- 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!
- This week’s episode is brought to you by ThirdLove: Visit ThirdLove.com/MuggleCast for 15% off your first order!
Running time: 1:25:41, 61.7 MB
- 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
Running time: 1:23:06, 59.8 MB
- 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!
Running time: 1:13:42, 53.1 MB
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org directly
- This episode is brought to you by Thirdlove: Go to Thirdlove.com/MuggleCast to find your perfect bra and get 15% off your first purchase!
Running time: 1:24:26, 50.7 MB
- 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!
Running time: 1:27:21, 52.4 MB
- Introducing MuggleCasTBT! Each week on the show and on social media, we’ll be sharing a clip from an old episode in which we make a prediction about Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts.
- In our first clip, Micah correctly predicts that Dumbledore will be a crucial part of the Fantastic Beasts film series when we still had no idea that he would even be in it.
- The MuggleCasters review Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the highly-anticipated game from the creators of Pokemon GO!
- What are our overall impressions of the game? Is it living up to expectations?
- What are we liking and hating most about Wizards Unite? Elements like graphics, mechanics, spell points, and desolate areas are discussed.
- Does Laura enjoy playing it in the bathroom, or is she just going to the bathroom while recording?
- Has it inspired us to get up and move around more?
- Why is it not as popular as Pokemon GO?
- The first official Wizards Unite event is happening in Indianapolis, and Andrew’s thinking about going.
- In Bonus MuggleCast, available exclusively on Patreon, we talk about what Harry Potter video games we would kill to see next.
- Quizzitch: What material do Fred and George wear to DD’s funeral?
- Reminder: Next week is our analysis of the final chapter of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!
Running time: 1:03:44, 38.2 MB
- Welcome Slug Club member Chloe!
- Wizards Unite is out and we discuss what we like about the game so far!
- Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is dealing with some launch pains
- Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 29 The Phoenix Lament
- 7-Word Summary: After Dumbledore’s death, Harry regroups with friends
- Harry breaks the news of Dumbledore’s death and reveals the truth about Snape and Draco
- Lupin’s loses control when learning of Dumbledore’s death in a way Harry has never seen. Is this because of everything Dumbledore has done for Lupin?
- We discuss the healing impact of Fawkes’ phoenix song on the Order
- Why did Lupin or Sirius never tell Harry about Snape and Lily?
- Given Harry had been right about Draco all year, if you were Ron and Hermione, how would you feel?
- The Vanishing Cabinet and Hand of Glory have strong threads connecting them back to Chamber of Secrets
- When Flitwick comes to get Snape and is mysteriously unconscious, why aren’t Hermione and Luna quicker on the uptake?
- Shouldn’t the fact that Snape didn’t kill Flitwick tell us that more is happening than meets the eye? Does Snape actually save Luna and Hermione’s lives?
- With Death Eaters in Hogwarts, do we think Snape is trying to act as quickly as possible to prevent them from harming the students/?
- Why didn’t the Order stop Snape and Malfoy? Why didn’t they alert the Ministry?
- Much like in Goblet of Fire, why didn’t the Dark Mark trigger an immediate Ministry response?
- We react to Fleur’s response to Bill’s condition and Tonks’ big reveal about Lupin
- Is Harry not trusting in McGonagall about the Horcruxes a mistake?
- Should Hogwarts remain open?
- The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter
- Quizzitch: In the final chapter of Half-Blood Prince, who is sitting in Snape’s seat in the Great Hall?
- This week’s episode is sponsored by the Eaglemoss’ Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts figurine collections! Get figurines of Harry and Hermione, plus free shipping, for just $9.95 by going to HeroCollector.com/Wizards!
Running time: 1:24:30, 50.7 MB
- Unplug your Alexa’s: Our Slug Club guest this week had her name stolen from Amazon!
- Vans’ new line of Harry Potter shoes is causing some ripples amongst fans — how’d Hufflepuff gets the short end of the stick?
- Andrew is in Orlando for the opening of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Follow us on Instagram to get looks at the new ride!
- MuggleMail: What would’ve happened if the Death Eaters weren’t waiting for Dumbledore back at Hogwarts? And the best DVD/Blu-ray collection question gets answered.
- Chapter by Chapter: Half-Blood Prince Chapter 28, Flight of the Prince.
- Have we ever felt like Harry did in the opening of this scene, as if we’re hurling through space because of a life-changing event?
- Hogwarts Is A Security Nightmare Example #9134891: Kids running around while hearing ruckus. Where’s the lock-down?
- Warning: Never light Laura’s house is on fire while her dog is inside. She will be enraged.
- Harry has to remind Hagrid to put out his burning home. He ALSO has to remind him how to conjure one of earth’s core elements: WTF?
- Even while working for the Greater Good, Snape still takes the opportunity to besmirch James. Why so mean?
- The Half-Blood Prince is revealed, and Snape can’t stand being called a coward. What’s going through his mind in this moment?
- The movie version of this chapter is different to say the least. We compare and contrast.
- Dumbledore’s pockets are now available for everyone to peruse, and the locket presents itself. Uh oh.
- Quizzitch: From whom does Lupin learn that Dumbledore has died?
- Thank you to this week’s sponsors: The Harry Potter Figurine Collection (HeroCollector.com/Wizards), Scentbird (Scentbird.com/MUGGLECAST for 50% off), and ThirdLove (Thirdlove.com/MUGGLECAST for 15% off). Support the show by supporting supporting our advertisers!
Running time: 1:40:49, 60.5 MB
- We’re joined by Slug Club member Alicia, who wants to know: How does Ollivander’s stay in business?
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming to Canada — it’s the sixth production!
- MuggleMail: Horcruxes probably can’t be made via assisted suicide; what’s the best DVD/Blu-ray set available?; thank goodness the Trio didn’t have to go into The Cave; in defense of Harry Potter.
- We’ve passed 1,000 Patrons, an amazing milestone! Thank you to everyone for their support.
- Chapter by Chapter: Half-Blood Prince Chapter 27, The Lightning Struck Tower.
- Harry has to face one of the worst situations for a child to be in.
- Dumbledore once again experiences The Surge: He’s damn good on a broom.
- Dumbledore speaks to Draco in a way that’s reminiscent of how he’d speak to Tom.
- Harry needs a cloak that deflects spells — he’s been frozen under the cloak twice in one book.
- Why is Draco incapable of killing Dumbledore?
- Would this have been a different situation if Draco were a few years older?
- Severus… Please: This line was an amazing bit of work from Rowling.
- Snape’s Avada Kedavra isn’t written like the Killing Curse typically is. Is it because Snape was also trying to A) Prove he meant it, and B) move the body away from further harm?
- To say goodbye to Dumbledore, we read Patrons’ favorite Dumbledore lines in Dumbledore (and Micah) voices.
- In light of analyzing this scene, we revisit Andrew’s Astronomy Tower of Terror ride idea. This time it has exciting new twists!
- Quizzitch: Who did Draco mistake for being dead?
- This week’s episode is brought to you by The Wizarding World Figurine Collection from Eaglemoss Hero Collector (get two figurines for the price of one, plus free shipping, at HeroCollector.com/Wizards) and OpenFit (text MuggleCast to 303030 for a FREE month trial)!
Running time: 1:40:49, 60.5 MB