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: Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone Book Review + Wrap-Up & Mailbag

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake review the total book of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone, plus do a little mailbag from the listeners!

We discuss if each of the main characters have successful arcs, the audacity of the world building, and why Snape may or may not be a fan of cruises and beer…

The Potterverse: Chapter 17 – The Man With Two Faces | The Sorcerer’s Stone

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 17 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – The Man With Two Faces.

We discuss if the book stands on it’s own as a singular work, why Harry being a passive character in the end is the right choice, and Voldemort just needs to find a Hot Topic…

The Potterverse: Chapter 16 – Through The Trapdoor | The Sorcerer’s Stone

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 16 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – Through The Trapdoor.

We discuss the value of bookends and symmetry, why Quirrell waits so long to get the stone, and why Dumbledore only cares about two things: cake and Kelly Clarkson…

The Potterverse: Chapter 15 – The Forbidden Forest | The Sorcerer’s Stone

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 15 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – The Forbidden Forest.

We discuss why McGonagle may have more up her sleeve than what appears, Harry’s choice to leave his stasis, and the Exorcism Of Emily Rose… 

The Potterverse: Chapter 14 -Norbert The Norwegian Ridgeback | The Sorcerer’s Stone

The Potterverse Hosts Mary & Blake chat chapter 14 of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – Norbert The Norwegian Ridgeback.

We discuss the narrative clunkiness of this chapter, the author growing in her story, and why Madam Pomfrey cares about one thing and one thing only: HIPPA.

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…