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Accio Nerdfighters: Live Recording of PotterCast 183 Thursday with the VlogBrothers!

Posted by: Melissa
January 26, 2009, 10:50 PM

(Episode 182 will be out soon! Meanwhile...)

Nearly three days of warning this time! You may have already heard on YouTube, but: this Thursday's LIVE recording of PotterCast will be a very special one, featuring Hank and John Green, otherwise known as the Vlogbrothers! The show will be live at PotterCast's channel.

Who are the Vlogbrothers, (some of) you ask? Hank Green, who runs, and his brother John, a Printz-award winning/NYT Bestselling young adult novelist, started "Brotherhood 2.0" on YouTube in 2007. Originally, the brothers pledged to alternate posting videos every weekday, to get to know each other better while (almost completely) swearing off textual communication for the year.

A lot of Peeps, happy dances, puffy hair, songs about Helen Hunt and (fortunately) poorly fonted arcade games later came "Accio Deathly Hallows," the little spoiler-free song Hank posted to the channel three days before the release of the seventh Harry Potter book. The video went super-viral, and, athough this doesn't always happen when videos spiral through the Internet, a lot of fans started subscribing to the channel that produced the funny.

A year and a half after that video, the Vlogbrothers are at the head of their own phenomenon, with more than 58,000 YouTube subscribers in tow, an extraordinarily large portion of which (because of Hank's song) are Harry Potter fans. They are known for many things: their silly antics, a lot of hilarity involving pants, and the annual Project 4 Awesome, during which they commandeer YouTube and steer thousands of viewers to hundreds of important organizations and charities. The thing for which they are most most recognized, however, is the concept of Nerdfighting. Based around the idea that it's much better to be a traditionally defined "nerd" - that it's better to be intelligent and active in the world than vapid and passive, this concept has inspired thousands of young people to be more fully themselves. If you are reading this, chances are you're a nerdfighter, whether you knew it or not. The Nerdfighting community is strong, passionate and highly organized (and always taking members); their main aim is, as the brothers put it, to decrease "worldsuck."

We have a lot to talk about with these guys, and it promises to be a most funny and special show, so make sure to tune in!

NOTE, especially to those who have been at earlier live shows: We are not doing this via TalkShoe this time. This time and in the future we'll be on UStream, here. The show starts on Thursday at 7:30, but we will be opening the room early for people to get situated and chat. Get in there early! You can only chat with an account, and to be alerted when we start broadcasting, make sure to "follow" the channel. We hope this is the last thing for which we make you sign up for live shows. We'll be taking calls and questions from the chat.

You can learn more about the guys at any of their many web sites:
Hank at
John at
YouTube Channel
DFTBA records

See you then! And here, have a video - no spoilers! :)

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For. The. Win. I’m very excited about this—this might be the best Pottercast live on ustream on a Thursday with the vlogbrothers in 2009 yet! So well done on acquiring these awesome guest-hosts!

Posted by Arka on January 26, 2009, 10:58 PM report to moderator

I’m so excited that you have John and Hank Green on the show, but disappointed that because of time zones I’ll be working during the recording. I’ll make sure to listen though.

Posted by forthejokes on January 26, 2009, 11:07 PM report to moderator

I just finished watching all their videos a couple days ago. Talk about coincidences. :) I love the vlogbrothers.

Best Wishes!!!

Posted by Melissa on January 26, 2009, 11:08 PM report to moderator

I am so excited for this! Pottercast and the Green brothers! What more could anyone want? Well…Pottercast, Green brothers, and Jo would be nice, but I’ll take what I can get. :D

Posted by Elise on January 26, 2009, 11:21 PM report to moderator

Yay! John and Hank are my heroes basically.

This is going to be SO awesome!

Posted by G. on January 26, 2009, 11:43 PM report to moderator

how do we “call in” with skype/cell phones? what is the number and if it is through skype do we have to be approved before the show? THANKS! I am soooo excited for this!

Posted by jeanna on January 26, 2009, 11:44 PM report to moderator

Eep! I’m so excited for this!

I usually watch them and PotterCast videos simultaneously. It’s going to be the best podcast ever.

Posted by Paulina on January 27, 2009, 12:02 AM report to moderator

Where’s ep 182?

Posted by Lupin on January 27, 2009, 12:06 AM report to moderator

Where’s ep 182?

Posted by Lupin on January 27, 2009, 12:06 AM report to moderator

YAY! John and Hank are the most awesome guys ever!!! Read John’s books kids. They are really amazing…better written than Twilight.(and don’t start yelling at me….I’m a fan but, John has great skills! read and judge for yourself) I can’t wait till Thursday!

Posted by Paige on January 27, 2009, 12:10 AM report to moderator

That is the best summary of the whole Nerdfighter/Vlogbrothers history I’ve ever seen Melissa!
This is probably gonna be one of the greatest Pottercasts ever; with all that awsome in one (although virtual) room!!!

Posted by MadameSuede on January 27, 2009, 01:04 AM report to moderator

John Green is a great author for YA. He writes with a purpose, yet he doesn’t fail to make you laugh with his smart & witty writing style. You always get wonderful things out of his books, yet it comes so natural, you won’t even notice. Give his books a try if you haven’t already.

Posted by Joan on January 27, 2009, 01:36 AM report to moderator

Who the eff is Hank? ;)

Posted by stewiegryf on January 27, 2009, 01:59 AM report to moderator

I love John and Hank!!!!!!!! If anyone wants to be thoroughly entertained, educated, and get their heart warmed all at the same time, one should watch every video the Vlog Brothers have ever made ( John is a best-selling author that writes young adult fiction (and wins awards) and educates us about current events in the world. Hank has a website all about eco-friendly technology and writes original songs about things like Harry Potter and Helen Hunt. Although his one about the Miniature Soccer Team is my favorite. :) Seriously, if you think you’re cool and you don’t watch these guys…you are not as cool as you could otherwise be!!! Nerdfighters!!!

Posted by Jules on January 27, 2009, 02:01 AM report to moderator

yaay the vlogbrothers! But this time make sure to edit it and put it online QUICKLY! Other than that, every Thursday with a live show will be a blast!!! :)

Posted by Adam on January 27, 2009, 03:02 AM report to moderator
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