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.


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The Potterverse: Chapter 31 – The Third Task | The Goblet Of Fire

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake discuss chapter 31 of Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire – The Third Task.

We chat why this chapter is a perfect pay off moment for all of the past experiences Harry has in previous years, why the the subversion of structure is a gold mine of opportunity, and why Bill is essentially Bender from The Breakfast Club

#NERDCLAN PREVIEW | Keep Calm And Crown On: 5.01 – “Queen Victoria Syndrome” (SEASON 5 PREMIERE)

Keep Calm And Crown On Hosts Mary & Blake chat the season 5 premiere of The Crown – episode 5.01, “Queen Victoria Syndrome”.

We discuss the dramatic irony of watching these events with Prince Charles against reality of King Charles, why the casting is perfect, and why Tom Hanks is the closest thing to an American version of the Queen…

The Potterverse: Chapter 30 – The Pensieve | The Goblet Of Fire

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake discuss chapter 30 of Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire – The Pensieve.

We chat why this chapter broadens the wizarding world in a very intentional way, how the pensieve actually works, and why Barty Crouch Jr. was always The Big Bad Wolf in plays at Azkaban…

The Potterverse: Chapter 29 – The Dream | The Goblet Of Fire

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake discuss chapter 29 of Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire – The Dream.

We chat the paternal roles being switched, why Crouch Jr. might be the best death eater ever, and why Eagle Owls are the Maserati of owls…

The Potterverse: Chapter 28 – The Madness Of Mr Crouch | The Goblet Of Fire

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake discuss chapter 28 of Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire – The Madness Of Mr Crouch.

We chat the underlying reason for hatemail, why we never thought Molly Weasley would ever be this petty, and why Viktor Krum would be more than happy to have COVID fog because of Hermione…

The Potterverse: Chapter 27 – Padfoot Returns | The Goblet Of Fire

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake discuss chapter 27 of Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire – Padfoot Returns.

We chat the importance and value of perspective in storytelling, a perfect onset of the third act, and why Blake *MIGHT* be beginning to like Sirius more than Snape…

The Potterverse: Chapter 26 – The Second Task | The Goblet Of Fire

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake discuss chapter 26 of Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire – The Second Task.

We chat the adaptation of the merpeople from the film, why there is tension for the sake of tension with Dobby, and why Hagrid should be Emily In Paris…

The Potterverse: Chapter 25 – The Egg And The Eye | The Goblet Of Fire

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake discuss chapter 25 of Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire – The Egg And The Eye.

We chat the multiple layers of the Snape/Moody confrontation, troublesome magical artifacts, and why Myrtle is just a tad too pervy for our tastes…

The Potterverse: Chapter 24 – Rita Skeeter’s Scoop | The Goblet Of Fire

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake discuss chapter 24 of Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire – Rita Skeeter’s Scoop.

We chat ingrained wizarding culture, a listener email almost brings them to tears, and why Mary goes full Marissa Tomei…