Episode #441: Brian? (OOTP Chapter 8, The Hearing)

  • Mike from Potterless Podcast joins the show! He shares why he got into the series so late and some of the moments that shocked him the most.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 8 – The Hearing
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry is attacked by Fudge but Dumbledore prevails
  • Have any of us ever been before a judge?
  • Given Harry is being charged with UNDERAGE magic, isn’t it ridiculous an adult can’t accompany him to trial?
  • Where exactly was Harry’s owl sent? Was it even sent at all?
  • We’re introduced to Fudge’s “right-hand“ woman… Dolores Jane Umbridge!
  • Why do we think Dumbledore arrived at the Ministry three hours early?
  • Given the number of people required for this trial, there is no way the time and location wasn’t changed at least the night prior!
  • By changing the time, is the Ministry hoping Harry would need to use magic, getting him into further trouble?
  • Is Ms. Figg a credible witness? We debate if she really saw the Dementors!
  • Dumbledore makes Fudge SUPER uncomfortable!
  • Who really sent the Dementors? Voldemort? The Ministry?
  • Do we think Fudge made the decision to implement Umbridge at Hogwarts before or after the trial?
  • Would Harry have prevailed without Dumbledore present?
  • What’s up with Harry’s heart swelling to unnatural size?
  • This could have all been solved with a little bit of Veritaserum!
  • The Umbridge sucks count grows by 2!
  • We Connect The Threads, Rename The Chapter and give our MVPs of the Week
  • Quizzitch: What nickname does Malfoy give Harry while at the Ministry?
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Running time: 1:17:17, 46.4 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 #438: Live From LeakyCon 2019

We’re live from LeakyCon in Boston and joined by special guest Chris Rankin! We travel around the Wizarding World to famous Potter locations, talk about the Massachusetts-based school Ilvermorny and play a few of our favorite games with the audience. Chris takes Micah to task in the Dueling Club while listeners try their hand at Make The Connection. Join us for this very special edition of MuggleCast!

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Running time: 1:00:21, 36.2 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 #436: ALL CAPS (OOTP Chapter 4, ’12 Grimmauld Place’)

  • One of our listeners received the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition two weeks early! How does it compare to the rest of the series?
  • This week we dive into Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Chapter 4, 12 Grimmauld Place
  • Seven Word Summary: Harry shouts loudly at everyone in CAPSLOCK
  • As soon as Harry steps into the Black Family home, J.K. Rowling offers an ominous line. It’s the first of many hints about Sirius’ fate.
  • Rowling has enjoyed using the number 12 throughout the Harry Potter series. We review its many major uses and a couple of our other favorite commonalities.
  • Molly, who’s usually a calming figure, isn’t much help to Harry when he enters the Order’s hideout. Should Harry have just barged into the Order meeting?
  • Harry enters ALL CAPS mode for the first time in the series. While it was justified, we don’t believe he should’ve taken it out on Ron and Hermione.
  • What led Harry to this moment of epic fury? And what would it sound like?
  • Speaking of rage, Percy isn’t happy with the rest of his family after his recent promotion was downplayed by Arthur. Did Dad step out of line?
  • Were we surprised to learn that Snape was in the Order? Good thing he leaves before dinner.
  • The Umbridge Suck Count ticks up by 1 point, while Rita Skeeter gets an honorable mention.
  • Quizzitch: What is the name of Bill Weasley’s unwitting informant into the Goblin POV?
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Running time: 1:09:25, 50 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

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.
  • 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!
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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?
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Running time: 1:35:32, 68.8 MB