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?
  • 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 Peacock (Watch the Harry Potter movies for free all October long!) and MeUndies (get 15% off and free shipping on your first order by visiting MeUndies.com/mugglecast)

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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?
  • You can join our community at Patreon.com/MuggleCast and receive magical benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast!!
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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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Episode #479: The Best Chapters in the Harry Potter Series

  • 20 Years Ago: Dan, Emma and Rupert were announced to play Harry, Ron and Hermione
  • Sorcerer’s Stone surpasses $1 billion at the box office as theaters reopen in China
  • Fantastic Beasts 3 set to resume filming in September — will the movie’s release date be delayed?
  • Main Discussion: The Best Chapters of the ENTIRE Harry Potter series, and why these are our favorites!
  • What makes a good Harry Potter chapter? Pivotal moments? Action? Suspense? World expanding moments? Hindsight? The ability to connect the threads? We discuss.
  • Which book(s) didn’t have any chapters make our final cut? It’s not you, it’s us!
  • Each of the hosts share their two top picks from the Potter series
  • Listeners weigh in with overwhelming support for… Goblet of Fire!
  • Quizzitch: Who wrote the Standard Book of Spells: Grades 1-7?
  • Don’t forget! 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 #477: Burning ‘Order of the Phoenix’ Questions That Were Never Answered

  • News: The Harry Potter film series is moving to Peacock and leaving HBO Max.
  • Muggle Mail covers Potter People The Podcast and an interesting fan fiction about Voldemort’s return!
  • It’s our Order of the Phoenix Rewind episode, and we’re discussing what fans were thinking post release, as well as the biggest (or weirdest) questions opened by Order of the Phoenix that were never answered in later books!
  • Acceptable. Troll. Exceeds Expectations. Just how good were our 7-Word Summaries during Chapter-by-Chapter? The grades are in!
  • Dumbledore vs. Voldemort. The Lost Prophecy. Harry’s trial. What were our Top 7 Most Critical Moments of Order of the Phoenix?
  • We take a Time Turner back to 2003! What were fans theorizing most about between the Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince book releases?
  • From Peter Pettigrew to Dumbledore’s mysterious absence, what burning questions did Order of the Phoenix and the final two books leave unanswered?
  • Luna Lovegood. Dolores Umbridge. Bellatrix Lestrange. We discuss Order of the Phoenix’s Most Notable New Characters and how they translated on screen!
  • The hosts give their Favorite Moments and Rename The Book
  • Quizzitch: What do Jamie Parker, Jim Dale and Evanna Lynch all have in common (besides Harry Potter)?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (visit BetterHelp.com/mugglecast to get 10% off your first month of therapy)!
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Episode #476: Celebrating 15 Years of MuggleCast (with Jamie!)

  • SPOILER WARNING: Do not listen if you haven’t finished Book 6 yet, but today we’re celebrating 15 YEARS OF MUGGLECAST!
  • Welcome back everyone’s favorite Brit, Jamie! He has some huge life updates for everyone.
  • Why in the world did we ever decide to start a podcast? Who is this mystery “Sarah” person?
  • We dig deep into the archive to roll clips from Episode 1! Were our predictions any good? Or totally wrong?
  • From Steve Jobs to David Heyman to Pickle Pack and more, Andrew, Eric, Micah, Laura and Jamie share their favorite MuggleCast Moments!
  • The hosts give their best fandom moments and top Potter news items over the last 15 years
  • What will be the state of the Harry Potter fandom 15 years from now? We think the current state of the Star Wars and Marvel fandoms should clue us in.
  • Make The Music Connection returns, with music from 2005!
  • Why we still love doing MuggleCast after all this time…and…
  • British Joke of the Day!
  • After the outro, listeners share their favorite moments from over the years
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (visit BetterHelp.com/mugglecast to get 10% off your first month of therapy) and BeachBody On Demand (text ‘mugglecast’ to 30-30-30 for your free trial membership!
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Episode #473: Dumbledore v Voldemort (OOTP 36, The Only One He Ever Feared)

  • Our next Quizzitch Live will be Tuesday, July 21 – An installment themed around the Deathly Hallows book!
  • Muggle Mail covers Kreacher, the Department of Mysteries, The Veil, Lupin and more!
  • Which came first, the Ministry or The Veil? Listeners weigh in with their thoughts!
  • We debut a new game… Guess. That. Book!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 36: The Only One He Ever Feared
  • 7-Word Summary: Voldemort is trying to kill Harry Potter
  • Neville consoles Harry following Sirius’ death
  • The Cruciatus Curse: can Harry actually perform it?
  • What factors into one’s ability to cast an Unforgivable Curse? Intent? Age? Character?
  • Bella, Bella, Bella!
  • Dumbledore vs. Voldemort… and the entrances fans have always wanted!
  • What does Dumbledore mean by “we both know there are other ways of destroying a man?” Is it a hint towards Horcruxes or his own personal life struggles?
  • The Symbolism of the Fountain of Magical Brethren
  • How does Dumbledore’s magic work both in the Death Chamber and in the Atrium?
  • Fudge’s downfall
  • The hosts make some fun comparisons between the book and the movie!
  • MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: What does Phineas Nigellus Black call Sirius when Dumbledore tells him he’s dead?
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Episode #472: DUBBLEDORE! (OOTP 35 ‘Beyond the Veil’)

  • News covers the latest chapter of Sorcerer’s Stone with Matthew Lewis and Imelda Staunton. Plus, an update on the Harry Potter RPG!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 35: Beyond The Veil
  • 7-Word Summary: Sirius falls through the unknown to death
  • Our initial impressions of Bellatrix Lestrange
  • Dreams vs. Reality: Where’s Sirius, and how can you tell what’s a dream and what’s not?
  • What do we make of Harry’s leadership in his first real battle?
  • Why didn’t Voldemort just infiltrate the Ministry himself?
  • Was Dumbledore’s plan to keep Harry out of the loop a good one?
  • “Accio, Prophecy!” – are we being for real now?
  • We reminisce about The Broken Prophecy and the theories that followed
  • The Evolution of Neville Longbottom: Why is this the chapter where he really comes into his own.
  • How talented are the Order? Are they fighting fire with fire against the Death Eaters?
  • DUBBLEDORE! Did we prefer his book or movie entrance?
  • Goodbye, Sirius! We play a couple songs to pay tribute to this beloved character.
  • We give our MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: What planet does not survive the battle in the Department of Mysteries?
  • Join our community at Patreon.com/MuggleCast and receive magical benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast! This week we’ll discuss if the Death Eaters do or don’t care that Voldemort is a half-blood.

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