Episode #450: Weekend at Hogwarts (OOTP 14, ‘Percy and Padfoot’)

  • Micah’s back and FINALLY received a Wizarding World Gold pin!
  • Muggle Mail covers Founder wands, House points, SPEW and Harry Potter tattoos
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 14: Percy and Padfoot
  • 7-Word Summary: Saturday begins with letter sending from Harry
  • Harry does a really good job of hiding the truth when writing to Sirius. Do we think this a quality that Harry possesses or just JKR’s clever writing?
  • The hosts take a shot at cryptically describing each other
  • Thestrals Alert! If we were Harry, would we be concerned we’re seeing ominous creatures randomly around Hogwarts? We compare it to the grim in Book 3 and the basilisk in Book 2!
  • The hosts discuss what it means for Cho to believe in Harry
  • The Daily Prophet: Padfoot and Podmore
  • Why was Slytherin allowed to watch Gryffindor’s Quidditch practice? Shouldn’t it be closed, especially to opposing teams?
  • Percy’s letter: what does it reveal about the Ministry? About his true character? We read several of Percy’s passages in our best Dr. Evil voices!
  • Does Percy truly believe Dolores Umbridge is a nice person? Do we think he is really concerned about Ron? Or is this an attempt by Fudge and Umbridge to sow discord between Ron and Harry?
  • Which Fireplace Sirius was better: Goblet of Fire or Order of the Phoenix?
  • The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters
  • The Ministry believes Dumbledore is forming an Army!
  • Reckless and bitter Sirius: do his comments about James hurt Harry?
  • Umbridge Suck Count, Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: Professor McGonagall has been teaching at Hogwarts for how many years (at the time of Order of the Phoenix)?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by OpenFit, a fantastic way to workout at home at great prices! Text ‘mugglecast’ to 505050 to get a free two-week trial.

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Episode #449: Torturous Toad (OOTP 13, Detention With Dolores)


  • Reminder: MuggleCast is moving to Tuesdays! Each week we’ll have a new episode available bright and early.
  • A ‘flagship’ Harry Potter store has been announced, where we’ll be able to grab coffee, Butterbeer, and… ‘House Wands’?!
  • Chapter by Chapter: Order of the Phoenix Chapter 13, Detention with Dolores
  • This chapter is very unlucky for Harry. Are all Chapter 13’s in the Harry Potter series the same way?
  • Theory: Every chapter ever is unlucky for Harry.
  • Fred and George are getting away with their testing — until Hermione steps in. Why this moment was truly ‘below the belt’ for the twins.
  • What’s going on with Hermione and her crusade to free the elves? We don’t see her doing any work that the elves do.
  • We learn that Bowtruckles can actually be quite evil. How could Newt keep one so close to his eye balls? It’s Security Nightmare: Pickett Edition!
  • Then again, they have leafy hands. How peaceful! What an enigma.
  • Malfoy drops some information that’s of interest to Harry, while Luna sticks up for The Chosen One in a big way.
  • Detention with Dolores: It’s in this scene where Umbridge goes from being an annoying teacher to a truly evil one.
  • Did Dumbledore or McGonagall know that this type of thing was going on? Should Harry have ratted Umbridge out? And did this ever happen again?
  • Quizzitch: What does Cho refer to Ron as? Answer on Twitter by tweeting @MuggleCast!
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Why J.K. Rowling’s Tweet Was Transphobic and Hurtful

 

In this special installment, Rori Porter, a transfemme member of the Harry Potter fandom, joins the MuggleCasters to discuss why J.K. Rowling’s December 19th tweet was transphobic and hurtful.

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

Check out TransStudent.org to learn more about the trans community, and click here to read Rori’s piece published to Medium.

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Episode #441: Brian? (OOTP Chapter 8, The Hearing)

  • Mike from Potterless Podcast joins the show! He shares why he got into the series so late and some of the moments that shocked him the most.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 8 – The Hearing
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry is attacked by Fudge but Dumbledore prevails
  • Have any of us ever been before a judge?
  • Given Harry is being charged with UNDERAGE magic, isn’t it ridiculous an adult can’t accompany him to trial?
  • Where exactly was Harry’s owl sent? Was it even sent at all?
  • We’re introduced to Fudge’s “right-hand“ woman… Dolores Jane Umbridge!
  • Why do we think Dumbledore arrived at the Ministry three hours early?
  • Given the number of people required for this trial, there is no way the time and location wasn’t changed at least the night prior!
  • By changing the time, is the Ministry hoping Harry would need to use magic, getting him into further trouble?
  • Is Ms. Figg a credible witness? We debate if she really saw the Dementors!
  • Dumbledore makes Fudge SUPER uncomfortable!
  • Who really sent the Dementors? Voldemort? The Ministry?
  • Do we think Fudge made the decision to implement Umbridge at Hogwarts before or after the trial?
  • Would Harry have prevailed without Dumbledore present?
  • What’s up with Harry’s heart swelling to unnatural size?
  • This could have all been solved with a little bit of Veritaserum!
  • The Umbridge sucks count grows by 2!
  • We Connect The Threads, Rename The Chapter and give our MVPs of the Week
  • Quizzitch: What nickname does Malfoy give Harry while at the Ministry?
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  • Thanks to this week’s sponsor: Wondery’s new podcast Bad Batch, an investigative series.

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Running time: 1:17:17, 46.4 MB

Episode #438: Live From LeakyCon 2019

We’re live from LeakyCon in Boston and joined by special guest Chris Rankin! We travel around the Wizarding World to famous Potter locations, talk about the Massachusetts-based school Ilvermorny and play a few of our favorite games with the audience. Chris takes Micah to task in the Dueling Club while listeners try their hand at Make The Connection. Join us for this very special edition of MuggleCast!

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Running time: 1:00:21, 36.2 MB

Episode #436: ALL CAPS (OOTP Chapter 4, ’12 Grimmauld Place’)

  • One of our listeners received the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition two weeks early! How does it compare to the rest of the series?
  • This week we dive into Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Chapter 4, 12 Grimmauld Place
  • Seven Word Summary: Harry shouts loudly at everyone in CAPSLOCK
  • As soon as Harry steps into the Black Family home, J.K. Rowling offers an ominous line. It’s the first of many hints about Sirius’ fate.
  • Rowling has enjoyed using the number 12 throughout the Harry Potter series. We review its many major uses and a couple of our other favorite commonalities.
  • Molly, who’s usually a calming figure, isn’t much help to Harry when he enters the Order’s hideout. Should Harry have just barged into the Order meeting?
  • Harry enters ALL CAPS mode for the first time in the series. While it was justified, we don’t believe he should’ve taken it out on Ron and Hermione.
  • What led Harry to this moment of epic fury? And what would it sound like?
  • Speaking of rage, Percy isn’t happy with the rest of his family after his recent promotion was downplayed by Arthur. Did Dad step out of line?
  • Were we surprised to learn that Snape was in the Order? Good thing he leaves before dinner.
  • The Umbridge Suck Count ticks up by 1 point, while Rita Skeeter gets an honorable mention.
  • Quizzitch: What is the name of Bill Weasley’s unwitting informant into the Goblin POV?
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Running time: 1:09:25, 50 MB

Episode #434: His Last (OOTP Chapter 2, A Peck of Owls)

  • No word back from the Nashville school that banned Harry Potter
  • Eddie Redmayne provides us a smidge of an update on Fantastic Beasts 3
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 2: A Peck of Owls
  • 7-Word Summary: Many owls arrive at Harry’s home tonight
  • Mr. Tibbles was on the case! Good to know that Harry is being watched by… cats!
  • We question Mrs. Figg’s qualifications for keeping an eye on Harry all of these years
  • If Dumbledore was so afraid of Harry using magic this summer why did he not institute a better plan for protecting him?
  • We learn Mrs. Figg had to make coming to her house miserable… so the Dursleys allowed it to continue.
  • Given his track record, is Mundungus the best person to be keeping tabs on Harry?
  • What does it say about Vernon that he thinks Dudley’s condition is due to a bad bit of “foreign” tea?
  • Why wouldn’t Harry be innocent until proven guilty following the Dementor attack?
  • How quickly did Mundungus get word to Dumbledore about what happened?
  • Petunia knows about Dementors… from Snape!
  • Vernon asks if Harry’s lot has the death penalty! What?!?
  • Everyone in the room wonders why the Dementors are in Little Whinging… did Voldemort send them?
  • What happens when worlds collide? We share some of our personal experiences.
  • Could the Dementors have actually attacked Harry inside the Dursley’s house?
  • Did a bond form between Petunia and Harry when she proves she understands what Voldemort’s return means?
  • Are we at all sympathetic to Vernon’s desire to kick Harry out of the house after all that has happened? Our patrons weigh in.
  • REMEMBER MY LAST!
  • Connecting the Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter return!
  • Quizzitch: What is the make and model of Nymphadora Tonks’ broom?
  • Micah and Eric will be at LeakyCon 2019 from October 11-13 in Boston – register today using code MUGGLE for $10 off!
  • Become a member of our community today on Patreon and receive awesome, magical benefits!
  • This week in Bonus MuggleCast, available exclusively on Patreon, we discuss what Dudley saw when he was attacked by the Dementor!

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Running time: 1:28:14, 63.5 MB

Episode #433: Gettin’ Figgy (OOTP Chapter 1, Dudley Demented)

  • Sequoia from Fanatical Fics and Where To Find Them joins the show!
  • We discuss the recent banning of Harry Potter at St. Edward Catholic School… and give them a call!
  • Cursed Child gets a new marketing campaign, with the logo now matching the one from the books/films
  • Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 1: Dudley Demented
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry Potter fights with Dudley and Dementors
  • The introduction of Harry is very much one of a neglected child
  • What does it say about the Dursleys that they take pride in the fact that Dudley doesn’t watch the news and has no clue who the Prime Minister is?
  • What do we make of Ms. Figg  asking Harry over for tea frequently throughout the summer?
  • Are Vernon and Petunia overreacting to the “crack” that pretty much the entire neighborhood hears? Or is it fair they suspect Harry?
  • Harry’s isolation: let the conversation about Dumbledore’s approach to Harry begin!
  • We analyze Harry’s dreams: Cedric’s death, long corridors, locked doors and more!
  • Harry is itching for a fight and tries to provoke Dudley with name-calling. What do we make of this version of Harry?
  • Who is Mark Evans? J.K. Rowling once addressed rampant speculation.
  • When the Dementors attack and Harry hears the voice inside his head – is it Voldemort or the Horcrux speaking to him?
  • Have we ever seen Harry control a Patronus through spoken word before?
  • Surprise! There’s more to Ms. Figg than meets the eye!
  • We debut a new chapter-by-chapter segment… Umbridge Sucks!
  • Connecting the Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter return!
  • We answer an email on frame narratives and take a very cute voicemail on midnight book release parties
  • Quizzitch: J.K. Rowling once said on her old website that Ms. Figg deals in the roaring trade of cross-bred cats and what?
  • Micah and Eric will be at LeakyCon 2019 from October 11-13 in Boston register today using code MUGGLE for $10 off!
  • Become a member of our community today on Patreon and receive awesome, magical benefits!
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by ThirdLove: Visit ThirdLove.com/MuggleCast for 15% off your first order!

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Running time: 1:16:50, 110.8 MB

Episode #432: Connecting Prisoner of Azkaban to Order of the Phoenix

  • Happy Back to Hogwarts y’all!
  • Enough already! Pottermore announces a new “reimagined” Sorting Hat is coming. Are we about to receive new House assignments?
  • We’ve shipped MuggleCast tote bags to our first 150 patrons, with more going out in the weeks ahead!
  • Andrew recaps Harry Potter Trivia Night at Wizards Unite Indianapolis, but he can’t remember anything!
  • Beautiful park, great community event, dragons, cool merchandise and more! Andrew shares his experience from Wizards Unite Fan Fest!
  • Before beginning our chapter-by-chapter analysis of Order of the Phoenix, we connect the threads to Prisoner of Azkaban, since the Harry Potter series is a frame narrative (We recently did this with Sorcerer’s Stone and Deathly Hallows on Episode 427).
  • The grim, dementors and what happens when Harry runs from the Dursleys
  • Aunt Marge, Dudley and the first chapter magical impact on the Dursley family
  • Character appearances and reappearances: Lupin, Sirius, Luna and more!
  • Is it a coincidence Harry meets Lupin and Luna the same way?
  • The contrasting teaching styles of Remus Lupin and Dolores Umbridge
  • Hermione takes on Trelawney in Prisoner of Azkaban and Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix for their ineffective teaching methods
  • Ministry Interference: comparing Fudge’s actions towards Harry in Prisoner vs. Order
  • Lucius Malfoy and his meddlesome nature: first Buckbeak then Harry’s trial
  • We take a look at a similarity between Hermione and Umbridge (Say what?!?)
  • How Dementors and time turners play a critical role in both books
  • Sirius Black is a prisoner in both books
  • Dumbledore undermines the Ministry at the end of both books: the escape of Sirius and the return of Voldemort
  • Quizzitch: What type of flower bed does Harry find himself laying in as Order of the Phoenix opens?
  • Don’t forget: We’ll be at LeakyCon 2019 in Boston! Register using code MUGGLE to get $10 off!
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Running time: 1:35:32, 68.8 MB