Episode #517: The Potter Fandom’s Life-Changing Support for LGBTQ+ People

  • Welcome Swish and Flick‘s Meg & Katie!
  • Main Discussion: Celebrating Pride Month in the Harry Potter fandom
  • Andrew, Meg & Katie share their personal experiences of coming out and the feeling of safety in the Potter fan community
  •  What is it about the Harry Potter fandom that makes it a welcoming place for diversity? What have the hosts noticed about inclusion at Potter events?
  • What’s a “different” thing about the other hosts that the fandom didn’t judge them for?
  • Why was it such a big deal to reveal Dumbledore’s sexuality? What other gay characters were in pop culture at the time?
  • How important is it for us to remember the time at which the Harry Potter series was written?
  • Does the lack of an LGBTQ+ character in the Harry Potter series speak to its larger diversity issue?
  • Would J.K. Rowling  have viewed including a gay character as a risk? Would publishers be concerned about how parents might react to a gay character?
  • We discuss the possible sexualities of several Potter characters, including Nymphadora Tonks, Charlie Weasley, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black and more
  • Quizzitch: A witch named Glenda Chittock hosts this program on the Wizarding Wireless Network, dedicated to interviewing musicians. What is the name of the program? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MasterClass (Get 15% off an annual subscription at MasterClass.com/mugglecast) and MeUndies, makers of the most comfortable underwear (get 15% off your first order at MeUndies.com/mugglecast).
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Episode #514: Revisiting Harry Potter Fansites During Summer 2007

  • The Cursed Child will not reopen with other Broadway shows this Fall as it rethinks its length and structure, targeting a 2022 return
  • What’s at the heart of this decision? We discuss a few ways The Cursed Child could accomplish a cutdown version of the show.
  • Main Discussion: Revisiting The Best of MuggleNet and other Potter Fan Sites, particularly during the biggest year for Harry Potter
  • The hosts revisit their roles and how they got their start in the Potter fandom
  • The layouts, the countdowns, the breaking news: what were some of our favorite parts of  MuggleNet?
  • The Wall of Shame, Editorials, MuggleSpace and more!
  • Be sure to check out older versions of MuggleNet using The Wayback Machine!
  • What was the rivalry like with other Harry Potter fansites?
  • The hosts read their old staff profiles from 2007 – laughter… and cringing ensue!
  • Our patrons share their favorite parts and memories of MuggleNet
  • Quizzitch: Some of the earliest Harry Potter fan conventions were run by a group called HPEF. What does HPEF stand for? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MasterClass (Get 15% off an annual subscription at MasterClass.com/mugglecast) and BetterHelp (Get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast).
  • Next week: We’ll be releasing a brand-new movie commentary on Prisoner of Azkaban. The following week we’ll be off for the Memorial Day holiday. So, we’ll see you on June 7! In the meantime, check out some of our past episodes on the Wall of Fame!
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Episode #513: Why is Hufflepuff’s Professor Sprout So Absent From the Harry Potter Series?


  • Welcome Slug Club member, Franzi!
  • Main Discussion: Professor Sprout & Herbology’s Role in the Harry Potter Series
  • To start off, the hosts test their skills in a new game: Potter Plant or… Pokemon?
  • What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of Professor Sprout?
  • What does Sprout’s name origin tell us about her character?
  • Miriam Margoyles shined in her limited screen time in the Potter films
  • The Chronicles of Sprout and McGonagall are canon – should it be a spin-off series?
  • Laura dishes on some good Sprout fan fictions as we revisit the Splitwick publishing controversy!
  • Does Professor Sprout’s character suffer from lack of representation? How would we rank her in comparison to other heads of house? 
  • Does the connection between Professor Sprout and Hufflepuff house get lost on the reader? Is she not that memorable for the average reader? 
  • Do Sprout (Hufflepuff) and Flitwick (Ravenclaw) suffer from not being focal points of Harry’s story and attention? 
  • Top Sprout Moments in the Potter series include devil’s snare, mandrakes, keeping Hogwarts open and more
  • Sprout, Snape, and Neville:  we discuss Herbology’s role in the series and its relationship to Potions
  • Quizzitch: What is the common name of the family of flowering plants, solenacaeae, which include tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, bell and chili peppers? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (Visit ThirdLove.com/MuggleCast for 20% off your perfect fitting bra) and Quip (visit GetQuip.com/muggle to get a free plastic gum dispenser with any refill plan).
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Episode #511: Listeners Share Funny Harry Potter Plot Holes, and more MuggleMail

  • News: Harry Potter flagship store opening on June 3 in New York City, but not everyone on the panel is into the news.
  • This week’s episode is all MuggleMail!
  • Did Harry’s “I am The Chosen One” line miss its mark with some fans?
  • Listeners share lots of feedback on our Fred and George episode! We even hear from several twins!
  • Should you omit “problematic” parts of the books when reading Harry Potter to your children?
  • Seline from South Australia sparks a spirited discussion about teaching basic reading, writing and arithmetic at Hogwarts!
  • Do the hosts enjoy the books more because the movies omit so much?
  • We examine a secret deleted scene from the Goblet of Fire movie
  • Night Crawler: Wasn’t Harry old enough to crawl or even walk away from the Dursley’s doorstep at the beginning of Sorcerer’s Stone?
  • Everyone seems to want a Harry Potter TV show. Well, what if it’s really bad?
  • Is Ron the glue that holds the trio together?
  • What was Hermione doing on the train ride to Hogwarts while Harry and Ron were in the flying Ford Anglia?
  • Why weren’t students told Voldemort’s real name?
  • We answer a vintage email from August 2007! Did Ron use Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup to gain entrance to the Chamber of Secrets?
  • Quizzitch: What is the mathematical formula for determining the circumference of a circle? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (Get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/mugglecast) and Usual Wines (get your first glass on us by using code ‘mugglecast’ at checkout)!
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Episode #509: What We’d Change About The Harry Potter Books and Movies

  • Main Discussion: What Would We Change About The Harry Potter Books & Movies?
  • A couple of Mary GrandPre’s book covers should’ve taken a different direction!
  • It’s Philosopher’s Stone, NOT Sorcerer’s Stone! Get with it, America!
  • What’s Buggin’ Micah returns as he Americanizes the other Harry Potter book titles
  • Enough Expelliarmus, Harry! Don’t you know more than one spell?
  • Justice for Slytherin!
  • What in the world was that final fight scene between Harry and Voldemort?
  • Too many directors, not enough consistency!
  • Plainclothes Hogwarts students – this isn’t an Abercrombie & Fitch ad!
  • Why is every major wizard duel made to look like Priori Incantatem?
  • Our patrons weigh in with their book & movie changes!
  • Why does Harry break the Elder Wand? Where is S.P.E.W.? Why does Bellatrix burn down The Burrow?
  • Moody Sirius, Sassy Harry, Tonks & Lupin, Grawp and more!
  • Quizzitch:  What is the British Television series from 2003 which was directed by David Yates, and scored by Nicholas Hooper? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MeUndies and Quip!
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Episode #507: Bradley Bakes is Creating Every Food and Drink Item in the Harry Potter Books

  • This week, we’re joined by Bradley Bakes, a YouTuber in the United Kingdom who’s currently baking his way through the entire Harry Potter book series!
  • Bradley shares why he started creating every food and drink item mentioned in the Harry Potter books
  • 64 recipes for Sorcerer’s Stone, 54 recipes for Chamber of Secrets – what’s next on the menu?
  • Golden Snitch Lemon Meringue Pie… Whomping Willow Chocolate Cabbage Cake… Bradley puts a twist on some notable Potter items!
  • Bradley shares a few simple recipes the listeners (and hosts) can try at home and the most challenging food for him to make
  • How long does each recipe take from start to finish? What’s it like to shop for all of these delicious items?
  • Which item in the upcoming books is Bradley most looking forward to making?
  • MuggleCast gets its very own recipe!
  • Fans have no excuses for their next Harry Potter party! Be sure to check Bradley out on YouTube, Instagram and his blog!
  • Snog, Marry, Avada Kedavra returns!
  • Can the hosts name the Top 50 Most Mentioned Characters in the Harry Potter series without naming those outside the Top 50? You give a try!
  • Quizzitch: The night Norbert is born, Hagrid makes the trio tea and offers them which food that they refuse? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
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Episode #505: Seven Harry Potter Fan Films That Expand The Story in Brilliant Ways

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Episode #503: The Best and Worst of Ron Weasley

  • Happy Birthday, Ronald Bilius Weasley! Today we’re kicking off a new monthly feature, where we’ll be hosting a main character discussion timed around their birthday. We start with Ron!
  • One of the most underrated characters in the Wizarding World, let’s get Ron’s Fandom ID!
  • We discuss our first impressions of Harry’s best friend and Ron’s complex about his family’s socioeconomic status
  • What were our favorite Ron moments in the books? What was his defining chapter?
  • What were some of Ron’s worst character moments? We discuss The Yule Ball Dating Lavender, and more.
  • In celebration of Rupert Grint, we share our favorite Ron scenes from the movies!
  • … But we can’t forget all the great Ron moments that were given to Hermione in the films!
  • What would each of the hosts get Ron for his birthday?
  • We play two Ron-themed games: Snog, Marry, Avada Kedavra and Two Truths, One Lie!
  • Quizzitch: What did Fred turn into a spider when Ron was three? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
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Episode #502: All The Ways Hogwarts Is A Security Nightmare

  • Did Wizards Unite finally confirm a long-standing theory about Lavender Brown?
  • Main Discussion: All The Ways That Hogwarts Is A Security Nightmare
  • For decades, students and teachers have been lied to about Hogwarts safety! 
  • Are moving staircases really a good idea?
  • The Forbidden Forest & Black Lake are no place for students of any age!
  • The Triwizard Tournament? Ask Cedric Diggory how that turned out!
  • Background check, anyone? We discuss how professors like Quirrell, Lockhart, Hagrid & Impostor Moody endangered the students year-after-year.
  • Quidditch… need we say more?
  • Dear Dumbledore, you REALLY couldn’t find the the Chamber of Secrets? Or the giant snake?
  • The Whomping Willow (emphasis on whomping)
  • Mental health check: should students really be experiencing their worst fears (Boggarts) in  front of each other?
  • Remember that year Dementors “safeguarded” the school?
  • Listeners weigh in with their security concerns, including The Room of Requirement, Portraits, Secret Passages and more!
  • Are parents ever notified about all of the dangers at Hogwarts?
  • Quizzitch: After Neville falls off his broom in Year 1 who tells Malfoy to shut up? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MDAcne (take the quiz and get your first month’s supply for free, just pay shipping) and BetterHelp (receive 10% off your first month)!
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Episode #500: The Best Harry Potter Pick-Up Lines, Popular Head Cannon Ships

 

  • We made it to Episode 500! To celebrate, we have a fun a look at MuggleCast By The Numbers
  • How many emails have we received over the years? How many times has the show been downloaded? Which host has appeared on the most episodes?
  • Guess That MuggleCast Episode Title! Eric quizzes Andrew, Laura and Micah on some of the more memorable episode titles on the last 15 years!
  • To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we set the mood and deliver some of the best Harry Potter Pickup Lines
  • Alternate Universe Pairings that’ve been popular head cannon: could Harry and Luna have really happened? What about Hermione and Draco? Remus and Sirius?
  • We examine some of the more popular head canon couples in the series and try to identify the turning point where they could have become a reality!
  • What Hogwarts House is your soulmate in? Take the quiz!
  • Quizzitch: How far did Harry throw the gnome that bit him?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (Get 20% off your order at the link!) and our newest sponsor Magic Spoon (hit the link and use promo code ‘mugglecast’ for $5 off your first order!)
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