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?
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Episode #470: Silky Smooth Snape (OOTP 32, Out of the Fire)

  • International football star David Beckham joins actor David Tennant to read the Quidditch chapter of Book One. And now viewing this requires a login?
  • The MuggleCast 15th Anniversary T-Shirt is here! Just one week left to become a Patron at the Dumbledore’s Army level or higher to get yours!
  • MuggleMail topics include exams in other countries, the secrecy surrounding the prophecy, and whether Hagrid had a battle assist from Dumbledore (sorry McGonagall!)
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 32: Out of the Fire
  • 7-Word Summary: Umbridge catches heroes using losers for hire
  • Hermione’s point about Sirius and Voldemort is a good one – why doesn’t Harry listen?
  • Why doesn’t the trio think of Snape before they’re caught?
  • The pitfall of Hermione bringing up Harry’s “Saving People Thing”
  • Here *lies* Kreacher, Mwahahahahaha
  • Harry speaks in code as a last resort. Does Snape understand?
  • DEBATE: as Umbridge prepares use an Unforgivable on Harry, the hosts ask. Who is a worse villain? Voldemort or Umbridge?
  • How realistic is Hermione’s plan? What makes Umbridge buy it? And why does she decide to go alone?
  • (Spoilers!) Our Umbridge Suck Count passes 100! (Were you really surprised?)
  • Quizzitch: What spell does Neville use to escape his captors?
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Episode #469: Why J.K. Rowling Is Wrong About Trans People

On this special edition of MuggleCast, the hosts are joined by Dr. Sarah Steelman (Marriage & Family Therapist, Ph.D., LMFT) to discuss J.K. Rowling’s recent tweets and open letter regarding trans people. We review her statements and why so many of them are wrong, share responses from around the Harry Potter community, and analyze our own feelings.

MuggleCast has donated $700 to Trans Lifeline to support transgender people during this difficult time. In addition, MuggleCast will be making the following changes to how we cover J.K. Rowling:

  • We will no longer speak about, promote, or review JKR’s projects outside of the Wizarding World.
  • We will no longer talk about what JKR is saying on Twitter, unless she’s hurting fans (again).
  • We will cover Wizarding World-related announcements and continue to review various elements, but we will avoid discussing JKR’s involvement, if any.
  • We will strive to highlight more fan projects to focus on the fandom who’s made this place what it is.

Given the sensitive nature of this conversation, please be aware that this episode carries a trigger warning. Below is a list of resources referenced in our show, for both those individuals looking to better educate themselves as allies and for those who are personally affected by recent events.

If you’re a LGBTQ person who needs to speak to someone:

  • The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386
    Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

Other resources:

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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!
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Episode #467: Stranger Danger (OOTP 30, Grawp)

  • There is a new children’s story from JKR, and she’s releasing fresh chapters every week day!
  • All eight Harry Potter movies have been made available for streaming on HBO MAX. In Bonus MuggleCast, available now on Patreon, the hosts and listeners share their go-to HP films, and Micah tears apart Deathly Hallows, Part 2.
  • 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!
  • MuggleMail topics include Sirius’ relationship with Harry, bullying at Hogwarts, and Snape’s maturation process.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 30: Grawp
  • 7-Word Summary: Hagrid reveals another giant secret mistake, Grawp
  • Hogwarts professors and students are in open rebellion. Who put the Niffler in Umbridge’s office?
  • Harry comes clean about the Triwizard Winnings
  • Can Harry be expected to pick up Occlumency after what happened? The hosts share their meditation tips for Harry.
  • Is Hagrid’s strategy for grabbing Hermione and Harry a good one?
  • Laura reveals the Greek origin of centaurs and the hosts compare book events that line up
  • What was Hagrid THINKING bringing Grawp into an inhabited forest?
  • Ron’s Mirror of Erised moment happens!
  • Quizzitch: Who is the head of the Wizarding Examinations Authority?
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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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