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Episode 6: A Murder of Crones

In myths and folktales, a Crone watches over the hero in childhood, but the Crone isn't any old woman. The Crone is a conduit between worlds, and a male character who's an archetypal Crone is a key figure in Harry Potter. Harry understanding Crones makes him a whole person and, ultimately, Master of Death.

Episode 6: A Murder of Crones

Episode 5: Our Father

Why is Cedric Diggory the one who dates the girl Harry fancies? Why does McGonagall wait for Hagrid on Privet Drive? And why is Neville Longbottom responsible for Harry becoming a Seeker? An examination of the Father archetype in Harry Potter.

Episode 5: Our Father

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Episode 4: Mother, May I?

Why does Hermione get a cat in her third year? What do Hagrid, Molly Weasley and Dolores Umbridge have in common? And what links the sphinx in the maze to Cho Chang? An exploration of the Mother archetype in HP.

Episode 4: Mother, May I?

Episode 3: Iron Maiden

What links Ginny and Parvati in Goblet of Fire? Why did JK Rowling put Tonks and Lupin together, or Fleur Delacour and Bill Weasley? Why does Harry insult Fleur for Ginny but not Hermione for Cho? A look at the Maiden archetype in the Harry Potter books.

http://archive.org/download/QHTP03/QHTP03.mp3

Episode 2: This Old Man

Some of JK Rowling's most important "game pieces" are classic archetypes. What links Dumbledore, Ron Weasley and Sirius Black? A look at the Wise Old Man, especially a sub-type that JK Rowling favors, a twist on the familiar "fairy godmother".

http://archive.org/download/QHTP02/QHTP02.mp3

Episode 1: The Kids' Table

What three words can sum up the Harry Potter series? What do Voldemort, the Dursleys, and Dolores Umbridge have in common with The New York Times, the Academy Awards, and a children's book publisher? And what do they all have to do with Dumbledore's will?

http://archive.org/download/QHTP01/QHTP01.mp3