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?
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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??
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  • 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.
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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!
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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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Episode #475: Denial and Acceptance (OOTP 38, The Second War Begins)

  • It’s our final Chapter-by-Chapter episode! The reading archive is now complete!
  • Congratulations to our recent Quizzitch Live winners Morg97, Molly, Melissa, Kate, and Kiran.
  • Eric has a new podcast, Thank You For Spieling! Find it on your favorite podcast app.
  • MuggleMail includes Occlumency lessons, the Marauders watching Snape and Lily, and whether you can grow out of reading Harry Potter books.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter CONCLUDES with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 38: Second War Begins
  • 7-Word Summary: Hogwarts is not the most safe space
  • Fudge’s behavior following Voldemort’s return leaves the hosts all bothered.
  • What really happened to Umbridge, and how did Dumbledore leave the Forest unscathed?
  • Malfoy means business, but is his anger misplaced? Snape and McGonagall square off.
  • Why can’t Hagrid make Harry feel better? Can anyone?
  • To add insult to injury, Harry discovers Sirius’ mirror…
  • …and Nearly-Headless Nick is roped into a counselor role for his fellow Gryffindor.
  • Luna offers hope. Why doesn’t Harry talk to Lupin? And the book ends!
  • Our final Umbridge Suck Count segment is Brutal! Listen for the final tally.
  • MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • To wrap up this book, we each share our favorite character and a lesson we each learned from Order of the Phoenix.
  • Quizzitch: Multiple Choice! How many times does the word “grim” appear in Book 5, including in ‘Grimmauld Place’? A) 50-79 times B) 80-119 times C)120-149 times D)150+ times
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Episode #474: There’s Something About Harry (OOTP 37, The Lost Prophecy)

  • Our next Quizzitch Live is Tuesday, July 21 – The topic is Deathly Hallows!
  • Harry Potter at Home has wrapped up their chapter readings for Book One.
  • In Muggle Mail, the hosts are asked how Harry Potter led them to branch out into being a fan of other things.
  • We debut a brand new listener-inspired segment, Wizard Court! Bellatrix is on trial for killing Sirius.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 37: The Lost (?) Prophecy
  • 7-Word Summary: Dumbledore tells Harry some of the truth
  • A portrait tells Harry that Dumbledore thinks highly of him. What do we think?
  • Dumbledore says, “I know how you’re feeling, Harry.” But does he?
  • At multiple times, Dumbledore refers to his own age while seeking forgiveness from Harry. Is this fair?
  • Do we blame Kreacher, or do we blame wizards, including Sirius, for Kreacher’s betrayal?
  • Snape has shows his heroic side, but Dumbledore is keeping his secret from Harry still. Why?
  • The hosts discuss the blood magic that keeps Harry save on Privet Drive, and if Dumbledore had to withhold this information for so long.
  • We dig into the Prophecy, the part that was overheard, and Laura makes a Bible connection.
  • The significance of Dumbledore counting Harry’s escapes from Voldemort.
  • MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: What is the last word of Book 5?
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Episode #470: Silky Smooth Snape (OOTP 32, Out of the Fire)

  • International football star David Beckham joins actor David Tennant to read the Quidditch chapter of Book One. And now viewing this requires a login?
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  • MuggleMail topics include exams in other countries, the secrecy surrounding the prophecy, and whether Hagrid had a battle assist from Dumbledore (sorry McGonagall!)
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 32: Out of the Fire
  • 7-Word Summary: Umbridge catches heroes using losers for hire
  • Hermione’s point about Sirius and Voldemort is a good one – why doesn’t Harry listen?
  • Why doesn’t the trio think of Snape before they’re caught?
  • The pitfall of Hermione bringing up Harry’s “Saving People Thing”
  • Here *lies* Kreacher, Mwahahahahaha
  • Harry speaks in code as a last resort. Does Snape understand?
  • DEBATE: as Umbridge prepares use an Unforgivable on Harry, the hosts ask. Who is a worse villain? Voldemort or Umbridge?
  • How realistic is Hermione’s plan? What makes Umbridge buy it? And why does she decide to go alone?
  • (Spoilers!) Our Umbridge Suck Count passes 100! (Were you really surprised?)
  • Quizzitch: What spell does Neville use to escape his captors?
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Episode #467: Stranger Danger (OOTP 30, Grawp)

  • There is a new children’s story from JKR, and she’s releasing fresh chapters every week day!
  • All eight Harry Potter movies have been made available for streaming on HBO MAX. In Bonus MuggleCast, available now on Patreon, the hosts and listeners share their go-to HP films, and Micah tears apart Deathly Hallows, Part 2.
  • The MuggleCast 15th Anniversary T-Shirt is here! Become a Patron by June 30 at the Dumbledore’s Army level or higher to get yours!
  • MuggleMail topics include Sirius’ relationship with Harry, bullying at Hogwarts, and Snape’s maturation process.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 30: Grawp
  • 7-Word Summary: Hagrid reveals another giant secret mistake, Grawp
  • Hogwarts professors and students are in open rebellion. Who put the Niffler in Umbridge’s office?
  • Harry comes clean about the Triwizard Winnings
  • Can Harry be expected to pick up Occlumency after what happened? The hosts share their meditation tips for Harry.
  • Is Hagrid’s strategy for grabbing Hermione and Harry a good one?
  • Laura reveals the Greek origin of centaurs and the hosts compare book events that line up
  • What was Hagrid THINKING bringing Grawp into an inhabited forest?
  • Ron’s Mirror of Erised moment happens!
  • Quizzitch: Who is the head of the Wizarding Examinations Authority?
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