Episode #421: Sidecar Blues (Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Ride Review)

  • Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter has just opened its latest coaster, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, and we review it!
  • We’re joined by The Insider’s Kirsten Acuna, who rode the Motorbike Adventure with Andrew.
  • Check out Kirsten’s review of the ride and her report on the queue’s easter eggs! And here’s Andrew’s review on Hypable.
  • The ride’s queue is intriguing: It’s the ruins of Hogwarts, with inscriptions and art from students over the decades. It’s here where Hagrid also birthed a Blast-Ended Skrewt.
  • Soooo about this Blast-Ended Skrewt: What large hole is spraying us while we’re on the Motorbike Adventure???
  • Andrew and Kirsten review the ride, which is a thrilling technological marvel. And riding it at night is a whole different experience!
  • The fandom has a new debate on their hands: Is the Motorbike or Sidecar the better vehicle to ride in?
  • We take questions from Patreon supporters: How does this ride compare to the others? How intense is it?
  • In this week’s Bonus MuggleCast, available exclusively on Patreon, we analyze the connection between Fawkes and Dumbledore, and what makes it so special.
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by HelloFresh (For $80 off your first month, go to HelloFresh.com/MuggleCast80 and use promo code MuggleCast80) and the Harry Potter Figurine Collection (Visit HeroCollector.com/Wizards to get two figurines for $9.95, and free shipping).

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Running time: 1:17:53, 46.7 MB

Episode #420: Really Loose Pockets (HBP 28, Flight of the Prince)

  • Unplug your Alexa’s: Our Slug Club guest this week had her name stolen from Amazon!
  • Vans’ new line of Harry Potter shoes is causing some ripples amongst fans — how’d Hufflepuff gets the short end of the stick?
  • Andrew is in Orlando for the opening of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Follow us on Instagram to get looks at the new ride!
  • MuggleMail: What would’ve happened if the Death Eaters weren’t waiting for Dumbledore back at Hogwarts? And the best DVD/Blu-ray collection question gets answered.
  • Chapter by Chapter: Half-Blood Prince Chapter 28, Flight of the Prince.
  • Have we ever felt like Harry did in the opening of this scene, as if we’re hurling through space because of a life-changing event?
  • Hogwarts Is A Security Nightmare Example #9134891: Kids running around while hearing ruckus. Where’s the lock-down?
  • Warning: Never light Laura’s house is on fire while her dog is inside. She will be enraged.
  • Harry has to remind Hagrid to put out his burning home. He ALSO has to remind him how to conjure one of earth’s core elements: WTF?
  • Even while working for the Greater Good, Snape still takes the opportunity to besmirch James. Why so mean?
  • The Half-Blood Prince is revealed, and Snape can’t stand being called a coward. What’s going through his mind in this moment?
  • The movie version of this chapter is different to say the least. We compare and contrast.
  • Dumbledore’s pockets are now available for everyone to peruse, and the locket presents itself. Uh oh.
  • Quizzitch: From whom does Lupin learn that Dumbledore has died?
  • Thank you to this week’s sponsors: The Harry Potter Figurine Collection (HeroCollector.com/Wizards), Scentbird (Scentbird.com/MUGGLECAST for 50% off), and ThirdLove (Thirdlove.com/MUGGLECAST for 15% off). Support the show by supporting supporting our advertisers!

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Running time: 1:40:49, 60.5 MB

Episode #419: Snape Loves Dumbledore (HBP 27, The Lightning Struck Tower)

  • We’re joined by Slug Club member Alicia, who wants to know: How does Ollivander’s stay in business?
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming to Canada — it’s the sixth production!
  • MuggleMail: Horcruxes probably can’t be made via assisted suicide; what’s the best DVD/Blu-ray set available?; thank goodness the Trio didn’t have to go into The Cave; in defense of Harry Potter.
  • We’ve passed 1,000 Patrons, an amazing milestone! Thank you to everyone for their support.
  • Chapter by Chapter: Half-Blood Prince Chapter 27, The Lightning Struck Tower.
  • Harry has to face one of the worst situations for a child to be in.
  • Dumbledore once again experiences The Surge: He’s damn good on a broom.
  • Dumbledore speaks to Draco in a way that’s reminiscent of how he’d speak to Tom.
  • Harry needs a cloak that deflects spells — he’s been frozen under the cloak twice in one book.
  • Why is Draco incapable of killing Dumbledore?
  • Would this have been a different situation if Draco were a few years older?
  • Severus… Please: This line was an amazing bit of work from Rowling.
  • Snape’s Avada Kedavra isn’t written like the Killing Curse typically is. Is it because Snape was also trying to A) Prove he meant it, and B) move the body away from further harm?
  • To say goodbye to Dumbledore, we read Patrons’ favorite Dumbledore lines in Dumbledore (and Micah) voices.
  • In light of analyzing this scene, we revisit Andrew’s Astronomy Tower of Terror ride idea. This time it has exciting new twists!
  • Quizzitch: Who did Draco mistake for being dead?
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by The Wizarding World Figurine Collection from Eaglemoss Hero Collector (get two figurines for the price of one, plus free shipping, at HeroCollector.com/Wizards) and OpenFit (text MuggleCast to 303030 for a FREE month trial)!

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Running time: 1:40:49, 60.5 MB

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