Yay—Megan’s back! She’s had her TWIN babies, so we get nitty-gritty with the baby stuff.




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Harry Potter! Let’s talk about it.

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Yes, there are SPOILERS in this episode—BUT we try our best to let you know ahead of time before we say something. You can fast-forward a bit if you don’t want to hear anything. Or, you can bookmark this podcast episode, finish the books, then come back and listen.

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There’s a site called The Leaky Cauldron devoted to nothing but HP.


AND there’s a podcast—and they interview JK Rowling! Makes us love her even more.

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She was interviewed by the BBC a few years ago, and the show is wonderful. Hard to find online, though. Here’s the best version we can find.

Megan’s into Once Upon a Time.

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She chats about it on her blog! Love the show? You’ll want to read her recap posts.

Tsh LOVES Call the Midwife. Loves, loves, loves it.

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The Mindy Project—a fun new show. Not hard-hitting or deep, but it’s good for some laughs.

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And if it’s nonfiction you’re after, you need to read Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist. Tsh just finished it, and it’s amazing.

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And Laura’s in it, too.

Have you read Harry Potter? What was your favorite book, your biggest surprise, the character you loved to hate? What shows are you in to these days? And are you a parent of twins, also?

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43 comments on “Talk About Magic

  1. Just got sucked into Call the Midwife several days ago. Love it too! Netflix has the first season and the second just started airing on PBS:)

  2. Tsh, absolutely LOOOVEEE your podcast. Have been listening to it for over 2 months now and I’m hooked. However just became curious after this last podcast as I am under the impression that you are a Jesus follower ( like me). However, confused me on the Harry Potter topic since my believes (along with many christians) is that Harry Potter is totally an unGodly novel as it contains lots of occult or Satanic subtexts which subconsciously messes with our spiritual connection with God. What are your thoughts on that?

  3. Tsh, I loooooove your podcast! It is my favorite and I am a podcast girl! Thank you!!

  4. Katie Apr 3, 2013

    Tsh I really loved this show. You spoke to my Harry Potter Nerd side. It nice to know that I am not alone with the emotional roller-coaster I experienced while reading all the books. It was also wonderful to see photos of the twins and even hear them cry in the background. I remember and sometimes miss the baby stage. They really do grow up fast.

    Thanks again!

  5. Please feel free to talk about Harry Potter all you want!!! I love it! You should read the Tales of Beedle the Bard. It gives the full story behind the tales they talk about in the last book. I think the funds for book purchases go to charity too. It helped me get through my Potter withdrawal…

  6. Hi Tsh, thanks for putting out another podcast! Megan’s twins are precious, and I hope your knee is recovering well. Anyway, I’m curious about your opinion on whether Call the Midwife is appropriate for kids. I’ve been watching Downton Abbey with my daughter (she digs it and can usually explain to me whatever I didn’t pick up on, which I love!). Anyway, looking for a replacement now to watch with her and her best friend, who’s 14. What do you think – could this be a candidate?

    • Hmm… This is tricky. It’s definitely clean, in the sense of it not having language or nudity issues. BUT it’s about childbirth (obviously), death, marriage, and other very adult topics. I’d say watch one first before you have her watch it with you. At that in-between age, it’d probably depend on each kid.

      • So, I watched the first episode. Love love loved it! I won’t be watching it with the kids but can’t wait to see the next one.

  7. Forgot to mention – my daughter’s 11.

  8. Whitney Apr 4, 2013

    Ooh, I’m SO glad you did a HP episode. I’m a meganerd and try to read the books through every year or so. There’s always something I forgot or missed.

    You mentioned the backstory that Rowling did for each character and I wanted to point out this website:


    It’s a HP wiki and I love reading the backstories there. One of my favorite parts of the series is that they have real times and dates for everything. It’s seriously like a history of another culture – a true parallel world!

    • Yes, I love that wiki and forgot to mention it. I’ve used it several times lately when Kyle’s asked me a question, simply because I’ve forgotten stuff. Amazing how thorough this whole world is, eh?

  9. Whitney Apr 4, 2013

    Also, Call the Midwife is on its second season every Sunday night – it’s my weekly ugly cry. So well done and touching without being over the top. I recently read the book and the show doesn’t spoil it at all. I still cried and laughed and enjoyed every minute of it. Can’t recommend it enough!

  10. Jasmine Apr 4, 2013

    Hi Tsh! I’m a new listener, Joy and Tracy talk about your podcast all the time on The Joy the Baker Podcast so I thought I’d check you out! I am SUCH a Harry Potter fan. I’m 20 and grew up reading and rereading the series so I loved hearing you and Megan chat about it! A peek into life with twins was fascinating too!

    Have you read The Casual Vacancy? It’s J.K. Rowling’s newest novel, written for adults. Compared to the magical world of Harry, the setting is downright ordinary, but the story is still a great one.

    • Hi Jasmine! So glad you’re listening. And I’ve wanted to read The Casual Vacancy ever since it came out, so glad to hear the recommendation. Thanks!

  11. Christy Apr 4, 2013

    This was one of my favourite podcasts yet! I loved the book-talk. I love Call the Midwife too!

  12. Oh man. My mom gave us the first three HP books for Christmas the year before the fourth one came out, and I’ve been reading them as they were published (and fighting my dad over our copy!) ever since. You can’t even imagine what it was like to have to wait so long for each one! Pure torture.

    I was living in Germany when Deathly Hallows was published, and a friend and I lined up at midnight outside the bookstore to get our (British edition) copy, then took them back to her apartment and lay in her room and very solemnly and ceremoniously read the first three chapters (it was supposed to be only one), pausing to discuss and let each one sink in. I finished it on the plane home from Europe and just sat on that plane at whateverthousand feet, sobbing. And the stewardess came over and saw what I had been reading and said, “I know! I just finished it last week [I had dragged out the reading as long as possible], and I was a mess!” and brought me some tissues.

    Anyway. Discussions of fantasy literature will bring me out from lurking every time. 😉 Great to hear Megan on the show! Good podcast, Tsh. ^_^

    • Oh man, I can’t even imagine… but what a cool memory for book 7! I remember slowing waaaaay down near the end to savor it all because I hated the thought of being done with Hogwarts. I was truly sad when it ended.

  13. Renee Apr 4, 2013

    I’m so glad I heard about Call the Midwife on your podcast! I watched it on PBS last fall but I hadn’t heard that it started up again. Love that show!

    The show that my hubby and I are currently addicted to is called “The Americans” on FX. We found it on Hulu and now we’re addicted. Kerri Russell plays an imbedded Russian KGB spy in Washington D.C. in the 1980s. Not my favorite era of US history, but this show is great! It’s very suspenseful and exciting!

    Thanks for all the HP talk, I miss talking about those books! I’ve probably read them all twice, but not in a row (mostly to prep for the movies coming out). I do remember **crying** at the end of book 7 and my husband (who has only read book 1 and doesn’t want to go on) was laughing at me!

  14. YAY! Baby names, plus Harry Potter geekery and Once Upon a Time?! Best podcast ever.
    Also, starting Call the Midwife with a friend tomorrow, can’t wait!

  15. I listened to the podcast on the way home from work today. All the Harry Potter talk made me want to re-read the whole series again. One of my husband’s and my first dates (when we were still dating, not married) was to get book 5 at midnight. It was fun reading them together and discussing all the details of it. I always plowed through trying to find out what was going to happen and he liked to savor it and make it last!

    I’m definitely checking out the Call the Midwife series.

    Another fun podcast. I like yours and Megan’s conversations.

  16. LOVED this episode. I listen every week, and you stole me at HP. I am a Harry Potter Lover to the core. I loved your listening to your insights on when the book became more “grown up”, because I never thought of it that way, but you are right. I can’t wait unitl my kids get to discover the adventures of HP and relive it all again through them.

  17. Such a great podcast! I could listen to you two talk about Harry Potter and Once Upon a Time for hours. Once is a great show – especially for those who like to geek out over anything Disney. I’m excited to checkout Call the Midwife – I’ve been looking for a Downton Abbey replacement. Another great show to watch is “Scandal” starring Kerry Washington. It’s like the West Wing meets Homeland meets General Hospital. It’s basically a hot mess – but in a good way!

  18. Loved all the Harry Potter talk! My husband and I read them aloud to each other pre-kids. My son is now only 10 months old, but I can’t wait to share them with him someday too!

    I’ve only been listening for a few weeks, but have made it through most of the episodes during the afternoon while I chase the little guy around. It’s been such a joy and encouragement to me. Thank you for taking the time to do it!

  19. I love the harry potter series! And I totally do that whole ‘slow down on the last book of a series to make it last’ thing. I seriously mourn when a great series is over. They’re like friends you get to know and don’t get to visit with anymore (and now I sound absolutely crazy. I have a 7 month old boy (my first) and we had a homebirth with a midewife, and so I’ve recently become obsessed with Call the Midwife! LOVE! (the episode where chummy has the breech delivery?!!) Can’t wait for more episodes!

    Oh, one more thing! There’s a book series by Cassandra Clare called ‘The Mortal Instruments’ and another called “The Infernal Devices’. They’re fantasy, but sent in our world. You might like them, they’re super easy reads but so much fun!

  20. By far my favorite of your podcasts! So very fun. I’m expecting my third little one next month so the baby chat was perfect and I recently discovered Call the Midwife and am completely hooked! I wish Chummy was my next door neighbor. And of course, I always love geeking out about Harry Potter :)

  21. One of my favorite podcasts so far: Die-hard Potter and Call the Midwife fan over here! I watched all 7 episodes (new ones every Sunday now on PBS.org) in 2 days. I’ve even bugged my friends so much to watch it that I have been taking it personally that they haven’t seen even one episode yet! hah.
    Sarah M

  22. Wanted to let you know, I found a better youtube video of the documentary of JK Rowling (pt.3 & 4 doesn’t have audio): http://youtu.be/p6-6zaa4NI4.
    Loved the podcast today!

  23. My favorite episode yet!!! (And I think I’ve listened to every single one!) I saved this podcast to listen to during a flight, and I almost died from anticipation because I knew you were going to talk about Harry Potter. You’re not the last people to have read the books, I read all seven books just last year for the first time. Now, I’ve got my husband to read them, and he just finished book four. I cried through book seven too, but I read the whole thing in 24 hours because I just couldn’t put it down! However, unlike you, I actually watched each movie before reading the book. My sister-in-law convinced me to watch the movies first, because then when I read the books, I’d appreciate the fuller, richer story, and not get hung up on all the things that were left out of the movies. It actually worked, now I love the books dearly, but I also enjoy the movies as the “cliff notes” of the story.

    I didn’t read HP sooner, because I thought it was satanic, although I’d never done any research. A few minutes of research revealed that most of what I’d been told about HP and J.K. Rowling was not based on fact. Actually, in an interview with Oprah, J.K. clearly states that the seventh book especially contains Christian imagery, since that was her religious upbringing. Anyway, feel free to geek out on HP to your hearts content!

  24. Brandi S Apr 9, 2013

    I loved this podcast! I grew up with the Harry Potter books. I’m 25 and expecting my first little one in October. I honestly am a little sad that my kids won’t get to experience Harry Potter as I experienced it, growing up with Harry, waiting for the next book to come out, and being at emotional maturity for the more adult books (end of 4-7). I’m just not sure how I will be able to keep my kids from flying through them….Although, the waiting was awful as I was going through the series. :)

    Awesome podcast overall!

  25. Have you read the book of Call the Midwife? It was fabulous (except for one pretty graphic chapter in the middle about a brothel…yikes! I realize that it was true to life, but… :) ) and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about post-war London culture. As long as the show doesn’t stick with the book for that one chapter, I’d love to see their interpretation!

  26. Crystal Corliss Apr 12, 2013

    I really enjoyed this pod cast :) I really hope you discuss more books in the future in detail like this!

  27. Melissa May 1, 2013

    Just when I thought I couldn’t enjoy SimpleMom anymore, you had to go and throw Harry Potter into the mix! I’ve always completely respected how diverse the topics on the podcast are but this one is my favorite so far! I was hesitant to read them at first too, but now I completely agree that when somebody says ‘Oh, I’ve seen the movies’, they are totally missing out! Thanks for the great podcast and for being so relatable, ladies!

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