Potterless: Re-experiencing the series through the novel lens of a twenty-something
A few weeks ago, I was perusing the Podcast app on my iPhone and stumbled across a show called Potterless, and naturally, considering my status as a self-proclaimed Harry Potter super fan, I was intrigued and started listening to the first episode right away.
Getting back into the swing of HP things
Back in the day, aka when the Harry Potter books and movies were being churned out on a regular basis, I listened to Mugglecast (which still exists today) all the time. Once the news and rumors died down quite a bit, however, I stopped listening.
I’m happy to say that Potterless has revived my interest in the world of Potter podcasting.
Hosted by Mike Schubert, a twenty-something dude who has never read the Harry Potter series, Potterless is a weekly show that breaks down the books in a way that long-time fans are sure to find entertaining and nostalgic.
Real talk though: how do I apply to be a guest?
Starting with Sorcerer’s Stone and going on from there chronologically, each episode addresses a small section of the current pick (I’m currently listening to #22 about Goblet of Fire, Chapters 31-33, though the most recent episode available is tackling Half-Blood Prince, Chapters 15-16). Also, each installment features a super fan guest, which provides insight and adds to the fun.
Real talk though: how do I apply to be a guest? One of my favorite things to talk about IS Harry Potter…so it seems like a perfect fit to me!
I often wish I could perform a memory-wiping spell on myself to cleanse my noggin of everything I know about Harry Potter, just so I could experience that magic again for the first time.
And I don’t think I’m alone in feeling that way.
But…what’s the next best thing? Getting to live vicariously through the journey of someone else reading the series for the first time.
…hearing the stories recapped by an individual who’s much older than the target audience makes for some great laughs.
Schubert and his guests do not hold back at all when it comes to ripping on J.K. Rowling’s work, which seems like it might offend people like myself, but I can assure you that hearing the stories recapped by an individual who’s much older than the target audience makes for some great laughs.
Oh, and they pack a hearty amount of swears into every hour or so long podcast. Harry Potter might technically be for kids, but this show is definitely made for us so-called adults who grew up with the series.
Although, that’s not to say that this podcast couldn’t inspire other Potter newbies to want to delve into the books on a similar journey.
A magical discovery
…Potterless is just a genuinely enjoyable listen regardless of topic or theme.
Between Quidditch hating (I’m pretty sure Schubert started #FuckQuidditchFriday on Twitter), making fun of stupid character names, and harping on how bad of a bully Draco Malfoy is (he truly is the worst), Potterless is just a genuinely enjoyable listen regardless of topic or theme.
Mike Shubert, who I must say has a great voice for radio, seems to have struck podcast gold with this concept.
At the end of the day, the experience is twofold: the host gets to discover the magic of the wizarding world for the first time, and all of us fans get to re-discover the various reasons why we fell in love with it in the first place.