Episode #418: Wizarding World Gold

  • We’re live from Andrew’s living room in Chicago!
  • The new WizardingWorld.com website (sort of) goes live and we get our official passports!
  • Question is… what do we do with them?
  • Wizarding World Gold: what is it and how much is it going to cost fans?
  • Following Crimes of Grindelwald and a Fantastic Beasts 3 delay, is this news breaking at the wrong time?
  • What benefits would we like to see from a premium Wizarding World service?
  • Muggle Mail covers where people listen, politics, The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, security at Hogwarts and “good” Horcruxes
  • Why did Voldemort put so little protection around his other Horcruxes?
  • Did Dumbledore experience a “surge” before his inevitable fate on the Lightening-Struck Tower?
  • Why didn’t we talk more about the fact that Draco was crying when Harry found him in the bathroom?
  • Did Snape create Sectumsempra for James Potter and Sirius Black?
  • Quizzitch: Where do Harry and Dumbledore apparate to upon their return from The Cave?
  • We’re off next week!
  • Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon): What if… Dumbledore had told Harry the truth about Snape in that moment of hesitation?
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Running time: 1:40:49, 60.5 MB

Episode #417: Next Level Magic (HBP 26, The Cave)

  • Welcome Slug Club member Natalie!
  • News: we get our first look at animatronic Hagrid and discuss the changes coming to Pottermore!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Chapter 26, The Cave
  • 7-Word Summary: Together they enter the mysterious boat ride
  • The perfect breaststroke: what do we make of Dumbledore’s new-found agility? Is it pure adrenaline? His eagerness to find the Horcrux?
  • Next level magic: it leaves traces and can be felt! Might J.K. Rowling explain this further in the Fantastic Beasts series?
  • Why does this Horcrux have the highest level of protection? Is it because it once belonged to Voldemort’s mother?
  • Has Voldemort visited the cave since he placed the Horcrux here?
  • Why is Harry’s blood more valuable upon entering the cave but not for exiting?
  • The simple approach: even in the most dangerous of situations, Dumbledore is still teaching Harry
  • Is it possible that because part of Voldemort resides within Harry, that the magic within the cave is mistaking him for Voldemort?
  • Magical weight vs. human weight and how Voldemort’s tends to overlook those he considers to be “less than himself”
  • Does Dumbledore’s reaction to the bodies in the lake reflect the fact that he’s resigned himself to his fate?
  • What do we think Dumbledore is seeing when he drinks the potion? We recall we didn’t have the context of Ariana when we first theorized about this in 2005!
  • Dumbledore’s Ring of Fire: what spell does he cast to ward off the Inferi?
  • Despite her absence Laura does an amazing job Connecting The Threads (and planning the discussion)!
  • The hosts reveal their Horcrux Hidey Hole, MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: Which Death Eater calls Dumbledore “Dumby”?
  • We’ve finally got @mugglecast on Instagram! Thanks for the help, Amy and Amanda!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by AWAY. Get $20 off a suitcase by going to AwayTravel.com/mugglecast20 and using promo code MUGGLECAST20.

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Running time: 1:40:49, 60.5 MB

Episode #416: Not Sorry (HBP 25, The Seer Overheard)

  • For the first time in five years, J.K. Rowling stays quiet on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts
  • Fantastic Beasts 3 filming is delayed until 2021! How will this impact the fandom? Will people lose interest in the series?
  • This Week in MuggleCast History returns!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 25 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Seer Overheard
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry discovers who listened to the prophecy
  • Harry and Ginny: why did Rowling gloss over some of the happiest moments of Harry’s life?
  • Hermione begins to unravel the identity of the Half-Blood Prince… and Harry “just knows” it isn’t a woman! Is he being sexist?
  • Why is Harry still so defensive of the Half-Blood Prince? Truth is, we’ve seen him behave this way before!
  • The Room of Requirement: easier to access than previously thought – you just need to be drunk!
  • Why has Dumbledore been so reluctant to see Trelawney lately?
  • Harry learns Snape was the one who overheard the prophecy! Would Dumbledore have ever told him?
  • What does it say about Snape’s character that despite playing a role in Harry’s father’s death, he still continues to insult James?
  • Is Albus and Aberforth’s relationship as contentious as we’re led to believe in Deathly Hallows?
  • Lax security: is there any reason to think the school will be safe with Harry and Dumbledore headed to The Cave?
  • The hosts Rename The Chapter and give their MVPs of the Week
  • Quizzitch: What is the first spell Harry casts at the Inferi?
  • Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon): what if Hermione had discovered the identity of the Half-Blood Prince in this chapter? Would it have been too much for Harry to deal with?

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Running time: 1:06:53, 40.1 MB

Episode #415: The Worst at Everything He Does (HBP 24, Sectumsempra)

  • Which character, if any, will JKR pay tribute to on May 2?
  • MuggleMail covers the power of love, Felix Felicis and interesting listening locations
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 24 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Sectumsempra
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry almost gets discovered by Snape bathroom
  • Breakup Central: Ron and Lavender and Dean and Ginny are splitsville!
  • Charms Class and Quidditch: we reflect on how Harry’s time at Hogwarts is coming to an end
  • Katie Bell has finally returned and Harry remains convinced Draco was behind her attack
  • Harry is hung up on Felix Felicis and Hermione draws an interesting conclusion about the effects on the potion
  • Ravenclaws and Gryffindors: how Quidditch championship matches bring out their wild side!
  • Let’s go to the bathroom… because it’s where all the important shi*t happens in the Potter series
  • Sectumsempra: Why would Harry use a spell on Draco when he has no clue of its effect?
  • Why doesn’t Harry argue that he was defending himself against an Unforgivable Curse?
  • Was Snape also keeping tabs on Draco? Was Moaning Myrtle assisting him?
  • Should a professor be able to use Legilimency on a student to find out the truth?
  • Does Harry’s punishment fit the crime? Shouldn’t it have been more severe?
  • The Room of Requirement: we get brief glimpses of the Vanishing Cabinet and the Diadem Horcrux
  • The Half-Blood Prince’s book has done a lot of good for Harry and he lets Hermione know it!
  • Ginny rushes to Harry’s defense and SLAMS Hermione not once, but twice!
  • Snape detention has an interesting twist to it!
  • The hosts believe it’s important that Gryffindor wins the Quidditch Cup without Harry
  • Harry and Ginny: did it feel rushed? Forced? Or about damn time?!?!
  • We Rename The Chapter and give our MVPs of the Week!
  • Quizzitch: What unlikely companion does Harry find outside the Room of Requirement?
  • In Bonus MuggleCast, we discuss what would have happened if Draco had died as a result of the Sectumsempra attack!

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Running time: 1:27:01, 52.5 MB

Episode #414: Secrets Discovered (HBP 23, Horcruxes)

  • Universal reveals the beasts we can expect to see on Hagrid’s motorbike adventure including one never seen in the films!
  • We take voicemails in defense of Slughorn, on the Room of Requirement, Harry’s daydreaming and Hufflepuffs ability to find things
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 23 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Horcruxes
  • 7-Word Summary: Secrets are discovered inside the Slughorn office
  • Compromised security: what’s up with the Fat Lady denying Harry entrance to Gryffindor Tower? Could Felix have still been at work?
  • Dumbledore is initially shocked that Harry has acquired the memory. Did he really think Harry could do it?
  • Do we actually know where Tom first learned about Horcruxes?
  • We contrast Tom and Harry’s approach to extracting information from Slughorn
  • Wizards of a certain caliber have always been drawn to Horcruxes… really?!?! Like who?
  • We learn Dumbledore is particularly fierce about Horcruxes. Why is that? Could Grindelwald have made one?
  • Horcrux Breakdown: the diary, the ring, the locket, the cup, Nagini and something of either Gryffindor’s or Ravenclaw’s
  • Did part of Dumbledore’s prophecy explanation reveal that Harry is a Horcrux?
  • Can Voldemort feel when one of his Horcruxes is destroyed? Not in the books, but it works in the films!
  • Does Dumbledore’s rant about tyrants creating self-fulfilling prophecies mean even more now that we know more about Grindelwald?
  • The hosts rename the chapter and give their MVPs
  • Quizzitch: How long does it take to make Felix Felicis?
  • In celebration of recording on 4/20, we offer thoughts on which characters in the wizarding world like the ganga!

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Running time: 1:33:36, 56.2 MB

Episode #413: Horcrux Hangover (HBP 22, After the Burial)

  • Slug Club member Sara joins the show!
  • Muggle Mail covers Bunty The Spy, Snape The Protector and Snape The Bully
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 22 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, After The Burial
  • 7-Word Summary: Aragog causes Harry no issues with Slughorn
  • Despite its dark undertones, is this one of the funniest chapters of the series?
  • Eric tells us why Hagrid’s letter defined his Potter reading experience
  • Aragog is one of our biggest (literally) connecting threads between Half-Blood Prince and Chamber of Secrets
  • Will we see Aragog make an appearance in the Fantastic Beasts series?
  • Thanks to Ron… it’s time for Harry to GET LUCKY!
  • Thoughts of Ginny… are they romantic or a bit disgusting?
  • If the placebo Felix Felicis effect worked on Ron, do we think it could have done the same for Harry?
  • Is Slughorn so elusive because he considered Harry would eventually use Felix Felicis?
  • Venomous tentacula, acromantula venom, unicorn hair… Slughorn has a side-hussle!
  • House-Elves as poison taste-testers! What does this reveal about Slughorn’s character?
  • I Will Remember You: our patrons pay tribute to Aragog
  • Let’s get drunk! Is this becoming a recurring theme in Half-Blood Prince?
  • Does Slughorn feel guilty, maybe even responsible, for what happened to Lily?
  • Francis The Fish is possibly the best addition the filmmakers made to the series
  • Rename The Chapter and MVP of the Week
  • Quizzitch: Who tells Nearly-Headless Nick about Dumbledore’s whereabouts?
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by Thirdlove (Go to thirdlove.com/mugglecast to take 15% off your first purchase!), Care/Of (take 50% off your first month with code mugglecast50), and HelloFresh (go to HelloFresh.com/mugglecast80 and use code mugglecast80 for free food)!

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Running time: 1:12:16, 43.4 MB

Episode #412: Determinedly (HBP 21, The Unknowable Room)

  • The latest on JKR’s assistant’s credit card fraud
  • Quidditch Through The Ages is getting an illustrated edition!
  • Team StarKid is turning 10 and they’re planning an event in LA!
  • Muggle Mail covers the cursed DADA position, Dumbledore lecturing Harry and the powers of Hufflepuff’s Cup
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 21 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Unknowable Room
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry searches for Draco unsuccessfully but determinedly
  • JKR drops yet another subtle hint to the identity of the Half-Blood Prince
  • Dobby and Kreacher report back their findings on Malfoy! Despite the result, should Harry have been more explicit with his instructions?
  • Why does Harry never consider that Draco could be entering the Room of Requirement?
  • What combination of words would we use to try and enter the room?
  • Given her persistence, should Hermione have offered Harry suggestions on how to acquire the Slughorn’s memory?
  • Snape is having a really bad day (again), but should he be taking it out on his students?
  • Why was Tonks in this chapter? What did she need to see Dumbledore about?
  • We draw connections between Moaning Myrtle, Draco and Tom Riddle
  • The hosts Rename The Chapter and give their MVPs of the Week!
  • Quizzitch: When Professor Slughorn gets plant leaves from Professor Sprout, what group of students does he say they are for?
  • Don’t forget to follow @MuggleCastPod on Instagram!
  • In Bonus MuggleCast, available on Patreon: The creators of the amazing graphic art within the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film series visit Chicago, and Eric recaps their event.
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Running time: 1:04:27, 77.3 MB

Episode #411: RiddleGin (HBP 20, Lord Voldemort’s Request)

  • We’re now on Instagram! Follow us!
  • A first edition Potter book sells for $90,000! Have any hosts ever been tempted to buy a rare piece of Potter memorabilia?
  • Patreon update: Get ready! Signed album art and our 2019 gift are coming! Pledge now to become eligible to receive the goods.
  • We take feedback on last week’s J.K. Rowling discussion
  • Voicemails cover a listener who doesn’t like JKR (but is nice about it), Fawkes, Horcruxes and Cursed Child San Francisco
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 20 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Lord Voldemort’s Request
  • 7-Word Summary: Voldemort tries again to obtain Dumbledore’s allowance
  • Just how is Draco getting the “ingredients” he needs for Polyjuice Potion?
  • Hogwarts staffing problem: what’s the deal with Trelawney and Firenze?
  • Dumbledore calmly shames Harry for not retrieving Slughorn’s memory. Have we ever experienced anything like this in real life?
  • Given everything Harry has been through recently, is this a fair request? Why doesn’t Dumbledore get off his ass and do it himself?
  • How might the course of history have changed if Tom Riddle had been allowed to teach at Hogwarts?
  • Hepzibah, Hokey and Horcruxes
  • What was Voldemort truly after in Dumbledore’s office?
  • It is clear Dumbledore had inside information on Voldemort early on. Why didn’t he do more to stop him?
  • From tour guide to caretaker, the hosts give Voldemort a job at Hogwarts!
  • Rename The Chapter and MVP of the Week return!
  • We make several connections between this chapter and Order of the Phoenix
  • Quizzitch: How many points does Harry lose for being later to DADA class?
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Running time: 1:22:32, 49.5 MB