MuggleCast Is Your Harry Potter Podcast

Welcome to MuggleCast, the weekly Harry Potter podcast and your ride into the Wizarding World! Our show has been podcasting about J.K. Rowling’s creation since 2005. In each new episode we discuss all things Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts.

After recently completing our Chapter by Chapter re-read and analysis, we are now holding a wide variety of discussions about the books, films, and fandom. See our latest discussions in the player above, or on our episodes page.

Thanks to our supporters on Patreon, we’re currently releasing a new episode every week. You can pledge as little as $2/month to help support the show and receive sweet benefits in return!

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Episode #510: The Best (or Weirdest) of Harry Potter Fan Fiction

 

  • News: British star of stage, film and TV Helen McCrory (Naricssa Malfoy) has died. We wish the best to her family and loved ones.
  • Main Discussion: Former MuggleNet Fan Fiction moderator Laura Tee puts on her Fan Fic cap to discuss this side of fandom!
  • Have the MuggleCast hosts read fanfic before? Why or why not? Was there a stigma attached in the early days?
  • Laura runs through some common Harry Potter fanfic tropes including American exchange students, students getting “HOT” over the summer, and replacement love interests for Snape.
  • The hosts have each read some of the most popular Potter fanfics as suggested by our listeners, and are here to dish!
  • In “The Very Secret Diary” by Arabella, Laura found a depth to Ginny’s character that was lacking for her in the books.
  • Eric describes the 700,000 word Hermione time-travel epic, “The Debt of Time” by ShayaLonnie
  • Debt of Time is so massive that it even has its own read-through podcast, Firewhisky and Honey.
  • Micah’s choice for fan fiction, “In the Light of the Stars” by little0bird, features a lot of diversity as a teenaged McGonagall navigates wartime Britain.
  • Draco and Hermione meet repeatedly for coffee in Andrew’s new favorite fanfic, “Remain Nameless” by HeyJude19.
  • After talking about SO MUCH fan fiction, and listing off some honorable mentions, the hosts try their own hand at writing fanfiction with prompts given to them by Laura!
  • Andrew reads his heartwarming meetcute for adult Scorpius Malfoy and Albus-Severus Potter.
  • Micah adds a new best friend on to the journey Hagrid and Maxime take through the mountains in his fanfic.
  • …and Eric reads his scene in which My Chemical Romance headlines the Yule Ball at Hogwarts.
  • Quizzitch:  Which member of American rock band MCR dropped out of college to join the band? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (Get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast) and MasterClass (Get 15% off an annual subscription at MasterClass.com/mugglecast)!
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Episode #509: What We’d Change About The Harry Potter Books and Movies

  • Main Discussion: What Would We Change About The Harry Potter Books & Movies?
  • A couple of Mary GrandPre’s book covers should’ve taken a different direction!
  • It’s Philosopher’s Stone, NOT Sorcerer’s Stone! Get with it, America!
  • What’s Buggin’ Micah returns as he Americanizes the other Harry Potter book titles
  • Enough Expelliarmus, Harry! Don’t you know more than one spell?
  • Justice for Slytherin!
  • What in the world was that final fight scene between Harry and Voldemort?
  • Too many directors, not enough consistency!
  • Plainclothes Hogwarts students – this isn’t an Abercrombie & Fitch ad!
  • Why is every major wizard duel made to look like Priori Incantatem?
  • Our patrons weigh in with their book & movie changes!
  • Why does Harry break the Elder Wand? Where is S.P.E.W.? Why does Bellatrix burn down The Burrow?
  • Moody Sirius, Sassy Harry, Tonks & Lupin, Grawp and more!
  • Quizzitch:  What is the British Television series from 2003 which was directed by David Yates, and scored by Nicholas Hooper? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MeUndies and Quip!
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Episode #508: How To Tell Fred and George Weasley Apart, and More Twin Talk

  • News: Warner Bros’ recent deal with Regal means a shorter window between theaters and streaming for future Wizarding World films.
  • This week, we focus our attention on Fred and George Weasley, in celebration of their April 1st birthday.
  • Following up on our Ron discussion, we read the Twins’ horoscope (Aries) for insight into their personality.
  • Is it strange for George to marry Angelina Johnson, after Fred’s death? The hosts weigh in.
  • The Weasley Twins have traits that can be found in each of their other family members, like Percy’s ambition and Arthur’s ingenuity.
  • Are Fred and George the most entrepreneurial characters in Harry Potter?
  • Eric asks: Can readers readily tell the twins apart from one another in the books? It turns out, Fred and George really do have different personalities!
  • One of the twins often “goes too far,” while the other is more restrained. The hosts read textual evidence to support the findings.
  • From harming childhood pets to forcing Unbreakable Vows and feeding acid pops, one Weasley Twin sure has a mean streak, even toward his family members!
  • Check out MuggleCast #235 for our interview with Oliver Phelps.
  • Our patrons weigh in on the top Weasley Twins moments… together.
  • On Bonus MuggleCast, available on Patreon this week, the hosts celebrate March Madness by competing in a Weasley Twins Quotes bracket
  • The MuggleCasters gift each other one product from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.
  • Quizzitch: What TWO things do the Twins bewitch Percy’s badge to say in the books? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
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Episode #507: Bradley Bakes is Creating Every Food and Drink Item in the Harry Potter Books

  • This week, we’re joined by Bradley Bakes, a YouTuber in the United Kingdom who’s currently baking his way through the entire Harry Potter book series!
  • Bradley shares why he started creating every food and drink item mentioned in the Harry Potter books
  • 64 recipes for Sorcerer’s Stone, 54 recipes for Chamber of Secrets – what’s next on the menu?
  • Golden Snitch Lemon Meringue Pie… Whomping Willow Chocolate Cabbage Cake… Bradley puts a twist on some notable Potter items!
  • Bradley shares a few simple recipes the listeners (and hosts) can try at home and the most challenging food for him to make
  • How long does each recipe take from start to finish? What’s it like to shop for all of these delicious items?
  • Which item in the upcoming books is Bradley most looking forward to making?
  • MuggleCast gets its very own recipe!
  • Fans have no excuses for their next Harry Potter party! Be sure to check Bradley out on YouTube, Instagram and his blog!
  • Snog, Marry, Avada Kedavra returns!
  • Can the hosts name the Top 50 Most Mentioned Characters in the Harry Potter series without naming those outside the Top 50? You give a try!
  • Quizzitch: The night Norbert is born, Hagrid makes the trio tea and offers them which food that they refuse? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
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Episode #506: Shipping Harry and Tom Riddle, More Security Nightmares, and Other MuggleMail

  • We asked our listeners, following last week’s discussion, what fan films they would like to see made.
  • From Arthur and Molly’s courtship, to Regulus’ thwarting of Voldemort, the hosts discuss what the best plots yet to be seen could look like.
  • Since Ilvermorny has been more or less forgotten about by the author, should fans take it back / make it their own?
  • This week’s episode is all MuggleMail!
  • Theories on how Ron inherited Charlie’s wand, and similarities between Hogwarts and boarding school arrive in hushed tones in new voicemails from our listeners.
  • We’ve received a litany of responses to our Security Nightmare series, agreeing that Hagrid, the Floo Network, the troll, and the Chamber of Secrets all prove Hogwarts is not safe.
  • We hear from a listener who homeschools her kid and loves sharing Harry Potter as a proud parent.
  • MuggleMail covers other topics such as: Could Harry and a Young Tom Riddle be romantically involved? Could Mrs. Norris be a secret Animagus? And how one listener feels about the women of Harry Potter.
  • We answer a vintage email from August 2007! Where is 13-year-old Blake now?
  • Quizzitch: What secret does the Grey Lady say Rowena Ravenclaw kept from the other founders? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by BetterHelp: Get 10% off your first month of therapy at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast
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Episode #505: Seven Harry Potter Fan Films That Expand The Story in Brilliant Ways

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Episode #504: The Achievements of Women in Harry Potter

  • Welcome Slug Club guest Olivia!
  • The Hogwarts Legacy video game will reportedly allow for players to customize their character’s gender identity.
  • To celebrate International Womens Day 2021, the hosts discuss achievements by women in the Harry Potter series
  • Not only did Lily Potter save her son, but she ended the war with Voldemort the first time, saving thousands of lives!
  • Hermione has saved Ron and Harry’s lives more times than we can count!
  • Ginny overcame the trauma of Tom Riddle’s teenage Horcrux and turned out well adjusted, in spite of a lack of psychological services at Hogwarts
  • Fleur Delacour and Nymphadora Tonks distinguish themselves as strong and powerful witches
  • Sirius Black’s mother defeats the Order of the Phoenix! How comes nobody could get her painting down?
  • The hosts uncomfortably talk about Umbridge’s attack on Privet Drive and Harry, before they even met.
  • Others we discuss include Luna, Professor McGonagall, Narcissa, and Molly.
  • Do the ladies on our panel feel like women in the series were brought to the forefront in a way they’re happy with?
  • To wrap up our International Womens Day celebration, the hosts tackle multiple choice trivia questions based on J.K. Rowling’s Witch or Wizard of the Month segment
  • And finally, we recognize that the author herself faced an uphill battle in the publishing industry as a woman, which she overcame.
  • Quizzitch: Name this famous female campaigner for breaking the Statute of Secrecy, she’s been imprisoned several times for her blatant and deliberate use of magic in public placesVisit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MD Acne (Take the quiz and get your first month supply for free, just pay shipping) and ThirdLove (Get 20% off your first purchase)
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Episode #503: The Best and Worst of Ron Weasley

  • Happy Birthday, Ronald Bilius Weasley! Today we’re kicking off a new monthly feature, where we’ll be hosting a main character discussion timed around their birthday. We start with Ron!
  • One of the most underrated characters in the Wizarding World, let’s get Ron’s Fandom ID!
  • We discuss our first impressions of Harry’s best friend and Ron’s complex about his family’s socioeconomic status
  • What were our favorite Ron moments in the books? What was his defining chapter?
  • What were some of Ron’s worst character moments? We discuss The Yule Ball Dating Lavender, and more.
  • In celebration of Rupert Grint, we share our favorite Ron scenes from the movies!
  • … But we can’t forget all the great Ron moments that were given to Hermione in the films!
  • What would each of the hosts get Ron for his birthday?
  • We play two Ron-themed games: Snog, Marry, Avada Kedavra and Two Truths, One Lie!
  • Quizzitch: What did Fred turn into a spider when Ron was three? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MDAcne (Visit MDAcne.com/mugglecast to get your first month supply free!) and HelloFresh (Visit HelloFresh.com/12muggle and use code 12 muggle for 12 FREE meals!)
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Episode #502: All The Ways Hogwarts Is A Security Nightmare

  • Did Wizards Unite finally confirm a long-standing theory about Lavender Brown?
  • Main Discussion: All The Ways That Hogwarts Is A Security Nightmare
  • For decades, students and teachers have been lied to about Hogwarts safety! 
  • Are moving staircases really a good idea?
  • The Forbidden Forest & Black Lake are no place for students of any age!
  • The Triwizard Tournament? Ask Cedric Diggory how that turned out!
  • Background check, anyone? We discuss how professors like Quirrell, Lockhart, Hagrid & Impostor Moody endangered the students year-after-year.
  • Quidditch… need we say more?
  • Dear Dumbledore, you REALLY couldn’t find the the Chamber of Secrets? Or the giant snake?
  • The Whomping Willow (emphasis on whomping)
  • Mental health check: should students really be experiencing their worst fears (Boggarts) in  front of each other?
  • Remember that year Dementors “safeguarded” the school?
  • Listeners weigh in with their security concerns, including The Room of Requirement, Portraits, Secret Passages and more!
  • Are parents ever notified about all of the dangers at Hogwarts?
  • Quizzitch: After Neville falls off his broom in Year 1 who tells Malfoy to shut up? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MDAcne (take the quiz and get your first month’s supply for free, just pay shipping) and BetterHelp (receive 10% off your first month)!
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Episode #501: Fantastic Beasts 3 Opening Scene Ideas, MuggleMail

  • A new Harry Potter Exhibition will be touring the globe. How similar will it be to the one we’ve already been to?
  • The hosts discuss how they would like to see Fantastic Beasts 3 start, from blood pact flashbacks to a street chase in Rio!
  • Will director David Yates finally make a substantive flashback sequence?
  • Will the colors of this film at last be cheery and bright?
  • Lynx Line: Our Patrons weigh in with their opening ideas. What if our heroes are all turned into Nifflers?
  • Could Leta Lestrange still be alive?
  • Voicemails cover thoughts on being an adult Harry Potter fan, how John Williams joined the world of Harry Potter, getting our kids into Harry, and what if Voldemort had killed Draco?
  • Ron, Neville, and Ginny are three potential POV’s that our e-mails analyze for the story.
  • The last two e-mails involve Snape and his love for Lily. What if Harry had been a girl, and did he leave Harry under the rubble in Godric’s Hollow?
  • We answer a question sent to us in July 2007!
  • Our pick-up lines segment from Episode 500 inspired a Chicken Soup segment this week.
  • Quizzitch: When Harry and Dumbledore Apparate to the Cave, what is the first spell Dumbledore uses? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
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