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 the fandom since 2005. In each new episode, released every Tuesday, 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.

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Episode #535: Harry Potter Halloween Extravaganza, New ‘Secrets of Dumbledore’ Info Revealed

 

On this week’s episode, it’s our annual Halloween extravaganza! We invent some of our own wizarding world candy, discuss what treats Potter characters would hand out for Halloween and Potter-ize your favorite Halloween movies! Plus, some new and exciting info about The Secrets of Dumbledore following a test screening in Los Angeles last week!

  • A new behind-the-scenes look at Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore sheds light on where the film will pick up and what countries we will be visiting! But what happened to Rio?
  • We have a small, exciting, and spoiler-free tidbit about The Secrets of Dumbledore from someone who attended a test screening in Los Angeles last week.
  • It’s our annual Halloween episode!
  • Have any of the hosts ever dressed up as Harry Potter characters for Halloween? (Here’s Andrew’s Morning Show appearance as Harry Potter)
  • Laura has a great costume recommendation for Micah this year!
  • We try our hand at inventing Wizarding World candy
  • What kinds of goodies would Snape, Molly, Mad-Eye and McGonagall give trick-or treaters? How about Remus, Sirius, Arabella Figg and Xenophilus Lovegood?
  • Ron as Carrot Top? Dumbledore as a Lemon Drop Martini? We discuss what Potter characters would dress up as for Halloween!
  • Night of the Living Fred! Horcrux Pocus! Who has the best Potter-ized Halloween movie title?
  • Quizzitch: What sweet treat does Professor Flitwick give to Harry after his interview is published in The Quibbler? Submit your answer!
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Episode #534: What The Heck Is Going On With Credence in ‘Fantastic Beasts’?

On this week’s episode of MuggleCast, we follow up on our original character discussion on Credence Barebone, aka Corvus Lestrange, aka “Aurelius Dumbledore”? Wading deep into prophecy, including forming one of our own using Nostradamus, the hosts try to answer the question: “Just what is going on with Credence?” Listen as we find some answers by reviewing the scenes and subplots of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

  • We heard from the creator behind Harry Potter Database and its astonishing collection of deleted and unreleased movie scenes!
  • The surprise main character in Crimes of Grindelwald is Credence Barebone! Micah points out why this is more usual than unusual.
  • Filmmakers chose twice not to include a scene where Credence survives his bout with MACUSA, both the end of the first film and the start of the second. Would such a scene have been an improvement?
  • What brought Credence to “Circus Arcanus,” and is it all one master manipulation from Grindelwald that has set Credence on his path to find his ‘family’?
  • What do Credence’s name origins tell us about the character, for his various names?
  • We revisit an old e-mail which explains how Greek mythology may influence the future of the character.
  • The hosts read aloud the predictions of Tycho Dodonus… and try to identify characters within.
  • Could the “son cruelly banished” be somebody else, like Albus Dumbledore?
  • Eric reads key passages from the script book which lends a little insight into that humongous shipwreck. Does the script book quietly reveal an important element?
  • We revisit major theories about Credence including, is he Ariana’s twin? Does he have her Obscurus? Is he really Corvus Lestrange, or a science experiment made by Dumbledore and Grindelwald?
  • The hosts pick some numbers at random, and consult Nostradamus himself for a prediction of the future!
  • Quizzitch: What was Leta Lestrange’s mother’s name? Submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by Quip (get your first refill free at GetQuip.com/muggle) and Thirdlove (Get 20% off your first order at Thirdlove.com/mugglecast)

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Episode #533: Discussing Hermione Granger’s Academic Prowess and Perceptiveness

On this week’s episode of MuggleCast, we get back to our Harry Potter character discussions with the brightest witch of her age, Hermione Jean Granger.  We discuss her personality traits, her academic prowess, and her overall perceptiveness. Plus, on Bonus MuggleCast on our Patreon, the hosts try to figure out if Hermione has a female best friend and debate which member of the trio is the “third wheel”?

  • The Secrets of Dumbledore will hit theaters a week earlier in the UK. Why, just days after the franchise’s big announcement, are they making this change?
  • Unimpressed by the The Secrets of Dumbledore official movie synopsis, Micah writes his own!
  • Wizarding World Gold is coming to an end this month! Does this news have larger implications for other endeavors of the Wizarding World franchise?
  • Character Discussion: Hermione Jean Granger
  • Much like Hermes, messenger of the gods, does Hermione serve as messenger between the Muggle and wizarding worlds?
  • Why we, as readers, should identify more with Hermione than Harry!
  • What do we make of Hermione’s decision to return to Hogwarts after the war?
  • How does she balance personal achievement with what is necessary and urgent?
  • The hosts recall their initial impressions of Hermione. Is she really an “insufferable know-it-all”?
  • Where does Hermione’s academic drive come from? Her parents? Pressure to fit into a new school? Pressure to fit into a new society?
  • HER-MEE-OWN! How long did it take us to the proper pronunciation?
  • Emma Watson and Noma Dumezweni: how each made their own profound impact 
  • We share Our Top 7 Hermione Moments and give our Best Hermione Impressions
  • Quizzitch: These ‘splintery’ treats were considered by Hermione for her parents while in Honeydukes? Submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by Greenchef – the #1 meal kit for eating well (visit GreenChef.com/MuggleCast100 and use code mugglecast100 to get $100 off, including free shipping)!
  • Coming up  on Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon), the hosts discuss if Hermione has a female best friend. And, just who is the true third wheel of the Harry, Ron and Hermione trio?

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Episode #532: ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ Title, Release Date Analysis

On this week’s special episode of MuggleCast, we finally have some Fantastic Beasts 3 news to discuss! The third entry in the Fantastic Beasts series will be titled, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore! Also, a plot synopsis and new release date (April 15, 2022) are out! Join Andrew, Eric, Micah and Laura as they discuss their first impressions of the title, what specific “secrets” the title may be hinting at, and we hear from Slug Club-level Patrons listening live who have some great theories as well!

  • Fantastic Beasts 3 will be titled, The Secrets of Dumbledore.
  • The hosts all owe Andrew money. He has heavily speculated that “Dumbledore” would be in the title!
  • Back on MuggleCast 442, the hosts each predicted the title of the movie in 2019, and some came close!
  • What do we make of the title? Is this anything other than a money-motivated decision to get people to see the movie because it is called something “Dumbledore”?
  • What does this mean for how prominent Dumbledore will be versus the Core Four and Grindelwald from previous movies?
  • What could the “secrets” of Dumbledore be? Will it have to do with the Blood Pact, or Ariana perhaps?
  • Will the secrets of Dumbledore be better explained than the crimes of Grindelwald in Crimes of Grindelwald?
  • We discover that the film title shares a word with another Harry Potter movie! Will this be a trend?
  • Andrew points out the huge visual difference in the size of both series titles on their respective title cards. It’s huge!
  • The movie’s synopsis includes phrases like “intrepid explorers” and “Muggle baker” – but otherwise is pretty vague.
  • Are we still going to visit Rio de Janeiro in this movie?! Was the Brazil setting filmed exclusively at Leavesden?
  • Quizzitch: Who is the main character of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? WRONG answers only! Submit your answer!
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Episode #531: The Vibrating Broomstick, Hogwarts House Analysis Wrap Up, How did Harry Know Lily’s Patronus?


On this week’s episode of MuggleCast, Andrew has some news that’s been 14 years in the making! Plus, we open up our Muggle mailbag to hear from listeners about our most recent Hogwarts House discussions (don’t forget, you can find them all here: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw & Slytherin). And on Bonus MuggleCast, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, we review deleted and unreleased scenes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!

  • Andrew’s long-awaited Harry Potter Vibrating Broomstick review is here!
  • Did Slytherins have collective guilt about leaving the Battle of Hogwarts?
  • Snapping the Elder Wand?!?! Why one listener thinks the movie got it right!
  • Pickett The Ring Bearer
  • Cuteness Alert! We hear from one of our youngest Hufflepuff listeners!
  • Did J.K. Rowling subtly rank the Houses based on their colors?
  • Do fans’ perceptions of their House common rooms differ based on personality?
  • We read several strong defenses of Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff Houses.
  • What if… Tom Riddle was in Gryffindor?
  • A 2007 throwback emails asks how Harry could recognize Lily’s patronus?
  • Quizzitch: What form does Cho Chang’s Patronus take? Submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is brought to you  BetterHelp – get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/MuggleCast!
  • Coming up later this week on Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon), the hosts discuss the deleted scenes from Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone, to celebrate 20 years since the movie was released! Did you know they filmed the Professors singing the Hogwarts school song?

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Episode #530: Celebrating and Criticizing Gryffindor House


This week, the MuggleCasters tackle the fiercest Hogwarts house of them all with their main discussion centered on Gryffindor! Joining the discussion is long-time friend of the show and boyfriend of Andrew, Pat! The panel of current and former Gryffindors talk about the good and the bad traits of Gryffindor, like why being bold can be a bad thing, and how being “daring” can mean you like to get into trouble. The hosts also examine Gryffindor’s security system, ask why it is so insecure, and tackle how famous Gryffindors fit into their house assignments including Minerva McGonagall and Peter Pettigrew!

  • On this episode we conclude our epic House-themed discussions with Gryffindor House!
  • What do daring, nerve and chivalry have to do with the panel’s own experiences as former/current Gryffindors?
  • Is the Sorting Hat’s description of Gryffindors the complete picture? Why is Pottermore’s welcome letter for Gryffindors so hilariously short?
  • We examine the good and bad of Gryffindor, including their readiness to admit fault once they’ve been proven wrong, their hot-headedness and ill temper, and loyalty to one another.
  • Is everything Snape said about Gryffindors true? We examine moments between he and the Marauders.
  • What does it mean that Gryffindor House has had two pairs of troublemakers that we know of across two generations?
  • What happens when Gryffindors fight each other? Seamus and Harry’s argument in Book Five may give us insight into the personalities of Gryffindor.
  • The Fat Lady’s password system STINKS! It’s a security nightmare! The hosts discuss.
  • Notable Gryffindors include Dumbledore, McGonagall and… Peter Pettigrew? The hosts discuss who fits in and who doesn’t.
  • Quizzitch: The Sorting Hat tells us that Hufflepuff came from Valley Broad, Slytherin from Fen, and Ravenclaw from Glen, but from where did Godric hail?
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by Quip — get $5 off a mouthwash starter kit at GetQuip.com/muggle5
  • Coming up later this week on Bonus MuggleCast, available on Patreon, the hosts discuss HBO Max’s new Harry Potter Hub, where the platform makes TV and Movie suggestions based on what Hogwarts House you’re in. Do we agree with HBO Max’s choices? Definitely not — Laura is hurt by the Ravenclaw picks.

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Episode #529: Celebrating and Criticizing Ravenclaw House


Intelligence. Wisdom. Learning. Wit. Our four-part series on the Houses of Hogwarts continues this week with Ravenclaw House (be sure to check out our Slytherin and Hufflepuff episodes)! Andrew and Eric are surprised with just how critical Micah and Laura are of their own house (but, honestly, would you expect anything less of Ravenclaws?). Join us as we “look down” upon the Hogwarts grounds from high atop Ravenclaw Tower and discuss some of the House’s most notable members!

  • Main Discussion: Ravenclaw House
  • Could Ravenclaw be the house we know the least about?
  • Does the Sorting Hat group Ravenclaws together based on academic prowess, regardless of their intent?
  • Why was Hermione not sorted into Ravenclaw?
  • What makes Micah and Laura Ravenclaws… Andrew and Eric have some ideas!
  • Do certain descriptions of Ravenclaws, especially that of their common room, make them come across as elitist?
  • What sort of students were the hosts during their younger years?
  • What does it mean for Ravenclaw House that Luna was the character most often referred to as being authentically herself?
  • What do we make of Cho Chang, a Ravenclaw, being Harry’s first love interest?
  • Would the reader’s perspective have changed at all knowing the first two Defense Against the Dark Arts professors/frauds were both Ravenclaws?
  • We discuss other notable Ravenclaws, including Garrick Ollivander, Sybill Trelawney, Filus Flitwick, The Grey Lady and more !
  • Quizzitch: On which floor at Hogwarts can you find the staircase that leads directly to the door to Ravenclaw’s common room? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (get 20% off your first purchase) and HelloFresh (use code muggle14 for up to 14 free meals, including free shipping)!

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Episode #528: We’re Going Back to Hogwarts!

 

CHOO CHOO! Join us as we head back to Hogwarts on this week’s episode of MuggleCast! Andrew, Eric, Micah and Meg as they play a few games and discuss the school’s prime locations for first kisses, homework, parties and more! Plus, with David Yates beginning a new project, could the latest Fantastic Beasts news spell more trouble for the five-part movie franchise?

  • Last chance! Only one day remains to select your 2021 MuggleCast patrons physical gift! Join us at Patreon and make your selection between our throwback socks and the customizable wooden car by September 1st!
  • With so much time having already elapsed between Crimes of Grindelwald and Fantastic Beasts 3, what do we make of the news that there will be a “break” between Fantastic Beasts 3 and 4?
  • Could the Fantastic Beasts franchise rest on the success of the third film? Andrew has a theory for what this break really means!
  • Main Discussion: It’s time to go Back to Hogwarts!
  • Where would each of the hosts sit on the Hogwarts Express? What would be the first thing each of us did upon return to Hogwarts?
  • “What Would You Do?” & Guess That Book (Back to Hogwarts Edition)
  • Where at Hogwarts would you: have your first kiss? Do your homework? Have some “me” time? Hold secret parties?
  • Quizzitch: In what books does Harry not directly interact with Draco Malfoy while on the Hogwarts Express? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MeUndies (get 15% off your first order plus free shipping ) and GreenChef (get $100 off plus free shipping)!

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Episode #527: In Defense of Hufflepuff House

Coming off of the success of our last episode where we defended Slytherin House, the MuggleCasters turn their sights to that other maligned Hogwarts house: Hufflepuff! Join Andrew, Eric, Micah and Laura as they discuss the qualities possessed by Hufflepuff students, examine why Hufflepuff does not get much glory in the books, and why everyone should want to know a Hufflepuff in real life. All that and more, on MuggleCast episode 527!

  • Important: Only one week remains to select your 2021 MuggleCast patrons physical gift! Join us at Patreon and make your selection between our retro throwback socks and the customizable wooden car by September 1st!
  • We begin the episode with a fun segment, “The Top 5 Most Disparaging Scenes Featuring Hufflepuff”!
  • Main Discussion: While they may have been “picked last for kickball” in the books, Hufflepuffs may represent the best of us.
  • A brief video of the author from after the books were published seems conciliatory to all Hufflepuffs burned by their book representation.
  • What do traits such as “just” and “loyal” mean? What are the values of hard work and patience, and why do Hufflepuffs prefer to walk the quiet road to glory?
  • Helga Hufflepuff’s philosophy of “I’ll teach the lot, and train them up the same” is actually the best policy when it comes to education, Laura explains.
  • Eric shares which moments from the Hufflepuff Welcome Letter made him feel most at home in his new house.
  • Other famous Hufflepuffs: from Newt AND his brother Theseus, to Helga herself, Hepzibah Smith, the founder of Hogsmeade and more, just which witches and wizards wore the badger when they were at Hogwarts?
  • Each hosts says something nice about Hufflepuff House and listeners give their thoughts!
  • Quizzitch: What conceals the entrance to the Hufflepuff Common Room? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by UE Fits True Wireless, Custom Fit Earbuds (Get 15% off your order by going to UE.com/fits and using promo code MUGGLECAST at checkout) and BetterHelp (Get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast)

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Episode #526: In Defense of Slytherin House

  • Welcome Tylor, President of the Wizarding World-inspired animal rights nonprofit, The Protego Foundation, and co-host of The ChickPeeps podcast with Evanna Lynch!
  • Who is Tylor’s favorite character? The answer may shock you (but is perfect for this episode)!
  • Main Discussion: In Defense of Slytherin House
  • What do we make of the first words revealed to us by the Sorting Hat about Salazar Slytherin? Does this introduction mislead us?
  • Is there an argument to be made that Slytherin’s preference for pure-blood students could have been due to muggle persecution of wizardry?
  • Andrew shares why he converted to Slytherin House
  • How much of Salazar Slytherin’s legacy should be used against current members of his house?
  • The Slytherin Spectrum: we rate notable members of Slytherin House, including Merlin, Severus Snape, Regulus Black, Leta Lestrange, Dolores Umbridge, Horace Slughorn and more!
  • Which characters are still down with Slytherin’s pure-blood mania? Which are on the right side of history, but may have some ingrained blood status bias?
  • Each hosts says something nice about Slytherin House and listeners give their thoughts!
  • Quizzitch: What living creature are both Marvolo Gaunt and Salazar Slytherin compared to, in appearance? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
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