Potterless

Reviews For Potterless

It is wonderful and making me want to go through the Harry Potter books with a fine tooth comb. I came over from the SuperCarlinBrothers Ludo Bagman quiz. It took me about 2 weeks to binge all the way through the look back. Would definitely recommend to anyone who is a huge Harry Potter fan. The random rants are soo fun.
It was such an amazing drive down memory lanes of re-living my first read through this series (I have read them 10+ times now). I wish I could delete my knowledge and relive it the first time as an adult. I’m sure it would go a lot like Mike, and a lot of choice words and exclamations. I ALWAYS recommend this to all of my Potter Friends. My house: Ravenclaw 💙
I just listened to the book episodes and am now on the movie episodes. Overall, Potterless is an enjoyable podcast providing me with entertainment during the drudgery of getting ready for work, my daily commute, chores and the like. I stumbled upon it through the Swish and Flick podcast. Mike Schubert was a guest on one of their episodes. Once I caught up, I was in dire need of more Potter content so I decided to give it a try. I like the premise but it can e frustrating at times. There are many instances of details/facts from the books Mike Schubert gets wrong (likely due to the fact it’s his first read and he listens to the audio book at times, so I don’t think reading comprehension is the best) and editing Mike doesn’t really catch a majority of these errors. However, that’s not the real frustrating part, it’s more that the guests do not catch these errors because the guests aren’t as versed on the series. Now, I do like the guests for the most part. I just expected that the guests would have been more knowledgeable, and not just people who read the series as children. There are some guests who clearly have read the books more than once and also as adults, so those episodes are more enjoyable in my mind. It’s my fault for assuming all of the guests would be well versed in the books. Maybe a disclaimer in the first episode that the guests may have only read the books as children would be helpful to dilute the expectation. Other than that I have enjoyed listening to the podcast and binging it like one of my Netflix shows :)
Honestly, I do not know why I listened to every episode of this podcast. Mike can be funny and entertaining, but he does veer into obnoxiousness from time to time. A good 2/3 of the guests haven’t read the books in a very long time and don’t have a good grasp on what’s going on most of the time. I think this is the worst flaw over all. Mike just had terrible reading comprehension. Half the time he misses very obvious things (like the veil being a literal door to death and the room it’s in being the death room). His dumbest moment, of which there are plenty, would be him unable to understand what the word “underfed” was. He called it “un-derf-ed” multiple times and looked it up. Twice. Neither of his guests corrected him either. Simple things are often misremembered (characters’ ages) or simply forgotten, even if they happened in the chapter before. For example, in book 3 he was excited about Ron and the Weasley’s visiting tombs with Bill in Egypt, only to then spend all of books 4-6 fussing that Bill was boring because he worked at a bank. It’s just tedious.
I really have been enjoying Potterless! I love Harry Potter and it’s really nice to have a different view of it through Mike’s eyes. He does a really good walk through/ review of the books. He has a realistic view of Harry Potter and finds plot holes in a funny way while still respectful and enjoying Harry Potter. It’s really nice to have Mike’s views and other guests who are long time lovers of Harry Potter.
I stumbled upon Mike when he guest starred on another podcast I listen to and I have been listening to his podcasts almost nonstop since! Love them!
Hey Mike! I was only just introduced to Potterless 3 weeks ago and I’m already 40 episodes in!!! I was at LeakyCon Denver and I thought you were hilarious so I checked out the podcast and I am IN LOVE. I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life when I catch up and you bet I will!
I had heard of Potterless but all I knew is that it was a Harry Potter related podcast and nothing else. Last July I went to leakycon and during that weekend I attended up going to watch cosplay karaoke. Mike’s INSANE performance of Just a Friend inspired me to look up the podcast and I ended up binging the whole thing. Now a fan for life. Will DEFINITELY be listening to the next Olympian next. — Morgan
I love this podcast!! I wanted to listen to a Harry Potter podcast for a while before I found Potterless, and I was so glad I did!! Mike is very funny when he doesn’t know anything. I relistened to all the book ones when I was finished. I want to go to one of his live shows, but none of them are in my area. I kindly sent him a message on Instagram thinking he wouldn’t even read it but he did!! He had a very nice response and kindly said he would try to do one in my area!! I’m very excited to see him in person.

Meh
3/5

Pro- Concept is great, Spirits podcast cohosts are good I don’t mind that he injects his political ideology in- it’s his podcast. Host seems overall nice Con- Some of the guy cohosts were really bad Inability to often consider things in context (it’s 90s in Britain not 2020s in the US) Inability to empathize with characters (ie ranting about Harry being upset AFTER Sirius had just died)— even though one of the strengths of the book is the portrayal of grief. Overall, just not a ton of meaningful, original, insightful, intelligent commentary, like the kind you might get from someone with a literary background. (Ie confusing Minotaurs with centaurs) I stopped after ~20 episodes. So ultimately it depends on what you’re interested in- but if you don’t want the more in depth conversation and you want something more light hearted and shallow, this could be for you
Around the time I started this podcast, a guy I was planning on marrying broke up with me. He did it over text , gave no reason and never contacted me again. I was going through a very low point and had a hard time with my mental health. Listening to Potterless was the only times I had genuine laughs and it helped me not think about the hurt. So thank you Mike for helping me get through one of the toughest heart breaks in my life. ❤️
I’m listening to this podcast for the first time while rereading the books in preparation of Hogwarts Legacy! It’s so so much fun! I listen to one or two episodes a week on my way home after reading the chapters in my free time at work! Mike is so so much fun I absolutely love his takes (and his ignorance about the series lol). All the guest are wonderful and I really enjoy them especially Amanda from Sprits podcast, all except for one: Sydney. I cannot stand when the former Vine star is on an episode, she spoils so much for Mike and just candidly talks or corrects him about events that happen later in the series. It’s just always incredibly frustrating when she’s on. Other than that, I really look forward to listening to the podcast and it’s really helped me keep a good pace as I’m rereading the books. Wizard On!
I listened to this podcast after listening to the newest Olympian thinking that it would be fun to hear a first timer read my favorite books. Big mistake, I don’t know why I listened to so many of these episodes, maybe I was hoping it would get better as time went by but apparently not. The ragging on so many characters was ridiculous and the complaining about Quidditch was unnecessary. I advise anyone who wants to listen to a better rounded interpretation of the books go and listen to Swish and Flick: A Harry Potter Podcast leave this one be.
love the pod mike, plz yell at your past self about predictions it will be fun. please?? also to you negative reviewers- just don’t be rude as heck there is no reason to. but your insults are really creative guys. “uniquely disgusting” i can’t 🤣

3/5

By Mpp777
Love the show, but Kelly is so annoying. She supposedly helped him start the show but is so annoying when she doesn’t remember anything that matters and you can barely hear her half the time. The rest of the show without Kelly is great.
The audience for this podcast is well versed Harry Potter readers, looking to reminisce on books they loved. You should know these things: 1. He will use the phrase “so good” as his best analytical description, atleast 5 times per episode. 2. He has a girlfriend, is a mechanical engineer, lived in Europe briefly, plays basketball, and will remind of you of each of these every episode. 3. He is the most woke and most politically correct person in the world, and it’s clear he wants you to know it. 4. His guy friends are terrible co hosts, and remember little to no important Harry Potter facts. His women co hosts are generally excellent and the only good thing about this podcast. 5. He wants you to leave thinking that he is the best combination of an athletic, entrepreneur, frat bro, podcast inventor.

5/5

Dude, episode 88- Nags - another name for an old/stubborn/ugly horse, Hagrid was talking to centaurs, he was slighting them with this term. Like calling them a jerk but for their race. It *killed* me that you called for Dottie for that, I could feel every horse person screaming collectively lol.
I love this podcast so so much!!!! It’s funny and a great story of a man who grows into Harry Potter lover! You need to listen to this NOW!!!!!!
This is amazing. If you have read Harry Potter before or if you haven’t it’s really funny. Definitely worth a listen. Highly recommend the my immortal episodes as wel
The host has a friendly and likable demeanor, but the near constant profanity is unendurable.
I’ve been listening to this podcast for a while after I have finished all the Harry Potter books but it was really cool to hear them find plot holes it so much and it’s all true so true
I gave up on this podcast as I got halfway through the second book. While the concept is fun and refreshing, the host and his buddies are so, so tiring. Mike's personality is the worst guy in the friend group. He's the guy at the office that makes you want to eat lunch at your desk so you can avoid him in the break room. I should have checked out when I realized that he (a) uses Twitter and (b) does improv. That's the type of person he is. Literally the worst. He thinks he's intelligent because he's a mechanical engineer, which he will tell you ad nauseum (along with the fact that he studied Latin, has a girlfriend, does improv, likes basketball, and uses Twitter). I guess we can't fault a mere mechanical engineer, the lowliest of engineers, for not understanding how nuclear reactors work (this is in reference to him saying that "splitting an atom always has bad consequences"). Mike is more frat boy than scholar, and while he is always checking his white privilege, he does so without a single critical thought in his little head, bless him. He very much reminds me of the whitest boys at law school, who wear suits to class for no reason, and think they're smarter than everyone else until they realize they're the only guy in the room who doesn't have a scholarship. Mike's deepest flaw perhaps is that he is obviously not someone who enjoys to read fantasy novels. He hates world building, character development, descriptions, archetypes, plot devices, and basically everything having to do with books. This is a guy who really should have just stuck to the movies - he appears incapable of any depth of literary analysis. The only interesting insight he brings to the table is not a feasible sport. The rest of the time he is complaining about word choice (i.e., groping, ejaculated), and basically blaming JK Rowling for all the fantasy archetypes she literally did not invent (i.e., goblins being modeled off Jewish stereotypes). His knowledge of mythology and other fantasy archetypes really shines through. Despite having studied Latin, his concept of the cultural hearthstone of the western world is profoundly limited. Mike's conceit is typical of a Gryiffindor, but I'd venture that he's probably a Slytherin. He definitely has a higher opinion of himself than I can support. He's also not very nice, so I don't see why he thinks he'd be a Hufflepuff - probably all the "hot takes" on things like "slavery is bad" and "Johnny Depp should be fired" have him convinced this makes him some kind of righteous soul. But I felt like he was an a**hole about JK Rowling pretty regularly. At least we can all agree that he's not a Ravenclaw, because, like I said - he is NOT a reader. In sum, this podcast is basically a book report by a guy who thinks he's smart, but is really no better than the average frat boy. I checked out when his co-host from his basketball podcast was his guest - I just cannot waste my brain cells and limited free time on listening to two frat boys. I would, however, like to compliment the majority of Mike's guests who are sincerely well-versed in the mythology of Harry Potter, its cultural roots and implications, and do well trying to explain to Mike why he's always saying something stupid. The guests that haven't read the books in 10 years could have been skipped.
yeah it’s the stuff
You also meet Luna love good So it is not only Cho Chang
Do not EVER say golf is lame or you will lose a listener!!!
May be the best thing created! If you love the series ( or not !) it’s like reading them all over again! It’s kinda of like living through him as horrific as that sounds…. It’s so fun to have the feeling where we want to tell Mike something so bad because he has it all wrong!! Like when he thought Ludo Bagman was the one who put his name in the Goblet of Fire !! 🤣 You might wasn’t to read along with him and take notes too! ✨❤️
This podcast is the bomb!!! I listen to it on my way home from work and puts me in a better mood. Thank you
Called Johnny depp a “garbage person” for “abusing” amber heard with no actual proof and refused to apologize when it got called out. Wanted jk Rowling to fire him. Promoted depp’s loss of work. Highly opinionated person that ruined the enjoyment of the show.
this podcast is SO FUNNY!! ive been listening for about 2 weeks and im already 50 episodes in. i love all the guests and the guesses and the quidditch rants. i'm getting back into harry potter again because of this. i also laugh whenever 2017 mike compliments jk rowling because little did he know...
Just tiresome with his leftist nonsense. His stance on the author coupled with his exploitation of her work makes him uniquely disgusting.
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! I am a HUGE Potterhead and it takes another view on the Harry Potter series. Cussing is down to a minimum and absolutely funny. 110% recommend to Potterheads
I really enjoy this podcast. I tried reading it when I had to do AR reading in elementary school. But because I failed the AR rest my mom wouldn’t let me read Harry Potter but I’ve seen all the movies more than once and I have started reading the books again and I’m almost a sophomore in college. I actually listen to Potterless to fall asleep but I also listen during the day if I am having a bad day which is almost everyday. And when I fall asleep I remember the chapter numbers of the book I leave off on so I go back and relisten to the ones I missed while sleeping. As of right now I am at the end of book 5. So thank you for being funny while talking about the Harry Potter books. Also we all say names of places and objects wrong so don’t feel like you have to get every name right and your fans should be supportive and not be so critical about you saying stuff wrong. So glad I came across Potterless by accident. I also shared it with a friend.
Many people have said that they wish they could experience reading Harry Potter for the first time again, and this podcast did that for me! Without this podcast, I never would’ve been able to make it through the 5th book! I had seen all the movies and read the first 4 books multiple times but always had trouble with the 5th. Mike summed up my feelings perfectly when he says that Harry is just an angsty teen making the 5th book tough to get through. Following along with the podcast helped me rediscover my love of the books and couldn’t be more thankful for it!
It is amazing and I really like it and Mike should read Sherlock Holmes
I love this podcast! I recently started listening and began at episode one. Listening to Mike experience the Harry Potter books for the first time is a purely joyous experience for myself who finished the series as a nerdy book-loving teenager. Thank you Mike for this fun, chill podcast that helps me forget about my every day adult stress and responsibilities!
I started very late but is now the 38th episode 🤗
I used to be obsessed with Harry Potter but have drifted away in recent years for various reasons (growing up, JKR is a TERF, etc). This was a great way to reengage with the books! The host is pleasant and has great guests, the tone is humorous, the analysis is interesting and socially aware. I’m ready to get my own books down from the attic and start reading them to my kids. I started listening last week and so far have listened to the first 38 episodes. Great binge, highly recommend.
Just no
I am so glad I found this podcast to re-immerse myself in the Wizarding world. I started it from the very first episode on January 1 and I’m working my way through the entire thing during my commute. This is thoroughly entertaining and makes my day! I look forward to it every morning and every afternoon. Wizard on!
Totally think Bagman should have been bad. Great podcast👍
Pros: -funny at times -hot takes are interesting -“Why didn’t the riddles just move???!!!!” -excellent background -quidditch rants Cons: -I have to fast forward every time he tries to talk about the political climate -Some of his guests are kind of annoying. I think his girlfriend I would love if the only guests were Jonathan and Kelly, the two who don’t have podcasts their own! The guests on 64 and 65 were so annoying i had to skip those episodes entirely-yes wizards are racist but the whole agenda is too much here. I’m here for comedic relief on this comedy podcast and I’m plan to finish the series, but my god it might get hard. Hot take: maybe DONT talk about US politics during your comedy show. I’m honestly a little afraid to get into the episodes made in 2020.
I am not usually someone who listens to podcasts but I sure could not get enough of this one! It is clever, funny, reminiscent, and entertaining. I don’t know what I loved more: hearing the critical mike schubert become an avid harry potter fan despite his undying hatred for quidditch, living vicariously through Mike as he reads the series for the first time like we all wish we could do again, or learning all sorts of fun harry potter facts from his guest stars. This podcast is a true gem!
Love it!!!! So good he makes so many good points that I never thought of. Love you shubes !
This podcast is simply delightful.
This podcast got me through a very anxious 2 years of uncertainty. I had my son at the beginning of the start of the pandemic and I started having panic attacks almost daily while driving. Listening to this helped me get outside of my thoughts and have lighter feelings.
I used to listen to this Podcast RELIGIOUSLY. As a huge Potterhead, it was so fun to listen to Mike experience the wizarding world for the first time. Lots of laughs, good dive into lore, greats guests. After Mike finished the Potter films, the content lost its luster. The worst part, however, is how much Mike gets into social justice. I love Mike and I know he means well, but I just want some good Potter content. Sincerely, A disappointed Hufflepuff
Podcast has a great premise, and the chapter by chapter recaps were fun and nostalgic but this podcast quickly turned into woke trash as Mike chose to politicize the story and alienate some of his audience instead of enjoying a story that should bring people together.
Alright, I’ve just finished the episodes up to the epilogue and I’m kinda sad now; I feel like an era has ended lol. I’ve been listening to this during the work day and it’s made time fly by! It was great revisiting the series with someone with a fresh take and hilarious predictions and some great dialogue with guests. Listening to Mike slowly get invested in the series made the podcast all the more enjoyable! Too many of my friends have been told about it and I can’t wait to talk about their reactions as they listen! Until I continue listening to the rest of the podcast.. #wizardon!