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 Aug 19, 2020
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MuggleCast is your weekly ride into the Wizarding World. Our Harry Potter podcast, hosted by four life-long friends, brings its listeners entertaining and thought-provoking discussions about the universe. With each new episode we discuss everything Harry Potter: the latest news, the Potter books, Fantastic Beasts, the theme parks, the video games, the fandom, and more!

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580: Sorting Too Soon (Sorcerer's Stone, Chapters 7 - 8)
On this week's episode, we are joined by Potter film actor and director Rohan Gotobed! He joins Andrew, Eric, Laura, and Micah as they continue their Chapter-by-Chapter readthrough of Sorcerer's Stone, covering Chapters 7 and 8! Harry is sorted into Gryffindor House, and learns that Snape really hates him!

  • Welcome to the show, film and theater actor Rohan Gotobed, who you might recognize from playing Young Sirius Black in DH2!
  • Main Discussion #1: Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 7: The Sorting Hat
  • 7-Word Summary: Students arrive into the Great Hall nervously
  • Is the Sorting Ceremony too much pressure for First Years? Should there be something easier or a private ceremony?
  • Why is the hat kept a secret from all students and possibly not even mentioned in Hogwarts, a History? We know Hermione checked...
  • Americans struggle with British terms example 4,723, as McGonagall tells the students to 'smarten themselves up.'
  • New Segment Alert: The hosts play "MAX That!" bringing an element from the chapter to life as a new Harry Potter streaming series
  • Harry has a dream that the hosts find to be VERY illuminating.
  • Was it right for Seamus' mom to keep her magical secret from his dad?
  • Rohan pays tribute to all of Harry's peers who made it to the Sorting Ceremony but were never seen again...
  • Main Discussion #2: Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 8: The Potions Master
  • 7-Word Summary: Eagerly Harry begins classes with angry teacher 
  • What were our first impressions of McGonagall, Sprout, Flitwick and Snape?
  • New Segment: Mini Origin, where we dive into the name Quirinus and Quirrell in an effort to understand him better.
  • Snape speaks of potions very romantically, but is he overcompensating for the lost romance of Harry's mom?
  • The ability to spot exactly where a potion went wrong is impressive, but Snape should not be teaching students.
  • Harry seeks refuge at Hagrid's hut, and the hosts describe their in-school hideout locations.
  • The hosts reveal their coveted 'Most Valuable Character/Chapter of the Week' award nominees.
  • Next Week: it's our first Muggle Mailbag episode since starting our Chapter-By-Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: According to Book 1, if you’re in the Great Hall facing the staff table, from LEFT to RIGHT what is the order in which the houses are seated?
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Sep 27, 2022
579: Stop the Huffle-Hate! (Sorcerer's Stone, Chapters 4 - 6)
On this week's episode, Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapters 4 - 6 of Sorcerer's Stone! Join us as Harry learns he's a wizard, ventures to Diagon Alley and boards the Hogwarts Express for the very first time! Plus, we meet Hagrid, Ron, Hermione, Draco and more!

  • It's been a big week in the UK. Andrew and Laura covered the good and bad that comes with The Queen and the new Prime Minister in their latest episode of #Millennial! Follow the show for free in your favorite podcast app for more fun like we have on MuggleCast!
  • Main Discussion #1: Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 4: Keeper of the Keys
  • 7-Word Summary: Suddenly, Hagrid bursts through the door... BAM!
  • You're a wizard, Harry! 
  • Does Petunia’s angry response hint at her own desire to have become a wizard?
  • Do we find Hagrid to be convincing in his claims about Harry and his parents?
  • Main Discussion #2: Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 5: Diagon Alley
  • 7-Word Summary: Magic is being shown in the shops 
  • Harry enters the Wizarding World for the first time!
  • Irresponsible Hagrid: is he the right person for this job?
  • What is with all of the Hufflepuff hatred?
  • Inside Ollivander's: Does Harry's wand foreshadow his Hogwarts House? This scene also explains Harry's scarf colors on the U.K. cover!
  • What do we make of Harry's Impostor Syndrome towards the end of the chapter?
  • Main Discussion #3: Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 6: The Journey From Platform 9 3/4
  • 7-Word Summary: Aboard the train Harry meets the Weasleys 
  • Worst to First: From The Dursleys to The Weasleys
  • Ron & Harry: Bros forever at first sight
  • What are Harry's first impressions of Hermione?
  • The hosts give their Most Valuable Chapter or Wizard of the Week
  • Next Week: Sorcerer's Stone, Chapters 7-9
  • Quizzitch: From which vault number does Hagrid retrieve the philosopher's/sorcerer's stone?
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Sep 20, 2022
578: Chapter by Chapter Begins! Harry Deserves a Zoo Day (Sorcerer's Stone, Chapters 1-3)
This week on MuggleCast we bring back the most heavily listener-requested segment, Chapter by Chapter! Join Andrew, Eric, Laura and Micah as they begin Sorcerer's / Philosopher's Stone with Chapters 1, 2 and 3! Our read-through of the Potter series contains segments both old AND new (complete with sound effects) and the hosts are all much older now than when they first started more than 16 years ago!

On this week's episode:

  • Chapter by Chapter is rebooted! We first started the segment March 19, 2006 on Episode 31 (transcript here).
  • What to expect from CbyC includes: 7 Word Summaries, the same (but older) hosts, and brand new segments and games.
  • Main Discussion Part 1: Sorcerer's Stone Chapter One, "The Boy Who Lived."
  • 7 Word Summary: Vernon thinks that people are behaving oddly
  • Eric asks, "What are the wizards and witches thinking?! The Statute of Secrecy is at stake here!"
  • Laura makes an excellent point about what humans do after being cooped up and being afraid for long.
  • Was it safe for Dumbledore to leave Harry unattended on a doorstep overnight?
  • Despite the magical protection, we ask, WERE the Dursleys the best option for Dumbledore to choose? Why didn't Albus raise Harry himself?
  • Main Discussion Part 2: Chapter Two, "The Vanishing Glass."
  • 7 Word Summary: Dudley can’t understand why he sucks badly
  • Having read the whole series, how do we account for the magic that Harry did when he was young?
  • Where exactly did the "Vanished" glass go? In the book, it is not put back.
  • Would the zoo be able to stay in business after such an incident?
  • The hosts get depressed about the Dursleys' abuse of Harry, which hits differently now!
  • Main Discussion Part 3: Chapter Three, "The Letters From No One."
  • 7 Word Summary: Chaos awaits the Dursleys everywhere and above
  • How is it exactly that the letters change addresses for Harry? Is Vernon right, and are the Dursleys being watched?
  • Why don't Petunia and Vernon just tell Harry who/what he is? Why are they SO resistant?
  • The hosts play What If? regarding Harry opening his Hogwarts letter while in the foyer.
  • Most Valuable Chapter/Character of the Week returns
  • Next week's Quizzitch question: Who are the four known members of Dudley’s Gang, from Chapter 3 of Book 1?
  • On next week's episode: Chapters 4-6 of Harry Potter Book One
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Sep 13, 2022
577: Back to Hogwarts! We're Teaching Our Own Magical Lessons!
To celebrate going Back to Hogwarts, each MuggleCaster brings their own Hogwarts Lesson to the table, and you better pay attention because House Points are up for grabs.  Class is now in session!

  • Welcome Slug Club member, Robbie! Check out his wand collection on Instagram!
  • Main Discussion: Build Your Own Hogwarts Lesson as a new year at the school kicks off.
  • Professor Andrew teaches about the Hogwarts Express in History of Magic.
  • Spend Muggle Studies with Professor Eric
  • Professor Laura introduces us to Proper Spell Enunciation
  • Explore International Wizarding Cultures with Professor Micah
  • Professor Robbie drops some serious Wandlore knowledge on us all!
  • Beware of pop quizzes, homework and security nightmares!
  • Quizzitch:  From what neighborhood does Harry first (accidentally) hail the Knight Bus?
  • On next week's episode: Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Chapters 1-3 of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!
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Sep 06, 2022
576: How Are Spells Created? Discussing the Physics of Harry Potter
On this week's episode, the subject of many a late night with Laura and her boyfriend is made into a main discussion for MuggleCast as the hosts and Marc talk through the physics of Harry Potter! Surely magical objects don't come from 'nowhere,' and there must be a magical cost for doing magic somehow? Those big questions and more are our target as Andrew, Eric, Laura, Micah and Marc put on their thinking caps and dive in!

  • Welcome to this week's special guest, Laura's boyfriend Marc!
  • Marc is a game designer with a passion for physics.
  • A new trailer for Hogwarts Legacy has debuted, and we now know what all versions of the game will cost us. You might need to break into Gringotts to be able to afford the Collectors Edition!?
  • Main Discussion: The physics of Harry Potter
  • Just what is 'physics' and what answers does the study of physics seek to find?
  • In the Wizarding World, is there a cost for doing magic? What kind of magic seems limitless, and what kind does not?
  • Where does magical ability come from and how does it work?
  • Are new magical spells created, or discovered?
  • Next the MuggleCasters ask: where does the food come from, and where does your sh** go?
  • What do our known laws (such as conservation of mass) have in common with Gamp's known laws of Elemental Transfiguration? We go point by point.
  • Does the Vanishing Charm break down an object's atoms, or teleport it to a different dimension?
  • In this week's Bonus MuggleCast available exclusively to Patrons, the hosts examine the physics of some magical objects including Invisibility Cloaks, Time Turners and Dumbledore's Deluminator.
  • Quizzitch: In Year 4, What does Ron smush in anger after Draco taunts him about having inside-Ministry information regarding the TriWizard Tournament?
  • Next week's episode: The hosts are building their own Hogwarts lesson! Come prepared for lectures and a pop quiz!
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Aug 30, 2022
575: Why is Professor Binns Still Teaching? And More Indefensible Harry Potter Characters
On this week's episode, we’ll be continuing our conversation that began in Episode 568, where we argued in defense of some of the most controversial, least favorite, most complicated characters in Harry Potter. There were plenty of characters we didn’t get to last time, so it’s time for Round 2!

  • Welcome back, Pat!
  • Happy Birthday, Micah! We share the very special video he received from Dan Fogler and react to it.
  • Hogwarts Legacy has been pushed to February 2023! What do we make of the announcement and this very cool A Hot Summer Day ASMR Video?
  • Main Discussion: Indefensible Characters in Harry Potter, Round 2
  • What did Lucius Malfoy, Mundungus Fletcher, Horace Slughorn and Merope Gaunt do to put themselves in our cross-hairs?
  • What characters do we love to hate? Professor Binns, Vernon Dursley and Cornelius Fudge make the cut!
  • Can the hosts actually defend the indefensible? We try our best with Narcissa Malfoy and Barty Crouch Jr.
  • New game alert: One Gotta Go
  • Quizzitch: What did the Muggle, Mr. Roberts, say to the Weasley family as they left the Quidditch World Cup?
  • Next week's episode: The Physics of the Wizarding World
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Aug 23, 2022
574: What Did 'Good' Harry Potter Characters Do That Got On Our Nerves?
Inspired by a popular Reddit thread, this week's episode asks the question: what was something that a 'good' character from the Harry Potter series did which rubbed us the wrong way? Are characters like Molly Weasley or Remus Lupin above reproach? You may find yourself nodding along with Andrew, Eric, Micah and special guest Chloé as they detail just what these supposed 'heroes' of the series did to get on our nerves!

  • As we announced last week, Chapter By Chapter will be returning soon with Book One! Now that we are all grown-up. Look for it in September!
  • Our hosts have recently appeared on each other's other podcasts, including Eric appearing on #Millennial, and Micah appearing on Thank You for Spieling!
  • This week's main discussion was inspired by this great Reddit thread. Shout-out to Pamela G.'s brother for suggesting!
  • Each host picks a supposedly 'good' Harry Potter character and lists their most heinous offenses.
  • Molly Wealsey may be the motherly type, but her love is not evenly spread. What did Hermione or Fleur ever do to receive her ire?
  • Albus Dumbledore may be the series' biggest 'good guy' after Harry, but his reckless endangerment of students via his choices for DADA staffers are preposterous.
  • Remus Lupin was our very favorite teacher, but when it comes to being a dad or a romantic partner, his skills are somewhat lacking.
  • Hermione's activism might win her some points, but she's much colder to anything that is somebody else's idea. Especially if she hasn't read about it in a book!
  • Consulting the Reddit thread, the MuggleCast hosts pick a few more of their favorite examples.
  • Why did EVERY adult let Ron use his broken and unsafe wand? Did Dobby go too far when stopping Harry's mail? Did the Weasley Twins go too far trying their products on students?
  • August's Bonus MuggleCast will cover personal secrets from the hosts' early days podcasting and working on the Web. The latest Trelawney Tea Edition will be available exclusively via our Patreon.
  • Quizzitch: in book canon, what color hair does Firenze have?
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Aug 16, 2022
573: 'MuggleCast, A History' Trivia Game!
Happy Birthday, MuggleCast! To celebrate our 17th year of podcasting, we host a very special edition of Quizzitch Live! Do you think you know everything about our hosts? What about our special guests? How good are you with episode titles and past segments? It's time to put your MuggleCast knowledge to the test! Plus, we have a very big announcement about the future of the show!

  • Watch the full episode of Quizzitch Live: MuggleCast, A History!
  • It's official! Chapter-by-Chapter returns this September!
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  • On next week's episode we're talking about things that "good" characters did that rubbed us the wrong way in the Harry Potter series!
Aug 09, 2022
572: 'Secrets of Dumbledore' Screenplay Review and Revelations, and Perspective-Changing MuggleMail
Armed with the brand new Secrets of Dumbledore: The Complete Screenplay book, the MuggleCasters go to work finding answers for mysteries that were not made clear by the 3rd Fantastic Beasts movie, but may have been clearer during production! 

  • What revelations do we have from the new Fantastic Beasts 3 screenplay?
  • The MuggleCasters are hosting an Instagram Live event this Wednesday, August 3rd at 8:30 PM ET to celebrate our birthday!
  • More birthday fun:  MuggleCast is hosting a LIVE Quizzitch game about ourselves this Saturday at 11 AM ET! Stay tuned to our social media for links.
  • Don't miss our 2022 Patreon Gifts - The MuggleCast Collectors Club and the MuggleCast Wand! Pledge to our Patreon by August 7, 2022 and fill out the form(s) to receive your gifts! We are so proud of this year's items and hope you check them out!
  • The Secrets of Dumbledore screenplay offers some very tiny moments that did not make it to the movie, but no deleted scenes.
  • Dumbledore and Grindelwald's tea time was likely a flashback, the Qilin comes from China, and Jacob's bakery has some vermin trouble!
  • Concept art provided with the screenplay includes Lally's Charms book, and Whiskey the Goat!
  • Was Yusuf Kama passing secret messages to Queenie?
  • Mirror World confirmed! Albus and Credence's battle takes place within the Deluminator. The visual effects department points out a fun fact.
  • SUPREME MUGWUMP CONFIRMED! Posters for the candidates reveal the use of word that was omitted from all the dialogue in the movie. Eric cries with joy.
  • The 'little lobster creatures' and the giant manticore at the bottom of the pit are the same creature, the screenplay confirms.
  • Dumbledore's fist fight is detailed on his family tree, with a mysterious page number we'll be speculating about for years to come.
  • MuggleMail includes Sorting Madame Pomfrey, James and Lily's love, whether Squibs can talk to cats, Jedi in Harry Potter, Percy's motives, and a new Marvel version of Voldemort!
  • Quizzitch: Who succeeded Albus Dumbledore as Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards?
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Aug 02, 2022
571: What if 'Deathly Hallows' Played Out Very Differently?
This week, we wrap up our month-long Deathly Hallows 15th anniversary celebration by discussing a number of "What If" scenarios from the final installment of the Harry Potter series! What if things had gone drastically different at several key moments of the seventh book? Would Harry, Ron and Hermione have found another way, or would it have just been GAME OVER?

  • Welcome back Sequoia, from Fanatical Fics and Where to Find Them podcast!
  • Don't miss our 2022 Patreon Gifts - The MuggleCast Collectors Club and the MuggleCast Wand! Pledge to our Patreon by August 7, 2022 and fill out the form(s) to receive your gifts! We are so proud of this year's items and hope you check them out!
  • News: Quidditch is changing its name to Quadball
  • We continue our Deathly Hallows 15th Anniversary Celebration!
  • Main Discussion: What if... Deathly Hallows Edition
  • What if... Harry had been sorted into Slytherin?
  • What if... Harry had not inadvertently destroyed the Diary Horcrux in Chamber of Secrets?
  • What if... Lily and James had kept Sirius as their Secret Keeper?
  • What if... Cedric Diggory didn't die in Goblet of Fire?
  • What if... Draco had changed allegiances and served as double agent for Dumbledore's Army? What if... he was a double agent all along?
  • What if... Rita Skeeter never published The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore?
  • What if... Dumbledore got it all wrong and Harry died? How would the Epilogue be different?
  • What if... Snape never shared his memories with Harry?
  • What if... Harry didn't disarm Draco at Malfoy Manor? What if... Draco had given up the Trio to Voldemort?
  • What if... Ron or Hermione had died?
  • Listener What Ifs cover Hermione leaving instead of Ron, Narcissa's confirmation of Harry's death, Dobby and more!
  • Next Week: We will be reviewing the Secrets of Dumbledore script book and see if we can gleam any new details from it!
  • Quizzitch: What resident of Little Hangleton is quoted as saying that Frank Bryce definitely killed the Riddles no matter what the police think?
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Jul 26, 2022
570: 'Deathly Hallows' Turns 15! Revisiting Our Dramatic First Impressions
This week, the hosts grab their Time Turners and summon all the nostalgia that will fit in their beaded bag as they revisit the day after receiving Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Andrew, Eric and Laura were in London for a live podcasting event at Waterstones, and Micah was stateside. We reflect on our initial impression of the book, what things we feel differently about 15 years later, and how magical it felt to witness the "end" of an era together. Also on this episode: dramatic line readings of some Book 7 reactions and e-mails from the day after that we finally respond to!

  • We've just announced our 2022 Patreon Gifts - The MuggleCast Collectors Club and the MuggleCast Wand! Pledge to our Patreon by August 7, 2022 and fill out the form(s) to receive your gifts! We are so proud of this year's items and hope you check them out!
  • Main Discussion: Revisiting MuggleCast #101, our first Deathly Hallows reactions episode
  • Why did we start off Episode 101 talking about Lord of the Rings? Eric reminds us of how things have changed since 2007.
  • Laura and the hosts lament the lack of return to the Department of Mysteries, across two time periods!
  • Podcasting had made all the hosts cold, hard people. Did the deaths in Book 7 really even affect them?
  • Did any of the deaths feel 'unnecessary' to us then, and do they now?
  • 15 years later... does the epilogue feel satisfying? And what about those names for the kids?
  • The hosts listen to themselves predicting what the Deathly Hallows movie will entail.
  • We read some of the most dramatic reactions to the book, found in the MuggleNet Comments Section on July 21, 2007.
  • Listener e-mails include: Who was the late-blooming Hogwarts student? What was it about Lily's eyes? And, what happened to Kreacher?
  • Quizzitch: Who witnessed Dumbledore using the Sword of Gryffindor to destroy the Gaunt Ring?
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Jul 19, 2022
569: What Happened to the Room of Requirement? And More Questions 'Deathly Hallows' Didn't Answer
On this week's episode of MuggleCast, we begin our celebration of the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by looking at the burning questions the seventh  book didn't answer. In the weeks ahead, stay tuned for more Deathly Hallows book discussions in honor of the anniversary!

  • We're excited to announce our 2022 Patreon Gifts - The MuggleCast Collectors Club and the MuggleCast Wand! Pledge to our Patreon by August 7, 2022 and fill out the form(s) to receive your gifts! We are so proud of this year's items and hope you check them out!
  • Main Discussion: Burning Questions Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Didn’t Answer
  • Did Deathly Hallows provide the conclusion we all wanted?
  • Which character(s) got the most disappointing Deathly Hallows resolution?
  • Lavender Brown: dead or alive?
  • What retributions (if any) were there for Death Eaters and Voldemort sympathizers after the second war?
  • Did Kreacher live through the Battle of Hogwarts, and did he ever find out that the locket was destroyed?
  • Gringotts, The Room of Requirement & Grimmauld Place: what happened to some of our favorite wizarding world locations?
  • Listeners share their questions on everything from The Veil to Snape's Boggart to Fawkes and more!
  • How did Harry figure out so much during his time at Shell Cottage?
  • Did the snake Harry set free in Sorcerer's Stone ever make it to Brazil?
  • Nagini & Bathilda Bagshot... HOW?!?
  • What was the relationship like between Harry and Ginny? Luckily, Eric's filling in the gaps in his fan-fiction!
  • Was the taboo on Voldemort's name a copout?
  • Was Azkaban absolutely PACKED after the Battle of Hogwarts?
  • On next week's episode, we'll revisit our reactions to Deathly Hallows after reading the book for the first time, and read old e-mails from the days just after the book was released! 
  • Quizzitch: In Deathly Hallows, during the camping scenes, after complaining about their meal to Harry and Hermione and saying his mom can conjure food from thin air, what does Ron Summon for dinner?
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Jul 12, 2022
568: Indefensible Characters in Harry Potter, and How to Understand Them
On this week's MuggleCast, the hosts take on the most indefensible characters, and figure out what about them gets under our skin. How can we defend the actions of someone like Gilderoy Lockhart or Rita Skeeter? Do we really believe that James Potter matured out of being a bully? And finally, is Umbridge a case of nature or nurture? Join Andrew, Eric, Micah and Laura for a deep look at characters who bug us in Harry Potter.

  • For Pride month, MuggleCast is participating in The Hogwarts Hunt, a fundraiser and scavenger hunt to benefit LGBT charities. We're team Hufflepuff! Visit our social media for more info.
  • Who are the most indefensible characters in Harry Potter? Why do we say that they can't they be redeemed?
  • The hosts unexpectedly discuss a few Ravenclaws and Micah and Laura get nervous.
  • Micah says the Death Eaters would actually approve of the Dursleys' treatment of Harry if they knew.
  • Among the irredeemable characters, which ones do we LOVE to hate and why?
  • Characters like Snape or Umbridge have scenes that are greatly written as to illustrate their motives clearly, and we are shook.
  • Could anything or anyone humanize Bellatrix Lestrange?
  • What allow us to defend some characters, but not others? Their upbringing? Their intelligence and skill? Where do we draw the line?
  • Is Argus Filch a character we understand? Would a Squib living at a magic school always have his attitude?
  • Is James Potter a defensible character, since we see so little of him and when we do he is still that teenage bully of Snape?
  • Do we believe that James would have made a good father and raised Harry without prejudice, had he lived?
  • Debate: Umbridge, Nature vs Nurture?
  • Quizzitch: Which of Umbridge's Educational Decrees (what number) barred teachers from giving the students any information that was not related to the subjects they were hired to teach?
  • Andrew was on Swish & Flick podcast discussing the history of Dumbledore's sexuality! Check it out here or wherever you listen to podcasts!
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Jun 28, 2022
567: 'Philosopher's Stone' Illustrator Thomas Taylor Reveals the Secrets Behind the Cover
On this week's episode of MuggleCast, we're joined by a very special guest, Mr. Thomas Taylor, who originally illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1996!  He talks about what it was like to land the job and all that ensued! Join us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the book that began a phenomenon!

  • Welcome Thomas Taylor, illustrator of the very first Harry Potter book in the UK!
  • Thomas shares what it was like to get the job at just 23-years-old!
  • How did he decide to illustrate the iconic Hogwarts Express scene?
  • Did he ever speak with J.K. Rowling?
  • What was it like to be one of the first people to ever read Harry Potter?
  • Was he ever asked to work on the remainder of the series?
  • Who is the mysterious gentleman on the original back cover, and what's in his pocket?
  • Did you know there is a connection between Dumbledore and The Hobbit?
  • Thomas shares his thoughts on the first Harry Potter movie, his favorite characters and his Hogwarts House!
  • What was it like for him to transition from illustrator to author?
  • Be sure to check out Taylor's other works, including The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea and follow him on Twitter and Instagram
  • Quizzitch: Dumbledore’s nose appeared as though it had been broken how many times, according to the first chapter of Philosopher’s Stone?
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Jun 21, 2022
566: WB is Planning HBO Max Harry Potter Shows -- We Pitch Lots of New Ideas!
A merger of Warner Bros and Discovery, Inc. has led Andrew to speculate as to what the future of the Wizarding World may look like on film and TV. And he's prepared a presentation about it! Hosts Eric, Micah, Laura and special Slug Club guest Neil join in and speculate as to the future of Fantastic Beasts, and what - if any - television series set within the Wizarding World we might see from Discovery Time Warner. It's a jam-packed episode with lots of laughs and really cool ideas!

  • Welcome Slug Club guest Neil, who's joining us from South Korea in the middle of the night.
  • What CEO David Zaslav might do with Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter, and his upcoming meeting with JKR.
  • While Secrets of Dumbledore is the lowest performing Wizarding World film of all time, it still technically has broken even, reaching $400M globally. Is the future secure for its remaining announced sequels?
  • Hypothetically, what scripted Harry Potter TV shows could we see coming if not a direct reboot of the original Potter books?
  • The hosts all provide an idea for a television series that fills in canon and explores plot holes from the series.
  • Laura wants an episode dedicated to "The Missing 24 Hours", while Micah wants a series focused on Tom Riddle's ascent to power.
  • Is a Marauders series anybody's second choice for new TV content? How about one that shows the events of Deathly Hallows from the students' perspective in Hogwarts? And finally, Andrew's idea for an Auror Dept. police procedural is intriguing!
  • Next, the hosts "Star Wars-ify" a Wizarding World story, pairing an adult and child character together in the style of Disney+'s The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • Would Salazar Slytherin look good boasting a gray area? Are outcasts Hagrid and Luna the perfect pair for an exploration of Wizarding World secrets? Would Tonks and Mad-Eye see eye to eye if placed together for long? How about Snape and Draco? And would a time-traveling Neville Longbottom learn a few things from Professor Sprout?
  • Finally, falling in line with Discovery Channel's past offerings, the hosts predict which educational and/or questionable reality programming we might get from the content creators.
  • Ideas include space-faring wizards, Charms disasters, a travel show, and "Trelawney Truckers"!
  • Quizzitch: Who illustrated the first book cover for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, published in 1997 by Bloomsbury in UK?
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Jun 14, 2022
565: 'Secrets of Dumbledore' Movie Commentary Track
Watch Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore with the MuggleCasters in our movie commentary track! We had a ton of fun watching the movie together and making sense of everything that's going on. What are each character's motives? What are we noticing now that we're watching in the comfort of our own homes? Even the credits had a surprise that a couple of us weren't aware of! We discuss every moment of the movie as we watch it together!

The Secrets of Dumbledore was just released on HBO Max, and now you can watch the movie in real time with your Harry Potter friends (Us). You will need to bring your own copy of the movie to get the full experience. Currently it's available on HBO Max and will be released on DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital at the end of June.

At the beginning of the episode we help you sync up with us. Our sync point is just after the WB logo flies past the camera. For us, this was 53 seconds into the movie, but your timecode may differ if you don't have a HBO ad at the beginning.

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Jun 04, 2022
564: Who's the Threat in 'Fantastic Beasts 4' if Grindelwald's Been Qilinized?
On this week's episode, Micah and Eric talk about what Fantastic Beasts 4 needs to do in order to keep fans interested in the franchise. Then open our Muggle Mailbag to take feedback on Secrets of Dumbledore. Plus... Alakazam! Can wizards and witches really use spoons to do magic?

  • Main Mini-Discussion: What does Fantastic Beasts 4 need to do in order to be a satisfying story for fans?
  • With where Secrets of Dumbledore left us, what more story is there to tell? 
  • Can the franchise continue to hang its hooks on Potter nostalgia, but then fail to deliver?
  • Do we feel there is enough meat for five Fantastic Beasts films? Could a flashback movie work?
  • It's time to bust open the Muggle Mailbag!
  • What did Grindelwald know about Dumbledore's future when he said: "Who's going to love you now?"
  • Will Jude Law's Dumbledore ever reenact the Half-Blood Prince potion scene?
  • Is Secrets of Dumbledore too gay?
  • Did Dumbledore plan for Jacob to be an "assassin" all along?
  • Why did Leta choose Theseus? Is Newt to blame?
  • Which characters are the best examples from each Hogwarts House?
  • Can you use spoons to do magic?
  • Quizzitch: In Half-Blood Prince, during the cave scene, what does Dumbledore toast before drinking the potion?
  • On next week's episode: we're off for the Memorial Day Holiday, but back the following week with our Secrets of Dumbledore movie commentary!
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May 24, 2022
563: Analyzing Eulalie Hicks, Our Favorite New Character
In their first dedicated character discussion since the premiere of Secrets of Dumbledore, the hosts of MuggleCast turn the pages of their study guides to Professor Eulalie Hicks of Ilvermorny! "Lally" was a huge highlight of the third Beasts film, and we're here to say why that was. Join Andrew, Eric, Micah and Laura as they analyze the character through her words, attitude and relationships. It's a fun episode for sure.

  • Main Discussion: Professor Eulalie "Lally" Hicks in Secrets of Dumbledore
  • Going back to the first section he ever headed on MuggleNet, Micah starts us off with Lally's Name Origin
  • Jessica Williams, who portrays Lally, was herself a big Harry Potter fan, and even shares his birthday!
  • The announcement of Jessica's casting likely took place at the next table over from Andrew, Eric and Micah when they saw Cursed Child on Broadway.
  • What makes Eulalie a member of Thunderbird house? It's been a while since the hosts had a chance to talk about Ilvermorny canon.
  • As a Charms professor, Eulalie's surely competent in some of our favorite Charms, which we recap.
  • Lally, like Newt, wrote a book which is widely circulated. She also has a unique-looking wand.
  • Professor Hicks and Professor Hagrid both share a job title in common! But... what does it mean?
  • We received some insightful e-mails regarding Lally's "Transatlantic" accent, a relic of Old Hollywood in the 1930's and 40's.
  • Lally's friendhsip with Jacob is a reason to see the film, even if it got off to a rocky (problematic?) start. The hosts discuss.
  • What do we see happening between Theseus and Lally romantically, if anything, and why?
  • Andrew's idea for a Eulalie Hicks spinoff TV show will have you ready and waiting for the first season.
  • Quizzitch: What did students have to do in their end of year exam for Charms class in Harry’s year one?
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May 17, 2022
562: Answering Burning 'Secrets of Dumbledore' Questions With New Canon
On this week's episode, the fearless MuggleCasters take it upon themselves to answer Secrets of Dumbledore's biggest unanswered questions, using their extensive knowledge of the Wizarding World to provide plausible answers and put to bed the movie's most dangling plot threads. Join Andrew, Eric, Laura and Micah on this fun journey through the plot points and listen as they finally discuss whether their own prophecy about the movie came true!

  • Main Discussion: Can our knowledge of book canon help us explain the events of Fantastic Beasts 3?
  • In what YEAR is the third movie set? Some title cards would have been helpful! Are there clues in the props?
  • What became of Nagini? Andrew, Laura and Micah provide a tragic outcome while Eric imagines a spa day.
  • Where is Tina Goldstein, really? The "she's busy" explanation does not hold any giggle water for us!
  • Was Newt ever allowed back to Hogwarts after his expulsion, and did he complete his schooling there?
  • What makes Dumbledore "more than a teacher" to Newt, in his own words?
  • How and under what circumstances did Dumbledore and Eulalie Hicks first meet?
  • What is the little drop of "water" that Albus blew onto Credence? And is it connected with the Deluminator or an alternate dimension?
  • The Predictions of Tycho Dodonus... did they come true, and might they still? How about our predictions of Nostradamus?
  • Exactly when did Aberforth find out about Credence and when did they establish their mirror chats?
  • Regarding romances, where do Jacob and Queenie honeymoon, and is anything happening with Lally and Theseus?
  • The hosts wrap up discussing the most pressing questions that the next movie MUST answer.
  • Who Got it Right?! Laura and Micah sweep The Bunties (tm) with Price is Right rules applying, on our various FB3 guesses.
  • Next week, a character discussion on Eulalie Hicks! Submit your questions and thoughts on the character!
  • Quizzitch: Who was the headmaster of Hogwarts school immediately before Dumbledore?
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May 10, 2022
561: Why Did the Qilin Bow to Dumbledore? Listeners React to 'Fantastic Beasts 3'
On this week's episode, we bust open our Muggle Mailbag to answer your burning questions and take your feedback on Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore!

  • Twitter Polls Galore! Which host would the Qilin bow to? What was the best Secrets of Dumbledore ship? And overall, what did listeners think of the movie?
  • What did Yusuf Kama have to help fight Grindelwald?
  • The hosts celebrate Eulalie Hicks after leaving her hanging in our initial review!
  • Why did Grindelwald's followers not kill Theseus when they captured him?
  • Why did Theseus not question Queenie after her return to the good side?
  • Did Dumbledore and Grindelwald's fight scene fail to deliver?
  • Why did the Qilin bow to Dumbledore? Why not Newt? Or Jacob?
  • Did the producers tie up loose ends enough so that this could be the last film?
  • Where are Graves and Nagini?
  • How did Jacob and Queenie get permission to marry?
  • Prediction Time: Which host was closest to the box office number and what does this number mean for the future of the franchise?
  • On next week's episode: What questions should’ve Secrets of Dumbledore answered, and what questions must Fantastic Beasts 4 answer?
  • Quizzitch: What book hits Lucius Malloy in the eye during his tussle with Arthur Weasley in Flourish and Blotts?
  • Later this week on Bonus MuggleCast: Why has J.K. Rowling been completely silent about Fantastic Beasts 3? You can get Bonus MuggleCast and other great benefits by becoming a patron at!
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May 03, 2022
560: The Best Characters, Scenes, and Beasts of 'Secrets of Dumbledore'
This week, we continue our review of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, this time focusing on the various odds and ends of the film! Plus, we hand out our "Bunty Awards," which are accolades for several aspects of the movie! Stay tuned for many, many more thoughts on the weeks and months ahead!

  • The "Bunty" award for our Favorite New Character, Favorite New Beast, etc
  • What was the one stand-out scene of the film?
  • Was the movie poster for the film misleading? (YES)
  • Eric took a stopwatch into his Secrets of Dumbledore screening... for a very specific experiment.
  • We, like Jacob, were confused by the plot to confuse Grindelwald.
  • What about Grindelwald's visions in the puddles and mirrors, what do they mean?
  • Was Credence made to sound more like Aberforth at the start of the film? And was anyone else thinking he would have a romance with Queenie from their early interaction?
  • The re-use of classic Harry Potter lines is scrutinized by Micah.
  • Was the Anton Vogel actor too similar in appearance to Mads as Grindelwald, and did that lead to confusion about the plot and characters?
  • Could Credence be conceivably written out of the franchise at this point? And why can't the phoenix intervene to save him from his condition? It's... right there.
  • How do we feel about all the Aberforth and goat stuff now after seeing this movie?
  • Why doesn't anyone in the film call the head of the International Confederation of Wizards by its book-given title?
  • Revisiting some 'Crackpot Theories,' could Leta still live?
  • Quizzitch: According to The Secrets of Dumbledore, What is Bunty’s given surname? Submit your answer!
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Apr 26, 2022
559: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore' Review!
On this week's episode, it's all about reviewing Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore! It's finally here, so just how many secrets were there, and did they live up to expectations? We touch on some of the film's biggest moments and discuss whether or not this could be the last installment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

  • Welcome Slug Club member, Jemima!
  • Main Discussion: Our review of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  • The hosts given their spoiler-free initial reactions to the third Fantastic Beasts film before jumping into all the details and spoilers
  • Did this movie course-correct like we hoped it would?
  • The Top 7 Moments from The Secrets of Dumbledore...
  • Say what, kid?!? Aurelius is Aberforth's lovechild?!?
  • Ariana WAS an obscurus! Were we satisfied with the reveal?
  • Tea time with Albus and Gellert
  • Is Mads the Grindelwald we've been waiting for?
  • The Brothers Scamander take on the Manticore
  • Could any of us make sense of The Election?
  • The Blood Pact: Explained & Destroyed
  • Queenie & Jacob: Going to the bakery andddd gonna get marrrried!
  • Next week: More on The Secrets of Dumbledore, including our favorite characters, scenes, and beasts
  • Be sure to check out Micah on Everyone's A Reel Critic (where they discuss movies with at least a 20% differential between the critic and audience rating) to talk about Crimes of Grindelwald!
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Apr 18, 2022
558: Play Our 'Fantastic Beasts' Trivia Game!
With just a few days before the release of Secrets of Dumbledore, we host our 7th installment of Quizzitch Live to test your knowledge to-date on the Fantastic Beasts series. Are you up on your fantastic casting? Can you guess who said these memorable quotes? Is your knowledge of beasts at the Magizoologist level? Just how well do you know Gellert Grindelwald ? Join us for Quizzitch Live: Fantastics Beasts and the Suitcase of Fun! Prizes benefit Lambda Legal, The Trevor Project, Trans Lifeline and GLSEN!

Next week will be part 1 of our big Secrets of Dumbledore review! After you see the movie, be sure to send in your feedback and theories, and we may include it on air!

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Apr 12, 2022
557: Let's Lock-In Our Final 'Secrets of Dumbledore' Theories!
With this being our final episode before The Secrets of Dumbledore hits theaters (in the U.K., at least), we set our predictions and theories for the third Fantastic Beasts movie in stone. Plus, one of us has already seen the movie and offers a positive spoiler-free review!

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  • Our next Quizzitch Live is Saturday, April 9th, at 11 AM ET! Winners will receive $40 to a charity of their choice and tickets to see the next Beasts film.
  • Main Discussion: The hosts make their final predictions and theories about The Secrets of Dumbledore
  • ...but Eric has just come back from an early screening! He gives a quick, spoiler-free review of the movie.
  • What will the film's Tomatometer score end up being? How much money will it gross on opening weekend in the U.S.?
  • Andrew, Micah and Laura guess  how gay the Dumbledore and Grindelwald relationship will be?
  • On the subject of relationships, will Queenie and Jacob get back together in this movie? Will Newt and Tina finally start dating by its end?
  • Will we hear about other characters from Potter history? Will the Order of the Phoenix get a shout-out?
  • How many times will Harry Potter soundtrack music play during the movie?
  • About Ariana, will we get a full flashback to the day she died? And does she share an Obscurus with Credence?
  • Will this be the last movie for "the Scamander Six"? How about for Credence? Who will be the MVP of the movie, and what's the deal with Jacob's wand?
  • Finally, the hosts share their thoughts on the blood pact, Credence's origins and any additional crackpot theories.
  • Patrons weigh in with their predictions, as we close the box of guesses with a lock and key.
  • Quizzitch: James Newton Howard, composer of the Fantastic Beasts series, also composed the music for the film adaptations of THIS, young-adult post-apocalyptic fiction book series, once marketed as "The Next Harry Potter."  Submit your answer!
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Apr 05, 2022
556: Dumbledore Confesses Love for Grindelwald in New 'Fantastic Beasts 3' Previews
With just a few weeks to go until the release of The Secrets of Dumbledore, the hosts review some recently released clips and featurettes. Why did Dumbledore create the blood pact and what happens if he tries to destroy it? Will Dumbledore's love for Grindelwald continue to cloud his judgment? And, are the Fantastic Beasts producers relying too much on Harry Potter nostalgia? Plus next week, don't miss our Secrets of Dumbledore predictions episode!

  • News roundup covers Hogwarts Legacy for Nintendo Switch, early Fantastic Beasts fan screenings and The Secrets of Dumbledore screenplay
  • Main Discussion: The Latest Secrets of Dumbledore Clips & Featurettes
  • Dumbledore attempts to destroy the blood pact! Why does this scene feel oddly familiar?
  • Dumbledore confesses his love for Grindelwald!
  • How will Newt and team bring down Grindelwald... it's all about CONFUSION?!?!
  • Does David Heyman's Dean Thomas reference seem out of place?
  • Are the Fantastic Beasts producers relying too heavily on Harry Potter nostalgia?
  • Magic upgrade: How will Secrets of Dumbledore improve upon battle magic?
  • Aberforth and His Mirror: who is he trying to communicate with?
  • All aboard, The Great Wizarding Express!
  • SAY WHAT, Dumbledore? “The fact that that everything didn’t go precisely to plan was precisely the plan!” 
  • Quizzitch: Why doesn't Bellatrix intervene in Dumbledore's fight against Voldemort in the Ministry?  Submit your answer!
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  • Next week's episode: We'll lock in our Secrets of Dumbledore predictions!

Mar 29, 2022
555: 'Hogwarts Legacy' Reveals Huge Sneak Peek, '98-'99 Hogwarts School Year Deep Dive
On this week's MuggleCast, we return to an e-mail that we received that asks us what the 1998-1999 Hogwarts school year would have been like, when Hermione returned to complete her Hogwarts education and when Ginny and Luna were her classmates. The hosts think critically and speculate which accommodations might be made in wake of the destruction of the school and considering the mental health and well-being of students and staff! Plus, a recent Hogwarts Legacy trailer gives us the first real look inside the much-anticipated Wizarding World game. All this and more can be found inside the episode!

  • Playstation's 'State of Play' event gives Potter fans an in-depth look at Hogwarts Legacy. The hosts discuss what interests them about it as gamers.
  • Main Discussion: Annette asks us, what do we think the 1998/1999 school year would have looked like at Hogwarts?
  • September 1 is only 4 months after the Battle of Hogwarts! Is that enough time to repair the school and memorialize the fallen?
  • What would the Sorting Hat's song be like? More calls for unity, amid Slytherin's recent walkout?
  • If McGonagall was now headmistress, who would take her spot as head of Gryffindor House and professor of Transfiguration? Is Oliver Wood too young / too obvious?
  • What would Hogwarts' graduation ceremony look like, and why did we never see one?
  • Would Ron and Harry pop by on the weekends to visit their girlfriends Hermione and Ginny?
  • Will Hogwarts FINALLY, finally, get some grief counselors? And did Dumbledore put an unnecessary target on Hogwarts when he was headmaster?
  • The hosts discuss tributes that occurred to students who died during their own educational history.
  • Listeners provide their questions, such as: will rebuilding Hogwarts add elevators and unisex bathrooms? What happens to the statues of the knights that defended the school?
  • Quizzitch: This Week's CURRENT Quizzitch Question: Finish this line: "Minister, the evidence of the Dark Lord's return is _______." A) Incomparable B) Inconvenient C) Inconceivable! D) Incontrovertible  Submit your answer!
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Mar 22, 2022
554: Analyzing Newt Through His Relationships with Theseus, Leta, Tina, Dumbledore
On this week's episode, our Fantastic Beasts character discussions return to focus on the one-and-only Newt Scamander. With about a month to go before the release of Secrets of Dumbledore, we analyze all of Newt's relationships from the last film and debate what the future holds for our favorite magizoologist. Plus, its Newt's birthday, so just will the hosts gift him? A niffler fanny pack may be in his future!

  • Welcome to our social media manager, Chloe!
  • The cover of the Order of the Phoenix Illustrated Edition has been revealed!
  • Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Newt Scamander
  • We last talked about Newt back on Episode 326 with Evanna Lynch!
  • Horoscope Check: Newt is the perfect Pisces!
  • The hosts break down Newt's relationships in Crimes of Grindelwald
  • What exactly is the dynamic between the brothers Scamander?
  • Does Newt still love Leta?
  • Why does Dumbledore trust Newt so much?
  • Are there more comparisons between Newt and Snape than meet the eye?
  • The Newt and Jacob BROMANCE continues!
  • Did the writers do the Newt & Tina relationship an injustice?
  • What does the future hold for Newt in Secrets of Dumbledore?
  • Given we recorded on Newt's birthday, the hosts share what presents they would get him.
  • Quizzitch: What is Yusuf Kama’s mother’s name?  Submit your answer!
  • On Bonus MuggleCast (available on our Patreon), we discuss the recently revealed Alternative Titles for Crimes of Grindelwald. Yes, Fantastic Beasts: The Statute of Secrecy was an option...
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Mar 15, 2022
553: The New and Improved 'Cursed Child' Reviewed, Yet Another 'Secrets of Dumbledore' Trailer Reveals Exciting Footage
On this week's episode of MuggleCast, we break down new scenes from the recently released Japanese Secrets of Dumbledore trailer, take listener feedback and talk about the 18 new character posters. Plus, we're joined by a very special guest to review Cursed Child in San Francisco!

  • #Millennial co-host Pam joins the show to review the new-and-improved one-part Cursed Child in San Francisco! Check out new episodes of Andrew, Laura, and Pam's #Millennial every Wednesday. Subscribe via Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen!
  • The hosts analyze the new Japanese Secrets of Dumbledore trailer, which includes even more exciting footage!
  • Oh brother! Did Theseus and Newt successfully defeat the Manticore?
  • Professor McGonagall namedrop!
  • Dumbledore comes face-to-face with the portrait of Ariana
  • Newt: “To save our world, each of us has a role to play." What exactly are the roles that Theseus, Eulalie, Jacob, Yusuf and Bunty will play in the third Fantastic Beasts film?
  • Tina is inside Newt's suitcase (kind of)!
  • Dumbledore: “I drew my wand, which was even more foolish.” Will this be how we’re going to get Ariana's backstory? Not via flashback, but from Dumbledore himself?
  • Listener feedback covers Tina as Bunty, Dumbledore and Grindelwald's duel, Tina possibly being pregnant and more!
  • We analyze The Secrets of Dumbledore character posters (Dumbledore's First Army, Grindelwald's Followers, and Global Wizards).
  • The Secrets of Dumbledore screenplay will be published July 19. We debate whether or not this big gap between the film and the screenplay is to push fans to go to theaters?
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  • On next week's episode, we bring back our Fantastic Beasts character discussions featuring the one-and-only Newt Scamander!
Mar 08, 2022
552: 'Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore' Trailer 2 Deep Dive!
The latest (and final?) trailer for Fantastic Beasts: the Secrets of Dumbledore is here! Overall the trailer is very Dumbledore-and Grindelwald-focused and we are here to pick it apart, scene by scene! Join Andrew, Eric, Micah and Laura as they discuss that interesting Michael Gambon cameo, long-haired Credence, Jacob's wand, Dark Queenie, and more. Plus, is Theseus in trouble? Do we know some of the "new" beasts? And did Bunty get a promotion? Listen now!

  • First, we stand with the people of Ukraine and encourage everyone to keep an eye on the news coming out of the country.
  • It's time to talk about the new Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore trailer! This time the hosts will all be on the same page... YouTube page, that is! We use this video when referencing all timestamps during our discussion.
  • Laura is optimistic that the Michael Gambon Pensieve appearance foreshadows memory being a crucial part of the plot for this film...
  • ...and Eric thinks it's another desperate attempt to market the film to old-school Potter fans. Fan-service, if you will!
  • The Blood Pact is shown prominently and the hosts discuss similarities with the Unbreakable Vow in visual style.
  • Is that McGonagall visiting Dumbledore at the Hog's Head?!
  • Grindelwald declares war, Credence has longer hair, and Eulally Hicks apparates around Jacob's shop -- and we love it.
  • An important title card which has been missing from some marketing materials is back in the trailer, and the hosts discuss.
  • What is with this mysterious message on the back of Aberforth's bar? We use our Wordle experience to try and figure it out.
  • Are Albus and Gellert meeting in person? Is this an Applebees? Or merely a memory?
  • Micah thinks he can identify several of the beasts shown throughout the trailer, and Theseus does some interesting magic.
  • Is Theseus doomed? Some sleuthing reveals it may be his tie and wand that are shown with Teddy and Pickett.
  • Is Tina Polyjuiced into someone else, like Bunty? Does that explain why Katherine Waterston is missing from all promotional material in this film?
  • The Deluminator is back! And who's that group resting on the stairs at the theorized end of the movie?
  • Next week, we'll be reading YOUR submissions on theories and trailer thoughts. Be sure to send us an e-mail or voicemail using our regular channels for inclusion on the show!
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Mar 01, 2022
551: The Importance of Black Representation in Harry Potter (feat. Adriana Redding)
This week we're talking about black characters as well as people of color in the core Harry Potter books, the movie adaptations of those books, and the media that has come out since! Joining us as our honored guest is the amazing Adriana Redding, who led Hufflepuff Team to victory on Harry Potter: Tournament of Houses! Together she, Andrew, Eric and Laura discuss the reasons why black characters are so few and far between, and what their diversity hopes are for future releases set in the Wizarding World.

  • Our guest Adriana Redding talks about her time on Harry Potter: Tournament of Houses as well as black representation in the Harry Potter series!
  • Adriana recounts how she got into Harry Potter a bit later than others, and how this affected her take on diversity in the series.
  • The hosts discuss the importance of seeing somebody like yourself in the stories you consume.
  • Was the statistical diversity of England and Wales in the 1990's a factor in the lack of black and POC characters in Harry Potter? We explain why this excuse doesn't hold water.
  • Dean Thomas' backstory was omitted by the author in favor of Neville's, but old writing exists describing what it would have been. We analyze it.
  • Did you know two black actresses played Lavender Brown in COS and POA? The third actress to play her was white... and she's the one who had lines and got to date Ron in Movie 6.
  • We discuss the gradual increase in diversity since the films wrapped up, including a black MACUSA President, Hermione in The Cursed Child, and more.
  • Adriana details a recent trip to the Wizarding World theme park, and asks the hosts what their ideal hope is for future installments of Potter.
  • Eric can't resist the urge to quiz Adriana on last week's Quizzitch Question, on the spot, and she does pretty well!
  • Quizzitch: How many Quidditch matches does Lee Jordan commentate that Harry participates in, in the books?  Submit your answer!
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Feb 22, 2022
550: What if Harry told Narcissa that Draco was dead? And more MuggleMail
Our mailbag is overflowing with feedback from our recent Snape and Lily episode, and people want to talk about Jacob in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts film. We hear from another one of our youngest fans, and even dig up a classic e-mail from 2006. All on this latest milestone episode of MuggleCast!

Important Note: Next week, we're celebrating Black History Month by talking about how the books handle representation. If you're a listener of color and have feedback on this topic, please send us your owls!

  • Previously unseen photos of Ariana Dumbledore have leaked online, and Andrew and Micah did an IG Live about it. View that now on our Instagram.
  • Last week, Eric attended Albion School, a live action roleplay, and had a blast.
  • The results of our listener house survey are in! Find out what Hogwarts house the majority of our listeners are in! (It's very close, but not as close as O.G. Pottermore said they were.)
  • Voicemails kick off from an Aquarius listener who brings even more insight into Lily's character from her horoscope.
  • More voicemails cover bagel flavorings of the 1930's, Narcissa's love for Draco (What if Harry had told Narcissa that Draco was dead?), and something misunderstood about Harry Potter.
  • Two listeners e-mail us with theories on how Jacob remembered Queenie, and whether his account of it to Newt can be trusted.
  • Is Draco's future wife linked to Nagini? And could Jacob's wand help get him in to wizarding spaces?
  • Is Cursed Child and other Potter missteps giving outside spectators a very bad impression of the Harry Potter franchise on a whole?
  • What memory does Snape use to summon a Patronus? And why exactly did Lily choose James?
  • In an email from 2006, one listener guesses at what Dumbledore is really seeing when he takes Riddle's potion.
  • Chicken Soup for the MuggleCast soul returns and this time it's from a teenager who found us last year.
  • Quizzitch: What two solutions does Hermione offer Ron to help it stop raining in Yaxley's office?  Submit your answer!
  • This week's episode is sponsored by MasterClass (go to for 15% off an annual membership) and BetterHelp  (go to for 10% off your first month)
Feb 15, 2022
549: Female Friendships and Male Vulnerability in Harry Potter
It's our annual Valentine's Day episode and this year we're switching things up to talk about the female friendships in the Harry Potter series!  So... Happy GALENTINE's Day! Hermione & Ginny, Ginny & Luna, and Lavender & Parvati are just a few of the pairings we dive deep into! Also, don't miss our Top 7 Moments Male Characters Were Emotionally Vulnerable! Next week, we're opening up our Muggle Mail bag, so don't forget to send us your owls!

  • Don't forget to follow us on our new TikTok!
  • It's Galentine's Day and we talk about the importance of female friendships in the Harry Potter series!
  • Hermione and Ginny: are they best friends?
  • Why are the two so mean towards Fleur?
  • Sisterhood in Friendship: Ginny and Luna
  • Why did these two characters bond so closely with each other?
  • Support and Compassion: Lavender and Parvati & Tonks and Molly
  • The Top 7 Moments Male Characters Were Emotionally Vulnerable in Harry Potter
  • Harry, Ron, Draco, Hagrid, Dumbledore, Sirius and Dudley all make the list!
  • Quizzitch: In Deathly Hallows, where are the trio camping while Ron leaves?  Submit your answer!
  • Eric and Micah appeared on the most recent episode of SpeakBeasty, talking about the character pairings in the latest Secrets of Dumbledore trailer - check it out!
  • This week's episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (Go to for 10% off your first month) and MeUndies (get 25% off Matching Pairs for Valentine's Day, 15% off your first order, and free shipping at ).
Feb 08, 2022
548: Will There Ever Be Another Harry Potter-Level Book Series?
After the Potter series proved to be successful, there was the Twilight Series. Next came The Hunger Games. And then came Divergent! Each series was marketed as "the NEXT Harry Potter." But, they weren't really as successful as Harry Potter at all! On this special episode of MuggleCast, the hosts dive deep into what makes the tale of a boy wizard so enduring, and how the other series just didn't measure up in terms of financial success OR staying-power. We also compare HP to Star Wars and discuss what the two series have in common. It's another great episode this week, be sure to listen at your leisure!

  • MuggleCast is now on TikTok with the username @MuggleCast! Be sure to follow us there and enjoy all the fun content we've got coming.
  • This week's Main Discussion: Why the so-called "Next Harry Potter" hasn't happened yet.
  • Andrew, Eric, Laura and Micah discuss what made Harry Potter so special. From the story beats to the complexity of the mystery, we dive deep into what we love and what inevitably translated to the publishers' bottom line.
  • Strong themes in the HP series? We think we spot a few that hit home! And being rewarded for catching references and foreshadowing really felt like a present to us as readers.
  • HP fans were feverish for new Harry! That's just something that cannot be said about some other series.
  • The hosts talk Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Andrew and Laura even had a Twilight podcast back in the day!
  • Were The Hunger Games and the Divergent series simply too dystopian for readers to love?
  • Another example of a franchise that may live forever is Star Wars. What do that and HP have in common from a storytelling perspective?
  • Did Star Wars' opening up its canon to multiple creators allow it to flourish, and what lessons can Warner Bros. learn there regarding HP?
  • The hosts compare the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and wonder aloud if "the next Harry Potter" will even be a book at all.
  • Finally, are older Millennials going to be the ones to spot the next HP, or will the younger generation determine what the next candidate is?
  • Quizzitch: In Divergent, the hero Tris is eligible to join 3 factions. Which faction does she join, and for bonus points, what are the 3 she has to choose from?  Submit your answer
  • This week's episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (Go to for 10% off your first month) and HelloFresh (Get up to 16 free meals by going to and using code muggle16)
Feb 01, 2022
547: The Rise and Fall of Severus Snape and Lily Potter
In light of Snape and Lily both being born in January, this week we're analyzing the rise and fall of the relationship between the two characters! What did Lily initially see in Snape? Should she have given him another chance? And just how creepy is Snape's life-long commitment to Lily? Then, we unveil the Top 7 pickup lines Snape used on Lily... no wonder things didn't work out!

  • Welcome back to our guest host and HP super-fan, Irvin!
  • Irvin's book on Dumbledore titled Dumbledore: The Life and Lies is available now wherever books are sold!
  • MuggleCast is now on TikTok, aka Laura's favorite app. Subscribe to us at @mugglecastpod
  • Our 2022 Patreon perks have been announced! The new MuggleCast Collector's Club and Fandom Lookback features are sure to thrill all who subscribe to our Patreon.
  • Our main discussion this week is on Lily Potter and Severus Snape, and their relationship throughout the series.
  • Both Lily and Severus are born in January! But, they have different star signs. What in their zodiac aligns with their lives as they lived them?
  • At what point in their lives did Lily and Snape's relationship go south?
  • When does Snape's tragic home life cease to be a valid excuse for his Dark Arts tendencies?
  • Did Lily even TRY to sway Snape towards the light? And what would that have looked like?
  • How much of Snape is nature vs. nurture?
  • What does Snape having Lily's Patronus say about him? And, similarly, why is his love for Lily unhealthy or one-sided?
  • The MuggleCast hosts read aloud the Top 7 Pickup Lines that Snape Definitely Used on Lily.
  • Quizzitch: For a chance at winning one of 5 copies of Irvin's book, what are the names of Snape's parents?  Submit your answer
  • This week's episode is sponsored by MeUndies (Get 25% off Matching Pairs, 15% off your first order, free shipping, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee at and Warby Parker (Try 5 pairs of glasses at home for free at
Jan 25, 2022
546: How Will Jacob Remain a Vital Part of 'Fantastic Beasts'?
With just three months to go until the release of Secrets of Dumbledore, we continue our Fantastic Beasts character discussions with Jacob Kowalski!  The heart of the Fantastic Beasts series is a true, loyal friend and partner. But what does the future hold for him? Slipping on a strudel? Getting lost in Newt's suitcase? Don't miss our Top 10 Ways in Which Jacob Kowalski WILL DIE! And next week we explore the loving/semi-toxic relationship between Lily Potter and Severus Snape, so send us your feedback!

  • Welcome Slug Club member, Roshni!
  • Coming this October... the Illustrated Edition of Order of the Phoenix by Jim Kay!
  • Did you buy your Harry Potter eBooks from Pottermore back in the day? Make sure you have your digital copies downloaded! Here's why
  • Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Jacob Kowalski
  • If you missed our first deep dive on Jacob, check out Episode 319!
  • How does Jacob humanize his fellow wizards?
  • Why introduce a Muggle as one of the core four?
  • Is Jacob the stereotypical fat, funny guy who is the comic relief of the series?
  • What happened to Jacob between the first two films?
  • Did Jacob's memory return too quickly?
  • If Queenie and Jacob had gotten legitimately married in England and then moved back to America, would she have been put in jail? 
  • How does Newt's character and attitude change when Jacob is around?
  • EVERYTHING is WRONG with Nicolas Flamel
  • What do the hosts make of Jacob's reaction to Grindelwald's rally, especially his "another war" line?
  • What does the future look like for Jacob? Will he be a sacrificial lamb? What does he bring to the table that the rest of the team will need in Secrets of Dumbledore?
  • Top 10 Ways in Which Jacob Kowalski WILL DIE
  • Quizzitch: What was the name of Jacob Kowalski’s former fiancee? Submit your answer
  • This week's episode is brought to you by Indeed (get a $75 credit) and BetterHelp (get 10% off your first month)!
Jan 18, 2022
545: Can Anyone Tell The Phelps Twins Apart? And Fans React to the Reunion
We open up our Muggle Mail bag for the first time in 2022, as we take listener feedback on  the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts reunion special! You wont want to miss our Top 10 Outtakes That We Don’t Know For Sure Happened During the Reunion But They Totally Did! Plus, did Andrew predict Jacob getting a wand five years ago?!? And speaking of Jacob, next week we return to our Fantastic Beasts character discussions, so send us your feedback!

  • What did we miss during our Reunion Special episode? Where was Steve Kloves? Why did Emma Roberts make a cameo? Can Warner Bros. tell the Phelps twins apart?
  • MuggleCast’s Top 10 Outtakes That We Don’t Know For Sure Happened During the Reunion But They Totally Did
  • Muggle Mail, Muggle Mail, Muggle Mail! Listeners sound off on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on everything from Tom Felton and Emma Watson to Dan Radcliffe and Helena Bonham Carter!
  • Voicemails cover Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane and the In Memoriam
  • Andrew predicted Jacob having a wand on Episode 311... and we have the proof!
  • One listener convinces us we ARE headed to Rio in Secrets of Dumbledore
  • Could Jacob be in possession of the Elder Wand?
  • 2006 Throwback Email: Did Nicolas Flamel and Dumbledore swap places?
  • Quizzitch: This Phelps twin, who plays Fred, in real life has a scar on his left eyebrow. Name the Phelps twin. Submit your answer
  • This week's episode is brought to you by BetterHelp (get 10% off your first month) and MasterClass (get 15% off an annual membership)!
Jan 11, 2022
544: The Harry Potter Stars Reunite, and We Review!
MuggleCast excitedly kicks off the year 2022 with their review of the brand new Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts reunion special! Join Andrew, Eric, Micah and Laura as they go "chapter-by-chapter" on the 100 minute show and discuss the highs and lows, cast members who were noticeably absent, and how the reunion special did or didn't meet their expectations. We also have a mail-bag show next week, so be sure to send us YOUR thoughts on the special!

  • 2022 started off with a brand new Reunion Special, looking back on the making of all 8 films and featuring the cast including Dan, Rupert and Emma
  • Harry Potter Reunion Special First Impressions: did it satisfy our craving? Did it make us cry? (Spoiler alert: yes, it did.)
  • Andrew found the beginning to be a little clunky, and the fact that Rupert, Dan and Emma were not physically all in the same space was ultimately a missed opportunity.
  • Laura thinks the special would have benefitted from having a dedicated host to guide us through the many different interviews and set a more static tone for the special.
  • Micah wanted to see more groups together and would have expected a higher focus on the first film, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary and not the others.
  • Eric wanted more Ian Hart! They brought him in for a whole day and he only appears in the last 5 minutes of the show? Release the Snyder Cut of Back to Hogwarts, you cowards!
  • We all appreciate getting to hear from all 4 directors who helmed the Potter films.
  • Dan Radcliffe's chat with Chris Columbus and some archival footage of the young trio warmed all of our hearts, multiple times.
  • Hearing Alfonso Cuarón discuss Prisoner of Azkaban changed Micah's mind on the film! Eric is not so cheaply bought... but admits that Cuarón clearly really cares and that his take on Harry's adolescence is valid.
  • Dan Radcliffe and Gary Oldman's chat shows that they truly mean a lot to one another and is great to see.
  • After seeing Mike Newell wrestle with the Phelps Twins and break some of his own ribs while doing so, everything we've ever wondered about why the Goblet of Fire movie is the way it is makes perfect sense.
  • The trio talking teenage hormones reignites the spark of all of our ships, including Emma and Tom who CLEARLY HAVE SOMETHING GOING ON...
  • ...but perhaps not as much as Dan and Helena Bonham Carter! That steamy handwritten note, wowza...
  • The hosts lament the exclusion of a Sirius/Bellatrix duel that was evidently filmed, and recount other surprising times during this special where an actor says something shocking which paints director choices in a questionable light.
  • Evanna Lynch appears with an inspirational message for the outsiders in all of us.
  • The cast discussing their on-screen kisses is very popcorn worthy, even if the kisses themselves weren't all so.
  • The In Memoriam segment touches us all as we reflect on cast members who are no longer with us, and the nice things said about them in this special.
  • RIP also to Millie the hamster. We never knew ye before!
  • The special ends back at the beginning, with footage of the 11-year-old trio, and lots of emotional admissions from the actors about each other and the films' legacy.
  • The hosts discuss JK Rowling's appearance in archived footage and what mystery still remains about her involvement in this special.
  • Quizzitch: What is the name of Rupert Grint's child? Submit your answer
  • Finally, Eric and Micah played Fandom Feud last week, with fellow members of HP Fandom to benefit trans-supportive charities. Check out the whole video of both games they played over on YouTube!
Jan 03, 2022
543: Harry Potter Reunion Special Preview, More 'Secrets of Dumbledore' Trailer Analysis, Year in Review
On this week's episode, we preview the forthcoming Harry Potter Reunion Special, dive deeper into The Secrets of Dumbledore trailer, take listener feedback on just what in the world Jacob is doing with a wand and look ahead to 2022! Plus, a bonus MuggleCast you won't want to miss - just what goes down at a Hogwarts Holiday staff party!

  • Another year, gone (in your best Dumbledore voice)!
  • We discuss the upcoming Harry Potter Reunion Special. The trailer was supposed to be released last week prior to our recording, but never appeared. It was eventually released Monday, December 20th.
  • Rumors abound about a member of the trio not being present for the reunion!
  • Don't forget, we'll be recording our first MuggleCast of 2022 following the airing of the reunion on HBO MAX!
  • We return to analyzing The Secrets of Dumbledore Trailer now that we've had more time with it
  • Look close... can you see Ariana?
  • Dumbledore is in New York City! What brings him there?
  • Could the portkey in the Room of Requirement be a Tibetan Prayer Wheel?
  • Rise Great Avenger! Laura calls out some very watery phoenix imagery behind the title card!
  • Listener feedback covers all things Jacob!
  • Did Dumbledore enchant Jacob's want to work only in times of need?
  • Was Jacob expelled from Ilvermorny? Could he be a late bloomer?
  • Does Jacob get a wand because, well, it would just be too dangerous for him NOT to have one?
  • Could Credence hold the secret to destroying the blood pact?
  • What do we have to look forward to in the wizarding world in 2022?
  • Quizzitch: What is the street address for Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes in the books? Submit your answer
  • This week's episode is brought to you by BetterHelp (get 10% off your first month at!
  • Coming up on Bonus MuggleCast later this week (available on Patreon), the hosts discuss just what goes down at a Hogwarts Holiday Staff Party (Warning: This might not be suitable for younger audiences)!
Dec 21, 2021
542: 'Secrets of Dumbledore' Trailer Analysis: Wizard Jacob, Aberforth, Dark Queenie, Oh My!
The first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has finally arrived, and we're here to discuss everything in it! What's up with Jacob and his wand? Hey there, Aberforth Dumbledore! New Year, New Doo for Credence! And thank goodness that there are still magical beasts in this thing!

We recorded this Secrets of Dumbledore trailer analysis just minutes after it was released Monday morning, so we go character by character and scene by scene to figure out what we can expect in the Fantastic Beasts threequel. (Just THREE points awarded to Hufflepuff? THREE?)

Send us your feedback about the Secrets of Dumbledore trailer, and we may include it in the next episode, which we're recording later this week! We want your theories and feelings.

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Dec 13, 2021
541: What Happened To Queenie in 'Crimes of Grindelwald'?
On this week's episode, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses makes it television premiere! And speaking of trivia, join us for Quizzitch Live: Holiday House Battle on Sunday, December 12 at 10 a.m. ET! In other news, our Fantastic Beasts character discussions continue with Queenie Goldstein. How has her character changed from Fantastics Beasts to Crimes of Grindelwald?

  • Welcome Slug Club member, Sam!
  • We review our magical stats from this year's Spotify Wrapped! Welcome to our new listeners in Cameroon, Mongolia, Brunei, Russia and Kenya!
  • Eric and Micah will be doing an Instagram Live on Tuesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. ET!
  • Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses debuts! We offer our initial thoughts!
  • Our Fantastic Beasts Character Discussions return with Queenie Goldstein 
  • What happened to Queenie between the first and second films? Have we seen a complete devolution of her character? Or is it just bad writing?
  • Do Jacob and Queenie have a healthy relationship?
  • What do we make of Queenie using a Love Potion on Jacob? Does it give us Merope Gaunt vibes?
  • Is Queenie's power of Legilimency a blessing or a curse?
  • Why does it always rain during Queenie's major scenes?
  • Should we be suspicious of the tea in Grindelwald's flat?
  • What does the future look like for Queenie? What will make her leave Grindelwald's side?  Could Queenie already be a double agent and will she become one?
  • Who is Quentin Kowalski?
  • Quizzitch: What day of the year does Professor McGonagall say she wouldn’t be surprised if it were known as “Harry Potter Day” in the future? Submit your answer
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Dec 07, 2021
540: The Trio's Reuniting, Albus/Scorpius Becomes Canon?, and our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
On this week's episode, major news hits the fandom! We discuss the upcoming reunion of cast and crew from Harry Potter to celebrate the first film's 20th anniversary. In addition, the new, shorter version of Cursed Child is reportedly a lot more heavy on an Albus/Scorpius relationship! And finally we bring you our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide! Join Andrew, Eric, Laura and Micah as they reveal what awesome fan-crafted finds they've discovered this year.

  • Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint will all take part in a 20th Anniversary Special for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone's release
  • Even actors from later films, such as Gary Oldman and Mark Williams, will be joining in as well as SS/COS director Chris Columbus
  • There have been no reports of J.K. Rowling in attendance. The hosts weigh in on what involvement she'll have, if any.
  • A Cursed Child fan has passionately revealed that the new, shorter version of Cursed Child on Broadway has a lot more direct references to Albus and Scorpius being interested in one another, and fewer references to girls like Rose and Polly Chapman!
  • The hosts guess at why the play would make changes now, and for only half of its current productions.
  • Main Discussion: Our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide episode is here! Each host has two recommendations of fan-made items to check out.
  • From Andrew's list: A custom Hogwarts acceptance letter and a really awesome personalized lenticular Chocolate Frog card!
  • Eric just loves the super-crafty, miniature Book Nooks that can be found on Etsy, as well as Etsy seller Clever Badger designs, who make many hand-crafted gifts for book lovers.
  • Additionally, MuggleNet's 2022 fandom calendar is donating part of its proceeds to Fandom Forward (formerly the HP Alliance)
  • Micah has found Wine Goblets from Ravenclaw house and themed soy candles from Frostbeart Studio!
  • And Laura has found a way to get The Grim in your teacup every day, as well as these neat custom Apple Watch bands
  • In addition to their fan-made recommendations, the hosts discuss where to go for vintage Harry Potter merchandise (eBay!)
  • We also ask: if money weren't an object, which piece of official Harry Potter merchandise would we buy?
  • Lastly, what newly-released official merchandise are we eyeing at the end of this year?
  • Quizzitch: What 14th Century witch enjoyed being burnt at the stake so many times that she did so at least 47 times under different guises?
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Nov 23, 2021
539: What Was The '98 Hogwarts School Year Like? And More Muggle Mail
On this week's episode, we empty some owl post from our Muggle Mail bag! What would the 1998-99 Hogwarts school year have looked like? Why did Harry decide to become an Auror? Plus, we analyze several new Credence theories, a Chicken Soup from India and a horcrux email from 2006 that we’ll finally answer!

  • We're confounded! Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is closing this January!
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone director Chris Columbus says he thinks they got Harry’s scar wrong... and is interested in making a Cursed Child movie!
  • It's our monthly Muggle Mail episode with voicemails covering Dumbledore and Grindelwald's blood pact, Mads Mikkelson's casting and more!
  • Would Hermione, Ginny and Luna have been close? Would the Slytherin students have been treated poorly? How would Snape have been remembered?
  • Credence theories abound!
  • Would J.K. Rowling ever write a HP-world book from a different character's perspective?
  • What is Grindelwald's emotional motivation?
  • Chicken Soup for the MuggleCast Soul returns!
  • Our throwback email from 2006 covers Harry's glasses being a horcrux!
  • Quizzitch: What was the first movie directed by Chris Columbus, which co-starred a young Vincent D'Onofrio as the Norse god Thor?
  • This week's episode is brought to you by BetterHelp (get 10% off your first month at, WarbyParker (try 5 pairs of glasses at home for free at and ThirdLove (Get 20% off at
  • Coming up on Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon), the hosts discuss a certain character not appearing in The Secrets of Dumbledore and give their predictions on when we will see our first movie trailer!
Nov 16, 2021
538: Sorcerer's Stone Movie Commentary Track
This week's episode is a movie commentary track for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone! The movie turns 20 years old this weekend, and you can finally watch along with the MuggleCasters. Listen as Andrew, Eric, Micah and Laura share their insights and revisit the magical movie that launched the franchise. 

  • You need to bring your own copy of the movie in order to fully enjoy this commentary track. We will help you sync up with us at the beginning (Press 'pause' as soon as the WB logo finishes fading to black. Then press 'play' when Andrew says '3').
  • Director Chris Columbus recently spoke about the movie in honor of its 20th anniversary, and some of his comments leak in to our lively discussion.
  • The full list of MuggleCast movie commentaries can be found on our website's Must-Listens page. More to come in the years ahead!
Nov 09, 2021
537: The First Harry Potter Movie Turns 20 Years Old
On this week's episode, we’re celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone hitting movie theaters, and kicking off an incredible film series! Where were we on opening night? How did movie critics react to the first Potter film? Who would we cast in some of our favorite Potter roles?  Plus, Eric as the Sorting Hat? Join us for the first of several episodes celebrating this epic movie anniversary! 

  • Good news: ALL episodes of MuggleCast are now available in our RSS feed! Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the podcast feed to relive the old days.
  • What did we do for the film's release on November 16, 2001?
  • Thumbs up or thumbs down? We read some initial critical reviews of the movie!
  • Quidditch hype! John Williams slander?!? No liberties taken?!?
  • What were some of the more notable scenes that didn't make it to the screen?
  • Box Office Breakdown: how did Sorcerer's Stone measure up?
  • Recasting the first Potter film - our listeners weigh in with great suggestions!
  • The hosts give their best Sorcerer's Stone movie impersonations!
  • Quizzitch: Eventually released in 2017, what is the name of the song Bruce Springsteen wrote for Harry Potter between 1998-2001 and offered to Chris Columbus for use in the first Harry Potter film? Submit your answer!
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Nov 02, 2021
536: Evanna Lynch discusses 'The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting'
On this week's episode, long time friend of the show Evanna Lynch joins us to discuss her new book, The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting. She talks about the challenges in writing her memoir and the hosts ask her about her experiences as a newly published author. Her book chronicles a struggle with mental illness and an eating disorder, as well as her correspondence with JK Rowling via letters, years before she was cast as Luna Lovegood. Evanna was kind to answer all of our questions and give us her time. This is one episode you won't want to miss!

  • Evanna Lynch returns to MuggleCast, a newly published author!
  • Her book, The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting is a deeply moving, at times comical and mostly challenging tale of her struggles with an eating disorder while she was growing up.
  • The hosts take turns asking Evanna questions both about her book, and some of the surprising stories found within.
  • Evanna details why she was inspired to write Butterfly Hunting... and how she managed to remember so many details from when she was eleven.
  • What lessons and messages can readers hope to get from the book?
  • Laura asks Evanna what she would say to her younger self, and Evanna replies gravely and honestly.
  • The interview touches on Evanna's early correspondence with J.K. Rowling via letter. What made her reach out?
  • The reasons Evanna is connected to the character of Luna.
  • Evanna recounts her transition from everyday Harry Potter super-fan to friend and colleague of the cast, and how strange it was to get used to.
  • Finally, what does the title of the book mean? And how did becoming a vegan change Evanna's way of seeing the world?
  • MuggleCast recently was on Evanna's The ChickPeeps podcast, and we had a great time.
  • Evanna leaves us with a story of walking into bookstores to sign copies of her book, and what it was like to record the audiobook.
  • Quizzitch: What is Aragog's wife's name?? Submit your answer!
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Oct 26, 2021
535: Harry Potter Halloween Extravaganza, New 'Secrets of Dumbledore' Info Revealed
On this week's episode, it's our annual Halloween extravaganza! We invent some of our own wizarding world candy, discuss what treats Potter characters would hand out for Halloween and Potter-ize your favorite Halloween movies! Plus, some new and exciting info about The Secrets of Dumbledore following a test screening in Los Angeles last week!

  • A new behind-the-scenes look at Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore sheds light on where the film will pick up and what countries we will be visiting! But what happened to Rio?
  • We have a small, exciting, and spoiler-free tidbit about The Secrets of Dumbledore from someone who attended a test screening in Los Angeles last week.
  • It's our annual Halloween episode!
  • Have any of the hosts ever dressed up as Harry Potter characters for Halloween? (Here's Andrew's Morning Show appearance as Harry Potter)
  • Laura has a great costume recommendation for Micah this year!
  • We try our hand at inventing Wizarding World candy
  • What kinds of goodies would Snape, Molly, Mad-Eye and McGonagall give trick-or treaters? How about Remus, Sirius, Arabella Figg and Xenophilus Lovegood?
  • Ron as Carrot Top? Dumbledore as a Lemon Drop Martini? We discuss what Potter characters would dress up as for Halloween!
  • Night of the Living Fred! Horcrux Pocus! Who has the best Potter-ized Halloween movie title?
  • Quizzitch: What sweet treat does Professor Flitwick give to Harry after his interview is published in The Quibbler? Submit your answer!
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Oct 19, 2021
534: What The Heck Is Going On With Credence in 'Fantastic Beasts'?
On this week's episode of MuggleCast, we follow up on our original character discussion on Credence Barebone, aka Corvus Lestrange, aka "Aurelius Dumbledore"? Wading deep into prophecy, including forming one of our own using Nostradamus, the hosts try to answer the question: "Just what is going on with Credence?" Listen as we find some answers by reviewing the scenes and subplots of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

  • We heard from the creator behind Harry Potter Database and its astonishing collection of deleted and unreleased movie scenes!
  • The surprise main character in Crimes of Grindelwald is Credence Barebone! Micah points out why this is more usual than unusual.
  • Filmmakers chose twice not to include a scene where Credence survives his bout with MACUSA, both the end of the first film and the start of the second. Would such a scene have been an improvement?
  • What brought Credence to "Circus Arcanus," and is it all one master manipulation from Grindelwald that has set Credence on his path to find his 'family'?
  • What do Credence's name origins tell us about the character, for his various names?
  • We revisit an old e-mail which explains how Greek mythology may influence the future of the character.
  • The hosts read aloud the predictions of Tycho Dodonus... and try to identify characters within.
  • Could the "son cruelly banished" be somebody else, like Albus Dumbledore?
  • Eric reads key passages from the script book which lends a little insight into that humongous shipwreck. Does the script book quietly reveal an important element?
  • We revisit major theories about Credence including, is he Ariana's twin? Does he have her Obscurus? Is he really Corvus Lestrange, or a science experiment made by Dumbledore and Grindelwald?
  • The hosts pick some numbers at random, and consult Nostradamus himself for a prediction of the future!
  • Quizzitch: What was Leta Lestrange’s mother’s name? Submit your answer!
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Oct 12, 2021
533: Discussing Hermione Granger's Academic Prowess and Perceptiveness
On this week's episode of MuggleCast, we get back to our Harry Potter character discussions with the brightest witch of her age, Hermione Jean Granger.  We discuss her personality traits, her academic prowess, and her overall perceptiveness. Plus, on Bonus MuggleCast on our Patreon, the hosts try to figure out if Hermione has a female best friend and debate which member of the trio is the "third wheel"?

  • The Secrets of Dumbledore will hit theaters a week earlier in the UK. Why, just days after the franchise's big announcement, are they making this change?
  • Unimpressed by the The Secrets of Dumbledore official movie synopsis, Micah writes his own!
  • Wizarding World Gold is coming to an end this month! Does this news have larger implications for other endeavors of the Wizarding World franchise?
  • Character Discussion: Hermione Jean Granger
  • Much like Hermes, messenger of the gods, does Hermione serve as messenger between the Muggle and wizarding worlds?
  • Why we, as readers, should identify more with Hermione than Harry!
  • What do we make of Hermione's decision to return to Hogwarts after the war?
  • How does she balance personal achievement with what is necessary and urgent?
  • The hosts recall their initial impressions of Hermione. Is she really an "insufferable know-it-all"?
  • Where does Hermione's academic drive come from? Her parents? Pressure to fit into a new school? Pressure to fit into a new society?
  • HER-MEE-OWN! How long did it take us to the proper pronunciation?
  • Emma Watson and Noma Dumezweni: how each made their own profound impact 
  • We share Our Top 7 Hermione Moments and give our Best Hermione Impressions
  • Quizzitch: These 'splintery' treats were considered by Hermione for her parents while in Honeydukes? Submit your answer!
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  • Coming up  on Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon), the hosts discuss if Hermione has a female best friend. And, just who is the true third wheel of the Harry, Ron and Hermione trio?
Oct 05, 2021
532: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore' Title, Release Date Analysis
On this week's special episode of MuggleCast, we finally have some Fantastic Beasts 3 news to discuss! The third entry in the Fantastic Beasts series will be titled, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore! Also, a plot synopsis and new release date (April 15, 2022) are out! Join Andrew, Eric, Micah and Laura as they discuss their first impressions of the title, what specific "secrets" the title may be hinting at, and we hear from Slug Club-level Patrons listening live who have some great theories as well! 

  • Fantastic Beasts 3 will be titled, The Secrets of Dumbledore.
  • The hosts all owe Andrew money. He has heavily speculated that "Dumbledore" would be in the title!
  • Back on MuggleCast 442, the hosts each predicted the title of the movie in 2019, and some came close!
  • What do we make of the title? Is this anything other than a money-motivated decision to get people to see the movie because it is called something "Dumbledore"?
  • What does this mean for how prominent Dumbledore will be versus the Core Four and Grindelwald from previous movies?
  • What could the "secrets" of Dumbledore be? Will it have to do with the Blood Pact, or Ariana perhaps?
  • Will the secrets of Dumbledore be better explained than the crimes of Grindelwald in Crimes of Grindelwald?
  • We discover that the film title shares a word with another Harry Potter movie! Will this be a trend?
  • Andrew points out the huge visual difference in the size of both series titles on their respective title cards. It's huge!
  • The movie's synopsis includes phrases like "intrepid explorers" and "Muggle baker" - but otherwise is pretty vague.
  • Are we still going to visit Rio de Janeiro in this movie?! Was the Brazil setting filmed exclusively at Leavesden?
  • Quizzitch: Who is the main character of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? WRONG answers only! Submit your answer!
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Sep 23, 2021
531: The Vibrating Broomstick, Hogwarts House Analysis Wrap Up, How Did Harry Know Lily's Patronus?
On this week's episode of MuggleCast, Andrew has some news that's been 14 years in the making! Plus, we open up our Muggle mailbag to hear from listeners about our most recent Hogwarts House discussions (don't forget, you can find them all here: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw & Slytherin). And on Bonus MuggleCast, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, we review deleted and unreleased scenes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!

  • Andrew's long-awaited Harry Potter Vibrating Broomstick review is here!
  • Did Slytherins have collective guilt about leaving the Battle of Hogwarts?
  • Was J.K. Rowling really trying to course correct for the lack of love for other Hogwarts Houses?
  • Snapping the Elder Wand?!?! Why one listener thinks the movie got it right!
  • Pickett The Ring Bearer
  • Cuteness Alert! We hear from one of our youngest Hufflepuff listeners!
  • Did J.K. Rowling subtly rank the Houses based on their colors?
  • Do fans' perceptions of their House common rooms differ based on personality?
  • We read several strong defenses of Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff Houses. 
  • What if... Tom Riddle was in Gryffindor?
  • A 2007 throwback emails asks how Harry could recognize Lily's patronus?
  • Quizzitch: What form does Cho Chang’s Patronus take? Submit your answer!
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  • Coming up later this week on Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon), the hosts discuss the deleted scenes from Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone, to celebrate 20 years since the movie was released! Did you know they filmed the Professors singing the Hogwarts school song?
Sep 21, 2021
530: Celebrating and Criticizing Gryffindor House
This week, the MuggleCasters tackle the fiercest Hogwarts house of them all with their main discussion centered on Gryffindor! Joining the discussion is long-time friend of the show and boyfriend of Andrew, Pat! The panel of current and former Gryffindors talk about the good and the bad traits of Gryffindor, like why being bold can be a bad thing, and how being "daring" can mean you like to get into trouble. The hosts also examine Gryffindor's security system, ask why it is so insecure, and how famous Gryffindors like Minerva McGonagall and Peter Pettigrew fit into their house assignments!

  • On this episode we conclude our epic House-themed discussions with Gryffindor House!
  • What do daring, nerve and chivalry have to do with the panel's own experiences as former/current Gryffindors?
  • Is the Sorting Hat's description of Gryffindors the complete picture? Why is Pottermore's welcome letter for Gryffindors so hilariously short?
  • We examine the good and bad of Gryffindor, including their readiness to admit fault once they've been proven wrong, their hot-headedness and ill temper, and loyalty to one another.
  • Is everything Snape said about Gryffindors true? We examine moments between he and the Marauders.
  • What does it mean that Gryffindor House has had two pairs of troublemakers that we know of across two generations?
  • What happens when Gryffindors fight each other? Seamus and Harry's argument in Book Five may give us insight into the personalities of Gryffindor.
  • The Fat Lady's password system STINKS! It's a security nightmare! 
  • Notable Gryffindors include Dumbledore, McGonagall and... Peter Pettigrew? The hosts discuss who fits in and who doesn't.
  • Quizzitch: The Sorting Hat tells us that Hufflepuff came from Valley Broad, Slytherin from Fen, and Ravenclaw from Glen, but from where did Godric hail?
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  • Coming up later this week on Bonus MuggleCast, available on Patreon, the hosts discuss HBO Max's new Harry Potter Hub, where the platform makes TV and Movie suggestions based on what Hogwarts House you're in. Do we agree with HBO Max's choices? Definitely not -- Laura is hurt by the Ravenclaw picks.
Sep 14, 2021
529: Celebrating and Criticizing Ravenclaw House
Intelligence. Wisdom. Learning. Wit. Our four-part series on the Houses of Hogwarts continues this week with Ravenclaw (be sure to check out our Slytherin and Hufflepuff episodes)! Andrew and Eric are surprised with just how critical Micah and Laura are of their own house (but, honestly, would you expect anything less of Ravenclaws?). Join us as we "look down" upon the Hogwarts grounds from high atop Ravenclaw Tower and discuss some of the House's most notable members!

  • Main Discussion: Ravenclaw House
  • Could Ravenclaw be the house we know the least about?
  • Does the Sorting Hat group Ravenclaws together based on academic prowess, regardless of their intent? 
  • Why was Hermione not sorted into Ravenclaw?
  • What makes Micah and Laura Ravenclaws... Andrew and Eric have some ideas!
  • Do certain descriptions of Ravenclaws, especially that of their common room, make them come across as elitist?
  • What sort of students were the hosts during their younger years?
  • What does it mean for Ravenclaw House that Luna was the character most often referred to as being authentically herself?
  • What do we make of Cho Chang, a Ravenclaw, being Harry’s first love interest?
  • Would the reader's perspective have changed at all knowing the first two Defense Against the Dark Arts professors/frauds were both Ravenclaws?
  • We discuss other notable Ravenclaws, including Garrick Ollivander, Sybill Trelawney, Filus Flitwick, The Grey Lady and more !
  • Quizzitch: On which floor at Hogwarts can you find the staircase that leads directly to the door to Ravenclaw’s common room? Visit to submit your answer!
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Sep 07, 2021
528: We're Going Back to Hogwarts!
CHOO CHOO! Join us as we head back to Hogwarts on this week's episode of MuggleCast! Andrew, Eric, Micah and Meg as they play a few games and discuss the school's prime locations for first kisses, homework, parties and more! Plus, with David Yates beginning a new project, could the latest Fantastic Beasts news spell more trouble for the five-part movie franchise?

  • Last chance! Only one day remains to select your 2021 MuggleCast patrons physical gift! Join us at Patreon and make your selection between our throwback socks and the customizable wooden car by September 1st!
  • With so much time having already elapsed between Crimes of Grindelwald and Fantastic Beasts 3, what do we make of the news that there will be a "break" between Fantastic Beasts 3 and 4?
  • Could the Fantastic Beasts franchise rest on the success of the third film? Andrew has a theory for what this break really means!
  • Main Discussion: It's time to go Back to Hogwarts!
  • Where would each of the hosts sit on the Hogwarts Express? What would be the first thing each of us did upon return to Hogwarts?
  • "What Would You Do?" & Guess That Book (Back to Hogwarts Edition)
  • Where at Hogwarts would you: have your first kiss? Do your homework? Have some "me" time? Hold secret parties?
  • Quizzitch: In what books does Harry not directly interact with Draco Malfoy while on the Hogwarts Express? Visit to submit your answer!
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Aug 31, 2021
527: In Defense of Hufflepuff House
Coming off of the success of our last episode where we defended Slytherin House, the MuggleCasters turn their sights to that other maligned Hogwarts house: Hufflepuff! Join Andrew, Eric, Micah and Laura as they discuss the qualities possessed by Hufflepuff students, examine why Hufflepuff does not get much glory in the books, and why everyone should want to know a Hufflepuff in real life. All that and more, on MuggleCast episode 527!

  • Important: Only one week remains to select your 2021 MuggleCast patrons physical gift! Join us at Patreon and make your selection between our retro throwback socks and the customizable wooden car by September 1st!
  • We begin the episode with a fun segment, "The Top 5 Most Disparaging Scenes Featuring Hufflepuff"!
  • Main Discussion: While they may have been "picked last for kickball" in the books, Hufflepuffs may represent the best of us.
  • A brief video of the author from after the books were published seems conciliatory to all Hufflepuffs burned by their book representation.
  • What do traits such as "just" and "loyal" mean? What are the values of hard work and patience, and why do Hufflepuffs prefer to walk the quiet road to glory?
  • Helga Hufflepuff's philosophy of "I'll teach the lot, and train them up the same" is actually the best policy when it comes to education, Laura explains.
  • Eric shares which moments from the Hufflepuff Welcome Letter made him feel most at home in his new house.
  • Other famous Hufflepuffs: from Newt AND his brother Theseus, to Helga herself, Hepzibah Smith, the founder of Hogsmeade and more, just which witches and wizards wore the badger when they were at Hogwarts?
  • Each hosts says something nice about Hufflepuff House and listeners give their thoughts!
  • Quizzitch: What conceals the entrance to the Hufflepuff Common Room? Visit to submit your answer!
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Aug 24, 2021
526: In Defense of Slytherin House
  • Welcome Tylor, President of the Wizarding World-inspired animal rights nonprofit, The Protego Foundation, and co-host of The ChickPeeps podcast with Evanna Lynch!
  • Who is Tylor's favorite character? The answer may shock you (but is perfect for this episode)!
  • Main Discussion: In Defense of Slytherin House
  • What do we make of the first words revealed to us by the Sorting Hat about Salazar Slytherin? Does this introduction mislead us?
  • Is there an argument to be made that Slytherin’s preference for pure-blood students could have been due to muggle persecution of wizardry? 
  • Andrew shares why he converted to Slytherin House
  • How much of Salazar Slytherin’s legacy should be used against current members of his house?
  • The Slytherin Spectrum: we rate notable members of Slytherin House, including Merlin, Severus Snape, Regulus Black, Leta Lestrange, Dolores Umbridge, Horace Slughorn and more!
  • Which characters are still down with Slytherin's pure-blood mania? Which are on the right side of history, but may have some ingrained blood status bias?
  • Each hosts says something nice about Slytherin House and listeners give their thoughts!
  • Quizzitch: What living creature are both Marvolo Gaunt and Salazar Slytherin compared to, in appearance? Visit to submit your answer!
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Aug 17, 2021
525: What Lies Ahead For Tina Goldstein in 'Fantastic Beasts'?
On this week's episode of MuggleCast, we're discussing Tina Goldstein's role following the events of The Crimes of Grindelwald, and what lies ahead! Plus, we revisit our predictions made after seeing her in the first Fantastic Beasts movie.

  • Welcome to Slug Club Member Deanna and Alohomora's Katy Haile!
  • Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Tina Goldstein and her role in The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • We revisit some of the things we mentioned back in Episode 320 during our initial Tina discussion to see if anything held true in Crimes of Grindelwald!
  • Did her standoffishness subside? Did she get her mojo back after catching Grindelwald? What does Tina's horoscope say about her character? What happened to Tina's story between movies? Why did she never reach out to Newt about the photo of him and Leta? Why didn't Queenie help to clarify the situation?
  • Tina The Auror & The Search for Credence
  • Why was she so easily duped by Yusuf Kama?
  • What will Tina and Queenie’s relationship be like now that she has (supposedly) sided with Grindelwald? Are we headed toward a showdown between sisters?
  • Knowing World War II will serve as a backdrop to future Fantastic Beasts films, how concerned should we be for the Goldstein family?
  • What can we expect of her future relationship with Newt? Will it be a very minor subplot?
  • Was Tina catching Grindelwald at the end of the first movie foreshadowing of what’s to come? Will Credence save her much like she has saved him?
  • New Game: Whose Eyes Are They?
  • Quizzitch: As of the late 20th century, Tina Goldstein lived with her husband Newt Scamander in Dorset with their pet Kneazles, what were their pets’ names? Visit to submit your answer!
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Aug 10, 2021
524: 'Cursed Child' Downsizing, A Wild Snape Observation, Sorting Hat Biases and other MuggleMail
  • It's another MuggleMail episode, folks!
  • But first: The Cursed Child's North American productions are being condensed into one part! What does this mean for the show's future?
  • It's time to announce this year's MuggleCast Patreon physical gifts: Throwback socks and a "Sweet 16" customizable wooden model car!
  • Listeners must sign up to our Patreon and choose their gift by September 1st to be eligible to receive them.
  • Voicemails from listeners concern Petunia's motivations for spying on her neighbors, character maturities, a big fandom moment, and fond memories from the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 red carpet.
  • It's DumbledoreMail galore as listeners write in about the hiding of Ariana, the blood pact and 12 uses of dragon's blood being related, and when phoenixes appear.
  • Could Travers already be working for the Dark side in the time of Crimes of Grindelwald? He's got family history.
  • Bellatrix's comment about Snape's neighborhood leaves one listener asking if his home town puts Snape in hot water with the Death Eaters.
  • That same listener asks why NOBODY told Harry that Snape and Lily were childhood friends! Lupin, Sirius, and Dumbledore all hide that fact for their entire lives.
  • Did the Hogwarts Sorting Hat always reflect Salazar Slytherin's bias?
  • The hosts reflect on which scenes from the Potter films most improved on the books.
  • In this month's Throwback Email, an Australian listener details WW2 references present in Grindelwald's backstory.
  • A new game, "Who Said It?" has us identifying which of us said the excerpt read by Andrew. The participants do not do particularly well!
  • Quizzitch: What is the name for the double agent, working for the British MOM as a bounty hunter, who is secretly taking orders from Grindelwald? Visit to submit your answer!
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Aug 03, 2021
523: What If Neville Longbottom Was 'The Chosen One'?
  • Our character discussions return as we celebrate the birthday of Neville Longbottom!
  • Professor Trelawney drops in to give us a refresher on the Lost Prophecy
  • Had Voldemort marked Neville as his equal, would a similar situation have played out with Alice sacrificing herself to save her son? 
  • Neville & Hannah Abbott: was the plan all along that she and Neville end up together, or did the idea evolve as the series neared its end?
  • The hosts give their reactions to the movies pairing Neville and Luna together.
  • It's not fair! Augusta constantly compares Neville to her own son, Frank!
  • Both orphaned in their own way, we discuss the similarities of Harry and Neville's upbringings.
  • Was Neville always doomed to feeling “second best” even if  he had a more supportive parental figure?
  • Why did Neville want to be sorted in Hufflepuff? Did it further diminish the house's reputation for readers early on in the series?
  • The hosts share moments from their own lives where they felt like they didn't belong.
  • Neville's Notable Moments of Development: we discuss him standing up to Harry, Ron and Hermione in Sorcerer's Stone, his actions inside the Ministry of Magic in Order of the Phoenix and his confrontation with Voldemort in Deathly Hallows
  • Matt Lewis: how was Neville portrayed in the films and what were some notable movie differences for the character?
  • What if... Neville was The Chosen One? What would his upbringing have looked like? Who would be his Ron and Hermione at Hogwarts? What would his relationship with Dumbledore be like?
  • Quizzitch: Right after impersonating Neville Longbottom during his ride on the Knight Bus in Year 3, Harry bumps into the real Neville outside Flourish and Blotts. What is Neville looking for, in this moment? Visit to submit your answer!
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Jul 27, 2021
522: Revisiting 'Deathly Hallows, Part 2' Ten Years Later
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 turns ten years old!
  • On this episode, the MuggleCasters and Slug Club member Molly reminisce about the last film in the original series.
  • Where were we when Deathly Hallows came out?
  • We experience the touching farewell speeches given by Dan, Rupert and Emma on the red carpet in London.
  • Movie 8 has the highest Rotten Tomato rating of the whole series! And it made the most money. Can we see why?
  • We deep dive the plot of DH2 and re-learn what was new and different, including Aberforth.
  • Micah recaps the biggest omissions in adaptation from the page to the screen. Tonks' pregnancy, portrait Dumbledore and Carrows vs. McGonagall all got changed.
  • Meanwhile, the scene in the Chamber of Secrets is shown for the first time, and Snape gets a change of scenery!
  • The hosts revisit what they were most looking forward to, after having read the book, and what scenes surprised them.
  • The Epilogue was shot, and then re-shot. Remembering the geriatric non-millennial trio and friends.
  • In this week's debate, hosts take sides defending or criticizing the last film's adaptation. Let us know who won via our social media poll!
  • Quizzitch: Five years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, the franchise was continued with the first Fantastic Beasts film. What is the first spoken sentence of Fantastic Beasts? Visit to submit your answer!
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Jul 20, 2021
521: Young Albus Dumbledore's Motives and Manipulations
  • With one year to go until the film's release (we think), our Fantastic Beasts character discussions return! Up first... Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore in his younger years!
  • Jude Law: Youngledore, DumbleDAMN, Yumbledore!
  • How did Deathly Hallows help inform our knowledge of the Dumbledores before seeing Crimes of Grindelwald? Aunt Muriel and Rita Skeeter weigh in!
  • Did Albus fail in his responsibility to take care of both Ariana and Aberforth?
  • What was so terrifying about the duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald?
  • Exactly what happened during the fight that killed Ariana?
  • Why was Ariana seemingly kept a secret from the larger wizarding world?
  • Gellert the Manipulator: did Grindelwald go to Godric's Hollow with the intent of meeting the Dumbledores?
  • Was Ariana Dumbledore the first person to die “for the greater good”?
  • Why does Dumbledore have such a close & trusting relationship with Newt?
  • Even at a young age, Dumbledore didn't see eye-to-eye with the Ministry
  • The Blood Pact : does it really need to exist? Is it too Horcruxy?
  • We revisit the Credence/Aurelius Dumbledore reveal! Do we buy it?
  • What's next for Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts storyline?
  • Quizzitch:  Ciaran Hinds, who portrays Aberforth Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, starred alongside fellow Potter alums Gary Oldman, Toby Jones and John Hurt in the film adaptation of this novel by John le Carre, what is the name of the movie? Visit to submit your answer!
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Jul 13, 2021
520: The Most Shocking Moments in Fandom History, Part 2: Encyclopedia Flip Flop, More Wizarding Schools, Fantastic Beasts
  • We continue our discussion on the most shocking moments in Harry Potter fandom history, with some stories you'll remember -- and others you probably forgot!
  • In 2012, Micah discovered that JKR had announced she was actively working on a Harry Potter Encyclopedia, but it was quickly retracted once the story got out.
  • In 2013, Rowling was outed as male author Robert Galbraith by a lawyer's... wife's... friend... and a British newspaper.
  • Later that same year, only a week after MuggleCast "ended," the Fantastic Beasts film series was announced!
  • Years later, can we all agree Fantastic Beasts IS a prequel?
  • Dumbledore's appearance in Crimes of Grindelwald and the casting of Jude Law was a delightful surprise.
  • In 2016, more Wizarding World schools were announced, and controversy may have prevented us from getting more that were promised.
  • The same year, the stage show Cursed Child is announced, and debuts in 2 parts! We revisit the original description of the show, which is very different than the final product.
  • Honorable mentions submitted by our listeners include Ron/Hermione regrets, Rowling on Twitter, and the Wizards Unite game.
  • We also reflect on the actors we've lost over the years.
  • To wrap up our discussion, each of the hosts speculates on which crazy "impossible" idea will be the next shocking news story in fandom.
  • Quizzitch: Who portrayed the character of Barry Fairbrother on the BBC series adaptation of the Casual Vacancy? Visit to submit your answer!
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Jul 06, 2021
519: The Most Shocking Moments in Fandom History, Part 1: JKR v The Lexicon, The Deathly Hallows Split, Pottermore
  • Welcome back Andy, of Harry Potter Fan Zone (and!
  • This is Part 1 of a two-part episode, wherein the hosts discuss the most Shocking Moments in Harry Potter Fandom History.
  • First up: In 2005, JK Rowling invites fan site heads Emerson and Melissa to her house!
  • In 2007, before Deathly Hallows and high-speed internet, a live stream revealed a new Harry Potter theme park! What was the significance of a Potter-themed park at the time?
  • ...but Andy had already been to a Harry Potter theme park, down in Australia, called Warner Bros. "Movie World"!
  • Also in 2007, JKR Fan Site Award winner The HP Lexicon was taken to court by JKR/WB over their plans for a book. How did this feel to us as fellow fan site workers?
  • The split that changed it all: How WB's decision to break up The Deathly Hallows changed history and set the bar for future film franchises to come.
  • Half-Blood Prince's unexpected release date postponement disappointed fans like few things had at the time. Andrew had made a reaction video and a new version of the HBP trailer.
  • Pottermore announced: We discuss the early days of the website, why it was so special, and what ultimately happened to it.
  • Stay tuned next week for more shocking news moments, like the time JKR confirmed she was finally writing an Encyclopedia, Fantastic Beasts coming into existence, the earliest Cursed Child information, and so much more.
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Jun 29, 2021
518: The Lazy Sorting Hat, Pre-DH Final Battle Theories, Hypocrite Draco, and More MuggleMail
  • It's a MuggleMail episode!
  • But first: Micah & Eric visit the newly-opened Harry Potter New York flagship store and share some pro tips for fans looking to visit in the near future!
  • What are some of the top items? And more importantly, how is the butterbeer?
  • To celebrate Pride Month in the Wizarding World, listeners send in their favorite LGBTQ+ couples
  • Voicemails cover Draco's "real" dad, the Battle of Hogwarts, Sprout & Snape's relationship and more!
  • Do the they teach sex education at Hogwarts?
  • One listener gives us an epic ending for Trelawney in the Battle of Hogwarts!
  • What are some details left out of the Potter movies that should be in the TV show?
  • How are wizards educated in early academics?
  • Why does Draco criticize students for staying at Hogwarts during the holidays when HE DOES IT HIMSELF?
  • We reminisce about where we all though the final battle of the series would take place and the significance of The Veil!
  • In Chamber of Secrets, did Harry have an immediate connection to the Diary Horcrux that we all overlooked?
  • Selfish Harry! Did Ginny have any say in the naming of her children?
  • Draco would NEVER wear Muggle clothes (sorry movies)!
  • Was it a matter of convenience that most wizarding families were sorted into the same House (ex: Weasleys)?
  • One listener shares a really profound email on fan fiction
  • Quizzitch: June 21st is the 18th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the longest Potter book ever written. How many chapters are contained in Book 5? Visit to submit your answer!
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Jun 22, 2021
517: The Potter Fandom's Life-Changing Support for LGBTQ+ People
  • Welcome Swish and Flick's Meg & Katie!
  • Main Discussion: Celebrating Pride Month in the Harry Potter fandom
  • Andrew, Meg & Katie share their personal experiences of coming out and the feeling of safety in the Potter fan community
  • What is it about the Harry Potter fandom that makes it a welcoming place for diversity? What have the hosts noticed about inclusion at Potter events?
  • What’s a “different” thing about the other hosts that the fandom didn’t judge them for?
  • Why was it such a big deal to reveal Dumbledore's sexuality? What other gay characters were in pop culture at the time?
  • How important is it for us to remember the time at which the Harry Potter series was written?
  • Does the lack of an LGBTQ+ character in the Harry Potter series speak to its larger diversity issue?
  • Would J.K. Rowling  have viewed including a gay character as a risk? Would publishers be concerned about how parents might react to a gay character? 
  • We discuss the possible sexualities of several Potter characters, including Nymphadora Tonks, Charlie Weasley, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black and more
  • Quizzitch: A witch named Glenda Chittock hosts this program on the Wizarding Wireless Network, dedicated to interviewing musicians. What is the name of the program? Visit to submit your answer!
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Jun 15, 2021
516: Can Draco Malfoy Ever Be Forgiven?
  • The Harry Potter Store in New York City is now open. Will Micah be going?
  • In celebration of the character's birthday, today we are discussing all things Draco Malfoy.
  • Malfoy's name implies he will act in bad faith, and his horoscope suggests a duality of character. Do the hosts agree?
  • According to LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Malfoy's Boggart is Lord Voldemort. Is this canon? Are there any other things his Boggart might be?
  • We all agree Tom Felton was an excellent choice for Draco, and we love how active he is in fandom today.
  • Fun Segment: To kick off our in-depth character analysis, the hosts recap the Top 7 Moments Draco was a Jerk
  • While the first four moments were concerning, the top three moments could have or did result in the loss of life!
  • Can Draco Malfoy be redeemed? How much of his upbringing is to blame for his casual racism?
  • Is there a "sweet spot" age where Draco can be held responsible for all of his actions, and if so, when?
  • Drawing from Cursed Child, all the hosts strangely agree that Draco would be a good father as a result of his actions.
  • Are there actions of Draco's that are truly unforgivable? What behavior would the hosts never forgive in their personal life?
  • Which characters from Harry Potter would never forgive Draco? Which ones would?
  • Finally, the hosts all try to say something nice about Draco!
  • Quizzitch: The constellation Draco was so named for its appearance of being like a dragon.. Who first named the constellation Draco?Visit to submit your answer!
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Jun 08, 2021
515: Prisoner of Azkaban Movie Commentary
This week's episode is our fifth-ever Wizarding World movie commentary! Watch Prisoner of Azkaban with the MuggleCasters, and listen as we react in real-time to everything happening. Is this movie as bad as some people say it is? What do we love and hate about it? We discuss it all as we watch!

Note: You will need your own copy of Prisoner of Azkaban in order to watch with us. We will help you sync up the movie with us at the start of the commentary track. We strongly recommend listening to this episode with your own copy of the movie. Otherwise, it may be difficult to follow along with what we're discussing.

See more of our movie commentaries on our Must-Listens page.

May 25, 2021
514: Revisiting Harry Potter Fansites During Summer 2007
  • The Cursed Child will not reopen with other Broadway shows this Fall as it rethinks its length and structure, targeting a 2022 return
  • What's at the heart of this decision? We discuss a few ways The Cursed Child could accomplish a cutdown version of the show.
  • Main Discussion: Revisiting The Best of MuggleNet and other Potter Fan Sites, particularly during the biggest year for Harry Potter
  • The hosts revisit their roles and how they got their start in the Potter fandom
  • The layouts, the countdowns, the breaking news: what were some of our favorite parts of  MuggleNet?
  • The Wall of Shame, Editorials, MuggleSpace and more!
  • Be sure to check out older versions of MuggleNet using The Wayback Machine!
  • What was the rivalry like with other Harry Potter fansites?
  • The hosts read their old staff profiles from 2007 - laughter... and cringing ensue!
  • Our patrons share their favorite parts and memories of MuggleNet
  • Quizzitch: Some of the earliest Harry Potter fan conventions were run by a group called HPEF. What does HPEF stand for? Visit to submit your answer!
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  • Next week: We'll be releasing a brand-new movie commentary on Prisoner of Azkaban. The following week we'll be off for the Memorial Day holiday. So, we'll see you on June 7! In the meantime, check out some of our past episodes on the Wall of Fame!
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May 18, 2021
513: Why is Hufflepuff's Professor Sprout So Absent From the Harry Potter Series?
  • Welcome Slug Club member, Franzi!
  • Main Discussion: Professor Sprout & Herbology’s Role in the Harry Potter Series
  • To start off, the hosts test their skills in a new game: Potter Plant or... Pokemon?
  • What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of Professor Sprout?
  • What does Sprout's name origin tell us about her character?
  • Miriam Margoyles shined in her limited screen time in the Potter films
  • The Chronicles of Sprout and McGonagall are canon - should it be a spin-off series?
  • Laura dishes on some good Sprout fan fictions as we revisit the Splitwick publishing controversy!
  • Does Professor Sprout's character suffer from lack of representation? How would we rank her in comparison to other heads of house? 
  • Does the connection between Professor Sprout and Hufflepuff house get lost on the reader? Is she not that memorable for the average reader? 
  • Do Sprout (Hufflepuff) and Flitwick (Ravenclaw) suffer from not being focal points of Harry’s story and attention? 
  • Top Sprout Moments in the Potter series include devil's snare, mandrakes, keeping Hogwarts open and more
  • Sprout, Snape, and Neville:  we discuss Herbology's role in the series and its relationship to Potions
  • Quizzitch: What is the common name of the family of flowering plants, solenacaeae, which include tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, bell and chili peppers? Visit to submit your answer!
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May 11, 2021
512: The Highs and Lows of the Battle of Hogwarts
  • Take note! The new-ish Harry Potter Database is keeping track of deleted and never-seen scenes from the movies, with stills and even script excerpts! Including the alternate ending from Goblet of Fire that we mentioned last week.
  • It's the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts! The hosts honor the occasion by looking at what the movie left out from the book.
  • How do the hosts feel about the Harry/Voldemort face-off, now that they've reread it?
  • What role would Andrew, Laura, Micah, and Eric taken in defending the school?
  • Would any particular moment during the Battle of Hogwarts have caused us to retreat or rethink our strategy?
  • What is the one thing that we'd change after all these years about what happened during the Battle of Hogwarts in the book? Listeners weigh in with the top things they would change as well.
  • Which character who died would Andrew, Eric, Laura and Micah save, and who would we kill in their place?
  • We eulogize those who lost their lives on this fateful day in the book series.
  • Quizzitch: What is the final sentence in Deathly Hallows prior to the epilogue?Visit to submit your answer!
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May 04, 2021
511: Listeners Share Funny Harry Potter Plot Holes, and more MuggleMail
  • News: Harry Potter flagship store opening on June 3 in New York City, but not everyone on the panel is into the news.
  • This week’s episode is all MuggleMail!
  • Did Harry's "I am The Chosen One" line miss its mark with some fans?
  • Listeners share lots of feedback on our Fred and George episode! We even hear from several twins!
  • Should you omit "problematic" parts of the books when reading Harry Potter to your children?
  • Seline from South Australia sparks a spirited discussion about teaching basic reading, writing and arithmetic at Hogwarts!
  • Do the hosts enjoy the books more because the movies omit so much?
  • We examine a secret deleted scene from the Goblet of Fire movie
  • Night Crawler: Wasn't Harry old enough to crawl or even walk away from the Dursley's doorstep at the beginning of Sorcerer's Stone?
  • Everyone seems to want a Harry Potter TV show. Well, what if it's really bad?
  • Is Ron the glue that holds the trio together?
  • What was Hermione doing on the train ride to Hogwarts while Harry and Ron were in the flying Ford Anglia?
  • Why weren't students told Voldemort's real name?
  • We answer a vintage email from August 2007! Did Ron use Helga Hufflepuff's Cup to gain entrance to the Chamber of Secrets?
  • Quizzitch: What is the mathematical formula for determining the circumference of a circle? Visit to submit your answer!
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Apr 27, 2021
510: The Best (or Weirdest) of Harry Potter Fan Fiction
  • News: British star of stage, film and TV Helen McCrory has died. We wish the best to her family and loved ones.
  • Main Discussion: Former MuggleNet Fan Fiction moderator Laura Tee is here to discuss fanfic!
  • Have the MuggleCast hosts read fanfic before? Why or why not? Was there a stigma attached in the early days?
  • Laura runs through some common Harry Potter fanfic tropes including American exchange students, students getting "HOT" over the summer, and replacement love interests for Snape.
  • The hosts have each read some of the most popular Potter fanfics as suggested by our listeners, and are here to dish!
  • In "The Very Secret Diary" by Arabella, Laura found a depth to Ginny's character that was lacking for her in the books.
  • Eric describes the 700,000 word Hermione time-travel epic, "The Debt of Time" by ShayaLonnie
  • Debt of Time is so massive that it even has its own read-through podcast, Firewhisky and Honey.
  • Micah's choice for fan fiction, "In the Light of the Stars" by little0bird, features a lot of diversity as a teenaged McGonagall navigates wartime Britain.
  • Draco and Hermione meet repeatedly for coffee in Andrew's new favorite fanfic, "Remain Nameless" by HeyJude19.
  • After talking about SO MUCH fan fiction, and listing off some honorable mentions, the hosts try their own hand at writing fanfiction with prompts given to them by Laura!
  • Andrew reads his heartwarming meetcute for adult Scorpius Malfoy and Albus-Severus Potter.
  • Micah adds a new best friend on to the journey Hagrid and Maxime take through the mountains in his fanfic.
  • ...and Eric reads his scene in which My Chemical Romance headlines the Yule Ball at Hogwarts.
  • Quizzitch:  Which member of American rock band MCR dropped out of college to join the band? Visit to submit your answer!
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Apr 20, 2021
509: What We'd Change About The Harry Potter Books and Movies
  • Main Discussion: What Would We Change About The Harry Potter Books & Movies?
  • A couple of Mary GrandPre's book covers should've taken a different direction!
  • It's Philosopher's Stone, NOT Sorcerer's Stone! Get with it, America!
  • What's Buggin' Micah returns as he Americanizes the other Harry Potter book titles
  • Enough Expelliarmus, Harry! Don't you know more than one spell?
  • Justice for Slytherin!
  • What in the world was that final fight scene between Harry and Voldemort?
  • Too many directors, not enough consistency!
  • Plainclothes Hogwarts students - this isn't an Abercrombie & Fitch ad!
  • Why is every major wizard duel made to look like Priori Incantatem?
  • Our patrons weigh in with their book & movie changes!
  • Why does Harry break the Elder Wand? Where is S.P.E.W.? Why does Bellatrix burn down The Burrow?
  • Moody Sirius, Sassy Harry, Tonks & Lupin, Grawp and more!
  • Quizzitch:  What is the British Television series from 2003 which was directed by David Yates, and scored by Nicholas Hooper? Visit to submit your answer!
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Apr 13, 2021
508: How To Tell Fred and George Weasley Apart, and More Twin Talk
  • News: Warner Bros' recent deal with Regal means a shorter window between theaters and streaming for future Wizarding World films.
  • This week, we focus our attention on Fred and George Weasley, in celebration of their April 1st birthday.
  • Following up on our Ron discussion, we read the Twins' horoscope (Aries) for insight into their personality.
  • Is it strange for George to marry Angelina Johnson, after Fred's death? The hosts weigh in.
  • The Weasley Twins have traits that can be found in each of their other family members, like Percy's ambition and Arthur's ingenuity.
  • Are Fred and George the most entrepreneurial characters in Harry Potter?
  • Eric asks: Can readers readily tell the twins apart from one another in the books? It turns out, Fred and George really do have different personalities!
  • One of the twins often "goes too far," while the other is more restrained. The hosts read textual evidence to support the findings.
  • From harming childhood pets to forcing Unbreakable Vows and feeding acid pops, one Weasley Twin sure has a mean streak, even toward his family members!
  • Check out MuggleCast #235 for our interview with Oliver Phelps.
  • Our patrons weigh in on the top Weasley Twins moments... together.
  • On Bonus MuggleCast, available on Patreon this week, the hosts celebrate March Madness by competing in a Weasley Twins Quotes bracket
  • The MuggleCasters gift each other one product from Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.
  • Quizzitch: What TWO things do the Twins bewitch Percy's badge to say in the books? Visit to submit your answer!
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Apr 06, 2021
507: Bradley Bakes is Creating Every Food and Drink Item in the Harry Potter Books
  • This week, we're joined by Bradley Bakes, a YouTuber in the United Kingdom who’s currently baking his way through the entire Harry Potter book series!
  • Bradley shares why he started creating every food and drink item mentioned in the Harry Potter books
  • 64 recipes for Sorcerer's Stone, 54 recipes for Chamber of Secrets - what's next on the menu?
  • Golden Snitch Lemon Meringue Pie... Whomping Willow Chocolate Cabbage Cake... Bradley puts a twist on some notable Potter items!
  • Bradley shares a few simple recipes the listeners (and hosts) can try at home and the most challenging food for him to make
  • How long does each recipe take from start to finish? What's it like to shop for all of these delicious items?
  • Which item in the upcoming books is Bradley most looking forward to making?
  • MuggleCast gets its very own recipe!
  • Fans have no excuses for their next Harry Potter party! Be sure to check Bradley out on YouTube, Instagram and his blog!
  • Snog, Marry, Avada Kedavra returns!
  • Can the hosts name the Top 50 Most Mentioned Characters in the Harry Potter series without naming those outside the Top 50? You give a try!
  • Quizzitch: The night Norbert is born, Hagrid makes the trio tea and offers them which food that they refuse? Visit to submit your answer!
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Mar 30, 2021
506: Harry and Tom Riddle, More Security Nightmares, and Other MuggleMail
  • We asked our listeners, following last week's discussion, what fan films they would like to see made.
  • From Arthur and Molly's courtship, to Regulus' thwarting of Voldemort, the hosts discuss what the best plots yet to be seen could look like.
  • Since Ilvermorny has been more or less forgotten about by the author, should fans take it back / make it their own?
  • This week's episode is all MuggleMail!
  • Theories on how Ron inherited Charlie's wand, and similarities between Hogwarts and boarding school arrive in hushed tones in new voicemails from our listeners.
  • We've received a litany of responses to our Security Nightmare series, agreeing that Hagrid, the Floo Network, the troll, and the Chamber of Secrets all prove Hogwarts is not safe.
  • We hear from a listener who homeschools her kid and loves sharing Harry Potter as a proud parent.
  • MuggleMail covers other topics such as: Could Harry and a Young Tom Riddle be romantically involved? Could Mrs. Norris be a secret Animagus? And how one listener feels about the women of Harry Potter.
  • We answer a vintage email from August 2007! Where is 13-year-old Blake now?
  • Quizzitch: What secret does the Grey Lady say Rowena Ravenclaw kept from the other founders? Visit to submit your answer!
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Mar 23, 2021
505: Seven Harry Potter Fan Films That Expand The Story in Brilliant Ways

Mar 16, 2021
504: The Achievements of Women in Harry Potter
  • Welcome Slug Club guest Olivia!
  • The Hogwarts Legacy video game will reportedly allow for players to customize their character's gender identity. 
  • To celebrate International Womens Day 2021, the hosts discuss achievements by women in the Harry Potter series
  • Not only did Lily Potter save her son, but she ended the war with Voldemort the first time, saving thousands of lives!
  • Hermione has saved Ron and Harry's lives more times than we can count!
  • Ginny overcame the trauma of Tom Riddle's teenage Horcrux and turned out well adjusted, in spite of a lack of psychological services at Hogwarts
  • Fleur Delacour and Nymphadora Tonks distinguish themselves as strong and powerful witches
  • Sirius Black's mother defeats the Order of the Phoenix! How comes nobody could get her painting down?
  • The hosts uncomfortably talk about Umbridge's attack on Privet Drive and Harry, before they even met. 
  • Others we discuss include Luna, Professor McGonagall, Narcissa, and Molly.
  • Do the ladies on our panel feel like women in the series were brought to the forefront in a way they're happy with?
  • To wrap up our International Womens Day celebration, the hosts tackle multiple choice trivia questions based on J.K. Rowling's Witch or Wizard of the Month segment
  • And finally, we recognize that the author herself faced an uphill battle in the publishing industry as a woman, which she overcame.
  • Quizzitch: Name this famous female campaigner for breaking the Statute of Secrecy, she's been imprisoned several times for her blatant and deliberate use of magic in public placesVisit to submit your answer!
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Mar 09, 2021
503: The Best and Worst of Ron Weasley
  • Happy Birthday, Ronald Bilius Weasley! Today we're kicking off a new monthly feature, where we’ll be hosting a main character discussion timed around their birthday. We start with Ron!
  • One of the most underrated characters in the Wizarding World, let's get Ron's Fandom ID!
  • We discuss our first impressions of Harry's best friend and Ron's complex about his family's socioeconomic status
  • What were our favorite Ron moments in the books? What was his defining chapter?
  • What were some of Ron's worst character moments? We discuss The Yule Ball Dating Lavender, and more. 
  • In celebration of Rupert Grint, we share our favorite Ron scenes from the movies!
  • ... But we can't forget all the great Ron moments that were given to Hermione in the films!
  • What would each of the hosts get Ron for his birthday?
  • We play two Ron-themed games: Snog, Marry, Avada Kedavra and Two Truths, One Lie!
  • Quizzitch: What did Fred turn into a spider when Ron was three? Visit to submit your answer!
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Mar 02, 2021
502: All The Ways Hogwarts Is A Security Nightmare
  • Did Wizards Unite finally confirm a long-standing theory about Lavender Brown?
  • Main Discussion: All The Ways That Hogwarts Is A Security Nightmare
  • For decades, students and teachers have been lied to about Hogwarts safety! 
  • Are moving staircases really a good idea?
  • The Forbidden Forest & Black Lake are no place for students of any age!
  • The Triwizard Tournament? Ask Cedric Diggory how that turned out!
  • Background check, anyone? We discuss how professors like Quirrell, Lockhart, Hagrid & Impostor Moody endangered the students year-after-year.
  • Quidditch... need we say more?
  • Dear Dumbledore, you REALLY couldn't find the the Chamber of Secrets? Or the giant snake?
  • The Whomping Willow (emphasis on whomping)
  • Mental health check: should students really be experiencing their worst fears (Boggarts) in  front of each other?
  • Remember that year Dementors "safeguarded" the school?
  • Listeners weigh in with their security concerns, including The Room of Requirement, Portraits, Secret Passages and more!
  • Are parents ever notified about all of the dangers at Hogwarts?
  • Quizzitch: After Neville falls off his broom in Year 1 who tells Malfoy to shut up? Visit to submit your answer!
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Feb 23, 2021
501: Fantastic Beasts 3 Opening Scene Ideas, MuggleMail
  • A new Harry Potter Exhibition will be touring the globe. How similar will it be to the one we've already been to?
  • The hosts discuss how they would like to see Fantastic Beasts 3 start, from blood pact flashbacks to a street chase in Rio!
  • Will director David Yates finally make a substantive flashback sequence?
  • Will the colors of this film at last be cheery and bright?
  • Lynx Line: Our Patrons weigh in with their opening ideas. What if our heroes are all turned into Nifflers?
  • Could Leta Lestrange still be alive?
  • Voicemails cover thoughts on being an adult Harry Potter fan, how John Williams joined the world of Harry Potter, getting our kids into Harry, and what if Voldemort had killed Draco?
  • Ron, Neville, and Ginny are three potential POV's that our e-mails analyze for the story.
  • The last two e-mails involve Snape and his love for Lily. What if Harry had been a girl, and did he leave Harry under the rubble in Godric's Hollow?
  • We answer a question sent to us in July 2007!
  • Our pick-up lines segment from Episode 500 inspired a Chicken Soup segment this week.
  • Quizzitch: When Harry and Dumbledore Apparate to the Cave, what is the first spell Dumbledore uses? Visit to submit your answer!
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Feb 16, 2021
500: The Best Harry Potter Pick-Up Lines, Popular Head Cannon Ships
  • We made it to Episode 500! To celebrate, we have a fun a look at MuggleCast By The Numbers
  • How many emails have we received over the years? How many times has the show been downloaded? Which host has appeared on the most episodes?
  • Guess That MuggleCast Episode Title! Eric quizzes Andrew, Laura and Micah on some of the more memorable episode titles on the last 15 years!
  • To celebrate Valentine's Day, we set the mood and deliver some of the best Harry Potter Pickup Lines
  • Alternate Universe Pairings that've been popular head cannon: could Harry and Luna have really happened? What about Hermione and Draco? Remus and Sirius?
  • We examine some of the more popular head canon couples in the series and try to identify the turning point where they could have become a reality!
  • What Hogwarts House is your soulmate in? Take the quiz!
  • Quizzitch: How far did Harry throw the gnome that bit him?
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Feb 09, 2021
499: Life As An Adult Harry Potter Fan
  • Welcome to our listener and Patron Julia, whose son Wyatt sent us a great question a few weeks ago.
  • News: As we predicted, a Potter television series is reportedly in the works. And, Fantastic Beasts 3 finishes filming this week!
  • In Bonus MuggleCast, available on our Patron, we'll discuss when to expect more news and updates about the third Fantastic Beasts movie.
  • Today we discuss the trials and tribulations of being an adult fan of the Harry Potter series!
  • The hosts discuss whether they've received backlash for liking Harry Potter as adults.
  • How the New York Times Bestseller List  cleverly sidelined Harry Potter back in the heyday to make room for more "adult" book series
  • Eric discovered a 2003 Telegraph article overflowing with derision for adults who like "kids movies"
  • We discuss the United Kingdom "adult edition" book covers, and ask why Scholastic never did the same thing in the United States.
  • Listeners who got into Harry Potter as adults weigh in over on Twitter!
  • When is the best time to get your child into Harry Potter? Julia gives her thoughts!
  • Troll in the Dungeon: Andrew takes on 3 incredible personas and grills the hosts to defend their love of Harry.
  • Quizzitch: What statue resides next to the Prefect’s Bathroom?

Feb 02, 2021
498: Harry Potter's 'Midnight Sun': The Companion Stories We Want Written
  • News: With a new appointment at Warner Brothers, could a Harry Potter television show be in our future? (Note: This episode was recorded before The Hollywood Reporter reported on January 25 that a live-action Harry Potter series is officially in development, but our news discussion still relates to the news)
  • It's Not Just For Kids! Listeners weigh in on Ollivander's wand choosing ceremony at the Wizarding World theme park.
  • Main Discussion: Harry Potter Companion Novels. As we continue the 20th anniversary celebration of the Sorcerer's Stone movie, whose eyes would we want to see the first story through?
  • Twilight and Fifty Shades have taken this approach: have other book series? (MuggleCast interviewed Twilight author Stephenie Meyer back on Episode 156).
  • What would Sorcerer's Stone look like from Professor Quirrell's perspective?
  • Would Draco Malfoy and Boy Who Snubbed Me be a bestseller?
  • Would readers enjoy Severus Snape's story and his constant struggle to protect the son of his worst enemy?
  • Andrew takes us further into the series looking at Prisoner of Azkaban through Hermione's eyes.
  • Other characters discussed include: Firenze, Professor McGonagall, Remus Lupin and Hagrid.
  • Why did none of the hosts choose Ron? Dumbledore?
  • Chicken Soup For The MuggleCast Soul (from Greece)
  • Quizzitch: What is Albus Dumbledore’s favorite flavor of jam?
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Jan 26, 2021
#497: The First Movie's Best Character Introductions
  • Welcome Slug Club member Pablo to the show! Spanish language speakers, check out Pablo's HP podcast Cuarantena 9 3/4!
  • In a bit of sad news, Hogwarts Legacy has been given a 2022 release window, not 2021 as we had hoped.
  • How will the hosts fill the time without the new game? By checking out other games like Micah?
  • The Sorcerer's Stone movie turns 20 this year! To celebrate, we'll be hosting discussions about the first film throughout the year!
  • The hosts discuss which character was given the best introduction in the movie.
  • The rest of today's episode is all MuggleMail! The hosts answer your e-mails and voicemails
  • Why don't we hear more about teachers' spouses at Hogwarts?
  • Should Samuel L. Jackson voice the Sorting Hat on a new TV series? We listen to his audition tape.
  • Did Dumbledore fail to protect Frank and Alice Longbottom sufficiently in the wake of the death of the Potters?
  • 12-year-old listener Wyatt asks us, would throwing a Horcrux through The Veil destroy it?
  • The hosts ruminate on whether a Chapter by Chapter reboot lays in our future.
  • Quizzitch: Which actress reportedly turned down the role of the witch Sybil Trelawney in “Prisoner of Azkaban” because she did not believe boarding school life should be glorified?
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Jan 19, 2021
#496: Harry Potter Character New Year Resolutions, Iconic Lines We Always Say Out Loud
  • Welcome to 2021 - our 16th year of Potter podcasting!
  • What Harry Potter gifts did we receive over the holidays?
  • Main Discussion: The New Year's Resolutions of Harry Potter Characters
  • But first... the host share resolutions of their own!
  • Which character shouldn’t make promises he can’t keep?
  • Who might want to regularly check on his Horcruxes this year?
  • Which character should wash his socks? Smile more?
  • From Lucius Malfoy and Bellatrix to Neville and Lavender Brown, our Patrons weigh in with their Potter character resolutions!
  • For more fun, we discuss what Harry Potter lines we and fellow fans say out loud? The hosts try their hand at some of most notable lines in the Harry Potter series!
  • Quizzitch: Which actor, who had worked with Chris Columbus before, asked to audition for Hagrid?
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Jan 11, 2021
#495: Taste-Testing Harry Potter Themed Drinks, 2020 Year in Review
  • As 2020 comes to a close, we're so thankful to have all of you! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
  • To celebrate the holidays, the hosts each pick a Harry Potter-themed cocktail of their choice and taste test live on air!
  • See who comes out the winner as Andrew, Eric, Laura and Micah battle it out for the title of Heads Up champ!
  • Main Discussion: 2020 Year in Review. From Grindelwald's recasting to J.K. Rowling's tweets to Hogwarts Legacy and Harry Potter at Home, we reflect on the most notable Potter moments of 2020
  • And on top of it all, we celebrated our 15th anniversary!
  • Muggle Mail covers some thoughts on our gizmos and gadgets episode, a defining chapter for Molly Weasley and more!
  • Chicken Soup For The MuggleCast Soul
  • Quizzitch: The Fizzing Whizbee is said to contain parts of which Fantastic Beast?
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  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like Bonus MuggleCast, where this week we look ahead and discuss what to expect for the Wizarding World in 2021!

Dec 22, 2020
#494: Reviewing The Gadgets and Gizmos of the Wizarding World
  • The hosts are joined by Dave Jorgenson, Washington Post's TikTok Guy, who's a huge Harry Potter fan and a longtime MuggleCast listener!
  • Dave is a long-time listener of MuggleCast and has his finger on the pulse of Harry Potter TikTok trends.
  • This week's Main Discussion: The gadgets and gizmos of the Wizarding World
  • We ask this of each gadget: How does it work? Is it cool or dumb or dangerous? Also, what would we pay for each?
  • Far fewer people are on Team Cool regarding Dumbledore's Put-Outer than you'd expect! And what's up with the change in name to Deluminator?
  • Wizards' Chess sets and the Flying Ford Anglia both get passing grades and positive reviews.
  • The Monster Book of Monsters and Pocket Sneakoscope fall behind...
  • ...and the Time Turner also turns some heads!
  • Omnioculars, Wormtail's Hand, Decoy Detonators, and Auto-Answer Quill receive mixed feedback...
  • ...while the Pensieve, Quick Quotes Quill, and Hermione's beaded bag impress everyone!
  • Which gadget would you most like to own? Did we leave any out? Send us an e-mail and let us know!
  • Quizzitch: After the First Task, what does George hear when Harry opens the Golden Egg?
  • Find Dave on Twitter where he tries to make the world a better place.
  • ...and check out Dave's episode on Eric's new podcast for more info about the TikToks and his history with the fandom!
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Dec 15, 2020
#493: The Best Fan-Made Harry Potter Merchandise

Dec 08, 2020
#492: The Defining Chapters of the Big Seven Harry Potter Characters
  • Thanks to all who came out to Quizzitch Live: Weasley Thanksgiving edition! If you missed it, watch it now!
  • Main Discussion: What chapters from the Harry Potter books best define the "Big Seven" characters?
  • Is Harry's heroism better represented anywhere than in "The Forest Again"?
  • Does Draco's inaction speak as much to his character as his inaction?
  • Can a character's defining chapter be the chapter in which they are introduced?
  • The hosts propose runner-up chapters that show different sides of a character
  • Ginny and Neville both assert themselves in the chapters we chose.
  • Is Luna Lovegood's defining chapter one in which she does not physically appear?!
  • Listeners weigh in with defining chapters for additional characters!
  • Quizzitch: Who did Snape tell off for using the word “Mudblood,” during the Prince's Tale? And who was it said about?
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  • In Bonus MuggleCast, available exclusively on Patreon, we'll be discussing Dumbledore and Snape's defining chapters, or CHAPTER?!
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Nov 24, 2020
#491: Which Harry Potter Character Would We Want To Be?
  • Thanksgiving is all about family! Join us for a Weasley Family-themed Quizzitch Live on Sunday, November 22nd!
  • The hosts share their reactions to the news that Mads Mikkelson will replace Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts series
  • MuggleCasTBT: In May 2016, which characters did we predict we’d see in the Fantastic Beasts series? The answers may surprise you!
  • Main Discussion: Which character would we want to be in the Harry Potter series, and why? Charlie Weasley? Nearly-Headless Nick? For real?!?!
  • Listeners weigh in with their picks including Oliver Wood, Crookshanks, Luna Lovegood, Celestina Warbeck and more!
  • We dig deep into the Muggle Mail  bag to answer some lingering questions
  • The "real" Harry Potter fan debate continues
  • Why is Slytherin House still allowed to exist?
  • Could Sirius going to Azkaban have been part of Dumbledore's larger plan?
  • Why is Harry so good at resisting the Imperius Curse? Could it be the Horcrux?
  • Will it really be that hard for fans to adjust to a new Grindelwald?
  • Should fans stop complaining about plot holes and let J.K. Rowling finish the Fantastic Beasts series first? One listener thinks so!
  • Quizzitch: Rhys Ifans, who plays Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, shares a birthday with this Canadian quiz show host. (You must answer in the form of a question)
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Nov 17, 2020
#490: Why Johnny Depp Left Fantastic Beasts, and Who Should Play Grindelwald Now
  • Thanksgiving is all about family; join us for a Weasley Family-themed Quizzitch Live on Sunday, November 22nd!
  • Breaking News: Johnny Depp is OUT as Grindelwald! Warner Bros reportedly asked Johnny to leave the role.
  • Andrew breaks down what happened and details a chain of events.
  • Why is this happening now, and why didn't it happen sooner?
  • WB gave him the professional courtesy of stepping down with dignity, but was Johnny Depp actually fired?
  • Is Fantastic Beasts a doomed series? Is it a sinking ship of controversy? Is it cursed?
  • Hosts read listener-submitted casting suggestions for a new Grindelwald, and we present our own suggestions!
  • Would Colin Farrell come back as Graves/Grindelwald, and would that make sense?
  • Will Grindelwald's appearance be worked into the plot of future films? And will this still be 5-part series?
  • Guess That Book returns! Can the hosts correctly guess what Harry Potter book that four out-of-context audio clips are from?
  • Quizzitch: Actor Jamie Campbell Bower starred alongside Johnny Depp in what film before FB2?
  • Chicken Soup For The MuggleCast Soul
  • This week's episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (visit for 10% off), UsualWines (Use our discount code 'mugglecast' for $8 off and your first wine on us!), and ThirdLove (Visit for 10% off your first purchase).
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Nov 09, 2020
#489: The Politics of the Wizarding World
  • In  celebration of Halloween, we hosted a brand-new, spoooooky edition of Quizzitch Live! Join us later this November for another round of trivia!
  • News: MinaLima confirms they are working on a Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition while Laura introduces us to the latest trend on TikTok... POTTAH!
  • Muggle Mail covers Halloween Happenings at Hogwarts, additional Potter plot holes and more scary moments from Chamber of Secrets and Deathly Hallows!
  • With Election Day upon us, this week's main discussion focuses on Politics of the Wizarding World!
  • Neville Chamberlain & The Mitford Sisters: which historic figures do we think may have inspired certain characters in the Harry Potter series?
  • We discuss Nazi Germany's connection to the plots of both Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts
  • Government corruption: Cornelius Fudge, Lucius Malfoy and Dolores Umbridge
  • Why Hagrid's arrest, Dumbledore's banishment and Buckbeak's execution defined Ministry interference and governmental abuse of power
  • How The Daily Prophet acts as state-influenced media
  • What problems do we think the wizarding government needs to address?
  • Why does The International Statute of Secrecy still exist?
  • Can we please banish Time Turners, Love Potions and Veritaserum already?
  • Could the political aspects of Harry Potter be one of the reasons we love the series so much?
  • The results are in from our "You Decide 2020 Minster of Magic" campaign! Find out who won: Hermione Granger, Aberforth Dumbledore, Kingsley Shacklebolt or Dolores Umbridge?
  • Quizzitch: Which Minister founded the Department of Magical Law Enforcement?
  • Chicken Soup For The MuggleCast Soul
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Nov 03, 2020
#488: Your Most Controversial Harry Potter Opinions
  • In  celebration of Halloween, we're hosting our next Quizzitch Live this Saturday, October 31 at 3 p.m. ET! We hope to see you there!
  • Chris Hansen takes on Tom Riddle! Watch it on our social media channels later this week.
  • Only one week left until Election Day! Please make sure you are registered to vote in your state right now by visiting You can also find out great ballot information at and sign up to be a poll worker at
  • We review the brand-new, beautifully illustrated MinaLima edition of Sorcerer's Stone. How does it compare to the Jim Kay Illustrated Series?
  • We discuss how having worked on the Harry Potter films brings a whole new perspective to this illustrated edition
  • Pop-ups galore: Dumbledore's watch, Hogsmeade, The Fat Lady Portrait and more!
  • Main Discussion: The Most Controversial Opinions in the Harry Potter series
  • What are the Harry Potter opinions that you think would get you in trouble? That would have people flinging an Unforgivable Curse at you? That would cause Umbridge to write a new decree about you? 
  • Is Hermione a terrible person?
  • Are people who’ve only watched the movies and haven’t read the books "real" fans?
  • Could the chapters that aren’t about Harry be the best parts of the series?
  • Was the attack on The Burrow a good addition to the Half-Blood Prince movie?
  • Were the Marauders,  while intelligent and witty, actually total a**holes?
  • Was Remus Lupin horrible for not writing to Harry in Year 1?
  • Quizzitch: What is Harry wearing during his first dream in Gryffindor Tower?
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Oct 27, 2020
#487: The Scariest Moments in Harry Potter
  • It's our annual Halloween episode and we discuss the scariest moments in the Harry Potter series!
  • Some our favorite past Halloween episodes have included Episode 61: Ghosts in Harry Potter and Episode 343: Halloween Happening!
  • In Sorcerer's Stone: Fluffy and Professor Quirrell's death are just two of the most terrifying moments for 11-year-old Harry.
  • Aragog, the Baslisk, Tom Riddle's possession of Ginny and Gilderoy Lockhart - could Chamber of Secrets be the scariest book in the series?
  • With werewolves, mass murderers, death omens and dementors, Prisoner of Azkaban certainly holds its own!
  • Goblet of Fire gave us Death Eaters at the Quidditch World Cup, the madness of Mr. Crouch, an impostor professor and the return of Voldemort!
  • Terrifying gets taken to new level with Dolores Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix!
  • Did Inferi, Horcruxes, Dumbledore reliving his worst memory or Katie Bell's attack give us the biggest scare in Half-Blood Prince?
  • We can't conclude the discussion without mentioning Bathilda "Nagini" Bagshot and Bellatrix's torture of Hermione in Deathly Hallows!
  • Acromantulas, Lethifolds, Kelpies and more! The hosts muster up their best Halloween voices to describe some of the creepiest beasts in the Harry Potter series!
  • Quizzitch: How many Muggles did the Opal Necklace reportedly kill?
  • PSA for the USA: Many voter registration deadlines are approaching in the United States. Please make sure you are registered to vote in your state right now by visiting You can also find out great ballot information at and sign up to be a poll worker at
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Oct 20, 2020
#486: Quidditch Through the Ages Illustrated Review, MuggleMail, and Games!
  • PSA for the USA: Many voter registration deadlines are approaching in the United States. Please make sure you are registered to vote in your state right now by visiting You can also find out great ballot information at and sign up to be a poll worker at
  • Quidditch Through the Ages gets a fully-illustrated edition by Emily Gravett. We dig into the book and share what we love about it!
  • The new edition has an illustration on every page, and nearly 3 times the page count of the original book, plus -- Andrew's confirmed -- unique paper stock.
  • Are there bits in this new book that weren't in the original? The hosts discuss Emily's impressive world building, and how it feels like a history book.
  • What are our favorite new illustrations, and where does this version rank among other illustrated books?
  • Debate Segment: Is Quidditch a dumb or amazing sport? Be sure to vote in our polls on social media later this week, to help us determine who won the dbeate!
  • MuggleMail addresses more plot holes. How does Lily's love protection work? Why did the portkey take Harry back to the maze? We finally get some satisfying answers.
  • The hosts play a game: Avada Kedavra, Imperio, Love Potion with characters from Fantastic Beasts!
  • Quizzitch: Who was the seeker for the Irish National Quidditch team in 1994?
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Oct 13, 2020
#485: The Biggest Plot Holes in the Harry Potter Books
  • PSA for the USA: Many voter registration deadlines are approaching in the United States. Please make sure you are registered to vote in your state right now by visiting You can also find out great ballot information at and sign up to be a poll worker at
  • MuggleMail covers Dumbledore and Tom Riddle's first encounter and Voldemort's ability to love
  • Our Main Discussion focuses on The Biggest Plot Holes in the Harry Potter books!
  • The Lost Day: What was happening in those initial 24 hours after the Potters were killed?
  • Why didn’t James Potter become his own Secret Keeper?
  • Time Turners galore! Why didn’t anyone go back in time to stop Voldemort? 
  • How is it Peter Pettigrew was never noticed on the Marauder’s Map by Fred & George?
  • Why didn't Lupin warn Harry about Sirius' animagus form?
  • How did the Triwizard Cup function as a (reverse) portkey to bring Harry back to Hogwarts at the end of Goblet of Fire?
  • Why doesn’t Voldemort have all his Death Eaters make an Unbreakable Vow? 
  • What's the deal with the trace?
  • The truth about Veritaserum... it could have made quite the difference!
  • Quizzitch: Who was Fudge’s opponent in running for Minister for Magic?
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Oct 06, 2020
#484: Fictional Orphans and Their Purpose in 'Harry Potter'
  • Welcome Slug Club member Shyam! He, too, has gotten a letter from the author!
  • MuggleMail includes MORE casting of gingers, Sorting Hats, Slytherins and Aussies.
  • Could the eventual Potter TV show be on network television, rather than a streaming app?
  • Our main discussion this week is about orphans in literature! Why are there so many, and how are they alike?
  • Are there benefits for authors wanting to start a hero off with a blank slate that makes orphaning them appealing?
  • How does Harry's orphan status affect him? What would change if Lily and James survived?
  • What about Voldemort? He, too, is an orphan, but he and Harry are so different, or are they?
  • We examine some other notable orphans: Batman, Superman, Anna and Elsa from Frozen, James Bond and even Jane Eyre!
  • For Quizzitch: Who invented the spell Muffliato??
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Sep 29, 2020
#483: Fantasy Casting the Harry Potter TV Series, 'Hogwarts Legacy' Announced
  • Andrew's prophecy comes true... almost!
  • Hogwarts Legacy is coming to a video game console near you in 2021!
  • What are our initial reactions to the trailer for this open-world video game?
  • We offer some suggestions on what fans can do who are hesitant about purchasing this game.
  • Muggle Mail covers The Pizza Wizard, The Lost Day, Neville, Sirius, a Harry Potter television station and more!
  • Main Discussion: Fantasy Casting The Harry Potter Television Series
  • Peeves, Professor Binns, Ludo Bagman, Augusta Longbottom and The Gaunts: we cast the characters from the books that never made it on screen!
  • Who would play the Founders? Would James Cosmo or Paul Giamatti make a better Gryffindor? Would you cast Viola Davis or Indira Varma for Ravenclaw? John Malkovich as Slytherin? Rebel Wilson as Hufflepuff?
  • In recasting the trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione, can the Potter series catch lightning in a bottle twice?
  • Who did the hosts recast in the roles of Dumbledore, Snape, McGonagall and Voldemort?
  • How would Patton Oswalt fair as Rubeus Hagrid? Tom Ellis as Sirius Black?
  • For Quizzitch: Which famous British actor put in two weeks notice and quit a role they had been cast in for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?
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Sep 22, 2020
#482: Never-Before-Seen Harry Potter Scenes We Want in a TV Series
  • Muggle Mail answers some of our questions regarding Neville's sorting, and asks why Harry isn't more grateful to Lupin.
  • This week the hosts ask, What are key, never-before-seen moments from the Harry Potter books that we want to see adapted in the TV series? This is our chance to FINALLY see some critical scenes that never made it into the books or films!
  • Andrew kicks things off with light and grim moments: The creation of the Marauders Map, and the entire night of James and Lily's deaths.
  • Will we finally get to see Azkaban in person, and answer how grown wizards interact with Dementors?
  • What about Moody being overtaken by Pettigrew and Crouch, and other Death Eater things?
  • Fresh off our Order of the Phoenix re-read, Laura asks that we see where Dumbledore ran off to.
  • Will the show track Snape becoming the HBP? What about Dumbledore searching for Horcruxes?
  • What scenes might we see in a future Fantastic Beasts film?
  • What pizza toppings exist in the Wizarding World? Hippogriff? Niffler? Bowtruckle?
  • Micah recounts the Top 7 scenes that were never adapted for the film: Winky, Nearly Headless Nick, and more!
  • For Quizzitch: In GOF, what does "Mad-Eye" say ambushed him?
  • Andrew has a show-stopping revelation about how to make the TV series happen.
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Sep 15, 2020
#481: The Deep Similarities Between Harry and Neville
  • We take a deep dive into Harry and Neville’s parallel journeys throughout the Harry Potter series
  • Muggle Mail covers how you correct someone who is wrong about Harry Potter, Snape fan fiction and more
  • The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings and King Arthur: the hosts share some of their favorite stories influenced by cultural artifacts
  • Let's get religious (not really)! We compare Harry to Jesus and Neville to John The Baptist
  • Linked from the start via prophecy, did anyone suspect pre-Order of the Phoenix that Neville would prove to play such a significant role?
  • The hosts share their Favorite Neville Moments from the Harry Potter Series
  • A book-by-book analysis of Harry and Neville's journeys
  • Were Harry and Neville's upbringing really all that dissimilar?
  • We discuss Harry and Neville both being orphaned and having their parents taken from them by Voldemort and the Death Eaters
  • Harry and Neville both kill a giant snake... with the Sword of Gryffindor... pulled from The Sorting Hat!
  • Snape has quite the penchant for picking on Harry... and Neville! Does he partially blame Neville for what befell his beloved Lily Potter?
  • Dumbledore's Army, The Department of Mysteries and the Evolution of Neville Longbottom
  • Neville, much like John The Baptist, is the leader of the resistance within Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows
  • Neville's confrontation with Voldemort
  • Quizzitch: When exactly does Neville say he will join Voldemort?
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Sep 08, 2020
#480: The Best Professors at Hogwarts
  • This week, to celebrate a new term on September 1, we're rating every professor of Hogwarts School!
  • How do the DADA professors measure up with one another on quality and on difficulty? We offer individual grades to help us compare them all.
  • How about Potions? Is Slughorn a higher quality instructor than Snape?
  • We all have high marks for McGonagall, but what about Dumbledore, who we saw teach in Fantastic Beasts?
  • We set a Seer against a Centaur and wrap up with Charms, Herbology, and History of Magic.
  • Finally, a shout-out to the non-professor teachers of Harry, like Arthur Weasley.
  • We confirm our suspicions with MuggleCast's listener poll results
  • Quizzitch: How many Podcast Awards has MuggleCast received?
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Sep 01, 2020
#479: The Best Chapters of the ENTIRE Harry Potter Series
  • 20 Years Ago: Dan, Emma and Rupert were announced to play Harry, Ron and Hermione
  • Sorcerer's Stone surpasses $1 billion at the box office as theaters reopen in China
  • Fantastic Beasts 3 set to resume filming in September -- will the movie's release date be delayed?
  • Main Discussion: The Best Chapters of the ENTIRE Harry Potter series, and why these are our favorites!
  • What makes a good Harry Potter chapter? Pivotal moments? Action? Suspense? World expanding moments? Hindsight? The ability to connect the threads? We discuss.
  • Which book(s) didn't have any chapters make our final cut? It's not you, it's us!
  • Each of the hosts share their two top picks from the Potter series
  • Listeners weigh in with overwhelming support for... Goblet of Fire!
  • Quizzitch: Who wrote the Standard Book of Spells: Grades 1-7?
  • Don't forget! You can join our community at and receive magical benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast! This week, because two clearly wasn't enough, each hosts covers their third favorite chapter in the Potter series!

Aug 25, 2020
#478: How MuggleNet Created a Harry Potter Encyclopedia
  • Welcome to the show Marissa, co-author of MuggleNet's new Character Compendium, available now in bookstores everywhere!
  • MuggleMail has Umbridge fever! An e-mail from Matt suggests actress Olivia Coleman for the future role of Umbridge in a Harry Potter TV series! Here is a highlight reel for your consideration.
  • Should MuggleCast make Umbridge pillows that you can punch? And, finally, a mention of Umbridge from Half-Blood Prince is brought to our attention.
  • In our Main Discussion, we ask Marissa about the creation of The Unofficial Harry Potter Character Compendium: MuggleNet's Ultimate Guide to Who's Who in the Wizarding World. How did this book come about, how did they gather information on over 700 characters, and which characters stood out to her in her research?!
  • Special sections in the Barnes & Noble edition discuss MuggleNet's favorite non-canon characters, and who is the REAL hero of the Harry Potter series?
  • What is the role of a fan site in 2020? We discuss the early days of MuggleNet and where it stands today
  • The hosts play GUESS. THAT. CHARACTER!
  • Quizzitch: What is Daisy Pennifold known for?
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Aug 18, 2020
#477: Burning 'Order of the Phoenix' Questions That Were Never Answered
  • News: The Harry Potter film series is moving to Peacock and leaving HBO Max.
  • Muggle Mail covers Potter People The Podcast and an interesting fan fiction about Voldemort's return!
  • It's our Order of the Phoenix Rewind episode!
  • Acceptable. Troll. Exceeds Expectations. Just how good were our 7-Word Summaries during Chapter-by-Chapter? The grades are in!
  • Dumbledore vs. Voldemort. The Lost Prophecy. Harry's trial. What were the Top 7 Most Critical Moments of Order of the Phoenix?
  • We take a Time Turner back to 2003! What were fans theorizing most about between the Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince book releases?
  • From Peter Pettigrew to Dumbledore's mysterious absence, what burning questions did Order of the Phoenix and the final two books leave unanswered?
  • Luna Lovegood. Dolores Umbridge. Bellatrix Lestrange. We discuss Order of the Phoenix's Most Notable New Characters and how they translated on screen!
  • The hosts give their Favorite Moments and Rename The Book
  • Quizzitch: What do Jamie Parker, Jim Dale and Evanna Lynch all have in common (besides Harry Potter)?
  • This week's episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (visit to get 10% off your first month of therapy)!
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Aug 11, 2020
#476: Celebrating 15 Years of MuggleCast (with Jamie!)
  • SPOILER WARNING: Do not listen if you haven't finished Book 6 yet, but today we're celebrating 15 YEARS OF MUGGLECAST!
  • Welcome back everyone's favorite Brit, Jamie! He has some huge life updates for everyone.
  • Why in the world did we ever decide to start a podcast? Who is this mystery "Sarah" person?
  • We dig deep into the archive to roll clips from Episode 1! Were our predictions any good? Or totally wrong?
  • From Steve Jobs to David Heyman to Pickle Pack and more, Andrew, Eric, Micah, Laura and Jamie share their favorite MuggleCast Moments!
  • The hosts give their best fandom moments and top Potter news items over the last 15 years
  • What will be the state of the Harry Potter fandom 15 years from now? We think the current state of the Star Wars and Marvel fandoms should clue us in.
  • Make The Music Connection returns, with music from 2005!
  • Why we still love doing MuggleCast after all this time...and...
  • British Joke of the Day!
  • After the outro, listeners share their favorite moments from over the years
  • This week's episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (visit to get 10% off your first month of therapy) and BeachBody On Demand (text 'mugglecast' to 30-30-30 for your free trial membership!
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Aug 04, 2020
#475: Denial and Acceptance (OOTP 38, The Second War Begins)
  • It's our final Chapter-by-Chapter episode! The reading archive is now complete!
  • Congratulations to our recent Quizzitch Live winners Morg97, Molly, Melissa, Kate, and Kiran.
  • Eric has a new podcast, Thank You For Spieling! Find it on your favorite podcast app.
  • MuggleMail includes Occlumency lessons, the Marauders watching Snape and Lily, and whether you can grow out of reading Harry Potter books.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter CONCLUDES with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 38: Second War Begins
  • 7-Word Summary: Hogwarts is not the most safe space 
  • Fudge's behavior following Voldemort's return leaves the hosts all bothered.
  • What really happened to Umbridge, and how did Dumbledore leave the Forest unscathed?
  • Malfoy means business, but is his anger misplaced? Snape and McGonagall square off.
  • Why can't Hagrid make Harry feel better? Can anyone?
  • To add insult to injury, Harry discovers Sirius' mirror...
  • ...and Nearly-Headless Nick is roped into a counselor role for his fellow Gryffindor.
  • Luna offers hope. Why doesn't Harry talk to Lupin? And the book ends!
  • Our final Umbridge Suck Count segment is Brutal! Listen for the final tally.
  • MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • To wrap up this book, we each share our favorite character and a lesson we each learned from Order of the Phoenix.
  • Quizzitch: Multiple Choice! How many times does the word “grim” appear in Book 5, including in ‘Grimmauld Place’? A) 50-79 times B) 80-119 times C)120-149 times D)150+ times
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Jul 28, 2020
#474: There's Something About Harry (OOTP 37, The Lost Prophecy)
  • Our next Quizzitch Live is Tuesday, July 21 - The topic is Deathly Hallows!
  • Harry Potter at Home has wrapped up their chapter readings for Book One.
  • In Muggle Mail, the hosts are asked how Harry Potter led them to branch out into being a fan of other things.
  • We debut a brand new listener-inspired segment, Wizard Court! Bellatrix is on trial for killing Sirius.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 37: The Lost (?) Prophecy
  • 7-Word Summary: Dumbledore tells Harry some of the truth 
  • A portrait tells Harry that Dumbledore thinks highly of him. What do we think?
  • Dumbledore says, "I know how you're feeling, Harry." But does he?
  • At multiple times, Dumbledore refers to his own age while seeking forgiveness from Harry. Is this fair?
  • Do we blame Kreacher, or do we blame wizards, including Sirius, for Kreacher's betrayal?
  • Snape has shows his heroic side, but Dumbledore is keeping his secret from Harry still. Why?
  • The hosts discuss the blood magic that keeps Harry save on Privet Drive, and if Dumbledore had to withhold this information for so long.
  • We dig into the Prophecy, the part that was overheard, and Laura makes a Bible connection.
  • The significance of Dumbledore counting Harry's escapes from Voldemort.
  • MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: What is the last word of Book 5?
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Jul 21, 2020
#473: Dumbledore v Voldemort (OOTP 36, The Only One He Ever Feared)
  • Our next Quizzitch Live will be Tuesday, July 21 - An installment themed around the Deathly Hallows book!
  • Muggle Mail covers Kreacher, the Department of Mysteries, The Veil, Lupin and more!
  • Which came first, the Ministry or The Veil? Listeners weigh in with their thoughts!
  • We debut a new game... Guess. That. Book!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 36: The Only One He Ever Feared
  • 7-Word Summary: Voldemort is trying to kill Harry Potter
  • Neville consoles Harry following Sirius' death
  • The Cruciatus Curse: can Harry actually perform it?
  • What factors into one's ability to cast an Unforgivable Curse? Intent? Age? Character?
  • Bella, Bella, Bella!
  • Dumbledore vs. Voldemort... and the entrances fans have always wanted!
  • What does Dumbledore mean by "we both know there are other ways of destroying a man?" Is it a hint towards Horcruxes or his own personal life struggles?
  • The Symbolism of the Fountain of Magical Brethren
  • How does Dumbledore’s magic work both in the Death Chamber and in the Atrium?
  • Fudge's downfall
  • The hosts make some fun comparisons between the book and the movie!
  • MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: What does Phineas Nigellus Black call Sirius when Dumbledore tells him he's dead?
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Jul 14, 2020
#472: DUBBLEDORE! (OOTP 35, 'Beyond the Veil')
  • News covers the latest chapter of Sorcerer's Stone with Matthew Lewis and Imelda Staunton. Plus, an update on the Harry Potter RPG!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 35: Beyond The Veil
  • 7-Word Summary: Sirius falls through the unknown to death 
  • Our initial impressions of Bellatrix Lestrange
  • Dreams vs. Reality: Where’s Sirius, and how can you tell what's a dream and what's not?
  • What do we make of Harry’s leadership in his first real battle? 
  • Why didn't Voldemort just infiltrate the Ministry himself?
  • Was Dumbledore’s plan to keep Harry out of the loop a good one?
  • "Accio, Prophecy!" - are we being for real now?
  • We reminisce about The Broken Prophecy and the theories that followed
  • The Evolution of Neville Longbottom: Why is this the chapter where he really comes into his own.
  • How talented are the Order? Are they fighting fire with fire against the Death Eaters?
  • DUBBLEDORE! Did we prefer his book or movie entrance?
  • Goodbye, Sirius! We play a couple songs to pay tribute to this beloved character.
  • We give our MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: What planet does not survive the battle in the Department of Mysteries?
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Jul 07, 2020
#471: PUNK'd (OOTP 33 and 34, 'Fight or Flight' and 'The Department of Mysteries')
  • News covers The Blair Partnership controversy and suspended Chapter Readings
  • This week: It's a double dose of Chapter-by-Chapter!
  • First up, Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 33: Fight or Flight
  • 7-Word Summary #1: Centaurs react aggressively to Hermione’s faulty argument
  • Did Umbridge fail to search Hagrid's Hut after she gave him the boot?
  • Leading Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest: was it Hermione's top Gryffindor moment? Listeners weigh in with their thoughts.
  • Umbridge vs. The Centaurs: What happened to Umbridge when she was attacked by the Centaurs?
  • For additional information on Centaurs and what may have happened to Umbridge, check out:,, and Pandova University Press
  • Is there any symbolism to the Centaurs breaking Umbridge's wand in half?
  • Did Hermione really think through what would happen to Umbridge? Should she have let Harry do the talking with the Centaurs?
  • Why does Harry look down upon Ginny, Neville and Luna?
  • Next up, Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 34: The Department of Mysteries
  • 7-Word Summary #2: Prophecies are exposed when doors are opened
  • For a breakdown of the actual departments, give a listen to Episode 374
  • The Ministry of Magic is A SECURITY NIGHTMARE!
  • Why is Harry so entranced by The Veil?
  • Did The Veil exist before the Ministry of Magic?
  • What exactly was Harry's plan if he discovered Voldemort in the Hall of Prophecy?
  • Umbridge Suck Count, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter return!
  • Quizzitch: What planet does not survive the battle in the Department of Mysteries?
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Jun 30, 2020
#470: Silky Smooth Snape (OOTP 32, Out of the Fire)
  • International football star David Beckham joins actor David Tennant to read the Quidditch chapter of Book One. And now viewing this requires a login?
  • The MuggleCast 15th Anniversary T-Shirt is here! Just one week left to become a Patron at the Dumbledore’s Army level or higher to get yours!
  • MuggleMail topics include exams in other countries, the secrecy surrounding the prophecy, and whether Hagrid had a battle assist from Dumbledore (sorry McGonagall!)
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 32: Out of the Fire
  • 7-Word Summary: Umbridge catches heroes using losers for hire
  • Hermione's point about Sirius and Voldemort is a good one - why doesn't Harry listen?
  • Why doesn't the trio think of Snape before they're caught?
  • The pitfall of Hermione bringing up Harry's "Saving People Thing"
  • Here *lies* Kreacher, Mwahahahahaha
  • Harry speaks in code as a last resort. Does Snape understand?
  • DEBATE: as Umbridge prepares use an Unforgivable on Harry, the hosts ask. Who is a worse villain? Voldemort or Umbridge?
  • How realistic is Hermione's plan? What makes Umbridge buy it? And why does she decide to go alone?
  • (Spoilers!) Our Umbridge Suck Count passes 100! (Were you really surprised?)
  • Quizzitch: What spell does Neville use to escape his captors?
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Jun 23, 2020
#469: Why J.K. Rowling Is Wrong About Trans People
On this special edition of MuggleCast, the hosts are joined by Dr. Sarah Steelman (Marriage & Family Therapist, Ph.D., LMFT) to discuss J.K. Rowling's recent tweets and open letter regarding trans people. We review her statements and why so many of them are wrong, share responses from around the Harry Potter community, and analyze our own feelings.
Given the sensitive nature of this conversation, please be aware that this episode carries a trigger warning. Below is a list of resources referenced in our show, for both those individuals looking to better educate themselves as allies and for those who are personally affected by recent events.

If you're a LGBTQ person who needs to speak to someone:
  • The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386
  • Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

Other resources:

Jun 15, 2020
#468: Rubeus Hagrid’s Punch Out! (OOTP 31, O.W.L.S.)
  • MuggleCast opens with a listener email addressing current events in America. Also, please note we recorded this episode before JKR's latest hurtful tweets.
  • Some suggested recommendations and resources that can help us all learn:
  • Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler and Whoopi Goldberg read the latest chapters from Sorcerer's Stone!
  • Harry Potter face coverings are now available from
  • MuggleMail covers yet another definition of the word punting!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 31: O.W.L.S
  • 7-Word Summary: Exams can cause severe headaches and visions 
  • Ron has a little bit of James in him!
  • Malfoy Career Advice: "It's not what you know, it's who you know."
  • Comparing the O.W.L.S to standardized testing here in the United States
  • Anxiety, all-nighters, drugs, cheating and more!
  • Griselda Marchbanks: Dumbledore can "do things with a wand she's never seen before!" Oh, reallllly?
  • Patronus Extra Credit
  • The Removal of Rubeus Hagrid
  • Why does Umbridge choose to sack Hagrid in this manner? Is this even about his job? We discuss the connection to current events.
  • A History of Magic exam gone Siriusly bad!
  • Why wasn't Harry provided more information about what Voldemort was after?
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 94!
  • Quizzitch: Who is the head of the Wizarding Examinations Authority?
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Jun 09, 2020
#467: Stranger Danger (OOTP 30, Grawp)
  • There is a new children's story from JKR, and she's releasing fresh chapters every week day!
  • All eight Harry Potter movies have been made available for streaming on HBO MAX. In Bonus MuggleCast, available now on Patreon, the hosts and listeners share their go-to HP films, and Micah tears apart Deathly Hallows, Part 2.
  • The MuggleCast 15th Anniversary T-Shirt is here! Become a Patron by June 30 at the Dumbledore’s Army level or higher to get yours!
  • MuggleMail topics include Sirius' relationship with Harry, bullying at Hogwarts, and Snape's maturation process.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 30: Grawp
  • 7-Word Summary: Hagrid reveals another giant secret mistake, Grawp
  • Hogwarts professors and students are in open rebellion. Who put the Niffler in Umbridge's office?
  • Harry comes clean about the Triwizard Winnings
  • Can Harry be expected to pick up Occlumency after what happened? The hosts share their meditation tips for Harry.
  • Is Hagrid's strategy for grabbing Hermione and Harry a good one?
  • Laura reveals the Greek origin of centaurs and the hosts compare book events that line up
  • What was Hagrid THINKING bringing Grawp into an inhabited forest?
  • Ron's Mirror of Erised moment happens!
  • Quizzitch: Who is the head of the Wizarding Examinations Authority?
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Jun 02, 2020
#466: Weasleys Victorious (OOTP 29, Career Advice)
  • Welcome Slug Club member Ryan!
  •'s reread continues with Eddie Redmayne and Stephen Fry
  • The MuggleCast 15th Anniversary T-Shirt is here! Become a Patron by June 30 at the Dumbledore's Army level or higher to get yours! 
  • Muggle Mail covers lots of feedback on Snape's Worst Memory
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 29: Career Advice
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry speaks to McGonagall about career opportunities
  • Harry struggles with what he saw in Snape's Worst Memory
  • Why doesn't Harry consult Hagrid or Professor McGonagall about his concerns?
  • Harry wonders how James and Lily Potter could have fallen in love
  • We discuss the importance of Ginny and the chocolate Easter Egg
  • Harry isn't half bad at Potions when Snape isn't breathing down his neck!
  • The Great Potter Debate: McGonagall vs. Umbridge!
  • The hosts reenact the infamous Career Advice scene!
  • BAD IDEA OF THE WEEK: Let's break into Umbridge's office!
  • How flawed is Harry's plan to contact Sirius?
  • Why can't Harry recall Sirius gave him something for this very situation?
  • Was contacting Sirius worth the risk?
  • Sirius and Remus provide some serious Marauder nostalgia
  • The Great Weasley Escape
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 84!
  • The hosts give their MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Chicken Soup For The MuggleCast Soul returns!
  • Quizzitch: Who is the first person to score a goal against Ron in Chapter 30?
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May 19, 2020
#465: How I Met Your Mother (OOTP 28, Snape's Worst Memory)
  • is hosting a video reread of Sorcerer's Stone and Daniel Radcliffe kicks things off!
  • Don't miss Quizzitch Live: The Goblet of Popcorn next Sunday, May 17 (11 am ET)!
  • The MuggleCast 15th Anniversary T-Shirt is here! Become a Patron by June 30 at the Dumbledore's Army level or higher to get yours! 
  • Muggle Mail covers Ministry toilet access, Hermione's advice to Harry and memory perspective!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 28: Snape's Worst Memory
  • 7-Word Summary: Discoveries are difficult to watch in Pensieve 
  • Why didn't Professor McGonagall take over as Headmistress?
  • We reveal something in Hogwarts that ISN'T a security nightmare!
  • The Inquisitorial Squad
  • The Weasley Twins, their loyalty to Dumbledore and their ability to perform exceptional magic
  • Connecting The Threads between Montague and the Vanishing Cabinet
  • Is it fair that Filch is Caretaker of Hogwarts when he can't perform magic?
  • Drink up! Could Umbridge's attempts be any more obvious?
  • As far as apologies go, where does Cho's rank?
  • Inside Snape’s Worst Memory: should Harry have taken this magical leap?
  • How does time work inside people's memories?
  • Why doesn't Harry recognize his mother's initials?
  • Why does Harry see this memory from the third person? Why does he have such freedom of movement?
  • We analyze the younger versions of James, Sirius, Lupin, Peter, Lily and Snape
  • How are the Marauders any different than Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle?
  • Is it Snape's Worst Memory because he calls Lily a mudblood?
  • We discuss the future implications this scene has for both James and Harry
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 80!
  • The hosts give their MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: What punishment does Umbridge instruct Filch to apply to the Weasley Twins for their Swamp?
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May 12, 2020
#464: Dumbledore Gone Wild (OOTP 27, The Centaur and The Sneak)
  • JKR commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts (and responds to MuggleCast on Twitter!)
  • The MuggleCast 15th Anniversary T-Shirt is here! Become a Patron by June 30 at the Dumbledore's Army level or higher to get yours! 
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 27: The Centaur and The Sneak
  • 7-Word Summary: Hogwarts changes direction due to Dumbledore’s departure 
  • WHOA, HORSEY! What's up with Hermione's attitude toward Firenze?
  • Divination with Firenze - the magical class setting we've been waiting for!
  • We analyze Firenze's teaching style and his perspective on humans teaching divination
  • Why does Dobby still punish himself?
  • Inside Dumbledore's Office
  • Fudge's attitude toward Harry in Prisoner of Azkaban vs. Order of the Phoenix
  • Marietta's face! Did Hermione go too far?
  • Debate: Modifying Marietta's Memory
  • Why doesn't Fudge or Umbridge recognize what's been done to Marietta?
  • Is Dumbledore's story truly believable?
  • Does Fudge ever really regret his decision?
  • The Great Escape... with style!
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 69!
  • The hosts give their MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: What are the three spells James casts on Severus besides Levicorpus?
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May 05, 2020
#463: Umbridge's Quibbles (OOTP 26, Seen and Unforeseen)
  • Happy Birthday, Eric!
  • Quizzitch Live: The Prisoner of Knowledge was a huge success! We hope you joined us and had fun!
  • Muggle Mail covers COVID-19 at Hogwarts and more Hagrid/Harry comparisons!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 26: Seen and Unforeseen
  • 7-Word Summary: Dreams enter the mind through Snape’s lessons 
  • How much legitimacy does Rita Skeeter provide to Harry's story?
  • Umbridge's latest Educational Decree: does it violate freedom of speech and freedom of the press?
  • Should Hermione have given Harry advice about Cho BEFORE their date?
  • Does Quidditch create bad blood amongst the Hogwarts Houses?
  • Inside Harry's Dreams: Neville, McGonagall, Voldemort, Rookwood and more!
  • How is Voldemort not aware of proper prophecy protocol?
  • The truth about Broderick Bode and Sturgis Podmore is revealed!
  • Bad Hermione! Should Harry have told someone what he saw in his dream?
  • Does Snape share what he is seeing inside Harry's mind with Dumbledore?
  • The door to the Department of Mysteries finally opens!
  • Snape's childhood was a rough one!
  • Trelawney and Firenze
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 62!
  • The hosts give their MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: Who retrieves the list of Dumbledore’s Army members for Umbridge?
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Apr 28, 2020
#462: Kreacher and the Keys (OOTP 25, The Beetle at Bay)
  • News covers JKR's childhood home and her recent thoughts on Prisoner of Azkaban and Order of the Phoenix. One of these was her easiest Potter book to write.
  • Muggle Mail includes Voldemort's possession of Ginny and The Knight Bus in Goblet of Fire
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 25: The Beetle at Bay
  • 7-Word Summary: Valentine’s Day happens amidst many bad choices
  • Mass Breakout from Azkaban!
  • Why doesn't Ron react at all to hearing Antonin Dolohov's name?
  • Is Fudge wrong to think Sirius Black could be behind the breakout?
  • Neville's shift in mentality: the hosts each submit his "glow up" track! Add yours to this Spotify list!
  • Bye bye, Broderick Bode! We hardly knew ye!
  • Hagrid and Trelawney: were their classes destined for scrutiny and failure since Prisoner of Azkaban?
  • How is Umbridge able to attend every Care of Magical Creatures and Divination class? Doesn't she have classes to teach herself?
  • Educational Decree No. 26 - joke's on you Dolores! 
  • Harry and Cho's first date: Quidditch, dementors, Madam Pudifoot's, Roger Davies, Cedric, Hermione and more!
  • Is The Daily Prophet getting pressured by the Ministry? 
  • Hermione’s clever plan to have Rita Skeeter tell Harry’s story in The Quibbler
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 56!
  • The hosts give their MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: What topic does Xenophilius Lovegood tell Luna that Harry’s story is outselling?
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Apr 21, 2020
#461: Snape's Secrets (OOTP 24, Occlumency)
  • Quizzitch Live: The Fandom of Secrets was a huge success! Keep an eye for our next hangout!
  • Rupert Grint is going to be a DAD!
  • Muggle Mail covers a random Lockhart encounter and when J.K. Rowling actually revealed Dumbledore's sexuality (see J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life)
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 24: Occlumency
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry’s journey back into his mind fails 
  • Snape vs. Sirius
  • A grim goodbye! Should we have known then?
  • What's the deal with The Knight Bus? Can't they "magic" a smoother ride?
  • Cho and Harry: he picks up on what's she putting down relatively quickly for a teenage boy! See you on Valentine's Day!
  • Nagini and The Department of Mysteries: Snape gives Harry the information Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix have refused to!
  • What in the world is Dumbledore thinking letting Snape penetrate Harry's mind?
  • Why doesn't Harry get the opportunity to remove memories he doesn't want Snape to see?
  • Would Harry fair better if he actually listened to Snape's instructions?
  • Could Occlumency be considered a form of rape?
  • Snape reveals a big truth about himself when describing Legilimency, but it goes over Harry's head!
  • What does Voldemort know about Harry at this point in the story? Does he know he's a Horcrux? If so, why the strong desire to kill him?
  • Does Dumbledore not consider the vulnerable position mentally and physically these lessons put Harry in? 
  • Why does Snape not like the use of Voldemort's name?
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 52!
  • The hosts give their MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: What does Hagrid instruct Harry to put on the salamanders?
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Apr 14, 2020
#460: Loony Lockhart (OOTP 23, Christmas on the Closed Ward)
  • Quizzitch Live: The Fandom of Secrets returns this Thursday, April 9 at 7:15 p.m. ET! Keep an eye on our social media channels for the link to participate!
  • J.K. Rowling offers up a Character Personality quiz on Twitter! The hosts share which Harry Potter character they are most like... and the answers may surprise you!
  • News covers Harry Potter at Home, The Tales of Beedle The Bard audiobook release and the LEGO Harry Potter video game for only $6!
  • Muggle Mail covers Harry's relationship with Mad-Eye Moody, Nagini and Dumbledore's past, a maternity ward at St. Mungo's and Harriet Potter
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 23: Christmas on The Closed Ward
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry heads to see Arthur in recovery 
  • We Connect the Threads to... Chamber of Secrets?!?!
  • Possession by Voldemort, the importance of house elves and Professor Lockhart
  • Horcrux Takeover on the London Underground!
  • Harry's having a nervous breakdown! Can someone HELP HIM?
  • Odd that Dumbledore has a direct line to Harry’s bedroom at Grimmauld Place?
  • Why doesn't Harry think of consulting Ginny earlier about being possessed by Voldemort? Did they two bond over this shared experience in later years?
  • Opening presents in your bedroom? What's up with Christmas at Grimmauld Place?
  • Harry makes an important observation about Kreacher. Should Sirius be more concerned he's "missing"?
  • Welcome back Gildeory Lockhart! Do we think the former DADA professor ever recovers from his condition?
  • Goodnight Broderick! Is there no screening presents at St. Mungo's? How is a venomous tentacula safe to put next to a patient's bedside?
  • Hey, Augusta!  We compare grandma Longbottom's evaluation of the trio to that of Lucius Malfoy's from Chamber of Secrets!
  • Bubblegum wrapper theory galore!
  • The big Bellatrix reveal! Somebody better really check on Kreacher now...
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 50!
  • The hosts give their MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Chicken Soup For The MuggleCast Soul returns!
  • Quizzitch: Who teases Harry about taking remedial potions?
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Apr 07, 2020
#459: Magicare For All (OOTP 22, St. Mungo's, Part 2)
  • We had a blast with our first-ever Quizzitch Live!
  • J.K. Rowling returns to Twitter to comfort Voldemort, reveal her favorite Mario Kart character and more!
  • Muggle Mail covers why Harry didn't see thestrals at the end of Goblet of Fire!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 22: St. Mungo's for Magical Maladies and Injuries (Part Two)
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry ventures to the hospital with family 
  • Why does Harry feel as if he is an intruder upon the Weasley family's guilt? Is he not a member of their family?
  • Why doesn't Sirius take Harry seriously when he explains what really happened?
  • What if... J.K. Rowling had killed Arthur Weasley (as he had originally intended)?
  • Welcome to St. Mungo's for Magical Maladies and Injuries!
  • Why couldn't the hospital have been built underground like the Ministry?
  • How is the hospital funded? Do wizards have health insurance?
  • How does a wizard become a Healer? There are no classes at Hogwarts!
  • Broderick Bode has a visitor!
  • St. Mungo's is a SECURITY NIGHTMARE!
  • Despite all that's happened, Arthur couldn't be in better spirits!
  • Why does Arthur not tell his kids what really happened? Was it irresponsible of him to not have a personal talk with Harry?
  • Why won't Arthur's wounds close? What's so special about Nagini's bite?
  • Did the movies miss a big opportunity in not including St. Mungo’s?
  • The Umbridge Suck Count stays put at 49!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: What does Harry get Ron for Christmas in his fifth year?
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Mar 31, 2020
#458: Portrait Party (OOTP 22, St. Mungo's, Part 1)
  • We had a blast at our Forget About The World live show earlier in the week! Tune in for a show and tell and a few rounds of Harry Potter Heads Up!
  • The hosts receive candles from our listener Devin, including a goat-scented one for Micah! Check out Devin's website -
  • J.K. Rowling loosens guidelines on recording Harry Potter books for schools 
  • To liven things up we play a fun Sporcle game - Harry Potter Name Chain
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 22: St. Mungo's for Magical Maladies and Injuries (Part One)
  • 7-Word Summary: Arthur survives by receiving care from portraits 
  • What's up with Dumbledore's passwords? They seem kind of... weak!
  • Portrait Party! Is this is a nightly occurrence? How annoying for Dumbledore!
  • Why does Dumbledore not acknowledge Harry... or Ron?
  • Portrait Superstars: Everard and Dilys
  • Why does the Order not have better security alert measures in place?
  • Phineas Nigellus Black says Sirius always had odd houseguests. Really? Like who?
  • In Essence Divided - Dumbledore's Horcrux epiphany!
  • We discuss Dumbledore's bond with Fawkes - how is the phoenix able to track Umbridge?
  • Who tipped off the old toad? Mrs. Norris?
  • Harry's Rage toward Dumbledore: part Harry and part Horcrux!
  • Sirius shows maturity in his handling of the Weasleys at Grimmauld Place
  • OUT! How a single word to Kreacher seals Sirius' fate!
  • The Waiting Game
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 49!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: What color robes do Healers of St Mungo’s wear?
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Mar 24, 2020
#457: The Grim Granger (OOTP 21, The Eye of the Snake)
  • Welcome Slug Club member Abbey, who has her own podcast for Grey's Anatomy fans: The On Call Room!
  • Coronavirus shuts down Cursed Child and the Wizarding World theme parks
  • The leaked Harry Potter RPG will finally be announced this year!
  • Fantastic Beasts 3 filming is now underway! Or at least, that was the plan. Since recording this episode, we've now learned that the movie has halted production.
  • We get a sneak peek at the Quidditch Through the Ages Illustrated Edition! What's with the U.S. cover being so boring?
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 21: The Eye of the Snake
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry heads towards Arthur in peril snakily 
  • The first part of the chapter takes us back to our Prisoner of Azkaban days
  • Thestrals: was it wise for Hagrid to put students who have seen death in this situation?
  • Dumbledore rides thestrals?!? What?!?
  • Did no professor prepare Hagrid for what to expect from Umbridge's evaluation?
  • Umbridge treats Hagrid like he is mentally challenged and manipulates student reactions and sentiments!
  • Should Harry, Ron and Hermione have gone to McGonagall about Hagrid's treatment?
  • Hermione wishes she could see thestrals! What?!? Andrew then proceeds to turn her into a serial killer!
  • Harry feels resentment towards Hogwarts for the first time ever as the holidays approach
  • Dumbledore's Army: Decorator Dobby, Ginny The Seeker and Mistletoe Magic
  • We discuss Ron and Hermione's opposite reactions to Harry's first kiss
  • Inside Nagini: Do we think any of the snake’s initial hesitation in attacking Arthur Weasley had to do with her humanity?
  • Do we think Harry could have controlled the outcome if he wanted to? Or is it just like watching TV? Looking through the eyes of another Horcrux?
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 47!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: What is the name on the department store front which hides Saint Mungos to the Muggles?
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Mar 17, 2020
#456: A Giant Waste Of Time (OOTP 20, Hagrid's Tale)
  • Muggle Mail covers angry librarians and Harry-Draco shippers
  • We're at the midway point of Order of the Phoenix! How has this recent read changed our feelings about the book? What are our biggest takeaways?
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 20: Hagrid's Tale
  • 7-Word Summary: Hagrid returns and fails to reveal lies
  • The Trio take a massive risk in going to see Hagrid given recent punishments!
  • Can Harry, Ron and Hermione really fit under the Invisibility Cloak?
  • Why doesn't the snow wipe away their footprints?
  • What is Hagrid's true level of trust in Harry, Ron and Hermione?
  • What do we know about Vampires in the Wizarding World?
  • We discuss real world parallels to the Giants being an ostracized community
  • What’s the value of aligning with the Giants? 
  • Is Hagrid the best envoy? The best negotiator?
  • Could the Ministry be inadvertently tipping off the Death Eaters?
  • Does Hagrid blow his load on the first gift to the Gurg?
  • Name Origins: Karkus, Golgomath and Grawp
  • What could the Death Eaters have told Golgomath to convince them to join their side?
  • Who is that at the door? It's Dolores!
  • Why didn't Umbridge use Homenum Revelio to find Harry, Ron and Hermione? Why does she give up so easily?
  • The Top 7 Reasons Hagrid Was Really Missing In Action
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 43!
  • Connecting The Threads include Macnair, Buckbeak and Hermione
  • The hosts give their MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: Whose death allows Neville to see thestrals?
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Mar 10, 2020
#455: How To Hogwarts (OOTP 19, The Lion & The Serpent)
  • Some of your favorite Potter actors are back to voice The Tales of Beedle The Bard audiobook
  • MuggleCasTBT recalls a time when we discussed J.K. Rowling potentially writing under a pseudonym.
  • Muggle Mail covers becoming inspired to teach, the Hog's Head and the Room of Requirement.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 19: The Lion & The Serpent.
  • 7-Word Summary: The Quidditch match features Draco falling out.
  • Dumbledore's Army is going swimmingly. Harry really IS a teacher!
  • Is Luna the best representation of inter-house cooperation at Hogwarts?
  • We discuss whether "Weasley Is Our King" is bullying or just typical sportsmanship.
  • It's insane how the staff reacted to Harry and George’s attack versus the taunting on the field, which no one tried to stop.
  • WHERE is Dumbledore? And where was Hermione to set another fire in the stands?
  • Isn’t there a charm for earplugs? Ron doesn’t need to hear to be a good Keeper.
  • Honestly, is Draco any good at Quidditch?
  • McGonagall vs. Umbridge
  • McGonagall: the star Quidditch player - it runs in her family!
  • On Fred: Can you lifetime ban someone for something you thought they were “about to” do? And why is this described as a lifetime ban?
  • Is this an opportunity where Harry, if he had known Umbridge’s backstory, could have used it to his advantage.
  • Everything is terrible this chapter, but Hagrid is back!
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 40!
  • The Debate returns as Andrew & Micah and Laura & Eric team up to debate Umbridge's punishments!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: Where did Hagrid have a disagreement with a vampire?
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Mar 03, 2020
#454: Drinky Winky (OOTP 18, Dumbledore's Army)
  • News covers Cormoran Strike Book 5 "Troubled Blood," Cursed Child Japan and Fantastic Beasts 3
  • Muggle Mail: Harry's post-Hogwarts career, a sibling rivalry, and Dumbledore's boggart
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 18: Dumbledore's Army
  • 7-Word Summary: Hogwarts is holding a group defense meeting
  • Harry can Accio a bullfrog? J.K. Rowling has said you can't accio inanimate objects
  • Are the Hogwarts professors secretly teaching DADA in their own classes?
  • How exactly did that conversation go between Dumbledore and Umbridge about the Gryffindor Quidditch Team?
  • Is Hermione right to reconsider forming Dumbledore's Army?
  • Is Sirius truly “reckless” and “living through” the trio?
  • Harry's connection with Voldemort strengthens! Why doesn't Harry consult an adult ?
  • Dobby, Winky, Hedwig and the Room of Requirement
  • We compare the Room of Requirement's use in Order of the Phoenix to it's use in Half-Blood Prince
  • We rate the the proposed names for Dumbledore's Army
  • Professor Potter
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 35!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter return!
  • Quizzitch: What does Hermione use to bewitch the golden coins for DA members?
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Feb 25, 2020
#453: 2 Fast, 2 Illustrated (OOTP 17, Educational Decree Number 24)
  • We offer our thoughts on the recent Johnny Depp / Amber Heard case
  • Another Illustrated Edition: MinaLima joins the party!
  • Muggle Mail covers Harry's battle with Dementors and his post-Hogwarts career
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 17: Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four
  • 7-Word Summary: Sirius is in trouble with Umbridge’s reach
  • Harry's finally HAPPY! It lasts for two pages...
  • We discuss the symbolism of the educational decree covering everything else on the Common Room notice board!
  • Hogwarts is becoming a police state! Umbridge is monitoring all non-class student activity as well as the lines of communication
  • Is it possible Umbridge was planning this decree prior to the formation of Dumbledore’s Army? Shouldn’t students be able to complain to their heads of House about this? To their parents?
  • Hedwig, Thestrals, McGonagall and Grubbly-Plank
  • Neville and Draco:  always be mindful of thinking before you speak
  • Snape and Umbridge
  • Trelawney is on probation - are we surprised? Do we feel bad for her?
  • Sirius has some advice for Hermione, reveals Dung has been trailing Harry and shares news from Molly
  • Hogwarts is a Security Nightmare! Is Umbridge right to be watching the Floo Network?
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 32!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter return!
  • Quizzitch: What spell does Gryffindor use to help them practice quidditch?
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  • Bonus MuggleCast, coming later this week to Patreon: We take a look at the life of Dolores Jane Umbridge! Was she always this sadistic? What was her childhood like? Did she ever marry? Where did J.K. Rowling get the inspiration for this character?

Feb 11, 2020
#452: Essence of Goat (OOTP 16, In The Hog’s Head)
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  • J.K. Rowling announces the next Cormoran Strike novel is finished!
  • Kobe Bryant: how Harry Potter inspired his Wizenard Series
  • Muggle Mail covers some clever questions from a 10-year-old listener!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 16: In The Hog's Head
  • 7-Word Summary: Shady happenings occur within Aberforth's dingy bar
  • What in the world is up with the chapter art?
  • Harry's internal struggle: to teach or not to teach Defense Against Dark Arts?
  • A mummy, two Yorkshire dementors and a shifty-looking witch walk into a bar...
  • Undercover thief! Is it pure coincidence or on Dumbledore's orders that Mundungus is in the Hog's Head?
  • Aberforth looks familiar to Harry. Oh, really?
  • Is the Hog's Head really that dirty and grimy or is a bit of magic at play?
  • The bar smells of goats... what?!? What do goats even smell like?
  • How does the Hog's Head stay in business?
  • We break down Aberforth's relationship with his goat
  • Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff... The Formation of Dumbledore's Army! Would any of members of Slytherin House worked well?
  • Does Hermione not fully consider the consequences of putting Harry in an awkward position?
  • From Quirrellmort to the Riddle Graveyard, the hosts rate Harry's accomplishments with O.W.L. grades!
  • Zacharias Smith, Luna Lovegood, Ernie MacMillan and more!
  • Fudge and Heliopaths? No way! But Luna's observations about Hermione are spot on!
  • Would we have signed our names to the Dumbledore's Army parchment?
  • Quizzitch: Who visits Harry during History of Magic?
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Feb 04, 2020
#451: Murtlap Milkin' (OOTP 15, The Hogwarts High Inquisitor)
  • Ember Sirius or Flaming Sirius - our listeners settle the debate!
  • Muggle Mail covers Gary Oldman, Hermione, Fred & George's true intentions and more!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 15: The Hogwarts High Inquisitor
  • 7-Word Summary: Umbridge oversees the Hogwarts professors teaching classes
  • The Daily Prophet announces Umbridge as Hogwarts High Inquisitor! Fair and balanced reporting? YEAH, RIGHT!
  • What level of credibility does Percy have to be quoted in The Daily Prophet?
  • Are there really THAT MANY concerned parents?
  • What were the first 21 Educational Decrees? We offer some our thoughts!
  • Umbridge visits each teacher's classroom: Is there not already a system in place to evaluate teachers? Is Umbridge qualified to evaluate these subjects?
  • Poor Trelawney!
  • Umbridge vs. McGonagall - has Dolores met her match?
  • Should Hermione have considered the consequences of her actions in Umbridge's class?
  • Harry, Hermione and the birth of Dumbledore’s Army
  • The power of self-doubt
  • We discuss the importance of Hermione saying Voldemort's name for the first time
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 27!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter return!
  • Quizzitch: What does Luna say Fudge’s Army is made of?
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  • January's Bonus MuggleCast: The hosts sound off on Trelawney's prediction for Professor Umbridge and what would have happened if Harry told McGonagall the truth about his detentions!
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Jan 28, 2020
#450: Weekend at Hogwarts (OOTP 14, 'Percy and Padfoot')
  • Micah's back and FINALLY received a Wizarding World Gold pin!
  • Muggle Mail covers Founder wands, House points, SPEW and Harry Potter tattoos
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 14: Percy and Padfoot
  • 7-Word Summary: Saturday begins with letter sending from Harry
  • Harry does a really good job of hiding the truth when writing to Sirius. Do we think this a quality that Harry possesses or just JKR’s clever writing?
  • The hosts take a shot at cryptically describing each other
  • Thestrals Alert! If we were Harry, would we be concerned we’re seeing ominous creatures randomly around Hogwarts? We compare it to the grim in Book 3 and the basilisk in Book 2!
  • The hosts discuss what it means for Cho to believe in Harry
  • The Daily Prophet: Padfoot and Podmore
  • Why was Slytherin allowed to watch Gryffindor’s Quidditch practice? Shouldn’t it be closed, especially to opposing teams?
  • Percy's letter: what does it reveal about the Ministry? About his true character? We read several of Percy's passages in our best Dr. Evil voices!
  • Does Percy truly believe Dolores Umbridge is a nice person? Do we think he is really concerned about Ron? Or is this an attempt by Fudge and Umbridge to sow discord between Ron and Harry?
  • Which Fireplace Sirius was better: Goblet of Fire or Order of the Phoenix?
  • The world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters
  • The Ministry believes Dumbledore is forming an Army!
  • Reckless and bitter Sirius: do his comments about James hurt Harry?
  • Umbridge Suck Count, Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: Professor McGonagall has been teaching at Hogwarts for how many years (at the time of Order of the Phoenix)?
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Jan 21, 2020
#449: Torturous Toad (OOTP 13, Detention With Dolores)
  • Reminder: MuggleCast is moving to Tuesdays! Each week we'll have a new episode available bright and early.
  • A 'flagship' Harry Potter store has been announced, where we'll be able to grab coffee, Butterbeer, and... 'House Wands'?!
  • Chapter by Chapter: Order of the Phoenix Chapter 13, Detention with Dolores
  • This chapter is very unlucky for Harry. Are all Chapter 13's in the Harry Potter series the same way?
  • Theory: Every chapter ever is unlucky for Harry.
  • Fred and George are getting away with their testing -- until Hermione steps in. Why this moment was truly 'below the belt' for the twins.
  • What's going on with Hermione and her crusade to free the elves? We don't see her doing any work that the elves do.
  • We learn that Bowtruckles can actually be quite evil. How could Newt keep one so close to his eye balls? It's Security Nightmare: Pickett Edition!
  • Then again, they have leafy hands. How peaceful! What an enigma.
  • Malfoy drops some information that's of interest to Harry, while Luna sticks up for The Chosen One in a big way.
  • Detention with Dolores: It's in this scene where Umbridge goes from being an annoying teacher to a truly evil one.
  • Did Dumbledore or McGonagall know that this type of thing was going on? Should Harry have ratted Umbridge out? And did this ever happen again?
  • Quizzitch: What does Cho refer to Ron as? Answer on Twitter by tweeting @MuggleCast!
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Jan 14, 2020
#448: Have a Biscuit (OOTP 12, Professor Umbridge)
  • Andy from Harry Potter Fan Zone joins the show and shares the history of his website and how he received the prestigious J.K. Rowling Fan Site Award
  • The hosts share the Harry Potter gifts they received during the holidays
  • Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 12: Professor Umbridge
  • Seven Word Summary: Classes begin for the term despite attitudes
  • Harry’s troubles continue: Seamus bolts early in the morning, Dean is at a loss for words and Lavender isn’t buying Harry’s story either.
  • Hermione once again raises the importance of House unity. But is Hogwarts set up well for such a thing?
  • Does Dumbledore, in fact, not want to draw attention to Hagrid's absence?
  • Fred & George are in search of test subjects! Why couldn’t the Gryffindor Head Boy or Head Girl handle them?
  • Why doesn't Harry own up to giving the Weasley twins their money for the joke shop?
  • Kissy Kissy! Cho is back. Enter Ron - Master Wandblocker! 
  • Is J.K. Rowling trying to tell the reader something about jumping on bandwagons?
  • Harry has his worst day of classes: History of Magic, Potions, Divination, DADA
  • What classes when we were kids could we just not get through?
  • With Hagrid gone and Umbridge teaching DADA, Harry really has no classes he enjoys! 
  • Does Snape ride Harry hard because he sees potential in him or because he's an ass?
  • Umbridge raises the point that Defense Against The Dark Arts at Hogwarts has been rather disrupted and fragmented. She's not wrong, is she?
  • So, we’re going back to basics? We could see doing this for one or two lessons, but the entire year?
  • What does Umbridge having a short wand mean?
  • Do we believe this new DADA class was really carefully devised by experts at the Ministry?
  • Is Umbridge wrong about Lupin?
  • Parvati raises a great point about the practical nature of their O.W.L.s. So, the students should just show up and perform a spell? Isn’t Umbridge setting the students up for failure? Wouldn’t it be a poor reflection on her if all of her students fail their O.W.L.s?
  • Have a biscuit, Potter!
  • Umbridge Suck Count, Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week, Rename The Chapter return
  • Quizzitch: What has Hermione been making over the summer?

Jan 07, 2020
Why J.K. Rowling's Tweet Was Transphobic and Hurtful
In this special installment, Rori Porter, a transfemme member of the Harry Potter fandom, joins the MuggleCasters to discuss why J.K. Rowling's December 19th tweet was transphobic and hurtful.

Rori explains the court battle the tweet is in reference to, what Rowling's doing by saying this, and how it affects trans people. We also discuss the role inclusion and acceptance has played in the Harry Potter fandom, and where we go from here.

Check out to learn more about the trans community, and click here to read Rori's piece published to Medium.
Jan 05, 2020
#447: Harry Potter Decade in Review
Please note: This episode was recorded prior to J.K. Rowling's controversial tweet, which was harmful to the transgender community and allies. As we stated on Twitter, trans rights are human rights. We see you, we love you. You are valid. We will always welcome you! We'll share additional thoughts on the situation in Episode 448.

In our final episode of 2019, we take a look back at another Decade of Harry Potter by reliving the biggest moments and surprises of the past 10 years. What were we feeling then, how do we feel now, and what does it all mean for the decade ahead? Events discussed include: 

  • June 18, 2010: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter officially opens in Orlando (and basically saves Universal theme parks)!
  • November 19, 2010: Deathly Hallows: Part 1 hits theaters. It sets a trend for a single book to be split into two films, but this trend may've died this decade too.
  • July 15, 2011: The final Harry Potter film, Deathly Hallows: Part 2, is released worldwide! The hosts share their feelings after the final movie, taking into consideration the number of years spent in the fandom.
  • April 12, 2012: J.K. Rowling announces her first post-Potter novel, The Casual Vacancy. Only one person on the panel has finished it.
  • April 14, 2012: Pottermore launches at a time when people truly craved more from J.K. Rowling.
  • April 2013: In one of the most shocking moments of the decade, J.K. Rowling secretly publishes The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. We discuss how word leaked.
  • August 27, 2013: MuggleCast ends... and then... two weeks later... Warner Bros. announces the Fantastic Beasts film series.
  • December 19, 2013: We hear rumblings that a Harry Potter play is in development, and it looks nothing like what it became. 
  • January 14, 2016: Wands raised! Alan Rickman, the actor who brilliantly portrayed Professor Severus Snape passes away at 69.
  • November 18, 2016: Magic returns to the silver screen as Fantastic Beasts hits theaters
  • November 19, 2018: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens in theaters
  • Spring 2019: J.K. Rowling leaves Twitter. Will she ever get back to her usual daily tweeting? 
  • October 2, 2019: Pottermore officially shuts down.
  • What do we expect in the decade ahead for Potter? 
  • Quizzitch: What characters from the original Harry Potter series have also been in both Cursed Child and the Fantastic Beasts series?
  • Bonus MuggleCast: We discuss the things we think will definitely NOT happen in the next decade in Potter!
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Dec 23, 2019
#446: Going Rogue (OOTP 11, The Sorting Hat's New Song)
  • Our first ‘new’ Chapter-by-Chapter for Order of the Phoenix since October 2011! Remember when we started this book then stopped for some reason? Good times. 

  • Micah shares his convo with an inspiring 8-year-old Harry Potter fan!
  • Potter booze cruise... Yes, please!
  • Eric's Book Corner: Law Made Fun Through Harry Potter & Pod Life: Podcaster Stories
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 11: The Sorting Hat's New Song
  • 7-Word Summary: Umbridge takes Dumbledore’s spotlight down during dinner 
  • Loyalty vs. judgment: We debate whether or not Hagrid is a "joke" of a teacher
  • Welcome to Hogwarts, Professor Umbridge (not really)!
  • What other times in history has the Sorting Hat given advice?
  • We compare Slytherin and Gryffindor's falling out to that of Grindelwald and Dumbledore
  • How the importance of unity at Hogwarts is a microcosm for that of the larger Wizarding World
  • House unifiers: Narcissa Malfoy and Horace Slughorn
  • Does Umbridge interrupt Dumbledore as payback for the Ministry hearing?
  • Happy little faces = #FakeNews
  • Is the Ministry infiltrating Hogwarts or just filling a high turnover position?
  • Is Hogwarts self-sustaining or does it receive government funding?
  • Discord amongst Gryffindors! What's up with Seamus?
  • Would Harry telling Seamus what happened in the Graveyard have changed anything?
  • True friendship: Ron and Neville's defense of Harry
  • Harry finally realizes Dumbledore and him are in this together!
  • The Umbridge Sucks Count climbs all the way to 11!
  • On next week's episode we look back on the past decade in Potter!
  • We Connect The Threads, give our MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
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Dec 16, 2019
#445: Less Than Prefect (OOTP Chapter 10, Luna Lovegood)
  • Vanessa from Harry Potter and The Sacred Text joins us!
  • MuggleMail covers feedback from our recent holiday gift suggestion episode!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 10: Luna Lovegood
  • 7-Word Summary: Chaos reigns during the journey to Hogwarts
  • James and Lily, Molly and Kreacher, Ron and Hermione: what's up with Harry's dreams?
  • On your own head be it - did Sirius' trip to King's Cross cost him his life?
  • Shouldn't Mad-Eye Moody have been more concerned about Sturgis Podmore's recent absences?
  • Harry's isolation continues aboard the Hogwarts Express
  • Welcome to the Potter series, Luna Lovegood! Why do so many fans identify with Luna?
  • Luna's clearly an outcast, just like Harry, Ron, Hermione and Neville, so why do they treat her differently?
  • We tell the story of how Evanna Lynch found out about the role of Luna Lovegood
  • Harry gets caught in a compromising situation by Cho. We've all been there with our crush, right?
  • What do we make of the new prefects from Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff?
  • Is there any truth to the stories in The Quibbler?
  • We discuss how J.K. Rowling laid the foundation for Dumbledore's Army in this chapter!
  • "Dogging your steps!" Does Draco really know the truth about Sirius?
  • Continued Isolation: Why is Harry the only one who can see Thestrals?
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter return!
  • Quizzitch: Who is the first Gryffindor selected at this year's Sorting Ceremony?
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Dec 09, 2019
#444: Harry Potter Gift Guide Extravaganza 2019

Nov 25, 2019
#443: Never A Bride (OOTP Chapter 9, Woes of Mrs. Weasley)
  • Andrew checks in from the Wizarding World... completely decked out for the holidays!
  • Laura reveals an early Christmas present that would excite any Potter fan!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 9: The Woes of Mrs. Weasley
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry feels envious because friends are winning
  • What's up with Umbridge "appraising" Harry?
  • Uh oh, Lucius has Fudge's ear! Is it worse that the Order thinks the Minister is NOT under the Imperius Curse?
  • Why does Harry's scar burn when thinking about Dumbledore? Is it the Voldemort connection, the Horcrux or just pure emotion?
  • Do we agree with Hermione that Sirius is acting selfishly after learning Harry has been found not guilty?
  • We do a deep dive on the Defense Against The Dark Arts position
  • Ron is named Prefect... and EVERYONE is stunned! Can't the kid just have his moment?
  • Why DID Dumbledore select Ron and Hermione as Prefects?
  • Moody tries to cheer up Harry by showing him an original Order of the Phoenix photo
  • We discuss Gideon and Fabian Prewett (Were Fred and George's names tributes to them?), Aberforth, Edgar Bones and more
  • The Boggart shows the very real fear Mrs. Weasley has of losing her family
  • Why did Molly choose to take care of the boggart herself?
  • Perspective, Harry!
  • The Umbridge (Toad) Suck Count rises!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter return!
  • Quizzitch: What is Luna's mother's first name?
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Nov 18, 2019
#442: Harry Potter Screenwriter Returns, Cursed Child Inside Look
  • Finally... some Fantastic Beasts 3 news!
  • What bigger role will Eulalie Hicks play in the upcoming film?
  • Steve Kloves returns to his screenwriting role. What does it mean for Potter fans?
  • We're going to Rio! Will we see Castelobruxo?
  • Why did Crimes of Grindelwald fall flat at the box office? Let's not forget the controversies that preceded it!
  • Fantastic Beasts 3 is taking the series back to its Hogwarts roots! Is this a good thing?
  • Is there such a thing as too much Hogwarts? We spent seven films there, isn't it time to explore the larger wizarding world?
  • Was J.K. Rowling unfairly blamed for the writing in Crimes of Grindelwald?
  • Yummy! Fantastic Beasts 3 will provide more breadcrumbs for Potter fans!
  • Patrons share how they would like to see Hogwarts and Dumbledore be further incorporated (without it feeling like it was done just to please the fans)
  • We give our early predictions for the title of Fantastic Beasts 3!
  • We review Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey: Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning Stage Production. It makes a great holiday gift!
  • It was predestined! The story behind J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany!
  • Why did parenting play such a big role in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
  • Why was Goblet of Fire such a big focus?
  • The story behind Dobby, Sirius Black, McGonagall, Luna and Astoria Malfoy!
  • Box office woes: why are Cursed Child tickets slumping in Year 2?
  • We take voicemails on Dumbledore's middle names and running Dementors
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Nov 11, 2019
#441: Brian? (OOTP Chapter 8, The Hearing)
  • Mike from Potterless Podcast joins the show! He shares why he got into the series so late and some of the moments that shocked him the most.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 8 - The Hearing
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry is attacked by Fudge but Dumbledore prevails
  • Have any of us ever been before a judge?
  • Given Harry is being charged with UNDERAGE magic, isn’t it ridiculous an adult can’t accompany him to trial?
  • Where exactly was Harry’s owl sent? Was it even sent at all?
  • We’re introduced to Fudge’s “right-hand“ woman... Dolores Jane Umbridge!
  • Why do we think Dumbledore arrived at the Ministry three hours early?
  • Given the number of people required for this trial, there is no way the time and location wasn’t changed at least the night prior!
  • By changing the time, is the Ministry hoping Harry would need to use magic, getting him into further trouble?
  • Is Ms. Figg a credible witness? We debate if she really saw the Dementors!
  • Dumbledore makes Fudge SUPER uncomfortable!
  • Who really sent the Dementors? Voldemort? The Ministry?
  • Do we think Fudge made the decision to implement Umbridge at Hogwarts before or after the trial?
  • Would Harry have prevailed without Dumbledore present?
  • What’s up with Harry’s heart swelling to unnatural size?
  • This could have all been solved with a little bit of Veritaserum! 
  • The Umbridge sucks count grows by 2!
  • We Connect The Threads, Rename The Chapter and give our MVPs of the Week
  • Quizzitch: What nickname does Malfoy give Harry while at the Ministry?
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Nov 04, 2019
#440: Return To Sender (WW Gold Review, OOTP Chapter 7, 'The Ministry of Magic')
  • News covers Cursed Child in San Francisco and Germany
  • Andrew and Micah are drawn to the dark side... they're Wizarding World Gold baby!
  • We discuss the benefits and pricing of Wizarding World Gold. What would we like to see them offer in the future?
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 7 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Ministry of Magic
  • Seven World Summary: Today will be the day Perkins alerts 
  • Harry's restless night: can we sympathize?
  • Name drop! Rufus Scrimgeour is suspicious of Kingsley and Tonks!
  • Mr. Weasley can't contain his excitement in the Muggle world! What technology would fascinate Arthur in 2019?
  • The secret behind the Ministry's Muggle visitor entrance
  • Micah calls BS on the Fountain of Magical Brethren!
  • Eric works at the Ministry! What other host names have appeared in the Potter series?
  • Which Ministry department which would like to know more about?
  • What's up with these underground windows?
  • Ha! Kingsley is in charge of the hunt for Sirius Black!
  • Regurgitating toilets, The Quibbler, Broderick Bode and more
  • The Umbridge suck count grows! The Ministry has changed the time and location of Harry's hearing!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week, Rename the Chapter
  • Quizzitch: What is Cornelius Fudge's middle name?
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Oct 28, 2019
#439: Dumbledip (GOF Illustrated Review, OOTP Chapter 6, 'House of Black')
  • Welcome Slug Club member Emily!
  • Micah recaps a great weekend in Boston for LeakyCon!
  • The Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition is here! And it's Laura first!
  • We discuss some notable illustrations and give our favorites!
  • Muggle Mail covers Sirius as a parent, ALL CAPS Harry and Percy Weasley
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Chapter 6, The Most Noble and Ancient House of Black
  • Seven Word Summary: Kreacher has the foresight to take heirlooms
  • Molly the Spy: were our parents like this when we were growing up?
  • Laura makes an interesting comparison between Molly and Umbridge
  • Spring Cleaning at Grimmauld Place: it appears the house is fighting back!
  • Why doesn't magic work on doxies? Is Buckbeak getting the shaft?
  • Comparing Kreacher to Dobby and Winky
  • Can Mad-Eye see a Boggart in its natural state or does he see what he fears most?
  • Just what are the Order of the Phoenix taking turns guarding?
  • Fred and George are quite the savvy businessmen!
  • Kreacher isn't in his "right mind" - Hermione couldn't be any closer to the truth!
  • Why doesn't Sirius instruct Kreacher not to insult his house guests?
  • Everyone's related! We analyze the Black Family tapestry!
  • How unfortunate is it that Sirius doesn't realize the important role his brother Regulus played in the downfall on Lord Voldemort?
  • If Grimmauld Place has every protection known to Wizard-kind, why does Harry need to return to Privet Drive?
  • The blink and you'll miss it locket Horcrux mention
  • Dumbledip
  • We Connect The Threads, give our MVPs of the Week and Rename the Chapter
  • Quizzitch: At what time does Harry wake up for his Ministry hearing?
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Oct 21, 2019
#438: Live From LeakyCon 2019
We're live from LeakyCon in Boston and joined by special guest Chris Rankin! We travel around the Wizarding World to famous Potter locations, talk about the Massachusetts-based school Ilvermorny and play a few of our favorite games with the audience. Chris takes Micah to task in the Dueling Club while listeners try their hand at Make The Connection. Join us for this very special edition of MuggleCast!
Oct 14, 2019
#437: The Voldeport (OOTP Chapter 5, The Order of the Phoenix)
  • Pottermore is NO MORE! We reflect on all the hype that surrounded its launch and re-sort ourselves with the new virtual Sorting Hat!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Chapter 5, The Order of the Phoenix
  • Seven Word Summary: Harry asks Sirius about Voldemort’s return loudly
  • No. 12 Grimmauld place belongs to Sirius. We debate using his home as Order headquarters!
  • Harry and Sirius compare summers and both blame Dumbledore for their current situation. 
  • Does Molly overreact to Fred and George’s coming of age? What was Molly like back in the day when she was first legally able to use magic?
  • Slip of the knife... Death Omen #2 for Sirius!
  • Molly doesn’t approve of Mundungus Fletcher and honestly, do we? Does Dumbledore pick Order members like he does Hogwarts professors?
  • Sirius, Molly and The Battle of What's Best for Harry
  • Sirius encourages Harry to ask about Voldemort. What do we make of his behavior?
  • At this point in the story, which characters best reflect parental figures for Harry?
  • The Voldemort Report offers a great lay of the land.
  • The Order is not well positioned to spread the word of Voldemort’s return!
  • What is the weapon? Was this misleading at all to us as readers? Is the prophecy truly a weapon?
  • We Connect The Threads, give our MVPs of the Week and Rename the Chapter
  • Quizzitch: The Black family tapestry reads “The Most Noble and Ancient House of Black,” but what is written directly beneath that line?
  • Don't forget to come see us next week at LeakyCon Boston! Friday, October 11: Podcasting with Potter;  Saturday, October 12: Name That Character / LeakyMug Challenge; Sunday, October 13: MuggleCast Live with Chris Rankin
  • We're also hosting a MuggleCast Meetup on Saturday, October 12 at Hopsters Brewing Company from 5-7 pm!
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Oct 07, 2019
#436: ALL CAPS (OOTP Chapter 4, 12 Grimmauld Place)
  • One of our listeners received the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition two weeks early! How does it compare to the rest of the series?
  • This week we dive into Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Chapter 4, 12 Grimmauld Place
  • Seven Word Summary: Harry shouts loudly at everyone in CAPSLOCK
  • As soon as Harry steps into the Black Family home, J.K. Rowling offers an ominous line. It's the first of many hints about Sirius' fate.
  • Rowling has enjoyed using the number 12 throughout the Harry Potter series. We review its many major uses and a couple of our other favorite commonalities.
  • Molly, who's usually a calming figure, isn't much help to Harry when he enters the Order's hideout. Should Harry have just barged into the Order meeting?
  • Harry enters ALL CAPS mode for the first time in the series. While it was justified, we don't believe he should've taken it out on Ron and Hermione.
  • What led Harry to this moment of epic fury? And what would it sound like?
  • Speaking of rage, Percy isn't happy with the rest of his family after his recent promotion was downplayed by Arthur. Did Dad step out of line?
  • Were we surprised to learn that Snape was in the Order? Good thing he leaves before dinner.
  • The Umbridge Suck Count ticks up by 1 point, while Rita Skeeter gets an honorable mention.
  • Quizzitch: What is the name of Bill Weasley’s unwitting informant into the Goblin POV?
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Sep 30, 2019
#435: Into The Dark (OOTP Chapter 3, The Advance Guard)
  • Welcome Slug Club member Christina!
  • Fandom Happenings: a new Wizarding World app, Mina Lima wallpapers, Lethal White begins filming and Darks Arts shows begin in Orlando!
  • We take listener feedback on British "tea" and defending Mundungus Fletcher
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3: The Advance Guard
  • 7-Word Summary: Tonight the Guard rides into Grimmauld Place
  • We discuss Harry's treatment of Hedwig... his only friend at Privet Drive
  • Who should Harry be guessing is behind the Howler? Does he even consider Dumbledore?
  • Is it odd there is no further communication between Petunia and Harry? What about news on Dudley's condition?
  • The child abuse continues: eating through a cat flap and not being able to "steal" food from the fridge
  • Was Mad-Eye Moody really the best person for Harry to first encounter?
  • We discuss the members of the Advance Guard and where else they popped up in the Potter series: Remus Lupin, Mad-Eye Moody, Nymphadora Tonks, Hestia Jones, Sturgis Podmore, Dedalus Diggle, Emmeline Vance, Kingsley Shacklebolt and Elphias Doge
  • Moody washes his eye - what are the chances one of the Dursleys drinks that upon their return to Privet Drive?
  • We're introduced to Tonks for the first time in the series! Did the movies do her character justice?
  • Laura wants to know.. why does Lupin look so ragged all the time?!?
  • How ignorant are the Dursleys to think they won a best-kept lawn competition in the middle of a draught? And what's the prize for winning?
  • Metamorphmagi: What would we do with this new magical ability?
  • Does the Ministry detect magic being done by the Advance Guard while at Privet Drive?
  • How do Muggles not see the Advance Guard depart Privet Drive and arrive in Grimmauld Place? What kind of magic is being used, if any?
  • We Connect the Threads, give our MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: To what does Fred Weasley equate the concept of time?
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Sep 23, 2019
#434: His Last (OOTP Chapter 2, A Peck of Owls)
  • No word back from the Nashville school that banned Harry Potter
  • Eddie Redmayne provides us a smidge of an update on Fantastic Beasts 3
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 2: A Peck of Owls
  • 7-Word Summary: Many owls arrive at Harry's home tonight
  • Mr. Tibbles was on the case! Good to know that Harry is being watched by... cats!
  • We question Mrs. Figg's qualifications for keeping an eye on Harry all of these years
  • If Dumbledore was so afraid of Harry using magic this summer why did he not institute a better plan for protecting him?
  • We learn Mrs. Figg had to make coming to her house miserable... so the Dursleys allowed it to continue.
  • Given his track record, is Mundungus the best person to be keeping tabs on Harry?
  • What does it say about Vernon that he thinks Dudley's condition is due to a bad bit of "foreign" tea?
  • Why wouldn't Harry be innocent until proven guilty following the Dementor attack?
  • How quickly did Mundungus get word to Dumbledore about what happened?
  • Petunia knows about Dementors... from Snape!
  • Vernon asks if Harry's lot has the death penalty! What?!?
  • Everyone in the room wonders why the Dementors are in Little Whinging… did Voldemort send them? 
  • What happens when worlds collide? We share some of our personal experiences.
  • Could the Dementors have actually attacked Harry inside the Dursley's house?
  • Did a bond form between Petunia and Harry when she proves she understands what Voldemort's return means?
  • Are we at all sympathetic to Vernon’s desire to kick Harry out of the house after all that has happened? Our patrons weigh in.
  • Connecting the Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter return!
  • Quizzitch: What is the make and model of Nymphadora Tonks’ broom?
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  • This week in Bonus MuggleCast, available exclusively on Patreon, we discuss what Dudley saw when he was attacked by the Dementor!

Sep 16, 2019
#433: Gettin' Figgy (OOTP Chapter 1, Dudley Demented)
  • Sequoia from Fanatical Fics and Where To Find Them joins the show!
  • We discuss the recent banning of Harry Potter at St. Edward Catholic School... and give them a call!
  • Cursed Child gets a new marketing campaign, with the logo now matching the one from the books/films
  • Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 1: Dudley Demented
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry Potter fights with Dudley and Dementors
  • The introduction of Harry is very much one of a neglected child
  • What does it say about the Dursleys that they take pride in the fact that Dudley doesn’t watch the news and has no clue who the Prime Minister is?
  • What do we make of Ms. Figg  asking Harry over for tea frequently throughout the summer?
  • Are Vernon and Petunia overreacting to the “crack” that pretty much the entire neighborhood hears? Or is it fair they suspect Harry?
  • Harry's isolation: let the conversation about Dumbledore’s approach to Harry begin!
  • We analyze Harry's dreams: Cedric's death, long corridors, locked doors and more!
  • Harry is itching for a fight and tries to provoke Dudley with name-calling. What do we make of this version of Harry?
  • Who is Mark Evans? J.K. Rowling once addressed rampant speculation.
  • When the Dementors attack and Harry hears the voice inside his head - is it Voldemort or the Horcrux speaking to him?
  • Have we ever seen Harry control a Patronus through spoken word before?
  • Surprise! There's more to Ms. Figg than meets the eye!
  • We debut a new chapter-by-chapter segment... Umbridge Sucks!
  • Connecting the Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter return!
  • We answer an email on frame narratives and take a very cute voicemail on midnight book release parties
  • Quizzitch: J.K. Rowling once said on her old website that Ms. Figg deals in the roaring trade of cross-bred cats and what?
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Sep 09, 2019
#432: Connecting Prisoner of Azkaban to Order of the Phoenix
  • Happy Back to Hogwarts y'all!
  • Enough already! Pottermore announces a new "reimagined" Sorting Hat is coming. Are we about to receive new House assignments?
  • We've shipped MuggleCast tote bags to our first 150 patrons, with more going out in the weeks ahead!
  • Andrew recaps Harry Potter Trivia Night at Wizards Unite Indianapolis, but he can't remember anything!
  • Beautiful park, great community event, dragons, cool merchandise and more! Andrew shares his experience from Wizards Unite Fan Fest!
  • Before beginning our chapter-by-chapter analysis of Order of the Phoenix, we connect the threads to Prisoner of Azkaban, since the Harry Potter series is a frame narrative (We recently did this with Sorcerer's Stone and Deathly Hallows on Episode 427). 
  • The grim, dementors and what happens when Harry runs from the Dursleys
  • Aunt Marge, Dudley and the first chapter magical impact on the Dursley family
  • Character appearances and reappearances: Lupin, Sirius, Luna and more!
  • Is it a coincidence Harry meets Lupin and Luna the same way?
  • The contrasting teaching styles of Remus Lupin and Dolores Umbridge
  • Hermione takes on Trelawney in Prisoner of Azkaban and Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix for their ineffective teaching methods
  • Ministry Interference: comparing Fudge's actions towards Harry in Prisoner vs. Order
  • Lucius Malfoy and his meddlesome nature: first Buckbeak then Harry's trial
  • We take a look at a similarity between Hermione and Umbridge (Say what?!?)
  • How Dementors and time turners play a critical role in both books
  • Sirius Black is a prisoner in both books
  • Dumbledore undermines the Ministry at the end of both books: the escape of Sirius and the return of Voldemort
  • Quizzitch: What type of flower bed does Harry find himself laying in as Order of the Phoenix opens?
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Sep 02, 2019
#431: The Questions Fans Had After 'Goblet of Fire'
  • Welcome Slug Club member Stephanie! She recently became a mother, so we challenge her to sort little Eleanor into a Hogwarts House.
  • Don't forget we'll be in Indy this weekend for Wizards Unite and at LeakyCon Boston this October! Use code MUGGLE when registering for $10 off!
  • If you've waited in line at Universal Orlando for Hagrid's and missed the pre-show video, watch it here!
  • In anticipation of our Order of the Phoenix chapter-by-chapter analysis we take a time turner back to the early 2000s to discuss the years before the fifth Harry Potter book.
  • The wait between Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix was three years (the longest gap!), and it was a critical period for the fandom.
  • How did the Harry Potter fan community soar during this time?
  • When did we all start discovering Harry Potter fansites?
  • What were the biggest questions heading into Order of the Phoenix?
  • Who was going to die in the fifth book? What did Priori Incantatem truly mean? What was next for Harry, Ron and Hermione?
  • To help us out a bit, we revisited MuggleNet's Facts About Book Five!
  • What were the hosts initial thoughts of the Order of the Phoenix cover art?
  • Release party reminiscing: where were we all for the release of the fifth book?
  • Quizzitch: where did Harry get the name Hedwig?
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Aug 26, 2019
#430: Did Dumbledore Attempt To Recreate Ariana?
  • Pottermore announces a new app - what can we expect?
  • Micah and Andrew recap their time at Podcast Movement
  • Andrew will be at Wizards Unite Fan Festival in Indianapolis on August 31. If you see him, say hi!
  • Micah and Eric will be at LeakyCon 2019 from October 11-13 in Boston - register today using code MUGGLE for $10 off!
  • It's a mailbag episode full of exciting voicemails and listener emails!
  • When the Weasley twins tossed snowballs at the back of Quirrell's head, was this foreshadowing on the part of J.K. Rowling?
  • A Crackpot Theory blows us away: Did Dumbledore attempt to recreate Ariana and accidentally create Credence?
  • Was hiding the Sorcerer's Stone an attempt by Dumbledore to see Harry's true heart?
  • Given how fast the phoenix evolves at the end of Crimes of Grindelwald, could it be an illusion?
  • One listener tells us that she originally had no idea that Harry Potter was a British book series!
  • Emails cover Lily's protection, James' sacrifice, theme park expansion and more!
  • And... Could the Deathly Hallows have been made from a thestral?
  • Laura tells us about her time at a Harry Potter-themed AirBNB, and the panel comes up with ideas for their own rental property.
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Aug 19, 2019
#429: Sidecar Joy
  • We're live from Orlando at Podcast Movement 2019!
  • We're staying at the wrong hotel, but it's cool because there are a ton of inns and Unfoundables!
  • Eric and Micah ride and review Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
  • The twists, the turns, the creatures and more!
  • Why you should ride Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure even if you're not a roller coaster person
  • We debate the motorbike vs. the sidecar -- Andrew has evolved on the debate
  • How does this ride compare to Forbidden Journey and Escape from Gringotts? We rank the four Potter rides at Wizarding World Orlando!
  • There's some new merch at the Wizarding World that Eric and Andrew want to get their hands on, like shirts that read "Hogwarts Alumni"!
  • Universal announces a fourth theme park, Epic Worlds, and rumors surface about a Fantastic Beasts land. What would we like to see?
  • Micah and Eric will be at LeakyCon 2019 from October 11-13 in Boston - register today using code MUGGLE for $10 off!
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Aug 14, 2019
#428: Finishing Sorcerer's Stone, 13 Years Later
  • Join Andrew in Indy for a special Wizards Unite gathering over Labor Day Weekend! On a related note, we discuss our latest thoughts on the game.
  • MuggleCasTBT takes us back to a dark Cursed Child prediction 
  • Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 17: The Man With Two Faces
  • The last time we analyzed a chapter from Sorcerer's Stone was 2006! A lot has changed since then
  • 7-Word Summary: Quirrell surprises Harry with Voldemort’s head attacheSurprise! It wasn't Snape! 
  • We analyze Professor Quirrell as a character pre-Voldemort, with help from Pottermore
  • What does it mean to have a "special gift" with trolls?
  • Snape the Savior: should the debate about his loyalties have ended here? 
  • How Harry's reliance on his intuition allowed him to defeat Quirrell
  • Was there a confrontation between Dumbledore and Voldemort in the chamber?
  • Should Dumbledore have confided the prophecy in a 11-year-old?
  • Connecting the Threads with Deathly Hallows: Harry awakens to Dumbledore, death as a choice, James and Snape, and endings at King's Cross
  • Notable Quotables, MVP of the Week and Rename the Chapter
  • Quizzitch: What film actor, who appeared in Movie 1, has the same birthday as the character he portrays?
  • Andrew, Micah and Eric will be hosting a meetup in Orlando on Thursday, August 15th! Can you make it? Let us know!
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Aug 05, 2019
#427: Connecting Sorcerer's Stone to Deathly Hallows
  • We're going to be in Orlando this August - if you're in the neighborhood, come say hi! Visit our site to fill out our brief survey.
  • There's never been a better time to support the show! Become a Patron by July 31 and get this year's TWO physical gifts - signed album art and a MuggleCast tote bag!
  • Our main discussion is The Secrets of Sorcerer's Stone: We expose the little things in the first book that ended up playing a larger role later in the series -- especially within Deathly Hallows.
  • Does Dumbledore govern Harry's existence from the very beginning of the series?
  • What protected Harry overnight on the Privet Drive stoop? #SecurityNightmare
  • Did Rowling know the role Sirius would play in later books?
  • Why are wizards so willing to risk exposing themselves following Voldemort's downfall?
  • Why does Dumbledore think Harry's scar will come in handy? Does Dumbledore suspect a Horcrux connection exists this early on?
  • We connect the MANY threads between Sorcerer's Stone and Deathly Hallows
  • The importance of Gringotts and Griphook
  • King's Cross and the Doorway Between Worlds
  • Dumbledore's Chocolate Frog Card and what it means for Fantastic Beasts
  • We discuss Centaurs, Harry's Magical Protection and Snape's Loyalties
  • The Sorcerer's Stone, the Deathly Hallows and the Quest for Immortality 
  • The Golden Snitch and Neville's bravery
  • Patrons question the "Lost 24 Hours" between Voldemort killing Harry's parents and Harry's arrival at Privet Drive, Dudley's tail, and school attendance

Jul 29, 2019
#426: Discovering Sorcerer's Stone
  • Do the people behind Wizards Unite listen to MuggleCast? Some new game features would suggest so!
  • Eric announces the MuggleNet Caption Contest is back!
  • #MuggleCasTBT takes us back to a bold prediction made about Nicolas Flamel and his "safe house" in Crimes of Grindelwald
  • We take listener feedback on last week's Dark Mark tattoo debate
  • Our Main Discussion focuses on The Beginning of Harry Potter
  • Did Sorcerer's Stone launch a generation of readers?
  • Harry Potter's biggest ally may have been the Internet!
  • How did all of the hosts get started on the Potter series?
  • We discuss J.K. Rowling's struggles behind getting published, including being a woman
  • Did you know Rowling didn't even have a middle name until Sorcerer's Stone was published?
  • We revisit our Episode 200 interview with Harry Potter producer David Heyman, who talks about how he found Harry
  • Was it really necessary to change Book 1's name to Sorcerer's Stone in the United States? We read interesting comments from Scholastic's Editor at the time, Arthur Levine.
  • The hosts share what moments in Sorcerer's Stone really resonated with them and name their favorite chapter
  • Quizzitch: What time does the Hogwarts Express depart from platform 9¾?
  • There's never been a better time to support the show! Become a Patron by July 31 and get this year's physical gifts - signed album art and a MuggleCast tote bag!
Jul 22, 2019
#425: Half-Blood Prince in Review
  • Fire at Leavesden Studios! Did it impact the Studio Tour at all? 
  • Almost all of the hosts have been leveling up in Wizards Unite!
  • We'll be in Orlando this August for Podcast Movement and want to meet up with YOU at CityWalk!
  • MuggleCasTBT takes us all the way back to 2006 for a final battle prediction!
  • We tie up loose ends with our Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince book-in-review episode!
  • 14-Word Summary: Harry Potter and Dumbledore discover the secret about Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes from the memories
  • The hosts Rename the Book with some interesting titles and hand out their MVP of the Book awards
  • Was Half-Blood Prince anyone's favorite book? Least favorite book? Patrons weigh in with their thoughts!
  • From The Cave to the fake horcrux discovery, the hosts give their favorite and least favorite moments of Half-Blood Prince
  • Horace Slughorn and Rufus Scrimgeour headline our most notable new characters
  • What were the Top 7 Moments of Half-Blood Prince?
  • We discuss several book-to-movie comparisons as well as Jim Broadbent's portrayal of Slughorn
  • What lies ahead now that Half-Blood Prince is a wrap?
  • Emails cover Elphias Doge, Ginny and Grindelwald's reaction to Dumbledore's death
  • Voicemails include Dumbledore's movie tribute, Snape being labeled a coward and Death Eater tattoos
  • Quizzitch: Which Harry Potter books do not have a chapter with the same name as their title?
  • Send us your odds and ends thoughts from Sorcerer's Stone! Use the contact form, our voicemail line, or e-mail directly
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Jul 15, 2019
14: MuggleMiniCast #1
On this special November 02nd, 2005 edition of MuggleCast…

Ben and Andrew sit down with Matt Vines from and gather some wonderful insight to Goblet of Fire. Matt was able to see the movie at screenings twice when he was in London the weekend of the junket. Beware, spoilers are abound!
Jul 15, 2019
#424: Sad Woodstock (HBP 30, The White Tomb)
  • Fakes News! There is no Potter television series is in the works...for now...
  • Puffs is coming to Chicago!
  • MuggleCasTBT takes us back to the ultimate Cursed Child prediction!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter concludes with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 30 - The White Tomb
  • Our final Half-Blood Prince 7-Word Summary: Harry feels really bad about breaking Dumbledore
  • The Wizarding World pays tribute to Dumbledore
  • Despite everything that has happened, why can't Ginny make amends with Fleur?
  • Told ya so, Harry! Hermione's found out the truth about Eileen Prince!
  • Harry likens Snape to Voldemort. Is this a fair comparison?
  • How bad is Harry's guilt in having trusted the Half-Blood Prince all year long?
  • Harry pities Malfoy - will this play into future Deathly Hallows scenes?
  • Who is the man giving Dumbledore's eulogy?
  • Why don't we get more context to Dumbledore's earlier years? Was this being saved for Deathly Hallows? Fantastic Beasts?
  • WHY is Umbridge there? Are there others in attendance who are not mentioned we may have known?
  • Is Dumbledore's body bursting into flames typical for wizard funerals or just Dumbledore?
  • The honeymoon is over...Harry and Ginny break up!
  • Despite Scrimgeour's insensitive timing, should Harry have tried to work with the Ministry?
  • What would have happened if Harry came across Snape in his quest for the Horcruxes?
  • Deathly Hallows teasers: Privet Drive, Bill & Fleur's Wedding and Godric's Hollow
  • The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename the Chapter
  • Introducing our 2019 Patron Gift: The MuggleCast tote bag! Perfect for carrying Harry Potter books or jars of pickles around town. Pledge at the Dumbledore's Army level or above by July 31st to receive your own!
  • Quizzitch: Which book ends with "And together they walked back through the gateway to the Muggle world"?
  • We share some exciting news on what's ahead for MuggleCast!
Jul 08, 2019
#423: 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' review
  • Introducing MuggleCasTBT! Each week on the show and on social media, we'll be sharing a clip from an old episode in which we make a prediction about Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts.
  • In our first clip, Micah correctly predicts that Dumbledore will be a crucial part of the Fantastic Beasts film series when we still had no idea that he would even be in it.
  • The MuggleCasters review Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the highly-anticipated game from the creators of Pokemon GO!
  • What are our overall impressions of the game? Is it living up to expectations?
  • What are we liking and hating most about Wizards Unite? Elements like graphics, mechanics, spell points, and desolate areas are discussed.
  • Does Laura enjoy playing it in the bathroom, or is she just going to the bathroom while recording?
  • Has it inspired us to get up and move around more?
  • Why is it not as popular as Pokemon GO?
  • The first official Wizards Unite event is happening in Indianapolis, and Andrew's thinking about going.
  • In Bonus MuggleCast, available exclusively on Patreon, we talk about what Harry Potter video games we would kill to see next.
  • Quizzitch: What material do Fred and George wear to DD’s funeral?
  • Reminder: Next week is our analysis of the final chapter of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!

Jul 01, 2019
#422: Fawkes Unites (HBP 29, The Phoenix Lament)
  • Welcome Slug Club member Chloe!
  • Wizards Unite is out and we discuss what we like about the game so far!
  • Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is dealing with some launch pains
  • Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 29 The Phoenix Lament
  • 7-Word Summary: After Dumbledore's death, Harry regroups with friends
  • Harry breaks the news of Dumbledore's death and reveals the truth about Snape and Draco
  • Lupin's loses control when learning of Dumbledore's death in a way Harry has never seen. Is this because of everything Dumbledore has done for Lupin?
  • We discuss the healing impact of Fawkes' phoenix song on the Order
  • Why did Lupin or Sirius never tell Harry about Snape and Lily?
  • Given Harry had been right about Draco all year, if you were Ron and Hermione, how would you feel?
  • The Vanishing Cabinet and Hand of Glory have strong threads connecting them back to Chamber of Secrets
  • When Flitwick comes to get Snape and is mysteriously unconscious, why aren't Hermione and Luna quicker on the uptake?
  • Shouldn't the fact that Snape didn't kill Flitwick tell us that more is happening than meets the eye? Does Snape actually save Luna and Hermione's lives?
  • With Death Eaters in Hogwarts, do we think Snape is trying to act as quickly as possible to prevent them from harming the students/?
  • Why didn't the Order stop Snape and Malfoy? Why didn't they alert the Ministry?
  • Much like in Goblet of Fire, why didn't the Dark Mark trigger an immediate Ministry response?
  • We react to Fleur's response to Bill's condition and Tonks' big reveal about Lupin
  • Is Harry not trusting in McGonagall about the Horcruxes a mistake?
  • Should Hogwarts remain open?
  • The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: In the final chapter of Half-Blood Prince, who is sitting in Snape's seat in the Great Hall?
  • This week's episode is sponsored by the Eaglemoss' Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts figurine collections! Get figurines of Harry and Hermione, plus free shipping, for just $9.95 by going to!
Jun 24, 2019
#421: Sidecar Blues (Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Ride Review)
  • Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter has just opened its latest coaster, Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, and we review it!
  • We're joined by The Insider's Kirsten Acuna, who rode the Motorbike Adventure with Andrew.
  • Check out Kirsten's review of the ride and her report on the queue's easter eggs! And here's Andrew's review on Hypable.
  • The ride's queue is intriguing: It's the ruins of Hogwarts, with inscriptions and art from students over the decades. It's here where Hagrid also birthed a Blast-Ended Skrewt.
  • Soooo about this Blast-Ended Skrewt: What large hole is spraying us while we're on the Motorbike Adventure??? 
  • Andrew and Kirsten review the ride, which is a thrilling technological marvel. And riding it at night is a whole different experience! 
  • The fandom has a new debate on their hands: Is the Motorbike or Sidecar the better vehicle to ride in?
  • We take questions from Patreon supporters: How does this ride compare to the others? How intense is it?
  • In this week's Bonus MuggleCast, available exclusively on Patreon, we analyze the connection between Fawkes and Dumbledore, and what makes it so special.
  • This week's episode is sponsored by HelloFresh (For $80 off your first month, go to and use promo code MuggleCast80) and the Harry Potter Figurine Collection (Visit to get two figurines for $9.95, and free shipping).
Jun 17, 2019
#420: Really Loose Pockets (HBP 28, Flight of the Prince)
  • Unplug your Alexa's: Our Slug Club guest this week had her name stolen from Amazon!
  • Vans' new line of Harry Potter shoes is causing some ripples amongst fans -- how'd Hufflepuff gets the short end of the stick?
  • Andrew is in Orlando for the opening of Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Follow us on Instagram to get looks at the new ride!
  • MuggleMail: What would've happened if the Death Eaters weren't waiting for Dumbledore back at Hogwarts? And the best DVD/Blu-ray collection question gets answered.
  • Chapter by Chapter: Half-Blood Prince Chapter 28, Flight of the Prince.
  • Have we ever felt like Harry did in the opening of this scene, as if we're hurling through space because of a life-changing event?
  • Hogwarts Is A Security Nightmare Example #9134891: Kids running around while hearing ruckus. Where's the lock-down?
  • Warning: Never light Laura's house is on fire while her dog is inside. She will be enraged.
  • Harry has to remind Hagrid to put out his burning home. He ALSO has to remind him how to conjure one of earth's core elements: WTF?
  • Even while working for the Greater Good, Snape still takes the opportunity to besmirch James. Why so mean?
  • The Half-Blood Prince is revealed, and Snape can't stand being called a coward. What's going through his mind in this moment?
  • The movie version of this chapter is different to say the least. We compare and contrast.
  • Dumbledore's pockets are now available for everyone to peruse, and the locket presents itself. Uh oh.
  • Quizzitch: From whom does Lupin learn that Dumbledore has died?
  • Thank you to this week's sponsors: The Harry Potter Figurine Collection (, Scentbird ( for 50% off), and ThirdLove ( for 15% off). Support the show by supporting supporting our advertisers!
Jun 10, 2019
#419: Snape Loves Dumbledore (HBP 27, The Lightning Struck Tower)
  • We're joined by Slug Club member Alicia, who wants to know: How does Ollivander's stay in business?
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming to Canada -- it's the sixth production!
  • MuggleMail: Horcruxes probably can't be made via assisted suicide; what's the best DVD/Blu-ray set available?; thank goodness the Trio didn't have to go into The Cave; in defense of Harry Potter.
  • We've passed 1,000 Patrons, an amazing milestone! Thank you to everyone for their support.
  • Chapter by Chapter: Half-Blood Prince Chapter 27, The Lightning Struck Tower.
  • Harry has to face one of the worst situations for a child to be in.
  • Dumbledore once again experiences The Surge: He's damn good on a broom.
  • Dumbledore speaks to Draco in a way that's reminiscent of how he'd speak to Tom.
  • Harry needs a cloak that deflects spells -- he's been frozen under the cloak twice in one book.
  • Why is Draco incapable of killing Dumbledore?
  • Would this have been a different situation if Draco were a few years older?
  • Severus... Please: This line was an amazing bit of work from Rowling.
  • Snape's Avada Kedavra isn't written like the Killing Curse typically is. Is it because Snape was also trying to A) Prove he meant it, and B) move the body away from further harm?
  • To say goodbye to Dumbledore, we read Patrons' favorite Dumbledore lines in Dumbledore (and Micah) voices.
  • In light of analyzing this scene, we revisit Andrew's Astronomy Tower of Terror ride idea. This time it has exciting new twists!
  • Quizzitch: Who did Draco mistake for being dead?
  • This week's episode is brought to you by The Wizarding World Figurine Collection from Eaglemoss Hero Collector (get two figurines for the price of one, plus free shipping, at and OpenFit (text MuggleCast to 303030 for a FREE month trial)!
Jun 03, 2019
#418: Wizarding World Gold
* We're live from Andrew's living room in Chicago! * The new website (sort of) goes live and we get our official passports! * Question is… what do we do with them? * Wizarding World Gold: what is it and how much is it going to cost fans? * Following Crimes of Grindelwald and a Fantastic Beasts 3 delay, is this news breaking at the wrong time? * What benefits would we like to see from a premium Wizarding World service? * Muggle Mail covers where people listen, politics, The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, security at Hogwarts and "good" Horcruxes * Why did Voldemort put so little protection around his other Horcruxes? * Did Dumbledore experience a "surge" before his inevitable fate on the Lightening-Struck Tower? * Why didn't we talk more about the fact that Draco was crying when Harry found him in the bathroom? * Did Snape create Sectumsempra for James Potter and Sirius Black? * Quizzitch: Where do Harry and Dumbledore apparate to upon their return from The Cave? * We're off next week! * Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon): What if… Dumbledore had told Harry the truth about Snape in that moment of hesitation? * This week's episode is brought to you by Scentbird (visit and use code MUGGLECAST for perfume or cologne for $7.50!) and ThirdLove (visit for 15% off your first purchase!)
May 20, 2019
#417: Next Level Magic (HBP 26, The Cave)
* Welcome Slug Club member Natalie! * News: we get our first look at animatronic Hagrid and discuss the changes coming to Pottermore! * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Chapter 26, The Cave * 7-Word Summary: Together they enter the mysterious boat ride * The perfect breaststroke: what do we make of Dumbledore's new-found agility? Is it pure adrenaline? His eagerness to find the Horcrux? * Next level magic: it leaves traces and can be felt! Might J.K. Rowling explain this further in the Fantastic Beasts series? * Why does this Horcrux have the highest level of protection? Is it because it once belonged to Voldemort's mother?   * Has Voldemort visited the cave since he placed the Horcrux here?  * Why is Harry's blood more valuable upon entering the cave but not for exiting? * The simple approach: even in the most dangerous of situations, Dumbledore is still teaching Harry * Is it possible that because part of Voldemort resides within Harry, that the magic within the cave is mistaking him for Voldemort? * Magical weight vs. human weight and how Voldemort's tends to overlook those he considers to be "less than himself" * Does Dumbledore's reaction to the bodies in the lake reflect the fact that he's resigned himself to his fate? * What do we think Dumbledore is seeing when he drinks the potion? We recall we didn't have the context of Ariana when we first theorized about this in 2005! * Dumbledore's Ring of Fire: what spell does he cast to ward off the Inferi? * Despite her absence Laura does an amazing job Connecting The Threads (and planning the discussion)! * The hosts reveal their Horcrux Hidey Hole, MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter! * Quizzitch: Which Death Eater calls Dumbledore "Dumby"?  * We've finally got @mugglecast on Instagram! Thanks for the help, Amy and Amanda! * This week's episode is sponsored by AWAY. Get $20 off a suitcase by going to and using promo code MUGGLECAST20.
May 13, 2019
#416: Not Sorry (HBP 25, The Seer Overheard)
* For the first time in five years, J.K. Rowling stays quiet on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts * Fantastic Beasts 3 filming is delayed until 2021! How will this impact the fandom? Will people lose interest in the series? * This Week in MuggleCast History returns! * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 25 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Seer Overheard * 7-Word Summary: Harry discovers who listened to the prophecy * Harry and Ginny: why did Rowling gloss over some of the happiest moments of Harry's life? * Hermione begins to unravel the identity of the Half-Blood Prince... and Harry "just knows" it isn't a woman! Is he being sexist? * Why is Harry still so defensive of the Half-Blood Prince? Truth is, we've seen him behave this way before! * The Room of Requirement: easier to access than previously thought - you just need to be drunk! * Why has Dumbledore been so reluctant to see Trelawney lately? * Harry learns Snape was the one who overheard the prophecy! Would Dumbledore have ever told him? * What does it say about Snape's character that despite playing a role in Harry's father's death, he still continues to insult James? * Is Albus and Aberforth's relationship as contentious as we're led to believe in Deathly Hallows? * Lax security: is there any reason to think the school will be safe with Harry and Dumbledore headed to The Cave? * The hosts Rename The Chapter and give their MVPs of the Week * Quizzitch: What is the first spell Harry casts at the Inferi? * Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon): what if Hermione had discovered the identity of the Half-Blood Prince in this chapter? Would it have been too much for Harry to deal with?
May 06, 2019
#415: The Worst at Everything He Does (HBP 24, Sectumsempra)
* Which character, if any, will JKR pay tribute to on May 2? * MuggleMail covers the power of love, Felix Felicis and interesting listening locations * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 24 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Sectumsempra * 7-Word Summary: Harry almost gets discovered by Snape bathroom * Breakup Central: Ron and Lavender and Dean and Ginny are splitsville! * Charms Class and Quidditch: we reflect on how Harry's time at Hogwarts is coming to an end * Katie Bell has finally returned and Harry remains convinced Draco was behind her attack * Harry is hung up on Felix Felicis and Hermione draws an interesting conclusion about the effects on the potion * Ravenclaws and Gryffindors: how Quidditch championship matches bring out their wild side! * Let's go to the bathroom… because it's where all the important shi*t happens in the Potter series * Sectumsempra: Why would Harry use a spell on Draco when he has no clue of its effect? * Why doesn't Harry argue that he was defending himself against an Unforgivable Curse? * Was Snape also keeping tabs on Draco? Was Moaning Myrtle assisting him? * Should a professor be able to use Legilimency on a student to find out the truth? * Does Harry's punishment fit the crime? Shouldn't it have been more severe? * The Room of Requirement: we get brief glimpses of the Vanishing Cabinet and the Diadem Horcrux * The Half-Blood Prince's book has done a lot of good for Harry and he lets Hermione know it! * Ginny rushes to Harry's defense and SLAMS Hermione not once, but twice! * Snape detention has an interesting twist to it!The hosts believe it's important that Gryffindor wins the Quidditch Cup without Harry * Harry and Ginny: did it feel rushed? Forced? Or about damn time?!?! * We Rename The Chapter and give our MVPs of the Week! * Quizzitch: What unlikely companion does Harry find outside the Room of Requirement? * This week's episode is brought to you by OpenFit! Text MuggleCast to 303030 to receive full access to all the workouts and nutrition info for a month! * In Bonus MuggleCast, available exclusively on Patreon, we discuss what would have happened if Draco had died as a result of the Sectumsempra attack! [podcoin]
Apr 29, 2019
#414: Secrets Discovered (HBP 23, Horcruxes)
* Universal reveals the beasts we can expect to see on Hagrid's motorbike adventure including one never seen in the films! * We take voicemails in defense of Slughorn, on the Room of Requirement, Harry's daydreaming and Hufflepuffs ability to find things * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 23 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Horcruxes * 7-Word Summary: Secrets are discovered inside the Slughorn office * Compromised security: what's up with the Fat Lady denying Harry entrance to Gryffindor Tower? Could Felix have still been at work? * Dumbledore is initially shocked that Harry has acquired the memory. Did he really think Harry could do it? * Do we actually know where Tom first learned about Horcruxes? * We contrast Tom and Harry's approach to extracting information from Slughorn * Wizards of a certain caliber have always been drawn to Horcruxes... really?!?! Like who? * We learn Dumbledore is particularly fierce about Horcruxes. Why is that? Could Grindelwald have made one? * Horcrux Breakdown: the diary, the ring, the locket, the cup, Nagini and something of either Gryffindor's or Ravenclaw's * Did part of Dumbledore's prophecy explanation reveal that Harry is a Horcrux? * Can Voldemort feel when one of his Horcruxes is destroyed? Not in the books, but it works in the films! * Does Dumbledore's rant about tyrants creating self-fulfilling prophecies mean even more now that we know more about Grindelwald? * The hosts rename the chapter and give their MVPs * Quizzitch: How long does it take to make Felix Felicis? * In celebration of recording on 4/20, we offer thoughts on which characters in the wizarding world like the ganga!
Apr 22, 2019
#413: Horcrux Hangover (HBP 22, After the Burial)
* Slug Club member Sara joins the show! * Muggle Mail covers Bunty The Spy, Snape The Protector and Snape The Bully * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 22 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, After The Burial * 7-Word Summary: Aragog causes Harry no issues with Slughorn * Despite its dark undertones, is this one of the funniest chapters of the series? * Eric tells us why Hagrid's letter defined his Potter reading experience * Aragog is one of our biggest (literally) connecting threads between Half-Blood Prince and Chamber of Secrets * Will we see Aragog make an appearance in the Fantastic Beasts series? * Thanks to Ron... it's time for Harry to GET LUCKY! * Thoughts of Ginny... are they romantic or a bit disgusting? * If the placebo Felix Felicis effect worked on Ron, do we think it could have done the same for Harry? * Is Slughorn so elusive because he considered Harry would eventually use Felix Felicis? * Venomous tentacula, acromantula venom, unicorn hair... Slughorn has a side-hussle! * House-Elves as poison taste-testers! What does this reveal about Slughorn's character? * I Will Remember You: our patrons pay tribute to Aragog * Let's get drunk! Is this becoming a recurring theme in Half-Blood Prince? * Does Slughorn feel guilty, maybe even responsible, for what happened to Lily? * Francis The Fish is possibly the best addition the filmmakers made to the series * Rename The Chapter and MVP of the Week * Quizzitch: Who tells Nearly-Headless Nick about Dumbledore's whereabouts?
Apr 15, 2019
#412: Determinedly (HBP 21, The Unknowable Room)
* The latest on JKR's assistant's credit card fraud * Quidditch Through The Ages is getting an illustrated edition! * Team StarKid is turning 10 and they're planning an event in LA! * Muggle Mail covers the cursed DADA position, Dumbledore lecturing Harry and the powers of Hufflepuff's Cup * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 21 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Unknowable Room * 7-Word Summary: Harry searches for Draco unsuccessfully but determinedly * JKR drops yet another subtle hint to the identity of the Half-Blood Prince * Dobby and Kreacher report back their findings on Malfoy!  * Despite the result, should Harry have been more explicit with his instructions? * Why does Harry never consider that Draco could be entering the Room of Requirement? * What combination of words would we use to try and enter the room? * Given her persistence, should Hermione have offered Harry suggestions on how to acquire the Slughorn's memory? * Snape is having a really bad day (again), but should he be taking it out on his students? * Why was Tonks in this chapter? What did she need to see Dumbledore about? * We draw connections between Moaning Myrtle, Draco and Tom Riddle * The hosts Rename The Chapter and give their MVPs of the Week! * Quizzitch: When Professor Slughorn gets plant leaves from Professor Sprout, what group of students does he say they are for? * In Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon): The creators of the amazing graphic art within the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film series visit Chicago, and Eric recaps their event. * Don't forget to follow @MuggleCastPod on Instagram! * This week's episode is brought to you by Robinhood, the easiest way to invest in stocks, ETFs, cryptos and more. Get a free stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint at!
Apr 08, 2019
#411: RiddleGin (HBP 20, Lord Voldemort's Request)
* We're now on Instagram! Follow us: @MuggleCastPod! * A first edition Potter book sells for $90,000! Have any hosts ever been tempted to buy a rare piece of Potter memorabilia? * Patreon update: Get ready! Signed album art and our 2019 gift are coming! Pledge now to become eligible to receive the goods. * We take feedback on last week's J.K. Rowling discussion * Voicemails cover a listener who doesn't like JKR (but is nice about it), Fawkes, Horcruxes and Cursed Child San Francisco * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 20 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Lord Voldemort's Request * 7-Word Summary: Voldemort tries again to obtain Dumbledore’s allowance * Just how is Draco getting the "ingredients" he needs for Polyjuice Potion? * Hogwarts staffing problem: what's the deal with Trelawney and Firenze? * Dumbledore calmly shames Harry for not retrieving Slughorn's memory. Have we ever experienced anything like this in real life? * Given everything Harry has been through recently, is this a fair request? Why doesn't Dumbledore get off his ass and do it himself? * How might the course of history have changed if Tom Riddle had been allowed to teach at Hogwarts? * Hepzibah, Hokey and Horcruxes * What was Voldemort truly after in Dumbledore's office? * It is clear Dumbledore had inside information on Voldemort early on. Why didn't he do more to stop him? * From tour guide to caretaker, the hosts give Voldemort a job at Hogwarts! * Rename The Chapter and MVP of the Week return!  * We make several connections between this chapter and Order of the Phoenix * Quizzitch: How many points does Harry lose for being later to DADA class? * This week's episode is brought to you by OpenFit! Work out from the comfort of your own home and see great results -- text 'MUGGLECAST' to 303030 to receive a special extended 30-day trial!
Apr 01, 2019
#410: What Happened To This Fandom?
- Welcome Slug Club member Kayla! - The cover for Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition is here -- could it be the best one yet? - Micah may've discovered a Cursed Child reference on the cover.... - Details concerning Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure are revealed. Micah was on the scene for an event. - What mysterious beast will we encounter that never made it into the films? - The man behind Fantastic Beasts is out at Warner Brothers -- will JKR say anything? - Main Discussion: J.K. Rowling and The Fans Who Now Attack Her - The hosts react to the recent misleading headlines about Dumbledore and Grindelwald's "intense sexual" relationship - How far apart are the headlines from what J.K. Rowling actually said?  - Do fans of the Potter series owe it to themselves to fact check before reacting? - The Complex History of JKR and Controversy: outing Dumbledore, Ron and Hermione's relationship, Cursed Child, Native Americans and more - Is there a very real possibility that we have burned our bridge to JKR as a fandom? - The hosts and patrons share what they would like to see from JKR in the future. Everyone's responses are available to read on Patreon. - Quizzitch: In her first memory, what time does Tom Riddle come calling for Hepzibah Smith? - Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon): we discuss the latest news on the upcoming iOS and Android game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite!
Mar 25, 2019
#409: 'Crimes of Grindelwald' Commentary Track
Join the MuggleCasters as they watch Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald together! This is a commentary track in which we watch the entire movie and discuss everything that's going on. Don't stop once the credits start rolling -- we end up talking all the way through them, and after. We're those people in the theater who refuse to leave! This is a movie commentary track meant to be played in sync with your own copy of the film. This commentary is designed to work with American DVDs (which are in NTSC format) and all digital and Blu-ray copies of the movie. At the beginning of the commentary we help you sync up with us. ENJOY!
Mar 18, 2019
#408: Ron Is Relevant? (HBP 19, Elf Tales)
* News on Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is coming!  * MuggleMail covers the Goldstein last name, Accio-ing bullfrogs and the Deathly Hallows * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 19 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Elf Tales * 7-Word Summary: Quidditch takes a backseat to Draco’s activities * Horace Slughorn: Death Eater or Target? Is Dumbledore being reckless again? * Hermione's voice of reason: is anyone listening? * Harry has saved most of the Weasley family. Where was he when Fred needed him most? * Hagrid's conversation with Harry and Hermione has strong ties to Chamber of Secrets * Why is Dumbledore angry with Snape? * Hagrid displays a side of him we haven't seen before!  * What does it say about Ron that more people aren't concerned about what happened to him? * A "rogue" bludger lands Harry in the hospital... sounds familiar! * Harry takes his stalking of Draco to a new level with Kreacher and Dobby * Connecting The Threads, Rename The Chapter and MVP of the Week * Voicemails cover Fawkes, Newt as an Animagus, Dumbledore and more * Quizzitch: Who was the DADA teacher when Lord Voldemort was at Hogwarts? * Our Crimes of Grindelwald commentary is headed your way next week! * This week's episode is brought to you by AMC Shudder (Visit and use promo code 'mugglecast' for a free 30-day trial) and Robinhood (visit for a free stock!)
Mar 11, 2019
#407: G.O.A.T. (HBP 18, Birthday Surprises)
* News: WB CEO speaks out on the Crimes of Grindelwald  * Harry Potter Wizards Unite will be released this summer! * JKR returns to Twitter… sort of… * MuggleMail: One listener surprises her daughter in a very cool way on her 9 3/4 birthday * Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Chapter 18 of Half-Blood Prince, Birthday Surprises * 7-Word Summary: Ron doesn't really love Romilda Vane wholeheartedly  * Harry must juggle telling Ron and Hermione about Dumbledore's task * Why aren't more questions about Horcruxes being asked? * Harry once again masters Potions Class: is it foretelling of what's to come later in the chapter? * JKR drops another subtle hint that Snape is the Half-Blood Prince * Do we feel bad that Hermione is working her butt off while Harry is essentially cheating his way through Potions? * Harry and his mother: A deep discussion about Lily, Snape, Potions and Slughorn * Would the Internet have helped Hermione's Horcrux search? * The hosts debate which mode of transport is better: flying or Apparition * Maraudering Malfoy: Is Harry borderline stalking Draco at this point? * How do all of these tainted/poisoned items continue to get into Hogwarts? * Patreon Question of the Week: Should anyone in Lavender’s situation forgive Ron due to the love potion? Is it an excuse? Or does it destroy a relationship? * Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter * Quizzitch: Who is the “big Hufflepuff” player that gets the Quaffle from Ginny during Quizzitch? * In Bonus MuggleCast, the gang work together to play BuzzFeed's viral "How many Harry Potter characters can you name?" quiz. We won't spoil how well we did, but we were pretty pleased with our results. * This week's episode is brought to you by CHEGG (visit and use promo code MuggleCast for $5 off) and OpenFit (Text MuggleCast to 30-30-30 for a free 30-day trial)!
Mar 04, 2019
#406: Crimes of Grindelwald Deleted Scenes Analysis
* Slug Club member Jac joins the show all the way from Australia! * Fantastic Beasts 3 is seemingly delayed! When can we expect it in theaters? * Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is set to open this June! * We dive deep in the Crimes of Grindelwald deleted scenes & featurettes * Credence and Nagini: why was their budding romance left on the cutting room floor? * There was a completely different opening to this film and we discuss why it would have worked!  * Dumbledore reveals the truth behind why he sent Newt to New York! * Who is the man Grindelwald fears above all others? Is it truly Dumbledore? * The Romance That Will Never Be: Dumbledore & McGonagall * Hello, Yaxley! * Leta's mysterious ballroom dance: Can she hear other people's thoughts just like Queenie? What does “her brother will lead us from the shadows…” mean? * Newt's Basement gives us more Augurey screen time and another look at those Baby Nifflers * We geek out with Ezra & Evanna as they watch select scenes from Crimes of Grindelwald * It's clear Dumbledore knows something about Credence, but Ezra can't divulge! * J.K. Rowling: A World Revealed includes her feelings on the differences between the first two films, Heyman's analysis of Grindelwald vs. Voldemort and a great Yates' hero quote! * JKR makes it clear that the line between good and bad is not as defined in this series: "Good guys cross over, bad guys are redeemed!" * What?!? "Make no assumptions. Whatever you think you know at the end of the movie may not be the case when you get to the end of the third movie." * Quizzitch: What prop did the art department make 100 copies of to place in the French Ministry of Magic? * This week's episode is brought to you by the new podcast [One Plus One](! The show tells the story of some of the world’s most legendary creative unions like Beyonce & Jay-Z, Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and Lorne Michaels and the first cast of Saturday Night Live. * Bonus MuggleCast, available on Distinctly Dumbledore - we discuss some notable revelations, including that Jude Law now knows everything Rowling does about Dumbledore and that there was, in fact, a sexual component to the Dumbledore-Grindelwald relationship.
Feb 25, 2019
#405: Through and Through (HBP 17, A Sluggish Memory)
* News covers Cursed Child in San Fran, Fantastic Worlds and Crimes of Grindelwald * Uh oh! Dan Fogler says Fantastic Beasts 3 is bigger than the first two films combined! * Voicemails cover a furry little correction, mother in-laws and unbreakable vows  * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with A Sluggish Memory * 7-Word Summary: Young wizards can make Horcruxes from murders * What is the Fat Lady getting at by making the common room password “abstinence”? * Is Hermione too harsh to Ron when she returns, ignoring his existence entirely? * Is it time for Hermione to put a little more stock in Harry's theory about Draco? * Harry is Dumbledore's man through and through. Based on the headmaster's reaction, is this his final happy moment? * Were we surprised by Dumbledore’s reaction to Harry’s story about Snape & Draco? Is it fair for him to tell Harry to just cast his thoughts aside?  * Is it impressive how advanced Tom Riddle is at this young age? Given his ability to change the memory of his uncle Morfin? * Tom’s good looks are noted multiple times in this chapter. Is it a coincidence that both he and Harry are said to look like their fathers? * When did Slughorn alter his memory? * Why doesn't Harry ask what Horcruxes are? * Connecting The Threads to Chapter 17 of Chamber of Secrets - The Heir of Slytherin * The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename of the Chapter * Quizzitch: What is the name of the Apparition instructor? * In Bonus MuggleCast, we dive deeper into the motley crue that Tom surrounded himself with at Hogwarts. Why didn't Dumbledore keep a closer eye on them? What other teachers did Tom charm? * This week's episode is brought to you by Care/Of (Visit and use code MuggleCast50 for 50% off!) and Robinhood (Get a free stock at!
Feb 11, 2019
#404: Furry Little Problems (HBP 16, A Very Frosty Christmas)
* What’s up with JKR’s Twitter? * Larry Potter gets nixed from the latest LEGO movie * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with A Very Frosty Christmas * 7-Word Summary: Rufus tries to convince Harry by persuasion * Do the words unbreakable vow finally make Ron a believer? * Harry’s Draco argument has been rejected so many times he can hear Hermione’s response to the latest development in his head * Arrests for the sake of arrests. Perception vs. reality. We dive deep into the Ministry under Rufus Scrimgeour. * Does Lupin’s current state make him more sympathetic to Snape? * Lupin may unknowingly provide some hints to the identity of the Half-Blood Prince * How is Lupin able to go undercover without other werewolves knowing who he is? * Could the Ministry take a page out of Voldemort’s book - playing to the underserved and underrepresented? * We discuss how Scrimgeour goes about his conversation with Harry all wrong. * Why, why would the Minister use Umbridge’s name to try and strengthen any argument he made? * Is it fair Harry takes out all of his frustration towards the Ministry on Scrimgeour? * Could Harry and Dumbledore have benefited from working with the Ministry? * Connecting the Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename the Chapter * Quizzitch: How much does it cost to take Apparition lessons? * This week's episode is brought to you by [Away Travel]( (Get $20 off your suitcase by using promo code MuggleCast) and [AMC Shudder]( (Use promo code MuggleCast for a free 30-day trial)!
Feb 04, 2019
#403: Partygood (HBP 15, The Unbreakable Vow)
* Welcome Slug Club member Kristy to the show! * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with The Unbreakable Vow  * 7-Word Summary: Harry parties hard when with Luna Partygood * Harry has taken to secret passageways to avoid his admirers - is he overreacting? * Ron's behavior toward Hermione: toxic masculinity or teenage immaturity? * Hermione cautions Harry about being a target for Love Potions. Are Fred and George creating a security risk at Hogwarts? * Argus Filch and Madam Pince? OTP or a casual Harry joke? What would Mrs. Norris say? * Why Luna is a better friend to Hermione and Harry than we may realize * Why does Harry immediately regret asking her? Why didn't he ask Hermione? Why didn't he go stag? * Hermione announcing her date for all to hear - over-the-top or perfectly justified? * Slughorn's Christmas party: vampires, drunk seers and the Rotfang Conspiracy * The hosts and patrons take a crack at titling Harry's biography * Draco gatecrashes and we discuss why Snape shows a hint of fear * Should Draco take Snape up on his offer to help? * Connecting The Threads: Harry The Auror. What other professions could he have pursued? * MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter * Voicemails cover Tom Riddle The Obscurus, old Illustrated Edition predictions, Cursed Child Australia and more * Quizzitch: What Christmas gift does Harry receive from Kreacher? * This week's episode is brought to you by OpenFit! Text MUGGLECAST to 303030 for a free 30-day trial. * Bonus MuggleCast: Is Ginny a Mary Sue? Available at
Jan 28, 2019
#402: Snogging (HBP 14, Felix Felicis)
* Wizard dogs! Anna joins the show to talk about her Internet famous pup and how she taught Remus all of those spells! * What can we expect in the Crimes of Grindelwald Extended Edition arriving in March? * Our thoughts on why Fantastic Beasts 3 production has been delayed until Fall 2019 * Will this impact the release date in 2020? * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Felix Felicis * 7-Word Summary: Ron hates being left out of snogging * LOTS OF TEENAGE ANGST! * Harry, for the first time, acknowledges the possibility of a Ron-Hermione relationship * What if… Ron and Hermione did get together and then broke up? What if… they became like Bill and Fleur? * We explore Harry's feelings to seeing Ginny with Dean. Sorry Harry, it's more than you just being like a big brother! * Ginny OWNS Ron in an epic sibling duel! * The Slug Club & snogging: Is Ron just upset that he's always the one who gets left out? * Eric makes an important observation about the "girl" with the toadspawn in the seventh floor corridor * Harry fakes putting Felix Felicis into Ron's pumpkin juice and calls out Hermione on her Confundus Charm! * How hypocritical in his reaction to Hermione when he learns that there was no Felix Felicis? * Would Ron have snogged Lavender if he wasn't treated so poorly throughout the chapter? * Connecting the Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter * Quizzitch: In Chapter 15 of Half-Blood Prince, what is the title of the book that Harry is assigned to read for Charms class?
Jan 21, 2019
#401: Old Testament Dumbledore (HBP 13, The Secret Riddle)
- News covers a Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition release date and a Cursed Child cast change - Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Chapter 13 of Half-Blood Prince: The Secret Riddle- 7-Word Summary: Tom is very disturbed by Albus’ presence  - Exactly what does Dumbledore know about the necklace situation? Is he aware Draco is responsible? - How was Harry able to watch Caractacus Burke on the surface of the Pensieve? - How do we feel about Dumbledore confunding Ms. Cole and then getting her drunk? - Do Hogwarts professors normally make house calls to witches or wizards headed to Hogwarts? Or were Harry and Tom the exceptions because of their situations? - When we first meet young Tom Riddle in this memory, is he beyond saving? - Why does Dumbledore let Tom believe the lie that his mother couldn’t have been a witch? - We realize Dumbledore visits Tom's orphanage during the Fantastic Beasts timeline! Was he the only one? - If Tom hadn’t been left to fester in an orphanage for his first 11 years, would he have turned out differently?  - Collecting trophies: Dumbledore drops a major Horcrux clue at the end of the chapter! - From Harry entering a memory about Tom Riddle to Dumbledore's auburn hair, we connect the threads to Chapter 13 of Chamber of Secrets: The Very Secret Diary - MVP of The Week and Rename The Chapter are back! - Quizzitch: At what time is the first Gryffindor quidditch practice without Katie Bell held?
Jan 14, 2019
#400: Evanesco!
* Laura returns as we hit 400 episodes! * What Potter gifts did the hosts get for the holidays? Does Andrew have to return his to NJ Transit? See a photo of the gift on []( * Our patrons put Laura on the hot seat as she answers some tough Potter questions * Pottermore's #NationalTriviaDay tweet creates a real sh*t storm by saying Hogwarts didn't have bathrooms pre-18th Century * So… did they really just do their business wherever they stood? * Who teaches younger students how to wipe up after themselves? * Why bother adding bathrooms to Hogwarts at all? * Did wizards never see a need for a private place for them to relieve themselves? * We dig deep into our MuggleMail bag and retrieve some vintage emails just for Laura * After six years, Laura finally becomes Lady Geek of the Week, learns she correctly predicted Neville's head on fire and has a best friend named Eve * Voicemails cover a Kowalski descendant, Newt's expulsion, Queenie's mental state, a Leta horcrux and more * The Dueling Club is back featuring characters from The Crimes of Grindelwald * Quizzitch: Which Slytherin student prevented the Chamber of Secrets from being discovered? * Chicken Soup comes all the way from Pakistan! * And the hosts entertain this Crackpot Theory: Is Aurelius Dumbledore a homunculus? * In Bonus MuggleCast, [available on Patreon](, we discuss a strange Harry Potter book, Crimes of Grindelwald's prophecy, and Hermione's actions in Half-Blood Prince.
Jan 07, 2019
#399: 2018 Review, 2019 Preview
* Our final episode of 2018 & our last of the 300s. We count down our Top 7 Potter Moments of 2018! * 7\. A great year for us at MuggleCast * 6\. The New Wizarding World logo (Seriously!!) * 5\. Hogwarts Mystery * 4\. Harry Potter RPG trailer leaks * 3\. From Nagini to Aurelius Dumbledore, 2018 was full of canon additions * 2\. Cursed Child opens on Broadway * 1\. Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters worldwide * What can we look forward to in 2019? * Harry Potter Wizards Unite? A new Wizarding World theme park attraction? * Will we learn the title of Fantastic Beasts 3 and get our first promo? * When will Goblet of Fire: Illustrated Edition hit store shelves? * Quizzitch: Graduates of the magic school Uagadou are particularly skilled in these subjects: Self-Transfiguration, Astronomy, and ???
Dec 23, 2018
#398: Order Of The Zouwu
* This week’s episode is brought to you by Wondery’s [Imagined Life podcast]( — listen to their Fantastic Beasts episode! It’s also brought to you by Care/Of, makers of monthly vitamin and supplement subscriptions. Visit and use code ‘MuggleCast’ for 25% off your first month. * Laura is back and gives us her thoughts on the Crimes of Grindelwald! Plus, we share an exciting announcement about the future of the show. * Cursed Child is a go in San Francisco * Main Discussion: Predicting Fantastic Beasts 3 (it's never too early!) * Are we headed to Rio? Austria? Both? We examine JKR's tweets. * Laura gives us a World War II history lesson * Will Castelobruxo make an appearance? Ilvermorny? * What amount of time will pass between Movies 2 & 3? * What Harry Potter-era character will make his or her debut? * Are we about to see the original Order of the Phoenix? * Each host has an interesting take on Movie 3's opening scene * Will McGonagall actually have a bigger role, like the actress' publicist says? * Will Queenie be revealed as a double agent? * Where is Yusuf Kama and does his Unbreakable Vow still apply? * Is Leta alive? * Will Newt finally stand up to Dumbledore? * Will Dumbledore destroy the Blood Pact? * Can we expect a Dumbledore / Grindelwald confrontation? * Will Dumbledore open up about his relationship with Grindelwald? * Will Eulalie Hicks save the day? * Quizzitch: Which Castelobruxo alum is/was Captain of the world-renowned Quidditch team… the Tarapoto Tree- Skimmers?
Dec 17, 2018
#397: Blue Fire Toasted
- Zoe Kravitz tells Dan Fogler that Leta getting "Blue Fired Toasted" may've been a "last minute change" -- What does that mean? - Fantastic Beasts 2 raised a lot of questions, but what about the questions the first movie raised? We revisit the first movie to see what FB2 didn't answer. Including.... - What's going on with that Obscurus in Newt's suitcase? - Where is the real Graves? - WHO is taking care of Jacob's bakery? - Which bad memories were erased by the Swooping Evil? - Why was Newt expelled? - Inconsistencies between FB1 and FB2: MACUSA, Credence's haircut, Queenie, and Accio - Voicemails address a theory on Voldemort making Nagini a Horcrux, McGonagall and Time Turners, and why Credence must go 'freely' to Grindelwald. - Quizzitch: What historical accuser of witches, later among the accused herself, is name dropped by Tina Goldstein and is also a character in Arthur Miller’s ‘the Crucible?’ - This week's episode of MuggleCast is brought to you by [Robinhood](! Start investing today and receive a free stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint.
Dec 10, 2018
#396: Aurelius Dumbledore Theories
- Welcome Slug Club member Jamima! - Crimes of Grindelwald continues to struggle at the box office - what can they do to improve future numbers? - Harry Potter: Wizards Unite releases their first official trailer - Andrew speaks with Universal Orlando's Manager of Entertainment Creative Development, Lora Sauls, to discuss the Wizarding World's holiday plans - Main Discussion: Aurelius Dumbledore Theories - Does Ariana's obscurus live within Credence? - Is Grindelwald speaking to the obscurus or Credence at the end of the film? - Could it be possible Dumbledore is unaware of his brother's existence? - Are Ariana and Aurelius twins? - Why was Aurelius never mentioned by Aberforth? Unearthed by Rita Skeeter? - Why was Aurelius being shipped off to the United States? - Is there still a chance that Credence is Corvus Lestrange Jr.? - Could Credence be Ariana? - One patron provides an alchemy theory and another asks if Dumbledore and Grindelwald created Credence through their blood pact? - Did the fandom misjudge how old Professor McGonagall actually is? - Could Queenie be a double agent? - Quizzitch: What does Yusuf Kama say upon awakening in Nicolas Flamel's home?
Dec 03, 2018
#395: What We Noticed In 'Grindelwald' The Second Time
* We check our initial predictions - who got the opening weekend box office total right? * Eric and Andrew give their thoughts after seeing the movie for a second time * Could an elusive iceberg creature have caused the Atlantic shipwreck? * What's up with the Deathly Hallows being carved into a Hogwarts desk? * How did Dumbledore know to warn Theseus about Grindelwald's rally? Did he tip off Nicolas Flamel as well? * Mirror of Erised: Is Dumbledore's greatest desire now undoing the blood pact? * Andrew and Micah dive deep into the Crimes of Grindelwald script book * Do a few initially missed moments suggest Grindelwald is leading Credence on? * We analyze Dumbeldore's description of an obscurus and The Predictions of Tycho Dodonus * Did we miss an early clue when Leta says to Dumbledore: "not unless you had a brother who died too"? * Dumbledore was in the Room of Requirement when he looks into the Mirror of Erised * Was Leta's death intentionally ambiguous? If both her and Corvus Jr. are gone, how does the Lestrange bloodline continue on? * JKR has been hinting at Aurelius for over two years on her website! * Voicemails cover calls from inside the theater, Queenie's allegiance, Tina, Leta, Nagini and more! * A great email analysis on Aurelius, Credence, Corvus and the raven/phoenix chick * Listeners call in live with their thoughts and questions! * Quizzitch: According to the “Crimes of Grindelwald” screenplay / film, what is Travers' official position at the Ministry of Magic? * This week's sponsors are (enter code 'MuggleCast' for a four-week trial plus postage) and Bombas (visit and use code 'MuggleCast' to get 20% off your first order)
Nov 20, 2018
#394: 'Crimes of Grindelwald' SPOILER Review!
- [Hypable's]( Danielle joins the show as we review The Crimes of Grindelwald! - What better place to start than with THAT ending! - Is Grindelwald lying to Credence about who he really is? - What we know (or think we know) about the Dumbledore family - The blood pact: what happens if you attempt to break it?   - Who initially turned Credence on to trying to discover his family history?   - The Lestrange red herring: were Leta and Yusuf even necessary? - Why was Yusuf still beholden to an Unbreakable Vow given... - ...that night on the boat in the middle of the ocean - Most talked about pre-release spoilers: Nagini and McGonagall   - Going back to Hogwarts! - Newt and Dumbledore: was their relationship well established? - Jacob and Queenie: were we surprised by the sides they chose? - Who exactly did the Prophecy implicate?   - Nicolas Flamel, Abernathy, Spielman and Grimson - Favorites: New Beast & Scene - What exactly are the Crimes of Grindelwald? - Quizzitch: What is the Crimes of Grindelwald's Opening Weekend U.S. box office total?
Nov 16, 2018
#393: Final 'Crimes of Grindelwald' Predictions
* Welcome back Patrick, and Slug Club member Shannon joins the show! * News: a shifty JKR assistant and several new Crimes of Grindelwald promos! * MuggleMail covers Dumbledore understanding parseltongue and nonverbal spells * The hosts give their official Crimes of Grindelwald predictions! * What characters will be Team Grindelwald by the end of the movie? * What will be the big shock about Credence that JKR mentioned? * Will we learn where Fantastic Beasts 3 is set by the end of the film? * Will Nagini be more than Credence's emotional friend? * How will Jacob remember Queenie? * What other Potter characters will be name-checked? * How explicit will the Grindelwald/Dumbledore relationship be? * Why can Dumbledore not move against Grindelwald? * What does it mean that Leta is implicated by prophecy? * Who will be the unsuspecting hero of the movie? * Will the core four make it through the film? Who else likely won't? * Will we see Jacob's bakery? Nurmengard? * We reveal our Most Anticipated New Character and Most Anticipated New Beast! * Quizzitch: What are the names of Newt’s three pet Kneazles? * Next week: Our Crimes of Grindelwald spoiler-FILLED review! Call or e-mail us after you see the movie with your own thoughts! * This week's episode is sponsored by Casper (Visit []( and use code 'MuggleCast' at checkout) and Robinhood (Visit []( for a free stock!)
Nov 12, 2018
#392: #ProtectTheSecrets
- Laura's back! - #ProtecttheSecrets! Some fans have gotten to see Crimes of Grindelwald early! We speak to Lucas, one of the lucky few. - JKR all but reveals that Rio will be the location for Fantastic Beasts 3! - HQ Trivia - Harry Potter Edition is coming November 14! If we can't win this one, we've got issues. - Voicemails cover Hermione confunding Cormac, Potter Halloween costumes, Potter pickup lines, Dumbledore and parseltongue and a theory on Draco's real father - Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Silver and Opals - 7-Word Summary: Draco is trying out poisoned necklaces hooray! - Harry continues to test spells from the Half-Blood Prince. Is this safe to be doing on fellow students? Filch? Ron? - How do we think wizards create spells? - Clues abound over Snape being the Half-Blood Prince! - Why does Hermione take a liking to the Slug Club meetings? - Harry and Dung square off in Hogsmeade - How good is Draco's plan to get the cursed necklace to Dumbledore? - Where's the security to prevent all of this Imperius-ing in Hogsmeade? - Is Draco being given orders or coming up with these plans on his own? - Should Harry put more trust in McGonagall? - The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter - Quizzitch: To date, the Wizarding World film series has won ONE Academy Award. In what category was the award?
Nov 05, 2018
#391: Sluggybear
* Slug Club member Nicole joins the show! * Claudia Kim weighs in on the Nagini controversy  * The hosts predict the U.S. opening weekend box office total for The Crimes of Grindelwald  * MuggleMail covers obsessive love and Care of Magical Creatures * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Hermione’s Helping Hand * 7-Word Summary: Harry tries to prune Buckbeak’s big lunch * Hermione reveals why Harry is so appealing... and it definitely bothers Ron! * Did people think this provided a window for Harry and Hermione? Or was it always Hermione and Ron? * Stan Shunpike's comments land him in Azkaban. What does this tell us about the current state of wizarding affairs? * Gryffindor tryouts - whose vetting these people?!?! * Why is Hagrid letting Buckbeak just chill outside his hut? Couldn't he be recognized? * Shouldn't Hagrid be more mature in his initial reactions to the Trio? * Time Turners: were they really all destroyed? Cursed Child begs to differ! * Did Hermione confunding Cormac help along the Ron/Lavender relationship? * Is Harry to blame at all for not replacing Ron with Cormac after he found out the truth? * Connecting The Threads: The Evening Prophet, Stan Shunpike & Aragog * The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter * Quizzitch: Who delivers the message to Harry about Dumbledore's second lesson?
Oct 29, 2018
#390: Falling Softly
* Welcome Slug Club member Sam! * News: JKR shares why everyone is headed to Paris… Credence! * Voicemails cover Book 1 and 7 connections, Hogwarts professors, Leta Lestrange and more * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with 'The House of Gaunt' * 7 Word Summary: A memory comes before another big reveal * Sam shares why this chapter is one of her favorite in the series * Why can't Hermione accept following alternate directions? * Does Slughorn remember Snape as a student? * Do Trelawney's mumblings shed insight on future Pensieve memories? * Stepping inside Bob Ogden's memory * Pureblood mania is alive and well inside the House of Gaunt * Merope is part of a horrible family dynamic with Marvolo and Morfin. Is her family lineage at all to blame for her actions? * Do we blame Tom Riddle Sr. for abandoning his son? What if he didn't? * Horcrux alert: the ring and the locket * As readers, what are we to make of all this guesswork by Dumbledore? * Who is the worst character in this chapter? Merope? Marvolo? Morfin? * Connecting the Threads: Parseltongue, snakes on doors and Bob Ogden * The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter * Quizzitch: How old is Stan Shunpike? * In Bonus MuggleCast, [available exclusively on Patreon]( for Dumbledore's Army members and above, we discuss news on Yusuf Kama, Queenie & Grindelwald, the Chupacabra and the French Ministry escape
Oct 22, 2018
#389: Quirky Walrus
* This week's episode is brought to you by [ZipRecruiter]( and [Bombas](!  * News covers Harry Potter: A History of Magic in NYC, Beedle The Bard Illustrated Edition and a cool Funko Advent Calendar * The hosts try and guess the official runtime of the Crimes of Grindelwald and analyze recently released photos and posters * Fans can see Crimes of Grindelwald early at your their AMC! * We take voicemails on Nagini, Moody, Cursed Child, Hogwarts Mystery and more * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with 'The Half-Blood Prince' * 7 Word Summary: Potions is taught by a quirky walrus * Harry is still trying to convince his friends Draco is a Death Eater * Is Hagrid even qualified to teach a N.E.W.T. level course? * Why do teachers accept certain O.W.L.s for N.E.W.T. level courses but others don't? * Snape is again the focal point of the chapter. Are there any clues in this chapter to suggest that he is the Half-Blood Prince? * What do we think of Snape's remodeling of the DADA classroom? * The importance of non-verbal spells * Do we think Hermione's DADA comparison of Snape and Harry is a fair one? * Potions Class: should Harry really be using a mysterious book with mysterious handwriting? * What if Ron had gotten the book instead? * Patrons joint he hosts in sharing their MVPs of the Week and Rename the Chapter * Quizzitch: What is the topic of Hermione's essay in Chapter 10? * In Bonus MuggleCast, available exclusively on Patreon: Johnny Depp finally talks Fantastic Beasts
Oct 15, 2018
#388: Grudge Victorious
* This week's sponsor is BeachBody OnDemand! Text 'MuggleCast' to 303030 to try it for free! * Welcome Slug Club member Lottie! * Our first glimpse at the new ride coming to Wizarding World Orlando!  * Is a new open world Harry Potter video game on the way? We discuss the recently leaked trailer! * Lethal White is headed to the BBC in a four-part series! * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Snape Victorious * One listener writes in to reveal Slughorn's full name * 7 Word Summary: Harry feels really frustrated by Snape's attitude * Connecting The Threads: Late arrival to Hogwarts and a confrontation with Snape * Tonks finds Harry on the train; much like the movie, would we have preferred Luna? * Why aren't alarms going off and an official manhunt underway if Harry is missing? * The security measures in place set a much darker tone at Hogwarts * We discuss Snape's behavior towards Tonks, Harry and as a professor overall * Did Dumbledore appointing Snape DADA professor seal his own fate? * Why does Ron think Moody was a professor - does he not know the truth about Barty? * Why won't Ron still not believe Harry about Draco being a Death Eater? * Grawp's New Mountain Home - could it play a role in Fantastic Beasts? * We give our MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter * Quizzitch: What is Snape's first DADA arts lesson about?
Oct 08, 2018
#387: Evil Pickett
* We take listener feedback and voicemails on the latest Crimes of Grindelwald trailer * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with The Slug Club * 7 Word Summary goes off the rails: The tasty pheasant boards scrumptiously Belby’s mouth * Connecting the Threads: this isn't the first time Harry has suspected Malfoy of something very serious! * Why do Ron and Hermione have such a hard time believing Draco could be a Death Eater? Is his age a legitimate concern? * Why does Arthur Weasley not take Harry seriously? * Crushes and The Cool Kid's Table: the hosts share their experiences * Harry acknowledges that Neville could have been The Chosen One * Hugh "H.E.F." Slughorn... what does the E.F. in his name stand for? * What are our initial impressions of the Slug Club? Elitist or a chance for house unity? * If Draco were a true Death Eater, why didn't he just off Harry in the train compartment? * We give our MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter * Quizzitch: Who comes to Harry’s rescue when he finds himself locked out of Hogwarts?
Oct 01, 2018
#386: That's Newt, Man (Final FB2 Trailer Discussion!)
* Welcome Slug Club member Laura! * Andrew and Eric recap their trivia party * The final Crimes of Grindelwald trailer is released! * Our reactions to the big Nagini reveal! * Will this change how we think about Nagini in the Potter series? * Why is she on Voldemort's side in later years?  * Is it possible she's our first thread between Grindelwald and Voldemort? * Could Credence be helping her try to control her power much like himself? * Why is Nagini at Circus Arcanus? Is it by choice? Or is she being held captive? * Do we really believe JKR has been keeping this secret for 20 years? * Jamie Campbell Bower & Toby Regbo reprise their roles as young Grindelwald & Dumbledore * What does this mean for future films? Will their relationship finally be explored? * Why can't Dumbledore move against Grindelwald? Convenient excuse or something more magical? * Is Nicolas Flamel's home the "safe house" Dumbledore tells Newt about? * What's Tina doing in the Parisian sewer system? * What's draping all of the buildings in Paris? * New beasts, bomber jets, cool portkeys, Newt's basement and more!
Sep 26, 2018
#385: Half-Blood Prince Movie Commentary
You asked, we answered: Our latest movie commentary is for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! This audio file features our commentary on the sixth Potter movie as we all watch it. The beginning of the file offers instructions on how to sync up with us so that you can watch along! (The movie's audio is not included in this commentary track.) Patrons were able to join us as we recorded the commentary, and we incorporate their feedback throughout the episode. Enjoy!
Sep 19, 2018
#384: Nobody Screams For Ice Cream
* Special guest Kamilah joins the show! * A plug for Alanna Bennett's [excellent piece]( on what a Black Hermione represents * Evanna Lynch is Dancing With The Stars! Eric has all of the info. * Lethal White hits store shelves next week! * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Draco's Detour * Our seven word summary makes a little more sense this week: Diagon Alley looks really sad and desolate * End of the Innocence: they kidnapped the ice cream guy and the wandmaker! * JKR provides some insight on Fortescue‘s intended role * Quidditch Captain = preferred bathroom access * Why has Molly's perspective on security changed in one chapter? * How is Hagrid a viable security guard? * Harry and Narcissa face off in Madam Malkin's * Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes provides some much needed levity in an otherwise dark chapter * We’re all impressed by the twins’ level of magic * Inside Borgin and Burkes: Vanishing cabinets, necklaces, dark marks and more * Why does Hermione take such a uncalculated risk? * The hosts given their MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter * Quizzitch: Who is in the first train compartment that the trio run into on the Hogwarts Express?
Sep 17, 2018
#383: She Existed
* News: Back to Hogwarts featurette, JKR's old website returns and just when was SS released in the US? * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 5 of Half-Blood Prince * We rename the chapter to... the best of our ability: Fleur was entering Harry’s room and existed * Harry and Dumbledore arrived to The Burrow sooner than expected. What else did the Headmaster have up his sleeve to pursue Slughorn? * What business does Dumbledore have with the Minister? * Why is Tonks so visibly upset? * Slughorn taught Molly and Arthur. Could there be a Fantastic Beasts cameo in the works? * We discuss the themes of security, comedy and xenophobia  * Harry lets Ron and Hermione in on the fact that he will be having lessons with Dumbledore and the truth about the prophecy * OWL mayhem  * Quizzitch returns! What classic childrens' game gets a magical upgrade in Chapter 6, Draco's Detour?
Sep 10, 2018
#382: Mail Cats
* This week's episode is sponsored by Puffs the Play! Receive [a special discount on tickets]( see Puffs at New York City's New World Stages. * Slug Club member Matt joins the show! * Back to Hogwarts: Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law surprise fans at King's Cross * Potter movies return to theaters this September * Get your velvet Slytherin bath robe! Pottery Barn releases an amazing new line up of Potter stuff! * It's the 20th anniversary of Sorcerer's Stone - the hosts and patrons share their memories of picking up the first book! * Main Discussion: Crimes of Grindelwald Set Report (spoiler alert) * We explore Paris' version of Diagon Alley... and their sewer system! * Credence has drawn everyone to Paris and is himself in search of someone important * Grindelwald escapes! Who will he be able to rally to his cause? Will we see Nurmengard? * Magic lungs, ministerial hearing parchments and sorcerer's stones * What interesting information could be found inside the French Ministry's Ancestral Archives? * New Beasts are revealed as we are introduced to the Matagot, Zouwu, Firedrake and Leucrotta * The latest on Yusuf Kama and the Maledictus, plus several of Grindelwald’s supporters have familiar names * Voicemails cover owls, wizarding jobs and trivia night in Chicago * Introducing our new Chapter by Chapter archive! * Quizzitch and Chapter-by-Chapter return next week!
Sep 03, 2018
#381: Chair Today, Gone Tomorrow
* Pat joins the show and shares his Wizarding World experience and why he still plays Hogwarts Mystery * The hosts review two recent interviews with Eddie Redmayne and David Heyman * Newt's apartment, his relationship with Theseus, Dumbledore's manipulation and more * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 4 of Half-Blood Prince * The hosts recap the chapter in 7 words with a new Group Summary game! * Harry is allowed to use magic outside of school, but is it his first time truly Apparating? * We learn that Voldemort is now on the defensive (against Harry's mind) * Dumbledore continues to put his final plan in motion by recruiting Slughorn * References two and three - what's up with Dumbledore's blackened hand? * Why does Harry never check that Dumbledore... is in fact Dumbledore? * How does Dumbledore know where Slughorn is living - has he been tracking him? * Does Slughorn recognize what's truly happened to Dumbledore's hand? * Is Horace correct that he would be better off/safer not at Hogwarts? * The Master Collector: why does Dumbledore want Harry to become a member of the Slug Club?  * Harry will receive private lessons this year - about time! * The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename the Chapter * We receive an email on the recent Crimes of Grindelwald trailer specific to Leta Lestrange's Hogwarts house * Quizzitch: The night Harry arrives at the Burrow, which characters does he spot who aren't in the film adaptation, and which characters does he NOT interact with that he does in the movie?
Aug 27, 2018
Episode #380: Privet Drive Payoff
- []( writer Kendra joins the show! - Eric recaps a great LeakyCon weekend in Dallas! - We meet a brand-new Fantastic Beast - the chupacabra - and get our first glimpse at baby nifflers - Newt is headed to Paris to "track" Credence, but how does he even know he's alive? - Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 3 of Half-Blood Prince - Are the media headlines meant to make readers and the wizarding community feel safe despite Voldemort's known return to power? - Why has Dumbledore been reinstated as Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot? - Our first (passing) mention of Inferi - Is Harry's lack of trust in Dumbledore showing up at Privet Drive a result of their relationship from Order of the Phoenix? - Why didn't Harry tell the Dursleys that Dumbledore would be visiting? How would they have reacted if he did? - We discuss Dumbledore and Petunia's prior correspondence. Was Dumbledore ready to play that hand if necessary? - Privet Drive Payoff: Dumbledore puts the Dursleys in their rightful place! - Are we seeing a Grindelwald-era Dumbledore based on the way he intimidates the Dursleys or is he just setting affairs in order? - Dumbledore's hand, mead, Grimmauld Place, Kreacher and more! - We learn that Harry must return to Privet Drive one more time - The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename the Chapter; plus a great Crackpot Theory on Felix Felicis - Quizzitch: Who gave Ambrosius Flume his first job, thanks to Slughorn?
Aug 20, 2018
Episode #379: Baby Micah
* … Did that work? Is he listening to this episode? * With Micah gone this week, we're joined by two of our listeners, Alex and Stefanie, who do their best impressions of the NY News Anchor. * Patrons in the U.S. have received their mugs, but we need to know if they arrived okay! And if yours arrived broken (rare but possible), let us know. * This week's episode is [sponsored by Puffs the Play](! Receive a special discount on tickets to see Puffs at New York City's New World Stages. * Chapter by Chapter continues with Chapter 2 of Half-Blood Prince: Spinner's End. * The brilliance of this chapter is how Snape is playing Bellatrix and Naricissa simultaneously but in different ways. * How much does Voldemort know about Dumbledore's injury? He can't know about the Horcrux… right? * Does one line from Bellatrix help make Delphi's existence canon? * Why would Bellatrix have such a hard time trusting Snape's word when Voldemort is content with his reasoning? And what should she do if she had ever learned the truth? * Who is the MVP of the chapter? Those poor elves… * We rename the chapter to reflect what really happens. * Crackpot Theory: Has Bellatrix made an unbreakable vow before? * Have questions or comments about HBP Chapter 3? E-mail, or use the voicemail line or feedback form on our website!
Aug 06, 2018
Episode #378: Worst to Better
* Happy Birthday Harry & Jo! * We rank Harry's birthdays from worst to best * MuggleCast turns 13 years old on August 7! * We break down the details of two new Crimes of Grindelwald posters * ZouWu? JKR reveals the mysterious beast in the recent Crimes of Grindelwald trailer! * Ezra Miller talks about Credence's character development * The biggest Harry Potter LEGO set ever hits store shelves August 15 * Patrons share their thoughts and questions on the latest trailer * Does Dumbledore see Grindelwald in the Mirror of Erised because he desires him to be captured? * What role exactly will Nicolas Flamel play in The Crimes of Grindelwald? * How will Jacob find himself with Newt? * Will Credence be reunited with his true family? Will he ever get the chance to go to wizarding school? * Was Abernathy working for Grindelwald the whole time? Did he help him capture Graves? * We compare Grindewald's populist movement and Dumbledore's timid response to that of the U.S. in the 1930s * Voicemails cover the Deathly Hallows, splitting the films into five parts, Johnny Depp and more * Chicken Soup For The MuggleCast Soul returns * Don't forget: Cormoran Strike is back in Lethal White on September 18 * Quizzitch: What floor is Vernon Dursley's office on at Grunnings?
Jul 30, 2018
Episode #377: Sockers (Crimes of Grindelwald trailer discussion!)
* Andrew and Eric reminisce on their latest trivia night battle, which leaves Andrew and friends with a huge prize. * The new Crimes of Grindelwald trailer is here and we go scene-by-scene! * There is some mixed reaction to Dumbledore's DADA lesson with Newt * What interests Credence so much about Circus Arcanus? * Who is Grindelwald addressing when he says hiding in the shadows serves us no longer? * A flying black curtain - is this a new obscurial effect or perhaps a Lethifold? * Dumbledore's deepest desire is not socks - he sees Grindelwald in the Mirror of Erised! * Newt, Tina and Leta team up to escape the French Ministry of Magic! * The Niffler is back! What's up with those cats? And is Newt trying to rescue the Oni Oni? * Is Leta referring to herself when she tells Newt he never met a monster he couldn't love? * Could Grindelwald be referring to his own failed relationship with Dumbledore when he asks Newt if Dumbledore will mourn for him? Could it be a reference to Ariana? * Does Abernathy help Grindelwald escape from prison? * What are Newt and Jacob up to in Nicolas Flamel's home? * The hosts react to Johnny Depp's in-character appearance at Comic-Con * Patrons weigh in with their thoughts on the new trailer * Quizzitch: On what historic date was the actor who plays Grimmson born?
Jul 22, 2018
Episode #376: Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 1
* Slug Club member Chris joins the show * David Heyman says Grindelwald is scarier than Voldemort! * Why is Dumbledore teaching a young Newt Defense Against the Dark Arts? * "After all this time," Chapter-by-Chapter returns! And just in time for HBP's birthday! * We analyze the chapter that had been brewing in JKR's mind for more than 13 years * Would The Other Minister have worked earlier in the series? * Where's Harry? Our first Potter book that doesn't begin with the boy wizard! * Voldemort is on the rise and its clear the tone of the series has shifted * Fireplace entrances, shady portraits, secret staff - do wizards have a superiority complex? * Should the Ministry have considered lifting the International Statute of Secrecy?  * Does Fudge ever consider enlisting the help of the Muggle Prime Minister? * Do other heads of state have similar relationships with their Muggle counterparts? * Rufus Scrimgeour: our thoughts on the new Minister and do we have cause to trust him? * Kingsley Shacklebolt "Undercover Secretary" * Whatever came of the Ministry's inquiry into the death of Sirius Black? * How much control do magical governments have over their Muggle counterparts? * Two new segments debut with Character MVP and Rename The Chapter!  * Patrons weigh in with their thoughts on the first chapter of Half-Blood Prince! * Quizzitch: What is the name of the bridge that gets destroyed by Death Eaters?
Jul 16, 2018
Episode #375: 13 Years Later
* Cursed Child is coming to two new cities... San Francisco (2019) and Hamburg, Germany (2020). Could a Midwest location be next? * Chamber of Secrets turns 20 years old! * We begin our Half-Blood Prince discussion looking back at some popular fan theories * Patrons share their midnight release party memories! * We discuss how parts of Half-Blood Prince were originally written for Chamber of Secrets and that it was Book 2’s working title * The hosts revisit some of MuggleCast’s theories following the release of the sixth book * Who is the Half-Blood Prince? Harry? Voldemort? Felix Felicis? * We dive deep into The Underground Lake, one of MuggleNet’s notorious series of editorials * What did Dumbledore mean by Remember My Last, Petunia? * Who will take over the DADA vacancy? * Why does Dumbledore trust Snape? * Voicemails cover a Deathly Hallows symbol in Goblet of Fire, deluminators, Cho Chang and more! * Quizzitch: What two Order members does Harry bump into (in order) in the HBP chapter, "Silver and Opals"?
Jul 09, 2018
Episode #374: The Department of Mysteries
* Slug Club member Sarah joins the show! * Warner Brothers cracks down on unofficial fan events * Main Discussion: The Department of Mysteries & The Prophecy * Who are The Unspeakables? * The Brain Room: just what are they studying in there? * What does each of us think is beyond The Veil? * Does the Veil have magical properties to draw one in? * Was the Ministry built around the amphitheater that houses the Veil? * How is security so lax around such a dangerous room? * The Love Room: why is it locked? * The Planet Room: what can you do in here that makes it worthy of the Department of Mysteries?  * Are there alien wizards? * The Time Room: do we believe this is where Time Turners were invented? * The Hall of Prophecies: why are they kept locked away?  * Should who the Prophecy concerns be able to hold onto the prophecy? * Do we forgive Dumbledore for withholding this information until now? * Patreon Question of the Week: What other rooms could be within the Department of Mysteries? * Quizzitch: What is the spell that Hermione uses to mark the doors in the revolving room? * Coming this July... chapter-by-chapter for Half-Blood Prince!
Jun 25, 2018
Episode #373: Burned By Goblet
* Slug Club member Karen joins the show * Listeners share their Order of the Phoenix release party memories * Cursed Child cleans up at the Tony Awards * Universal Orlando adds Harry Potter to their nighttime water show * Main Discussion: Major Events of the Phoenix * Grimmauld Place: Was this truly the safest place for the Order to be headquartered? * Do Sirius and the Order underestimate the threats within the Black Family home? * Ministry Interference at Hogwarts: What are Umbridge's credentials for becoming DADA professor? * Was it always Fudge's intention for Umbridge to become Headmistress? * Do the Educational Decrees expose weaknesses in Dumbledore's leadership? * The Formation of Dumbledore's Army: we discuss the Hog's Head, the Room of Requirement and the importance of unifying (almost) all of the Houses * Welcome to St. Mungo's: why was it cut from the film? * Augusta Longbottom, Neville's parents, Lockhart and Harry's connection to Nagini * We reminisce on those gum wrapper theories! * Patrons share their top 5 moments from Order of the Phoenix * Don't worry, we'll spend Episode 374 inside the Department of Mysteries and discussing The Prophecy * Quizzitch: Who was the last member of the Dumbledore's Army to sign up in the Hog's Head? * Bonus MuggleCast ([available on Patreon]( includes memorable lines from the fifth book and Crimes of Grindelwald trailer speculation
Jun 18, 2018
Episode #372: Faces Of The Phoenix
* Paris, London, New York: Pottermore offers fans the chance to attend the Fantastic Beasts 2 premieres for charity * Cursed Child is up for 10 Tony Awards * Main Discussion: Fresh Faces of the Phoenix * What would have happened to Harry without the support of Luna and her father? * We discuss Bellatrix exposing Harry's ignorance and her unwavering loyalty to Voldemort * Does Tonks make the Order of the Phoenix cool? * Dolores Umbridge has one redeeming quality - she's the reason for Dumbledore's Army! * Do we overlook the importance of Ms. Figg? Was she best equipped to keep Harry safe? * What's up with the relationship between Squibs and cats? * Mundungus Fletcher... enough said! * What if these characters were introduced earlier in the series? What if they never were? * This episode's lone voicemail asks about a Hermione-based movie with Emma Watson * Quizzitch: Who did JKR say would win in a fight: Crookshanks or Mrs. Norris? * MuggleCast Vault: [Luna Lovegood]( and [Dolores Umbridge]( character discussions
Jun 11, 2018
Episode #371: Nancy Figg?
* Slug Club member Amy joins the show! * The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay cover is revealed... * And we analyze every beast, symbol and little detail * Did Alan Rickman feel Snape was an underutilized character in the films? * JKR reveals her next project will be a children's book! * We start June off with our first Order of the Phoenix discussion * What were the biggest theories prior to Order of the Phoenix being released?  * Like: What exactly is the Order of the Phoenix? Will Snape ever teach DADA? Is he a spy? Is Lupin really James Potter in disguise? What is the gleam of triumph and what does it mean? What's up with Ms. Figg? Which character(s) won't make it through Book 5? * Quizzitch: A witch or wizard who is gifted at reading minds is called a what?
Jun 04, 2018
Episode #370: Origins
* Summer is here - we reflect on some favorite Potter memories * J.K. Rowling reveals the toughest chapter for her to write in the Potter series * Main Discussion: Whose origin story would we like to see brought to life on the big screen? * Aren't Potter fans already getting that with Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts? * Quirrell, McGonagall, Slughorn, Hagrid… who has the best backstory and who would end up on Lifetime? * Patrons give their top choices: Helena & Rowena Ravenclaw, Molly Weasley, Tom Riddle, Remus Lupin and Kingsley Shacklebolt * Voicemails cover Cursed Child, Percy being sorted into Gryffindor and the hosts roles at MuggleNet and in the fan community overall * We'll be celebrating the 15th anniversary of Order of the Phoenix in June with some Book 5-themed discussions * And don't forget we'll see you in Dallas this summer for LeakyCon 2018! * Quizzitch: What is the form of Kingsley Shacklebolt’s Patronus? * Bonus MuggleCast, [available on Patreon]( The Elder Wand's Allegiance in Fantastic Beasts
May 28, 2018
Episode #369: The Battle of Hogwarts
- With Micah out for the week, MuggleCast welcomes our friend Nasim and one of our Patreon supporters Andy to the show! - The MuggleCast community lost a listener and friend this week. Hug your loved ones. - The Beedle the Bard Illustrated Edition covers are out now, and they're gorgeous! - We forgot to discuss Tonks on last week's Mother's Day episode, so this week we share some thoughts about her decision to head to the Battle of Hogwarts as newborn Teddy stayed at home. - Annnd that leads perfectly into our main discussion this week: The Battle of Hogwarts turns 20 (fictional) years old! - We share our feelings reading the iconic scenes again 11 years after it was originally published. Do our feelings on it change now that we're adults? - Was it responsible to allow students who were 'of age' to fight? What role would we have taken in defending the school? What GOOD came out of the battle (besides Voldemort's downfall)? - Eric quizzes us on the Battle of Hogwarts. And of course, Quizzitch wraps up the show.
May 21, 2018
Episode #368: Growin' Up
* Slug Club member and mom Cherise returns for a Mother's Day discussion * How would raising a young witch/wizard differ from raising a child in the Muggle world? * What would be the most difficult part of parenting? * No schooling until Hogwarts? What do working parents do? * What happens when your child begins exhibiting signs of magic? * Would you be comfortable sending your child off to boarding school? * We discuss notable mothers and mother-like figures in the Potter series * From Lily and Molly to Narcissa and Petunia * Patrons vote on who they think is the best mother in the wizarding world * Listeners tweet their thoughts on the biggest parenting challenges * Quizzitch: Which mother in the Harry Potter series is named after a Roman Catholic saint, whose Feast Day is famously preceded by a gathering of Witches?
May 14, 2018
Episode #367: Sorry, Dobby
* Cursed Child wrap up: Andrew sees it again, Hogwarts merch and Tony nominations * JKR confirms Jessica Williams will play Ilvermorny professor Eulalie Hicks * What's up with Dumbledore teaching DADA in a recent Crimes of Grindelwald clip? * On the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, JKR apologies for killing Dobby * Main Discussion: Hogwarts Mystery * The hosts give their initial reactions to the new Potter mobile game * How far have we each advanced? Are we sold on the story? * Do stories differ depending on which House your were sorted into? * Is Merula the antagonist even if you were sorted into Slytherin? * Time and energy issues! Patrons shared their mixed reactions to the game. * Voicemails cover Hogwarts memorials, Teddy Lupin in Cursed Child, Puffs The Movie and more * Quizzitch: In the trio's third year, what is the Care of Magical Creatures exam?
May 07, 2018
Episode #366: Cursed Child on Broadway Review
Moments after seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway, Andrew, Micah, and Eric are back in their hotel room to share their thoughts on the show. Have Micah and Eric changed their stances on Cursed Child? Did Andrew notice anything different? Did Micah buy an owl? This and more is discussed in this week's episode!
Apr 30, 2018
Episode #365: Predicting The Cursed Child
* Slug Club member Molly joins the show! * The votes are in for the most evil character in the Potter series (besides Voldemort)! * Main Discussion: Predicting Cursed Child * JKR checks out the newly refurbished Lyric Theatre * What character are the hosts most looking forward to seeing? What scene? * Will Part 1 or Part 2 be better? * How much will be spent on merchandise? * Will we keep an open mind about seeing the show despite our thoughts on the plot? * Check out Episodes 295, 298 and 299 for prior Cursed Child discussions * If there were to be an eighth Potter story, what would we want it to be about? * Quizzitch: Where in Britain is the Railview Hotel? * Don't forget Hogwarts Mystery hits your mobile phones this week! * We'll be live on Patreon from NYC this Wednesday with our initial thoughts on Cursed Child!
Apr 23, 2018
Episode #364: Goblet / Of Fire
* Slug Club member Stephen joins the show * The Quidditch World Cup is underway in Round Rock, Texas * The hosts share their Quidditch World Cup experiences  * We get our first look at the Tales of Beedle the Bard Illustrated Edition * The [Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition]( won't hit bookstores until 2019\. Can we expect it to be published in two parts? * The Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Edition covers get mixed reactions from the hosts * Cursed Child sets a Broadway sales record * Main Discussion: Who, besides Voldemort, is the most evil character in the series? * Each host makes and defends their pick: Rita Skeeter, Bellatrix, Umbridge or Fudge? * Patrons weigh in with their thoughts from the Dursleys to Peter Pettigrew to Salazar Slytherin * MuggleMail covers wand allegiance and Voldemort and Bellatrix's relationship * Quizzitch: What is Professor Quirrell's first name?
Apr 16, 2018
Episode #363: Muggle Mail Bag
* Welcome Slug Club member Laura! * Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Warwick Davis lend voices to Hogwarts Mystery * Main Discussion: Did Dumbledore & Grindelwald make an unbreakable vow? * Since Voldemort is incapable of love, how was he able to father a child? * Does Moody know what a boggart looks like because of his magical eye? * How do wizards watch Quidditch matches? * Do all the professors have permanent residences at Hogwarts? What about their families? * Did the Shrieking Shack exists prior to Remus Lupin coming to school? * How come Hermione's parents are cool with her never being home for the holidays? * How did Voldemort acquire a rudimentary body? * What happened to the chambers connected to Fluffy's bedroom? * Did Credence ever get an Ilvermorny acceptance letter? * Plus, plenty more emails, voicemails and text messages * PO BOX Update! * Quizzitch: For Harry's 17th birthday, what color did Hermione turn the leaves of the Weasley's crabapple tree?
Apr 09, 2018
Episode #362: An interview with the Harry Potter Film Concert Series Team
* With Micah and Eric both out for the weekend, Andrew welcomes Hypable writer Nasim to the show! * Andrew's April Fools Day article hits a little too close to home for some readers. * Andrew visited The Cursed Child NYC giftshop and spent a little too much money. * We discuss Nasim's recent article "The Problem With Pottermore" * What would we like to see Pottermore become? * Micah and Eric interview the team behind the Harry Potter Film Concert Series * Voicemails address the Pottermore news, the Fantastic Beasts trailer, and the new Wizarding World logo. * Quizzitch: What does Imposter Moody make Lavender Brown do under the Imperius Curse, in the classroom scene from Goblet of Fire?
Apr 02, 2018
Episode #361: Uncle Yusuf
* Pottermore makes some staffing changes- Scholastic confirms release of Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay * The mystery behind Hogwarts Mystery is revealed! * Main Discussion: Crimes of Grindewald trailer roundup * We breakdown the Lestrange family tree in more detail * What does it mean that Leta and Credence are half-siblings? Will this test allegiances? * Who is Yusuf Kama? Could it have been him staring at the family tree? * Listeners fact check us on the Minister for Magic, DADA professor and headmaster during the late 1920s * Did Dumbledore's comment about Newt not following directions mean Newt really isn't supposed to be in Paris? * Could Grindelwald been standing before a group of peers presenting his crimes? * Could the dance Leta attended be her own wedding or engagement party? * What role does Leta have in all of this? Is she a casual observer to the unfolding events or does she pick a side? * J.K. Rowling Sez covers Lethal White, Newt & Kennilworthy Whisp's friendship and 85-year-old grandmothers * We respond to tweets on Grindelwald's cell, Dumbledore's put-outer, the DADA classroom and the history of transport to Hogwarts * Quizzitch: In Chamber of Secrets, what three nonsense spells does Harry aim at the bush before Dudley calls for his mother?
Mar 26, 2018
Episode #360: More Crimes of Grindelwald Secrets Reveal
* Trailer recap: is Credence able to separate himself from the Obscurus now? * Why is the circus scene outdoors? Are the French more lackadaisical with secrecy? * Andrew hates on Hedwig's Theme (really) * Voicemails touch on ground pounds, Apparition at Hogwarts, Jacob's memory, Corvus Lestrange, and why nobody's dressed like a wizard! * The hosts pick a favorite trailer moment * Main Discussion: JK Rowling's Wizarding World gets a dedicated logo for the first time! * Whose wands are represented in this 'book' design? * Is JK Rowling being removed from the equation? * We play Quizzitch and thank our Patrons for helping us reach the 777 Challenge!
Mar 19, 2018
Episode #359: Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald trailer analysis
* The first Crimes of Grindelwald trailer is here! * The hosts give their initial thoughts and break things down scene-by-scene * It's good to see you again, Hogwarts * You can apparate on the grounds of Hogwarts? * Our first look at Jude Law as Dumbledore. Is he never not having run-ins with the Ministry? * Why was Dumbledore being confronted in the DADA classroom? * DumbleDAYUMMMMM * Why did he send Newt to Paris? * Grindelwald and Rosier: who are they speaking to? * Credence and the Maledictus: how did he learn to channel his inner obscurus? * Inside the French Ministry of Magic: what's with all the beasts on the ceiling? * Ride that Kelpie, Newt! * Just who is checking out cryptic messages on walls in underground rooms? * Credence and Leta... long lost siblings? * The circus is finally in town! Is this how Credence made his way from New York to Paris? * Grindelwald's escape - did LEGO spoil a major plot point? * Why can't Dumbledore move again Grindelwald? Why does it have to be Newt? * The brothers Scamander battle in a graveyard
Mar 14, 2018
Episode #358: Are Voldemort, Snape, Harry The Three Brothers?
* Slug Club member Alex joins the show * Cursed Child surprises fans with preview tickets - can we expect more of this in the future? * Andrew shares a letter from his 11-year-old self * The 777 Challenge is officially underway through March 31! * Main Discussion: Were Harry, Snape & Voldemort modern-day versions of The Three Brothers?  * Did Dumbledore represent Death? JKR likes this theory! * We break down Voldemort as Antioch (the one who died for power), Snape as Cadmus (the one who died for love) and Harry as Ignotus (the one who greeted Death as an old friend) * Does Dumbledore actually fit better as the second brother? Or could he be representative of all three brothers at different stages of his life? We discuss. * Did we ever consider these possibilities after reading Deathly Hallows? * Patrons share their thoughts * Owl Post covers potion regulations, boggarts and video games * Quizzitch: What is the name of the goblin (besides Griphook) that Harry encounters with the Potterwatch crew? * Bonus MuggleCast: Crookshanks and The Potters
Mar 12, 2018
Episode #357: Potions
* Slug Club member Greg joins the show all the way from Singapore * A new Hogwarts Mystery trailer has been released * Cursed Child announces their Friday Forty program * We reveal our plans for the 777 Challenge! Learn more and see the mug design at * Main Discussion: Potions in the Wizarding World * We react to JKR stating that muggles can't properly brew potions * From Ageing Potions to the Elixir of Life to Mandrake Draught we run down the list of different types of potions  * Would the hosts be good at making them? Are we patient enough? Careful with instructions? * Which potion does each host wish they could have in real life? * Is there a time we wish we could have used Veritaserum? Felix Felicis? * Over/under: How many times will Polyjuice Potion be used in Fantastic Beasts? * The hosts create their own potions (assuming we're wizards of course) * Patreon Question of the Week: If you could take Polyjuice Potion for an hour, who would you turn into and why? * Voicemails cover Cedric Diggory, Mrs. Black, and feedback on our Fudge episode * Quizzitch: Name the members of The Advance Guard that come to Privet Drive to pick up Harry in Order of the Phoenix  * Bonus MuggleCast: We explore the theory that the Dursleys' feelings towards Harry were magnified by the presence of a horcrux!
Mar 05, 2018
Episode #356: The Potter Collector
* We will be at LeakyCon 2018 this summer in Dallas, TX! * The Studio Tour is adding a Goblet of Fire special beginning March 30 * Cursed Child producer believes fans would want a Part 3... what?!? * We interview The Potter Collector who enlightens us on his more than 1,000 books! * How did he first get into the Potter series? * Does he have a favorite translated edition? * What's his most prized possession? Is there anything he still needs to get his hands on? * Does he collect Fantastic Beasts? Cursed Child? Or anything movie related? * What kind of precautions does he take to protect his collection? * Is he aware of other Potter collectors? How does his collection stack up? * Fans should be on the lookout for #HarryPotterCollector Day on March 5 * Voicemails ask about post-Potter film roles, a little Scabbers foreshadowing, and bad Harry Potter TV show ideas. * Chicken Soup from Mexico City * Quizzitch: What is the core of Fleur Delacour’s wand, and the story surrounding it?
Feb 26, 2018
Episode #355: Fudged
* Eric is back! * News covers John Williams, Cursed Child, Digital Illustrated Editions and Allison Sudol * A new segment called The Pensieve debuts, as we look back at parts of the Potter series now that we're older! * Our first discussion centers around Cornelius Fudge and his denial of Voldemort's return * Fudge refuses to believe credible sources such as Dumbledore and Harry * Comparisons are made to present-day politics  * For more discussion on Potter Politics, be sure to check out Episode 162 * Main Discussion: How many editions of the Potter series is too many? * The hosts share how many versions of each book they currently own * Patrons weigh in with their thoughts, including one listener who has more than 200 copies! * Owl Post covers Ebbingdales, Jacob in Paris and a new Quidditch film series * We have a big Patreon announcement and share plans for 2018 * Quizzitch: What famous Quidditch player died after encountering a Chimera, and has a wing in St. Mungo's Hospital named after him? Bonus: What's the specialty of the wing? * We'll see you in two weeks!
Feb 12, 2018
Episode #354: Yates On Mute
* Eric...? Eric...? * Slug Club member Ken joins the show * Guessing Game: How many books has the Harry Potter series sold to date? How many do we think are duplicate copies? * Eric...? Eric...? * We respond to David Yates' recent comments about how Dumbledore's sexuality will play into Fantastic Beasts 2 * Saying that "all fans are aware of that" has not sat well with...well...the fans * JKR and the Wizarding World preach inclusion and acceptance but have shied away from embracing LGBTQ characters * That said, Dumbledore still needs to be introduced in the Fantastic Beasts series and fans need to learn about his history with Grindelwald's * We haven't seen Jude Law's portrayal of Dumbledore and we know he spent time learning about the character from Rowling * Rowling is the screenwriter, she's the one who knows the backstory and she has four films to tell it * Eric...? Eric...? * In honor of Groundhog's Day we each create a weather-predicting fantastic beast * Southern Hagrid makes an appearance * Owl Post covers last weekend's Celebration of Harry Potter * Voicemails return! * Quizzitch: In Chapter 10 of Half-Blood Prince, "The House of Gaunt," Hermione is seen working on an essay entitled what? * Eric...? Eric...?
Feb 05, 2018
Episode #353: Globus Mundi
* Micah and Andrew attend A Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando * We try Butterbeer tequila at Antojitos in Universal CityWalk * Cast Q&A with Natalia Tena (Tonks), Stanislav Ianevski (Krum), James & Oliver Phelps (Weasley twins) and Bonnie Wright (Ginny) * Pottermore announces a new Quidditch Through The Ages audiobook * Harry Potter: The Exhibition is headed to Milan in May * Guests were treated to a great performance from the first four films by the Orlando Philharmonic * The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle debut at the Wizarding World * Micah tries hot Butterbeer… and Dragon Scale ale… and Hog's Head Brew * On Saturday we hit the expo floor to check out all of the vendors * The original Goblet of Fire and the Hogwarts letter spitter were among the special effects on display from the Studio Tour in London * We caught up with MinaLima, the graphic designers of the Harry Potter films, demoed the new Hogwarts Mystery mobile game and got a virtual reality tour of Newt's suitcase * Scholastic gave us a glimpse at some concept art for the 20th anniversary editions as well as let us step inside a life-size version of Sorcerer's Stone * Just what in the world is Globus Mundi? Andrew hopes to be a trendsetter this November! * We touch on how we think the celebration can be improved in future years, including more Fantastic Beasts integration * Be sure to check out our newest sponsor for an amazing offer
Jan 28, 2018
#352: Non–MagiqueCast
- Slug Club member Alex joins the show - Scholastic announces 20th anniversary editions for all seven Potter books, but they're kinda disappointing. - Eddie Redmayne talks Crimes of Grindelwald bringing us closer to the Potter series - Our thoughts on the new Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery video game trailer - Main Discussion: Book Covers - We compare the U.S. and UK book covers from Sorcerer's Stone to Deathly Hallows. Which of each is better? - The hosts name their top 3 original Potter book covers and give one honorable mention - Check out our interview with U.S. illustrator Mary Grandpre back on Episode 172 - Patreon Question of the Week: Which Potter title would you change and why? - Owl Post covers This Week in MuggleCast History, an interesting Fantastic Beasts quote from JKR and last week's discussion on Merope Gaunt - Quizzitch: Which character was chosen by all four Ilvermorny houses? - Andrew and Micah are headed to Orlando for A Celebration of Harry Potter (keep an eye out for meetup info) In Bonus MuggleCast, available on Patreon, we discuss which cover should have completely gone back to the drawing board, and which cover best depicts Harry at his current age?
Jan 22, 2018
Episode #351: Wear and Tear
- Slug Club member Ashley joins the show - Jude Law sits down with JKR to learn about Dumbledore's character - Chamber of Secrets gets the House Edition treatment (and so will the rest of the series) - Nighttime shows are coming to Wizarding World Orlando while Cursed Child rehearsals begin on Broadway - Dan Radcliffe weighs in on the Johnny Depp/Grindelwald debate - Ashley has her own discussion ready for the show and wants to know how Jacob will get his memory back? - She breaks down what we know about memory charms to date and characters who've experienced them - How exactly can a memory charm be broken? How much does Jacob remember by the end of Fantastic Beasts? - Since the Swooping Evil venom is supposed to erase bad memories, is there a chance Jacob's memory wasn't fully erased? - Will Jacob regain his memory in full? Will it be over time through a series of flashbacks through Fantastic Beasts 2? - Did the murtlap bite somehow prevent him from losing his full memory? - Could JKR offer further education on memory charms via Pottermore to prepare us? - Main Discussion: The Gaunt Family - Given Voldemort's recent birthday, we take a look at his family: Merope, Morfin and Marvolo - Is there anything we actually like about these characters? - Andrew gets incestuous asking if the other hosts would ever marry their cousins - Could we ever love somebody after we found out they had us under a spell? - Should Tom Riddle Sr. have sought out his son and tried to raise him? - We discuss the distinction between Tom Riddle Jr. and Voldemort being able to love - Do we see the Gaunt family playing a role in future Fantastic Beasts films? - Email and text messages cover the Wizarding World's third expansion and the Potter films moving to HBO - This Week in MuggleCast history looks at Episodes 72, 128, 168 and 189 - Quizzitch: To whom, in the Harry Potter universe, is Mark Evans related?
Jan 15, 2018
Episode #350: Year 13? Don't Rise
- We recap our New Years in Chicago - Photos, Cards Against Humanity, bowling and more - A special guest joins us for our landmark 350th episode - Dumbledore gives his Top 14 New Years Resolutions To Make Hogwarts Safer - A few Fantastic Beasts stills were released during the holidays - Where's Dumbledore sitting? Who sent Newt that postcard? What's Grindelwald staring at? - Harry Potter Weekends on Freeform are no more as the series moves to HBO! - Now that they are all on demand, patrons share which movie they would watch first - JKR releases a statement on why she blocked a fan and the hosts have mixed reactions - Harry Potter: A History of Magic in NYC dates are announced - One listener shares a very interesting theory on the Chinese beast alluded to in Crimes of Grindelwald - Quizzitch
Jan 09, 2018
Episode #349: Back to Hogwarts
- Welcome Slug Club member Hayden! - JKR found inspiration for the Hogwarts Houses in the most unlikely of places - Another new Harry Potter video game is coming that's been in development for two years! - It's set in the 1980s with an open world concept - Plus, you can be a Hogwarts student and go through all seven years - We discuss David Heyman's comments about the role of beasts in The Crimes of Grindelwald - Eddie Redmayne confirms the Niffler and Pickett are back! - We theorize on the formidable Chinese beast: Chinese Fireball, Phoenix, Re'em or other? - Many actors have officially wrapped filming The Crimes of Grindelwald - Christmas and New Year's in the Wizarding World - where would we spend the holidays? - Does Santa exist? Andrew thinks Hagrid would have made the perfect Father Christmas! - What do Potter fans have to look forward to in 2018? - A new ride in Orlando, Cursed Child on Broadway, The Crimes of Grindelwald and more! - The last Quizzitch question of 2017 targets Goblet of Fire! - Thank you for a great year in Potter! We'll see you all in 2018! - Bonus MuggleCast: We read from the latest Potter novel - Harry Potter and What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash
Dec 18, 2017
Episode #348: J.K. Rowling Responds
- Resistance Radio host and Hypable writer Donya joins the show! - We react to J.K. Rowling’s statement on Johnny Depp - What finally prompted her to comment? - Many fans plan to boycott. How will this impact future Fantastic Beasts films? - Will this even be a topic of discuss a year from now when the movie premieres? - We call Laura to get her thoughts and she shares an interesting idea - Two new Crimes of Grindelwald stills are released by Entertainment Weekly - Text messages focus on Christmas and religion in the Wizarding World - Eric goes international for our next Quizzitch question
Dec 11, 2017
Episode #347: Christmas Comes To Hogwarts
- Andrew and Eric's trivia night adventures continue! - There's an odd mistake in the Bloomsbury House Editions pulled from a fake JKR tweet! - We react to David Yates' defense of casting Johnny Depp - Could Colin Farrell have been recast as Grindelwald? - Is Johnny Depp influencing our perspective of Grindelwald? Souring our expectations of his story? - One listener thinks it's simple... TRUST IN JO! - Eric and Andrew chat with Michael Aiello, Sr. Director of Creative Development at Universal Orlando Resort about Christmas at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Emails tackle Queenie's potential allegiance with Grindelwald - Text messages: metaphorical beasts, the Elder Wand's allegiance and Jacob's brute force - Quizzitch returns!
Dec 04, 2017
Episode #346: Beast Mode
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald... we give our initial reactions! - Will most of the film focus on Grindelwald's past crimes and rise to power? - Or can we expect new crimes committed during this movie? - How does this impact screen time for Newt? The beasts? - Lots of references to the Deathly Hallows (and alchemy?) in the title screen - The new cast photo gives us several first looks, including Jude Law as Dumbledore - What's up with Jacob and Queenie staring directly at Grindelwald? - Credence is cozied up with a new character! What exactly is a Maledictus? - Leta is engaged to Newt's brother! What does that mean for the brothers Scamander? - We've got a pretty good theory about when the first trailer is coming! - Andrew reports live from Orlando for Holidays at Hogwarts - Listener tweets, emails, voicemails and quizzitch! - We'll see you after the Thanksgiving holiday!
Nov 19, 2017
Episode #345: Harry Potter, I Choose You!
- Welcome Slug Club member Nicki - PO Box Update: some Halloween and British surprises! - A Pokemon GO style Harry Potter game is in the works from Niantic! - Our initial thoughts on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Portkey Games - What does the title suggest? Will it focus on Fantastic Beasts at all or only Harry Potter? - What other Potter video games would we like to see? - Which old classics do we want remade? - Our Main Discussion focuses on the brand-new Fantastic Beasts Illustrated Edition - The foreword answers that question we had about Obscurus Books - We get educated on the history of what defines a beast and how they're concealed from Muggles - Is it coincidence that Newt includes the story of a jarvey in the introduction? - Which beasts caught our attention? Which ones would we like to see in Fantastic Beasts 2? - We run through some interesting notes Micah took while reading the book - Getting high on billywigs, erumpent mating habits, killer bowtruckles and more - We asked our patrons what dream features they'd like from this new Harry Potter app? - Emails, voicemails and text messages - Quizzitch Question of the Week has a Half-Blood twist!
Nov 15, 2017
Episode #344: Baby Voldemort
- Pottermore continues to troll Andrew about Lavender Brown - An adoption agency in Orlando is sorting dogs into Hogwarts Houses - Evanna Lynch has launched her brand-new podcast - check it out! - Main Discussion: Newt's Book Release Party in Fantastic Beasts 2 - Flourish and Blotts and Diagon Alley will feature in the next film - What will 1920s Diagon Alley look like? - The perfect excuse to bring the fearsome foursome back together - Will Theseus make an appearance? Dumbledore? Credence? - Is it just coincidence that we had another notable book release in the second Potter film? - What's the deal with Obscurus Books? Is Newt a self-publisher? - With the book release taking place in March 1927, the Dark Lord has now been born - Emails, voicemails and text messages! - Quizzitch returns Order of the Phoenix style!
Nov 06, 2017
Episode #343: Fantastic Beasts And The Not 2
- Slug Club member Kate joins the show! - Andrew and Eric share their Halloween costumes - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is headed to Australia! What country will be next? - Coming soon: the title for next Fantastic Beasts film! Does that mean a trailer is not far behind? - Listeners share their Fantastic Beasts 2 movie title suggestions - Main Discussion: Halloween & Harry Potter - We talk about the key events that have happened on October 31 in the Potter series - That night in Godric's Hollow, Troll in the Dungeon, the Triwizard Tournament selection and more - Did JKR always intend for Halloween to play a pivotal role in each book? Why did she choose it? - Is there a reason it stopped being so important after Goblet of Fire? - No Halloween discussion is complete without ghosts! - The hosts profile the Hogwarts House ghosts, Professor Binns, Moaning Myrtle and Peeves - We ask listeners which House they would join if they had to choose based on the House ghost! - Quizzitch!
Oct 30, 2017
Episode #342: A History of Magic
- Welcome Slug Club member Irvin! - Cursed Child tickets go on sale and we're left in the dust! - Until Katy (and her husband) come to the rescue! - We discuss ticket prices - why were no special offers made for people buying both Parts 1 & 2? - Listeners share their Cursed Child ticket buying experiences - We review Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic - The book details the exhibition currently at the British Library - It feels like touring a museum (in a good way) - We explore the original synopsis JKR sent to Bloomsbury - The Harry Potter world owes a lot to then 8-year-old Alice Newton - Ghost panels, statues, a selection committee of professors - the Sorting Hat that almost wasn't! - Fudge and Vernon Dursely were originally going to be coworkers? WHAT?! - We look at JKR's early list of Hogwarts professors: Enid Pettigrew, Oakden Hernshaw, Mopsus? - Harry and Ron almost met the merpeople in Chamber of Sercrets! - Steve Kloves shares his story and how judging a book by its cover almost cost him the films - Quizzitch: In Prisoner of Azkaban, what does Snape task students with in their year-end lesson? - Voicemails on Grindelwald and Wizarding World theme park
Oct 23, 2017
Episode #341: The Niffler and the Stone
- Slug Club member Bethany joins the show - Eric gives us a Trivia Night update - Cursed Child Broadway tickets on sale this week! Who will make the cut? - The Cormoran Strike series is headed to Cinemax - Chris Riddell set to illustrate The Tales of Beedle the Bard for Bloomsbury - Listener Rebuttals focus on the latest Fantastic Beasts casting news - Will we find out what Nicolas Flamel and Dumbledore discovered? - We receive some Death Eater clarification - Will Dumbledore take away Grindelwald's powers out of love? - Taking a look at the entire cast, where do we think Fantastic Beasts 2 is headed? - Can beasts even fit into a story with this many characters? - Is there a chance FB 2 focuses on one beast that’s integral to the plot? - How much time do we think we will spend looking back as opposed to present-day? - We review casting to date, including one we have overlooked (who is Krall)? - Patrons share their overwhelming support for more Seraphina Pcquery screen time - Quizzitch and text messages return!
Oct 16, 2017
Episode #340: Verified Jerk
- Eric and Andrew gear up for another trivia night - Cursed Child's Broadway registration is now closed! - We review the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition - Our main discussion centers around the new Fantastic Beasts casting news - We question if there is any relation between Eric and Spielman? - Andrew explains the relationship between Jessica Williams and JKR - Travers and Rosier: we discuss the two known Death Eaters - Nicolas Flamel will appear in Fantastic Beasts 2! In present-day form or in a flashback? - Could Grindelwald be in search of the Sorcerer's Stone? Is that story too familiar? - Will Flamel assist Newt in his latest journey? - Carmen Ejogo is back as Seraphina Picquery. Will her appearance be short-lived? - Andrew attempts the sequel to HP Encyclopedia: The Musical - Emails and voicemails return, with a text message thrown in the middle - In Bonus MuggleCast -- available on Patreon -- We discuss the prank Sirius and James played on Snape. What was going through Sirius' mind? Does it affect our view of him?
Oct 09, 2017
Episode #339: Of Course
- Cursed Child is open for registration! - Eric and Micah share their Ticketmaster experiences while Andrew registers on air - JKR won't pander to the fandom: is it the Encyclopedia or Marauder's story that's in jeopardy? - Could Cursed Child have run for a week? Would fans have gone to see all five parts? - Our thoughts on JKR's comments on the collaborative nature of Cursed Child - JKR has given fans a lot since the release of Deathly Hallows - should we want more? - The difference between giving fans too much and giving them what they want - We tackle last week's Quizzitch question - E-mail-bag: Maybe a Game of Thrones style Marauders story isn't all that bad after all - The Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition hits store shelves this week!
Oct 02, 2017
Episode #338: Quizzitch
- Slug Club member and Hogwarts Professor Kyle joins the show - Eric and Andrew recap their Potter trivia night in Chicago - Kyle talks about his Potter classroom and how it went viral - How have his students reacted? Have more of them started to read Potter? - What's been the response from the school? Teachers around the world? - We learn about how Kyle incorporates Potter into his daily curriculum - And he has a few tough questions for us: Does the Harry Potter series have a narrator? - Should Squibs be allowed to take courses at Hogwarts? - Episode 337 Rewind: Patrons share the courses they would teach at Hogwarts - Healing, Magical Artifacts, Journalism, Music and more! - The hosts tell which courses they would most like to teach... and play hooky from! - Emails cover Newt's wand, The Cursed Child & a Horcrux-Obscurus theory!
Sep 25, 2017
Episode #337: Dumblescruff
- Slug Club member Robert joins the show - New Potter merchandise hits the market - Jude Law shows off his Dumbledore scruff - Episode 336 Rewind: Listeners share their favorite modes of magical transportation - We break down the Hogwarts Courses in our latest main discussion - Where do Defense Against the Dark Arts, Charms and Herbology rank on our list? - Do Divination, Astronomy, Care of Magical Creatures and History of Magic even matter? - How important is Flying? - Bonus MuggleCast tackles Muggle Studies, Potions and Transfiguration - If we were to make our own Hogwarts class schedule, what subjects would make our Top 5? - Pop Quiz of the Week debuts!
Sep 18, 2017
Episode #336: Two Sickles A Scoop
- We look back on September 1 - Cursed Child gets some real estate in Times Square - Warwick Davis greets fans at King's Cross - Listeners share how they spent #19YearsLater - Eric reveals he forgot to share one very important piece of PO Box mail - The author of the notorious fan fiction My Immortal is revealed - We share listener rebuttals on our Wizarding World residence discussion - Our main discussion this week... Magical Transportation - We analyze everything from the Hogwarts Express to Broomsticks to Flying Cars - Do we prefer Floo Powder, Portkeys, Apparition or Flying Beasts? - The hosts share their top picks for how they'd get around the wizarding world - Voicemails return!
Sep 11, 2017
Episode #335: Live From Orlando
Andrew, Micah, and Eric cap off MuggleNet Live with a discussion on "19 Years Later" and alternate Epilogue ending lines. Stick around after the live recording for a post-mortem that the three recorded the morning after.
Sep 05, 2017
Episode #334: Back To Hogwarts?
- Welcome Slug Club member Neva to the show! - What is The Cursed Child planning for 19 years later? - Did JKR's tweet confirm filming at Hogwarts this week? - Main Discussion: Residences in the Wizarding World - We talk about the pros and cons of some notable magical abodes - The Burrow, Malfoy Manor and Grimmauld Place - How about a room at the Leaky Cauldron? - Godric's Hollow and Hogsmeade? Where do they rank high on our list? - Could you live at Hogwarts even if you really, really wanted to? - Listeners weigh in with where they'd like to live! - Favorites: Theme Park Memory - We'll see you on September 1 in Orlando for MuggleNet Live!
Aug 29, 2017
Episode #333: Book Snobs