Welcoming the Potter Pundits


Aug 29, 2009

Posted by Melissa Anelli

In the next PotterCast, our Harry Potter podcast, we will be introducing a new segment and several new voices to the show. The Potter Pundits will be providing a scholarly, yet entertaining, look at the themes and symbolism in Harry Potter. We’re excited to share it with you! Please join us in welcoming them!

Travis Prinzi (books/website) is a popular author and speaker on the intersection of fantasy and politics, myth and culture, in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. He has been a featured speaker and led panel discussions at five Harry Potter conferences, and has lectured on everything from Harry Potter to religion to education to hit TV shows like The Office at university campuses and libraries in the United States and Canada. He collects and edits the best in Harry Potter scholarship each year for Zossima Press’s Hog’s Head Conversations: Essays on Harry Potter, the first volume of which was published in July 2009. Prinzi also writes and moderates an ongoing Potter conversation at TheHogsHead.org as well as through PubCast. Prinzi holds graduate degrees in education and theology from the University of Rochester and Northeastern Seminary. He lives in Rochester, NY, with his wife, Tricia, daughter, Sophia, and his dog, Moses. For more, including a speaking schedule, visit TheHogsHead.org.

James W. Thomas (books) is Professor of English at Pepperdine University, where he has taught since 1981. For many years he has done scholarly work, primarily in 20th-century American Literature. He has published a number of articles and reviews, along with Lyle Saxon, A Critical Biography, and has taught courses on Edgar Allan Poe, William Faulkner, contemporary American poetry, and American short stories. Over the past few years Dr. Thomas has spoken at Harry Potter conferences in Dallas, Toronto, and San Francisco, ad has been interviewed by NPR, several newspapers, and TIME magazine regarding the Potter books. Since the fall of 2006, he has taught a number of Pepperdine students in his university classes on the Potter series. He is the author of Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor’s Book-by-Book Guide for the Serious Re-reader, published in January 2009 by Zossima Press. He lives in Westlake Village, CA, with his wife, with whom he has three children and four grandchildren.

John Granger (books/website) has recently been called “The Dean of Harry Potter Scholars” by Time.com. Author of four books on the Hogwarts adventures (The Deathly Hallows Lectures and Harry Potter’s Bookshelf among them), Granger has been a featured speaker at eight Harry Potter fan conferences in North America, including LeakyCon 2009. He has lectured at major colleges and universities, including Yale, Princeton, Pepperdine, Baylor, Biola/Torrey, Washington&Lee, Penn and the University of Chicago. His views on Harry Potter have been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, as well as on CNN, A&E, MSNBC and close to 100 radio talk show programs. Granger is an honors graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of Chicago. He was also a finalist in the 2006 Witch Weekly “Most Winning Smile” contest, house-elf division. John lives with his wife, Mary, and their seven Harry-loving children in Pennsylvania. He frequently speaks at schools, libraries, conventions and churches; please contact the Penguin Speakers Bureau for dates and scheduling information.

Tune into the next PotterCast for the first segment!

99 Responses to Welcoming the Potter Pundits

Avatar Imagebutterbeer bottle says: This sounds interesting. A new segment on PotterCast will be awesome!Avatar Imagehglovesrw says: Sounds goodAvatar ImagePrincess Leia says: Love the idea; can't wait to hear it!Avatar ImageWimsey says: Wait, someone from the University of Chicago has 7 kids? Everyone I know had their sex life die at that place!Avatar Imagedsm25 says: Fantastic!Avatar Imagebettb says: Just another reason that Pottercast is the BEST Potter podcast out there!Avatar Imagehp29 says: This sounds like an awesome idea, can't wait to hear it! Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Yeah sounds like an cool idea! Can't wait to hear it! :)Avatar ImageTreeHugger says: Dude whens the nextpottercast coming out??? first Hufflepuff to comment go Pufflers!!Avatar ImageThe Whomping Willow says: Can't wait to hear it! Another segment should be great.Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: I CANT WAIT!!!Avatar ImageDumbles4ever says: This actually great, better than say Scribby5 and the Modcast. What a fun way to kick off season 5 of PotterCast!Avatar ImageDartFrog says: Whoa, how did Leaky swing this..great stuff. First the acting troop, now this...awesome. Welcome to the Pundits.Avatar ImageDartFrog says: Whoa, how did Leaky swing this..great stuff. First the acting troop, now this...awesome. Welcome to the Pundits.Avatar ImageDartFrog says: Whoa, how did Leaky swing this..great stuff. First the acting troop, now this...awesome. Welcome to the Pundits.Avatar ImageRosie.Ravenclaw.Weasley says: When?? i am dying for some more PotterCast!!!!Avatar Imagevespasian68967 says: Cool!! Looking forward to it very much.Avatar Imagearkapain says: Ahhhhhhhh I've read books by all of them and they're great :D I am so excited for this segment! It's bringing the talk of Harry Potter up a level to more "serious" stuffAvatar ImageGlowingnargle says: How much time of Pottercast will this take and will it be every episode? It seems very interesting! I must say I hope that there is still enough time left in every episode for the regular crew to talk though.Avatar ImageKatetheKeeper says: This seems interesting, it'll be great to hear a new take on the books in PotterCast. =]Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: This is a wonderful addition to the rich content that Pottercast delivers! I look forward to the contributions that these gifted and unique voices will make!Avatar Imagemollywobble says: I think this is great for the show, but I'm very surprised to see John Granger join Pottercast. Looking forward to his unique views on the series, but I didn't think he'd want to be a part of the "Leaky Mug Fandom." We're not so bad then, eh John?Avatar ImageJohn-Robert says: :]. YAY! im excited.Avatar ImageJohn-Robert says: :]. YAY! im excited.Avatar Imagenddulac says: wow - that's gong to be way cool! Avatar Imageapril_showers says: Woah. I'm really excited for this! Avatar Imageapril_showers says: Woah. I'm really excited for this! Avatar Imageapril_showers says: Woah. I'm really excited for this! Avatar Imageapril_showers says: Woah. I'm really excited for this! Avatar Imageliv-wa says: ooo...New segment [: Can't wait!Avatar Imageliv-wa says: ooo...New segment [: Can't wait!Avatar Imagepixi_jo says: Very cool. I love hearing discussion about the symbolism in the books. It always makes me look at the books in a different light.Avatar ImageRowling Stones says: awesome cant wait to hear it whats a pundit?Avatar ImageBlatcher914 says: I can't wait Harry Potter actually is the reason I claim I was good at analyzing books in high school. Can't wait for the new segment and the new episode! Avatar ImageBlatcher914 says: Oh and welcome welcome to all the new voices I will lbe hearing very very soon (please)Avatar ImageMOEgir198 says: ah omg john granger! i love him! i have 3 of his (signed) books Avatar Imagefireflys_locket says: Sounds very interesting! ^_^Avatar ImageVehs says: Yay! It's about time you got John Granger on the show, he is brilliant! This will really raise the level of discussion pottercast :)Avatar Imagepromote_elfish_welfare says: Yay, this sounds awesome! When will the new episode be up? Avatar ImageNicci Weasley says: I absolutely love the idea!! It sounds brilliant.... Can't wait! I didn't think pottercast could get any better, but there you go!Avatar Imagemadman1277 says: CANT WAIT Avatar Imagelexuslovesweasleys says: cool i cant wait to hear it. it should be great to have a new segmentAvatar ImageGranger10 says: Sounds interseting and fun!! Can't wait!Avatar ImageFifi says: Thats cool!Avatar Imagehepburn says: Can't wait! :)Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Great!! I might listen to that too!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: yayyyyyyy!! a new segment!!!! can't wait!!Avatar ImagelUnA jAnE says: this sounds so cool.......ive gotta remember to subscribe for my ipod :)Avatar ImageMiss Fawcett says: Weeeee exciting! Out of the three, I must say I've never heard of James W. Thomas. Can't wait to get to know him, then!Avatar Imageconfusedsoul says: I'm so excited I've wanted a segment like this for a long time. Can't wait!Avatar Imagesilvia_storti says: sounds really intriguing! looking forward to this... Pottercasters on a roll!!Avatar ImageBell Dema says: Look at all those Very Important People! I'm delighted that we are getting scholarly discussions, and even more so by experts on the field.Avatar Imagewandless witch says: I love this idea!! I am one of those that loves the intellectual debates and analysis of the books. Can't wait!!Avatar ImageTruckles says: Fastastic! I heard these guys speak at Azkataz in San Fransisco - excellent. Should be a great addition to PotterCast :)Avatar Imagekiwimci says: YES YES YES YES, thank you thank you thank you, the Ravenclaw in me has been missing this kind of Harry Potter discussion that used to be rampant on PotterCast. Yes thank you PotterCast- you're all genius. Cannot wait for this, excellent idea guys!Avatar ImageTheGriff says: Sounds great! can't wait to hear it.Avatar ImageMrs.Brisby says: This is excellent! Thank you Leaky and Welcome Potter Pundits!! Avatar ImageMrs.Brisby says: Wow, I'm kind of in shock that you pulled this together.... but then again you are the same people that got JKR on the show! I'm so excited for this!Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: cool. sounds greatAvatar ImageArianae426 says: Sweet, this is awesome!! Can't wait!Avatar ImageWerewolves Rule says: Cool, a new segment. Just when is the next PotterCast??? ~WR'sAvatar ImageCatherine says: awesome! we were gong over all this in my English Honors class at school! and my teacher loves Harry Potter (who doesnt think its the greatest peice of liturature ever?) and i was just thinking of reading the books for the umteenth time and looking for symbolism and such! so yeah!Avatar ImageCatherine says: i cant wait!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Very interesting...Avatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: This sounds awesome!! I love John Granger, and I can't wait to meet the other Pundits!! Avatar Imagemjkalldaway says: Can't wait for to listen to it on my iPod!Avatar ImageNCMcGonagall says: Excellent choice of some brilliant Harry Potter scholars. This should be great!Avatar ImageNCMcGonagall says: Hope this doesn't duplicate but it doesn't seem to have appeared the first time! Excellent choice of extremely knowledgeable Harry Potter scholars. Looking forward to it!Avatar ImageNCMcGonagall says: Excellent choice of three knowledgeable and entertaining Harry Potter scholars! I'm currently reading a book by each of them. Great idea! Thanks Leaky and PotterCast for keeping us on our toes!Avatar Imagehereward says: John and Travis I'm already a big fan of yours. Welcome to the show!Avatar ImageJillxoxo says: Oooh, more spirited debate - looking forward to it!Avatar Imageda_member0808 says: awesome!!! i can't wait :DDAvatar Imagewing says: hahahahahaahahaAvatar Imagewing says: hahahahahaahahaAvatar Imagewing says: hahahahahaahahaAvatar Imagecghambright says: Awesome I can't wait to listen. They will have ALOT to talk about because the Potter books are full of Symbolism and pretty much every literary theme in the English language. Avatar ImageSarah Wilkes says: John Granger? Holy heck! Yessss!!Avatar ImageHeartbreakDX says: FANTASTIC!!!! I'm dying for another PotterCast.Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: awesome! I CANT WAIT!Avatar Imagerotfang07 says: I'm a great admirer of John Granger even when he takes his propositions to the max, but, I then admire him even more when he admits he may have got it wrong!! He's a true fan, and honest to boot, looking forward to his contribution to Leaky, and well done Leaky for getting such a group of intelligent and wonderful people to join you on Ye Olde Leaky Knight Bus ... Avatar ImageAsta says: Good idea!!Avatar ImageAsta says: I can't wait to hear more about it...Avatar ImageAsta says: I can't wait to hear more about it...Avatar ImageAsta says: Good idea!!Avatar ImageCousinAndromeda says: I don't own an iPod, and I'm just getting the hang of MyLeaky after signing up for Facebook to keep up with a local permaculture group. Still, "Potter Pundit" would be a pretty good description of my own literary role in here in Potterverse. See, for example, my recent Obscurus topic, "The Weasely Twins and the Humbling of Capital," and, if I have permission to post it here somewhere, my poem "Ipsos Custodians" - dedicated to Alan Moore and JK Rowling, the political and moral implications of whose work it compares. Avatar ImageeiVega says: TRAVIS & GRANGER!! SO AWESOME! I AM VERY EXCITED FOR THE NEXT PODCAST! I'll feel like I'm back at Azkatraz or any other convention! Yay! :DAvatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Oooooooooooo!! This looks really awesome. Cannot wait to hear it, sounds so interesting!! :D :D XDAvatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Oooooooooooo!! This looks really awesome. Cannot wait to hear it, sounds so interesting!! :D :D XDAvatar ImageKiralay says: This will be amazing simply amazing. As if I needed another reason to love PotterCast.Avatar Imageroflravenclaw says: Wow I need to catch up with the leakynews happinings. I've been behind and I can't believe it. Looking foward to the new edition very much!!Avatar Imagealexwareham says: Kool!! Sound interesting!! Can't wait!!Avatar Imagevicky granger says: Wow ! That sounds amazing ! I can't wait, it's going to be soooo interesting ! Avatar Imagesmgkkg says: Sounds interesting!Avatar Imagesmgkkg says: sounds interesting!!!Avatar ImageLexitheAuror says: Awesome! I have John Granger's first HP book called The Hidden Key to Harry Potter. I can't wait to listen to this and the next adventure of Al Potter!Avatar Imagedaharja says: It was great! I really enjoyed it. They sound so intelligent. XD I feel special every time they mention a classic or idea that I'm familiar with.Avatar Imagevespasian68967 says: Just listened to the latest Pottercast. The Potter Pundits segment was brilliant!! Tremendously enjoyed it. I think people are still wanting to hear serious Potter discussion, and it sounds like Travis, John, & James can give it to us in a wide variety of ways. It also shows that serious discussion doesn't have to be stuffy, boring lectures either. That's a plus. :)Avatar Imagebookgirl3000 says: Welcome, welcome, to another year of... POTTERCAST!

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