The Potterverse: A Harry Potter Podcast With Mary & Blake

A podcast dedicated to the entire film and book universe of Harry Potter.

Hosted ByMary & Blake Larsen

The Potterverse: A Harry Potter Podcast With Mary & Blake explores the entire universe and wizarding world of Harry Potter.

Married couple Mary (Gryffindor) & Blake (Slytherin) put aside their differences and discuss all things HP. From theme, to character studies, chapter by chapter breakdowns of the books, and full breakdowns of each film including the Fantastic Beasts series, we dive headfirst into what makes Harry Potter one of the best stories ever told. Be on the lookout for our personal stories, how we relate to each story and how we try to highlight the lesser appreciated perspectives throughout J.K. Rowling’s sprawling adventure.

Beware that spoilers are abound in this podcast! We will not be limiting our conversation only to the specific chapter which we are reading that episode. This is about the ENTIRE Potterverse – so the films, later chapters, or even entire other books will be examined every single episode.

Story Synopsis: Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizardHarry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s struggle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic and subjugate all wizards and Muggles (non-magical people).

The success of the books and eight subsequent films has allowed the Harry Potter franchise to expand with numerous derivative works, a traveling exhibition that premiered in Chicago in 2009, a studio tour in London that opened in 2012, a digital platform on which J.K. Rowling updates the series with new information and insight, and a variety of spin-off films premiering in November 2016 with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, among many other developments.


All Episodes

The Potterverse: Chapter 13 – Nicolas Flamel | The Sorcerer’s Stone

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 13 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – Nicolas Flamel.

We discuss how friendship is the key to discovering Nicolas Flamel, why The Sorcerer’s Stone is immediately associated with Snape, and we have a special guest appearance from our Little Lass…

The Potterverse: Chapter 12 – The Mirror Of Erised | The Sorcerer’s Stone

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 12 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – The Mirror Of Erised.

We discuss how much Dumbledore is in control of Harry’s fate, the author’s gift of showing and not telling us about her characters, and why Mary’s deepest desires involve Doritos and melatonin… 

The Potterverse: Chapter 11 – Quidditch | The Sorcerer’s Stone

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 11 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – Quidditch.

We discuss the author somehow keeping a play-by-play accounting of a fictional sport engaging, Harry’s purpose for not celebrating his big win, and how Hermione gets away with straight up lighting a professor on fire. 

The Potterverse: Chapter 10 – Hallowe’en | The Sorcerer’s Stone

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 10 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – Hallowe’en.

We discuss the why Hermione lied for the boys, Professors McGonagall’s intent, and the troughs at Fenway Park…

The Potterverse: Chapter 9 – The Midnight Duel | The Sorcerer’s Stone

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 9 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – The Midnight Duel.

We discuss the authors wholly unique descriptors, Hogwarts guiding Harry, and why Mary was scared to death by a little fly…

The Potterverse: Chapter 8 – The Potions Master | The Sorcerer’s Stone

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 8 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – The Potions Master.

We discuss Harry’s immediate blind hate of Snape, the secret Lily message in this chapter, and why Blake totally thinks Defense Against The Dark Arts is basically Tae Kwon Do…

The Potterverse: Chapter 7 – The Sorting Hat | The Sorcerer’s Stone

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 7 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – The Sorting Hat.

We discuss how the houses may have influenced YA stories forever, why Harry is always wrong and Snape is immediately misunderstood, and Hagrid Wasted…

The Potterverse: Chapter 6 – The Journey From Platform Nine And Three Quarters | The Sorcerer’s Stone

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 6 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – The Journey From Platform Nine And Three Quarters.

We discuss getting extremely thoughtful characterizations, understanding Malfoy, and Mary’s Pledge Of Allegiance…

The Potterverse: Chapter 5 – Diagon Alley | The Sorcerer’s Stone

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 5 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – Diagon Alley.

We discuss how the author foreshadows Harry’s impending struggles, why Ollivanders feels like a sacred ceremony, and why Hagrid needs a stiff drink in Diagon Alley…