Episode #471: PUNK’d (OOTP 33 and 34, ‘Fight or Flight’ and ‘The Department of Mysteries’)

  • News covers The Blair Partnership controversy and suspended Chapter Readings
  • This week: It’s a double dose of Chapter-by-Chapter!
  • First up, Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 33: Fight or Flight
  • 7-Word Summary #1: Centaurs react aggressively to Hermione’s faulty argument
  • Did Umbridge fail to search Hagrid’s Hut after she gave him the boot?
  • Leading Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest: was it Hermione’s top Gryffindor moment? Listeners weigh in with their thoughts.
  • Umbridge vs. The Centaurs: What happened to Umbridge when she was attacked by the Centaurs?
  • For additional information on Centaurs and what may have happened to Umbridge, check out: GreekMythology.com, Kialo.com, and Pandova University Press
  • Is there any symbolism to the Centaurs breaking Umbridge’s wand in half?
  • Did Hermione really think through what would happen to Umbridge? Should she have let Harry do the talking with the Centaurs?
  • Why does Harry look down upon Ginny, Neville and Luna?
  • Next up, Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 34: The Department of Mysteries
  • 7-Word Summary #2: Prophecies are exposed when doors are opened
  • For a breakdown of the actual departments, give a listen to Episode 374
  • The Ministry of Magic is A SECURITY NIGHTMARE!
  • Why is Harry so entranced by The Veil?
  • Did The Veil exist before the Ministry of Magic?
  • What exactly was Harry’s plan if he discovered Voldemort in the Hall of Prophecy?
  • Umbridge Suck Count, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter return!
  • Quizzitch: What planet does not survive the battle in the Department of Mysteries?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MeUndies (Underwear that’s so good, Dobby would never take it off his head! Get 15% off your first order and free shipping by going to MeUndies.com/MuggleCast)!
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Episode #468: Rubeus Hagrid’s Punch Out! (OOTP 31, O.W.L.S.)

  • Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler and Whoopi Goldberg read the latest chapters from Sorcerer’s Stone!
  • Harry Potter face coverings are now available from WizardingWorld.com
  • MuggleMail covers yet another definition of the word punting!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 31: O.W.L.S
  • 7-Word Summary: Exams can cause severe headaches and visions
  • Ron has a little bit of James in him!
  • Malfoy Career Advice: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
  • Comparing the O.W.L.S to standardized testing here in the United States
  • Anxiety, all-nighters, drugs, cheating and more!
  • Griselda Marchbanks: Dumbledore can “do things with a wand she’s never seen before!” Oh, reallllly?
  • Patronus Extra Credit
  • The Removal of Rubeus Hagrid
  • Why does Umbridge choose to sack Hagrid in this manner? Is this even about his job? We discuss the connection to current events.
  • A History of Magic exam gone Siriusly bad!
  • Why wasn’t Harry provided more information about what Voldemort was after?
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 94!
  • Quizzitch: What curse is Umbridge prepared to use on Harry?
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Episode #466: Weasleys Victorious (OOTP 29, Career Advice)

  • Welcome Slug Club member Ryan!
  • WizardingWorld.com’s reread continues with Eddie Redmayne and Stephen Fry
  • 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! 
  • Muggle Mail covers lots of feedback on Snape’s Worst Memory
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 29: Career Advice
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry speaks to McGonagall about career opportunities
  • Harry struggles with what he saw in Snape’s Worst Memory
  • Why doesn’t Harry consult Hagrid or Professor McGonagall about his concerns?
  • Harry wonders how James and Lily Potter could have fallen in love
  • We discuss the importance of Ginny and the chocolate Easter Egg
  • Harry isn’t half bad at Potions when Snape isn’t breathing down his neck!
  • The Great Potter Debate: McGonagall vs. Umbridge!
  • The hosts reenact the infamous Career Advice scene!
  • BAD IDEA OF THE WEEK: Let’s break into Umbridge’s office!
  • How flawed is Harry’s plan to contact Sirius?
  • Why can’t Harry recall Sirius gave him something for this very situation?
  • Was contacting Sirius worth the risk?
  • Sirius and Remus provide some serious Marauder nostalgia
  • The Great Weasley Escape
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 84!
  • The hosts give their MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Chicken Soup For The MuggleCast Soul returns!
  • Quizzitch: Who is the first person to score a goal against Ron in Chapter 30?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Quip, makers of an excellent electric toothbrush. Visit GetQuip.com/muggle to get your first refill FREE!
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Episode #465: How I Met Your Mother (OOTP 28, Snape’s Worst Memory)

  • WizardingWorld.com is hosting a video reread of Sorcerer’s Stone and Daniel Radcliffe kicks things off!
  • Don’t miss Quizzitch Live: The Goblet of Popcorn next Sunday, May 17 (11 am ET)!
  • 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! 
  • Muggle Mail covers Ministry toilet access, Hermione’s advice to Harry and memory perspective!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 28: Snape’s Worst Memory
  • 7-Word Summary: Discoveries are difficult to watch in Pensieve
  • Why didn’t Professor McGonagall take over as Headmistress?
  • We reveal something in Hogwarts that ISN’T a security nightmare!
  • The Inquisitorial Squad
  • The Weasley Twins, their loyalty to Dumbledore and their ability to perform exceptional magic
  • Connecting The Threads between Montague and the Vanishing Cabinet
  • Is it fair that Filch is Caretaker of Hogwarts when he can’t perform magic?
  • Drink up! Could Umbridge’s attempts be any more obvious?
  • As far as apologies go, where does Cho’s rank?
  • Inside Snape’s Worst Memory: should Harry have taken this magical leap?
  • How does time work inside people’s memories?
  • Why doesn’t Harry recognize his mother’s initials?
  • Why does Harry see this memory from the third person? Why does he have such freedom of movement?
  • We analyze the younger versions of James, Sirius, Lupin, Peter, Lily and Snape
  • How are the Marauders any different than Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle?
  • Is it Snape’s Worst Memory because he calls Lily a mudblood?
  • We discuss the future implications this scene has for both James and Harry
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 80!
  • The hosts give their MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: What punishment does Umbridge instruct Filch to apply to the Weasley Twins for their Swamp?
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Episode #464: Dumbledore Gone Wild (OOTP 27, The Centaur and The Sneak)

  • JKR commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts (and responds to MuggleCast on Twitter!)
  • 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! 
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 27: The Centaur and The Sneak
  • 7-Word Summary: Hogwarts changes direction due to Dumbledore’s departure
  • WHOA, HORSEY! What’s up with Hermione’s attitude toward Firenze?
  • Divination with Firenze – the magical class setting we’ve been waiting for!
  • We analyze Firenze’s teaching style and his perspective on humans teaching divination
  • Why does Dobby still punish himself?
  • Inside Dumbledore’s Office
  • Fudge’s attitude toward Harry in Prisoner of Azkaban vs. Order of the Phoenix
  • Marietta’s face! Did Hermione go too far?
  • Debate: Modifying Marietta’s Memory
  • Why doesn’t Fudge or Umbridge recognize what’s been done to Marietta?
  • Is Dumbledore’s story truly believable?
  • Does Fudge ever really regret his decision?
  • The Great Escape… with style!
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 69!
  • The hosts give their MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: What are the three spells James casts on Severus besides Levicorpus?
  • Join our community at Patreon.com/MuggleCast and receive magical benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast! This week, we discuss the process behind our brand-spanking-new MuggleCast 15th Anniversary t-shirts and whether or not J.K. Rowling should apologize for killing characters!

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Episode #463: Umbridge’s Quibbles (OOTP 26, Seen and Unforeseen)

  • Happy Birthday, Eric!
  • Quizzitch Live: The Prisoner of Knowledge was a huge success! We hope you joined us and had fun!
  • Muggle Mail covers COVID-19 at Hogwarts and more Hagrid/Harry comparisons!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 26: Seen and Unforeseen
  • 7-Word Summary: Dreams enter the mind through Snape’s lessons
  • How much legitimacy does Rita Skeeter provide to Harry’s story?
  • Umbridge’s latest Educational Decree: does it violate freedom of speech and freedom of the press?
  • Should Hermione have given Harry advice about Cho BEFORE their date?
  • Does Quidditch create bad blood amongst the Hogwarts Houses?
  • Inside Harry’s Dreams: Neville, McGonagall, Voldemort, Rookwood and more!
  • How is Voldemort not aware of proper prophecy protocol?
  • The truth about Broderick Bode and Sturgis Podmore is revealed!
  • Bad Hermione! Should Harry have told someone what he saw in his dream?
  • Does Snape share what he is seeing inside Harry’s mind with Dumbledore?
  • The door to the Department of Mysteries finally opens!
  • Snape’s childhood was a rough one!
  • Trelawney and Firenze
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 62!
  • The hosts give their MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: Who retrieves the list of Dumbledore’s Army members for Umbridge?
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Episode #462: Kreacher and the Keys (OOTP 25, The Beetle at Bay)

  • News covers JKR’s childhood home and her recent thoughts on Prisoner of Azkaban and Order of the Phoenix. One of these was her easiest Potter book to write.
  • Muggle Mail includes Voldemort’s possession of Ginny and The Knight Bus in Goblet of Fire
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 25: The Beetle at Bay
  • 7-Word Summary: Valentine’s Day happens amidst many bad choices
  • Mass Breakout from Azkaban!
  • Why doesn’t Ron react at all to hearing Antonin Dolohov’s name?
  • Is Fudge wrong to think Sirius Black could be behind the breakout?
  • Neville’s shift in mentality: the hosts each submit his “glow up” track! Add yours to this Spotify list!
  • Bye bye, Broderick Bode! We hardly knew ye!
  • Hagrid and Trelawney: were their classes destined for scrutiny and failure since Prisoner of Azkaban?
  • How is Umbridge able to attend every Care of Magical Creatures and Divination class? Doesn’t she have classes to teach herself?
  • Educational Decree No. 26 – joke’s on you Dolores! 
  • Harry and Cho’s first date: Quidditch, dementors, Madam Pudifoot’s, Roger Davies, Cedric, Hermione and more!
  • Is The Daily Prophet getting pressured by the Ministry? 
  • Hermione’s clever plan to have Rita Skeeter tell Harry’s story in The Quibbler
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 56!
  • The hosts give their MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: What topic does Xenophilius Lovegood tell Luna that Harry’s story is outselling?
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Episode #461: Snape’s Secrets (OOTP 24, Occlumency)

  • Quizzitch Live: The Fandom of Secrets was a huge success! Keep an eye for our next hangout!
  • Rupert Grint is going to be a DAD!
  • Muggle Mail covers a random Lockhart encounter and when J.K. Rowling actually revealed Dumbledore’s sexuality (see J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life)
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 24: Occlumency
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry’s journey back into his mind fails
  • Snape vs. Sirius
  • A grim goodbye! Should we have known then?
  • What’s the deal with The Knight Bus? Can’t they “magic” a smoother ride?
  • Cho and Harry: he picks up on what’s she putting down relatively quickly for a teenage boy! See you on Valentine’s Day!
  • Nagini and The Department of Mysteries: Snape gives Harry the information Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix have refused to!
  • What in the world is Dumbledore thinking letting Snape penetrate Harry’s mind?
  • Why doesn’t Harry get the opportunity to remove memories he doesn’t want Snape to see?
  • Would Harry fair better if he actually listened to Snape’s instructions?
  • Could Occlumency be considered a form of rape?
  • Snape reveals a big truth about himself when describing Legilimency, but it goes over Harry’s head!
  • What does Voldemort know about Harry at this point in the story? Does he know he’s a Horcrux? If so, why the strong desire to kill him?
  • Does Dumbledore not consider the vulnerable position mentally and physically these lessons put Harry in? 
  • Why does Snape not like the use of Voldemort’s name?
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 52!
  • The hosts give their MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: What does Hagrid instruct Harry to put on the salamanders?
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by Wondery’s Imagined Life, and OpenFit (Start working out at home! Just text MuggleCast to 50-50-50 to get started)!
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Episode #460: Loony Lockhart (OOTP 23, Christmas on the Closed Ward)

  • Quizzitch Live: The Fandom of Secrets returns this Thursday, April 9 at 7:15 p.m. ET! Keep an eye on our social media channels for the link to participate!
  • J.K. Rowling offers up a Character Personality quiz on Twitter! The hosts share which Harry Potter character they are most like… and the answers may surprise you!
  • News covers Harry Potter at Home, The Tales of Beedle The Bard audiobook release and the LEGO Harry Potter video game for only $6!
  • Muggle Mail covers Harry’s relationship with Mad-Eye Moody, Nagini and Dumbledore’s past, a maternity ward at St. Mungo’s and Harriet Potter
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 23: Christmas on The Closed Ward
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry heads to see Arthur in recovery
  • We Connect the Threads to… Chamber of Secrets?!?!
  • Possession by Voldemort, the importance of house elves and Professor Lockhart
  • Horcrux Takeover on the London Underground!
  • Harry’s having a nervous breakdown! Can someone HELP HIM?
  • Odd that Dumbledore has a direct line to Harry’s bedroom at Grimmauld Place?
  • Why doesn’t Harry think of consulting Ginny earlier about being possessed by Voldemort? Did they two bond over this shared experience in later years?
  • Opening presents in your bedroom? What’s up with Christmas at Grimmauld Place?
  • Harry makes an important observation about Kreacher. Should Sirius be more concerned he’s “missing”?
  • Welcome back Gildeory Lockhart! Do we think the former DADA professor ever recovers from his condition?
  • Goodnight Broderick! Is there no screening presents at St. Mungo’s? How is a venomous tentacula safe to put next to a patient’s bedside?
  • Hey, Augusta!  We compare grandma Longbottom’s evaluation of the trio to that of Lucius Malfoy’s from Chamber of Secrets!
  • Bubblegum wrapper theory galore!
  • The big Bellatrix reveal! Somebody better really check on Kreacher now…
  • The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 50!
  • The hosts give their MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Chicken Soup For The MuggleCast Soul returns!
  • Quizzitch: Who teases Harry about taking remedial potions?
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Episode #459: Magicare For All (OOTP 22, St. Mungo’s, Part 2)

  • We had a blast with our first-ever Quizzitch Live!
  • J.K. Rowling returns to Twitter to comfort Voldemort, reveal her favorite Mario Kart character and more!
  • Muggle Mail covers why Harry didn’t see thestrals at the end of Goblet of Fire!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 22: St. Mungo’s for Magical Maladies and Injuries (Part Two)
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry ventures to the hospital with family
  • Why does Harry feel as if he is an intruder upon the Weasley family’s guilt? Is he not a member of their family?
  • Why doesn’t Sirius take Harry seriously when he explains what really happened?
  • What if… J.K. Rowling had killed Arthur Weasley (as he had originally intended)?
  • Welcome to St. Mungo’s for Magical Maladies and Injuries!
  • Why couldn’t the hospital have been built underground like the Ministry?
  • How is the hospital funded? Do wizards have health insurance?
  • How does a wizard become a Healer? There are no classes at Hogwarts!
  • Broderick Bode has a visitor!
  • St. Mungo’s is a SECURITY NIGHTMARE!
  • Despite all that’s happened, Arthur couldn’t be in better spirits!
  • Why does Arthur not tell his kids what really happened? Was it irresponsible of him to not have a personal talk with Harry?
  • Why won’t Arthur’s wounds close? What’s so special about Nagini’s bite?
  • Did the movies miss a big opportunity in not including St. Mungo’s?
  • The Umbridge Suck Count stays put at 49!
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
  • Quizzitch: What does Harry get Ron for Christmas in his fifth year?
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