Episode #442: Harry Potter Screenwriter Returns, Cursed Child Inside Look


  • Finally… some Fantastic Beasts 3 news!
  • What bigger role will Eulalie Hicks play in the upcoming film?
  • Steve Kloves returns to his screenwriting role. What does it mean for Potter fans?
  • We’re going to Rio! Will we see Castelobruxo?
  • Why did Crimes of Grindelwald fall flat at the box office? Let’s not forget the controversies that preceded it!
  • Fantastic Beasts 3 is taking the series back to its Hogwarts roots! Is this a good thing?
  • Is there such a thing as too much Hogwarts? We spent seven films there, isn’t it time to explore the larger wizarding world?
  • Was J.K. Rowling unfairly blamed for the writing in Crimes of Grindelwald?
  • Yummy! Fantastic Beasts 3 will provide more breadcrumbs for Potter fans!
  • Patrons share how they would like to see Hogwarts and Dumbledore be further incorporated (without it feeling like it was done just to please the fans)
  • We give our early predictions for the title of Fantastic Beasts 3!
  • We review Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey: Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning Stage Production. It makes a great holiday gift!
  • It was predestined! The story behind J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany!
  • Why did parenting play such a big role in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
  • Why was Goblet of Fire such a big focus?
  • The story behind Dobby, Sirius Black, McGonagall, Luna and Astoria Malfoy!
  • Box office woes: why are Cursed Child tickets slumping in Year 2?
  • We take voicemails on Dumbledore’s middle names and running Dementors
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Running time: 1:18:47, 47.3 MB

Episode #440: Return To Sender (WW Gold Review, OOTP Chapter 7, ‘The Ministry of Magic’)

  • News covers Cursed Child in San Francisco and Germany
  • Andrew and Micah are drawn to the dark side… they’re Wizarding World Gold baby!
  • We discuss the benefits and pricing of Wizarding World Gold. What would we like to see them offer in the future?
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 7 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Ministry of Magic
  • Seven World Summary: Today will be the day Perkins alerts
  • Harry’s restless night: can we sympathize?
  • Name drop! Rufus Scrimgeour is suspicious of Kingsley and Tonks!
  • Mr. Weasley can’t contain his excitement in the Muggle world! What technology would fascinate Arthur in 2019?
  • The secret behind the Ministry’s Muggle visitor entrance
  • Micah calls BS on the Fountain of Magical Brethren!
  • Eric works at the Ministry! What other host names have appeared in the Potter series?
  • Which Ministry department which would like to know more about?
  • What’s up with these underground windows?
  • Ha! Kingsley is in charge of the hunt for Sirius Black!
  • Regurgitating toilets, The Quibbler, Broderick Bode and more
  • The Umbridge suck count grows! The Ministry has changed the time and location of Harry’s hearing!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week, Rename the Chapter
  • Quizzitch: What is Cornelius Fudge’s middle name?
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Running time: 1:15:44, 50 MB

Episode #439: Dumbledip (GOF Illustrated Review, OOTP Chapter 6, ‘House of Black’)

  • Welcome Slug Club member Emily!
  • Micah recaps a great weekend in Boston for LeakyCon!
  • The Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition is here! And it’s Laura first!
  • We discuss some notable illustrations and give our favorites!
  • Muggle Mail covers Sirius as a parent, ALL CAPS Harry and Percy Weasley
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Chapter 6, The Most Noble and Ancient House of Black
  • Seven Word Summary: Kreacher has the foresight to take heirlooms
  • Molly the Spy: were our parents like this when we were growing up?
  • Laura makes an interesting comparison between Molly and Umbridge
  • Spring Cleaning at Grimmauld Place: it appears the house is fighting back!
  • Why doesn’t magic work on doxies? Is Buckbeak getting the shaft?
  • Comparing Kreacher to Dobby and Winky
  • Can Mad-Eye see a Boggart in its natural state or does he see what he fears most?
  • Just what are the Order of the Phoenix taking turns guarding?
  • Fred and George are quite the savvy businessmen!
  • Kreacher isn’t in his “right mind” – Hermione couldn’t be any closer to the truth!
  • Why doesn’t Sirius instruct Kreacher not to insult his house guests?
  • Everyone’s related! We analyze the Black Family tapestry!
  • How unfortunate is it that Sirius doesn’t realize the important role his brother Regulus played in the downfall on Lord Voldemort?
  • If Grimmauld Place has every protection known to Wizard-kind, why does Harry need to return to Privet Drive?
  • The blink and you’ll miss it locket Horcrux mention
  • Dumbledip
  • We Connect The Threads, give our MVPs of the Week and Rename the Chapter
  • Quizzitch: At what time does Harry wake up for his Ministry hearing?
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Running time: 1:18:51, 56.8 MB

Episode #437: The Voldeport (OOTP Chapter 5, ‘The Order of the Phoenix’)

  • Pottermore is NO MORE! We reflect on all the hype that surrounded its launch and re-sort ourselves with the new virtual Sorting Hat!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Chapter 5, The Order of the Phoenix
  • Seven Word Summary: Harry asks Sirius about Voldemort’s return loudly
  • No. 12 Grimmauld place belongs to Sirius. We debate using his home as Order headquarters!
  • Harry and Sirius compare summers and both blame Dumbledore for their current situation. 
  • Does Molly overreact to Fred and George’s coming of age? What was Molly like back in the day when she was first legally able to use magic?
  • Slip of the knife… Death Omen #2 for Sirius!
  • Molly doesn’t approve of Mundungus Fletcher and honestly, do we? Does Dumbledore pick Order members like he does Hogwarts professors?
  • Sirius, Molly and The Battle of What’s Best for Harry
  • Sirius encourages Harry to ask about Voldemort. What do we make of his behavior?
  • At this point in the story, which characters best reflect parental figures for Harry?
  • The Voldemort Report offers a great lay of the land.
  • The Order is not well positioned to spread the word of Voldemort’s return!
  • What is the weapon? Was this misleading at all to us as readers? Is the prophecy truly a weapon?
  • We Connect The Threads, give our MVPs of the Week and Rename the Chapter
  • Quizzitch: The Black family tapestry reads “The Most Noble and Ancient House of Black,” but what is written directly beneath that line?
  • Don’t forget to come see us next week at LeakyCon Boston! Friday, October 11: Podcasting with Potter;  Saturday, October 12: Name That Character / LeakyMug Challenge; Sunday, October 13: MuggleCast Live with Chris Rankin
  • We’re also hosting a MuggleCast Meetup on Saturday, October 12 at Hopsters Brewing Company from 5-7 pm!
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Running time: 1:18:51, 56.8 MB

Episode #435: Into The Dark (OOTP Chapter 3, The Advance Guard)

  • Welcome Slug Club member Christina!
  • Fandom Happenings: a new Wizarding World app, Mina Lima wallpapers, Lethal White begins filming and Darks Arts shows begin in Orlando!
  • We take listener feedback on British “tea” and defending Mundungus Fletcher
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3: The Advance Guard
  • 7-Word Summary: Tonight the Guard rides into Grimmauld Place
  • We discuss Harry’s treatment of Hedwig… his only friend at Privet Drive
  • Who should Harry be guessing is behind the Howler? Does he even consider Dumbledore?
  • Is it odd there is no further communication between Petunia and Harry? What about news on Dudley’s condition?
  • The child abuse continues: eating through a cat flap and not being able to “steal” food from the fridge
  • Was Mad-Eye Moody really the best person for Harry to first encounter?
  • We discuss the members of the Advance Guard and where else they popped up in the Potter series: Remus Lupin, Mad-Eye Moody, Nymphadora Tonks, Hestia Jones, Sturgis Podmore, Dedalus Diggle, Emmeline Vance, Kingsley Shacklebolt and Elphias Doge
  • Moody washes his eye – what are the chances one of the Dursleys drinks that upon their return to Privet Drive?
  • We’re introduced to Tonks for the first time in the series! Did the movies do her character justice?
  • Laura wants to know.. why does Lupin look so ragged all the time?!?
  • How ignorant are the Dursleys to think they won a best-kept lawn competition in the middle of a draught? And what’s the prize for winning?
  • Metamorphmagi: What would we do with this new magical ability?
  • Does the Ministry detect magic being done by the Advance Guard while at Privet Drive?
  • How do Muggles not see the Advance Guard depart Privet Drive and arrive in Grimmauld Place? What kind of magic is being used, if any?
  • We Connect the Threads, give our MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: To what does Fred Weasley equate the concept of time?
  • Micah and Eric will be at LeakyCon 2019 from October 11-13 in Boston! Join us for Podcasting with Potter on October 11, Name That Character on October 12 and MuggleCast Live on October 13! Register today using code MUGGLE for $10 off!
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Running time: 1:29:50, 64.7 MB