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Welcoming the Potter Pundits

Posted by: Melissa
August 29, 2009, 08:00 PM

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 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

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 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!

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1020 Points

This sounds interesting. A new segment on PotterCast will be awesome!

Posted by butterbeer bottle on August 29, 2009, 08:08 PM report to moderator
1252 Points

Love the idea; can’t wait to hear it!

Posted by Princess Leia on August 29, 2009, 08:11 PM report to moderator
81 Points


Posted by Deb25 on August 29, 2009, 08:20 PM report to moderator
738 Points

Just another reason that Pottercast is the BEST Potter podcast out there!

Posted by bettb [ITC!] on August 29, 2009, 08:25 PM report to moderator
2064 Points

This sounds like an awesome idea, can’t wait to hear it!

Posted by hp29 [ROAR!] on August 29, 2009, 08:32 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

Yeah sounds like an cool idea! Can’t wait to hear it! :)

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on August 29, 2009, 08:40 PM report to moderator
130 Points

Dude whens the nextpottercast coming out??? first Hufflepuff to comment go Pufflers!!

Posted by PuffLevels on August 29, 2009, 08:52 PM report to moderator
1435 Points

Can’t wait to hear it! Another segment should be great.

Posted by The Whomping Willow on August 29, 2009, 08:55 PM report to moderator
16258 Points


Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on August 29, 2009, 09:06 PM report to moderator
58 Points

This actually great, better than say Scribby5 and the Modcast.
What a fun way to kick off season 5 of PotterCast!

Posted by ~Dumbles4ever~ on August 29, 2009, 09:18 PM report to moderator
48 Points

Whoa, how did Leaky swing this..great stuff. First the acting troop, now this…awesome. Welcome to the Pundits.

Posted by DartFrog on August 29, 2009, 09:42 PM report to moderator
48 Points

Whoa, how did Leaky swing this..great stuff. First the acting troop, now this…awesome. Welcome to the Pundits.

Posted by DartFrog on August 29, 2009, 09:43 PM report to moderator
48 Points

Whoa, how did Leaky swing this..great stuff. First the acting troop, now this…awesome. Welcome to the Pundits.

Posted by DartFrog on August 29, 2009, 09:43 PM report to moderator
35 Points

When?? i am dying for some more PotterCast!!!!

Posted by Rosie.Ravenclaw.Weasley on August 29, 2009, 09:54 PM report to moderator
590 Points

Cool!! Looking forward to it very much.

Posted by vespasian68967 on August 29, 2009, 09:56 PM report to moderator
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