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 #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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Episode #513: Why is Hufflepuff’s Professor Sprout So Absent From the Harry Potter Series?


  • Welcome Slug Club member, Franzi!
  • Main Discussion: Professor Sprout & Herbology’s Role in the Harry Potter Series
  • To start off, the hosts test their skills in a new game: Potter Plant or… Pokemon?
  • What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of Professor Sprout?
  • What does Sprout’s name origin tell us about her character?
  • Miriam Margoyles shined in her limited screen time in the Potter films
  • The Chronicles of Sprout and McGonagall are canon – should it be a spin-off series?
  • Laura dishes on some good Sprout fan fictions as we revisit the Splitwick publishing controversy!
  • Does Professor Sprout’s character suffer from lack of representation? How would we rank her in comparison to other heads of house? 
  • Does the connection between Professor Sprout and Hufflepuff house get lost on the reader? Is she not that memorable for the average reader? 
  • Do Sprout (Hufflepuff) and Flitwick (Ravenclaw) suffer from not being focal points of Harry’s story and attention? 
  • Top Sprout Moments in the Potter series include devil’s snare, mandrakes, keeping Hogwarts open and more
  • Sprout, Snape, and Neville:  we discuss Herbology’s role in the series and its relationship to Potions
  • Quizzitch: What is the common name of the family of flowering plants, solenacaeae, which include tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, bell and chili peppers? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (Visit ThirdLove.com/MuggleCast for 20% off your perfect fitting bra) and Quip (visit GetQuip.com/muggle to get a free plastic gum dispenser with any refill plan).
  • 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!

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Episode #512: The Highs and Lows of the Battle of Hogwarts

  • Take note! The new-ish Harry Potter Database is keeping track of deleted and never-seen scenes from the movies, with stills and even script excerpts! Including the alternate ending from Goblet of Fire that we mentioned last week.
  • It’s the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts! The hosts honor the occasion by looking at what the movie left out from the book.
  • How do the hosts feel about the Harry/Voldemort face-off, now that they’ve reread it?
  • What role would Andrew, Laura, Micah, and Eric taken in defending the school?
  • Would any particular moment during the Battle of Hogwarts have caused us to retreat or rethink our strategy?
  • What is the one thing that we’d change after all these years about what happened during the Battle of Hogwarts in the book? Listeners weigh in with the top things they would change as well.
  • Which character who died would Andrew, Eric, Laura and Micah save, and who would we kill in their place?
  • We eulogize those who lost their lives on this fateful day in the book series.
  • Quizzitch: What is the final sentence in Deathly Hallows prior to the epilogue?Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MeUndies, makers of the most comfortable underwear (get 15% off your first order at MeUndies.com/mugglecast) and HelloFresh (Get 12 free meals plus free shipping, at HelloFresh.com/12muggle, and using code 12muggle)
  • 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!

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Episode #511: Listeners Share Funny Harry Potter Plot Holes, and more MuggleMail

  • News: Harry Potter flagship store opening on June 3 in New York City, but not everyone on the panel is into the news.
  • This week’s episode is all MuggleMail!
  • Did Harry’s “I am The Chosen One” line miss its mark with some fans?
  • Listeners share lots of feedback on our Fred and George episode! We even hear from several twins!
  • Should you omit “problematic” parts of the books when reading Harry Potter to your children?
  • Seline from South Australia sparks a spirited discussion about teaching basic reading, writing and arithmetic at Hogwarts!
  • Do the hosts enjoy the books more because the movies omit so much?
  • We examine a secret deleted scene from the Goblet of Fire movie
  • Night Crawler: Wasn’t Harry old enough to crawl or even walk away from the Dursley’s doorstep at the beginning of Sorcerer’s Stone?
  • Everyone seems to want a Harry Potter TV show. Well, what if it’s really bad?
  • Is Ron the glue that holds the trio together?
  • What was Hermione doing on the train ride to Hogwarts while Harry and Ron were in the flying Ford Anglia?
  • Why weren’t students told Voldemort’s real name?
  • We answer a vintage email from August 2007! Did Ron use Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup to gain entrance to the Chamber of Secrets?
  • Quizzitch: What is the mathematical formula for determining the circumference of a circle? 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 Usual Wines (get your first glass on us by using code ‘mugglecast’ 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!

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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!
  • 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!
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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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