Episode #496: Harry Potter Character New Year Resolutions, Iconic Lines We Always Say Out Loud

  • Welcome to 2021 – our 16th year of Potter podcasting!
  • What Harry Potter gifts did we receive over the holidays?
  • Main Discussion: The New Year’s Resolutions of Harry Potter Characters
  • But first… the host share resolutions of their own!
  • Which character shouldn’t make promises he can’t keep?
  • Who might want to regularly check on his Horcruxes this year?
  • Which character should wash his socks? Smile more?
  • From Lucius Malfoy and Bellatrix to Neville and Lavender Brown, our Patrons weigh in with their Potter character resolutions!
  • For more fun, we discuss what Harry Potter lines we and fellow fans say out loud? The hosts try their hand at some of most notable lines in the Harry Potter series!
  • Quizzitch: Which actor, who had worked with Chris Columbus before, asked to audition for Hagrid?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (Receive 10% off your first month) and ThirdLove (visit ThirdLove.com/mugglecast for 20% off your first purchase).
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Episode #495: Taste-Testing Harry Potter Themed Drinks, 2020 Year in Review

  • As 2020 comes to a close, we’re so thankful to have all of you! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
  • To celebrate the holidays, the hosts each pick a Harry Potter-themed cocktail of their choice and taste test live on air!
  • See who comes out the winner as Andrew, Eric, Laura and Micah battle it out for the title of Heads Up champ!
  • Main Discussion: 2020 Year in Review. From Grindelwald’s recasting to J.K. Rowling’s tweets to Hogwarts Legacy and Harry Potter at Home, we reflect on the most notable Potter moments of 2020
  • And on top of it all, we celebrated our 15th anniversary!
  • Muggle Mail covers some thoughts on our gizmos and gadgets episode, a defining chapter for Molly Weasley and more!
  • Chicken Soup For The MuggleCast Soul
  • Quizzitch: The Fizzing Whizbee is said to contain parts of which Fantastic Beast?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (visit ThirdLove.com/mugglecast for 10% off your first purchase), Literati (get 25% off your first two orders!) and BetterHelp (Receive 10% off your first month).
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like Bonus MuggleCast, where this week we look ahead and discuss what to expect for the Wizarding World in 2021!

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Episode #493: The Best Fan-Made Harry Potter Merchandise

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Episode #491: Which Harry Potter Character Would We Want To Be?

  • Thanksgiving is all about family! Join us for a Weasley Family-themed Quizzitch Live on Sunday, November 22nd!
  • The hosts share their reactions to the news that Mads Mikkelson will replace Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts series
  • MuggleCasTBT: In May 2016, which characters did we predict we’d see in the Fantastic Beasts series? The answers may surprise you!
  • Main Discussion: Which character would we want to be in the Harry Potter series, and why? Charlie Weasley? Nearly-Headless Nick? For real?!?!
  • Listeners weigh in with their picks including Oliver Wood, Crookshanks, Luna Lovegood, Celestina Warbeck and more!
  • We dig deep into the Muggle Mail  bag to answer some lingering questions
  • The “real” Harry Potter fan debate continues
  • Why is Slytherin House still allowed to exist?
  • Could Sirius going to Azkaban have been part of Dumbledore’s larger plan?
  • Why is Harry so good at resisting the Imperius Curse? Could it be the Horcrux?
  • Will it really be that hard for fans to adjust to a new Grindelwald?
  • Should fans stop complaining about plot holes and let J.K. Rowling finish the Fantastic Beasts series first? One listener thinks so!
  • Quizzitch: Rhys Ifans, who plays Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, shares a birthday with this Canadian quiz show host. (You must answer in the form of a question)
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Quip (visit GetQuip.com/Muggle and get your first refill free), BetterHelp (visit BetterHelp.com/mugglecast for 10% off), and BeachBody (text ‘mugglecast’ to 30-30-30 to receive a free trial!).
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Episode #489: The Politics of the Wizarding World

  • In  celebration of Halloween, we hosted a brand-new, spoooooky edition of Quizzitch Live! Join us later this November for another round of trivia!
  • News: MinaLima confirms they are working on a Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition while Laura introduces us to the latest trend on TikTok… POTTAH!
  • Muggle Mail covers Halloween Happenings at Hogwarts, additional Potter plot holes and more scary moments from Chamber of Secrets and Deathly Hallows!
  • With Election Day upon us, this week’s main discussion focuses on Politics in the Wizarding World!
  • Neville Chamberlain & The Mitford Sisters: which historic figures do we think may have inspired certain characters in the Harry Potter series?
  • We discuss Nazi Germany’s connection to the plots of both Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts
  • Government corruption: Cornelius Fudge, Lucius Malfoy and Dolores Umbridge
  • Why Hagrid’s arrest, Dumbledore’s banishment and Buckbeak’s execution defined Ministry interference and governmental abuse of power
  • How The Daily Prophet acts as state-influenced media
  • What problems do we think the wizarding government needs to address?
  • Why does The International Statute of Secrecy still exist?
  • Can we please banish Time Turners, Love Potions and Veritaserum already?
  • Could the political aspects of Harry Potter be one of the reasons we love the series so much?
  • The results are in from our “You Decide 2020 Minster of Magic” campaign! Find out who won: Hermione Granger, Aberforth Dumbledore, Kingsley Shacklebolt or Dolores Umbridge?
  • Quizzitch: Which Minister founded the Department of Magical Law Enforcement?
  • Chicken Soup For The MuggleCast Soul
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Hello Fresh (visit HelloFresh.com/muggle90 and use code muggle90 at checkout for $90 off your order!) and MeUndies (visit MeUndies.com/mugglecast to see their new line of Harry Potter undies!)
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Episode #488: Your Most Controversial Harry Potter Opinions

  • In  celebration of Halloween, we’re hosting our next Quizzitch Live this Saturday, October 31 at 3 p.m. ET! We hope to see you there!
  • Chris Hansen takes on Tom Riddle! Watch it on our social media channels later this week.
  • Only one week left until Election Day! Please make sure you are registered to vote in your state right now by visiting IWillVote.com. You can also find out great ballot information at BallotReady.org and sign up to be a poll worker at PowerThePolls.org.
  • We review the brand-new, beautifully illustrated MinaLima edition of Sorcerer’s Stone. How does it compare to the Jim Kay Illustrated Series?
  • We discuss how having worked on the Harry Potter films brings a whole new perspective to this illustrated edition
  • Pop-ups galore: Dumbledore’s watch, Hogsmeade, The Fat Lady Portrait and more!
  • Main Discussion: The Most Controversial Opinions in the Harry Potter series
  • What are the Harry Potter opinions that you think would get you in trouble? That would have people flinging an Unforgivable Curse at you? That would cause Umbridge to write a new decree about you? 
  • Is Hermione a terrible person?
  • Are people who’ve only watched the movies and haven’t read the books “real” fans?
  • Could the chapters that aren’t about Harry be the best parts of the series?
  • Was the attack on The Burrow a good addition to the Half-Blood Prince movie?
  • Were the Marauders,  while intelligent and witty, actually total a**holes?
  • Was Remus Lupin horrible for not writing to Harry in Year 1?
  • Quizzitch: What is Harry wearing during his first dream in Gryffindor Tower?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Peacock TV (watch the Harry Potter movies for free, all October long!) and BeachBody (text ‘mugglecast’ to 30-30-30 to receive a free trial!).
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Episode #487: The Scariest Moments in Harry Potter

  • It’s our annual Halloween episode and we discuss the scariest moments in the Harry Potter series!
  • Some our favorite past Halloween episodes have included Episode 61: Ghosts in Harry Potter and Episode 343: Halloween Happening!
  • In Sorcerer’s Stone: Fluffy and Professor Quirrell’s death are just two of the most terrifying moments for 11-year-old Harry.
  • Aragog, the Baslisk, Tom Riddle’s possession of Ginny and Gilderoy Lockhart – could Chamber of Secrets be the scariest book in the series?
  • With werewolves, mass murderers, death omens and dementors, Prisoner of Azkaban certainly holds its own!
  • Goblet of Fire gave us Death Eaters at the Quidditch World Cup, the madness of Mr. Crouch, an impostor professor and the return of Voldemort!
  • Terrifying gets taken to new level with Dolores Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix!
  • Did Inferi, Horcruxes, Dumbledore reliving his worst memory or Katie Bell’s attack give us the biggest scare in Half-Blood Prince?
  • We can’t conclude the discussion without mentioning Bathilda “Nagini” Bagshot and Bellatrix’s torture of Hermione in Deathly Hallows!
  • Acromantulas, Lethifolds, Kelpies and more! The hosts muster up their best Halloween voices to describe some of the creepiest beasts in the Harry Potter series!
  • Quizzitch: How many Muggles did the Opal Necklace reportedly kill?
  • PSA for the USA: Many voter registration deadlines are approaching in the United States. Please make sure you are registered to vote in your state right now by visiting IWillVote.com. You can also find out great ballot information at BallotReady.org and sign up to be a poll worker at PowerThePolls.org.
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Peacock TV (watch the Harry Potter movies for free, all October long!) and Quip  (Visit GetQuip.com/Muggle and get your first refill free)!
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like Bonus MuggleCast, where this week, in celebration of Halloween, the hosts share their Boggarts!

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Episode #485: The Biggest Plot Holes in the Harry Potter Books

  • PSA for the USA: Many voter registration deadlines are approaching in the United States. Please make sure you are registered to vote in your state right now by visiting IWillVote.com. You can also find out great ballot information at BallotReady.org and sign up to be a poll worker at PowerThePolls.org
  • MuggleMail covers Dumbledore and Tom Riddle’s first encounter and Voldemort’s ability to love
  • Our Main Discussion focuses on The Biggest Plot Holes in the Harry Potter books!
  • The Lost Day: What was happening in those initial 24 hours after the Potters were killed?
  • Why didn’t James Potter become his own Secret Keeper?
  • Time Turners galore! Why didn’t anyone go back in time to stop Voldemort?
  • How is it Peter Pettigrew was never noticed on the Marauder’s Map by Fred & George?
  • Why didn’t Lupin warn Harry about Sirius’ animagus form?
  • How did the Triwizard Cup function as a (reverse) portkey to bring Harry back to Hogwarts at the end of Goblet of Fire?
  • Why doesn’t Voldemort have all his Death Eaters make an Unbreakable Vow?
  • What’s the deal with the trace?
  • The truth about Veritaserum… it could have made quite the difference!
  • Quizzitch: Who was Fudge’s opponent in running for Minister for Magic?
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Episode #483: Fantasy Casting the Harry Potter TV Series, ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ Announced

  • Andrew’s prophecy comes true… almost!
  • Hogwarts Legacy is coming to a video game console near you in 2021!
  • What are our initial reactions to the trailer for this open-world video game?
  • We offer some suggestions on what fans can do who are hesitant about purchasing this game.
  • Muggle Mail covers The Pizza Wizard, The Lost Day, Neville, Sirius, a Harry Potter television station and more!
  • Main Discussion: Fantasy Casting The Harry Potter Television Series
  • Peeves, Professor Binns, Ludo Bagman, Augusta Longbottom and The Gaunts: we cast the characters from the books that never made it on screen!
  • Who would play the Founders? Would James Cosmo or Paul Giamatti make a better Gryffindor? Would you cast Viola Davis or Indira Varma for Ravenclaw? John Malkovich as Slytherin? Rebel Wilson as Hufflepuff?
  • In recasting the trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione, can the Potter series catch lightning in a bottle twice?
  • Who did the hosts recast in the roles of Dumbledore, Snape, McGonagall and Voldemort?
  • How would Patton Oswalt fair as Rubeus Hagrid? Tom Ellis as Sirius Black?
  • For Quizzitch: Which famous British actor put in two weeks notice and quit a role they had been cast in for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?
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Episode #481: The Deep Similarities Between Harry and Neville

  • We take a deep dive into Harry and Neville’s parallel journeys throughout the Harry Potter series
  • Muggle Mail covers how you correct someone who is wrong about Harry Potter, Snape fan fiction and more
  • The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings and King Arthur: the hosts share some of their favorite stories influenced by cultural artifacts
  • Let’s get religious (not really)! We compare Harry to Jesus and Neville to John The Baptist
  • Linked from the start via prophecy, did anyone suspect pre-Order of the Phoenix that Neville would prove to play such a significant role?
  • The hosts share their Favorite Neville Moments from the Harry Potter Series
  • A book-by-book analysis of Harry and Neville’s journeys
  • Were Harry and Neville’s upbringing really all that dissimilar?
  • We discuss Harry and Neville both being orphaned and having their parents taken from them by Voldemort and the Death Eaters
  • Harry and Neville both kill a giant snake… with the Sword of Gryffindor… pulled from The Sorting Hat!
  • Snape has quite the penchant for picking on Harry… and Neville! Does he partially blame Neville for what befell his beloved Lily Potter?
  • Dumbledore’s Army, The Department of Mysteries and the Evolution of Neville Longbottom
  • Neville, much like John The Baptist, is the leader of the resistance within Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows
  • Neville’s confrontation with Voldemort
  • Quizzitch: When exactly does Neville say he will join Voldemort?
  • You can join our community at Patreon.com/MuggleCast and receive magical benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast! This week, we discuss an update on Fantastic Beasts 3 filming!
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