Book 4, Ep. 8 | Magical Capital

In this episode, we return to a question that has challenged us since the beginning of this podcast: what’s the deal with the Weasleys’ class status? Are they working class, impoverished gentry, or something else altogether? To answer that question, we add some new critical tools to our discussion of the way class operates at Hogwarts and the Wizarding World at large by exploring magical capital. As in our previous episodes, we draw on the work of revolutionary Marxist Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and consider what access to magic (through education, buying of wands, "innate" talent, family bloodlines, magical cultural capital, etc) tells us about the class stratification of both beloved and despised characters who populate this series.

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