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 #492: The Defining Chapters of the Big Seven Harry Potter Characters

  • Thanks to all who came out to Quizzitch Live: Weasley Thanksgiving edition! If you missed it, watch it now!
  • Main Discussion: What chapters from the Harry Potter books best define the “Big Seven” characters?
  • Is Harry’s heroism better represented anywhere than in “The Forest Again”?
  • Does Draco’s inaction speak as much to his character as his inaction?
  • Can a character’s defining chapter be the chapter in which they are introduced?
  • The hosts propose runner-up chapters that show different sides of a character
  • Ginny and Neville both assert themselves in the chapters we chose.
  • Is Luna Lovegood’s defining chapter one in which she does not physically appear?!
  • Listeners weigh in with defining chapters for additional characters!
  • Quizzitch: Who did Snape tell off for using the word “Mudblood,” during the Prince’s Tale? And who was it said about?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Usual Wines (Enter code “MuggleCast” for $8 off your first order and your first glass on us!), Literati (get 25% off your first two orders!) and BetterHelp (Receive 10% off your first month).
  • In Bonus MuggleCast, available exclusively on Patreon, we’ll be discussing Dumbledore and Snape’s defining chapters, or CHAPTER?!
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like Bonus MuggleCast! And, participate in our magical Holiday gift exchange in our Patron Facebook group.

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Quizzitch LIVE: Weasley Edition – Sunday, November 22 at 1 PM ET!

Join the MuggleCasters for our seventh live trivia event to celebrate Thanksgiving and the Weasleys!

In Quizzitch LIVE: Weasley Edition, the hosts of our Harry Potter podcast will be asking multiple choice questions about the Weasley family.

You will receive a maximum of 100 points for correctly answering each question. The faster you answer, the more points you’ll receive.

Like previous Quizzitch LIVE installments, the MuggleCasters will be hosting a live stream as the game is played. If your primary device is a mobile phone, we recommend readying another device to get the full Quizzitch Live experience — one device for watching the stream, and the other for participating in the game.

If your phone has a picture-in-picture mode, you may be able to watch the stream in the corner of your stream while you play the game.

Our live stream will begin at 1 PM ET on Sunday, November 22, and the game will begin at 1:15 PM ET. Links to the stream and game will be posted on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (in the bio) shortly before the event begins. This game is open to everyone.

Prizes

The top three winners will receive one of three grab bag items we’ve had in our back pocket: The forthcoming Quidditch-inspired novel This Is How We Fly by Anna Merino (once it is released in mid-December), a copy of our favorite holiday movie The Holiday on DVD, Blu-ray or Digital, and a set of Harry Potter figurines.

Episode #491: Which Harry Potter Character Would We Want To Be?

  • Thanksgiving is all about family! Join us for a Weasley Family-themed Quizzitch Live on Sunday, November 22nd!
  • The hosts share their reactions to the news that Mads Mikkelson will replace Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts series
  • MuggleCasTBT: In May 2016, which characters did we predict we’d see in the Fantastic Beasts series? The answers may surprise you!
  • Main Discussion: Which character would we want to be in the Harry Potter series, and why? Charlie Weasley? Nearly-Headless Nick? For real?!?!
  • Listeners weigh in with their picks including Oliver Wood, Crookshanks, Luna Lovegood, Celestina Warbeck and more!
  • We dig deep into the Muggle Mail  bag to answer some lingering questions
  • The “real” Harry Potter fan debate continues
  • Why is Slytherin House still allowed to exist?
  • Could Sirius going to Azkaban have been part of Dumbledore’s larger plan?
  • Why is Harry so good at resisting the Imperius Curse? Could it be the Horcrux?
  • Will it really be that hard for fans to adjust to a new Grindelwald?
  • Should fans stop complaining about plot holes and let J.K. Rowling finish the Fantastic Beasts series first? One listener thinks so!
  • Quizzitch: Rhys Ifans, who plays Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, shares a birthday with this Canadian quiz show host. (You must answer in the form of a question)
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Quip (visit GetQuip.com/Muggle and get your first refill free), BetterHelp (visit BetterHelp.com/mugglecast for 10% off), and BeachBody (text ‘mugglecast’ to 30-30-30 to receive a free trial!).
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like Bonus MuggleCast! And, participate in our magical Holiday gift exchange.

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Episode #490: Why Johnny Depp Left ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ and Who Should Play Grindelwald Now

  • Thanksgiving is all about family; join us for a Weasley Family-themed Quizzitch Live on Sunday, November 22nd!
  • Breaking News: Johnny Depp is OUT as Grindelwald! Warner Bros reportedly asked Johnny to leave the role.
  • Andrew breaks down what happened and details a chain of events.
  • Why is this happening now, and why didn’t it happen sooner?
  • WB gave him the professional courtesy of stepping down with dignity, but was Johnny Depp actually fired?
  • Is Fantastic Beasts a doomed series? Is it a sinking ship of controversy? Is it cursed?
  • Hosts read listener-submitted casting suggestions for a new Grindelwald, and we present our own suggestions!
  • Would Colin Farrell come back as Graves/Grindelwald, and would that make sense?
  • Will Grindelwald’s appearance be worked into the plot of future films? And will this still be 5-part series?
  • Guess That Book returns! Can the hosts correctly guess what Harry Potter book that four out-of-context audio clips are from?
  • Quizzitch: Actor Jamie Campbell Bower starred alongside Johnny Depp in what film before FB2?
  • Chicken Soup For The MuggleCast Soul
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (visit BetterHelp.com/mugglecast for 10% off), UsualWines (Use our discount code ‘mugglecast’ for $8 off and your first wine on us!), and ThirdLove (Visit ThirdLove.com/mugglecast for 10% off your first purchase).
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like Bonus MuggleCast! And, participate in our magical Holiday gift exchange.

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Episode #489: The Politics of the Wizarding World

  • In  celebration of Halloween, we hosted a brand-new, spoooooky edition of Quizzitch Live! Join us later this November for another round of trivia!
  • News: MinaLima confirms they are working on a Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition while Laura introduces us to the latest trend on TikTok… POTTAH!
  • Muggle Mail covers Halloween Happenings at Hogwarts, additional Potter plot holes and more scary moments from Chamber of Secrets and Deathly Hallows!
  • With Election Day upon us, this week’s main discussion focuses on Politics in the Wizarding World!
  • Neville Chamberlain & The Mitford Sisters: which historic figures do we think may have inspired certain characters in the Harry Potter series?
  • We discuss Nazi Germany’s connection to the plots of both Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts
  • Government corruption: Cornelius Fudge, Lucius Malfoy and Dolores Umbridge
  • Why Hagrid’s arrest, Dumbledore’s banishment and Buckbeak’s execution defined Ministry interference and governmental abuse of power
  • How The Daily Prophet acts as state-influenced media
  • What problems do we think the wizarding government needs to address?
  • Why does The International Statute of Secrecy still exist?
  • Can we please banish Time Turners, Love Potions and Veritaserum already?
  • Could the political aspects of Harry Potter be one of the reasons we love the series so much?
  • The results are in from our “You Decide 2020 Minster of Magic” campaign! Find out who won: Hermione Granger, Aberforth Dumbledore, Kingsley Shacklebolt or Dolores Umbridge?
  • Quizzitch: Which Minister founded the Department of Magical Law Enforcement?
  • Chicken Soup For The MuggleCast Soul
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Hello Fresh (visit HelloFresh.com/muggle90 and use code muggle90 at checkout for $90 off your order!) and MeUndies (visit MeUndies.com/mugglecast to see their new line of Harry Potter undies!)
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like Bonus MuggleCast!

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Quizzitch LIVE: Halloween Edition – Saturday, October 31st at 3 PM ET!

Join the MuggleCasters for our sixth live trivia event to celebrate Halloween!

In Quizzitch LIVE: Halloween Edition, the hosts of our Harry Potter podcast will be asking multiple choice questions about the spookiest elements of the Harry Potter series, and events that occur on Halloween in the books.

You will receive a maximum of 100 points for correctly answering each question. The faster you answer, the more points you’ll receive.

Like previous Quizzitch LIVE installments, the MuggleCasters will be hosting a live stream as the game is played. If your primary device is a mobile phone, we recommend readying another device to get the full Quizzitch Live experience — one device for watching the stream, and the other for participating in the game.

If your phone has a picture-in-picture mode, you may be able to watch the stream in the corner of your stream while you play the game.

Our live stream will begin at 3 PM ET on Saturday, October 31st, and the game will begin at 3:15 PM ET. Links to the stream and game will be posted on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (in the bio) shortly before the event begins. This game is open to everyone.

Prizes

The top five winners will be invited to select a fan-made Harry Potter item on Etsy, up to $50 in value.

Episode #488: Your Most Controversial Harry Potter Opinions

  • In  celebration of Halloween, we’re hosting our next Quizzitch Live this Saturday, October 31 at 3 p.m. ET! We hope to see you there!
  • Chris Hansen takes on Tom Riddle! Watch it on our social media channels later this week.
  • Only one week left until Election Day! Please make sure you are registered to vote in your state right now by visiting IWillVote.com. You can also find out great ballot information at BallotReady.org and sign up to be a poll worker at PowerThePolls.org.
  • We review the brand-new, beautifully illustrated MinaLima edition of Sorcerer’s Stone. How does it compare to the Jim Kay Illustrated Series?
  • We discuss how having worked on the Harry Potter films brings a whole new perspective to this illustrated edition
  • Pop-ups galore: Dumbledore’s watch, Hogsmeade, The Fat Lady Portrait and more!
  • Main Discussion: The Most Controversial Opinions in the Harry Potter series
  • What are the Harry Potter opinions that you think would get you in trouble? That would have people flinging an Unforgivable Curse at you? That would cause Umbridge to write a new decree about you? 
  • Is Hermione a terrible person?
  • Are people who’ve only watched the movies and haven’t read the books “real” fans?
  • Could the chapters that aren’t about Harry be the best parts of the series?
  • Was the attack on The Burrow a good addition to the Half-Blood Prince movie?
  • Were the Marauders,  while intelligent and witty, actually total a**holes?
  • Was Remus Lupin horrible for not writing to Harry in Year 1?
  • Quizzitch: What is Harry wearing during his first dream in Gryffindor Tower?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Peacock TV (watch the Harry Potter movies for free, all October long!) and BeachBody (text ‘mugglecast’ to 30-30-30 to receive a free trial!).
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like Bonus MuggleCast!

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Episode #487: The Scariest Moments in Harry Potter

  • It’s our annual Halloween episode and we discuss the scariest moments in the Harry Potter series!
  • Some our favorite past Halloween episodes have included Episode 61: Ghosts in Harry Potter and Episode 343: Halloween Happening!
  • In Sorcerer’s Stone: Fluffy and Professor Quirrell’s death are just two of the most terrifying moments for 11-year-old Harry.
  • Aragog, the Baslisk, Tom Riddle’s possession of Ginny and Gilderoy Lockhart – could Chamber of Secrets be the scariest book in the series?
  • With werewolves, mass murderers, death omens and dementors, Prisoner of Azkaban certainly holds its own!
  • Goblet of Fire gave us Death Eaters at the Quidditch World Cup, the madness of Mr. Crouch, an impostor professor and the return of Voldemort!
  • Terrifying gets taken to new level with Dolores Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix!
  • Did Inferi, Horcruxes, Dumbledore reliving his worst memory or Katie Bell’s attack give us the biggest scare in Half-Blood Prince?
  • We can’t conclude the discussion without mentioning Bathilda “Nagini” Bagshot and Bellatrix’s torture of Hermione in Deathly Hallows!
  • Acromantulas, Lethifolds, Kelpies and more! The hosts muster up their best Halloween voices to describe some of the creepiest beasts in the Harry Potter series!
  • Quizzitch: How many Muggles did the Opal Necklace reportedly kill?
  • PSA for the USA: Many voter registration deadlines are approaching in the United States. Please make sure you are registered to vote in your state right now by visiting IWillVote.com. You can also find out great ballot information at BallotReady.org and sign up to be a poll worker at PowerThePolls.org.
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Peacock TV (watch the Harry Potter movies for free, all October long!) and Quip  (Visit GetQuip.com/Muggle and get your first refill free)!
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like Bonus MuggleCast, where this week, in celebration of Halloween, the hosts share their Boggarts!

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Episode #486: Quidditch Through the Ages Illustrated Review, MuggleMail, and Games!

  • PSA for the USA: Many voter registration deadlines are approaching in the United States. Please make sure you are registered to vote in your state right now by visiting IWillVote.com. You can also find out great ballot information at BallotReady.org and sign up to be a poll worker at PowerThePolls.org
  • Quidditch Through the Ages gets a fully-illustrated edition by Emily Gravett. We dig into the book and share what we love about it!
  • The new edition has an illustration on every page, and nearly 3 times the page count of the original book, plus — Andrew’s confirmed — unique paper stock.
  • Are there bits in this new book that weren’t in the original? The hosts discuss Emily’s impressive world building, and how it feels like a history book.
  • What are our favorite new illustrations, and where does this version rank among other illustrated books?
  • Debate Segment: Is Quidditch a dumb or amazing sport? Be sure to vote in our polls on social media later this week, to help us determine who won the dbeate!
  • MuggleMail addresses more plot holes. How does Lily’s love protection work? Why did the portkey take Harry back to the maze? We finally get some satisfying answers.
  • The hosts play a game: Avada Kedavra, Imperio, Love Potion with characters from Fantastic Beasts!
  • Quizzitch: Who was the seeker for the Irish National Quidditch team in 1994?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (get 10% off your perfect fitting bra by visiting ThirdLove.com/mugglecast) and Peacock TV (watch the Harry Potter movies for free, all October long!)
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits!

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