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.

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

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Episode #523: What If Neville Longbottom Was ‘The Chosen One’?

 

  • Our character discussions return as we celebrate the birthday of Neville Longbottom!
  • Professor Trelawney drops in to give us a refresher on the Lost Prophecy
  • Had Voldemort marked Neville as his equal, would a similar situation have played out with Alice sacrificing herself to save her son?
  • Neville & Hannah Abbott: was the plan all along that she and Neville end up together, or did the idea evolve as the series neared its end?
  • The hosts give their reactions to the movies pairing Neville and Luna together.
  • It’s not fair! Augusta constantly compares Neville to her own son, Frank!
  • Both orphaned in their own way, we discuss the similarities of Harry and Neville’s upbringings.
  • Was Neville always doomed to feeling “second best” even if  he had a more supportive parental figure?
  • Why did Neville want to be sorted in Hufflepuff? Did it further diminish the house’s reputation for readers early on in the series?
  • The hosts share moments from their own lives where they felt like they didn’t belong.
  • Neville’s Notable Moments of Development: we discuss him standing up to Harry, Ron and Hermione in Sorcerer’s Stone, his actions inside the Ministry of Magic in Order of the Phoenix and his confrontation with Voldemort in Deathly Hallows
  • Matt Lewis: how was Neville portrayed in the films and what were some notable movie differences for the character?
  • What if… Neville was The Chosen One? What would his upbringing have looked like? Who would be his Ron and Hermione at Hogwarts? What would his relationship with Dumbledore be like?
  • Quizzitch: Right after impersonating Neville Longbottom during his ride on the Knight Bus in Year 3, Harry bumps into the real Neville outside Flourish and Blotts. What is Neville looking for, in this moment? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
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  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more! On this month’s Bonus MuggleCast, we talk about our favorite Jude Law Dumbledore moments from Crimes of Grindelwald!

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Episode #522: Revisiting ‘Deathly Hallows, Part 2’ Ten Years Later

 

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 turns ten years old!
  • On this episode, the MuggleCasters and Slug Club member Molly reminisce about the last film in the original series.
  • Where were we when Deathly Hallows came out?
  • We experience the touching farewell speeches given by Dan, Rupert and Emma on the red carpet in London.
  • Movie 8 has the highest Rotten Tomato rating of the whole series! And it made the most money. Can we see why?
  • We deep dive the plot of DH2 and re-learn what was new and different, including Aberforth.
  • Micah recaps the biggest omissions in adaptation from the page to the screen. Tonks’ pregnancy, portrait Dumbledore and Carrows vs. McGonagall all got changed.
  • Meanwhile, the scene in the Chamber of Secrets is shown for the first time, and Snape gets a change of scenery!
  • The hosts revisit what they were most looking forward to, after having read the book, and what scenes surprised them.
  • The Epilogue was shot, and then re-shot. Remembering the geriatric non-millennial trio and friends.
  • In this week’s debate, hosts take sides defending or criticizing the last film’s adaptation. Let us know who won via our social media poll!
  • Quizzitch: Five years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, the franchise was continued with the first Fantastic Beasts film. What is the first spoken sentence of Fantastic Beasts? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (Get 10% off by visiting BetterHelp.com/mugglecast) and HelloFresh (Get up to 14 free meals and free shipping by going to HelloFresh.com/muggle14 and using code ‘muggle14’ at checkout)
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more! On this month’s Bonus MuggleCast, we talk about our favorite Jude Law Dumbledore moments from Crimes of Grindelwald!

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Episode #521: Young Albus Dumbledore’s Motives and Manipulations

  • With one year to go until the film’s release (we think), our Fantastic Beasts character discussions return! Up first… Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore in his younger years!
  • Jude Law: Youngledore, DumbleDAMN, Yumbledore!
  • How did Deathly Hallows help inform our knowledge of the Dumbledores before seeing Crimes of Grindelwald? Aunt Muriel and Rita Skeeter weigh in!
  • Did Albus fail in his responsibility to take care of both Ariana and Aberforth?
  • What was so terrifying about the duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald?
  • Exactly what happened during the fight that killed Ariana?
  • Why was Ariana seemingly kept a secret from the larger wizarding world?
  • Gellert the Manipulator: did Grindelwald go to Godric’s Hollow with the intent of meeting the Dumbledores?
  • Was Ariana Dumbledore the first person to die “for the greater good”?
  • Why does Dumbledore have such a close & trusting relationship with Newt?
  • Even at a young age, Dumbledore didn’t see eye-to-eye with the Ministry
  • The Blood Pact : does it really need to exist? Is it too Horcruxy?
  • We revisit the Credence/Aurelius Dumbledore reveal! Do we buy it?
  • What’s next for Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts storyline?
  • Quizzitch: Ciaran Hinds, who portrays Aberforth Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, starred alongside fellow Potter alums Gary Oldman, Toby Jones and John Hurt in the film adaptation of this novel by John le Carre, what is the name of the movie? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (Get 20% off your first purchase) and Quip (Get $5 off their mouthwash starter kit!).
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more! On this month’s Bonus MuggleCast, we talk about our favorite Jude Law Dumbledore moments from Crimes of Grindelwald!

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Episode #520: The Most Shocking Moments in Fandom History, Part 2: Encyclopedia Flip Flop, More Wizarding Schools, Fantastic Beasts

 

  • We continue our discussion on the most shocking moments in Harry Potter fandom history, with some stories you’ll remember and others you probably forgot about!
  • In 2012, Micah discovered that JKR had announced she was actively working on a Harry Potter Encyclopedia, but it was quickly retracted once the story got out.
  • In 2013, Rowling was outed as male author Robert Galbraith by a lawyer’s… wife’s… friend… and a British newspaper.
  • Later that same year, only a week after MuggleCast “ended,” the Fantastic Beasts film series was announced!
  • Years later, can we all agree Fantastic Beasts IS a prequel?
  • Dumbledore’s appearance in Crimes of Grindelwald and the casting of Jude Law was a delightful surprise.
  • In 2016, more Wizarding World schools were announced, and controversy may have prevented us from getting more that were promised.
  • The same year, the stage show Cursed Child is announced, and debuts in 2 parts! We revisit the original description of the show, which is very different than the final product.
  • Honorable mentions submitted by our listeners include Ron/Hermione regrets, Rowling on Twitter, and the Wizards Unite game.
  • We also reflect on the actors we’ve lost over the years.
  • To wrap up our discussion, each of the hosts speculates on which crazy “impossible” idea will be the next shocking news story in fandom.
  • Quizzitch: Who portrayed the character of Barry Fairbrother on the BBC series adaptation of the Casual Vacancy? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more! On this month’s Bonus MuggleCast, we share our thoughts on a Harry Potter cast reunion!

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Episode #519: The Most Shocking Moments in Fandom History, Part 1: JKR v The Lexicon, The Deathly Hallows Split, Pottermore

  • Welcome back Andy, of Harry Potter Fan Zone (and PotterNoMore.com)!
  • This is Part 1 of a two-part discussion, wherein the hosts discuss the most Shocking Moments in Harry Potter Fandom History.
  • First up: In 2005, JK Rowling invites fan site heads Emerson and Melissa to her house!
  • In 2007, before Deathly Hallows and high-speed internet, a live stream revealed a new Harry Potter theme park! What was the significance of a Potter-themed park at the time? And why did Rowling say no to Disney?
  • …but Andy had already been to a Harry Potter theme park, down in Australia, called Warner Bros. “Movie World”!
  • Also in 2007, JKR Fan Site Award winner The HP Lexicon was taken to court by JKR/WB over their plans for a book. How did this feel to us as fellow fan site workers?
  • The split that changed it all: How WB’s decision to break up The Deathly Hallows changed history and set the bar for future film franchises to come.
  • Half-Blood Prince’s unexpected release date postponement disappointed fans like few things had at the time. Andrew had made a reaction video and a new version of the HBP trailer.
  • Pottermore announced: We discuss the early days of the website, why it was so special, and what ultimately happened to it.
  • Stay tuned next week for more shocking news moments, like the time JKR confirmed she was finally writing an Encyclopedia, Fantastic Beasts coming into existence, the earliest Cursed Child information, and so much more.
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MeUndies. Get the most comfortable undies with the coolest prints by visiting MeUndies.com/mugglecast. You’ll get 15% off your first order and free shipping!
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more! On this month’s Bonus MuggleCast, we share our thoughts on a Harry Potter cast reunion!

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Episode #518: The Lazy Sorting Hat, Pre-DH Final Battle Theories, Hypocrite Draco, and More MuggleMail

  • It’s a MuggleMail episode!
  • But first: Micah & Eric visit the newly-opened Harry Potter New York flagship store and share some pro tips for fans looking to visit in the near future!
  • What are some of the top items? And more importantly, how is the butterbeer?
  • To celebrate Pride Month in the Wizarding World, listeners send in their favorite LGBTQ+ couples
  • Voicemails cover Draco’s “real” dad, the Battle of Hogwarts, Sprout & Snape’s relationship and more!
  • Do the they teach sex education at Hogwarts?
  • One listener gives us an epic ending for Trelawney in the Battle of Hogwarts!
  • What are some details left out of the Potter movies that should be in the TV show?
  • How are wizards educated in early academics?
  • Why does Draco criticize students for staying at Hogwarts during the holidays when HE DOES IT HIMSELF?
  • We reminisce about where we all though the final battle of the series would take place and the significance of The Veil!
  • In Chamber of Secrets, did Harry have an immediate connection to the Diary Horcrux that we all overlooked?
  • Selfish Harry! Did Ginny have any say in the naming of her children?
  • Draco would NEVER wear Muggle clothes (sorry movies)!
  • Was it a matter of convenience that most wizarding families were sorted into the same House (ex: Weasleys)?
  • One listener shares a really profound email on fan fiction
  • Quizzitch: June 21st is the 18th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the longest Potter book ever written. How many chapters are contained in Book 5? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by UE Fits (Visit UE.com/fits and use promo code ‘MuggleCast’ for 15% off) and BetterHelp (Get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast).
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more! On this month’s Bonus MuggleCast, we share our thoughts on a Harry Potter cast reunion!

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Episode #517: The Potter Fandom’s Life-Changing Support for LGBTQ+ People

  • Welcome Swish and Flick‘s Meg & Katie!
  • Main Discussion: Celebrating Pride Month in the Harry Potter fandom
  • Andrew, Meg & Katie share their personal experiences of coming out and the feeling of safety in the Potter fan community
  •  What is it about the Harry Potter fandom that makes it a welcoming place for diversity? What have the hosts noticed about inclusion at Potter events?
  • What’s a “different” thing about the other hosts that the fandom didn’t judge them for?
  • Why was it such a big deal to reveal Dumbledore’s sexuality? What other gay characters were in pop culture at the time?
  • How important is it for us to remember the time at which the Harry Potter series was written?
  • Does the lack of an LGBTQ+ character in the Harry Potter series speak to its larger diversity issue?
  • Would J.K. Rowling  have viewed including a gay character as a risk? Would publishers be concerned about how parents might react to a gay character?
  • We discuss the possible sexualities of several Potter characters, including Nymphadora Tonks, Charlie Weasley, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black and more
  • Quizzitch: A witch named Glenda Chittock hosts this program on the Wizarding Wireless Network, dedicated to interviewing musicians. What is the name of the program? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MasterClass (Get 15% off an annual subscription at MasterClass.com/mugglecast) and MeUndies, makers of the most comfortable underwear (get 15% off your first order at MeUndies.com/mugglecast).
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Episode #516: Can Draco Malfoy Ever Be Forgiven?

  • The Harry Potter Store in New York City is now open. Will Micah be going?
  • In celebration of the character’s birthday, today we are discussing all things Draco Malfoy.
  • Malfoy’s name implies he will act in bad faith, and his horoscope suggests a duality of character. Do the hosts agree?
  • According to LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Malfoy’s Boggart is Lord Voldemort. Is this canon? Are there any other things his Boggart might be?
  • We all agree Tom Felton was an excellent choice for Draco, and we love how active he is in fandom today.
  • Fun Segment: To kick off our in-depth character analysis, the hosts recap the Top 7 Moments Draco was a Jerk
  • While the first four moments were concerning, the top three moments could have or did result in the loss of life!
  • Can Draco Malfoy be redeemed? How much of his upbringing is to blame for his casual racism?
  • Is there a “sweet spot” age where Draco can be held responsible for all of his actions, and if so, when?
  • Drawing from Cursed Child, all the hosts strangely agree that Draco would be a good father as a result of his actions.
  • Are there actions of Draco’s that are truly unforgivable? What behavior would the hosts never forgive in their personal life?
  • Which characters from Harry Potter would never forgive Draco? Which ones would?
  • Finally, the hosts all try to say something nice about Draco!
  • Quizzitch: The constellation Draco was so named for its appearance of being like a dragon.. Who first named the constellation Draco?Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (Get 20% off your first purchase) and Quip (Try their new mouthwash today!).

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Episode #515: Prisoner of Azkaban Movie Commentary

This week’s episode is our fifth-ever Wizarding World movie commentary! Watch Prisoner of Azkaban with the MuggleCasters, and listen as we react in real-time to everything happening. Is this movie as bad as some people say it is? What do we love and hate about it? We discuss it all as we watch!

Note: You will need your own copy of Prisoner of Azkaban in order to watch with us. We will help you sync up the movie with us at the start of the commentary track. We strongly recommend listening to this episode with your own copy of the movie. Otherwise, it may be difficult to follow along with what we’re discussing.

See more of our movie commentaries on our Must-Listens page.

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Episode #514: Revisiting Harry Potter Fansites During Summer 2007

  • The Cursed Child will not reopen with other Broadway shows this Fall as it rethinks its length and structure, targeting a 2022 return
  • What’s at the heart of this decision? We discuss a few ways The Cursed Child could accomplish a cutdown version of the show.
  • Main Discussion: Revisiting The Best of MuggleNet and other Potter Fan Sites, particularly during the biggest year for Harry Potter
  • The hosts revisit their roles and how they got their start in the Potter fandom
  • The layouts, the countdowns, the breaking news: what were some of our favorite parts of  MuggleNet?
  • The Wall of Shame, Editorials, MuggleSpace and more!
  • Be sure to check out older versions of MuggleNet using The Wayback Machine!
  • What was the rivalry like with other Harry Potter fansites?
  • The hosts read their old staff profiles from 2007 – laughter… and cringing ensue!
  • Our patrons share their favorite parts and memories of MuggleNet
  • Quizzitch: Some of the earliest Harry Potter fan conventions were run by a group called HPEF. What does HPEF stand for? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MasterClass (Get 15% off an annual subscription at MasterClass.com/mugglecast) and BetterHelp (Get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast).
  • Next week: We’ll be releasing a brand-new movie commentary on Prisoner of Azkaban. The following week we’ll be off for the Memorial Day holiday. So, we’ll see you on June 7! In the meantime, check out some of our past episodes on the Wall of Fame!
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more! This week, on Bonus MuggleCast, the hosts reflect on what the party scene was like at Potter conferences.

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