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Two real weird sisters break down the Harry Potter series chapter by chapter and delve into special topics related to the Harry Potter universe. Character studies are released every Monday. Special topics episodes are released periodically. Book club episodes for Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, and Half-Blood Prince, as well as special topics shows recorded from January 2017 through June 2019 can be listened to on the feed titled The Real Weird Sisters: The Archive.
 
It’s a new era of Harry Potter, and we really, really want to explore it. With 'Cursed Child' and 'Fantastic Beasts' expanding our knowledge of the Wizarding World, we couldn’t resist diving in! A biweekly podcast covering Pottermore, Ilvermorny, J.K. Rowling, and the Harry Potter fandom. Be a part of it—discuss with us on Twitter @NewtCasts.
 
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Alice and Martha dive headfirst into the Pensieve to analyze the Prince's tale, along with the rest of Snape's arc in the seventh book. It's time to properly eulogize Sev, one of the bravest men we've ever known. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are released every Monday and special topics show…
 
Unfortunately, we had to fire Shannen. Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, Lix! We've been spelling it Geoff, but it's actually Geoff with a W - but not where you'd expect! Phoenix Register: everyone's saying Fantastic Beasts is over, but what did Zaslav actually say? If we do get two more movies, there's gonna be some big time jumps. Owl Post…
 
Alice and Martha finish up their discussion of Snape's arc in the sixth book, from his handling of the Sectumsempra incident to feelin' a bit overworked by Dumbledore. Whatever you do, DON'T call him coward! Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are released every Monday and special topics shows are…
 
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The first half of the sixth book has Snape victorious, as he intercepts Tonks's patronus, finally lands his dream job as DADA instructor, and tries his hand at some interior decorating. At this point, Alice and Martha neither like nor dislike Severus. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are releas…
 
Welcome back to Liz from our social media team! Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, Adrien C.! Phoenix Register: Ann's salty! Variety: David Zaslav Open to Deal with J.K. Rowling for More Harry Potter Content Time really has become meaningless. There's nothing actively in development for the Wizarding World at Warner Brothers - what does this …
 
Join Adri and Helene as they discuss the politics of Mourning and Vulnerability in Chapter 16 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We talk about how the Memorial in the cemetery works for both muggles and wizards alike, and we ask ourselves why Harry didn’t make the trip before this book (other than for obvious plot reasons). We want to hear fr…
 
The Official Real Weird Gamemaster, Shut Up Tim (@ShutUpTim) returns to host the third "annual" Real Weird Hunger Games. Alice, Martha, and special guest Logan B. Adair (@loganBadair) draft teams and compete in a DND-style game featuring the Take Five Real Weirdos. Can Martha finally claim a victory for the characters that *definitely* play authent…
 
Well, we’re here: the chapter where Ronald Weasley just abandons Harry and Hermione because he had a tantrum and his pride got in the way of their friendship. While Adri talks about the politics of privilege (how you can be privileged in certain ways even as a minority group), Helene talks about the politics of trust (and how Ron betrayed that trus…
 
It's another zero, then, for Potter as he continually messes up in Snape's class and even has to start Remedial Potions. Snape continues to improve his one liners and makes some more questionable decisions as his story continues in the fifth book. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are released e…
 
Welcome back to our graphic designer, Carolyn! Happy birthday to Ann's dad, Ray! Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, Lauren S.! Phoenix Register: we were on the BBC! Check it out here at the 34 minute mark. Amy and Lizzie went to the Forbidden Forest Experience! Check out Amy's video of it here. The giant wands are officially landing at the WB…
 
Snape's double agent arc continues seamlessly in the fourth book, as he continues to threaten and mock students like Neville and Hermione (most certainly on Dumbledore's orders). Harry learns of Snape's former Death Eater identity, but we are just not going to go there *again* with suspecting Snape of being the bad guy! Please consider supporting u…
 
Was this chapter shoehorned in after the editing process began? That is one of the questions that Adri and Helene explore after talking about what this chapter does politically and the narrative arc of DH. Helene and Adri also talk Romance novels and Marvel IP. We want to hear from you! Leave us a voicemail: 915.996.1699 or email an mp3 recording t…
 
Alice and Martha resume their Snape character studies, this time focusing on his arc in the third book. Remember, anything mean he does can be fully explained by the fact that HE WAS A DOUBLE AGENT WHO WAS IN LOVE WITH LILY! Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are released every Monday and special…
 
Fall is here and we are LIVING for it. Thanks to this week's Patreon, Ananda! Phoenix Register: The giant touring wands might be coming to Leavesden! We talk our dream Fantastic Beasts representation at the Studio Tour. Marjolaine shares about a French FB-themed card game! We also get some extremely spicy Disney parks takes from Ann. Lizzie quits t…
 
Join us as we talk about how femininity (toxic femininity, that is) and propaganda work together in this chapter of DH. We want to hear from you! Leave us a voicemail: 915.996.1699 or email an mp3 recording to info@acciopolitics.com Do you prefer the written word? Send us an owl: info@acciopolitics.com or leave us a message through our site. Find u…
 
Alice, Martha, and special guest Shut Up Tim close out the Prisoner of Azkaban Take Five series with an in depth conversation about the freeze frame and the credits, followed by all your favorite segments, including an extra special Take Five! Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are released every…
 
Helene and Adri talk about the politics of Planning and Infiltration in chapter 12, Magic is Might, of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We want to hear from you! Leave us a voicemail: 915.996.1699 or email an mp3 recording to info@acciopolitics.com Do you prefer the written word? Send us an owl: info@acciopolitics.com or leave us a message thr…
 
Alice and Martha discuss the first picture book of the Into the Pensieve series. Hear about all of the ways Sylvester impacted Martha's childhood, from new vocab words to birthday party themes! In this series, Alice and Martha reminisce on shared memories, inside jokes, and experiences reading both classic and lesser-known children's books, includi…
 
It's SPOOKBEASTY season again! Phoenix Register: new merch! Secrets of Dumbledore Loungefly collection. The Royal Ontario Museum is hosting a SPOOKTACULAR Fantastic Beasts-themed event on 10/28. Canadian listeners, go and report back! Owl Post: Jeri writes in about Vogel's possible involvement in Grindelwald’s escape. Main Discussion: Scenes 25-29 …
 
Things are starting to get heated politically at the Ministry of Magic on chapter 11 of DH. Muggle-born wizards are being questioned and asked where they stole their wizarding powers from, Mundungus isn’t wild about being dragged back to the scene of his multiple crimes, and we get a mention of one Dolores Umbridge. In this episode, Helene and Adri…
 
Was he truly the most loyal Death Eater? Did dementors change significantly over the course of the series? Didn't we cover this in a previous episode? Alice and Martha answer all the most pressing questions surrounding JUNIOR's full story for the very first time (believe it or not) in this week's character study. Please consider supporting us on Pa…
 
Alice and Martha discuss the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park in the third Into the Pensieve episode. For in memories, we enter a world which is entirely our own... In this new series, Alice and Martha will reminisce on shared memories, inside jokes, and experiences reading both classic and lesser-known children's books, including favorite seg…
 
Does international Apparition cause jet lag? Thanks to this week's Patreon sponsor, Aureo! Phoenix Register: mostly actor news! Eddie Redmayne is receiving the Golden Eye Award at the Zurich Film Festival. He also has a new thriller on Netflix, The Good Nurse, out now. Samantha Morton (Mary Lou Barebone) will be in a Paramount+ show, The Burning Gi…
 
It's our live show from LeakyCon Orlando 2022! This episode features Chris Rankin, Mike Schubert of Potterless, and Hannah and Charlie of the Goblet of Wine pod! We talk about the weekend we had, we play some games, it's a lot of fun. Our next episode is not far away, and it's going to be a fun one. Thanks for hanging in with us as always, Potterhe…
 
On this episode, your hosts talk about the politics of loyalty and exploitation, Kreacher and house elves’ status in wizarding society, Regulus’ betrayal of Voldemort, and much more. We want to hear from you! Leave us a voicemail: 915.996.1699 or email an mp3 recording to info@acciopolitics.com Do you prefer the written word? Send us an owl: info@a…
 
In the penultimate Take Five episode on Alfonso's magnum opus, Alice, Martha, and special guest Shut Up Tim discuss the almost-final five minutes of Prisoner of Azkaban. Michael Gambon shines (no, really), the Whomping Willow takes another victim, and the Hogwarts ghosts have a final hurrah. Don't worry- there's still plenty to discuss in the final…
 
This week, we talk about the politics of refuge and invisible work in Chapter 9 of DH as Harry and the gang flee Death Eaters in the Muggle and Wizarding world. We also talk about Leo DiCaprio, how books can provide refuge, and much more! We want to hear from you! Leave us a voicemail: 915.996.1699 or email an mp3 recording to info@acciopolitics.co…
 
Alice and Martha conclude their discussion of the Pillsbury Doe Girl, including a refresher on where her iconic nickname originated. Most of this episode centers around the Prince's Tale memories of Lily, with a few short scenes from the end of Deathly Hallows to conclude Lily's extremely 3D arc. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreo…
 
New segment idea: Shannen vs Geoff Thanks to our Patreon sponsor this week, Lucy! Phoenix Register: Mads Mikkelsen: Johnny Depp "could" come back as Grindelwald? Secrets of Dumbledore is out for home consumption in France! Finalmente! WB has also launched a new website with information on where French people can stream the Potter movies… kinda Owl …
 
Alice and Martha are joined by special guest Leandra for a Back to School extravaganza! Alice, Martha, and Leandra rank some of Hogwarts' more questionable policies, sort Harry's professors into their teaching type, and compare wizarding school subjects to those in the muggle world. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweir…
 
This week, we talk about the politics of customs and superficiality in Chapter 8 of DH, which is all about Bill and Fleur’s wedding. We talk about the difference between the muggle and wizarding weddings, how some characters are obsessed with how things look (rather than how they are), and theorize what could have slipped through the security measu…
 
Alice and Martha discuss the Pillsbury Doe Girl's "arc" in the first seven books, up until the Prince's Tale memories. From her charitable modeling career to her apparently unnecessary death, Lily comes out smelling like a rose in just about everything she does! Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes…
 
Adri is joined by guest (and captive) host Seth to talk about one of the most hopeful chapters in the entirety of DH! And by that we mean that there are presents, kissing, and a lack of bad things happening to our boy for a change. Adri and Seth talk about the politics of secrets, dating books, and much more. We want to hear from you! Leave us a vo…
 
This week's five minutes feature Harry and Sirius almost dying as Harry waits for his father to show up, Hermione demonstrating an impressive mastery of BOMBARDA! and an underrated reprise of "Heh! Whooooo!!" Plus, Alice and Martha suffer another embarrassing Movia Trivia moment. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsi…
 
The Core Four are back! Thank you to this week's iconic Patreon supporter, Sophie! Phoenix Register: We're getting closer to having wizard duels at Universal! Put it on the calendar: SpeakBeasty meet-up at Epic Universe, Ann and Amy are dueling. Vegan Butterbeer is also available at Universal Orlando and Hollywood! The Hogwarts Legacy release has b…
 
Let’s talk about how basically Hermione’s efforts to keep her family safe get glazed over in Chapter 6 of DH. We want to hear from you! Leave us a voicemail: 915.996.1699 or email an mp3 recording to info@acciopolitics.com Do you prefer the written word? Send us an owl: info@acciopolitics.com or leave us a message through our site. Find us online: …
 
In the second Into the Pensieve episode (well, technically the first *official* Into the Pensieve episode), Alice and Martha discuss Holes by Louis Sachar. In this new series, Alice and Martha will reminisce on shared memories, inside jokes, and experiences reading both classic and lesser-known children's books, including favorite segments such as …
 
Harry and Hermione continue their time travel, running through the woods and performing uncanny werewolf impersonations. As usual, Alice, Martha, and frequent guest Shut Up Tim find plenty to discuss for these five minutes. In other words, you'll find no small Take Fives here, professor! Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/rea…
 
Everything is fine 🙂 Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, Bailey! Harry Potter: Magic at Play is opening in Chicago on 11/11. It all sounds great but most importantly there's going to be BUTTERBEER. Harry Potter: The Forbidden Forest Experience is also opening in Washington, D.C. on October 29. Tickets are on-sale now. It's very spoopy. Rumors …
 
Helene is back and we’re talking about chapter 4 of DH, where there are multiple Harrys involved (as well as one death we really don’t like talking about). We talk COVID, Martha Stewart’s peacocks, roadrunners, Hedwig, the saddest of tours, allyship, and strategic defense. We want to hear from you! Leave us a voicemail: 915.996.1699 or email an mp3…
 
There's lots to discuss as Alice and Martha dive into Wormtail's arc in the fifth, sixth, and seventh books! Kick back and enjoy some elf-made wine in our final Wormtail character study. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are released every Monday and special topics shows are released periodicall…
 
Helene is out sick (get well soon, Helene!), but we’ve got a returning guest to try to fill her shoes: Seth Wilson, your favorite host who has only read a few chapters of the series lends us his outside view into the series. Seth and Adri talk about the idea of “developing” vs “developed” countries and how it has roots in white supremacy, which can…
 
Alice and Martha discuss one of the most sympathetic, charismatic, and charming characters of the series, Wormtail. It's honestly hard to believe he hadn't received the Real Weirdo until now! Not to be confused with our Scabbers episode, this character study discusses Peter Pettigrew's arc in the third and fourth books. Please consider supporting u…
 
Titles: Release The Yates Cut It's July! The screenplay is out! Thanks to this week's Patreon sponsor, Lucinda! Phoenix Register: Secrets of Dumbledore got its first award. It's also #1 for Blu-Ray/DVD sales. Owl Post: DisKid writes in regarding the qilin, and Jerri is all about the deleted scenes. WE HAVE DATE VALIDATION Main Discussion: deleted s…
 
This week, we talk about the politics of legacy and remembrance on chapter 2 of DH. We talk about how legacy has more to do with what impact your actions had on people’s lives (rather than the work product that you ostensibly produced) and about how remembrance has a time period associated with it involving reflection and (hopefully) growth. We wan…
 
Alice and Martha take a break from their usual topic of discussion to explore another influential book series from their childhood, The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. In this new series, Alice and Martha will reminisce on shared memories, inside jokes, and experiences reading both classic and lesser-known children's books, including f…
 
What do Lucius Malfoy and Martha Stewart have in common? Jump in and find out as we return with our final and seventh season of this fine podcast. In this episode, we're talking about that one meeting at Malfoy manor that really could have been an email, but much like Elon Musk, Voldemort does not believe in that WFH life. We talk about the politic…
 
Alice, Martha, and recurring guest Shut Up Tim discuss a riveting five minutes of Alfonso's magnum opus. There are lots of questions and surprises in these five minutes. Where did Hermione get all those ferrets from? Why does that little fossil rock have to look like that? And has Martha had a change of heart about Michael Gambon???? Please conside…
 
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