“Beyond the Veil” Episode 2: “There’s Nothing Shameful About Being Different”

The Harry Potter series inspired a love of reading in millions, and some of us even learned how to read using these magical books. In our interview with Emily Garrison, we discuss how she identified with Harry’s outsider status, how the books helped her overcome a major learning obstacle, and how the Potter books helped her deal with grief. You can listen to this episode down below or on our podcast page.

On Episode 2, we discuss…



→Having a learning difficulty can make you feel like an outsider, just like Harry

The magic of the books pushing us to overcome our challenges

What’s to love about Harry and Sirius’s relationship?

Not taking the power of reading for granted

There’s nothing shameful about being different

This week’s Whisper: learning valuable lessons from a character you hate

If you have a Potter story you want to share, we’d love for you to join us as a guest on the podcast! Please fill out the form on our website. At the end of every show, we also read anonymous submissions from anyone who doesn’t want to have their name shared with their story. You can also submit anonymous stories through our website.

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Madison Ford

I’m a native Texan currently living in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and our feisty dog Ellie. I’m a poet, a reader, and I host and produce MuggleNet’s mental health Harry Potter podcast, Beyond the Veil. I love rock climbing, hiking, and searching for seashells on Oregon beaches.