Harry Potter and the Hot Takes

Harry Potter and the Hot Takes

Latest Episodes

"Obliviate Should Be Illegal" w/ Carrie Wittmer
January 09, 2020

After a brief (9 month) hiatus, Harry Potter and the Hot Takes is back, baby! First, we will release previously unreleased episodes, and then we will be kicking off Season 2 with brand new episodes with HOT HOT TAKES and HOT HOT GUESTS! ~~~~~~~~~~~ Enj

"Hermione is Black" w/ Jordan Pesci
April 11, 2019

Actress/Writer Jordan Pesci (@pescilovesyou) combines her knowledge and passion for Harry Potter, history, and black feminist theory for the woke-est episode of Harry Potter and the Hot Takes yet. Katie and Jordan kick things off by confirming their cho

"Quidditch Makes No Sense" w/ Ian Mather
March 14, 2019

It's time to address the broomstick in the room... Quidditch makes absolutely no G-D sense. This week Katie chats with Author/Comedian Ian Mather (@ianxmather) about the dirty, sticky frat house that is the Gryffindor Common Room, the fact that wizards ar

"Have You Heard of A Very Potter Musical?" w/ Paris Adkins
February 28, 2019

In episode 7 aka The Time That Dobby Died, Katie is joined by UCB improv queen Paris Adkins (@paris.adkins) who at her peak HP crazy read the entire series 27 times. In one year. Yes, you read that correctly. Katie and Paris discuss being a middle school

"Harry and Ron Are F*ckboys" w/ Kelsey Caine
February 19, 2019

Episode 6 is here, aka Harry Potter Spring Break. This week's guest is the brilliant Kelsey Caine (@kelsey_caine), mastermind behind the Chrissy Teigen approved, controversial satirical character, Penis C.K. Katie and Kelsey do their best to get sued thi

"A Bottom's Worst Nightmare" w/ Zach Teague
February 15, 2019

In Episode 5 aka The One Where Harry Desperately Needs A Therapist, Katie has a blast with comedian Zach Teague (@zachteague), host of the monthly comedy shows Haus Party @ Chelsea Music Hall and Bottomless @ Westside Comedy Club. They play fun games li

"The Liberty Bell is a Port Key" w/ Greg Hyde
February 06, 2019

Katie is joined by comedian Greg Hyde (@hydeyourlunch) and they quickly realize they're both originally from Philly. After unpacking the iconic Philly accent, and where Philly Hogwarts is located, Greg and Katie get down to business with a new segment, 'M

"Where Are The Parents?!" w/ Vanessa Ogbuehi
January 31, 2019

In the third episode of Harry Potter and the Hot Takes, aka Prisoner of Azkaban, Katie chats with Philly-based actor Vanessa Ogbuehi! Vanessa wasn't allowed to read Harry Potter when she was growing up, so she just read the first book for the FIRST TIME!

"Hogwarts is a Sex Palace" w/ Steve Clark
January 24, 2019

Katie chats with comedian and YouTuber Steve Clark (creator of the viral "I Try To Understand Game of Thrones" videos) about Power Rangers, Avengers, SpiderMan, Bird Box, The Happening, and eventually Harry Potter. Steve's hot take addresses something we'

"Eddie Redmayne Sucks" w/ Matt Carlstrom
January 17, 2019

In this inaugural episode of Harry Potter and the Hot Takes, Katie Johantgen (comedian/host/Gryffin-puff) chats with Matt Carlstrom (producer + content strategy at Big Think/Gryffin-slyth) about the stigma around the different Hogwarts houses, his favorit