7 Reasons I Love Witch Please

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Hey everyone! I’ve talked a bit about the podcast Witch, Please — a fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world, to definitely not quote its own introduction — on this blog before, but it’s just started up again after hiatus and I’m feeling a lot of love for it. Instead of yabbering on to my friends all day, I thought it would be fun to actually voice these feelings and thus convince you to flail about it along with me. (Fun fact: this idea literally came to me as I was falling asleep. I AM SO GLAD I REMEMBERED IT

1. Feminism 

I mean, do you even need any more of a reason? FEMINISM IS THE BEST. For a while I sort of, er, forgot that feminism was a thing because I was going through a bunch of personal stuff but this podcast reminded me that feminism is a cool thing that exists. *nods* I feel like I’ve learnt a lot of stuff and just in general become more engaged with feminism and how I can think about the world and what stuff I read.

2. The hosts are super cool

The hosts, Hannah and Marcelle, are extremely cool badass lady scholars! I admire them a lot! I, too, would love to be such badass scholar one day. The guests that feature in various episodes are also of course very lovely — I mean, to be honest EVERYONE IS LOVELY.

3. Excellent use of sound effects

I mostly listen to narrative fiction podcasts where, like, the audio corresponds to stuff happening in the story, but I think this makes SUCH good use of sound effects! I now imagine owl noises whenever anyone mentions Hedwig. Actually, I just imagine sound effects into my whole life.

3. I’ve learnt a lot

Every time I listen to an episode I feel like I LEARN SO MUCH. I read Harry Potter when I was in primary and although I think I have reread it at some point, I…definitely missed a lot. So it’s cool to revisit the books, sometimes even reread them as well, and then listen to the episodes. However, I not only learn about Harry Potter but also stuff like: how film works! Narrative! Print culture! Advertising! Long words that I can use to intimidate people!

5. I’ve been inspired

I admit, I haven’t been enjoying English lessons at school that much? I don’t really like our GCSE text and I was feeling like it was a bit pointless but this podcast taught me that academia & analysis actually can be fun be fun and interesting. It really inspired me to take more of an interest in reading because I, too, would like to be able to read a book and go LOOK AT THIS, THIS IS INTERESTING. Now sometimes I use things I’ve listened to in episodes in class and feel very accomplished, mwahaha.

6. It makes me laugh

You might not be expecting a lot of laughs from the summary but trust me, IT IS VERY FUNNY. Listening really puts a smile on my face. I also really adore the recurring jokes! And the segments! I spent most of the holiday special episode laugh-crying. Other highlights include character impressions and the ‘sexyy’ sound effect. Just trust me.

7. The awesome Witch, Please community

I love that there’s a really interactive listening community for this podcast! There are many lively discussions and insights from other smart people on Twitter, where @ohwitchplease are the most active. It’s great that you can have a conversations with the creators and other listeners beyond just listening to each episode. ! I actually went to some of the London fan meet-up (although I had to leave early to go to my friend’s birthday, alas) and it was VERY AWESOME.

Just AAAAALL the superlatives, if you couldn’t already tel. I wholeheartedly recommend. You can find all Witch, Please episodes, including the first episode of the new season on ohwitchplease.ca, iTunes, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Is That a Podcast I Hear…? (Maybe)

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Yes! I am here with another some-cool-media-I-have-been-enjoying-lately post. What can I say; I’ve been finding some very cool things recently! Today I’m talking about podcasts. It’s taken me a while to get into the podcast format; I tried Welcome to Night Vale and I feel like I am the only person ever who didn’t enjoy it.  I started listening to Serial this time last year, and I’ve also listened to a podfics, but FINALLY I HAVE SEVERAL REGULAR THINGS I LISTEN TO. Even if now I feel like I’m trying to switch between a bunch of different stories at the same time haha. (My iPod Nano from when I was 7 has suddenly become SUPER USEFUL. I love it.)

Witch, Please (listen here) In which two lady scholars discuss the Harry Potter world. OH MY GOD, I LOVE THIS. Every episode is a joy to listen to. As someone who doesn’t especially like literature analysis as school, this actually gets me interested in reading things critically! I feel like I’ve learnt a lot from it, and it also makes me laugh. The hosts Hannah and Marcelle are SUPER RAD. Just in general Witch, Please is completely wonderful and I would wholeheartedly recommend if you have an interest in Harry Potter. Or if you just like listening to cool people. (Also *whispers* Hannah might be coming to London and I WANNA BE ABLE TO GO TO A MEETUP AAH)

The Strange Case of Starship Iris (listen here) This is the only podcast that I’m actually ‘up to date’ on, so to speak — I sort of like not having a large backlog to listen to, even if it means I have to wait for updates. This, too, is QUEER SPACE. (Can you spot a theme haha?) I can’t say too much because #spoilers but TRUST ME, IT IS WORTH YOUR TIME.

The Adventure Zone (listen here) It’s…really weird to go from listening to Witch, Please to this, but THERE IT IS. ‘Four guys play Dungeons & Dragons’ doesn’t really sound like something I’d be interested in, I admit — and the first few episodes required a bit of concentration — but now I just end up walking to school and chuckling to myself slightly. I have no idea what everyone else thinks of me haha. I even kind of enjoy the ad break, which is REALLY WEIRD. I don’t know. It’s cool to have something a bit more lighthearted.

The Penumbra Podcast (listen here) I’m getting through this one a bit slowly because I am super easily creeped out and, like, I don’t want to listen to it when I’m alone in the house haha, but I LOVE EVERYONE. It’s queer space mystery! The characters are super rad! All the voices are SO WONDERFUL, as are the sound effects. In general the production is, like, extremely cool.

do you listen to any podcasts? if so, what would you recommend? (i love new listening material!!)