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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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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

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

Can’t wait for this!! I can never get enough of Hank and John =)
Although half twelve is a bit late, I shall try to listen to at least some of it live. I hope UStream doesn’t crash, but I do prefer it to TalkShoe. See you there!

Posted by Becca on January 27, 2009, 05:14 AM report to moderator

This is going to be so made of awesome!!!!!

Posted by Beth on January 27, 2009, 05:44 AM report to moderator

OK so I’m sorry but I’m still alitte confused…so you can’t be in the chat or call in unless you have an account? Is there a number we can call to listen to it or can you only listen though the internet? :|

Posted by Lorelai on January 27, 2009, 06:11 AM report to moderator

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by Snapes_Angel_23 on January 27, 2009, 09:28 AM report to moderator

Always the Thursdays when I can’t be there! I was delighted last week because you actually had a live recording when I was around, but oh well.

Posted by Brad on January 27, 2009, 10:01 AM report to moderator

Yay! I saw Melissa’s video yesterday about the struggle to get in touch with them, and I’m so glad this is finally happening! John and Hank are awesome, and combining them with you guys… This is going to be one amazing PotterCast! =) See you on Thursday!

Also, Accio Deathly Hallows might be spoiler free, but it’s amazing how many things Hank actually got right, haha…

Posted by Stine on January 27, 2009, 10:01 AM report to moderator

Hank and John Green FTW! Can’t wait…should be a lot of fun! Thanks for your persistance in making this happen! :)

Posted by MJLeakyCon on January 27, 2009, 11:19 AM report to moderator

I WISH!!! It’ll be like 12:30am friday over here :( My mom will still be downstairs so i won’t be able to sneek on :( and i’d have school like 8 hours after it’s started and i’d have to get ready,, sooo this time it’s not gonna happen or the time after :( I have the day off school but my mom only lets me have the day off if im ill and im a really bad liar :( ’Ox

Posted by ChantyBabez on January 27, 2009, 12:58 PM report to moderator

WOOOOOOOOOO!! Nerdfighters!! :)

Posted by Gena on January 27, 2009, 01:25 PM report to moderator

YEAH! We actually get warning this time. I’m so excited for Thursday. It’s going to be so much fun. I love John and Hank! They’re so funny. Now we get Pottercast every Thursday. It’s going to be like an improv television show about the best book in the world except very different!

Posted by aridnie on January 27, 2009, 05:22 PM report to moderator

ahh im ssooo excited about this!
this is definitely one of the best descriptions of nerdfighters that i have ever read.
It’ll be epic.
John and Hank are made of awesome, as are the pottercasters.

Posted by Kira902k on January 27, 2009, 07:19 PM report to moderator

Squee! Nerdfighters are frakkin’ awesome, PotterCast is frakkin’ awesom, and when combined make for a very squeeful moment, indeed.

Posted by Rolf on January 27, 2009, 08:17 PM report to moderator
Potter ohpd :)


Posted by Potter ohpd :) on January 27, 2009, 09:13 PM report to moderator
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