What if we read the books we love as if they were sacred texts? 

What would we learn? How might they change us? Harry Potter and the Sacred Text is a weekly podcast reading Harry Potter, the best-selling series of all time, as if it was a sacred text. Just as Christians read the Bible, Jews the Torah and Muslims read the Quran, we are embarking on a 199-episode journey (one chapter an episode, to be released weekly) to glean what wisdom and meaning we can make from J.K. Rowling’s beloved novels. We will read Harry Potter, not just as novels, but as instructive and inspirational texts that will teach us about our own lives.

Each week, my co-host Vanessa Zoltan and I explore a central theme through which to explore the characters and context, always grounding ourselves in the text. We engage in traditional forms of sacred reading such as Lectio Divina to unearth the hidden gifts within even the most mundane sentences. In this, we are guided and edited by our fantastic producer Ariana Nedelman. Listen to the first episode below and check out the podcast trailer.

In December 2016, iTunes named us one of their Best Podcasts of 2016! Thanks iTunes!