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?
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by BeachBody On Demand (text ‘mugglecast’ to 30-30-30 for a free trial!), HelloFresh (get $80 off your first box by using code ‘muggle80’) and ThirdLove (get 15% off your first order by using the link!). Support MuggleCast by supporting our sponsors!
  • Join our community at Patreon.com/MuggleCast and receive magical benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast! This week we discuss whether or not Fantastic Beasts is the world’s most problematic film franchise!

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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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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?
  • Join our community at Patreon.com/MuggleCast and receive magical benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by BeachBody On Demand: Work out from the comfort of home and still get super effective workouts, making you feel better! Text ‘mugglecast’ to 30-30-30 to get a free trial.

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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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