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!
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  • 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!
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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!
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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

Episode #426: Discovering Sorcerer’s Stone

  • Do the people behind Wizards Unite listen to MuggleCast? Some new game features would suggest so!
  • Eric announces the MuggleNet Caption Contest is back!
  • #MuggleCasTBT takes us back to a bold prediction made about Nicolas Flamel and his “safe house” in Crimes of Grindelwald
  • We take listener feedback on last week’s Dark Mark tattoo debate
  • Our Main Discussion focuses on The Beginning of Harry Potter
  • Did Sorcerer’s Stone launch a generation of readers?
  • Harry Potter’s biggest ally may have been the Internet!
  • How did all of the hosts get started on the Potter series?
  • We discuss J.K. Rowling’s struggles behind getting published, including being a woman
  • Did you know Rowling didn’t even have a middle name until Sorcerer’s Stone was published?
  • We revisit our Episode 200 interview with Harry Potter producer David Heyman, who talks about how he found Harry
  • Was it really necessary to change Book 1’s name to Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States? We read interesting comments from Scholastic’s Editor at the time, Arthur Levine.
  • The hosts share what moments in Sorcerer’s Stone really resonated with them and name their favorite chapter
  • Quizzitch: What time does the Hogwarts Express depart from platform 9¾?
  • There’s never been a better time to support the show! Become a Patron by July 31 and get this year’s physical gifts – signed album art and a MuggleCast tote bag!

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Running time: 1:13:42, 53.1 MB

Episode #425: Half-Blood Prince in Review

  • Fire at Leavesden Studios! Did it impact the Studio Tour at all?
  • Almost all of the hosts have been leveling up in Wizards Unite!
  • We’ll be in Orlando this August for Podcast Movement and want to meet up with YOU at CityWalk! Click here to access our survey and let us know if you can make it.
  • MuggleCasTBT takes us all the way back to 2006 for a final battle prediction!
  • We tie up loose ends with our Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince book-in-review episode!
  • 14-Word Summary: Harry Potter and Dumbledore discover the secret about Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes from the memories
  • The hosts Rename the Book with some interesting titles and hand out their MVP of the Book awards
  • Was Half-Blood Prince anyone’s favorite book? Least favorite book? Patrons weigh in with their thoughts!
  • From The Cave to the fake horcrux discovery, the hosts give their favorite and least favorite moments of Half-Blood Prince
  • Horace Slughorn and Rufus Scrimgeour headline our most notable new characters
  • What were the Top 7 Moments of Half-Blood Prince?
  • We discuss several book-to-movie comparisons as well as Jim Broadbent’s portrayal of Slughorn
  • What lies ahead now that Half-Blood Prince is a wrap?
  • Emails cover Elphias Doge, Ginny and Grindelwald’s reaction to Dumbledore’s death
  • Voicemails include Dumbledore’s movie tribute, Snape being labeled a coward and Death Eater tattoos
  • Quizzitch: Which Harry Potter books do not have a chapter with the same name as their title?
  • Send us your odds and ends thoughts from Sorcerer’s Stone! Use the contact form, our voicemail line, or e-mail mugglecast@gmail.com directly
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Running time: 1:24:26, 50.7 MB