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What to watch and listen to this weekend: Streamable TV magic, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast



This weekend, avid Harry Potter fans return to J.K. Rowling's wizarding world with the premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts follows the famous magizoologist's adventures in 1920s New York. Aside from the obvious choice of a Harry Potter marathon, there are plenty of streamable movies and TV shows that are just as magical.

Check out our movie critic's review of Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them.

The Magicians, Syfy: The Hogwarts of The Magicians is Brakebills, where the highly-intelligent and misunderstood learn magic. No wands, but plenty of booze and adult activities.

Previous coverage: Tampa Bay native Arjun Gupta talks learning practical magic on The Magicians

Pan's Labyrinth: A young Spanish girl must make it through an ancient mysterious maze to gain immortality as a lost princess. Rent on Amazon.

Once Upon A Time, ABC: Perfect for fans of Disney and fairy tales. In one universe, the characters are normal, small-town-dwelling adults. In another, they're famous storybook characters and villains. Stream on Netflix and Hulu.

The Craft: Three wannabe witches plus one telekinetic teenager equals the destruction of enemies and a thirst for magical power. A quintessential witch movie. Watch on Hulu.

Practical Magic: A feel-good tale about two born witches who have avoided magic most of their lives, until it threatens their family. Rent on Amazon.

Watch this weekend


Available to stream: Beat Bugs, The Battle of Midway, Colin Quinn: The New York Story, Divines, Prelude to War, San Pietro, Sour Grapes, Thunderbolt, Tunisian Victory, Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines, Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia, WWII: Report from the Aleutians (all Netflix).

The Exorcist, 9 p.m., Fox: Marcus, Tomas and Mother Bernadette race to defeat the demon while the church's enemies get aggressive as the Pope's visit to the city draws near.

The Vampire Diaries, 8 p.m., CW: Damon goes down a dangerous path of self-destruction, forcing Stefan to make a decision that will change their relationship forever.


Creed, Hulu, midnight: A spin-off Rocky film about Apollo Creed's son. Stars Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Sylvester Stallone.

Harry Potter marathon, starts at 7 a.m., Freeform: You know what would go great with a weekend of Fantastic Beasts and magic? More Harry Potter.

SEASON PREMIERE: Welcome to Sweetie Pie's, 9 p.m., OWN: Tim attempts to expand the Sweetie Pie's franchise while the family is devastated by the murder of Miss Robbie's grandson.

Oprah: Where Are They Now?, 10 p.m., OWN: Updates on singers Sisqo and Billy Ray Cyrus, actors Danielle Spencer and Joseph Marcell and Shoshana Johnson, who was the first female African-American prisoner of war.


SEASON PREMIERE:The Librarians, 8 p.m., TNT: In the third season premiere, the librarians clash with Egyptian god Chaos and must decode a succession of clues to defeat him.

SEASON PREMIERE: The Affair, 10 p.m., Showtime: Noah is haunted by a recent hardship and a new love interest isn't enough to shadow his sense of dread. The third season premiere.

2016 American Music Awards, 8 p.m., ABC: Hosted by Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah, see performances by Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Twenty One Pilots, Green Day and Sting.

JFK: The Final Hours, 10 p.m., Nat Geo: Bill Paxton narrates a documentary that looks at the final hours of President John F. Kennedy's life with accounts of people who were with him before he was assisnated.

Westworld, 9 p.m., HBO: Dolores has trouble separating her dreams from reality and Bernard returns to business as usual after last week's shocking revelation.

Plug in

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

You'll never look at Harry Potter the same way after listening to this podcast.

Unlike fan podcasts that rehash the characters, scenes and heartbreaking moments from the books and movies, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text takes a more academic route.

Hosts Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile are both schooled in examining sacred texts and are graduates of Harvard Divinity School. While the two are huge Potter fans, they take an approach that's reminiscent of studying the Bible or ancient written works.

Chapter by chapter, starting with The Boy Who Lived in Sorcerer's Stone, Zoltan and ter Kuile examine the characters and scenes through themes like hope, friendship, betrayal, destiny and even white privilege. Sometimes the hosts ask listeners to picture themselves as Harry when he first meets Professor Snape in the dungeons of Hogwarts and other times to imagine how Hermione felt cowering under a sink hiding from the massive mountain troll on Halloween.

So far, they've picked apart every chapter up Chapter Four in Chamber of Secrets, the second book. They plan to dissect all 199 chapters in the seven books.

Listen on iTunes, Soundcloud and

Contact Chelsea Tatham at Follow @chelseatatham.


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