Episode #499: Life As An Adult Harry Potter Fan

 

  • Welcome to our listener and Patron Julia, whose son Wyatt sent us a great question a few weeks ago.
  • News: As we predicted, a Potter television series is reportedly in the works. And, Fantastic Beasts 3 finishes filming this week!
  • In Bonus MuggleCast, available on our Patron, we’ll discuss when to expect more news and updates about the third Fantastic Beasts movie.
  • Today we discuss the trials and tribulations of being an adult fan of the Harry Potter series!
  • The hosts discuss whether they’ve received backlash for liking Harry Potter as adults.
  • How the New York Times Bestseller List  cleverly sidelined Harry Potter back in the heyday to make room for more “adult” book series
  • Eric discovered a 2003 Telegraph article overflowing with derision for adults who like “kids movies”
  • We discuss the United Kingdom “adult edition” book covers, and ask why Scholastic never did the same thing in the United States.
  • Listeners who got into Harry Potter as adults weigh in over on Twitter!
  • When is the best time to get your child into Harry Potter? Julia gives her thoughts!
  • Troll in the Dungeon: Andrew takes on 3 incredible personas and grills the hosts to defend their love of Harry.
  • Quizzitch: What statue resides next to the Prefect’s Bathroom?

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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.

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 #469: Why J.K. Rowling Is Wrong About Trans People

On this special edition of MuggleCast, the hosts are joined by Dr. Sarah Steelman (Marriage & Family Therapist, Ph.D., LMFT) to discuss J.K. Rowling’s recent tweets and open letter regarding trans people. We review her statements and why so many of them are wrong, share responses from around the Harry Potter community, and analyze our own feelings.

MuggleCast has donated $700 to Trans Lifeline to support transgender people during this difficult time. In addition, MuggleCast will be making the following changes to how we cover J.K. Rowling:

  • We will no longer speak about, promote, or review JKR’s projects outside of the Wizarding World.
  • We will no longer talk about what JKR is saying on Twitter, unless she’s hurting fans (again).
  • We will cover Wizarding World-related announcements and continue to review various elements, but we will avoid discussing JKR’s involvement, if any.
  • We will strive to highlight more fan projects to focus on the fandom who’s made this place what it is.

Given the sensitive nature of this conversation, please be aware that this episode carries a trigger warning. Below is a list of resources referenced in our show, for both those individuals looking to better educate themselves as allies and for those who are personally affected by recent events.

If you’re a LGBTQ person who needs to speak to someone:

  • The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386
    Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

Other resources:

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Episode #450: Weekend at Hogwarts (OOTP 14, ‘Percy and Padfoot’)

  • Micah’s back and FINALLY received a Wizarding World Gold pin!
  • Muggle Mail covers Founder wands, House points, SPEW and Harry Potter tattoos
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 14: Percy and Padfoot
  • 7-Word Summary: Saturday begins with letter sending from Harry
  • Harry does a really good job of hiding the truth when writing to Sirius. Do we think this a quality that Harry possesses or just JKR’s clever writing?
  • The hosts take a shot at cryptically describing each other
  • Thestrals Alert! If we were Harry, would we be concerned we’re seeing ominous creatures randomly around Hogwarts? We compare it to the grim in Book 3 and the basilisk in Book 2!
  • The hosts discuss what it means for Cho to believe in Harry
  • The Daily Prophet: Padfoot and Podmore
  • Why was Slytherin allowed to watch Gryffindor’s Quidditch practice? Shouldn’t it be closed, especially to opposing teams?
  • Percy’s letter: what does it reveal about the Ministry? About his true character? We read several of Percy’s passages in our best Dr. Evil voices!
  • Does Percy truly believe Dolores Umbridge is a nice person? Do we think he is really concerned about Ron? Or is this an attempt by Fudge and Umbridge to sow discord between Ron and Harry?
  • Which Fireplace Sirius was better: Goblet of Fire or Order of the Phoenix?
  • The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters
  • The Ministry believes Dumbledore is forming an Army!
  • Reckless and bitter Sirius: do his comments about James hurt Harry?
  • Umbridge Suck Count, Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: Professor McGonagall has been teaching at Hogwarts for how many years (at the time of Order of the Phoenix)?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by OpenFit, a fantastic way to workout at home at great prices! Text ‘mugglecast’ to 505050 to get a free two-week trial.

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