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MuggleCast is your weekly ride into the Wizarding World. Pioneering the Harry Potter podcast phenomenon in August 2005, MuggleCast has continued to bring its listeners entertaining and thought-provoking discussions about J.K. Rowling's expanding universe. With each new episode we discuss everything…

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546: How Will Jacob Remain a Vital Part of 'Fantastic Beasts'?

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 84:38

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)!

545: Can Anyone Tell The Phelps Twins Apart? And Fans React to the Reunion

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 63:41

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)!

544: The Harry Potter Stars Reunite, and We Review!

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 104:48

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!

543: Harry Potter Reunion Special Preview, More 'Secrets of Dumbledore' Trailer Analysis, Year in Review

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 64:41

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 BetterHelp.com/mugglecast)! 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)!

542: 'Secrets of Dumbledore' Trailer Analysis: Wizard Jacob, Aberforth, Dark Queenie, Oh My!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 48:59

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. This week's episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (Get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast) and MeUndies (get 15% off your first order and free shipping at MeUndies.com/mugglecast)

541: What Happened To Queenie in 'Crimes of Grindelwald'?

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 79:05

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!  This week's episode is brought to you by Quip (visit Quip.com/Muggle for your first refill free and up to 40% off bundles for the holiday ) and Thirdlove (get 20% off at Thirdlove.com/mugglecast)!

540: The Trio's Reuniting, Albus/Scorpius Becomes Canon?, and our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 88:16

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? This week's episode is brought to you by Beam (Visit BeamOrganics.com/mugglecast for 40% off the first 3 months of any Beam sunscription, plus a free mug and frother -- OR 20% off any one time purchase) and BetterHelp (get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast)

539: What Was The '98 Hogwarts School Year Like? And More Muggle Mail

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 79:42

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 BetterHelp.com/MuggleCast), WarbyParker (try 5 pairs of glasses at home for free at WarbyParker.com/MuggleCast) and ThirdLove (Get 20% off at Thirdlove.com/mugglecast) 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!

538: Sorcerer's Stone Movie Commentary Track

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 149:20

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!

537: The First Harry Potter Movie Turns 20 Years Old

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 67:47

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! This week's episode is brought to you by MeUndies (get 15% off your first order at MeUndies.com/MuggleCast), HelloFresh (Get 14 free meals and 3 free gifts at HelloFresh.com/muggle14) and Quip (get your first refill of any refillable product free at GetQuip.com/Muggle).

536: Evanna Lynch discusses 'The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting'

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 56:19

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! This week's episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month of therapy at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast!

535: Harry Potter Halloween Extravaganza, New 'Secrets of Dumbledore' Info Revealed

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 63:13

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! This week's episode is brought to you  BetterHelp – get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/MuggleCast!

534: What The Heck Is Going On With Credence in 'Fantastic Beasts'?

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 75:21

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! This week's episode is brought to you by Quip (get your first refill free at GetQuip.com/muggle) and Thirdlove (Get 20% off your first order at Thirdlove.com/mugglecast)

533: Discussing Hermione Granger's Academic Prowess and Perceptiveness

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 78:12

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! This week's episode is brought to you by Greenchef - the #1 meal kit for eating well (visit GreenChef.com/MuggleCast100 and use code mugglecast100 to get $100 off, including free shipping)! 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?

532: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore' Title, Release Date Analysis

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 52:10

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! This week's episode is brought to you by MeUndies, makers of the most comfortable loungewear and underwear! Get 15% off and free shipping by going to MeUndies.com/mugglecast

531: The Vibrating Broomstick, Hogwarts House Analysis Wrap Up, How Did Harry Know Lily's Patronus?

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 61:51

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! This week's episode is brought to you  BetterHelp - get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/MuggleCast! 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?

530: Celebrating and Criticizing Gryffindor House

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 76:41

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? This week's episode is brought to you by Quip -- get $5 off a mouthwash starter kit at GetQuip.com/muggle5 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.

529: Celebrating and Criticizing Ravenclaw House

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 92:12

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (get 20% off your first purchase) and HelloFresh (use code muggle14 for up to 14 free meals, including free shipping)!

528: We're Going Back to Hogwarts!

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 66:23

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by MeUndies (get 15% off your first order plus free shipping ) and GreenChef (get $100 off plus free shipping)!

527: In Defense of Hufflepuff House

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 78:10

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by UE Fits True Wireless, Custom Fit Earbuds (Get 15% off your order by going to UE.com/fits and using promo code MUGGLECAST at checkout) and BetterHelp (Get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast)

526: In Defense of Slytherin House

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 82:13

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, including our new physical gifts! Also access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more!

525: What Lies Ahead For Tina Goldstein in 'Fantastic Beasts'?

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 80:26

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by Quip (get $5 off their mouthwash starter kit) and ThirdLove (get 20% off your first purchase)! Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, including our new physical gifts! Also access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more!

524: 'Cursed Child' Downsizing, A Wild Snape Observation, Sorting Hat Biases and other MuggleMail

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 85:41

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by MeUndies! Get 15% off your first order, free shipping, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee at MeUndies.com/mugglecast Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, including our new physical gifts! Also access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more!

523: What If Neville Longbottom Was 'The Chosen One'?

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 83:13

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by Warby Parker (order 5 pairs of glasses to try at home for free for 5 days – with no obligation to buy) and Logitech UE Fits ( get 15% off your pair of Ultimate Ears FITS True Wireless Earbuds using code MUGGLECAST). Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more! On this month's Bonus MuggleCast, we talk about our favorite Jude Law Dumbledore moments from Crimes of Grindelwald!

522: Revisiting 'Deathly Hallows, Part 2' Ten Years Later

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 89:46

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (Get 10% off by visiting BetterHelp.com/mugglecast) and HelloFresh (Get up to 14 free meals and free shipping by going to HelloFresh.com/muggle14 and using code 'muggle14' at checkout) Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more! On this month's Bonus MuggleCast, we talk about our favorite Jude Law Dumbledore moments from Crimes of Grindelwald!

521: Analyzing Young Albus Dumbledore's Motives and Manipulations

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 80:58

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (Get 20% off your first purchase) and Quip (Try their new mouthwash today!). Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more! On this month's Bonus MuggleCast, we talk about our favorite Jude Law Dumbledore moments from Crimes of Grindelwald!

520: The Most Shocking Moments in Fandom History, Part 2: Encyclopedia Flip Flop, More Wizarding Schools, Fantastic Beasts

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 70:52

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more! On this month's Bonus MuggleCast, we share our thoughts on a Harry Potter cast reunion!

519: The Most Shocking Moments in Fandom History, Part 1: JKR v The Lexicon, The Deathly Hallows Split, Pottermore

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 71:08

Welcome back Andy, of Harry Potter Fan Zone (and PotterNoMore.com)! 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. This week's episode is sponsored by MeUndies. Get the most comfortable undies with the coolest prints by visiting MeUndies.com/mugglecast. You'll get 15% off your first order and free shipping! Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more! On this month's Bonus MuggleCast, we share our thoughts on a Harry Potter cast reunion!

518: The Lazy Sorting Hat, Pre-DH Final Battle Theories, Hypocrite Draco, and More MuggleMail

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 72:06

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by UE Fits (Visit UE.com/fits and use promo code 'MuggleCast' for 15% off) and BetterHelp (Get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast). Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more! On this month's Bonus MuggleCast, we share our thoughts on a Harry Potter cast reunion!

517: The Potter Fandom's Life-Changing Support for LGBTQ+ People

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 80:26

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by MasterClass (Get 15% off an annual subscription at MasterClass.com/mugglecast) and MeUndies, makers of the most comfortable underwear (get 15% off your first order at MeUndies.com/mugglecast). Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more!

516: Can Draco Malfoy Ever Be Forgiven?

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 87:05

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (Get 20% off your first purchase) and Quip (Try their new mouthwash today!).

515: Prisoner of Azkaban Movie Commentary

Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 136:39

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.

514: Revisiting Harry Potter Fansites During Summer 2007

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 88:51

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week’s episode is sponsored by MasterClass (Get 15% off an annual subscription at MasterClass.com/mugglecast) and BetterHelp (Get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast). 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! Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more! This week, on Bonus MuggleCast, the hosts reflect on what the party scene was like at Potter conferences.

513: Why is Hufflepuff's Professor Sprout So Absent From the Harry Potter Series?

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 71:26

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week’s episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (Visit ThirdLove.com/MuggleCast for 20% off your perfect fitting bra) and Quip (visit GetQuip.com/muggle to get a free plastic gum dispenser with any refill plan). Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more!

512: The Highs and Lows of the Battle of Hogwarts

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 68:15

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week’s episode is sponsored by MeUndies, makers of the most comfortable underwear (get 15% off your first order at MeUndies.com/mugglecast) and HelloFresh (Get 12 free meals plus free shipping, at HelloFresh.com/12muggle, and using code 12muggle) Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more!

511: Listeners Share Funny Harry Potter Plot Holes, and more MuggleMail

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 66:35

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week’s episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (Get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast) and Usual Wines (get your first glass on us by using code ‘mugglecast’ at checkout)! Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more!

510: The Best (or Weirdest) of Harry Potter Fan Fiction

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 74:40

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week’s episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (Get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast) and MasterClass (Get 15% off an annual subscription at MasterClass.com/mugglecast)! Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more!

509: What We'd Change About The Harry Potter Books and Movies

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 83:10

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week’s episode is sponsored by MeUndies and Quip! Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more!

508: How To Tell Fred and George Weasley Apart, and More Twin Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2021 68:06

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more! This week's MuggleCast is brought to you by ThirdLove. Visit Thirdlove.com/mugglecast for 20% off today!

507: Bradley Bakes is Creating Every Food and Drink Item in the Harry Potter Books

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 49:27

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more!

506: Harry and Tom Riddle, More Security Nightmares, and Other MuggleMail

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 65:30

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 MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by BetterHelp: Get 10% off your first month of therapy at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and Bonus MuggleCast!

505: Seven Harry Potter Fan Films That Expand The Story in Brilliant Ways

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 66:12

The MuggleCasters recently appeared on Evanna Lynch’s ChickPeeps podcast, where we nerded out on Harry Potter - check it out (https://www.thechickpeeps.com/episodes/2021/3/10/s3-ep22-chickpeeps-x-mugglecast-crossover) ! We remember Harry Potter fandom icon Nigel Taylor (Vladimir Snape) Grab the popcorn, candy and soda and hide it inside Laura's huge purse, because this week, we're going to the movies! In our main discussion this week, we review several excellent Harry Potter Fan-Made Short Films We review some of the best fan-made movies over the last several years Severus Snape the The Marauders (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmsntGGjxiw&feature=emb_title) Voldemort: Origins of the Heir (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6SZa5U8sIg) Lily Evans and the Eleventh Hour (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--A8rYXaapw) Life After Fred (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuF3zEhcWVs) Dumbledore and Grindelwald: For The Greater Good (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGHBwk0quxs&feature=emb_title) Harrey Podder: Say The Magic Word (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iZN_5j3KUA&ab_channel=stodoe) Sisters of House of Black (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hrcRtu45TU&t=405s&ab_channel=KelseyEllison) The hosts give their own ideas for a Harry Potter short film Quizzitch: At what United States college was A Very Potter Musical written and first performed? Visit http://www.MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by MD Acne (Take the quiz (http://www.mdacne.com/mugglecast) and get your first month supply for free, just pay shipping). Support us on Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/mugglecast) and receive magical benefits, like a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and Bonus MuggleCast!

504: The Achievements of Women in Harry Potter

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 77:22

Welcome Slug Club guest Olivia! The Hogwarts Legacy video game will reportedly allow (https://www.polygon.com/22309068/hogwarts-legacy-transinclusive-character-creation-jk-rowling) 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 (https://harrypotter.fandom.com/wiki/Wizard_of_the_Month#:~:text=Wizard%20of%20the%20Month%20was,the%20first%20of%20every%20month.) 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 http://www.MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by MD Acne (Take the quiz (http://www.mdacne.com/mugglecast) and get your first month supply for free, just pay shipping) and ThirdLove (http://www.thirdlove.com/mugglecast) (Get 20% off your first purchase) Support us on Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/mugglecast) and receive magical benefits, like a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and Bonus MuggleCast!

503: The Best and Worst of Ron Weasley

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 68:11

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 (https://www.mugglenet.com/2015/09/7-times-hermione-granger-took-ron-weasleys-lines-in-the-movies/) 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 http://www.MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by MDAcne (Visit http://www.MDAcne.com/mugglecast to get your first month supply free!) and HelloFresh (Visit http://www.HelloFresh.com/12muggle and use code 12 muggle for 12 FREE meals!) Support us on Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/mugglecast) and receive magical benefits, like a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and Bonus MuggleCast!

502: All The Ways Hogwarts Is A Security Nightmare

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 76:28

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 http://www.MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by MDAcne (http://www.mdacne.com/mugglecast) (take the quiz and get your first month's supply for free, just pay shipping) and BetterHelp (http://www.betterhelp.com/mugglecast) (receive 10% off your first month)! Support us on Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/mugglecast) and receive magical benefits, like a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and Bonus MuggleCast!

501: Fantastic Beasts 3 Opening Scene Ideas, MuggleMail

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 64:41

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 (https://www.patreon.com/muggleast) 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 http://www.MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer! This week's episode is sponsored by MeUndies (http://www.meundies.com/mugglecast) and Quip (http://www.GetQuip.com/muggle) Support us on Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/mugglecast) and receive magical benefits, like a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and Bonus MuggleCast!

500: The Best Harry Potter Pick-Up Lines, Popular Head Cannon Ships

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 77:12

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 (https://www.buzzfeed.com/ewinca5447/itas-freaky-but-we-know-what-hogwarts-house-is-y-6n5u235gdp) ! Quizzitch: How far did Harry throw the gnome that bit him? This week's episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (http://www.thirdlove.com/mugglecast) (Get 20% off your order at the link!) and our newest sponsor Magic Spoon (http://www.magicspoon.com/mugglecast) (hit the link and use promo code 'mugglecast' for $5 off your first order!) Support us on Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/mugglecast) and receive magical benefits, like a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and Bonus MuggleCast!

499: Life As An Adult Harry Potter Fan

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 64:06

Welcome to our listener and Patron (https://www.patreon.com/mugglecast/) 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 (https://www.twitter.com/mugglecast/) ! 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?

498: Harry Potter's 'Midnight Sun': The Companion Stories We Want Written

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 58:47

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 (https://www.mugglecast.com/episode-156-an-interview-with-stephenie-meyer/) ). 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? Support us on Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/mugglecast) and receive magical benefits, like a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and Bonus MuggleCast!

#497: The First Movie's Best Character Introductions

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 63:56

Welcome Slug Club (https://www.patreon.com/mugglecast) member Pablo to the show! Spanish language speakers, check out Pablo's HP podcast Cuarantena 9 3/4 (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cuarentena-9-3-4/id1510239480) ! 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 (https://www.twitch.tv/spielermangames) 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? This week’s episode is sponsored by Quip (http://www.GetQuip.com/muggle) (Get a free dispenser for their new chewing gum) and MeUndies (http://www.meundies.com/mugglecast) (Get 15% off your first order Support us on Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/mugglecast) and receive magical benefits, like Bonus MuggleCast!

#496: Harry Potter Character New Year Resolutions, Iconic Lines We Always Say Out Loud

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2021 57:28

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? This week’s episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (http://www.betterhelp.com/mugglecast) (Receive 10% off your first month) and ThirdLove (visit ThirdLove.com/mugglecast (http://www.thirdlove.com/mugglecast) for 20% off your first purchase). Support us on Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/mugglecast) and receive magical benefits, like Bonus MuggleCast!

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