Hello, Nerdy Bloggers!
I come to you today proudly flying my Geek Flag high. Quite literally, actually—as I write this, I’m flying home from a business trip. As is no surprise to most anyone reading this, I am quite the Harry Potter geek. What may be slightly less apparent is that I am a giant, Godzilla-sized podcast geek also. I subscribe to about 10 or so podcasts and occasionally take to listening to literature and theology classes via iTunes U. Fortunately for me, two of my favorite things coincide—Harry Potter fandom and podcasts. Today, I’d like to take some time to talk about a favorite of mine, Pottercast.
[Note: I may be preaching to the choir with this post (as I would wager that the majority of the HP fans that read my blog already subscribe to Pottercast), however, I am always interested in giving props to a movie, book, show, album, or podcast that I feel is relevant to my subject area and that I find noteworthy.]
Pottercast is the podcast of the popular Harry Potter fan site, The Leaky Cauldron. I began listening to Pottercast some months back when they began running a segment entitled, Potter Pundits, featuring the likes of Travis Prinzi, John Granger, and James Thomas. I’ve followed Travis and John for some time through their books and their blogs, The Hog’s Head and Hogwarts Professor, respectively. Having a great affinity for solid Harry Potter discussion, I immediately subscribed and began tuning in. What I got from the podcast was much greater than that.
Pottercast treats the listener not only to some good, serious discussion of the novels through their pundits segment, but also interjects Harry Potter news, fandom updates, movie and book analysis, interviews with the HP stars (not to mention, J. K. Rowling), and just plain, good ole laughter. The hosts, Melissa Anelli (webmistress of The Leaky Cauldron), John Noe (namesake of Dawlish), and Frankie Franko (aka Frak) have fantastic chemistry and play extremely well off of each other. What impressed me the most about the podcast was that the hosts did not just banter about aimlessly, as so many podcasts are apt to do. The playfulness is just right, without being too corny or off-topic. The discussions are spot-on, and yet inflected with just the right amount of humor. The diversity of segments offered in the show provides something interesting to just about any listener.
I would strongly recommend Pottercast to any serious Harry Potter fan out there. The show is witty and is a great place to find news, information, commentary, and serious Harry Potter discussion. Overall, I give The Leaky Cauldron’s, Pottercast, a two thumbs up on the Nerdy Blogger scale.
Got a podcast that you would recommend? Know of other up-and-coming sites or blogs that might be of interest here? Please post them in the comments and explain why you think they’re great. I’d love the hear them.