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!
  • In addition to FacebookTwitter and Instagram… We’re now on LinkedIn!
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Running time: 1:35:32, 68.8 MB

Episode #431: The Questions Fans Had After ‘Goblet of Fire’

  • Welcome Slug Club member Stephanie! She has a newborn baby, so we challenge her to sort little Eleanor into a Hogwarts House.
  • Don’t forget we’ll be in Indy this weekend for Wizards Unite and at Leaky Con Boston this October! Use code MUGGLE when registering for $10 off!
  • If you’ve waited in line at Universal Orlando for Hagrid’s and missed the pre-show video, watch it here!
  • In anticipation of our Order of the Phoenix chapter-by-chapter analysis we take a time turner back to the early 2000s to discuss the years before the fifth Harry Potter book.
  • The wait between Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix was three years (the longest gap!), and it was a critical period for the fandom.
  • How did the Harry Potter fan community soar during this time?
  • When did we all start discovering Harry Potter fansites?
  • What were the biggest questions heading into Order of the Phoenix?
  • Who was going to die in the fifth book? What did Priori Incantatem truly mean? What was next for Harry, Ron and Hermione?
  • To help us out a bit, we revisited MuggleNet’s Facts About Book Five!
  • What were the hosts initial thoughts of the Order of the Phoenix cover art?
  • Release party reminiscing: where were we all for the release of the fifth book?
  • Quizzitch: where did Harry get the name Hedwig?
  • In addition to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram… We’re now on LinkedIn!
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Running time: 1:08:05, 49 MB

Episode #430: Did Dumbledore Attempt To Recreate Ariana?

  • Pottermore announces a new app – what can we expect?
  • Micah and Andrew recap their time at Podcast Movement
  • Andrew will be at Wizards Unite Fan Festival in Indianapolis on August 31. If you see him, say hi!
  • Micah and Eric will be at LeakyCon 2019 from October 11-13 in Boston – register today using code MUGGLE for $10 off!
  • It’s a mailbag episode full of exciting voicemails and listener emails!
  • When the Weasley twins tossed snowballs at the back of Quirrell’s head, was this foreshadowing on the part of J.K. Rowling?
  • A Crackpot Theory blows us away: Did Dumbledore attempt to recreate Ariana and accidentally create Credence?
  • Was hiding the Sorcerer’s Stone an attempt by Dumbledore to see Harry’s true heart?
  • Given how fast the phoenix evolves at the end of Crimes of Grindelwald, could it be an illusion?
  • One listener tells us that she originally had no idea that Harry Potter was a British book series!
  • Emails cover Lily’s protection, James’ sacrifice, theme park expansion and more!
  • And… Could the Deathly Hallows have been made from a thestral?
  • Laura tells us about her time at a Harry Potter-themed AirBNB, and the panel comes up with ideas for their own rental property.
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Running time: 1:08:05, 49 MB

Episode #429: Sidecar Joy

  • We’re live from Orlando at Podcast Movement 2019!
  • We’re staying at the wrong hotel, but it’s cool because there are a ton of inns and Unfoundables!
  • Eric and Micah ride and review Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
  • The twists, the turns, the creatures and more!
  • Why you should ride Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure even if you’re not a roller coaster person
  • We debate the motorbike vs. the sidecar — Andrew has evolved on the debate
  • How does this ride compare to Forbidden Journey and Escape from Gringotts? We rank the four Potter rides at Wizarding World Orlando!
  • There’s some new merch at the Wizarding World that Eric and Andrew want to get their hands on, like shirts that read “Hogwarts Alumni”!
  • Universal announces a fourth theme park, Epic Worlds, and rumors surface about a Fantastic Beasts land. What would we like to see?
  • Micah and Eric will be at LeakyCon 2019 from October 11-13 in Boston – register today using code MUGGLE for $10 off!
  • Become a member of our community today on Patreon and receive awesome, magical benefits!
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by AWAY, the most excellent suitcase. Visit AwayTravel.com/MuggleCast2019 for $20 off your suitcase.

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Running time: 58:58, 42.5 MB

Episode #428: Finishing Sorcerer’s Stone, 13 Years Later

  • Join Andrew in Indy for a special Wizards Unite gathering over Labor Day Weekend! On a related note, we discuss our latest thoughts on the game.
  • MuggleCasTBT takes us back to a dark Cursed Child prediction
  • Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Chapter 17: The Man With Two Faces
  • The last time we analyzed a chapter from Sorcerer’s Stone was 2006! A lot has changed since then
  • 7-Word Summary: Quirrell surprises Harry with Voldemort’s head attached
  • Surprise! It wasn’t Snape!
  • We analyze Professor Quirrell as a character pre-Voldemort, with help from Pottermore
  • What does it mean to have a “special gift” with trolls?
  • Snape the Savior: should the debate about his loyalties have ended here?
  • How Harry’s reliance on his intuition allowed him to defeat Quirrell
  • Was there a confrontation between Dumbledore and Voldemort in the chamber?
  • Should Dumbledore have confided the prophecy in a 11-year-old?
  • Connecting the Threads with Deathly Hallows: Harry awakens to Dumbledore, death as a choice, James and Snape, and endings at King’s Cross
  • Notable Quotables, MVP of the Week and Rename the Chapter
  • Quizzitch: What film actor, who appeared in Movie 1, has the same birthday as the character he portrays?
  • Andrew, Micah and Eric will be hosting a meetup in Orlando on Thursday, August 15th! Can you make it? Let us know!
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Running time: 1:25:41, 61.7 MB

Episode #427: Connecting Sorcerer’s Stone to Deathly Hallows

  • We’re going to be in Orlando this August – if you’re in the neighborhood, come say hi! Click here to fill out a brief survey.
  • There’s never been a better time to support the show! Become a Patron by July 31 and get this year’s TWO physical gifts – signed album art and a MuggleCast tote bag!
  • Our main discussion is The Secrets of Sorcerer’s Stone: We expose the little things in the first book that ended up playing a larger role later in the series — especially within Deathly Hallows.
  • Does Dumbledore govern Harry’s existence from the very beginning of the series?
  • What protected Harry overnight on the Privet Drive stoop? #SecurityNightmare
  • Did Rowling know the role Sirius would play in later books?
  • Why are wizards so willing to risk exposing themselves following Voldemort’s downfall?
  • Why does Dumbledore think Harry’s scar will come in handy? Does Dumbledore suspect a Horcrux connection exists this early on?
  • We connect the MANY threads between Sorcerer’s Stone and Deathly Hallows
  • The importance of Gringotts and Griphook
  • King’s Cross and the Doorway Between Worlds
  • Dumbledore’s Chocolate Frog Card and what it means for Fantastic Beasts
  • We discuss Centaurs, Harry’s Magical Protection and Snape’s Loyalties
  • The Sorcerer’s Stone, the Deathly Hallows and the Quest for Immortality
  • The Golden Snitch and Neville’s bravery
  • Patrons question the “Lost 24 Hours” between Voldemort killing Harry’s parents and Harry’s arrival at Privet Drive, Dudley’s tail, and school attendance

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Running time: 1:23:06, 59.8 MB