Episode #484: Fictional Orphans and Their Purpose in ‘Harry Potter’

  • Welcome Slug Club member Shyam! He, too, has gotten a letter from the author!
  • MuggleMail includes MORE casting of gingers, Sorting Hats, Slytherins and Aussies.
  • Could the eventual Potter TV show be on network television, rather than a streaming app?
  • Our main discussion this week is about orphans in literature! Why are there so many, and how are they alike?
  • Are there benefits for authors wanting to start a hero off with a blank slate that makes orphaning them appealing?
  • How does Harry’s orphan status affect him? What would change if Lily and James survived?
  • What about Voldemort? He, too, is an orphan, but he and Harry are so different, or are they?
  • We examine some other notable orphans: Batman, Superman, Anna and Elsa from Frozen, James Bond and even Jane Eyre!
  • For Quizzitch: Who invented the spell Muffliato??
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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 #482: Never-Before-Seen Harry Potter Scenes We Want in a TV Series

  • Muggle Mail answers some of our questions regarding Neville’s sorting, and asks why Harry isn’t more grateful to Lupin.
  • This week the hosts ask, What are key, never-before-seen moments from the Harry Potter books that we want to see adapted in the TV series? This is our chance to FINALLY see some critical scenes that never made it into the books or films!
  • Andrew kicks things off with light and grim moments: The creation of the Marauders Map, and the entire night of James and Lily’s deaths.
  • Will we finally get to see Azkaban in person, and answer how grown wizards interact with Dementors?
  • What about Moody being overtaken by Pettigrew and Crouch, and other Death Eater things?
  • Fresh off our Order of the Phoenix re-read, Laura asks that we see where Dumbledore ran off to.
  • Will the show track Snape becoming the HBP? What about Dumbledore searching for Horcruxes?
  • What scenes might we see in a future Fantastic Beasts film?
  • What pizza toppings exist in the Wizarding World? Hippogriff? Niffler? Bowtruckle?
  • Micah recounts the Top 7 scenes that were never adapted for the film: Winky, Nearly Headless Nick, and more!
  • For Quizzitch: In GOF, what does “Mad-Eye” say ambushed him?
  • Andrew has a show-stopping revelation about how to make the TV series happen.
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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 #480: The Best Professors at Hogwarts

  • This week, to celebrate a new term on September 1, we’re rating every professor of Hogwarts School!
  • How do the DADA professors measure up with one another on quality and on difficulty? We offer individual grades to help us compare them all.
  • How about Potions? Is Slughorn a higher quality instructor than Snape?
  • We all have high marks for McGonagall, but what about Dumbledore, who we saw teach in Fantastic Beasts?
  • We set a Seer against a Centaur and wrap up with Charms, Herbology, and History of Magic.
  • Finally, a shout-out to the non-professor teachers of Harry, like Arthur Weasley.
  • We confirm our suspicions with MuggleCast’s listener poll results
  • Quizzitch: How many Podcast Awards has MuggleCast received?
  • 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 #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 #478: How MuggleNet Created a Harry Potter Encyclopedia

  • Welcome to the show Marissa, co-author of MuggleNet’s new Character Compendium, available now in bookstores everywhere!
  • MuggleMail has Umbridge fever! An e-mail from Matt suggests actress Olivia Coleman for the future role of Umbridge in a Harry Potter TV series! Here is a highlight reel for your consideration.
  • Should MuggleCast make Umbridge pillows that you can punch? And, finally, a mention of Umbridge from Half-Blood Prince is brought to our attention.
  • In our Main Discussion, we ask Marissa about the creation of The Unofficial Harry Potter Character Compendium: MuggleNet’s Ultimate Guide to Who’s Who in the Wizarding World. How did this book come about, how did they gather information on over 700 characters, and which characters stood out to her in her research?!
  • Special sections in the Barnes & Noble edition discuss MuggleNet’s favorite non-canon characters, and who is the REAL hero of the Harry Potter series?
  • What is the role of a fan site in 2020? We discuss the early days of MuggleNet and where it stands today
  • The hosts play GUESS. THAT. CHARACTER!
  • Quizzitch: What is Daisy Pennifold known for?
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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)?
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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 #475: Denial and Acceptance (OOTP 38, The Second War Begins)

  • It’s our final Chapter-by-Chapter episode! The reading archive is now complete!
  • Congratulations to our recent Quizzitch Live winners Morg97, Molly, Melissa, Kate, and Kiran.
  • Eric has a new podcast, Thank You For Spieling! Find it on your favorite podcast app.
  • MuggleMail includes Occlumency lessons, the Marauders watching Snape and Lily, and whether you can grow out of reading Harry Potter books.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter CONCLUDES with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 38: Second War Begins
  • 7-Word Summary: Hogwarts is not the most safe space
  • Fudge’s behavior following Voldemort’s return leaves the hosts all bothered.
  • What really happened to Umbridge, and how did Dumbledore leave the Forest unscathed?
  • Malfoy means business, but is his anger misplaced? Snape and McGonagall square off.
  • Why can’t Hagrid make Harry feel better? Can anyone?
  • To add insult to injury, Harry discovers Sirius’ mirror…
  • …and Nearly-Headless Nick is roped into a counselor role for his fellow Gryffindor.
  • Luna offers hope. Why doesn’t Harry talk to Lupin? And the book ends!
  • Our final Umbridge Suck Count segment is Brutal! Listen for the final tally.
  • MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • To wrap up this book, we each share our favorite character and a lesson we each learned from Order of the Phoenix.
  • Quizzitch: Multiple Choice! How many times does the word “grim” appear in Book 5, including in ‘Grimmauld Place’? A) 50-79 times B) 80-119 times C)120-149 times D)150+ times
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