Quantum Harry: The Episode Guide



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  is the podcast equivalent of the introduction to Quantum Harry: A Unified Theory of the Potterverse, by B.L. Purdom. This includes an explanation about the three parts of Quantum Harry (below). Don’t skip this just because it’s called an introduction—the Unified Theory informs every Quantum Harry episode! (20 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube or read the related essays.

YouTube Playlist of all the video episodes, in order.


PART 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 “game pieces”) in that book, and in each case, Harry steps into the shoes of or serves as a surrogate for that character at some time during the book (often but not always in the climax of the book). Examples of why a character embodies a particular archetype are drawn from all seven Harry Potter books, not just the book ruled by that archetype.

YouTube Playlist of all the archetype episodes, in order.

Episode 2: This Old Man examines the ruling archetype for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the Wise Old Man. Characters include Albus Dumbledore, Ron Weasley, Sirius Black, and Mr. Ollivander. (20 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube or read the related essays.

Episode 3: Iron Maiden introduces the three major female archetypes—Maiden, Mother and Crone—and examines the ruling archetype for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: the Maiden. Characters include Ginny Weasley, Fleur Delacour, and Parvati Patil. (20 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube or read the related essays.

Episode 4: Mother, May I? examines the ruling archetype for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: the Mother. Characters include Hermione Granger, Dolores Umbridge, Petunia Dursley, and Rubeus Hagrid. (20 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube or read the related essays.

Episode 5: Our Father examines the ruling archetype for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: the Father. Characters include Cedric Diggory, Neville Longbottom, James Potter, and Barty Crouch, Sr. (20 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube or read the related essay.

Episode 6: A Murder of Crones examines the ruling archetype for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: the Crone. Characters include Luna Lovegood, Sybill Trelawney, Bellatrix Lestrange, and Severus Snape. (20 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube or read the related essay.

Episode 7: Fountain of Youth examines the ruling archetype for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: the Youth. Characters include Harry Potter, Dean Thomas, Remus Lupin, and Draco Malfoy. Includes an exploration of some characters’ emblematic colors and the relationship between the first six archetypes and the characters who fight the Death Eaters at the end of the fifth and sixth books. (22 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube or read the related essay.

Episode 8: Have You Tried Not Being Liminal? is the first of a two-episode arc examining the ruling archetype for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: the Liminal Being, especially the Metaphorically Queer Liminal Being. Includes a comparison between the seven archetypes ruling the Harry Potter books and the seven-faced god in Game of Thrones (Faith of the Seven). (23 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube or read the related essay.

Episode 9: We're Here, We're Metaphorically Queer is the conclusion of the two-part examination of the Metaphorically Queer Liminal Being, ruling archetype for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows(26 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube or read the related essay.


PART II: THE GAME EPISODES

The Game Episodes examine the way that that things connected to children and childhood (go to Episode 1: The Kids' Table) shape the narrative of each of the seven books in the Harry Potter series. This includes not just games but toys, sweets/candy, fairy tales, and in one case, an historical event JK Rowling retells in one of the books that has led to an annual holiday in the UK when adults get to behave like kids. Also includes an examination of two seven-part alignments; first, how the seven thresholds Harry crosses with Hagrid (or with his help) in the first book each align with one of the books; and second, how the seven obstacles to the Philosopher’s Stone in the first book also each align with one of the books. In this part, each Harry Potter book is covered in a minimum of TWO episodes (sometimes more).

Episode 10: All's Fair in War and Quidditch is Part I of a two-episode arc examining toys, games and sweets in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone(25 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube or read the related essay.

Episode 11: Wargames is the conclusion of the examination of toys, games and sweets in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Includes a look at the seven thresholds Harry crosses with Hagrid (or with his help) in the first book, and the seven obstacles to the Philosopher’s Stone. (27 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube or read the related essay.

Episode 12: Grow Up Now is Part I of a three-episode arc examining how toys, games, sweets and a particular fairy tale shape the narrative of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Includes a look at many non-Rowling works sharing similarities with the second book, including books by Philip Pullman, Jane Langton, Nancy Farmer, J.M. Barrie and the film The Lost Boys(22 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube or read the related essay.

Episode 13: Deus ex Machina is Part II of the three-episode arc examining the role of toys, games, sweets and fairy tales in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Includes a look at how the religious symbolism in the book points to Chamber of Secrets being JK Rowling’s version of Little Red Riding Hood. (22 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube or read the related essay.

Episode 14: The Devil's Game is the conclusion of the three-episode arc examining toys, games, sweets and fairy tales in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Includes a look at how the second obstacle to the Philosopher’s Stone aligns with the second book in the series. (23 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube or read the related essay.

Episode 15: Prisoner of Quidditch is Part I of a two-episode arc examining how toys, sweets and games (particularly Quidditch) shape the narrative of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(20 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube or read the related essay.

Episode 16: The Seeker is the conclusion of the two-episode arc examining toys, sweets and games in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Includes a look at how the third obstacle to the Philosopher’s Stone aligns with the third book in the series. (19 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube.

Episode 17: The Goblet of Games is Part I of a three-episode arc examining how toys, sweets and games shape Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Includes a look at the symbolic importance of Viktor Krum catching the Snitch but losing the final match for his side in the World Cup. (26 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube.

Episode 18: The Wide World is Part II of a three-episode arc examining toys, sweets and games in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Includes an examination of symbols linked to each of the Hogwarts houses, and how each house aligns with a region of the British Isles. (26 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube.

Episode 19: Not Playing to Win is the conclusion of a three-episode arc about toys, sweets and games in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Includes a look at how the fourth obstacle to the Philosopher’s Stone aligns with the fourth book in the series. (26 minutes) Watch/listen on YouTube.

Episode 20: The Order of the Rebel (video posting date: May 28, 2018) Part I of a three-episode arc examining toys, sweets, games and the vestiges of the historical event that led to a holiday beloved by children (and adults who get to behave like children) in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. (24 minutes)

Episode 21: Remember, Remember (audio posting date: June 11, 2018 video posting date: June 18, 2018) Part II of a three-episode arc examining toys, sweets, games and the vestiges of the historical event that led to a holiday beloved by children (and adults who get to behave like children) in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Episode 22: The Phoenix Games (audio posting date: July 2, 2018 video posting date: July 9, 2018) Part III of a three-episode arc examining toys, sweets, games and the vestiges of the historical event that led to a holiday beloved by children (and adults who get to behave like children) in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Episode 23: The Half-Blood Potions Text (audio posting date: July 23, 2018 video posting date: July 31, 2018) Part I of a two-episode arc looking at toys, sweets and games in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Episode 24: Disarmed and Ready (audio posting date: August 20, 2018 video posting date: August 27, 2018) Part II of a two-episode arc looking at toys, sweets and games in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Episode 25: The Deathly Scavenger Hunt (audio posting date: September 10, 2018 video posting date: September 17, 2018) Part I of a five-episode arc examining toys, sweets, games and fairy tales in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Episode 26: Until Someone Loses an Eye (audio posting date: October 1, 2018 video posting date: October 8, 2018) Part II of a five-episode arc examining toys, sweets, games and fairy tales in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Episode 27: Legacy (audio posting date: October 22, 2018 video posting date: October 29, 2018) Part III of a five-episode arc examining toys, sweets, games and fairy tales in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Episode 28: The Grimm Campaign (audio posting date: November 12, 2018 video posting date: November 19, 2018) Part IV of a five-episode arc examining toys, sweets, games and fairy tales in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Episode 29: The Horcrux and Hallows Game (audio posting date: December 3, 2018 video posting date: December 10, 2018) Part V of a five-episode arc examining toys, sweets, games and fairy tales in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

PART III: THE TAROT EPISODES

The Tarot Episodes begin with a brief history of Tarot, which most people today think of as “fortune-telling” cards, but that began as cards for playing games. Includes a look at how each of the seven Harry Potter books aligns with a Horcrux, which is in turn linked to that book’s Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. This alignment wasn’t examined earlier because it is easiest to understand which Horcrux goes with which book when the Tarot cards aligned with each book are used as a guide.

Episode 30: Harry and Tarot (audio posting date: January 7, 2019 / video posting date: January 14, 2019) is a brief history of the Tarot.

Episode 31: The Devil You Know (audio posting date: January 28, 2019 / video posting date: February 4, 2019) Part I of a two-episode arc examining Tarot symbolism in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Episode 32: The Mirror and the Stone (audio posting date: February 18, 2019 / video posting date: February 25, 2019Part II of a two-episode arc examining Tarot symbolism in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Episode 33: The Inverted Tower of Secrets (audio posting date: March 11, 2019 / video posting date: March 18, 2019) Part I of a two-episode arc examining Tarot symbolism in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Episode 34: Emperors, Fools, and Angels (audio posting date: April 2, 2019 / video posting date: April 8, 2019) Part II of a two-episode arc examining Tarot symbolism in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. 

Episode 35: Prisoner of Time (audio posting date: April 22, 2019 / video posting date: April 29, 2019) Part I of a two-episode arc examining Tarot symbolism in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Episode 36: Chariots, Justice and Hermits (audio posting date: May 13, 2019 / video posting date: May 20, 2019Part II of a two-episode arc examining Tarot symbolism in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Episode 37: The Goblet of Memory (audio posting date: June 3, 2019 / video posting date: June 10, 2019An examination of Tarot symbolism in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Episode 38: The Order of the Heretic (audio posting date: June 24, 2019 / video posting date: July 1, 2019An examination of Tarot symbolism in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Episode 39: The Half-Dead Headmaster (audio posting date: July 15, 2019 / video posting date: July 22, 2019An examination of Tarot symbolism in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Episode 40: The Tarot Hallows (audio/video posting date: July 31, 2019An extra-long episode dedicated to Tarot symbolism in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, including the Epilogue, which will be addressed in the podcast version of the Epilogue to Quantum Harry: A Unified Theory of the Potterverse.




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