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Although we’re genuinely proud of every episode we produce, this page is for the episodes that are the best of the best. The ones we hang on our fridges. The ones we center on the mantel of our fireplaces.
Here’s to the greatest episodes of MuggleCast, and they’re all at your listening disposal below (descending from most recent):
Episode 395 (November 20, 2018): Shortly following the release of Crimes of Grindelwald, we spend more than 2 hours discussing the second installment of the Fantastic Beasts series.
Episode 376 (July 16, 2018): Despite our show originally debuting immediately after the release of the Half-Blood Prince book in 2005, we never gave the sixth installment a proper Chapter-by-Chapter analysis. Being the completionists that we are, we begin again in Episode 376, this time with a brand-new format.
Episode 332 (August 14, 2017): As we celebrate our 12-year anniversary, we reflect on how Harry Potter changed pop culture, normalized nerds and made reading cool.
Episode 326 (June 26, 2017): Who better to talk Newt with than one of his own family members? Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) joins the show to chat about Mr. Scamander.
Episode 322 (May 29, 2017): One of our top discussions of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, we analyze the characters of Graves and Grindelwald. How much do we really know about the age’s darkest wizard since he was under the guise of an auror for almost all of the first film?
Episode 306 (December 13, 2016): With the recent release of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, we can finally theorize again! Was Ariana Dumbledore an obscurus? We analyze the evidence! Will her death play into future films? Did Grindelwald’s interest in Ariana as an obscurus lead to his falling out with Albus?
Episode 305 (November 18, 2016): Our spoiler-filled review of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, as fans return to the wizarding world for the first time since 2011.
Episode 296 (July 3, 2016): It’s the day all American witches and wizards have been waiting for, as the story of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is released on Pottermore. The hosts get sorted into their respective houses and discuss all that’s been revealed on the American school.
Episode 290 (April 17, 2016): Hosts and listeners alike have trailer fever as we get one of our first glimpses at Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The news of Newt’s expulsion sparks some interesting discussion. Plus, Andrew reports back from the grand opening of the Wizarding World theme park in Los Angeles!
Episode 275 (December 27, 2014): As we recap the year that was in Potter, we look ahead to 2015 with news that David Yates has been confirmed to direct Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. And while J.K. Rowling continues to embrace Twitter, we make a big announcement concerning the show!
Episode 270 (September 12, 2013): We return just weeks after announcing our final episode to news that author J.K. Rowling will screen-write a new series based on the Potter companion novel Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. We break down what we know about Newt Scamander and discuss what this now means for the future of MuggleCast.
Episode 269 (August 27, 2013): After eight years of podcasting, it’s our final episode “ever”! Former hosts return to share their memories and celebrate more than 260 episodes of talking Potter together! Little did we know we’d be back just a few weeks later!
Episode 244 (November 20th, 2011): For the first time ever, MuggleCast has a DVD commentary! Watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 on DVD with us. We’ll comment on each and every scene – it’s as if we’re in your living room watching alongside you! Please note: This audio file is designed to ONLY work with United States versions of the DVD (not Blu-ray). We currently cannot offer an international version. Though international listeners are certainly welcome to try listening along, your DVD and our commentary will likely fall out of sync.
Episode 235 (July 29th, 2011): With the final Potter film released, Micah sits down for two exclusive interviews: one face-to-face with Deathly Hallows – Part 2 director David Yates (who directed the three previous Potter films) and actor Oliver Phelps (George Weasley)!
Episode 214 (November 20th, 2010): In perhaps our most controversial episode ever, we review Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 the day after its release. The hosts are clearly on opposites ends of the debate and the show receives so much feedback, we record another episode less than four days later.
Episode 186 (December 9th, 2009): The first trailer for Deathly Hallows is released, and MuggleCast is live to discuss what we see. We also give a review of the Half-Blood Prince DVD and have a lot of fun with our live audience! The phrase “MuggleCast” also begins to Trend on Twitter, marking the enthusiasm of the audience and the popularity of the show today.
Episode 175 (June 16th, 2009): As we venture into a new era of the Potter fandom, we kick off the summer with two fantastic new segments that listeners quickly fall in love with. This episode also has lots of news to discuss, a great panel, and much more to make it Wall of Fame worthy!
Episode 162 (November 5th, 2008): It was our third episode in 10 days, and this episode included lots of discussion on Beedle the Bard. Our main discussion, all about the politics of Harry Potter, is the reason why several listeners nominated this show. We go deep into Potter politics: Racism, Ethnic Cleansing, Nazism, Evil, Corruption, Biased Media, Education Reform, oh my!
Episode 142 (April 19th, 2008): The same week the JKR vs RDR trial took place, we recorded an episode that analyzed all of its parts while having fun with it. It was nominated by our listeners to be added to the Wall of Fame, and the co-hosts agreed whole-heartedly!
Episode 136 (March 13th, 2008): The night of the huge announcement that Deathly Hallows will be split into two, we hosted a live podcast discussing the split for over two hours. We took calls, brought back old hosts, and had lots of fun. Listeners have regarded it as our best live show ever.
Episode 117 (October 29th, 2007): Our initial thoughts on Dumbledore being gay. After this episode was released, most listeners said it was our best show yet – perfectly mixing entertainment with seriousness.
Episode 114 (September 24th, 2007): This episode was well-received for its Book 1/Book 7 parallels discussion. We have ended up referring to these Book 1/7 parallels on many occasions since then! This episode also opened up discussions about Book 2/6 and Book 3/5 parallels.
Episode 101 (July 22nd, 2007): After just finishing reading Deathly Hallows in London, we press record and host a show live via Ustream. It is our most-downloaded show ever.
Episode 100 (July 21st, 2007): Our final episode before Deathly Hallows on the eve of the release. This was by far our largest-attended live podcast, and to top it all off it was in England’s largest bookstore.
Episode 99 (July 15th, 2007): Live from Enlightening 2007 in Andrew’s stomping grounds – Philadelphia, PA. We discuss Order of the Phoenix and what we thought of it. We also take lots of questions from the audience, making it our longest live (on stage) show ever.
Episode 95 (June 17th, 2007): From Micah’s collection of personal favorites, this one includes a discussion on the Deathly Hallows deluxe edition cover which turns out to be some great analysis.
Episode 83 (April 1st, 2007): Our April’s Fool show for 2007 has little room for joking around as we discuss the recently released Deathly Hallows covers.
Episode 69 (December 22nd, 2006): The title of Book 7 is announced and we get right to figuring out what on earth it means.
Episode 59 (October 14th, 2006): Nominated by the fans as of their favorites, this episode focuses on time travel in the series. We also try to give Laura Mallory a call.
Episode 50 (August 9th, 2006): It’s a milestone of a number, and another one of our fan favorites. We take a look back at how MuggleCast has grown and discuss what occurred at JK Rowling’s charity book reading in NYC.
Episode 47 (July 9th, 2006): Our interview with Warwick Davis, who plays Professor Fliwick in the Potter films. We get the scoop on Goblet of Fire filming and learn about his perspective on films as an insider.
Episode 20 (December 18th, 2005): Our main discussion is on Hermione and this is another one of our fan favorites. Jamie also returns after a short break and we introduce the PO box and phone numbers for the MuggleCast hotline.
Episode 1 (August 7th, 2005): Whether this was our worst episode or the best, it is still the first. It’s the episode that defined our show and the other Harry Potter podcasts to follow. Ah, memories.