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Harry, Ron & Hermione: Three Ways To Become a Hero | Harry Potter

Harry, Ron & Hermione: Three Ways To Become a Hero | Harry Potter

January 20, 2020

Harry Potter's three main characters are the heroes of the story, but in vastly different ways, which can teach us a lot about ourselves and how to face injustices in our societies. We welcome back huge Potterhead and patron Lireza Elezaj to join Gil Kidron in breaking down Harry's heroism in facing his inevitable fate with his head held high, Ron's decision to endanger his privileges and family to fight for the rights of other people, and Hermione's journey to accept that the deck is stacked against her and that others want to risk themselves for her.


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In Defense of Severus Snape: Fought The Nazis. Eventually

In Defense of Severus Snape: Fought The Nazis. Eventually

November 4, 2019

Is Severus Snape a horrible person who abused a traumatized child or a fighter against the dark forces? Is he a cynical person who only saw the light when the darkness consumed his loved one, or is he a victim of his upbringing? Anke Bosma, a long time patron of Got Academy with a Masters in Literary Studies and an ardent Potterhead, is coming to defend Snape against the evil forces who want to disparage him, aka Gil Kidron and his arguments about child care.


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In Defense of Dumbledore: He’s Not a God and Knows to Prepare Students For Life

In Defense of Dumbledore: He’s Not a God and Knows to Prepare Students For Life

October 7, 2019

Is Dumbledore really to blame for the flaws in the wizarding world? Should he have done better? After last week's podcast with writer Ariella Yashar, airing out her beef with the great Albus Dumbledore, huge Potterhead and patron Lireza Elezaj comes to his defense with very compelling arguments. He is a powerful wizard, but not a deity, so he doesn't know everything that is going on in Hogwarts; his hiring practices are inclusive, look at the big picture and are oftentimes restricted by reality, and he knows that young wizards need to go through trials and tribulations to be prepared for the wizarding world, knowing and controlling their powers. Gil Kidron waves a white flag, apologizes to the great Dumbledore and tries to repent.


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Harry Potter: Why Dumbledore is BAD At His Job

Harry Potter: Why Dumbledore is BAD At His Job

September 30, 2019

Hogwarts principle Dumbledore is a revered wizard and beloved character in the Harry Potter series, but is he any good? Harry Potter is a timeless story that has captivated millions and millions of people, with its world-building, loveable characters, steady narrative through the years and holistic feel. Even though we admire it and its writer, JK Rowling, we need to talk about Albus. Writer Ariella Yashar has a beef with Dumbledore and she wants to set things straight - he's very bad at his job. Gil Kidron tries to rush to the legendary headmaster's defense

Check out Ariella's blog at https://arielligator.wordpress.com


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Dangerous “Nice Guys” in Movies: Snape, Jorah and Jacob

Dangerous “Nice Guys” in Movies: Snape, Jorah and Jacob

June 17, 2019

In our second Social Justice in Movies podcast, Gil Kidron welcomes new collaborator Dr. Ashley Phillips. In this conversation we talk about the "nice guy" archetype in movies, and not the kinda of nice guy we automatically think about, the teddy bear kind who just wants to help and then finishes last. More like the guy who thinks that if he does certain things that are considered "nice", he's entitled to get the girl. 


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