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Episode #337: Dumblescruff

Sep 18, 2017 - 01:12:49

- Slug Club member Robert joins the show - New Potter merchandise hits the market - Jude Law shows off his Dumbledore scruff - Episode 336 Rewind: Listeners share their favorite modes of magical transportation - We break down the Hogwarts Courses in our latest main discussion - Where do Defense Against the Dark Arts, Charms and Herbology rank on our list? - Do Divination, Astronomy, Care of Magical Creatures and History of Magic even matter? - How important is Flying? - Bonus MuggleCast tackles Muggle Studies, Potions and Transfiguration - If we were to make our own Hogwarts class schedule, what subjects would make our Top 5? - Pop Quiz of the Week debuts!

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Episode #336: Two Sickles A Scoop

Sep 11, 2017 - 01:28:40

- We look back on September 1 - Cursed Child gets some real estate in Times Square - Warwick Davis greets fans at King's Cross - Listeners share how they spent #19YearsLater - Eric reveals he forgot to share one very important piece of PO Box mail - The author of the notorious fan fiction My Immortal is revealed - We share listener rebuttals on our Wizarding World residence discussion - Our main discussion this week... Magical Transportation - We analyze everything from the Hogwarts Express to Broomsticks to Flying Cars - Do we prefer Floo Powder, Portkeys, Apparition or Flying Beasts? - The hosts share their top picks for how they'd get around the wizarding world - Voicemails return!

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Episode #335: Live From Orlando

Sep 5, 2017 - 00:40:41

Andrew, Micah, and Eric cap off MuggleNet Live with a discussion on "19 Years Later" and alternate Epilogue ending lines. Stick around after the live recording for a post-mortem that the three recorded the morning after.

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Episode #334: Back To Hogwarts?

Aug 29, 2017 - 01:17:44

- Welcome Slug Club member Neva to the show! - What is The Cursed Child planning for 19 years later? - Did JKR's tweet confirm filming at Hogwarts this week? - Main Discussion: Residences in the Wizarding World - We talk about the pros and cons of some notable magical abodes - The Burrow, Malfoy Manor and Grimmauld Place - How about a room at the Leaky Cauldron? - Godric's Hollow and Hogsmeade? Where do they rank high on our list? - Could you live at Hogwarts even if you really, really wanted to? - Listeners weigh in with where they'd like to live! - Favorites: Theme Park Memory - We'll see you on September 1 in Orlando for MuggleNet Live!

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Episode #333: Book Snobs

Aug 21, 2017 - 01:29:14

Andrew and Eric are joined by longtime listener and Hypable writer Katie. How to you convert someone who isn't a Harry Potter fan into a big one? We discuss various options after being inspired by a Pottermore article. Later, we take lots of great voicemails as well as an e-mail responding to one of our recent discussions.

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Episode #332: The Hollow Goblet

Aug 14, 2017 - 01:03:52

- JKR is the highest paid author of 2017... but should she be? - We celebrate 12 years of podcasting with a special PO Box update - Main Discussion: What has Potter changed about pop culture? - We talk about how Potter normalized nerd culture and made reading "cool" - Is Harry Potter a gateway fandom? - How Harry Potter rode the wave of the Internet - Fansites, podcasts, FRAPR maps, fan listings, phpBB forums and more - The evolution of JKR's website - Book release dates, book titles, trailers exclusives and major announcements all happened via the Internet - Having the ability to interact directly with the author, cast and crew - Making friends through the internet - When Jo tweets... it's international news - If you were to create a fansite today, what would it be? - We'll see you in a few weeks for MuggleNet Live in Orlando

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Episode #331: Projections

Aug 7, 2017 - 01:23:32

- Slug Club member Cherise joins the show - We remember actor Robert Hardy who played Cornelius Fudge - The original cast of Cursed Child is headed to Broadway... including the owl? - Cursed Child's Jack Thorne is set to pen Star Wars: Episode IX - Andrew breaks down the differences between the Cursed Child rehearsal and final editions - Our main discussion centers around consumerism and Harry Potter - Take a guess at what percentage of Harry Potter's $21 billion empire merchandising accounted for! - Harry Potter grapes & Coca-Cola bottles: have we ever seen something we thought was too much? - Do all of the spinoff books for the movies cheapen the series written by J.K. Rowling? - Should publishers keep releasing different editions of the core books? - Each host provides two good ideas for new pieces of Potter merchandise - some are NSFW! - We share our favorite piece of non-book/movie Harry Potter merchandise that we each own - We'll see you on September 1 at MuggleNet Live in Orlando

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Episode #330: Constant

Jul 31, 2017 - 01:15:17

- Slug Club member Justin joins the show - Eric is celebrating J.K. Rowling and Harry's birthday this year in a different set of robes - Don't forget to check out our Fantastic Beasts commentary - We reveal and discuss the big surprise from JKR's interview with CNN - Fans celebrate the 10th anniversary of Deathly Hallows - Devil's Advocate: Micah and Justin defend the encyclopedia STILL not being released - Wizarding World expansion is coming! We discuss the latest and share your tweets! - Credence will have a growing role in Fantastic Beasts 2 - what exactly does that mean? - Illustrated editions get animated for Amazon Kindle! - Mailbag: Circus Arcanus, Nurmengard, stripping magical powers and more! - Voicemails are "mostly" sober this week and include a theory on how Grindelwald will escape! - One month until we will be in Orlando for MuggleNet Live!

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Episode #329: Fantastic Beasts Movie Commentary

Jul 24, 2017 - 02:16:37

Join Andrew, Eric, Micah, and Jeanna as they watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them from start to finish! You'll need to bring your own copy of the movie to the party, and we tell you when to hit play on your DVD/Blu-ray/Digital copy. Throughout our viewing of the whole film we discuss specific scenes, offer theories, and complain about the number of endings. Enjoy!

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Episode #328: Beedle the Ba(r)d

Jul 18, 2017 - 01:23:38

- We reflect on the 10-year anniversary of Deathly Hallows, which is this Friday! - And give our top 10 (or so) moments since 2007 - The conversation gets heated over Beedle The Bard - Pottermore: then and now - JKR revealing Dumbledore is gay was the first big post-Potter revelation - The Wizarding World and Studio Tour open and expand - The Casual Vacancy and Robert Galbraith hit bookshelves - Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts revive the fandom - Alan RIckman and John Hurt remembered - The first Fantastic Beasts film did in fact tease Circus Arcanus - Disney announces a Star Wars hotel. Will Universal respond? - We'll be at MuggleNet Live in Orlando on September 1!

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Episode #327: Center Of The Ring

Jul 10, 2017 - 01:07:06

- Slug Club member Cullen joins the show - We discuss the latest Fantastic Beasts filming news - We're headed to the circus! - Circus Arcanus: Museum of Human Oddities will play a key role in Fantastic Beasts 2 - Our thoughts on the film taking place in NYC, Paris and London - How will Grindelwald break out of prison? Who will aid in his escape? - Will he hide out with the circus before it departs for Europe? Will he rally the circus wizards to his cause? Could he attack the circus since it's a public event? - Why is Albus Dumbledore joining this fight so early? It's still roughly 20 years before he "defeats" him. - Who are these new characters: Grimmson, Yusuf Kama, Skender? - Theseus is confirmed with Credence, Leta and Abernathy returning! Abernathy?!? Really? - Is there a connection between Newt and Grindelwald much like Harry and Voldemort? - Will J.K. Rowling reveal big news in her upcoming interview with CNN? - Make The Connection - We'll be at MuggleNet Live this September in Orlando!

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Episode #326: Newt, with Evanna Lynch

Jun 26, 2017 - 01:24:37

- Evanna Lynch joins the show! - See Evanna on London's West End in "Disco Pigs" - She gives her thoughts on The Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts - So... how is J.K. Rowling doing? - Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Newton Artemis Fido Scamander - Eric talks about what it means to have a Hufflepuff take centerstage - Newt's strong connection to creatures; what are his ethics towards them?- Newt and Leta: we explore the very little of what's known of their relationship - What makes Dumbledore so fond of Newt? Does it have to do with Arianna? - Did Newt give Fawkes to Dumbledore? Aragog to Hagrid? - How will Newt bring down Grindelwald a second time with beasts? Are they a vulnerability? - Make The Connection returns! - We'll be at MuggleNet Live! on September 1 in Orlando!

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Episode #325: Fleurble The Fake

Jun 19, 2017 - 01:06:21

- Happy Father's Day and congrats Mikey B! - We acknowledge several of the dads and father figures in the Potter series! - Pottemore continues to troll Andrew - Who the eff is Fleurble Laffalo? - We review the new 20th Anniversary editions of Philosopher's Stone - Amazon.co.uk has some questionable shipping methods - Can we expect future anniversary editions of other Potter books? What special content would they feature? - We discuss some of the notable members of each of the Hogwarts houses - Flitwick the dueling champion, Draco the occlumens and Lockhart the momma's boy! - Snape was the only Death Eater able to produce a patronus - Eric takes issue! - Listeners share what they would change about Sorcerer's Stone - Next week we conclude our Fantastic Beasts character discussion with Newt Scamander and a very special guest!

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Episode #324: The Barebones

Jun 11, 2017 - 01:22:26

- We discuss the latest Fantastic Beasts casting news - Young Dumbledore, Grindelwald, Newt & Leta - are we headed back to Hogwarts & Godric's Hollow? - And we theorize on Sebastian? Who is he? A sibling? A goat? A likely casualty? - What about Aberforth and Ariana? - Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: The Barebones Family - Rowling draws parallels to institutional orphanages - Do Mary Lou and Grindelwald share a similar objective in exposing the wizard community? - Did she know the truth about Credence? - Who, if anyone, will continue her cause? - This Week in MuggleCast History - Voicemails cover Grindelwald, House sortings and a new Potter fan film

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Episode #323: Credence

Jun 5, 2017 - 01:08:13

- Welcome Slug Club member Juliana! - It's been 13 years since the release of Prisoner of Azkaban in theaters! We reminisce. - The 20th anniversary editions of Philosopher's Stone have shipped! - Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Credence Barebone - How much is there still to learn about him? Who was his mother? Could his father still be alive? - Can Credence control his powers? He's very targeted in his attacks, but his actions sometimes have unintended consequences (Chastity). - Is it odd given how powerful Grindelwald is that he couldn't figure out Credence was the obscurial? - Does the obscurial mask its own identity? - We discuss Credence's relationship with Graves/Grindelwald - Will Dumbledore extend a helping hand to Credence given what happened to Arianna? - The Barebone name origin conversation takes an inappropriate turn - What's next for Credence? Did he really make it onto the boat? - Voicemails: Ron, Queenie, Grindelwald, Puffs and more!

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Episode #322: "Graves"

May 29, 2017 - 01:05:37

- Welcome Slug Club Member Clara - The original cast of Cursed Child close the show on an interesting note - We'll be at MuggleNet Live in Orlando this September! - Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Percival Graves (Grindelwald) - We discuss his name origin and other notable Percivals in the Potter series - What truly happened to Graves? - Was the Graves/Grindelwald story all a little bit too Mad-Eye Moody? We consult the Twitter poll! - When did Graves return from his overseas travel? How closely was he working with Theseus Scamander? - Can we expect to see Graves in future films? Was he detained? Imprisoned? Killed? - Grindelwald's masterful job of impersonation and manipulation - What does it say about MACUSA that NOBODY suspected him? - David Heyman describes Grindelwald as both "seductive" and a "rock star" - Does his treatment of Credence shine a light on his relationship with Dumbledore?

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Episode #321: Seraphina

May 22, 2017 - 01:12:23

- "You've never heard of midnight release parties?" - Wizarding World Hollywood is getting a nighttime show - The original cast of Cursed Child calls it a wrap - Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Seraphina Picquery - What does Seraphina being selected by all four Ilvemorny Houses tell us about her? - Sorting Hat vs. Gordian Knot - it's on! - Picquery's term as President (1920-1928) - how exactly did it come to an end? - Seraphina's wand was made by Violetta Beauvais - we discuss the implications! - How does her leadership compare to Cornelius Fudge & Rufus Scrimgeour? - Her relationship with Tina - Listeners share their thoughts on the President of MACUSA - And a few more first-time Potter stories are shared

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Episode #320: Tina

May 16, 2017 - 01:36:32

- Slug Club member Katy joins the show! - Andrew visits a Thunderbolt.. ThunderBIRD restaurant in middle-of-nowhere Utah - Pottermore launches a Harry Potter book club... been there, done that - Cursed Child sets its opening date on Broadway. We make plans to attend - Andrew steals the Potter prequel - We take listener rebuttals on last week's Jacob discussion - Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Porpetina Esther Goldstein - Katy gives us a breakdown of Tina's name origin - Was her character written to just not be all that interesting... initially? - Could the Goldsteins face religious persecution in future films? - Tina is the most straight-laced of the quartet but is not without her quirks or passions - What does the reasoning behind her demotion at MACUSA tell us about her character? - The Tina-Credence connection - Voicemails return with some entertaining messages... and threats

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Episode #319: Jacob

May 8, 2017 - 01:31:39

- It's a two-man show with Andrew traversing the country - But he does make a pit-stop at a very interesting restaurant - Listeners give their feedback on last week's Queenie discussion - The Cursed Child has been filmed! It's not what you think... - On the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, JKR apologizes for another character death! - Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Jacob Kowalski - The heart of the film and our first major, non-magical character - What is Jacob's role in the Quartet? - We discuss how he humanizes Newt and his relationship with Queenie - Why take Jacob on a ride of a lifetime only to have it taken away at the end of the movie? - What does he truly remember? - How will Jacob factor into the next film? Is he vulnerable? Can he be used against Newt? - Dueling Club: No-Maj edition

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Episode #318: Queenie

May 1, 2017 - 01:15:24

- Jude Law responds to being cast as Dumbledore - Listeners give their thoughts on Theseus Scamander - We begin our first Fantastic Beasts character discussion: Queenie Goldstein - Queenie's Legilimency does not appear to be common knowledge - How her abilities could be used for both good and evil in future films - Was she forced to repress her Legilimency growing up? - Is she intentionally keeping the truth from MACUSA? - How Queenie's Legilimency differs from that of Snape - Why does she reveal so quickly to Jacob and Newt that she can read minds? - JKR: While Queenie could read your mind right now, she doesn’t always draw the right conclusions from what she’s reading. What are the implications of this statement? - Make The Music Connection returns with an interesting twist - Sage schools us on the latest Wizard Rock

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Episode #317: One Wish

Apr 24, 2017 - 01:14:12

- Happy Birthday Eric! - Callum Turner cast as Theseus Scamander - What do we know about Newt's older brother besides a brief mention in Fantastic Beasts? - We analyze the letter between brothers that never made the final cut. Would it have put too much emphasis on Grindelwald early on? - What kind of relationship do the two brothers share? Micah and Eric have differing opinions. - Isn't it a bit ironic that Theseus is tasked to track down Grindelwald and its Newt who catches him? How will Theseus react? - Theseus and Graves worked together - how close did Grindelwald get to Theseus without him knowing? - Is Theseus even still alive? Could he possibly be a Grindelwald supporter? - Will the two brothers work together when Grindelwald inevitably escapes? - Will Theseus die tragically like the Greek hero for which he is named? - We share some more first Potter memories!

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Episode #316: Shaping The World

Apr 17, 2017 - 01:15:30

Slug Club member James joins the show as we discuss some of the best special features on the Fantastic Beasts DVD / Blu-ray (and Digital)! - The Wizarding World theme park is getting decked out for Christmas! - What other holidays/celebrations would listeners like to see? - Our main discussion: The Fantastic Beast Creature & Design Features - It's not all green screens and CGI - "Honey, what did you do today?" "Oh I dressed up as an erumpant and traded mating calls with Eddie Redmayne!" - Dougal the Demiguise is JKR's favorite - "If you don't like the Niffler, there is something wrong with you!" - JKR wanted to have one thing that was "quintessentially" American - Frank the Thunderbird - Which begs the question - where were the other American beasts? - Shaping The World of Fantastic Beasts - Rebuilding New York City, inside MACUSA, The Newtcase, The Blind Pig & more - What special features were missing that we would have liked to see? - Voicemails - Get your MuggleCast t-shirt while supplies last!

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Episode #315: Youngledore

Apr 13, 2017 - 01:24:27

- This week's episode of MuggleCast is brought to you by Puffs the Play! Save 10% on your tickets by using code MugglePuffs at checkout - Grindelwald's line at the end of Fantastic Beasts gets an explanation (kind of) - Cursed Child cleans up at the Olivier Awards. Did they deserve it? - The super duper deluxe awesome edition of Cursed Child is coming (in paperback), and Micah isn't impressed - Jude Law has been cast as Dumbledore! - We're headed back to Hogwarts! - What other characters can we expect to see? - Beard or no beard? - Listeners share their thoughts on the news of Jude Law's casting - How deep will the movies dive into the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald? - Celebrating 20 years of Potter, listeners share their Favorite Memories - Voicemails - And a new segment that will rival The Voice

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Episode #314: Mustard

Apr 5, 2017 - 01:09:56

- We're back to weekly episodes and patron Sophia joins the show! - Andrew is live from Orlando - The Fantastic Beasts DVD/Blu-ray is out and we talk deleted scenes and special features - Graves, Tina & that awkward mustard moment - Jacob & Mildred - The neutered runespoor - What happened to Credence boarding a boat? - Which of the 11 deleted scenes would we like to see make the final cut? - Before Harry Potter: A New Era of Magic Begins - JKR says Fantastic Beasts is why she's always said "never say never" - Heyman, Yates, Kloves, Craig & Jo - the band is back together again - Yates was initially hesitant to return to the Potter world - Casting A Quartet: what does this mean for the foursome moving forward? - The cast discuss Yates' unique directing style - The responsibility of continuing Potter - Keep sending in your voicemails: 920-3-MUGGLE - Next week: Fantastic Beast Feature Discussion: Characters, Creatures & Design

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Episode #313: Cha-Ching

Mar 24, 2017 - 01:18:31

- Andrew is back and talks about his time in London! - A controversial statement (of sorts) about the Harry Potter Studio Tour - How did the studio tour compare to Andrew's set visits back in the day? - Another Illustrated Edition is on the way (and it's probably not the one you think) - Patreon Question: What book from the Wizarding World would you like JKR to write next? - Our main discussion focuses on the newly released Fantastic Beasts book - Newt was a spy for Dumbledore (according to Rita Skeeter) - Dumbledore's relationship with Newt was "more than a schoolteacher" - Six new beasts make the cut and one goes missing - A key word in Newt's foreword is changed - Our voicemail line is now open and Micah gets generous with our first callers - Bonus MuggleCast: New theme park expansion - See you in April for weekly episodes and our review of the Fantastic Beasts Blu-ray

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Episode #312: Choranaptyxic

Mar 10, 2017 - 01:19:02

- MuggleCast will be returning to weekly format in April! Thanks, Patrons! - An unprepared/underwhelming Oscars acceptance speech - Fantastic Beasts now on digital release - new clips abound! - The Studio tour is expanding again! - Audiobooks, new words and theater nominations for Cursed Child. - Listener question: What is your earliest Harry Potter memory? - Main Discussion: Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition cover is revealed! Is Ernie Prang related to Dumbledore? - The colors remind us of Goosebumps books. Listeners also weigh in. - One more early HP experience to note

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Episode #311: 311

Feb 26, 2017 - 01:06:46

- Andrew's worlds collide when The Boss' Harry Potter song finally surfaces! - Cursed Child auditions are underway - we're all too tall! - Dumbledore casting update - Fantastic Beasts is nominated for two Oscars - we're not holding our breath! - Our main discussion takes listener questions on the Fantastic Beasts core four - How will Newt factor in to the larger wizarding war and the Dumbledore vs. Grindelwald battle? - How much does Jacob truly remember? Will he make it out alive? Will he be more than the silly sidekick? - Did Jacob and Queenie have a family? Quentin Kowalski would seem to suggest so. - What will Tina's new role be? Will she take Graves' position? And possibly lead U.S. magical forces against the growing threat in Europe? - What was the relationship between Tina and the real Graves like? - Can Queenie turn off her powerful legilimancy abilities? How does she handle all of that information? What other talents can wizards and witches be born with? - How can Queenie use her powers in the war to come? - We announce The Slug Club - a brand-new level for patrons! - PO Box update (thank you to everyone who sent us mail) and our voicemail line is returning!

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Episode #310: Snowplowicus

Feb 11, 2017 - 01:17:44

- We review the new House editions of Sorcerer's Stone from Bloomsbury - Andrew reveals his true allegiance(s) - Kreacher has passed on at age 666 - What tweet about a popular Fantastic Beasts theory did J.K. Rowling like three times? - Zoe Kravitz talks Newt and Leta - Fantastic Beasts Mailbag - We theorize a bit more on why Newt left Hogwarts - Was Dumbledore a target of Grindelwald's from the onset? - Will Dumbledore be portrayed in a less than positive light in future films? Will his relationship with Grindelwald be showcased at all? - Chances we get a Tom Riddle cameo? What other families/characters can we expect to run into? - What will happen to Credence in the next film? - The creepy Death Cell inside MACUSA - What exactly happens to witches and wizards born to No-Majs in the U.S.? - The Dueling Club and Make The Connection return!

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Episode #309: Signed Sealed Delivered

Jan 30, 2017 - 01:09:41

- We pay tribute to the late John Hurt - The truth behind Never Sever Us - The Rubbish Bin on JKR's site returns... with a Cursed Child focus - Follow The Spiders - what does it mean? - The Fantastics Beasts DVD/Blu-ray gets a release date! - We listen to the deleted scene featuring the Ilvermorny house song! - Eddie Redmayne will read the new Fantastic Beasts audiobook - We revisit Fantastic Beasts: Jeanna compares the screening in Chicago to the final product - Jacob's fiancee - How the big Grindelwald reveal went down - Theme park expansion rumors abound in Bonus MuggleCast

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Episode #308: Published

Jan 16, 2017 - 01:12:30

- Andrew's now a published author! - ...and has tasted hot Butterbeer! - ...and has traded houses to become a Slytherin! - What does it mean that Grindelwald was a seer? - The new Fantastic Beasts covers have been revealed! - We dive deep into the launch of JKR's new website (which definitely has a nostalgic feel) - Jo answers some FAQs about Fantastic Beasts and we analyze - Why couldn't Newt just apparate to the USA? Why did he go through No-Maj customs? Why couldn't Newt 'accio' all of his beasts safely back to his briefcase? - Why isn't Veritaserum used in interrogations? - Why did 'revelio' undo the effects of the Polyjuice Potion? - Why didn't Harry Potter develop an Obscurus? - Twitter Question: What uncommon element(s) from the HP books or films do you want to see become important in the FB series?

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Episode #307: Thank You, Cursed Child

Dec 21, 2016 - 01:12:31

It's our final episode of 2016! To send out an amazing year, we recap our latest trip around the sun, discuss recent news, and more. We're joined by Hypable.com's Danielle Zimmerman, a longtime listener making her on-air debut. - Scorbus may be real after all - Cursed Child tops Amazon's Best-Selling Books of 2016 - Our Main Discussion centers around Newt's expulsion from Hogwarts - New info surrounding Newt and Leta is found in the Case of Beasts! - Parallels to Hagrid and Aragog - did Newt's situation set a precedent? It's clear Newt took the blame for Leta, but why? - The beast in question is revealed: what is a Jarvey? - Patrons weigh in with their thoughts on Newt and Leta's relationship - We take a look back on the Year in Potter, including Fantastic Beasts, The Cursed Child, Ilvermorny, The Patronus Quiz and Alan Rickman - Twitter Question: What more would you want to learn about the American Wizarding World? - Thanks to Renee for the Christmas card!

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Episode #306: Ariana the Obscurus

Dec 13, 2016 - 01:20:34

- Lin-Manuel Miranda sparks Half-Blood Prince/Deathly Hallows debate - Hot Butterbeer has arrived at the Wizarding World in Los Angeles - A new spider honors a Hogwarts founder and his sorting hat - Main Discussion: Was Ariana Dumbledore an Obscurus? - We analyze the evidence from Credence and Aberforth Dumbledore - How will her death play into future Fantastic Beasts films? - Did Grindelwald's interest in Ariana as an obscurus lead to his falling out with Albus? - Pottermore releases new writing on Ariana just weeks after Fantastics Beasts - coincidence? - Obscurus Books... the official publisher of Fantastic Beasts actually exists in Diagon Alley! - What Fantastic Beasts creature are you? Find out! - Email: Was the death of Credence not properly handled?

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Episode #305: Fantastic Beasts Movie Review (SPOILERS!)

Nov 18, 2016 - 00:59:10

- Our spoiler-filled review of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them! - Those opening credits! We're back in the wizarding world (with no expectations) and it's massively refreshing! - Our initial thoughts on Newt, Tina, Jacob, Queenie, Graves and Creedence - Another wizarding family gets name-dropped (and its not the Dumbledores) - Obscurus: say what? And why this may not be the first time we've encountered one! - Inside the Newtcase: will the beasts be used to fight in the future? - Even thought we're leaving New York, have we seen the end of certain characters? - We breakdown the clues leading up to the big reveal! - We anticipate Nifflers and Bowtruckles will top fan holiday wish lists

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Episode #304: Fantastically Spoiler Free

Nov 14, 2016 - 01:01:29

– The gang is all together in NYC for a special charity screening of Fantastic Beasts – We’re recording in-person for the first time in 9 years – There may or may not be some hand-holding – We discuss the recent casting of Johnny Depp and the news of the series spanning 19 years – Our initial reactions to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, all presented in a spoiler-free manner – Returning to the Wizarding World five years after the release of Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – Characters, beasts, 1920s New York – it’s all on the table for discussion (with Eric’s sorta-working microphone) – Our full spoiler episode coming later this week! – Congrats to our Halloween Contest winners

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Episode #303: Fantastic Five

Oct 26, 2016 - 01:06:24

- Andrew reminisces about LeakyCon while Eric reviews Sorcerer's Stone in IMAX - Does the Fantastic Beasts soundtrack offer huge insights into what we can expect to see in the film? - We review what we know about the Fantastic Beasts mobile game... - And Micah thinks Warner Bros is missing a big opportunity in NYC! - Celebrating 20 Years of Magic! Make sure to get your copy of Newsweek today! - Main Discussion: Fantastic Beasts is now a five-part movie series! - Will all five films be focused on beasts? Or is it this all building toward the First Wizarding War? What's Newt's connection to Grindelwald? And could we be headed to other wizarding institutions around the world? - We discuss what will determine the overall success of the series. - David Yates addresses whether this is all just a money-grab... and name drops a major Potter character for the Fantastic Beast sequel. - Listener Feedback: mixed reaction to the announcement by JKR - In this week's Bonus MuggleCast available on Patreon, we discuss how five movies will affect fandom, and if we can analyze this new movie like we would any J.K. Rowling / Harry Potter book.

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Episode #302: Andrew's Party

Oct 9, 2016 - 01:10:07

Lots of news to discuss in our first episode of October! Hypable’s Hype podcast host Pamela joins us to discuss all of the latest and greatest news. Expecto Patronum! The long-awaited quiz is finally here and the hosts reveal their Patronuses! Listeners share Patronus quiz results and if they’re happy with the outcome Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition hits store shelves and we have some questions! Why are their less illustrations? How will the length of future books impact the number of illustrations? Do these editions take away from the imaginations of younger readers? What’s up with Dobby’s bare ass? The final Fantastic Beasts trailer is released… with the mention of a very familiar dark wizard! Will Dumbledore help Newt fight Grindelwald? Will Newt be the only one capturing beasts? Whose side is Graves really on? Get your tickets! All 8 Harry Potter movies are returning to theaters for one week only! A great opportunity to see the earlier films. The main theme for Fantastic Beasts is revealed and it sounds awfully familiar… Harry Potter merch is making a comeback! Party in the Park – don’t miss out on an exclusive event at LeakyCon in Los Angeles (and after-party on Andrew’s rooftop)! Bonus MuggleCast: The History of MACUSA (Coming to Patreon later in October)

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Episode #301: A Fantastic Visit

Sep 20, 2016 - 01:35:18

Andrew’s elusive quest for the vibrating broomstick continues An exciting Patreon announcement: it’s never been easier to listen to our bonus content! A Patronus quiz? We’re skeptical. Listeners share other quizzes they’d like to see on Pottermore. Cormoran Strike has been cast! We discuss adapting the book series to television. Halloween is coming to the Wizarding World theme park in Japan! Is the Orlando park missing a huge opportunity? Next stop for Harry Potter: The Exhibition… The Netherlands! Hopefully, they allow photos now. LEGO Harry Potter gets a makeover (and some very cool additions)! We speak with MuggleNet’s Jessica Jordan, who visited the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them! Mailbag: Our thoughts on good adaptations vs. good movies, the most shocking plot point of The Cursed Child and… Mandrakes! Eric has a few PO Box updates, but sadly no live goats… yet…

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Episode #300: Wamp Wamp

Sep 4, 2016 - 01:15:38

The band is back together… Laura, Matt, Elysa & Mikey B return to celebrate this milestone! You can find Laura, Matt, Elysa, and Andrew on #Millennial podcast. Meanwhile, Mikey hosts Hypable’s Resistance Radio. And a special guest appearance by everyone’s favorite Brit! WAMP WAMP! We learn which Ilvermorny house each host was sorted into! The Cursed Child gets mixed reviews from the larger panel. Who said it?! A Cursed Child character or Original Story character (or Laura)? You might be surprised! The expansion of the Wizarding World: what would we like to see next? Has it gone too far already? Is Pottermore becoming the clearinghouse for all things Potter? Ilvermorny House controversy! We thought those drawings looked awfully familiar! NOT SAFE FOR WORK! We discuss things that definitely happened in the Potter series but JKR didn’t include because they were “kid” novels. Aberforth and his clean goat Severus Scabbers saw quite a bit of Weasley in his day Love potions… as date rape drugs? The prefect’s bathroom… an all-out orgy! Plus Bertha Jorkins & Peter Pettigrew, Polyjuice & puberty, Gilderoy Lockhart and vibrating brooms!

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Episode #299: The Cursed Child, Part 2

Aug 22, 2016 - 01:41:28

- We dive deep into Part 2 of The Cursed Child - Scorpius returns to an alternate reality - Why Snape didn't translate well on stage - Would humiliating Cedric actually drive him to become a Death Eater? - One listener wonders why Moody didn't see Albus & Scorpius in The Maze? - The Second Prophecy - Voldemort had a child, which means... many things we didn't think were possible - Why was nobody suspicious/aware of a pregnant Bellatrix? - The blanket: was it a stretch? We think so. - Halloween 1981: are there certain events in the Potter series that shouldn't be touched? - Listener tweets - Mega MuggleCast is coming! - Support us on Patreon to receive signed album art and Bonus MuggleCast episodes. This month we'll be using Bonus MC to discuss the latest news.

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Episode #298: The Cursed Child, Part 1

Aug 7, 2016 - 01:57:58

- We're celebrating 11 years of podcasting.. Thank you, listeners! - GeekyCon memories and Brooklyn shoutouts. - Andrew correctly predicted a major Cursed Child plot point! He is... genius! - JKR: Harry is done and Cursed Child should be considered canon - we give our thoughts on these comments. - We break down Part 1 of The Cursed Child. - Nineteen Years Later: Revisiting the Epilogue. - Scorpius rumors: What purpose do they serve? - Does Albus lack certain knowledge and abilities he should have at his age? - Harry's blanket: why did Petunia keep it? - Harry's adult character analyzed: his fight with Albus and treatment of McGonagall - Delphi and Amos Diggory - The Trolley Lady is a BAMF! - Why, and HOW is security so lax at the Ministry and inside the Minister's office? - Time-turning back to the first two tasks: their consequences (and in some cases, absurdity) - The Part 1 cliffhanger - Listener thoughts and questions - Read Andrew's DIRTY Cursed Child fan-fiction. - Mail us a birthday card! If you're into that. Address: MuggleCast, 4044 North Lincoln Avenue, Box 144, Chicago, IL 61618

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Episode #297: Tastes Like Lime

Jul 24, 2016 - 01:23:10

- The Cursed Child release is just days away! AHHH! - Is WB already working on a movie adaptation? - Emma Watson meets the new Hermione and gives her thoughts on The Cursed Child -- it was so great seeing this photo! - Fantastic Beasts hits Comic-Con, and everyone in the audience (including Andrew) gets a free wand from Eddie Redmayne. - What's up with Newt's wand? It's hollow at its base. - Chicago continues its Potter screening tradition and we've got someone on the inside! - Trailer hype: house-elves, goblins, no-Majs, helmets, Jon Voight, new beasts & more! - Favorites: midnight release party edition - We'll be live in Brooklyn, NY and Orlando, FL next weekend for The Cursed Child midnight release parties! Come join us! - Thanks to John for joining us! Be sure to check him out on Currently podcast!

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Episode #296: Gaunty

Jul 3, 2016 - 01:30:44

- There’s a new milestone on our Patreon, which’ll unlock MEGA MUGGLECAST! - Main Discussion: Ilvermorny Houses AND History! - What Ilvermorny Houses did each of the hosts get? - Is there any connection between Hogwarts and Ilvermorny House traits? - Statistical data is being reviewed based on sorting results. - Slytherin’s descendants play a large role in this story! - The Pukwudgie, William and the strange, new world - The duel and James’ near sacrifice - Haunted by bloodlines, the future of Isolt’s legacy - Listeners share how they think their Hogwarts and Ilvermorny are (or aren't) connected. - Another listener points out the beautiful ways JKR writes about the American Dream. - Eric will be at Leviosa, and he and Andrew will be at GeekyCon! - You can hear Selina every week on Hypable’s Hype!

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Episode #295: #Wormtaily (SPOILER review)

Jun 14, 2016 - 01:15:58

- Our SPOILER-FILLED thoughts on The Cursed Child - We discuss this damn story. What the heck is this? - The way the play starts off gets you ready for the big twist at the end. But it doesn't help. - Why are so many old plot devices used to tell the eighth story? - Someone on Reddit figured out how the big Cursed Child twist can fit into canon -- nine months ago. - Andrew highlights his favorite parts of the plot, including the Trolley Lady's secret. - Why Micah and Eric chose to read the spoilers. - Can this truly be considered the eighth story, given its problems? It's not moving the overall story forward.

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Episode #294: The Cursed Child (SPOILER-FREE review)

Jun 14, 2016 - 01:01:40

- Our SPOILER-FREE thoughts on The Cursed Child - Andrew rocks out at Stonehenge with The Boss - The Palace Theatre needs some AC - An owl goes rogue during the play, and Micah gains a new favorite animal - The Cursed Child - the immersive experience vs. the actual plot - It's unlike anything you've seen on stage -- but that's the problem with it being turned into a book. - The actors - Hermione and Scorpius' standout performances - The plot debate (as unspoilery as we can be) - #Wormtaily - we give our thoughts on JKR's response to Hypable's "spoilers" - Poll: Have you purposely read Cursed Child spoilers? - Andrew The Button Thief

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Episode #293: The Final Countdown

Jun 3, 2016 - 01:10:59

- The Cursed Child has released photos depicting eight of the characters! We discuss these first looks at Harry, Ron, Hermione, Draco Ginny, Albus, Rose, and Scorpius. - The parallels between Harry in Sorcerer's Stone and Albus in The Cursed Child (see MuggleCast.com for the photo) are mesmerizing. - Is Ginny getting pushed aside like she was in the movie? - Is Rose a Hufflepuff? Her sweater suggests so. - Are Albus, Rose, and Scorpius the new trio? - Where did the "Severus" in "Albus Severus" go? - Hermione has kept her last name, which is so nice to see. - We make our final Cursed Child predictions -- will any of us be right? - Listener feedback addresses the lack of Cursed Child audiobook as well as Felix Felicis. - MuggleCast will be attending GeekyCon for their Cursed Child release party!

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Episode #292: Ilvermore

May 15, 2016 - 01:24:19

- Andrew is in the middle of re-reading Sorcerer's Stone again, and he's loving it. - The Ilvermorny house names unintentionally appeared deep within Pottermore. - Based on how little we know about the houses, do we like them so far? - Why do they have to be named after animals? - We address some criticism brought up by Io9. - J.K. Rowling offers a fan in need an Expecto Patronum tattoo. - New, year-specific robes are now at Hogwarts -- and will appear in The Cursed Child. - With the Harry Potter Stage Play fast approaching, we each make two predictions about what twists are in store. - J.K. Rowling apologized for killing Remus Lupin. But should she really "apologize"? - Make the Connection gets really weird. As usual. - What would we each see in the Mirror of Erised? - One of our listeners shares his concerns about Harry Potter's timeline suddenly running out of sync with his readers in The Cursed Child. Can we relate to an overworked, middle aged employee?

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Episode #291: Laura's Pants, Part 2

May 2, 2016 - 00:56:41

- Welcome back Laura! We used to title many of our episodes after you. - MuggleCast is back to doing two episodes per month! HOORAY! Thanks to all of our Patrons who helped get us here. - We also have a new website at MuggleCast.com where it's easier to listen to the podcast. Check it out! - We discuss the latest Cursed Child updates, including JK Rowling asking for no spoilers (lol) - Fantastic Beasts will also be published as a script book. Uhm, why? - Characters from the world of Harry Potter WILL be showing up in the Fantastic Beasts movie. Who do we want to see? - Top Ten: The Battle of Hogwarts Would Have Been Even Worse If... - Pen and Paper Are My Priority returns, as does Chicken Soup - In Bonus MuggleCast on Patreon, we'll discuss the Battle of Hogwarts anniversary and what other books we'd like to see J.K. Rowling write in the Wizarding World.

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Episode #290: Expelled

Apr 15, 2016 - 01:30:40

- A new, and REALLY GREAT, trailer for Fantastic Beasts is here! - This trailer is special because, for the first time, we're getting a sense of the magic in the new movie. - It turns out that Newt was expelled from Hogwarts. What does this mean for this film series? - J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts book says he graduated. So does he return to Hogwarts, or will the Harry Potter author be changing canon? - Do we like the use of Hedwig's Theme again? - We ask listeners for their reactions to the trailer and talk about the fandom's take on the new preview. - Top 10: Spring cleaning is so much easier for Wizards and Witches because... - Wizarding World Hollywood is now open. Andrew recaps the Grand Opening event. - The Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition is coming. It looks beautiful! - In Listener Feedback we address last episode's Native American discussion. - In Bonus MuggleCast on Patreon we discuss the actual beasts in Fantastic Beasts, wand snapping, if we're more excited for The Cursed Child or Fantastic Beasts, and a lot more.

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Episode #289: North American Magic Deep Dive

Mar 18, 2016 - 01:20:02

Serious writing from Jo calls for serious discussion -- in this case, on the History of Magic in North America. - Why do these history lessons feel more... adult... than previous writings by J.K. Rowling? - How will each of these pieces relate to the Fantastic Beasts movie? - Americans didn’t seem to be painted in a positive light in these new writings. - Will Newt’s European mindset influence American Wizards? He may have an opportunity to put his mark on America. - Andrew doesn’t like the official pronunciation for "MACUSA." Or does he? - Which of the wand makers in the U.S. would we want to get a wand from? - We play Make the Connection with suggestions from our listeners. - We speak to Justin Zagri, the writer and director of the new fan film Severus Snape and the Marauders. - Please consider supporting us on Patreon! We're close to our next milestone, which will allow us to record two episodes per month! By pledging, you'll have instant access to lots of benefits. Visit Patreon.com/MuggleCast to learn more.

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Episode #288: The Eighth "Book"

Feb 10, 2016 - 01:18:41

- With Micah out of town, we welcome two MuggleCast virgins to the show: Jeanna and Pam! - The Cursed Child's script will be published as a book on July 31. Woah, this is sooner than expected. - What are we calling this? A BOOK? A STORY? What? - Two versions of The Cursed Child will be printed. Will we sweat the differences? - Will this book change people's plans to see the show? - Midnight release parties... yes? Please say yes. - Other announcements: Updated Fantastic Beasts book, new editions of Philosopher's Stone with Hogwarts House colors, and a date for the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition. - MuggleCast is now on Patreon. Please support us to help us increase the number of shows we release every month, and receive great benefits in return! Visit Patreon.com/MuggleCast for more. - Pottermore has released a new Sorting Hat quiz, but some people are getting different results this time around. - J.K. Rowling has unveiled four Wizarding Schools, including one in America. - Is the Encyclopedia doomed at this point? Andrew says yes. - Universal and WB's A Celebration of Harry Potter is turned into a Comic-Con for Potter fans. - We take questions from our early Patreon supporters. We'll answer more on the next episode!

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Episode #287: Always

Jan 29, 2016 - 01:07:08

- The Potions Master Remembered - We discuss the tragic passing of Alan Rickman and how the Potter community responded - J.K. Rowling reveals the secret she shared with Alan Rickman years ago - Valentine's Day at Hogwarts? Guaranteed to get you snogged! - We wonder what Jo thinks of the high cost of dining at Hogwarts. - An alternate ending to Deathly Hallows... Would it have worked? - 'Cursed Child' casting causes quite a stir - Make The Connection returns and... - A new game - Ex-SPELL-iarmus - debuts - MuggleCast has launched its Patreon! Pledge $2 or $5 per month to receive benefits including bonus audio content and new merchandise. Plus, and most importantly, you'll help us release additional episodes of MuggleCast each month.

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Episode #286: Newt's Theme

Dec 15, 2015 - 00:58:50

- The last time we discussed a new Wizarding World trailer was in June 2011... and here we go again. - Don't forget to take our Patreon survey so we can plan the future of the show! - The Fantastic Beasts trailer: Our first impressions, "Lumos Maxima," Hedwig's theme returns, and more. - The Los Angeles Wizarding World now has an opening date -- and Universal made the announcement in a unique way. - With the new Star Wars opening soon, we wonder: Could the Harry Potter series "awaken" in the same way with the original stars? - In many ways, 2015 was a year of rebirth for the Harry Potter fandom. We preview what's ahead in 2016. - What are the odds on that Encyclopedia coming out in 2016? Or that Patronus quiz?

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Episode #285: Newtcase

Nov 25, 2015 - 01:01:49

- Thanksgiving is upon us! Does anyone want to Adele and cry? - The hosts of MuggleCast are considering some big and exciting changes to the show as we look forward to several more years of Harry Potter goodness from J.K. Rowling. Please take a couple of minutes to visit MuggleCast.com and take a survey about your interest in supporting us! - Universal Hollywood has announced what it'll cost to make regular trips to Wizarding World Hollywood when it opens next year. It's surprisingly affordable! - The curtain was pulled off Fantastic Beasts earlier this month, and there's lots to discuss! - Newt's suitcase is not as simple as it seems: He holds his magical beasts in it. - The first details were shared about the lead characters. Do any of them stand out to us? - Producer David Heyman is comparing Fantastic Beasts to Goblet of Fire. Hmmm. - What do we think of the American word for muggles, "No-Maj?" - What are we thankful for in the world of Harry Potter?

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Episode #284: The Cursed Podcast

Oct 29, 2015 - 00:38:52

Now that we've had time to digest the big Cursed Child news, Andrew, Micah, Eric, and Laura discuss "the eighth story" and whether or not we plan to go to London to see it. Does it excite all of us enough to fly across the pond? Is this truly the eighth story? Plus, we wonder what kinds of reveals J.K. Rowling could make in the play (will she redeem Slytherins?). Finally, we discuss how fans around the world are going to be able to see it if they can't make it to England.

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Episode #283: Snitch Egg

Oct 23, 2015 - 01:06:53

- After recording last month's episode some news broke about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. BUT WAIT! As we record Episode 283, even MORE news breaks about the Cursed Child... and it's huge! - Keep in mind that we learn the news that The Cursed Child co-stars Albus Severus about 40 minutes into the episode. In the beginning of the show we're speculating before learning the big news, so hang in there to get to the facts. - Fantastic Beasts begins filming outdoors and we have some exciting footage to review. - Did we just figure out the plot of Fantastic Beasts? We have some good theories, at least. - J.K. Rowling reveals her favorite chapter from the Harry Potter series. - Pottermore removes Lavender Brown's "death" area. What? - Two new J.K. Rowling books are out this week: Career of Evil and the first-ever Harry Potter Illustrated Edition!

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Episode #282: Back to Hogwarts

Sep 25, 2015 - 01:14:42

- It's a new era in the fandom: Fantastic Beasts has started filming! - ... Is it as exciting as Andrew is making it out to be? - It's September! Back to Hogwarts y'all! Jo's tweet about the first day of the new term sent fans into a tizzy. - How much does it cost to take a photo with Rupert Grint at a fan expo? The answer is... wallet-breaking. - The Big Questions We Never Asked: Our listeners have some random questions! - Pottermore has re-launched, and we have a lot to say about it. - Does Pottermore know what it wants to be? - On the Calendar: The first-ever Illustrated Edition arrives soon! - There's no news about The Cursed Child (Sadly, we recorded this episode right before JKR announced the big Cursed Child news). - Fan Theories: Would Ginny have killed Voldemort if Harry didn't? Plus, JKR endorses the Dumbledore is Death theory.

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Episode #281: Fishy

Aug 10, 2015 - 01:23:20

- Happy Birthday, MuggleCast! Our show is 10 years old - Jamie is back! - We compare how long we've been MuggleCasting to how long we've been breathing - A message from Laura, and the return of Jamie's British Joke - The hosts reminisce on their favorite moments - New Segment: The Big Questions We've Never Asked - Favorites: Fans write in with their special MC memories - News covers the latest casting for "Fantastic Beasts" - Listener voicemail tributes

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MuggleCast: The First Episode

Aug 7, 2015 - 00:50:36

To celebrate our 10-year anniversary, MuggleCast is re-releasing its first episode. Thank you to everyone for your support over the years! - This week: Discussing HBP - Top News: New GOF Pictures, GOF release dates - Andrew thinks this movie will be one of the best - Kevin says this one will be better for the Harry Potter fans - Yet Ben thinks WB focuses the appeal on the general public, rather than the fans - Discussion of PG/PG-13 rating - Do younger kids read the series? - GOF release dates - July 16th = huge success - JKR is using HBP to setup HP7 perfectly - Harry will return to Hogwarts... but not for normal reasons - Misprinted copies are bound to happen - Horcruxes...what are they? - So who IS R.A.B? We discuss clues and different options - Relationships in HBP - Ben has an excellent Shakespeare-like mind - We highlight [Deceased Character]isnotdead.com and discuss that character's future effects on the book - Is Snape evil or is he really on the good side? - Portraits: how well can you communicate with them? - Discussion of book seven

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Episode #280: The Goat King

Jul 26, 2015 - 01:19:56

- Happy Birthday JKR and Harry Potter! - Fantastic Beasts news: Jacob cast and Modesty opening auditions - We discuss Chris Columbus' interest in more Potter films - The 'Harry Potter' stage play is not a prequel... Or is it? - Pottermore releases Deathly Hallows and we share our thoughts... - ...Can we expect new content from them in the future? - Favorites: Harry Potter directors - Avada Kedavra, Imperio, Love Potion (Ghosts, Barkeeps and Quidditch Players) - THE Month in Harry Potter History: books and movie releases galore - Pen and Paper Are My Priority includes free tuition and blushing authors - Severus Snape and The Marauders

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Episode #279: Hogwarts, U.S.A.

Jun 20, 2015 - 00:55:49

- We discuss Eddie Redmayne being officially confirmed as Newt... - ...and the casting of Tina (Newt's wife) - Pottermore releases a timeline of the oldest witches and wizards - Just where in the US could this American wizarding school be? - Forget your letters! Jo lets us know we all went to Hogwarts together! - The latest on Robert Galbraith - Magical Memories - Episode 200 is 5 years old! - Avada Kedavra, Imperio, Love Potion returns - This Month in Potter History - lots of books and theme park news - Pen and Paper Are My Priority covers Matt Lewis, marriage equality in Ireland, the Westboro Baptist Church, Draco's birthday and Fred Weasley

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Episode #278: Hogwarts Goes Hollywood

May 17, 2015 - 01:12:24

- This month's guest host is MuggleCast alumnus Selina! She currently hosts Hype podcast on Hypable. - The "Fantastic Beasts" script is reportedly finished, and Eddie Redmayne has been officially offered role of Newt Scamander! - Wizarding World Hollywood update: Hogwarts now visible from surrounding highways! - Expo Patronum! recap; our memories of London from 2004 and 2007 - In this episode's JKR Twitter update: Jo comforts a fan, names Moaning Myrtle, apologizes for killing Fred, talks Royal Baby, and gets called a terrible name (but takes it in stride) - Make the Music Connection: songs from the year of Jo's birth! - This month in Harry Potter History - Check out #Millennial and Game of Owns!

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Episode #277: On That Newt

Apr 12, 2015 - 01:04:48

- This episode's guest host is MuggleCast alum Matt! - Eddie Redmayne is WB's top choice for Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts. A good choice? - Other Beasts updates: JKR hasn't finished the script, and new roles have been revealed. - First look inside the illustrated Potter books reveals beautiful experience. - Sorry, Jo is never writing Harry Potter 8. - Matt introduces a new game in which we figure out if a quote was said by Dumbledore or a non-fictional smart person. - This Month in Harry Potter History. - Andrew is looking to sell his copy of The Casual Vacancy. - Pen and Paper Are My Priority - What is Jo up to on Twitter? - Listeners sound off on Eddie Redmayne as Newt. - Listen to our other podcasts #Millennial and Game of Owns!

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Episode #276: Serial Killer

Mar 12, 2015 - 01:06:56

- Monthly episodes begin! - MuggleCast alums Laura and Elysa join the fun. - Eric introduces our new album art to kick off a new era. - Stuart Craig is back for Fantastic Beasts, and shooting is expected to begin this summer. - J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography offers one of the best looks yet at the development of the author's work. - We have new details about the illustrated Harry Potter books. They're going to have a LOT of pictures. - Quote Quiz returns! - New segment: Pen And Paper Are My Priority - New segment: This Month in Harry Potter History - Make the Music Connection returns! - Check out Andrew, Laura, and Elysa's new podcast #Millennial - new episodes every Tuesday! - We reminisce over old Harry Potter fandom stories. - Stay after the show for a special moment with Micah.

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Episode #275: Quarter Quell

Dec 27, 2014 - 01:10:20

- We recap the biggest Harry Potter stories of 2014. - Warner Bros. says David Yates will direct Fantastic Beasts. - Will he helm all three? We may already know the answer. - Recent Pottermore highlights: Snape is not a vampire, and the Florean Fortescue ghost plot. - J.K. Rowling continues to rock on Twitter. - What does 2015 have in store for Potter fans? There's lots! - We share an exciting announcement about MuggleCast's future. - Micah is so excited by today's announcement that he makes a big decision himself.

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Episode #274: Solve For Synopsis

Oct 8, 2014 - 01:12:13

- J.K. Rowling releases a Fantastic Beasts anagram and confirms the answer! - What does the start of the synopsis mean? What will be keeping Newt in New York? - Rowling is now very active on Twitter - is this the dawn of JKRowling.com-like teases? - What does all this excitement mean for Pottermore, which has lacked the same level of excitement? - David Yates is likely to direct the first Fantastic Beasts film. - Our thoughts on Yates returning to the franchise, and if this will affect the project in a good or bad way. - Is the Harry Potter spinoff too big to fail? - WB appears to have already scheduled Fantastic Beasts 2 and Fantastic Beasts 3. - J.K. Rowling reveals her Patronus. - Congrats to a MuggleCast alum who is now engaged!

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Episode #273: Great Rear

Aug 5, 2014 - 01:26:00

- Welcome back to MuggleCast! - J.K. Rowling writes a new Harry Potter story as Rita Skeeter. - Deathly Hallows' seventh anniversary passes by without much fanfare. - J.K. Rowling publishes The Silkworm - Andrew and Micah off their thoughts. - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie updates: Release date set, Leavesden Studios to be used. - Alfonso Cuaron won't be directing Beasts. - We review Diagon Alley, the new Wizarding World expansion at Universal Orlando. - MuggleCast celebrates its ninth anniversary on August 7!

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Episode #272: Trilogy

Apr 2, 2014 - 01:26:00

- The Fantastic Beasts franchise will be at least a trilogy. - What does this mean for the story? - How does this differ from other franchises? - Could a book version of the story appear on store shelves? - What crew from Potter will return for Fantastic Beasts? - Harry Potter was originally named Harry Batt. - J.K. Rowling's The Silkworm arrives this June. - Cormoran Strike may write up to seven books. - New information about the Quidditch World Cup unveiled on Pottermore. - Bloomsbury revamping the Harry Potter books "inside and out." - Listeners chime in with their thoughts on the latest Fantastic Beasts news.

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Episode #271: Happy Christmas

Dec 24, 2013 - 01:16:41

- J.K. Rowling is producing a Harry Potter play - is it the right decision for the fandom? - Universal confirms The Leaky Cauldron restaurant, webcast with more details coming January 23. - Bloomsbury to republish the entire Harry Potter series "fully illustrated." Will we purchase? - Alfonso Cuaron is interested in directing the Fantastic Beasts movie spinoff. - Andrew plugs Hype, Hype After Dark. - Eric plugs Game of Owns and Alohomora. - What do Harry Potter fans have to look forward to in 2014? - Listener e-mails address the topic of who should play Newt Scamander. - Micah reads a Snape/Hermione fan-fiction to get you into the cozy holiday spirit.

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Episode #270: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Film Them

Sep 12, 2013 - 00:33:08

- We're back... already! - J.K. Rowling to screenwrite new Harry Potter spinoff series based on 'Fantastic Beasts' - We break down the press release to point out the most important announcements. - What do we know about Newt Scamander? - Why did Rowling decide to do this? - When can we expect to see this film in theaters? - Will J.K. Rowling be involved with all the films in the series? - What does this mean for MuggleCast?

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Episode #269: All Was Well

Aug 27, 2013 - 01:58:09

- The final episode is here! We begin with a poem. - Several hosts are on including Andrew, Eric, Ben, Kevin, Micah, and Mikey. - Jamie and Laura share farewell messages. - News: New Harry Potter covers are here, WB announces their own Harry Potter con, and Pottermore has a new design. - Review of The Cuckoo's Calling. - Listener Rebuttal, Ben's latest Top 10 list, and more anti-jokes. - We read e-mails from listeners who express gratitude for the show. - Each of the hosts tells you where you can find them in the future. - Favorites: Fans share their favorite moments and we reminisce. - We have the final numbers revealing how many times each host has been on the show. - Micah reads a message we received from someone special. - Thank you, everyone! - The song at the end: "End of an Era" by Wizard Rock band Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls

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MuggleCast #268: British Anti-Joke

Jul 28, 2013 - 01:24:07

- Jamie is back! His triumphant return causes the hosts to look back on growing up with MuggleCast - The full story behind Cuckoo's Calling leak - Anonymity on the Internet? Who's to blame for the leak? - How Jamie first heard about Cuckoo - Film companies competing to adapt the new book, could turn into franchise - Upcoming Scholastic cover parties, release parties for Potter - Rupert gains some 'Mojo' for theater - Character names in fiction, and whether or not Jo spoiled us with hers - Jamie's British Joke, and - introducing - the Anti-Joke? - Andrew and Eric review Potted Potter - Listener E-mail: The Royal Half-Blood Prince - Favorites segment: Favorite alternate ending? - Unexpected Book 7 discussion regarding Voldemort as a villain - And... It's All Been a Dream

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MuggleCast #267: Cuckoo for 'Cuckoo'

Jul 14, 2013 - 00:59:28

- J.K. Rowling's BIG REVEAL: she's written and published a new book, a crime thriller titled "The Cuckoo's Calling" under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, two months ago! - Where were we when the announcement was made? Did we stop what we were doing and grab a copy? - Are there enough copies in stores for everyone? No. The book is heading fast towards being out of print! - A second print run is on its way already, but with the reveal in them. Will original books be worth something more? - Andrew recounts how the story broke - Was this reveal PLANNED by the publisher? - Reviews of the book before people knew. Largely positive! - Are Harry Potter fans also J.K. Rowling fans? Will our love transcend the genres? - After the reveal, Amazon sales increased 507,000%. How many copies is that?! - What sort of following will this book have? - Will the sequel also be written under the pseudonym?

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MuggleCast #266: Growing Up

Jun 23, 2013 - 01:14:21

- Laura's back! - We reflect on 10 years since Order of the Phoenix. - Pottermore site revamp: where did Laura get sorted? - Annotated Sorcerer's Stone sells for $227,000. Shouldn't that content be in Pottermore? - Bear vs. Honey Badger. - Is Quidditch the result of a lover's quarrel? - Is J.K. Rowling's next project in the works…? - …and are Emma Watson, David Heyman and WB involved? - Your tweets on Dan saying "no" to Wizarding World video. - Grow up Rupert! Grow up Helena! - Make The Music Connection returns. - Favorites: Order of the Phoenix character. - Podcast plugs: Andrew's Hype and Eric and Micah's Game of Owns.

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MuggleCast #265: Streets of Fire

May 8, 2013 - 00:55:40

The MuggleCasters fire up the microphones earlier than planned to discuss Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley land. - Does it meet expectations? - What surprises did we learn? - Is a fire breathing dragon a good idea in 100 degree weather? - How will the Hogwarts Express train work? - We listen to voicemails from listeners. - And more!

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MuggleCast #264: Fired

Apr 28, 2013 - 01:17:42

- The Royal Family visits the Harry Potter Studio Tour, and J.K. Rowling appeared! Was it her first time there? - Wizarding World Orlando expansion and Wizarding World Hollywood updates. When will they open? - Chris Columbus releases his first children's book, and he gets help from J.K. Rowling. - Pottermore releases new Prisoner of Azkaban chapters, and we analyze what's new from Rowling. - Voicemails address support for the show, new questions about the books, what rides we would want in the theme parks, and much more.

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MuggleCast #263: Midnight Squib

Mar 27, 2013 - 01:20:04

- Ben Schoen joins us. - Are the next batch of Pottermore chapters on the horizon? - J.K. Rowling says she won't write a Harry Potter prequel. - New Harry Potter paperbacks to debut August 27, Scholastic changes their mind on the bonus material. - Mayor of Orlando says Wizarding World expansion opening in 2014. - Stephen Fry will co-star in the new CBS comedy with Rupert Grint. - Voicemails address Harry Potter fan clubs and more. - We announce that MuggleCast will end its regular episode releases this August. - We explain why we're making this decision and what's to come over the next few months. - MuggleMail takes on a kind thank you note, the Elder Wand, and Aunt Petunia. - Plugs: Andrew's new podcast Hype discussing all things fandom, and Eric and Micah's Game of Owns.

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MuggleCast #262: New Covers

Feb 27, 2013 - 01:01:29

- Pottermore C.E.O releases insightful 2-part interview - 15th Anniversary Book Covers! Did we analyze all of the others? - Voicemails are back! Submit yours: (323) 984-8547 - What happened to the RoR? What do we think about fanfic? Where did the missing score from Movie 1 go? - MuggleMail includes several What-If?'s - Three Chicken Soups to warm your soul - Twitter responses to our Book Cover question

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MuggleCast #261: Year Eight

Jan 27, 2013 - 01:04:41

- Wizarding World construction begins in Japan. - How is a Pottermore moment created? - The Studio Tour is launching Wand Week. - Michael Gambon's on-set prank. - Pottermore Discussion: The Knight Bus, Boggarts, and Sir Cadogan. - Listeners submit 'Would You Rather' situations. - MuggleMail addresses horcruxes and weird places to listen to the show. - Twitter Question of the Week: What item close to you would you choose to put into your soul? - A Voicemail!

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MuggleCast #260: The Aunt Marge Revelation

Dec 23, 2012 - 01:29:37

- We review the first few chapters of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban within Pottermore. - How much money does Universal make from Butterbeer? - The Harry Potter cast are filming a new movie? A ninth movie? Or none of the baove? - Dan Radcliffe oddly joins Google+ to fight Twitter and Facebook imposters. - Andrew plugs HYPE, his weekly general talk/entertainment podcast. Visit HYPEpodcast.com to sign up! - We read some of the listeners' favorite moments of the year. - Eric reveals the Top 7 Potter moments of 2012. - What are we looking forward to in 2013? - Micah has a big announcement.

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MuggleCast #259: Crickets

Oct 28, 2012 - 01:13:32

- We recap J.K. Rowling's visit to New York City. - Harry Potter: The Exhibition is returning to NYC. Is it worth a second visit? - New Pottermore chapters are due out this week. - Tennis pro Andy Murray says Harry Potter stopped him from reading. - What book is next for Rowling? - The Casual Vacancy review. - Listeners sound off with their thoughts on the book. - Would we read a Casual Vacancy sequel? - Those who foliow MuggleCast on Twitter sound off on the book as well. - Plugs for Potter fandom related events as well as other podcasts.

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MuggleCast #258: Casually Vacant... Story

Sep 30, 2012 - 01:31:03

- The Casual Vacancy is here! - None of the hosts have FINISHED the novel but discuss what they think so far. - Is the book different than the book that was marketed? What was our impression of what the book would be like from the advertisement (or lack thereof)? - Are there any Potter references in the book? - As a novel, do the opening pages grab you? - Let's talk about sex. - Twitter feedback from fans/readers like YOU! - What has J.K. Rowling said in Interviews so far about the book? What have critics thought? - Andrew and Eric review the "Perks of Being a Wallflower" movie, newly released. - John and Bre, makers of "Finding Hogwarts" discuss their fan film, out now on DVD and Blu-Ray! Use coupon code "muggle" to get 5% off when ordering on FindingHogwarts.com! - Plans to discuss the Casual Vacancy in future MuggleCast episodes.

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MuggleCast #257: Would You Rather

Sep 22, 2012 - 01:24:34

Micah, Eric, and Selina host the latest (overdue!) episode of MuggleCast. The three catch up on some of the latest news stories, gear up for The Casual Vacancy, and talk about past and future Harry Potter conferences.

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MuggleCast #256: Live from LeakyCon

Aug 11, 2012 - 00:38:21

- We're live at LeakyCon 2012! - What's been happening around the conference so far. - We have a surprise guest on the show who hasn't been on in a while. - Happy 7 years of podcasting. - Will there be ANY midnight release parties for The Casual Vacancy? - Is the audience interested in attending them? - Will the Harry Potter fandom morph into The Casual Vacancy fandom? - We take questions from the audience about the books, the show, and more. - Aberforth and his goat go Fifty Shades of Grey. - A special birthday surprise for one of our hosts!

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MuggleCast #255: Five Years

Jul 22, 2012 - 01:15:41

- It has been five years since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published and we reminisce. - Where does the Harry Potter fandom stand today? - The Casual Vacancy cover - is it good? - Hypable spoofs The Casual Vacancy cover to create Harry Potter spin offs. - We review the first four chapters of Chamber of Secrets on Pottermore. What are our favorite features? - We discuss what elements of Chamber of Secrets we hope to see in Pottermore in upcoming chapters. - E-mails address last episode's hot topics and more. - Would we be house sorted differently at ages 11 VS a much older age? - A Chicken Soup. - Our Transcripts section is now 100% up to date. Thank you to our amazing team! - Podcast plugs: Alohamora, The Rotoscopers, and Andrew's general entertainment podcast HYPE.

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MuggleCast #254: Bulldozing Vampires

Jun 10, 2012 - 01:12:50

- The Wizarding World is heading to Japan. Where could it go next? - J.K. Rowling takes another stand on the Encyclopedia. - Sony and Rowling announce Book of Spells. - We share our concerns over new Potter material being release this way. - Selina sees our negativity and points out the positives. - Harry Potter wins all the awards at the MTV Movie Awards. - We'll be at Ascendio and LeakyCon! - Twitter Question of the Week: Will Rowling ever release an Encyclopedia? - MuggleMail: McGonagall's backstory, hatstalls, Draco's parents, JKR pulling from real world history, and more.

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MuggleCast #253: The Dursleys and McGonagall revealed

May 13, 2012 - 01:08:14

- Pottermore CEO says new books headed our way shortly - The Wizard's Collection continuing to cause controversy - MTV Movie Awards: how will the Potter series fair? - Pottermore segments: The Dursleys and Professor McGonagall - Do our opinions of Vernon and Petunia change? - What about James? - How could Petunia go from wanting to be a witch to being interested in someone like Vernon? - Rowling explains why Harry was taken to the hut on the rock - McGonagall: her family, schooling, work and love life examined - We give our reasons for what makes Minerva a "badass" - A closer look at McGonagall's relationships with Dumbledore, Flitwick and Sprout - We read your thoughts on the Dursley and McGonagall

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MuggleCast #252: Hufflepuff's Hobbit Hole

Apr 23, 2012 - 01:07:49

- J.K. Rowling announces The Casual Vacancy. - Will the Harry Potter fandom morph into the J.K. Rowling fandom because of her upcoming book? - What can we gather from The Casual Vacancy synopsis? Title? - We analyze Parish Counsels - yep, we're already going in depth on the book. - J.K. Rowling speaks about the Harry Potter Encyclopedia in a way she hasn't before - is it news? - Pottermore finally opens to the public, but lacks the "grand opening" excitement it once had. - We discuss two new aspects written by JKR: Ghost Plots and the Hufflepuff Common Room. - Jo continues to unintentionally put down Hufflepuffs. - Will The Casual Vacancy grow J.K. Rowling's reader base? - Will adult readers decide to start reading Harry Potter after The Casual Vacancy? - Plus for our other podcasts: Game of Owns, Hunger Games Chat, and more.

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MuggleCast #251: Something's In The Water

Apr 5, 2012 - 01:20:59

- MuggleNet's Keith Hawk joins us to talk about his time at the Studio Tour! - The best sets, the prices, the atmosphere, and much more are discussed. - How does the Butterbeer compare to the drink found in the park in Orlando? - Is it worth a trip from the United States? - What should be added to the tour in the future? - Pottermore is opening soon. We review the eBook store. - David Yates talks cutting Dumbledore's funeral from Half-Blood Prince. SHOULD it have been cut? - Harry Potter Wizards Collection features are announced. - The MuggleNet guys talk about their April Fools prank. - We'll be at LeakyCon 2012 AND Ascendio 2012! - We begin our review of the new content on Pottermore: This episode we discuss Wands. - What are each of our wand types? How does Jo come up with all these details for so many wands?

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MuggleCast #250: J.K. Rowling's New Testament

Mar 2, 2012 - 01:13:39

- Ben and Laura join Andrew, Micah, and Eric for our 250th episode! - J.K. Rowling has announced that she'll be releasing a new book later this year. - What do we think the genre will be? We look at the clues. - NewBookCon, NewBook Theme Park, and NewBookCast area already in the works. - Laura, living in Costa Rica, learns of Jo's new book via Toucan. - A book on 16th Century Basket making could be sold by Jo, says Eric. - Pottermore is shutting down and will be replaced by NewBookMore. - Bloomsbury will publish illustrated versions of the seven books. Silly? Smart? Could they reveal new information? - Harry Potter wins no Academy Awards - ever. We discuss if it even matters, and why this happened. - Harry, Voldemort, Dumbledore, and Snape chime in on the issue as well. - Harry Potter Wizards Collection has been announced. Is it worth the enormous price tag? - E-mails address Slughorn and Felix Felicis, muggle objects not working at Hogwarts, and more. - In Chicken Soup, a listener shows us his true commitment to the show!

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MuggleCast #249: Unfollowed

Feb 22, 2012 - 01:14:55

- Mikey B. returns to the show! - Dan Radcliffe has been on a tear lately with interesting comments about Potter, his personal life, and more. - Harry Potter VS Twilight according to Dan. - Does he really want to be Harry Potter again? - Could we notice the Half-Blood Prince scenes he was, in his words, "dark in the eyes"? - Emma Watson may be joining a horror film, and she's also lined up a project with Yates. - Favorites: Person you'd like to play in a Potter film. - Main discussion: Harry Potter and the Oscars. - We start off the talk with an e-mail from a reader who thoughtfully explains why it won't win. - What do we feel Potter actually deserved? - Why no noms in the main categories? - E-mails address Hogsmeade and the Two-Way Mirror. - Check out our sister podcast Glee Chat! And coming soon: a Game of Thrones podcast!

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MuggleCast #248: Lucky Seven

Jan 22, 2012 - 00:44:29

- Awards season is in full swing - Micah makes a bold prediction for Alan Rickman - Should JKR win the Nobel Prize in Literature? - Favorites: Future Potter story - Make the Music Connection - We empty our mailbag from 2011 - What's up with the snow in Hogsmeade? - What happened to Harry's grandparents? - A few corrections from our DH PT 2 commentary - Who is headmaster at Hogwarts 19 years later? - Where's Fluffy? - Chicken Soup for the MuggleCast Soul

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MuggleCast #247: For Real This Time

Dec 24, 2011 - 01:05:57

- The end of the year can only mean one thing: MuggleCast's Year in Review show! - We discuss the final news stories of 2011, and recap the seven BIGGEST stories of the year. - We host the 4th Annual MuggleCasties Awards. - MuggleCast listeners vote in numerous categories pertaining to Potter topics over the past year. - WHO could win the 4th annual J.K. Rowling award? Could it be Ben Schoen? - We look at what's to come in 2012 for Potter fans.

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MuggleCast #246: Blame The Water

Dec 9, 2011 - 00:48:46

- Universal's two American theme parks have made a major announcement! - We're here to discuss Wizarding World Hollywood and the Wizarding World Orlando expansion. - Was Hollywood the best park to put a second Wizarding World in? - What can we expect to be similar? Different? - Who would go to a Hollywood park over the existing one at Orlando? - Andrew talks about his time at the Hollywood announcement. - What can we expect from the Wizarding World Orlando expansion/ - Listeners chime in with their feedback on the matter.

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MuggleCast #245: Record Breaker

Nov 27, 2011 - 00:52:11

- We (jokingly) hit a milestone! - Micah reviews LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5 - 7. - Main Discussion: The future of the Harry Potter stars. - We run down the "Big 7" and see what they have coming up in the next couple of years. - Who has the most promising future of them all? Can they shed their Potter skin? - Listeners chime in with their thoughts on the casts' future. - E-mails respond to our Deathly Hallows - Part 2 DVD commentary and even point a couple things we missed. - A transcription update as well as a preview of what's to come from MuggleCast in December.

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MuggleCast #244: Deathly Hallows - Part 2 DVD Commentary!

Nov 20, 2011 - 02:03:34

For the first time ever, MuggleCast has a DVD commentary! Watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 on DVD with us. We'll comment on each and every scene - it's as if we're in your living room watching alongside you! Please note: This audio file is designed to ONLY work with United States versions of the DVD (not Blu-ray). We currently cannot offer an international version. Though international listeners are certainly welcome to try listening along, your DVD and our commentary will likely fall out of sync.

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MuggleCast #243: Quidditch and LEGOs

Nov 17, 2011 - 00:30:21

It's a special, smaller episode of MuggleCast where we showcase recent interviews we've conducted at Potter events! MuggleNet's Keith Hawk interviews Quidditch players at the Cup in New York City, while Eric Scull is in Orlando speaking to the LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5 - 7 team. Enjoy!

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MuggleCast #242: Definitive Honcho

Nov 13, 2011 - 01:20:33

- Warner Brothers is making a huge push to get Deathly Hallows some Oscar wins. But will their tricks work? - 'The Definitive Collection' has been announced - what could make it so definitive? - Andrew reveals a plan to prevent Potter films from leaving America. - Universal's 'Head Honcho' reveals plans for future Potter parks. Where could they be built? - We review the just-released Deathly Hallows - Part 2 DVD/Blu-ray! - We run through some of the most interesting pieces of information we learn from J.K. Rowling and Dan Radcliffe. - SHOULD Ron have died, like JK Rowling was considering? - Maximum Movie Mode is reviewed. - Were the deleted scenes best left deleted? Which was the best? - Favorite: Best scene watching the film in the comfort of our own home.

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MuggleCast #241: One And Done

Oct 16, 2011 - 01:25:20

- Potter films not going into a Warner Bros. vault after all? WB allegedly says more box sets available for 2012 - Micah asks if U.K. viewers have been able to see the Ultimate Editions, which won't be available until 2012. - There has been a LOT of press lately for "Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London: The Making of Harry Potter." Is it too much? - Universal re-names their November celebration to imply that it is less fun; Simultaneously, more actors have been added daily, like Rupert! - This week's Chapter by Chapter encompasses The Woes of Mrs. Weasley and Luna Lovegood, from the aftermath of Harry's hearing to riding the carriages back to school. - What was Lucius Malfoy doing down in the dungeons, and is Fudge under someone else's spell? - Ron and Hermione are made Prefects. Does Ron deserve the distinction? Why not Harry? - Mrs. Weasley lets Sirius out of the dog's house, but it's not for his own good. - Is Harry going Loony, or is he just growing up naturally? - MuggleMail covers predictions, public defenders, DVDs and more black berries! - Chicken Soup, and a new web site for another series.

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MuggleCast #240: Join The Weasleys

Oct 2, 2011 - 01:19:30

- The 'Deathly Hallows - Part 2' DVD/Blu-ray features are announced, and we dissect! - What are we most looking forward to, and why is the UK the last country to get it? - Pottermore announces changes to its beta process and delays the launch of the eBooks. - With the eBooks now missing the Holiday season, how does Sony feel? - Does this mean the Chamber of Secrets book will be delayed as well? - Chapter by Chapter returns with more Order of the Phoenix analysis! - Why did Arthur Weasley take Harry into the Ministry of Magic via the phone booth when he could do side-along apparition? - Why do Death Eaters not have someone representing them during the hearing? - Dumbledore makes a surprise appearance but does not talk with Harry. - Percy is separated from the rest of the Weasley family. - MuggleMail addresses another early-MuggleCast Deathly Hallows prediction and a question about a potential Deathly Hallows Part 1 AND 2 DVD. - We preview what's to come on the next few episodes of MuggleCast!

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MuggleCast #239: Feed Your Owl

Sep 19, 2011 - 01:30:36

- It's back to school time again with MuggleCast! - Andrew, Micah and Matt all reveal their new jobs. MuggleCast will be making some behind-the-scenes changes and Eric may be taking a seat on Dateline. - Deleted Scenes from Deathly Hallows titles released. Do we think that they will be special and/or exciting? - Ultimate Edition DVDs. Press conference footage from when the children were young is touching! What will the documentary on HP8's Ultimate dvd be? We speculate. - J.K. Rowling a possible victim of phone hacking scandal - All of the hosts have been sorted on Pottermore, and each Hogwarts House is represented on today's show! - What do we think about Pottermore? What are some of the disadvantages of gaining BETA access? - Just how accurate IS the sorting on Pottermore, is it rigged, and were we misled? - Is there good replay value or will there be, once Pottermore is open to all? - We come with feature ideas for the site. Hint: Neopets and Farmville. - Favorites: Creature - Listener e-mails include a potential for Oscar Success DHP2, a favorite chapter, Andrew's remarkable prediction from Episode 71, and a new "Awesome" place to listen from. - Next episode of MuggleCast will air October 16th!

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MuggleCast #238: Reasonably Supple

Aug 27, 2011 - 01:30:36

- Deathly Hallows - Part 2 has done extremely well at the box office. Is it a surprise? - Andrew is the only one in Pottermore so far. Eric and Micah ask spoiler-free questions about the site. - We run through what's great and what's not so great about Pottermore. - The Harry Potter Studio Tour has released concept art of the building as well as ticket prices. Is it worth it? - Fans of Dan Radcliffe get a trailer for his upcoming film The Woman in Black. - E-mails address last episode's hot topics, thoughts on Pottermore, and more. - Micah interviews Will Dunn (James Sirius Potter) and Arthur Bowen (Albus Severus Potter) for MuggleCast. - Fun segments: What If..., Favorites, and The Dueling Club! - Twitter users tell us their thoughts on Pottermore.

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MuggleCast #237: Cranky Magical Folk

Aug 5, 2011 - 00:52:48

- Deathly Hallows - Part 2 continues its box office surge. - Warner Brothers is pushing Deathly Hallows - Part 2 for the Oscars. Do they have a shot? - Pottermore updates! We run through the latest developments. - One listener didn't like our Pottermore complaints. We respond. - Matt shares his thoughts on the film. - Lots of listeners have e-mailed in with their thoughts on Deathly Hallows - Part 2 so we react to their comments. - We also read tweets from listeners who tell us their favorite scene. - Was there anything that was in the book we wish was in the film?

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MuggleCast #236: DumbleDip

Aug 2, 2011 - 01:21:12

- Deathly Hallows - Part 2 has surpassed the $1 billion mark. How high will it go? - Pottermore registration opens and we explain the positives and negatives. - Andrew's painful initial sign up. - What our are usernames? Listeners share theirs as well via the MuggleCast Twitter account. - We talk more about Deathly Hallows - Part 2 and analyze particular scenes. - Ben and Richard hate 3D and sweating a lot. - Why are we paying for 3D if we hardly see it at times in Part 2? - Were average movie-goers, who aren't big fans, able to comprehend exactly what was going on? - Have we gotten so used to seeing Dan as Harry that we judge him based on Dan's Harry or book Harry? - Molly Weasley's non-canon face. - Are Eric and Alan Rickman enrolled in de-aging programs? - An announcement concerning the frequency of new MuggleCast episodes.

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MuggleCast #235: Exclusive Interviews with David Yates and Oliver Phelps

Jul 29, 2011 - 00:55:35

- We have two exclusive interviews with Deathly Hallows - Part 2 director David Yates and actor Oliver Phelps! - But first, a Deathly Hallows - Part 2 box office update. - How high will the film go? - Micah talks with David Yates about changes he made to JK Rowling's story, the emotional moment at the World Premiere, and much more. - Universal announces a new Harry Potter park event - is it worth it? - Micah talks to Oliver Phelps about his work throughout the franchise and the challenges of Deathly Hallows - Part 2. - A reminder about a project that Eric is involved with for the Harry Potter Alliance. - We'll be back with another episode in a few days to discuss the film as well as the Pottermore beta!

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MuggleCast #234: Live Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Discussion!

Jul 18, 2011 - 01:49:01

- We're live in Orlando at LeakyCon 2011! - Before discussing Deathly Hallows - Part 2 we run through some of the Pottermore news announce at LeakyCon. - Fans chime in with their thoughts on the website. - Everything Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is discussed! Favorite scenes, characters, disappointments, and much more. - Will Alan Rickman get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor? - Those in the audience ask the panel questions and share their thoughts. - We're joined by special guest Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna Lovegood in the films! She shares her thoughts on the movie and participates in a live Dueling Club segment.

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MuggleCast #233: That's TOO Much!

Jul 2, 2011 - 00:47:09

- It's our final show before the release of Deathly Hallows - Part 2! - There's a ton of news so we only run through some of the bigger things going on surrounding the film's release. - We update everyone on the latest Pottermore developments. - Will everyone be able to get a Pottermore beta invite? What new information can we expect to receive? - Back to the film! Will it be the top grossing Potter film ever? - What are our general expectations for it? - We take your thoughts/feelings as we approach the end. - Don't forget: our big Deathly Hallows - Part 2 review will be recorded live at LeakyCon. The episode will be online after we record!

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MuggleCast #232: Pottermore is announced!

Jun 23, 2011 - 00:44:54

Join Andrew, Eric, Micah and Ben as we watch J.K. Rowling's Pottermore announcement the moment it is released to the world! We provide our initial thoughts and bring you details live as they come in. Thanks to everyone who joined us for the live stream at 7 AM ET!

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MuggleCast #231: Pottermore

Jun 18, 2011 - 01:30:50

- Pottermore: What the heck is it? - Did the hack ruin the announcement? - Will it extend the life of the fandom? - Will it be something all fans can enjoy? - The owls are gathering... who is cleaning up the waste? - We break down the final Potter trailer ever - Micah and Eric point out two deceptive scene cuts - Should they have shown Harry confronting Snape? - What about the Resurrection Stone scene? - Who is casting that big blue spell? Hint: he may like goats. - News covers: Deathly Hallows - Part 2 rating, run-time, score and more - We take your tweets on both the trailer and Pottermore

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MuggleCast #230: Trendsetter

Jun 4, 2011 - 01:16:59

- News covers the latest on Deathly Hallows - Part 2 - Exclusive clip to air at MTV Movie Awards - what could it be? - What was Alan Rickman really referring to in his letter to JKR? - LeakyCon is sold out and announces several keynotes you don't want to miss! - Chapter-by-Chapter: Order of the Phoenix, Chapters 5 and 6 - Is Sirius acting immature? Treating Harry too much like James? - We see the first of several death omens for Sirius - Who really has Harry's best interests at heart? - What did we all think the weapon was that Voldemort was after? - Did Mrs. Weasley really think putting the kids to work would really prevent them from talking? - We discuss how Kreacher was supposed to be cut from the films - The Black Family Tapestry: Andrew gives his take on it from when he was on set - Does only marrying pure-bloods limit true love? - Favorite: Harry Potter Name - MuggleMail covers Harry's Patronus, Vernon, Harry's safety at Privet Drive and more - Plus, is it becoming common to split books into multiple films?

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MuggleCast #229: Sunglasses Not Recommended

May 27, 2011 - 01:21:54

- New Deathly Hallows - Part 2 posters - cool or disappointing? - Location set for DH PT 2 U.S. premiere - we provide some tips to premiere-goers - LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is coming this winter - Andrew talks about his experiences in the Wizarding World - Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix Chapters 3-4 - Does Dumbledore make a bad situation worse by not talking to Harry? - Is it abusive Vernon tells Harry not to take food from the fridge? - We take a look at the Advance Guard character by character... - ...and analyze Harry's reaction to Dumbledore keeping everyone in the loop but him - Is the Daily Prophet guilty of slander? - Make the Music Connection: Lady Gaga edition - MuggleMail and Chicken Soup from tornado-devastated Alabama

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MuggleCast #228: Overpriced Non-Invisibility

May 12, 2011 - 01:15:39

- Andrew previews his time on the 'Deathly Hallows' set. - Emma Watson denies rumors of being bullied at Brown. - WB is selling a very expensive invisibility cloak that doesn't promise invisibility. - Check out www.Hypable.com - a brand new entertainment site by Andrew and friends! - Chapter by Chapter enters Order of the Phoenix with Chapters 1 and 2! - We run down some facts about the book's release. - Why would Harry only look at the first page of the Daily Prophet to find news? It's an oversight he'll regret later. - The infamous Mark Evans makes an appearance. - Harry's anger is mounting quickly. - Dumbledore's 'Remember my last' note arrive and we discuss what it really meant. - Petunia's sudden change of heart and her care for Harry are made clear in this chapter. - Favorites: Harry Potter Quote. - MuggleMail addresses last week's hot topics and birthdays.

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MuggleCast #227: Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Trailer Talk

Apr 28, 2011 - 01:04:15

- The 'Deathly Hallows - Part 2' trailer is here, and we're ready to talk about it! We go scene-by-scene through the entire trailer for an hour of in-depth analysis. Plus, your thoughts from Twitter are read! - Andrew discusses his new site, Hypable.com. Check out this one-stop entertainment resource!

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MuggleCast #226: Permit to Podcast

Apr 26, 2011 - 01:16:33

- Jamie and Laura are back for this episode! - A trailer for 'Deathly Hallows - Part 2' will be released this Wednesday. - We review features of the 'Part 1' DVD and Blu-ray - Jamie educates us on the concept of TV licenses and reveals he lives in the stone age. - J.K. Rowling gained Steve Kloves' trust after hearing one word. - New news from Jo is so slow these days we come up with a plan to start recycling. - Many listeners wrote in about last week's discussion concerning a female lead character. - Our final Chapter by Chapter installment for Goblet of Fire! - What power to Fawkes put over Harry? - Dumbledore and the infamous gleam of triumph. - Does Fudge genuinely believe Voldemort is not back? - Through all this, classes are STILL going on? - Outside of magic, how smart are Hogwarts students? - It's clear the Ministry is beginning to look very corrupt. - Make the Connection: Family Guy, Pokemon, and homeless people watching popular television. - We are split on whether or not cutting Pettigrew's death from Part 1 was a good idea. - Twitter Question: What did YOU think of the 'Part 1' DVD/Blu-ray?

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MuggleCast #225: Harietta Potter

Apr 9, 2011 - 01:27:10

- Micah reviews the Exhibition and DVD launch events that took place in New York City. - Lots of Part 1 deleted scenes, but we're not reviewing them - yet! - Helen McCrory says multiple Malfoy endings were shot, but Andrew and Eric say "don't get your hopes up". - What If: The main character in the Potter series was a girl? - Chapter by Chapter: Goblet of Fire Chapters 34 and 35. - We look at Harry and Voldemort's duel, more luck for Harry, Death Eater oversights, and the truth about Moody/Barty Crouch Sr. - Favorites: Favorite Quidditch Position - Andrew and Eric answer Micah and fans' questions about the 'Deathly Hallows - Part 2' test screening. - Surprise character appearances, Snape's death, Narcissa, Remus, Tonks, Wormtail and more are discussed.

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MuggleCast #224: Bet The Flight

Apr 4, 2011 - 01:18:55

- Andrew and Eric host a news episode of MuggleCast! - 'How To Succeed' opens on Broadway and the Potter stars show their support for Dan. - Our thoughts on the first 'Deathly Hallows - Part 2' poster. Ketchup or Blood? - 'Deathly Hallows - Part 2' is test-screened in Chicago and Andrew and Eric were there for it! - We start with a spoiler free review. - Is the 2 hour time length a problem? - Eric was a bit emotional through some parts of the film. - Do Part 1 and Part 2 work well together? - After our spoiler-free review we get into specifics. If you don't want to be spoiled, stop at this point! - Andrew and Eric focus on specific scenes that stood out to them in good and bad ways. - We make several book VS film comparisons. - Our 'Pig for Slaughter' episode (#116) comes back to haunt us in a good way. - We take a few MuggleMails to wrap up the show.

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MuggleCast #223: A New Leaf

Mar 20, 2011 - 01:12:26

- Richard returns to the show and is turning a new leaf. - News: 'Deathly Hallows - Part 2' sneak peek, a Potter hotel, The Exhibition hitting NYC, and more. - Micah realizes what his next job may be thanks to a little destiny. - 'What If..' segment: What if Dumbledore had given Tom Riddle the DADA job? - Chapter by Chapter: Chapters 32 and 33 of Goblet of Fire. - Why didn't Harry put up a fight against Wormtail? - Harry sees Voldemort for the first time in human form. - Had Harry ever seen a photo of him? Did anyone ever bother to take a photo of him? - Did Voldemort act the way he did because of his feelings toward his mother? - Voldemort warns Wormtail about ever letting his loyalty waver again. Err… - Today's Twitter Question: Your thoughts on the 'Part 2' sneak peek. - MuggleMail addresses last episode's hot topics, a birthday, and Ben's theory in Episode 1. - Andrew and Micah discuss their upcoming date in NYC on Wednesday.

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MuggleCast #222: A Spectacular Warning

Mar 6, 2011 - 01:32:17

- News covers Harry Potter Studio Tour, the Part 2 World Premiere, the Oscars and more. - The Dueling Club returns and Micah redeems himself after losing to David Heyman. - Chapter-by-Chapter: Goblet of Fire, Chapters 30 and 31. - Harry's first experience with the Pensieve... - ...why is he so quick to realize he is in a memory? - Why is Dumbledore so opposed to the use of Dementors? - Why did the Death Eaters target Frank and Alice Longbottom? - We discuss Rachel's essay submission on Harry's reaction to Barty Crouch vs. Snape - Harry starts to see Voldemort's effects on all of the Wizarding World - The Trio's training in this chapter really prepare them for Dumbledore's Army - Why is Harry so confident in The Third Task? - Was Harry really expecting to see the Dursleys at Hogwarts? - How can Cedric release sparks to submit on behalf of another student? - Twitter Question: do you plan on visiting Leavesden Studios? - Should Wizard and Witch couples make an Unbreakable Vow when getting married? - Is it possible to do the Wizarding World park in one day? - Make the Music Connection and plenty of Muggle Mail

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MuggleCast #221: Podcasting Hard

Feb 20, 2011 - 01:22:08

- News: Strange Magic, BAFTAs, Rowling's projects and more. - Chapter-by-Chapter: Goblet of Fire 27-29. - Why do Ron and Hermione's lake stories differ so greatly? - Should readers have taken issue with Rita Skeeter's article on Hermione? - Things start to come together as Hermione questions Rita's reporting... - ...and Snape questions Harry about Boomslang skin. - We analyze Hermione vs. Hagrid's response to Skeeter's article. - Percy's ignorance and obsession with the Ministry surfaces. - How did Fleur have such a good guess at what the Third Task would entail? - Our first look at how the Order of the Phoenix communicate after Krum is attacked - did you catch it? - Why didn't Dumbledore take precautions and check the maze himself if he was so worried? - Foreshadowing: Snape is a bat, Ron does become a prefect. - Breaking the rules vs. blackmail: Is Hermione right in suggesting telling someone about Fred and George? - What is it with Moody/Barty Crouch Jr. suggesting students become Aurors? - We get our first look at "serious" Sirius the parental figure. - Why doesn't Harry think that Wormtail's blunder could be referring to Crouch Sr.? - Why does Fudge continue to make excuses for Bertha Jorkins? And then show blatant racism? - Your tweets on the Rowling TV movie and future projects. - Could Jo write under a pseudonym in the future? - MuggleMail: Hagrid's story, Ghosts and Merfolk, Harry's naivety and more .

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MuggleCast #220: Uncle Hagrid

Feb 6, 2011 - 01:27:56

- Does the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 DVD look promising? - Our thoughts on the latest Wizarding World expansion rumors. - Mr. Universal has a good laugh at one of Eric's thoughts. - MuggleCast has their Part 2 release plans set! - We'll be attending LeakyCon 2011 and putting on at least one podcast. - Andrew explains why everyone should head to Orlando for the 5 day event. If you register, use referral code MUGGLE! - Chapter by Chapter covers Goblet of Fire chapters 24 - 26 - This week's Twitter Question and MuggleMail address hot topics. - Plugs: Essay Section, WrockBox, HYPE

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MuggleCast #219: A Progressive Castle

Jan 23, 2011 - 01:22:22

- The first still from Part 2 appears while Part 1 breaks more records. - Snape's death scene is changed for Part 2, and we discuss if it was a good idea. - Chapter by Chapter covers Chapters 21 - 23 of Goblet of Fire. - What is it in Dobby's character that makes him enjoy being free, unlike the other elves? - The Unexpected Task: a task even Muggles experience. - Why is The Yule Ball only open to students in Years 4 through 7? - Andrew has a solution to Harry and Ron's find-a-date problems. - Hermione reveals she had her teeth shrunken. What else can be enlarged/shrunken? - The ups and downs of the Yule Ball. - Your Twitter responses to the question: What do you think of Snape's death scene change? - MuggleMail addresses last week's hot topics. Plus: Is the Tournament boring for attendees to watch?

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MuggleCast #218: Save The Trees

Jan 9, 2011 - 01:21:14

- News: Butterbeer, lawsuits, the Oscars and plenty of Deathly Hallows - Why have we still not seen Harry Potter in eBook format? - Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Goblet of Fire, Chapters 19 and 20 - What would happen to a reporter like Rita Skeeter in the real world? - Analyzing Harry and Ron's vs. Harry and Hermione's relationship - How can Moody see through Harry's cloak now that we know its a Deathly Hallow? - The suspicion around Karkaroff increases - why was Dumbledore so blind? - Harry tells Cedric about The First Task. What does this say about his character? - Did Moody lie about the Dark Detectors in his office? Plus, Foe Glass foreshadowing. - Cheating in the Triwizard Tournament? Moody says its common. - We break down the movie differences from The First Task - What's up with Bagman? Why wasn't he cast? - Your tweets on the biggest plot cuts from the films - MuggleMail covers AVPM, Dobby, Ron in Malfoy Manor and more

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MuggleCast #217: Knock Knock

Dec 26, 2010 - 01:05:15

- News covers DH box office update, a possible teaser trailer for Part 2 and more. - When can we expect the Encyclopedia, and what will we see? - We reach deep into our mailbag to answer your questions: - Just how do you pronounce Alexandre Desplat? - What was with the nursery next-door to Bathilda's house in DH PT 1? - How, if at all does the Life and Lies of Albert Speer relate to Dumbledore? - Why didn't you give any props to Alan Rickman in DH PT 1? - The Academy Awards, Kreacher, Hedwig and Dan's acting round out the discussion. - Your Tweets cover our favorite books/movies, the Malfoy family and more. - And finally... Weird Places People Listen to MuggleCast. - See you all in 2011!

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MuggleCast #216: Tweet At 'Em

Dec 11, 2010 - 01:24:54

- We're live to discuss the year that was in Potter. - News covers video games, movie revenues, DVD release dates, casting and Oscars. - We play some of our favorite MuggleCast moments from 2010. - The fans hand out MuggleCasties to... - The Most Interesting Potter Star on Twitter and The Most Shocking News Story. - The Best Returning DH Part 1 Actor and Actress. - The Best New Potter Actor and Actress. - And The Best DH PT 1 Scene. - You might be surprised who wins this year's J.K. Rowling Award...or not. - We review the top 7 stories of the year and let you pick the top four. - We discuss what to look forward to in 2011.

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MuggleCast #215: Won't Get Fooled Again

Nov 24, 2010 - 01:10:26

- Part 2 of our Deathly Hallows - Part 1 discussion! Download Episode 214 for our scene-by-scene review of the film. - We clear up several mistakes from last episode. - Matt joins the show and gives us his thoughts on Part 1. - We all agree Hedwig gets a more dignified death than in the book. - Your responses to last week's show: the good and the bad. - Muggle Mail covers Bill Weasley, Mad-Eye's eye, and Dobby's speech. - Did the forest scenes feel slow at times because they were covering months of action? - Micah concedes some of the things he mentioned last episode could have payoff in Part 2. - Did Hermione and Harry have an "aha" moment when the Invisibility Cloak was mentioned? - We revisit the Dursleys departing, Malfoy Manor, the split and more. - Plus, we take tweets on your favorite scenes.

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MuggleCast #214: Hollowed Hallows

Nov 20, 2010 - 01:46:29

- We review Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 - The London premiere lives up to the hype...the same can't be said for New York - MuggleNet staffer Richard joins the show - There is a clear difference of opinion on the film from the hosts - We go scene-by-scene through Deathly Hallows - Part 1 - Were people satisfied with Mad-Eye's death? Why didn't Harry grab his eye? - Runcorn, Cattermole and Hopkirk actors shine at the Ministry... - ...What does that say about the rest of the acting? - Emma Watson gives her best performance of the series - Why did the producers cut Dudley's redemptive line? - Did the lack of developing Voldemort's threat to the real world make the "on the run" scenes less believable? - Will the average movie-goer get the Deathly Hallows subplot? - Dobby, the "indignant" House-Elf? Should he have been built up more in previous films? - "Did you even really know Dumbledore?" No and it's clear movie Harry never will. - Why was nothing stated about Sirius' mirror? The Voldemort taboo?

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MuggleCast #213: Sunday Best

Nov 12, 2010 - 01:15:24

- Eric and Micah agree to disagree on The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" - Our thoughts on Desplat scoring DH Part 2 - Fans sound off on the number of DH clips - Main Discussion: Half-Baked Prince/Half-Baked Harry - We analyze what book Harry knows vs. what movie Harry knows heading into the final films - Did the main plot in Half-Blood Prince take a back seat to teenage romance? - Harry's lack of Horcrux knowledge could pose major problems - Bad character development: Greyback, Lupin, Tonks, Umbridge and Scrimgeour - How will they explain the two-way mirror and the locket? What about Harry owning Kreacher and Grimmauld Place? - Movie Harry's knowledge of Voldemort (Tom Riddle) is nowhere close to the book - Did Harry appear weak throughout the HBP movie? Was Snape and Harry's relationship developed enough? - Muggle Mail: Goblet of Fire rebuttals and the DH soundtrack - Be sure to nominate us at the 2010 Podcast Awards

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MuggleCast #212: Hufflepuff Represent

Nov 1, 2010 - 01:30:07

- Eric's Halloween costume is Harry Potter themed in an unexpected way. - Deathly Hallows TV spots are appearing all over the place. - Samples from the Deathly Hallows soundtrack are released. We listen to a few and give our early review. - The 2010 Podcast Awards nomination period begins soon. We want to be in the running! - Chapter by Chapter covers Goblet of Fire Chapters 16 - 18. - Does it say something that Durmstrang sits with Slytherin and Beauxbatons sit with Ravenclaw? Eric realizes something clever about this. - Why are there strict guidelines to enter the TriWizard Tournament? - Can a reader tell from this point that Karkaroff put Harry's name in the Goblet? - The wonderful double meaning Moody/Barty Crouch Jr.'s hated towards Karkaroff. - Of all people, why was it Cedric who was selected to compete for Hogwarts? - Why does Bagman enjoy the idea of this four-person tournament so much? - Ron doesn't trust Harry, and his reasoning is extremely weak. - Rita Skeeter and her man hands - what is Jo trying to say? - MuggleMail addresses last week's hot topics, an answer to Trelawney's inaccurate predictions, and cheesy Potter movie endings. - Dueling Club: Ghost Edition! - What are some of our listeners doing for Halloween that's Potter related?

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