We Solemnly Swear
Welcome to We Solemnly Swear: A MickOlsen Podcast! We are a group of sisters who are diehard Harry Potter fans and want to share our crazy passion and knowledge for the wizarding world with other PotterHeads!
Ep: 94 Harry's First Quidditch Match
Have you ever wanted to commentate a Quidditch match? Well our Ravenclaw Tori has! In this episode Tori fulfills her dreams and walks us through Harry's first Quidditch match. Enjoy!
Ep: 93 The Grey Lady & The Bloody Baron
We discuss the tragic story of The Grey Lady and The Bloody Baron. Would you enjoy living in the same castle as your murderer?
Ep 92: Bertie Bott Taste Test
Tori and her husband Nate taste test Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans!... They mean every flavor!!
Ep 91: Dumbledore's Office
In this episode we take a deep dive into Dumbledore's office! Also tune in to hear an interesting theory on the year 2020 and The Cursed Child. Link to Dumbledore's office video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/sJa8u5LWwdY
Ep 90: The MickOlsen Trip To Universal Orlando
Three of the MickOlsen girls take a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando Florida! Listen and learn about our experiences, tips, and tricks. Curious what the parks are like during COVID? We talk about that too!
Ep 89: Explaining the Peverell Family Tree
In this episode we breakdown the Peverell wizarding family tree! We discuss where the Slytherins, Sayres, and Gaunts fit into the time line and much much more.
Ep: 88: Is Filch a Poltergeist?
A fan reached out to us the theory they found online and we debate whether or not Filch could be a poltergeist! Listen and tell us your thoughts!
Ep 87: Managing Your Mischief Pt 2
In this episode of Managing your Mischief, we answer our fan Carolyn's questions regarding Snape, Dumbledore's full name, and the halfblood wizarding status. Take a listen!
Ep 86: Managing Your Mischief
We introduce our new segment "Managing your Mischief." Where we answer fan questions and dive into fan bios! Submit your bios and questions to be highlighted on our next episode!
Ep 85: Christmas Highlight
Join us as we talk about Christmas in the Wizarding World! We also have a special announcement for our fans at the end of the episode!
Ep 84: Theories around Lily's Birth Story
Have you ever wondered what it is like to giving birth in the wizarding world? So have we! Join us we imagine what it would be like to birth Harry Potter!
Ep 83: Common Rooms
The common rooms inside Hogwarts provide a safe, homey place for all magical students. We break down the four rooms in detail, including layout, design, and the complicated entrances.
Ep 82: The Library
The Hogwarts library is located off of the corridor on the first-floor of the castle and contains tens of thousands of books on thousands of shelves. We discuss all the scenes that happen in this magical place of books and theorize about Madam Pince, the unpleasant librarian.
Ep 81: Classrooms
Hogwarts is a school, so we wouldn't be doing it justice if we didn't outline the classrooms used to teach the students! In this episode, we go floor-by-floor and discuss each classroom we see or hear about in the books and some bonus rooms we learn about in various video games set at Hogwarts.
Ep 80: The Owlery
The Owlery is a room located at the top of Hogwarts West Tower. It is where all of the school owls and owls belonging to students live during the school year. Get ready, Potterheads, because our Ravenclaw came in clutch with a deep dive on all the types of owls we may see in the Hogwarts Owlery.
Ep 79: Happy 2 Years to We Solemnly Swear!
It's been two full years of podcasting as a We Solemnly Swear crew. Can you believe it?! We re-introduce our core team and talk about some of our favorite moments from the past 78 episodes.
Ep 78: The Great Hall
Massive magical feasts, floating candles, enchanted ceiling - is there any other room at Hogwarts as iconic as the Great Hall? In this episode, we talk through all the seasonal decorations given to this room and the big events that take place in the books.
Ep 77: The Room of Requirement
Perhaps the coolest room at Hogwarts, the Room of Requirement serves users with what they need most. We outline the details we know about this room and remember all the moments found in this unplottable location.
Ep 76: The Staffroom at Hogwarts
The professors at Hogwarts need a place to kick back and rest, too. In today's episode, we talk about all the details we know about the staffroom and discuss the events that happen in or near it.
Ep 75: The Wizarding World in Mongolia
We catch up with our mysterious 6th podcast member - Grace! She fills us in on where she has been and we theorize about what life would be like as a wizard in Mongolia.
Ep 74: The Entrance Hall
The grand entrance to Hogwarts Castle is a massive room with tall ceilings, a marble staircase, and is home to four giant hourglasses which count house points.
Ep 73: Secret Passages
From behind statues to underneath trees, there are several secret passages on the Hogwarts grounds that students use to their advantage.
Ep 72: Madam Pomfrey & the Hospital Wing
For the best medical care at Hogwarts, students need only go to the Hospital Wing, staffed by the highly-trained healer Madam Pomfrey!
Ep 71: The Staircases in Hogwarts
With over 140 staircases in Hogwarts, there are definitely patterns and tricks the students have to learn to simply make it from their dormitory to class each day!
Ep 70: The Musicians of Harry Potter (& a Special Guest!)
Kacee Mickelsen is the wonderful sister-in-law to Nadine and Angela. In this episode, we look at who Kacee is in the muggle world and in the wizarding world. Because of Kacee's profession as a singer, we also discuss the musicians found in the Harry Potter world, including Celestina Warbeck and The Weird Sisters! Check out Kacee's latest album here: https://www.kaceemickelsen.com/
Ep 69: The Towers of Hogwarts
Hogwarts without towers is just a lame square office building. In today's episode, we discuss in great heights the many towers that make up the magical skyline that we have come to know and love as Hogwarts, including the Gryffindor Tower, Ravenclaw Tower, Divination Tower, Astronomy Tower, and the Owlery.
Ep 68: Recasting the Harry Potter Movies
If you could recast the Harry Potter movies, regardless of age, who would you choose?
Ep 67: The Portraits in Hogwarts
The magical portraits inside Hogwarts are a staple of the castle decor. Representing famous witches and wizards throughout the ages, these paintings can interact with each other and with students. We dive into the history of the portraits we know about, the rules of a magical painting, and theorize about the creation of these masterpieces.
Ep 66: The Tale of the Three Brothers
The Tale of the Three Brothers is an iconic story in the Harry Potter universe, weaving in themes found throughout the series. In this week's episode, we break down some of the symbolism behind the story and discuss different fan theories about who the brothers were and what they represent.
Ep 65: Peeves the Poltergeist
Peeves is the poltergeist of Hogwarts who has been around the school since it was founded. “Peeves is the most notorious and troublesome poltergeist in British history. Unlike the overwhelming majority of his colleagues, Peeves has a physical form, though he is able to become invisible at will. His looks reflect his nature, which those who know him would agree is a seamless blend of humour and malice.”
Ep 64: The Ghosts of Hogwarts
Hogwarts has dozens of ghosts roaming its corridors, so in this episode we break down the stories of the ghosts we know and theorize on why these people chose to stay as spirits.
Ep 63: Is Percy Weasley a Good Person?
As a diligent rule-follower and respecter of authority, Percy Weasley puts his prestige and power roles above his family -- and hurts people along the way. In this episode, we break down Percy's life, his ambitions and motivations, and what he did in the end to turn everything around.
Ep 62: The Whomping Willow
It can be a little violent and emotional, but this tree actually helped a lost little boy come to terms with his condition. The Whomping Willow is a staple of the Hogwarts grounds. Planted in 1971, this tree protected the entrance to the Shrieking Shack so a young werewolf could attend school.
Ep 61: Legilimency
"The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by any invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing... It is true, however, that those who have mastered Legilimency are able, under certain conditions, to delve into the minds of their victims and to interpret their findings correctly."
-- Severus Snape
In our legilimency episode, we discuss how the magic works, people we know who are accomplished Legilimens (like Queenie and Voldemort), and different t...
Ep 60: The Greenhouses
The Hogwarts greenhouses are where Herbology lessons are taught and are home to the many exotic and magical plants which some are extremely dangerous. It is also where you can find the head of Hufflepuff house Pomona Sprout, tending to the magical plant life inside.
Ep 59: Occlumency
Occlumency is the magical defense of the mind against external penetration and is a form of magic we see fairly often in the Harry Potter series. In this episode, we break down what we know about occlumency, who we know has practiced occlumency or is an accomplished occlumens, and how grief/strong emotions can either make someone vulnerable to or incredibly powerful with occlumency.
Ep 58: Hagrid's Hut
The Hogwarts Castle holds all the magic, wonder and wisdom that we've all come to know and love in the Harry Potter books. In today's Castle minisode, we discuss the quaint dwelling where our favorite trio spent many afternoons, met baby dragons, followed the spiders, and ate (or at least attempted to eat) the cooking of our beloved half-giant. Today we are talking about Hagrid's Hut!
Ep 57: Wizarding Robes
The required school uniform for Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft consists of plain black work robes, a plain pointed black hat (for day wear), a pair of protective dragon hide gloves, and one black winter cloak with silver fastenings. WHY. Why do wizards have to wear robes? Where did this begin in magical history? Do all wizards wear robes? Listen along to find out the answers.
Ep 56: The Quidditch Pitch
The Hogwarts Castle holds all the magic, wonder and wisdom that we've all come to know and love in the Harry Potter books. In today's Castle minisode, we discuss the Quidditch Pitch and the history of the sport in the wizarding world.
Ep 55: The Death of James and Lily
On October 31, the Potter's were attacked by Lord Voldemort in the safety of their own home. James fought to the death protecting his family. Lily sacrificed herself in front of baby Harry's crib. And ultimately, Lord Voldemort was reduced to a mere shadow of a soul while Harry survives, becoming the Boy Who Lived.