Episode #433: Gettin’ Figgy (OOTP Chapter 1, Dudley Demented)

  • Sequoia from Fanatical Fics and Where To Find Them joins the show!
  • We discuss the recent banning of Harry Potter at St. Edward Catholic School… and give them a call!
  • Cursed Child gets a new marketing campaign, with the logo now matching the one from the books/films
  • Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 1: Dudley Demented
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry Potter fights with Dudley and Dementors
  • The introduction of Harry is very much one of a neglected child
  • What does it say about the Dursleys that they take pride in the fact that Dudley doesn’t watch the news and has no clue who the Prime Minister is?
  • What do we make of Ms. Figg  asking Harry over for tea frequently throughout the summer?
  • Are Vernon and Petunia overreacting to the “crack” that pretty much the entire neighborhood hears? Or is it fair they suspect Harry?
  • Harry’s isolation: let the conversation about Dumbledore’s approach to Harry begin!
  • We analyze Harry’s dreams: Cedric’s death, long corridors, locked doors and more!
  • Harry is itching for a fight and tries to provoke Dudley with name-calling. What do we make of this version of Harry?
  • Who is Mark Evans? J.K. Rowling once addressed rampant speculation.
  • When the Dementors attack and Harry hears the voice inside his head – is it Voldemort or the Horcrux speaking to him?
  • Have we ever seen Harry control a Patronus through spoken word before?
  • Surprise! There’s more to Ms. Figg than meets the eye!
  • We debut a new chapter-by-chapter segment… Umbridge Sucks!
  • Connecting the Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter return!
  • We answer an email on frame narratives and take a very cute voicemail on midnight book release parties
  • Quizzitch: J.K. Rowling once said on her old website that Ms. Figg deals in the roaring trade of cross-bred cats and what?
  • Micah and Eric will be at LeakyCon 2019 from October 11-13 in Boston register today using code MUGGLE for $10 off!
  • Become a member of our community today on Patreon and receive awesome, magical benefits!
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Running time: 1:16:50, 110.8 MB

Episode #432: Connecting Prisoner of Azkaban to Order of the Phoenix

  • Happy Back to Hogwarts y’all!
  • Enough already! Pottermore announces a new “reimagined” Sorting Hat is coming. Are we about to receive new House assignments?
  • We’ve shipped MuggleCast tote bags to our first 150 patrons, with more going out in the weeks ahead!
  • Andrew recaps Harry Potter Trivia Night at Wizards Unite Indianapolis, but he can’t remember anything!
  • Beautiful park, great community event, dragons, cool merchandise and more! Andrew shares his experience from Wizards Unite Fan Fest!
  • Before beginning our chapter-by-chapter analysis of Order of the Phoenix, we connect the threads to Prisoner of Azkaban, since the Harry Potter series is a frame narrative (We recently did this with Sorcerer’s Stone and Deathly Hallows on Episode 427).
  • The grim, dementors and what happens when Harry runs from the Dursleys
  • Aunt Marge, Dudley and the first chapter magical impact on the Dursley family
  • Character appearances and reappearances: Lupin, Sirius, Luna and more!
  • Is it a coincidence Harry meets Lupin and Luna the same way?
  • The contrasting teaching styles of Remus Lupin and Dolores Umbridge
  • Hermione takes on Trelawney in Prisoner of Azkaban and Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix for their ineffective teaching methods
  • Ministry Interference: comparing Fudge’s actions towards Harry in Prisoner vs. Order
  • Lucius Malfoy and his meddlesome nature: first Buckbeak then Harry’s trial
  • We take a look at a similarity between Hermione and Umbridge (Say what?!?)
  • How Dementors and time turners play a critical role in both books
  • Sirius Black is a prisoner in both books
  • Dumbledore undermines the Ministry at the end of both books: the escape of Sirius and the return of Voldemort
  • Quizzitch: What type of flower bed does Harry find himself laying in as Order of the Phoenix opens?
  • Don’t forget: We’ll be at LeakyCon 2019 in Boston! Register using code MUGGLE to get $10 off!
  • In addition to FacebookTwitter and Instagram… We’re now on LinkedIn!
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Running time: 1:35:32, 68.8 MB

Episode #431: The Questions Fans Had After ‘Goblet of Fire’

  • Welcome Slug Club member Stephanie! She has a newborn baby, so we challenge her to sort little Eleanor into a Hogwarts House.
  • Don’t forget we’ll be in Indy this weekend for Wizards Unite and at Leaky Con Boston this October! Use code MUGGLE when registering for $10 off!
  • If you’ve waited in line at Universal Orlando for Hagrid’s and missed the pre-show video, watch it here!
  • In anticipation of our Order of the Phoenix chapter-by-chapter analysis we take a time turner back to the early 2000s to discuss the years before the fifth Harry Potter book.
  • Work on the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Illustrated Edition is already underway!
  • The wait between Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix was three years (the longest gap!), and it was a critical period for the fandom.
  • How did the Harry Potter fan community soar during this time?
  • When did we all start discovering Harry Potter fansites?
  • What were the biggest questions heading into Order of the Phoenix?
  • Who was going to die in the fifth book? What did Priori Incantatem truly mean? What was next for Harry, Ron and Hermione?
  • To help us out a bit, we revisited MuggleNet’s Facts About Book Five!
  • What were the hosts initial thoughts of the Order of the Phoenix cover art?
  • Release party reminiscing: where were we all for the release of the fifth book?
  • Quizzitch: where did Harry get the name Hedwig?
  • In addition to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram… We’re now on LinkedIn!
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Running time: 1:08:05, 49 MB

Episode #430: Did Dumbledore Attempt To Recreate Ariana?

  • Pottermore announces a new app – what can we expect?
  • Micah and Andrew recap their time at Podcast Movement
  • Andrew will be at Wizards Unite Fan Festival in Indianapolis on August 31. If you see him, say hi!
  • Micah and Eric will be at LeakyCon 2019 from October 11-13 in Boston – register today using code MUGGLE for $10 off!
  • It’s a mailbag episode full of exciting voicemails and listener emails!
  • When the Weasley twins tossed snowballs at the back of Quirrell’s head, was this foreshadowing on the part of J.K. Rowling?
  • A Crackpot Theory blows us away: Did Dumbledore attempt to recreate Ariana and accidentally create Credence?
  • Was hiding the Sorcerer’s Stone an attempt by Dumbledore to see Harry’s true heart?
  • Given how fast the phoenix evolves at the end of Crimes of Grindelwald, could it be an illusion?
  • One listener tells us that she originally had no idea that Harry Potter was a British book series!
  • Emails cover Lily’s protection, James’ sacrifice, theme park expansion and more!
  • And… Could the Deathly Hallows have been made from a thestral?
  • Laura tells us about her time at a Harry Potter-themed AirBNB, and the panel comes up with ideas for their own rental property.
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Running time: 1:08:05, 49 MB

Episode #429: Sidecar Joy

  • We’re live from Orlando at Podcast Movement 2019!
  • We’re staying at the wrong hotel, but it’s cool because there are a ton of inns and Unfoundables!
  • Eric and Micah ride and review Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
  • The twists, the turns, the creatures and more!
  • Why you should ride Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure even if you’re not a roller coaster person
  • We debate the motorbike vs. the sidecar — Andrew has evolved on the debate
  • How does this ride compare to Forbidden Journey and Escape from Gringotts? We rank the four Potter rides at Wizarding World Orlando!
  • There’s some new merch at the Wizarding World that Eric and Andrew want to get their hands on, like shirts that read “Hogwarts Alumni”!
  • Universal announces a fourth theme park, Epic Worlds, and rumors surface about a Fantastic Beasts land. What would we like to see?
  • Micah and Eric will be at LeakyCon 2019 from October 11-13 in Boston – register today using code MUGGLE for $10 off!
  • Become a member of our community today on Patreon and receive awesome, magical benefits!
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by AWAY, the most excellent suitcase. Visit AwayTravel.com/MuggleCast2019 for $20 off your suitcase.

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Running time: 58:58, 42.5 MB

Episode #428: Finishing Sorcerer’s Stone, 13 Years Later

  • Join Andrew in Indy for a special Wizards Unite gathering over Labor Day Weekend! On a related note, we discuss our latest thoughts on the game.
  • MuggleCasTBT takes us back to a dark Cursed Child prediction
  • Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Chapter 17: The Man With Two Faces
  • The last time we analyzed a chapter from Sorcerer’s Stone was 2006! A lot has changed since then
  • 7-Word Summary: Quirrell surprises Harry with Voldemort’s head attached
  • Surprise! It wasn’t Snape!
  • We analyze Professor Quirrell as a character pre-Voldemort, with help from Pottermore
  • What does it mean to have a “special gift” with trolls?
  • Snape the Savior: should the debate about his loyalties have ended here?
  • How Harry’s reliance on his intuition allowed him to defeat Quirrell
  • Was there a confrontation between Dumbledore and Voldemort in the chamber?
  • Should Dumbledore have confided the prophecy in a 11-year-old?
  • Connecting the Threads with Deathly Hallows: Harry awakens to Dumbledore, death as a choice, James and Snape, and endings at King’s Cross
  • Notable Quotables, MVP of the Week and Rename the Chapter
  • Quizzitch: What film actor, who appeared in Movie 1, has the same birthday as the character he portrays?
  • Andrew, Micah and Eric will be hosting a meetup in Orlando on Thursday, August 15th! Can you make it? Let us know!
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Running time: 1:25:41, 61.7 MB

Episode #427: Connecting Sorcerer’s Stone to Deathly Hallows

  • We’re going to be in Orlando this August – if you’re in the neighborhood, come say hi! Click here to fill out a brief survey.
  • There’s never been a better time to support the show! Become a Patron by July 31 and get this year’s TWO physical gifts – signed album art and a MuggleCast tote bag!
  • Our main discussion is The Secrets of Sorcerer’s Stone: We expose the little things in the first book that ended up playing a larger role later in the series — especially within Deathly Hallows.
  • Does Dumbledore govern Harry’s existence from the very beginning of the series?
  • What protected Harry overnight on the Privet Drive stoop? #SecurityNightmare
  • Did Rowling know the role Sirius would play in later books?
  • Why are wizards so willing to risk exposing themselves following Voldemort’s downfall?
  • Why does Dumbledore think Harry’s scar will come in handy? Does Dumbledore suspect a Horcrux connection exists this early on?
  • We connect the MANY threads between Sorcerer’s Stone and Deathly Hallows
  • The importance of Gringotts and Griphook
  • King’s Cross and the Doorway Between Worlds
  • Dumbledore’s Chocolate Frog Card and what it means for Fantastic Beasts
  • We discuss Centaurs, Harry’s Magical Protection and Snape’s Loyalties
  • The Sorcerer’s Stone, the Deathly Hallows and the Quest for Immortality
  • The Golden Snitch and Neville’s bravery
  • Patrons question the “Lost 24 Hours” between Voldemort killing Harry’s parents and Harry’s arrival at Privet Drive, Dudley’s tail, and school attendance

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Running time: 1:23:06, 59.8 MB

Episode #426: Discovering Sorcerer’s Stone

  • Do the people behind Wizards Unite listen to MuggleCast? Some new game features would suggest so!
  • Eric announces the MuggleNet Caption Contest is back!
  • #MuggleCasTBT takes us back to a bold prediction made about Nicolas Flamel and his “safe house” in Crimes of Grindelwald
  • We take listener feedback on last week’s Dark Mark tattoo debate
  • Our Main Discussion focuses on The Beginning of Harry Potter
  • Did Sorcerer’s Stone launch a generation of readers?
  • Harry Potter’s biggest ally may have been the Internet!
  • How did all of the hosts get started on the Potter series?
  • We discuss J.K. Rowling’s struggles behind getting published, including being a woman
  • Did you know Rowling didn’t even have a middle name until Sorcerer’s Stone was published?
  • We revisit our Episode 200 interview with Harry Potter producer David Heyman, who talks about how he found Harry
  • Was it really necessary to change Book 1’s name to Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States? We read interesting comments from Scholastic’s Editor at the time, Arthur Levine.
  • The hosts share what moments in Sorcerer’s Stone really resonated with them and name their favorite chapter
  • Quizzitch: What time does the Hogwarts Express depart from platform 9¾?
  • There’s never been a better time to support the show! Become a Patron by July 31 and get this year’s physical gifts – signed album art and a MuggleCast tote bag!

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Running time: 1:13:42, 53.1 MB

Episode #425: Half-Blood Prince in Review

  • Fire at Leavesden Studios! Did it impact the Studio Tour at all?
  • Almost all of the hosts have been leveling up in Wizards Unite!
  • We’ll be in Orlando this August for Podcast Movement and want to meet up with YOU at CityWalk! Click here to access our survey and let us know if you can make it.
  • MuggleCasTBT takes us all the way back to 2006 for a final battle prediction!
  • We tie up loose ends with our Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince book-in-review episode!
  • 14-Word Summary: Harry Potter and Dumbledore discover the secret about Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes from the memories
  • The hosts Rename the Book with some interesting titles and hand out their MVP of the Book awards
  • Was Half-Blood Prince anyone’s favorite book? Least favorite book? Patrons weigh in with their thoughts!
  • From The Cave to the fake horcrux discovery, the hosts give their favorite and least favorite moments of Half-Blood Prince
  • Horace Slughorn and Rufus Scrimgeour headline our most notable new characters
  • What were the Top 7 Moments of Half-Blood Prince?
  • We discuss several book-to-movie comparisons as well as Jim Broadbent’s portrayal of Slughorn
  • What lies ahead now that Half-Blood Prince is a wrap?
  • Emails cover Elphias Doge, Ginny and Grindelwald’s reaction to Dumbledore’s death
  • Voicemails include Dumbledore’s movie tribute, Snape being labeled a coward and Death Eater tattoos
  • Quizzitch: Which Harry Potter books do not have a chapter with the same name as their title?
  • Send us your odds and ends thoughts from Sorcerer’s Stone! Use the contact form, our voicemail line, or e-mail mugglecast@gmail.com directly
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Running time: 1:24:26, 50.7 MB

Episode #424: Sad Woodstock (HBP 30, The White Tomb)

  • Fakes News! There is no Potter television series is in the works…for now…
  • Puffs is coming to Chicago!
  • MuggleCasTBT takes us back to the ultimate Cursed Child prediction!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter concludes with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 30 – The White Tomb
  • Our final Half-Blood Prince 7-Word Summary: Harry feels really bad about breaking Dumbledore
  • The Wizarding World pays tribute to Dumbledore
  • Despite everything that has happened, why can’t Ginny make amends with Fleur?
  • Told ya so, Harry! Hermione’s found out the truth about Eileen Prince!
  • Harry likens Snape to Voldemort. Is this a fair comparison?
  • How bad is Harry’s guilt in having trusted the Half-Blood Prince all year long?
  • Harry pities Malfoy – will this play into future Deathly Hallows scenes?
  • Who is the man giving Dumbledore’s eulogy?
  • Why don’t we get more context to Dumbledore’s earlier years? Was this being saved for Deathly Hallows? Fantastic Beasts?
  • WHY is Umbridge there? Are there others in attendance who are not mentioned we may have known?
  • Is Dumbledore’s body bursting into flames typical for wizard funerals or just Dumbledore?
  • The honeymoon is over…Harry and Ginny break up!
  • Despite Scrimgeour’s insensitive timing, should Harry have tried to work with the Ministry?
  • What would have happened if Harry came across Snape in his quest for the Horcruxes?
  • Deathly Hallows teasers: Privet Drive, Bill & Fleur’s Wedding and Godric’s Hollow
  • The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename the Chapter
  • Introducing our 2019 Patron Gift: The MuggleCast Tote Bag! Perfect for carrying Harry Potter books or jars of pickles around town. Pledge at the Dumbledore’s Army level or above by July 31st to receive your own!
  • Quizzitch: Which book ends with “And together they walked back through the gateway to the Muggle world”?
  • We share some exciting news on what’s ahead for MuggleCast!

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Running time: 1:27:21, 52.4 MB