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!
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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)
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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 #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!
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Episode #506: Shipping Harry and Tom Riddle, More Security Nightmares, and Other MuggleMail

  • We asked our listeners, following last week’s discussion, what fan films they would like to see made.
  • From Arthur and Molly’s courtship, to Regulus’ thwarting of Voldemort, the hosts discuss what the best plots yet to be seen could look like.
  • Since Ilvermorny has been more or less forgotten about by the author, should fans take it back / make it their own?
  • This week’s episode is all MuggleMail!
  • Theories on how Ron inherited Charlie’s wand, and similarities between Hogwarts and boarding school arrive in hushed tones in new voicemails from our listeners.
  • We’ve received a litany of responses to our Security Nightmare series, agreeing that Hagrid, the Floo Network, the troll, and the Chamber of Secrets all prove Hogwarts is not safe.
  • We hear from a listener who homeschools her kid and loves sharing Harry Potter as a proud parent.
  • MuggleMail covers other topics such as: Could Harry and a Young Tom Riddle be romantically involved? Could Mrs. Norris be a secret Animagus? And how one listener feels about the women of Harry Potter.
  • We answer a vintage email from August 2007! Where is 13-year-old Blake now?
  • Quizzitch: What secret does the Grey Lady say Rowena Ravenclaw kept from the other founders? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by BetterHelp: Get 10% off your first month of therapy at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast
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Episode #504: The Achievements of Women in Harry Potter

  • Welcome Slug Club guest Olivia!
  • The Hogwarts Legacy video game will reportedly allow for players to customize their character’s gender identity.
  • To celebrate International Womens Day 2021, the hosts discuss achievements by women in the Harry Potter series
  • Not only did Lily Potter save her son, but she ended the war with Voldemort the first time, saving thousands of lives!
  • Hermione has saved Ron and Harry’s lives more times than we can count!
  • Ginny overcame the trauma of Tom Riddle’s teenage Horcrux and turned out well adjusted, in spite of a lack of psychological services at Hogwarts
  • Fleur Delacour and Nymphadora Tonks distinguish themselves as strong and powerful witches
  • Sirius Black’s mother defeats the Order of the Phoenix! How comes nobody could get her painting down?
  • The hosts uncomfortably talk about Umbridge’s attack on Privet Drive and Harry, before they even met.
  • Others we discuss include Luna, Professor McGonagall, Narcissa, and Molly.
  • Do the ladies on our panel feel like women in the series were brought to the forefront in a way they’re happy with?
  • To wrap up our International Womens Day celebration, the hosts tackle multiple choice trivia questions based on J.K. Rowling’s Witch or Wizard of the Month segment
  • And finally, we recognize that the author herself faced an uphill battle in the publishing industry as a woman, which she overcame.
  • Quizzitch: Name this famous female campaigner for breaking the Statute of Secrecy, she’s been imprisoned several times for her blatant and deliberate use of magic in public placesVisit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MD Acne (Take the quiz and get your first month supply for free, just pay shipping) and ThirdLove (Get 20% off your first purchase)
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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!
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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?
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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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