HomeschoolingIRL Episode 3: Homeschooling, Halloween and Harry Potter

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Homeschooling, Halloween, and Harry Potter? Are we nuts?

Well, yes, but that didn’t stop us from tackling two hot-potato topics that homeschoolers traditionally love to argue over. You, too?

In this episode, Fletch and Kendra talk about Halloween and the opportunity to love the places where God has put our families. We discuss fear and the life of the believer, and then Fletch elaborates about a character in the Harry Potter series that taught him a valuable lesson.

We promise if you listen, you won’t turn into a newt. You won’t be made fun of or persuaded to change your mind (unless the Holy Spirit does that), and we won’t send you out into the neighborhood looking for the scariest costume this year.

We just thought we’d put it all out on the table, with a big bowl of candy corn just to make sure we keep it sweet. Join us?


Show Notes for Episode #3

70 Vintage Halloween Costumes That Were Really Creepy, from Stuff You Should Know

From Christians and Halloween, Grace to You:

Evil spirits are no more active and sinister on Halloween than they are on any other day of the year; in fact, any day is a good day for Satan to prowl about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). But “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). God has forever “disarmed principalities and powers” through the cross Christ and “made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them through [Christ]” (Colossians 2:15).

Dolores Umbridge Speech (YouTube clip) from Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix


For more information about this podcast or to connect with Fletch and Kendra directly you can follow HomeschoolingIRL  on Facebook and Twitter. Fletch blogs regularly on theMangoTimes and is a monthly contributor to the Homeschool Post. Kendra can be found on either of her blogs Preschoolers and Peace or on her author site,




  1. Great topic. Thank you!

  2. An interesting episode. I am not even sure how I found you… some link through facebook. I never ever listen to podcasts because I’d much rather read or watch so this was a stretch for me but I was interested in hearing what you guys had to say. Definitely liked the way you presented this. Personally, my family has chosen October as Harry Potter month. We go all out with homemade treats like butterbeer and chocolate frogs and do a craft as well. Our family of four is a homeschool family (and our best friends are anti-HP). We have all read the 7 books and watched the 8 movies. Great stuff. But I must say… I cannot believe you found a positive thing to say about Professor Umbridge! HA! I never would have thought that about her. It is, however, something to remember the next time we watch her.

    For us, we will continue to enjoy our Potter time!

    • Thanks for listening Connie. Hopefully we were able to encourage you. We are hoping with every episode to share Jesus more than positions, so we hope that’s what you heard from us.
      Funny thing about the Dolores Umbridge character is that I’ve only seen the movie and most people that read the books have told me how much they can’t stand her. I had to stop the DVD several times while watching it because her character’s behavior jumped off the screen and I was writing notes and comparisons. I wrote more about her on my blog if you get a chance, pop over: Harry Potter, Homeschooling and a Pink Professor

  3. I listened to the end along with Kendra’s mom! Good thoughts. Grace … that’s the key word. At least in the gray areas. There are some black and white areas … but far more gray than most of us would prefer. I shared with a group one time that I allowed my teen daughter to read the Twilight books and I took her younger sister (who was a tween) to the first movie. One woman in the audience thought Phil 4:8 should have totally prevented me from allowing these actions. Parenting ain’t easy, but praise God we can pray for wisdom and then, we can pray for crop failure if we’ve planted the wrong seeds!!

  4. Hey Fletchers,
    Very good. I follow about 20 different podcasts and so consider myself a bit of a podcast expert (or maybe a connoisseur). When you guys said you were doing this, I immediately envisioned what you two would be like (how do you envision audio) and thought this could be really good. You guys got into your groove on this show. I felt like we were just all sitting around your table (except I wasn’t consuming great food) and you were on your usual roll. The back and forth banter, snappy observations and dry, if not dark humor (which I love). But that’s all about style, your content was also very good. If I were to comment on that I would just say we human types all want a formula: 7 steps to financial freedom, 12 steps to getting on the wagon (6 steps to the liquor cabinet to get off), how to get saved, Harry Potter No, Hunger Games Yes…. God doesn’t seem to have things designed that way. In many ways there is only one step, turn to Jesus, whether its raising your kids, figuring out your taxes, getting saved. We still have to plot out our plans, but that’s all they are – ours. God has his plans, he guides our steps. It’s not so much we find his will, but his will finds us. Anyhow, as you know, I could always so a lot more, but just be encouraged and keep it up.

    • Good stuff Steve!
      Thanks for tuning in from the other side of the country.
      Who said we weren’t eating good food when we podcast? We are just missing the good friends!

  5. WONDERFUL episode! I’m really, really enjoying these podcasts. Thank you so much!

  6. Great post. I’d pass out candy if I weren’t way out on my 100 acres with my guns, big dogs and fences eating my grass-fed meat and drinking my kombucha as far away from the neighbor kids as I can get.

    Hee hee! Couldn’t help being a little snarky.

    Joking. Sort of. Haven’t got my 100 acres yet…

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