“Beyond the Veil” Episode 27: “Talking About Your Feelings Doesn’t Make You a Wimp”

Throughout the years, Harry Potter has been there to help fans in so many different ways. In this episode, Benjamin Marshall shares his experience with wand carving as a way to help with the negative thoughts that accompany depression and OCD. You can listen to this episode down below or on our podcast page.

CONTENT WARNING: This entire episode contains a candid discussion about suicide. Much of our discussion takes place during 20:44–26:45, but the subject comes up throughout the entire discussion. If you’re struggling, please know that you’re not alone. You can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or chat with a representative online.



On Episode 27, we discuss…

→ OCD: how to cope when intrusive thoughts come pounding at the door

→ Feeling out of place at home after six days in a psychiatric hospital

→ A life-changing new hobby: wand carving

→ Where mental health and wand carving collide

→ Reading the books with new empathy

→ The importance of sharing your mental health experiences with others, spoken and in writing

→ If you’d like to read Benjamin’s book, please visit his website: http://benjaminjamesmarshall.com/

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.