In Dear Mr. Potter, we study JK Rowling’s magical Harry Potter series from the first page to the last, taking a little extra time to talk about the movie adaptations, and a few other influential books besides. You can find the Point North broadcast schedule here, or follow Point North on Crowdcast to be notified of the live sessions!

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Dear Mr. Potter 51: Constant Vigilance

In this session, we discuss the pernicious power of the media, then take a walk a in the Forbidden Forest with Viktor Krum in chapters twenty-eight and twenty-nine of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Dear Mr. Potter 50: A Boy Like No Other

In this session, we hand out the points for the second task and speculate about Barty Crouch in chapters twenty-six and twenty-seven of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Dear Mr. Potter 49: Gillyweed

In this session, we soak in the tub then take a dip in the lake in chapters twenty-five and twenty-six of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Dear Mr. Potter 48: Truth And Lies

In this session, we begin the new year with mysterious clues and a deepening conspiracy in chapters twenty-four and twenty-four of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Dear Mr. Potter 47: Wangoballwime

In this session, we face the horrors of adolescent awkwardness and teen romance in chapters twenty-two and twenty-three of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Dear Mr. Potter 46: The First Task

In this session, we face dragons and consider goodness in the world of Harry Potter in chapters twenty and twenty-one of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Dear Mr. Potter 44: The Fourth Champion

In this session, we face opposition and isolation in chapters sixteen and seventeen of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, “”The Goblet of Fire” and “The Four Champions”.

Dear Mr. Potter 43: We Are The Champions

In this session, we meet the competition in chapters fifteen and sixteen of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, “Beauxbatons and Durmstrang” and “The Goblet of Fire”.

Dear Mr. Potter 42: Unforgivable

In this session, we dive deep into the workings of magic, the Dark Arts, and the Unforgivable Curses in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Dear Mr. Potter 41: Mad-Eye Moody

In this session, we continue our discussion of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with a long-awaited (but less than enthusiastic) return to Hogwarts.

Dear Mr. Potter 40: Mayhem & Mundanity

In this session, we continue our discussion of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with Death Eaters and the Dark Mark, Hufflepuffs Gone Bad and mysterious money.

Dear Mr. Potter 39: The Dark Mark

In this session, we continue our discussion of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with the Quidditch World Cup, veela and leprechauns, and problems of agency.

Dear Mr. Potter 37: Scarred

In this session, we begin our discussion of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with exposition, misdirection and secret cakes.

Dear Mr. Potter 36: Lookfar

In this session, we conclude our discussion of A Wizard Of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin, and face down the shadow in the sunless land beyond the sea.

Dear Mr. Potter 33: Shadows

In this session, we continue our discussion of A Wizard Of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin, and talk about women’s magic, light and shadow, and the inherent risks of power.

Dear Mr. Potter: Prisoner Of Azkaban 13

In this session, I offer some final thoughts on Prisoner of Azkaban, and talk about the next phase of Dear Mr. Potter. Next week, we begin A Wizard of Earthsea!

Dear Mr. Potter: Prisoner Of Azkaban 6

In this session, we try to decipher the mystery of the past, witness Harry’s descent into darkness, and learn about the Patronus charm in chapters 11 and 12 of Prisoner of Azkaban!

Dear Mr. Potter: Prisoner Of Azkaban 2

In this session, Harry ends his summer vacation in Diagon Alley and learns about the danger which faces him in chapters three and four of Prisoner of Azkaban!

Dear Mr. Potter: Chamber Of Secrets 5

We learn the fine art of dueling and face the polyjuice potion in this week’s discussion of chapters eleven and twelve of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

Dear Mr. Potter: Chamber Of Secrets 4

The investigation begins, Quidditch is dangerous, and grapes are explained this week’s discussion of chapters nine and ten of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

Dear Mr. Potter: Chamber Of Secrets 3

Harry begins his second year of study at Hogwarts, and we get our first mention of the chamber itself, in chapters six to eight of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

Dear Mr. Potter: Chamber Of Secrets 1

After battling some technical difficulties, we finally begin our second year at Hogwarts, with the first three chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

Dear Mr. Potter 9: The Movie

This week, we finish up the seminar with a discussion of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone movie adaptation.

Dear Mr. Potter 7: Thresholds

This week, we confront all but the final task, test friendships, and meet centaurs in chapters fifteen and sixteen of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.