Episode #458: Portrait Party (OOTP 22, St. Mungo’s, Part 1)

  • We had a blast at our Forget About The World live show earlier in the week!
  • The hosts receive candles from our listener Devin, including a goat-scented one for Micah! Check out Devin’s website – Worndoll.com
  • J.K. Rowling loosens guidelines on recording Harry Potter books for schools
  • To lighten things up we play a fun Sporcle game – Harry Potter Name Chain
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 22: St. Mungo’s for Magical Maladies and Injuries (Part One)
  • 7-Word Summary: Arthur survives by receiving care from portraits
  • What’s up with Dumbledore’s passwords? They seem kind of… weak!
  • Portrait Party! Is this is a nightly occurrence? How annoying for Dumbledore!
  • Why does Dumbledore not acknowledge Harry… or Ron?
  • Portrait Superstars: Everard and Dilys
  • Why does the Order not have better security alert measures in place?
  • Phineas Nigellus Black says Sirius always had odd houseguests. Really? Like who?
  • In Essence Divided – Dumbledore’s Horcrux epiphany!
  • We discuss Dumbledore’s bond with Fawkes – how is the phoenix able to track Umbridge?
  • Who tipped off the old toad? Mrs. Norris?
  • Harry’s Rage toward Dumbledore: part Harry and part Horcrux!
  • Sirius shows maturity in his handling of the Weasleys at Grimmauld Place
  • OUT! How a single word to Kreacher seals Sirius’ fate!
  • The Waiting Game
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 49!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: What color robes do Healers of St Mungo’s wear?
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Episode #457: The Grim Granger (OOTP 21, The Eye of the Snake)

  • Welcome Slug Club member Abbey, who has her own podcast for Grey’s Anatomy fans: The On Call Room!
  • Coronavirus shuts down Cursed Child and the Wizarding World theme parks
  • The leaked Harry Potter RPG will finally be announced this year!
  • Fantastic Beasts 3 filming is now underway! Or at least, that was the plan. Since recording this episode, we’ve now learned that the movie has halted production.
  • We get a sneak peek at the Quidditch Through the Ages Illustrated Edition! What’s with the U.S. cover being so boring?
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 21: The Eye of the Snake
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry heads towards Arthur in peril snakily
  • The first part of the chapter takes us back to our Prisoner of Azkaban days
  • Thestrals: was it wise for Hagrid to put students who have seen death in this situation?
  • Dumbledore rides thestrals?!? What?!?
  • Did no professor prepare Hagrid for what to expect from Umbridge’s evaluation?
  • Umbridge treats Hagrid like he is mentally challenged and manipulates student reactions and sentiments!
  • Should Harry, Ron and Hermione have gone to McGonagall about Hagrid’s treatment?
  • Hermione wishes she could see thestrals! What?!? Andrew then proceeds to turn her into a serial killer!
  • Harry feels resentment towards Hogwarts for the first time ever as the holidays approach
  • Dumbledore’s Army: Decorator Dobby, Ginny The Seeker and Mistletoe Magic
  • We discuss Ron and Hermione’s opposite reactions to Harry’s first kiss
  • Inside Nagini: Do we think any of the snake’s initial hesitation in attacking Arthur Weasley had to do with her humanity?
  • Do we think Harry could have controlled the outcome if he wanted to? Or is it just like watching TV? Looking through the eyes of another Horcrux?
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 47!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: What is the name on the department store front which hides Saint Mungos to the Muggles?
  • This week’s episode of MuggleCast is sponsored by Quip (Get your first toothbrush refill free at GetQuip.com/Muggle and OpenFit (get a free extended 14-day trial by texting ‘mugglecast’ to 50-50-50)
  • Join our community at Patreon.com/MuggleCast and receive magical benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast! This week, we discuss J.K. Rowling’s decision to give Arthur Weasley a reprieve in Order of the Phoenix!

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Episode #456: A Giant Waste Of Time (OOTP 20, Hagrid’s Tale)

  • Muggle Mail covers angry librarians and Harry-Draco shippers
  • We’re at the midway point of Order of the Phoenix! How has this recent read changed our feelings about the book? What are our biggest takeaways?
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 20: Hagrid’s Tale
  • 7-Word Summary: Hagrid returns and fails to reveal lies
  • The Trio take a massive risk in going to see Hagrid given recent punishments!
  • Can Harry, Ron and Hermione really fit under the Invisibility Cloak?
  • Why doesn’t the snow wipe away their footprints?
  • What is Hagrid’s true level of trust in Harry, Ron and Hermione?
  • What do we know about Vampires in the Wizarding World?
  • We discuss real world parallels to the Giants being an ostracized community
  • What’s the value of aligning with the Giants?
  • Is Hagrid the best envoy? The best negotiator?
  • Could the Ministry be inadvertently tipping off the Death Eaters?
  • Does Hagrid blow his load on the first gift to the Gurg?
  • Name Origins: Karkus, Golgomath and Grawp
  • What could the Death Eaters have told Golgomath to convince them to join their side?
  • Who is that at the door? It’s Dolores!
  • Why didn’t Umbridge use Homenum Revelio to find Harry, Ron and Hermione? Why does she give up so easily?
  • The Top 7 Reasons Hagrid Was Really Missing In Action
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 43!
  • Connecting The Threads include Macnair, Buckbeak and Hermione
  • The hosts give their MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: Whose death allows Neville to see thestrals?
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Episode #455: How To Hogwarts (OOTP 19, The Lion & The Serpent)

  • Some of your favorite Potter actors are back to voice The Tales of Beedle The Bard audiobook
  • MuggleCasTBT recalls a time when we discussed J.K. Rowling potentially writing under a pseudonym.
  • Muggle Mail covers becoming inspired to teach, the Hog’s Head and the Room of Requirement.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 19: The Lion & The Serpent.
  • 7-Word Summary: The Quidditch match features Draco falling out.
  • Dumbledore’s Army is going swimmingly. Harry really IS a teacher!
  • Is Luna the best representation of inter-house cooperation at Hogwarts?
  • We discuss whether “Weasley Is Our King” is bullying or just typical sportsmanship.
  • It’s insane how the staff reacted to Harry and George’s attack versus the taunting on the field, which no one tried to stop.
  • WHERE is Dumbledore? And where was Hermione to set another fire in the stands?
  • Isn’t there a charm for earplugs? Ron doesn’t need to hear to be a good Keeper.
  • Honestly, is Draco any good at Quidditch?
  • McGonagall vs. Umbridge
  • McGonagall: the star Quidditch player – it runs in her family!
  • On Fred: Can you lifetime ban someone for something you thought they were “about to” do? And why is this described as a lifetime ban?
  • Is this an opportunity where Harry, if he had known Umbridge’s backstory, could have used it to his advantage.
  • Everything is terrible this chapter, but Hagrid is back!
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 40!
  • The Debate returns as Andrew & Micah and Laura & Eric team up to debate Umbridge’s punishments!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: Where did Hagrid have a disagreement with a vampire?
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Episode #454: Drinky Winky (OOTP 18, Dumbledore’s Army)

  • News covers Cormoran Strike Book 5 “Troubled Blood,” Cursed Child Japan and Fantastic Beasts 3
  • Muggle Mail: Harry’s post-Hogwarts career, a sibling rivalry, and Dumbledore’s boggart
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 18: Dumbledore’s Army
  • 7-Word Summary: Hogwarts is holding a group defense meeting
  • Harry can Accio a bullfrog? J.K. Rowling has said you can’t accio inanimate objects
  • Are the Hogwarts professors secretly teaching DADA in their own classes?
  • How exactly did that conversation go between Dumbledore and Umbridge about the Gryffindor Quidditch Team?
  • Is Hermione right to reconsider forming Dumbledore’s Army?
  • Is Sirius truly “reckless” and “living through” the trio?
  • Harry’s connection with Voldemort strengthens! Why doesn’t Harry consult an adult ?
  • Dobby, Winky, Hedwig and the Room of Requirement
  • We compare the Room of Requirement’s use in Order of the Phoenix to it’s use in Half-Blood Prince
  • We rate the the proposed names for Dumbledore’s Army
  • Professor Potter
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 35!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter return!
  • Quizzitch: What does Hermione use to bewitch the golden coins for DA members?
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  • MuggleCast has launched a listener survey so we can hear what you think of the show. Please take a couple minutes to fill it out!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Openfit (texted ‘MuggleCast’ to 505050 for a free trial), Quip (visit GetQuip.com/muggle to get your first refill free) and ThirdLove (Visit ThirdLove.com/MuggleCast for 15% off your perfect fitting bra).

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Episode #453: 2 Fast, 2 Illustrated (OOTP 17, Educational Decree Number 24)

  • We offer our thoughts on the recent Johnny Depp / Amber Heard case
  • Another Illustrated Edition: MinaLima joins the party!
  • Muggle Mail covers Harry’s battle with Dementors and his post-Hogwarts career
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 17: Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four
  • 7-Word Summary: Sirius is in trouble with Umbridge’s reach
  • Harry’s finally HAPPY! It lasts for two pages…
  • We discuss the symbolism of the educational decree covering everything else on the Common Room notice board!
  • Hogwarts is becoming a police state! Umbridge is monitoring all non-class student activity as well as the lines of communication
  • Is it possible Umbridge was planning this decree prior to the formation of Dumbledore’s Army? Shouldn’t students be able to complain to their heads of House about this? To their parents?
  • Hedwig, Thestrals, McGonagall and Grubbly-Plank
  • Neville and Draco:  always be mindful of thinking before you speak
  • Snape and Umbridge
  • Trelawney is on probation – are we surprised? Do we feel bad for her?
  • Sirius has some advice for Hermione, reveals Dung has been trailing Harry and shares news from Molly
  • Hogwarts is a Security Nightmare! Is Umbridge right to be watching the Floo Network?
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 32!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter return!
  • Quizzitch: What spell does Gryffindor use to help them practice quidditch?
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  • MuggleCast has launched a listener survey so we can hear what you think of the show. Please take a couple minutes to fill it out!
  • Bonus MuggleCast, coming later this week to Patreon: We take a look at the life of Dolores Jane Umbridge! Was she always this sadistic? What was her childhood like? Did she ever marry? Where did J.K. Rowling get the inspiration for this character?

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Episode #452: Essence of Goat (OOTP 16, The Hog’s Head)

  • J.K. Rowling announces the next Cormoran Strike novel is finished!
  • Kobe Bryant: how Harry Potter inspired his Wizenard Series
  • Muggle Mail covers some clever questions from a 10-year-old listener!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 16: In The Hog’s Head
  • 7-Word Summary: Shady happenings occur within Aberforth’s dingy bar
  • What in the world is up with the chapter art?
  • Harry’s internal struggle: to teach or not to teach Defense Against Dark Arts?
  • A mummy, two Yorkshire dementors and a shifty-looking witch walk into a bar…
  • Undercover thief! Is it pure coincidence or on Dumbledore’s orders that Mundungus is in the Hog’s Head?
  • Aberforth looks familiar to Harry. Oh, really?
  • Is the Hog’s Head really that dirty and grimy or is a bit of magic at play?
  • The bar smells of goats… what?!? What do goats even smell like?
  • How does the Hog’s Head stay in business?
  • We break down Aberforth’s relationship with his goat
  • Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff… The Formation of Dumbledore’s Army! Would any of members of Slytherin House worked well?
  • Does Hermione not fully consider the consequences of putting Harry in an awkward position?
  • From Quirrellmort to the Riddle Graveyard, the hosts rate Harry’s accomplishments with O.W.L. grades!
  • Zacharias Smith, Luna Lovegood, Ernie MacMillan and more!
  • Fudge and Heliopaths? No way! But Luna’s observations about Hermione are spot on!
  • Would we have signed our names to the Dumbledore’s Army parchment?
  • Quizzitch: Who visits Harry during History of Magic?
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  • MuggleCast has launched a listener survey so we can hear what you think of the show. Please take a couple minutes to fill it out!
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Episode #451: Murtlap Milkin’ (OOTP 15, The Hogwarts High Inquisitor)


  • Ember Sirius or Flaming Sirius – our listeners settle the debate!
  • Muggle Mail covers Gary Oldman, Hermione, Fred & George’s true intentions and more!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 15: The Hogwarts High Inquisitor
  • 7-Word Summary: Umbridge oversees the Hogwarts professors teaching classes
  • The Daily Prophet announces Umbridge as Hogwarts High Inquisitor! Fair and balanced reporting? YEAH, RIGHT!
  • What level of credibility does Percy have to be quoted in The Daily Prophet?
  • Are there really THAT MANY concerned parents?
  • What were the first 21 Educational Decrees? We offer some our thoughts!
  • Umbridge visits each teacher’s classroom: Is there not already a system in place to evaluate teachers? Is Umbridge qualified to evaluate these subjects?
  • Poor Trelawney!
  • Umbridge vs. McGonagall – has Dolores met her match?
  • Should Hermione have considered the consequences of her actions in Umbridge’s class?
  • Harry, Hermione and the birth of Dumbledore’s Army
  • The power of self-doubt
  • We discuss the importance of Hermione saying Voldemort’s name for the first time
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 27!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter return!
  • Quizzitch: What does Luna say Fudge’s Army is made of?
  • Join our community at Patreon.com/MuggleCast and receive magical benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast!
  • January’s Bonus MuggleCast, available exclusively on Patreon: The hosts sound off on Trelawney’s prediction for Professor Umbridge and what would have happened if Harry told McGonagall the truth about his detentions!
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Episode #448: Have a Biscuit (OOTP 12, Professor Umbridge)

  • Andy from Harry Potter Fan Zone joins the show and shares the history of his website and how he received the prestigious J.K. Rowling Fan Site Award
  • The hosts share the Harry Potter gifts they received during the holidays
  • Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 12: Professor Umbridge
  • Seven Word Summary: Classes begin for the term despite attitudes
  • Harry’s troubles continue: Seamus bolts early in the morning, Dean is at a loss for words and Lavender isn’t buying Harry’s story either.
  • Hermione once again raises the importance of House unity. But is Hogwarts set up well for such a thing?
  • Does Dumbledore, in fact, not want to draw attention to Hagrid’s absence?
  • Fred & George are in search of test subjects! Why couldn’t the Gryffindor Head Boy or Head Girl handle them?
  • Why doesn’t Harry own up to giving the Weasley twins their money for the joke shop?
  • Kissy Kissy! Cho is back. Enter Ron – Master Wandblocker! 
  • Is J.K. Rowling trying to tell the reader something about jumping on bandwagons?
  • Harry has his worst day of classes: History of Magic, Potions, Divination, DADA
  • What classes when we were kids could we just not get through?
  • With Hagrid gone and Umbridge teaching DADA, Harry really has no classes he enjoys! 
  • Does Snape ride Harry hard because he sees potential in him or because he’s an ass?
  • Umbridge raises the point that Defense Against The Dark Arts at Hogwarts has been rather disrupted and fragmented. She’s not wrong, is she?
  • So, we’re going back to basics? We could see doing this for one or two lessons, but the entire year?
  • What does Umbridge having a short wand mean?
  • Do we believe this new DADA class was really carefully devised by experts at the Ministry?
  • Is Umbridge wrong about Lupin?
  • Parvati raises a great point about the practical nature of their O.W.L.s. So, the students should just show up and perform a spell? Isn’t Umbridge setting the students up for failure? Wouldn’t it be a poor reflection on her if all of her students fail their O.W.L.s?
  • Have a biscuit, Potter!
  • Umbridge Suck Count, Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week, Rename The Chapter return
  • Quizzitch: What has Hermione been making over the summer?

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Episode #447: Harry Potter Decade in Review

Please note: This episode was recorded prior to J.K. Rowling’s controversial tweet, which was harmful to the transgender community and allies. As we stated on Twitter, trans rights are human rights. We see you, we love you. You are valid. We will always welcome you! We’ll share additional thoughts on the situation in Episode 448.

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

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