
back into...the world...[Jo…