Episode #501: Fantastic Beasts 3 Opening Scene Ideas, MuggleMail

  • A new Harry Potter Exhibition will be touring the globe. How similar will it be to the one we’ve already been to?
  • The hosts discuss how they would like to see Fantastic Beasts 3 start, from blood pact flashbacks to a street chase in Rio!
  • Will director David Yates finally make a substantive flashback sequence?
  • Will the colors of this film at last be cheery and bright?
  • Lynx Line: Our Patrons weigh in with their opening ideas. What if our heroes are all turned into Nifflers?
  • Could Leta Lestrange still be alive?
  • Voicemails cover thoughts on being an adult Harry Potter fan, how John Williams joined the world of Harry Potter, getting our kids into Harry, and what if Voldemort had killed Draco?
  • Ron, Neville, and Ginny are three potential POV’s that our e-mails analyze for the story.
  • The last two e-mails involve Snape and his love for Lily. What if Harry had been a girl, and did he leave Harry under the rubble in Godric’s Hollow?
  • We answer a question sent to us in July 2007!
  • Our pick-up lines segment from Episode 500 inspired a Chicken Soup segment this week.
  • Quizzitch: When Harry and Dumbledore Apparate to the Cave, what is the first spell Dumbledore uses? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MeUndies and Quip
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Episode #497: The First Movie’s Best Character Introductions, MuggleMail

 

  • Welcome Slug Club member Pablo to the show! Spanish language speakers, check out Pablo’s HP podcast Cuarantena 9 3/4!
  • In a bit of sad news, Hogwarts Legacy has been given a 2022 release window, not 2021 as we had hoped.
  • How will the hosts fill the time without the new game? By checking out other games like Micah?
  • The Sorcerer’s Stone movie turns 20 this year! To celebrate, we’ll be hosting discussions about the first film throughout the year!
  • The hosts discuss which character was given the best introduction in the movie.
  • The rest of today’s episode is all MuggleMail! The hosts answer your e-mails and voicemails
  • Why don’t we hear more about teachers’ spouses at Hogwarts?
  • Should Samuel L. Jackson voice the Sorting Hat on a new TV series? We listen to his audition tape.
  • Did Dumbledore fail to protect Frank and Alice Longbottom sufficiently in the wake of the death of the Potters?
  • 12-year-old listener Wyatt asks us, would throwing a Horcrux through The Veil destroy it?
  • The hosts ruminate on whether a Chapter by Chapter reboot lays in our future.
  • Quizzitch: Which actress reportedly turned down the role of the witch Sybil Trelawney in “Prisoner of Azkaban” because she did not believe boarding school life should be glorified?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Quip (Get a free dispenser for their new chewing gum) and MeUndies (Get 15% off your first order
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Episode #494: Reviewing the Gadgets and Gizmos of the Wizarding World

  • The hosts are joined by Dave Jorgenson, Washington Post’s TikTok Guy, who’s a huge Harry Potter fan and a longtime MuggleCast listener!
  • Dave is a long-time listener of MuggleCast and has his finger on the pulse of Harry Potter TikTok trends.
  • This week’s Main Discussion: The gadgets and gizmos of the Wizarding World
  • We ask this of each gadget: How does it work? Is it cool or dumb or dangerous? Also, what would we pay for each?
  • Far fewer people are on Team Cool regarding Dumbledore’s Put-Outer than you’d expect! And what’s up with the change in name to Deluminator?
  • Wizards’ Chess sets and the Flying Ford Anglia both get passing grades and positive reviews.
  • The Monster Book of Monsters and Pocket Sneakoscope fall behind…
  • …and the Time Turner also turns some heads!
  • Omnioculars, Wormtail’s Hand, Decoy Detonators, and Auto-Answer Quill receive mixed feedback…
  • …while the Pensieve, Quick Quotes Quill, and Hermione’s beaded bag impress everyone!
  • Which gadget would you most like to own? Did we leave any out? Send us an e-mail and let us know!
  • Quizzitch: After the First Task, what does George hear when Harry opens the Golden Egg?
  • Find Dave on Twitter where he tries to make the world a better place.
  • …and check out Dave’s episode on Eric’s new podcast for more info about the TikToks and his history with the fandom!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MeUndies (get 15% off your first order at MeUndies.com/mugglecast), Quip (get your first refill free at GetQuip.com/muggle), and Usual Wines (get your first glass on us by using code ‘mugglecast’ at checkout)
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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?!
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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).
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Episode #486: Quidditch Through the Ages Illustrated Review, MuggleMail, and Games!

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  • 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!)
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Episode #484: Fictional Orphans and Their Purpose in ‘Harry Potter’

  • Welcome Slug Club member Shyam! He, too, has gotten a letter from the author!
  • MuggleMail includes MORE casting of gingers, Sorting Hats, Slytherins and Aussies.
  • Could the eventual Potter TV show be on network television, rather than a streaming app?
  • Our main discussion this week is about orphans in literature! Why are there so many, and how are they alike?
  • Are there benefits for authors wanting to start a hero off with a blank slate that makes orphaning them appealing?
  • How does Harry’s orphan status affect him? What would change if Lily and James survived?
  • What about Voldemort? He, too, is an orphan, but he and Harry are so different, or are they?
  • We examine some other notable orphans: Batman, Superman, Anna and Elsa from Frozen, James Bond and even Jane Eyre!
  • For Quizzitch: Who invented the spell Muffliato??
  • You can join our community at Patreon.com/MuggleCast and receive magical benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast!
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by BeachBody. Text ‘mugglecast’ to 30-30-30 to receive a free trial!
  • Bonus MuggleCast this week is us reading the new trailer for our show! Live to tape, including bad impersonations and the public debut of Southern!Hagrid

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Episode #482: Never-Before-Seen Harry Potter Scenes We Want in a TV Series

  • Muggle Mail answers some of our questions regarding Neville’s sorting, and asks why Harry isn’t more grateful to Lupin.
  • This week the hosts ask, What are key, never-before-seen moments from the Harry Potter books that we want to see adapted in the TV series? This is our chance to FINALLY see some critical scenes that never made it into the books or films!
  • Andrew kicks things off with light and grim moments: The creation of the Marauders Map, and the entire night of James and Lily’s deaths.
  • Will we finally get to see Azkaban in person, and answer how grown wizards interact with Dementors?
  • What about Moody being overtaken by Pettigrew and Crouch, and other Death Eater things?
  • Fresh off our Order of the Phoenix re-read, Laura asks that we see where Dumbledore ran off to.
  • Will the show track Snape becoming the HBP? What about Dumbledore searching for Horcruxes?
  • What scenes might we see in a future Fantastic Beasts film?
  • What pizza toppings exist in the Wizarding World? Hippogriff? Niffler? Bowtruckle?
  • Micah recounts the Top 7 scenes that were never adapted for the film: Winky, Nearly Headless Nick, and more!
  • For Quizzitch: In GOF, what does “Mad-Eye” say ambushed him?
  • Andrew has a show-stopping revelation about how to make the TV series happen.
  • You can join our community at Patreon.com/MuggleCast and receive magical benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast!!
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Episode #480: The Best Professors at Hogwarts

  • This week, to celebrate a new term on September 1, we’re rating every professor of Hogwarts School!
  • How do the DADA professors measure up with one another on quality and on difficulty? We offer individual grades to help us compare them all.
  • How about Potions? Is Slughorn a higher quality instructor than Snape?
  • We all have high marks for McGonagall, but what about Dumbledore, who we saw teach in Fantastic Beasts?
  • We set a Seer against a Centaur and wrap up with Charms, Herbology, and History of Magic.
  • Finally, a shout-out to the non-professor teachers of Harry, like Arthur Weasley.
  • We confirm our suspicions with MuggleCast’s listener poll results
  • Quizzitch: How many Podcast Awards has MuggleCast received?
  • You can join our community at Patreon.com/MuggleCast and receive magical benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast! This week, because two clearly wasn’t enough, each hosts covers their third favorite chapter in the Potter series!
  • This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp (visit BetterHelp.com/mugglecast and get 10% off), and by BeachBody (text ‘mugglecast’ to 30-30-30 for a free trial!)

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Episode #478: How MuggleNet Created a Harry Potter Encyclopedia

  • Welcome to the show Marissa, co-author of MuggleNet’s new Character Compendium, available now in bookstores everywhere!
  • MuggleMail has Umbridge fever! An e-mail from Matt suggests actress Olivia Coleman for the future role of Umbridge in a Harry Potter TV series! Here is a highlight reel for your consideration.
  • Should MuggleCast make Umbridge pillows that you can punch? And, finally, a mention of Umbridge from Half-Blood Prince is brought to our attention.
  • In our Main Discussion, we ask Marissa about the creation of The Unofficial Harry Potter Character Compendium: MuggleNet’s Ultimate Guide to Who’s Who in the Wizarding World. How did this book come about, how did they gather information on over 700 characters, and which characters stood out to her in her research?!
  • Special sections in the Barnes & Noble edition discuss MuggleNet’s favorite non-canon characters, and who is the REAL hero of the Harry Potter series?
  • What is the role of a fan site in 2020? We discuss the early days of MuggleNet and where it stands today
  • The hosts play GUESS. THAT. CHARACTER!
  • Quizzitch: What is Daisy Pennifold known for?
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