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?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Thirdlove. Find your perfect fitting bra and receive 15% off your first order by visiting Thirdlove.com/MuggleCast!
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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?
  • Join our community at Patreon.com/MuggleCast and receive magical benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast!
  • 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 #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)?
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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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