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MuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast

MuggleCast is your weekly ride into the Wizarding World. Pioneering the Harry Potter podcast phenomenon in August 2005, MuggleCast has continued to bring its listeners entertaining and thought-provoking discussions about J.K. Rowling's expanding universe. With each new episode we discuss everything Harry Potter: the latest news, the Potter books, Fantastic Beasts, The Cursed Child, the theme parks, the video games, and more!

Episodes

  • #413: Horcrux Hangover (HBP 22, After the Burial)

    Apr 15 2019

    Slug Club member Sara joins the show! Muggle Mail covers Bunty The Spy, Snape The Protector and Snape The Bully Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 22 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, After The Burial 7-Word Summary: Aragog causes Harry no issues with Slughorn Despite its dark undertones, is this one of the funniest chapters of the series? Eric tells us why Hagrid's letter defined his Potter reading experience Aragog is one of our biggest (literally) connecting...more

  • #412: Determinedly (HBP 21, The Unknowable Room)

    Apr 08 2019

    The latest on JKR's assistant's credit card fraud Quidditch Through The Ages is getting an illustrated edition! Team StarKid is turning 10 and they're planning an event in LA! Muggle Mail covers the cursed DADA position, Dumbledore lecturing Harry and the powers of Hufflepuff's Cup Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 21 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Unknowable Room 7-Word Summary: Harry searches for Draco unsuccessfully but determinedly JKR d...more

  • #411: RiddleGin (HBP 20, Lord Voldemort's Request)

    Apr 01 2019

    We're now on Instagram! Follow us: @MuggleCastPod! A first edition Potter book sells for $90,000! Have any hosts ever been tempted to buy a rare piece of Potter memorabilia? Patreon update: Get ready! Signed album art and our 2019 gift are coming! Pledge now to become eligible to receive the goods. We take feedback on last week's J.K. Rowling discussion Voicemails cover a listener who doesn't like JKR (but is nice about it), Fawkes, Horcruxes and Cursed Child San Francisco...more

  • #410: What Happened To This Fandom?

    Mar 25 2019

    Welcome Slug Club member Kayla! The cover for Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition is here -- could it be the best one yet? Micah may've discovered a Cursed Child reference on the cover.... Details concerning Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure are revealed. Micah was on the scene for an event. What mysterious beast will we encounter that never made it into the films? The man behind Fantastic Beasts is out at Warner Brothers -- will JKR say anything? Main Discussion: J.K. ...more

  • #409: 'Crimes of Grindelwald' Commentary Track

    Mar 18 2019

    Join the MuggleCasters as they watch Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald together! This is a commentary track in which we watch the entire movie and discuss everything that's going on. Don't stop once the credits start rolling -- we end up talking all the way through them, and after. We're those people in the theater who refuse to leave! This is a movie commentary track meant to be played in sync with your own copy of the film. This commentary is designed to work with Americ...more

  • #408: Ron Is Relevant? (HBP 19, Elf Tales)

    Mar 11 2019

    News on Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is coming!  MuggleMail covers the Goldstein last name, Accio-ing bullfrogs and the Deathly Hallows Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 19 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Elf Tales 7-Word Summary: Quidditch takes a backseat to Draco’s activities Horace Slughorn: Death Eater or Target? Is Dumbledore being reckless again? Hermione's voice of reason: is anyone listening? Harry has saved most of the Weasley...more

  • #407: G.O.A.T. (HBP 18, Birthday Surprises)

    Mar 04 2019

    News: WB CEO speaks out on the Crimes of Grindelwald  Harry Potter Wizards Unite will be released this summer! JKR returns to Twitter… sort of… MuggleMail: One listener surprises her daughter in a very cool way on her 9 3/4 birthday Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Chapter 18 of Half-Blood Prince, Birthday Surprises 7-Word Summary: Ron doesn't really love Romilda Vane wholeheartedly  Harry must juggle telling Ron and Hermione about Dumbledore's task Why aren't more qu...more

  • #406: Crimes of Grindelwald Deleted Scenes Analysis

    Feb 25 2019

    Slug Club member Jac joins the show all the way from Australia! Fantastic Beasts 3 is seemingly delayed! When can we expect it in theaters? Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is set to open this June! We dive deep in the Crimes of Grindelwald deleted scenes & featurettes Credence and Nagini: why was their budding romance left on the cutting room floor? There was a completely different opening to this film and we discuss why it would have worked!  Dumbledore reveals...more

  • #405: Through and Through (HBP 17, A Sluggish Memory)

    Feb 11 2019

    News covers Cursed Child in San Fran, Fantastic Worlds and Crimes of Grindelwald Uh oh! Dan Fogler says Fantastic Beasts 3 is bigger than the first two films combined! Voicemails cover a furry little correction, mother in-laws and unbreakable vows  Chapter-by-Chapter continues with A Sluggish Memory 7-Word Summary: Young wizards can make Horcruxes from murders What is the Fat Lady getting at by making the common room password “abstinence”? Is Hermione too harsh to Ron when she returns, ignoring...more

  • #404: Furry Little Problems (HBP 16, A Very Frosty Christmas)

    Feb 04 2019

    What’s up with JKR’s Twitter? Larry Potter gets nixed from the latest LEGO movie Chapter-by-Chapter continues with A Very Frosty Christmas 7-Word Summary: Rufus tries to convince Harry by persuasion Do the words unbreakable vow finally make Ron a believer? Harry’s Draco argument has been rejected so many times he can hear Hermione’s response to the latest development in his head Arrests for the sake of arrests. Perception vs. reality. We dive deep into the Ministry under Rufus Scrimgeour. Does ...more

  • #403: Partygood (HBP 15, The Unbreakable Vow)

    Jan 28 2019

    Welcome Slug Club member Kristy to the show! Chapter-by-Chapter continues with The Unbreakable Vow  7-Word Summary: Harry parties hard when with Luna Partygood Harry has taken to secret passageways to avoid his admirers - is he overreacting? Ron's behavior toward Hermione: toxic masculinity or teenage immaturity? Hermione cautions Harry about being a target for Love Potions. Are Fred and George creating a security risk at Hogwarts? Argus Filch and Madam Pince? OTP or a casual Harry joke? Wh...more

  • #402: Snogging (HBP 14, Felix Felicis)

    Jan 21 2019

    Wizard dogs! Anna joins the show to talk about her Internet famous pup and how she taught Remus all of those spells! What can we expect in the Crimes of Grindelwald Extended Edition arriving in March? Our thoughts on why Fantastic Beasts 3 production has been delayed until Fall 2019 Will this impact the release date in 2020? Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Felix Felicis 7-Word Summary: Ron hates being left out of snogging LOTS OF TEENAGE ANGST! Harry, for the first time, acknowledges the poss...more

  • #401: Old Testament Dumbledore (HBP 13, The Secret Riddle)

    Jan 14 2019

    News covers a Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition release date and a Cursed Child cast change Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Chapter 13 of Half-Blood Prince: The Secret Riddle- 7-Word Summary: Tom is very disturbed by Albus’ presence  Exactly what does Dumbledore know about the necklace situation? Is he aware Draco is responsible? How was Harry able to watch Caractacus Burke on the surface of the Pensieve? How do we feel about Dumbledore confunding Ms. Cole and then getting her drunk? Do Hogwar...more

  • #400: Evanesco!

    Jan 07 2019

    Laura returns as we hit 400 episodes! What Potter gifts did the hosts get for the holidays? Does Andrew have to return his to NJ Transit? See a photo of the gift on MuggleCast.com. Our patrons put Laura on the hot seat as she answers some tough Potter questions Pottermore's #NationalTriviaDay tweet creates a real sh*t storm by saying Hogwarts didn't have bathrooms pre-18th Century So… did they really just do their business wherever they stood? Who teaches younger students how to wipe up...more

  • #399: 2018 Review, 2019 Preview

    Dec 23 2018

    Our final episode of 2018 & our last of the 300s. We count down our Top 7 Potter Moments of 2018! 7. A great year for us at MuggleCast 6. The New Wizarding World logo (Seriously!!) 5. Hogwarts Mystery 4. Harry Potter RPG trailer leaks 3. From Nagini to Aurelius Dumbledore, 2018 was full of canon additions 2. Cursed Child opens on Broadway 1. Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters worldwide What can we look forward to in 2019? Harry Potter Wizards Unite? A new Wizarding World theme park attract...more

  • #398: Order Of The Zouwu

    Dec 17 2018

    This week’s episode is brought to you by Wondery’s Imagined Life podcast — listen to their Fantastic Beasts episode! It’s also brought to you by Care/Of, makers of monthly vitamin and supplement subscriptions. Visit TakeCareOf.com and use code ‘MuggleCast’ for 25% off your first month. Laura is back and gives us her thoughts on the Crimes of Grindelwald! Plus, we share an exciting announcement about the future of the show. Cursed Child is a go in San Francisco Main Discussion: Predicting Fant...more

  • #397: Blue Fire Toasted

    Dec 10 2018

    Zoe Kravitz tells Dan Fogler that Leta getting "Blue Fired Toasted" may've been a "last minute change" -- What does that mean? Fantastic Beasts 2 raised a lot of questions, but what about the questions the first movie raised? We revisit the first movie to see what FB2 didn't answer. Including.... What's going on with that Obscurus in Newt's suitcase? Where is the real Graves? WHO is taking care of Jacob's bakery? Which bad memories were erased by the Swoo...more

  • #396: Aurelius Dumbledore Theories

    Dec 03 2018

    Welcome Slug Club member Jamima! Crimes of Grindelwald continues to struggle at the box office - what can they do to improve future numbers? Harry Potter: Wizards Unite releases their first official trailer Andrew speaks with Universal Orlando's Manager of Entertainment Creative Development, Lora Sauls, to discuss the Wizarding World's holiday plans Main Discussion: Aurelius Dumbledore Theories Does Ariana's obscurus live within Credence? Is Grindelwald speaking to the obscurus or C...more

  • #395: What We Noticed In 'Grindelwald' The Second Time

    Nov 20 2018

    We check our initial predictions - who got the opening weekend box office total right? Eric and Andrew give their thoughts after seeing the movie for a second time Could an elusive iceberg creature have caused the Atlantic shipwreck? What's up with the Deathly Hallows being carved into a Hogwarts desk? How did Dumbledore know to warn Theseus about Grindelwald's rally? Did he tip off Nicolas Flamel as well? Mirror of Erised: Is Dumbledore's greatest desire now undoing the blood pact?...more

  • #394: 'Crimes of Grindelwald' SPOILER Review!

    Nov 16 2018

    Hypable's Danielle joins the show as we review The Crimes of Grindelwald! What better place to start than with THAT ending! Is Grindelwald lying to Credence about who he really is? What we know (or think we know) about the Dumbledore family The blood pact: what happens if you attempt to break it?   Who initially turned Credence on to trying to discover his family history?   The Lestrange red herring: were Leta and Yusuf even necessary? Why was Yusuf still beholden to an Unbreakable Vow give...more

  • #393: Final 'Crimes of Grindelwald' Predictions

    Nov 12 2018

    Welcome back Patrick, and Slug Club member Shannon joins the show! News: a shifty JKR assistant and several new Crimes of Grindelwald promos! MuggleMail covers Dumbledore understanding parseltongue and nonverbal spells The hosts give their official Crimes of Grindelwald predictions! What characters will be Team Grindelwald by the end of the movie? What will be the big shock about Credence that JKR mentioned? Will we learn where Fantastic Beasts 3 is set by the end of the film? Will Nagini be mo...more

  • #392: #ProtectTheSecrets

    Nov 05 2018

    Laura's back! #ProtecttheSecrets! Some fans have gotten to see Crimes of Grindelwald early! We speak to Lucas, one of the lucky few. JKR all but reveals that Rio will be the location for Fantastic Beasts 3! HQ Trivia - Harry Potter Edition is coming November 14! If we can't win this one, we've got issues. Voicemails cover Hermione confunding Cormac, Potter Halloween costumes, Potter pickup lines, Dumbledore and parseltongue and a theory on Draco's real father Chapter-by-Chapte...more

  • #391: Sluggybear

    Oct 29 2018

    Slug Club member Nicole joins the show! Claudia Kim weighs in on the Nagini controversy  The hosts predict the U.S. opening weekend box office total for The Crimes of Grindelwald  MuggleMail covers obsessive love and Care of Magical Creatures Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Hermione’s Helping Hand 7-Word Summary: Harry tries to prune Buckbeak’s big lunch Hermione reveals why Harry is so appealing... and it definitely bothers Ron! Did people think this provided a window for Harry...more

  • #390: Falling Softly

    Oct 22 2018

    Welcome Slug Club member Sam! News: JKR shares why everyone is headed to Paris… Credence! Voicemails cover Book 1 and 7 connections, Hogwarts professors, Leta Lestrange and more Chapter-by-Chapter continues with 'The House of Gaunt' 7 Word Summary: A memory comes before another big reveal Sam shares why this chapter is one of her favorite in the series Why can't Hermione accept following alternate directions? Does Slughorn remember Snape as a student? Do Trelawney's mumblings sh...more

  • #389: Quirky Walrus

    Oct 15 2018

    This week's episode is brought to you by ZipRecruiter and Bombas!  News covers Harry Potter: A History of Magic in NYC, Beedle The Bard Illustrated Edition and a cool Funko Advent Calendar The hosts try and guess the official runtime of the Crimes of Grindelwald and analyze recently released photos and posters Fans can see Crimes of Grindelwald early at your their AMC! We take voicemails on Nagini, Moody, Cursed Child, Hogwarts Mystery and more Chapter-by-Chapter continues with 'The H...more

  • #388: Grudge Victorious

    Oct 08 2018

    This week's sponsor is BeachBody OnDemand! Text 'MuggleCast' to 303030 to try it for free! Welcome Slug Club member Lottie! Our first glimpse at the new ride coming to Wizarding World Orlando!  Is a new open world Harry Potter video game on the way? We discuss the recently leaked trailer! Lethal White is headed to the BBC in a four-part series! Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Snape Victorious One listener writes in to reveal Slughorn's full name 7 Word Summary: H...more

  • #387: Evil Pickett

    Oct 01 2018

    We take listener feedback and voicemails on the latest Crimes of Grindelwald trailer Chapter-by-Chapter continues with The Slug Club 7 Word Summary goes off the rails: The tasty pheasant boards scrumptiously Belby’s mouth Connecting the Threads: this isn't the first time Harry has suspected Malfoy of something very serious! Why do Ron and Hermione have such a hard time believing Draco could be a Death Eater? Is his age a legitimate concern? Why does Arthur Weasley not take Harry s...more

  • #386: That's Newt, Man (Final FB2 Trailer Discussion!)

    Sep 26 2018

    Welcome Slug Club member Laura! Andrew and Eric recap their trivia party The final Crimes of Grindelwald trailer is released! Our reactions to the big Nagini reveal! Will this change how we think about Nagini in the Potter series? Why is she on Voldemort's side in later years?  Is it possible she's our first thread between Grindelwald and Voldemort? Could Credence be helping her try to control her power much like himself? Why is Nagini at Circus Arcanus? Is it by choice?...more

  • #385: Half-Blood Prince Movie Commentary

    Sep 19 2018

    You asked, we answered: Our latest movie commentary is for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! This audio file features our commentary on the sixth Potter movie as we all watch it. The beginning of the file offers instructions on how to sync up with us so that you can watch along! (The movie's audio is not included in this commentary track.) Patrons were able to join us as we recorded the commentary, and we incorporate their feedback throughout the episode. Enjoy!

  • #384: Nobody Screams For Ice Cream

    Sep 17 2018

    Special guest Kamilah joins the show! A plug for Alanna Bennett's excellent piece on what a Black Hermione represents Evanna Lynch is Dancing With The Stars! Eric has all of the info. Lethal White hits store shelves next week! Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Draco's Detour Our seven word summary makes a little more sense this week: Diagon Alley looks really sad and desolate End of the Innocence: they kidnapped the ice cream guy and the wandmaker! JKR provides some insigh...more

  • #383: She Existed

    Sep 10 2018

    News: Back to Hogwarts featurette, JKR's old website returns and just when was SS released in the US? Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 5 of Half-Blood Prince We rename the chapter to... the best of our ability: Fleur was entering Harry’s room and existed Harry and Dumbledore arrived to The Burrow sooner than expected. What else did the Headmaster have up his sleeve to pursue Slughorn? What business does Dumbledore have with the Minister? Why is Tonks so visibly upset? S...more

  • #382: Mail Cats

    Sep 03 2018

    This week's episode is sponsored by Puffs the Play! Receive a special discount on ticketsto see Puffs at New York City's New World Stages. Slug Club member Matt joins the show! Back to Hogwarts: Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law surprise fans at King's Cross Potter movies return to theaters this September Get your velvet Slytherin bath robe! Pottery Barn releases an amazing new line up of Potter stuff! It's the 20th anniversary of Sorcerer's Stone - the hosts and patrons...more

  • #381: Chair Today, Gone Tomorrow

    Aug 27 2018

    Pat joins the show and shares his Wizarding World experience and why he still plays Hogwarts Mystery The hosts review two recent interviews with Eddie Redmayne and David Heyman Newt's apartment, his relationship with Theseus, Dumbledore's manipulation and more Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 4 of Half-Blood Prince The hosts recap the chapter in 7 words with a new Group Summary game! Harry is allowed to use magic outside of school, but is it his first time truly Appar...more

  • Episode #380: Privet Drive Payoff

    Aug 20 2018

    Hypable.com writer Kendra joins the show! Eric recaps a great LeakyCon weekend in Dallas! We meet a brand-new Fantastic Beast - the chupacabra - and get our first glimpse at baby nifflers Newt is headed to Paris to "track" Credence, but how does he even know he's alive? Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 3 of Half-Blood Prince Are the media headlines meant to make readers and the wizarding community feel safe despite Voldemort's known return to power? Why has Dumbledore...more

  • Episode #379: Baby Micah

    Aug 06 2018

    … Did that work? Is he listening to this episode? With Micah gone this week, we're joined by two of our listeners, Alex and Stefanie, who do their best impressions of the NY News Anchor. Patrons in the U.S. have received their mugs, but we need to know if they arrived okay! And if yours arrived broken (rare but possible), let us know. This week's episode is sponsored by Puffs the Play! Receive a special discount on tickets to see Puffs at New York City's New World Stages. ...more

  • Episode #378: Worst to Better

    Jul 30 2018

    Happy Birthday Harry & Jo! We rank Harry's birthdays from worst to best MuggleCast turns 13 years old on August 7! We break down the details of two new Crimes of Grindelwald posters ZouWu? JKR reveals the mysterious beast in the recent Crimes of Grindelwald trailer! Ezra Miller talks about Credence's character development The biggest Harry Potter LEGO set ever hits store shelves August 15 Patrons share their thoughts and questions on the latest trailer Does Dumbledor...more

  • Episode #377: Sockers (Crimes of Grindelwald trailer discussion!)

    Jul 22 2018

    Andrew and Eric reminisce on their latest trivia night battle, which leaves Andrew and friends with a huge prize. The new Crimes of Grindelwald trailer is here and we go scene-by-scene! There is some mixed reaction to Dumbledore's DADA lesson with Newt What interests Credence so much about Circus Arcanus? Who is Grindelwald addressing when he says hiding in the shadows serves us no longer? A flying black curtain - is this a new obscurial effect or perhaps a Lethifold? Dumbledore's deepe...more

  • Episode #376: Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 1

    Jul 16 2018

    Slug Club member Chris joins the show David Heyman says Grindelwald is scarier than Voldemort! Why is Dumbledore teaching a young Newt Defense Against the Dark Arts? "After all this time," Chapter-by-Chapter returns! And just in time for HBP's birthday! We analyze the chapter that had been brewing in JKR's mind for more than 13 years Would The Other Minister have worked earlier in the series? Where's Harry? Our first Potter book that doesn't begin with the ...more

  • Episode #375: 13 Years Later

    Jul 09 2018

    Cursed Child is coming to two new cities... San Francisco (2019) and Hamburg, Germany (2020). Could a Midwest location be next? Chamber of Secrets turns 20 years old! We begin our Half-Blood Prince discussion looking back at some popular fan theories Patrons share their midnight release party memories! We discuss how parts of Half-Blood Prince were originally written for Chamber of Secrets and that it was Book 2’s working title The hosts revisit some of MuggleCast’s theories following...more

  • Episode #374: The Department of Mysteries

    Jun 25 2018

    Slug Club member Sarah joins the show! Warner Brothers cracks down on unofficial fan events Main Discussion: The Department of Mysteries & The Prophecy Who are The Unspeakables? The Brain Room: just what are they studying in there? What does each of us think is beyond The Veil? Does the Veil have magical properties to draw one in? Was the Ministry built around the amphitheater that houses the Veil? How is security so lax around such a dangerous room? The Love Room: why is ...more

  • Episode #373: Burned By Goblet

    Jun 18 2018

    Slug Club member Karen joins the show Listeners share their Order of the Phoenix release party memories Cursed Child cleans up at the Tony Awards Universal Orlando adds Harry Potter to their nighttime water show Main Discussion: Major Events of the Phoenix Grimmauld Place: Was this truly the safest place for the Order to be headquartered? Do Sirius and the Order underestimate the threats within the Black Family home? Ministry Interference at Hogwarts: What are Umbridge's crede...more

  • Episode #372: Faces Of The Phoenix

    Jun 11 2018

    Paris, London, New York: Pottermore offers fans the chance to attend the Fantastic Beasts 2 premieres for charity Cursed Child is up for 10 Tony Awards Main Discussion: Fresh Faces of the Phoenix What would have happened to Harry without the support of Luna and her father? We discuss Bellatrix exposing Harry's ignorance and her unwavering loyalty to Voldemort Does Tonks make the Order of the Phoenix cool? Dolores Umbridge has one redeeming quality - she's the reason for Dumb...more

  • Episode #371: Nancy Figg?

    Jun 04 2018

    Slug Club member Amy joins the show! The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay cover is revealed... And we analyze every beast, symbol and little detail Did Alan Rickman feel Snape was an underutilized character in the films? JKR reveals her next project will be a children's book! We start June off with our first Order of the Phoenix discussion What were the biggest theories prior to Order of the Phoenix being released?  Like: What exactly is the Order of the Phoenix? Will Snape ever...more

  • Episode #370: Origins

    May 28 2018

    Summer is here - we reflect on some favorite Potter memories J.K. Rowling reveals the toughest chapter for her to write in the Potter series Main Discussion: Whose origin story would we like to see brought to life on the big screen? Aren't Potter fans already getting that with Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts? Quirrell, McGonagall, Slughorn, Hagrid… who has the best backstory and who would end up on Lifetime? Patrons give their top choices: Helena & Rowena Ravenclaw, Molly Weasley, Tom Ri...more

  • Episode #369: The Battle of Hogwarts

    May 21 2018

    With Micah out for the week, MuggleCast welcomes our friend Nasim and one of our Patreon supporters Andy to the show! The MuggleCast community lost a listener and friend this week. Hug your loved ones. The Beedle the Bard Illustrated Edition covers are out now, and they're gorgeous! We forgot to discuss Tonks on last week's Mother's Day episode, so this week we share some thoughts about her decision to head to the Battle of Hogwarts as newborn Teddy stayed at home. Annnd that leads ...more

  • Episode #368: Growin' Up

    May 14 2018

    Slug Club member and mom Cherise returns for a Mother's Day discussion How would raising a young witch/wizard differ from raising a child in the Muggle world? What would be the most difficult part of parenting? No schooling until Hogwarts? What do working parents do? What happens when your child begins exhibiting signs of magic? Would you be comfortable sending your child off to boarding school? We discuss notable mothers and mother-like figures in the Potter series From Lily ...more

  • Episode #367: Sorry, Dobby

    May 07 2018

    Cursed Child wrap up: Andrew sees it again, Hogwarts merch and Tony nominations JKR confirms Jessica Williams will play Ilvermorny professor Eulalie Hicks What's up with Dumbledore teaching DADA in a recent Crimes of Grindelwald clip? On the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, JKR apologies for killing Dobby Main Discussion: Hogwarts Mystery The hosts give their initial reactions to the new Potter mobile game How far have we each advanced? Are we sold on the story? Do stori...more

  • Episode #366: Cursed Child on Broadway Review

    Apr 30 2018

    Moments after seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway, Andrew, Micah, and Eric are back in their hotel room to share their thoughts on the show. Have Micah and Eric changed their stances on Cursed Child? Did Andrew notice anything different? Did Micah buy an owl? This and more is discussed in this week's episode!

  • Episode #365: Predicting The Cursed Child

    Apr 23 2018

    Slug Club member Molly joins the show! The votes are in for the most evil character in the Potter series (besides Voldemort)! Main Discussion: Predicting Cursed Child JKR checks out the newly refurbished Lyric Theatre What character are the hosts most looking forward to seeing? What scene? Will Part 1 or Part 2 be better? How much will be spent on merchandise? Will we keep an open mind about seeing the show despite our thoughts on the plot? Check out Episodes 295, 298 and 299 fo...more

  • Episode #364: Goblet / Of Fire

    Apr 16 2018

    Slug Club member Stephen joins the show The Quidditch World Cup is underway in Round Rock, Texas The hosts share their Quidditch World Cup experiences  We get our first look at the Tales of Beedle the Bard Illustrated Edition The Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition won't hit bookstores until 2019. Can we expect it to be published in two parts? The Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Edition covers get mixed reactions from the hosts Cursed Child sets a Broadway sales record Main Discu...more

  • Episode #363: Muggle Mail Bag

    Apr 09 2018

    Welcome Slug Club member Laura! Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Warwick Davis lend voices to Hogwarts Mystery Main Discussion: Did Dumbledore & Grindelwald make an unbreakable vow? Since Voldemort is incapable of love, how was he able to father a child? Does Moody know what a boggart looks like because of his magical eye? How do wizards watch Quidditch matches? Do all the professors have permanent residences at Hogwarts? What about their families? Did the Shrieking Shack exists ...more

  • Episode #362: An interview with the Harry Potter Film Concert Series Team

    Apr 02 2018

    With Micah and Eric both out for the weekend, Andrew welcomes Hypable writer Nasim to the show! Andrew's April Fools Day article hits a little too close to home for some readers. Andrew visited The Cursed Child NYC giftshop and spent a little too much money. We discuss Nasim's recent article "The Problem With Pottermore" What would we like to see Pottermore become? Micah and Eric interview the team behind the Harry Potter Film Concert Series Voicemails address the ...more

  • Episode #361: Uncle Yusuf

    Mar 26 2018

    Pottermore makes some staffing changes- Scholastic confirms release of Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay The mystery behind Hogwarts Mystery is revealed! Main Discussion: Crimes of Grindewald trailer roundup We breakdown the Lestrange family tree in more detail What does it mean that Leta and Credence are half-siblings? Will this test allegiances? Who is Yusuf Kama? Could it have been him staring at the family tree? Listeners fact check us on the Minister for Magic, DADA professor an...more

  • Episode #360: More Crimes of Grindelwald Secrets Reveal

    Mar 19 2018

    Trailer recap: is Credence able to separate himself from the Obscurus now? Why is the circus scene outdoors? Are the French more lackadaisical with secrecy? Andrew hates on Hedwig's Theme (really) Voicemails touch on ground pounds, Apparition at Hogwarts, Jacob's memory, Corvus Lestrange, and why nobody's dressed like a wizard! The hosts pick a favorite trailer moment Main Discussion: JK Rowling's Wizarding World gets a dedicated logo for the first time! Whose wands ...more

  • Episode #359: Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald trailer analysis

    Mar 14 2018

    The first Crimes of Grindelwald trailer is here! The hosts give their initial thoughts and break things down scene-by-scene It's good to see you again, Hogwarts You can apparate on the grounds of Hogwarts? Our first look at Jude Law as Dumbledore. Is he never not having run-ins with the Ministry? Why was Dumbledore being confronted in the DADA classroom? DumbleDAYUMMMMM Why did he send Newt to Paris? Grindelwald and Rosier: who are they speaking to? Credence and the Maledi...more

  • Episode #358: Are Voldemort, Snape, Harry The Three Brothers?

    Mar 12 2018

    Slug Club member Alex joins the show Cursed Child surprises fans with preview tickets - can we expect more of this in the future? Andrew shares a letter from his 11-year-old self The 777 Challenge is officially underway through March 31! Main Discussion: Were Harry, Snape & Voldemort modern-day versions of The Three Brothers?  Did Dumbledore represent Death? JKR likes this theory! We break down Voldemort as Antioch (the one who died for power), Snape as Cadmus (the one who died ...more

  • Episode #357: Potions

    Mar 05 2018

    Slug Club member Greg joins the show all the way from Singapore A new Hogwarts Mystery trailer has been released Cursed Child announces their Friday Forty program We reveal our plans for the 777 Challenge! Learn more and see the mug design at MuggleCast.com Main Discussion: Potions in the Wizarding World We react to JKR stating that muggles can't properly brew potions From Ageing Potions to the Elixir of Life to Mandrake Draught we run down the list of different types of potions  Would ...more

  • Episode #356: The Potter Collector

    Feb 26 2018

    We will be at LeakyCon 2018 this summer in Dallas, TX! The Studio Tour is adding a Goblet of Fire special beginning March 30 Cursed Child producer believes fans would want a Part 3... what?!? We interview The Potter Collector who enlightens us on his more than 1,000 books! How did he first get into the Potter series? Does he have a favorite translated edition? What's his most prized possession? Is there anything he still needs to get his hands on? Does he collect Fantastic Bea...more

  • Episode #355: Fudged

    Feb 12 2018

    Eric is back! News covers John Williams, Cursed Child, Digital Illustrated Editions and Allison Sudol A new segment called The Pensieve debuts, as we look back at parts of the Potter series now that we're older! Our first discussion centers around Cornelius Fudge and his denial of Voldemort's return Fudge refuses to believe credible sources such as Dumbledore and Harry Comparisons are made to present-day politics  For more discussion on Potter Politics, be sure to check out ...more

  • Episode #354: Yates On Mute

    Feb 05 2018

    Eric...? Eric...? Slug Club member Ken joins the show Guessing Game: How many books has the Harry Potter series sold to date? How many do we think are duplicate copies? Eric...? Eric...? We respond to David Yates' recent comments about how Dumbledore's sexuality will play into Fantastic Beasts 2 Saying that "all fans are aware of that" has not sat well with...well...the fans JKR and the Wizarding World preach inclusion and acceptance but have shied away from embrac...more

  • Episode #353: Globus Mundi

    Jan 28 2018

    Micah and Andrew attend A Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando We try Butterbeer tequila at Antojitos in Universal CityWalk Cast Q&A with Natalia Tena (Tonks), Stanislav Ianevski (Krum), James & Oliver Phelps (Weasley twins) and Bonnie Wright (Ginny) Pottermore announces a new Quidditch Through The Ages audiobook Harry Potter: The Exhibition is headed to Milan in May Guests were treated to a great performance from the first four films by the Orlando Philharmonic The Nigh...more

  • #352: Non–MagiqueCast

    Jan 22 2018

    Slug Club member Alex joins the show Scholastic announces 20th anniversary editions for all seven Potter books, but they're kinda disappointing. Eddie Redmayne talks Crimes of Grindelwald bringing us closer to the Potter series Our thoughts on the new Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery video game trailer Main Discussion: Book Covers We compare the U.S. and UK book covers from Sorcerer's Stone to Deathly Hallows. Which of each is better? The hosts name their top 3 original Potter book covers...more

  • Episode #351: Wear and Tear

    Jan 15 2018

    Slug Club member Ashley joins the show Jude Law sits down with JKR to learn about Dumbledore's character Chamber of Secrets gets the House Edition treatment (and so will the rest of the series) Nighttime shows are coming to Wizarding World Orlando while Cursed Child rehearsals begin on Broadway Dan Radcliffe weighs in on the Johnny Depp/Grindelwald debate Ashley has her own discussion ready for the show and wants to know how Jacob will get his memory back? She breaks down what we know about...more

  • Episode #350: Year 13? Don't Rise

    Jan 09 2018

    We recap our New Years in Chicago Photos, Cards Against Humanity, bowling and more A special guest joins us for our landmark 350th episode Dumbledore gives his Top 14 New Years Resolutions To Make Hogwarts Safer A few Fantastic Beasts stills were released during the holidays Where's Dumbledore sitting? Who sent Newt that postcard? What's Grindelwald staring at? Harry Potter Weekends on Freeform are no more as the series moves to HBO! Now that they are all on demand, patrons share which ...more

  • Episode #349: Back to Hogwarts

    Dec 18 2017

    Welcome Slug Club member Hayden! JKR found inspiration for the Hogwarts Houses in the most unlikely of places Another new Harry Potter video game is coming that's been in development for two years! It's set in the 1980s with an open world concept Plus, you can be a Hogwarts student and go through all seven years We discuss David Heyman's comments about the role of beasts in The Crimes of Grindelwald Eddie Redmayne confirms the Niffler and Pickett are back! We theorize on the formid...more

  • Episode #348: J.K. Rowling Responds

    Dec 11 2017

    Resistance Radio host and Hypable writer Donya joins the show! We react to J.K. Rowling’s statement on Johnny Depp What finally prompted her to comment? Many fans plan to boycott. How will this impact future Fantastic Beasts films? Will this even be a topic of discuss a year from now when the movie premieres? We call Laura to get her thoughts and she shares an interesting idea Two new Crimes of Grindelwald stills are released by Entertainment Weekly Text messages focus on Christmas and religion...more

  • Episode #347: Christmas Comes To Hogwarts

    Dec 04 2017

    Andrew and Eric's trivia night adventures continue! There's an odd mistake in the Bloomsbury House Editions pulled from a fake JKR tweet! We react to David Yates' defense of casting Johnny Depp Could Colin Farrell have been recast as Grindelwald? Is Johnny Depp influencing our perspective of Grindelwald? Souring our expectations of his story? One listener thinks it's simple... TRUST IN JO! Eric and Andrew chat with Michael Aiello, Sr. Director of Creative Development at Univers...more

  • Episode #346: Beast Mode

    Nov 19 2017

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald... we give our initial reactions! Will most of the film focus on Grindelwald's past crimes and rise to power? Or can we expect new crimes committed during this movie? How does this impact screen time for Newt? The beasts? Lots of references to the Deathly Hallows (and alchemy?) in the title screen The new cast photo gives us several first looks, including Jude Law as Dumbledore What's up with Jacob and Queenie staring directly at Grindelwald? ...more

  • Episode #345: Harry Potter, I Choose You!

    Nov 15 2017

    Welcome Slug Club member Nicki PO Box Update: some Halloween and British surprises! A Pokemon GO style Harry Potter game is in the works from Niantic! Our initial thoughts on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Portkey Games What does the title suggest? Will it focus on Fantastic Beasts at all or only Harry Potter? What other Potter video games would we like to see? - Which old classics do we want remade? Our Main Discussion focuses on the brand-new Fantastic Beasts Illustrated Edition The foreword...more

  • Episode #344: Baby Voldemort

    Nov 06 2017

    Pottermore continues to troll Andrew about Lavender Brown An adoption agency in Orlando is sorting dogs into Hogwarts Houses Evanna Lynch has launched her brand-new podcast - check it out! Main Discussion: Newt's Book Release Party in Fantastic Beasts 2 Flourish and Blotts and Diagon Alley will feature in the next film What will 1920s Diagon Alley look like? The perfect excuse to bring the fearsome foursome back together Will Theseus make an appearance? Dumbledore? Credence? Is it just coin...more

  • Episode #343: Fantastic Beasts And The Not 2

    Oct 30 2017

    Slug Club member Kate joins the show! Andrew and Eric share their Halloween costumes Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is headed to Australia! What country will be next? Coming soon: the title for next Fantastic Beasts film! Does that mean a trailer is not far behind? Listeners share their Fantastic Beasts 2 movie title suggestions Main Discussion: Halloween & Harry Potter We talk about the key events that have happened on October 31 in the Potter series That night in Godric's Hollow, T...more

  • Episode #342: A History of Magic

    Oct 23 2017

    Welcome Slug Club member Irvin! Cursed Child tickets go on sale and we're left in the dust! Until Katy (and her husband) come to the rescue! We discuss ticket prices - why were no special offers made for people buying both Parts 1 & 2? Listeners share their Cursed Child ticket buying experiences We review Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic The book details the exhibition currently at the British Library It feels like touring a museum (in a good way) We explore the origin...more

  • Episode #341: The Niffler and the Stone

    Oct 16 2017

    Slug Club member Bethany joins the show Eric gives us a Trivia Night update Cursed Child Broadway tickets on sale this week! Who will make the cut? The Cormoran Strike series is headed to Cinemax Chris Riddell set to illustrate The Tales of Beedle the Bard for Bloomsbury Listener Rebuttals focus on the latest Fantastic Beasts casting news Will we find out what Nicolas Flamel and Dumbledore discovered? We receive some Death Eater clarification Will Dumbledore take away Grindelwald's powers o...more

  • Episode #340: Verified Jerk

    Oct 09 2017

    Eric and Andrew gear up for another trivia night Cursed Child's Broadway registration is now closed! We review the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition Our main discussion centers around the new Fantastic Beasts casting news We question if there is any relation between Eric and Spielman? Andrew explains the relationship between Jessica Williams and JKR Travers and Rosier: we discuss the two known Death Eaters Nicolas Flamel will appear in Fantastic Beasts 2! In present-day form or in a ...more

  • Episode #339: Of Course

    Oct 02 2017

    Cursed Child is open for registration! Eric and Micah share their Ticketmaster experiences while Andrew registers on air JKR won't pander to the fandom: is it the Encyclopedia or Marauder's story that's in jeopardy? Could Cursed Child have run for a week? Would fans have gone to see all five parts? Our thoughts on JKR's comments on the collaborative nature of Cursed Child JKR has given fans a lot since the release of Deathly Hallows - should we want more? The difference between ...more

  • Episode #338: Quizzitch

    Sep 25 2017

    Slug Club member and Hogwarts Professor Kyle joins the show Eric and Andrew recap their Potter trivia night in Chicago Kyle talks about his Potter classroom and how it went viral How have his students reacted? Have more of them started to read Potter? What's been the response from the school? Teachers around the world? We learn about how Kyle incorporates Potter into his daily curriculum And he has a few tough questions for us: Does the Harry Potter series have a narrator? Should Squibs be ...more

  • Episode #337: Dumblescruff

    Sep 18 2017

    Slug Club member Robert joins the show New Potter merchandise hits the market Jude Law shows off his Dumbledore scruff Episode 336 Rewind: Listeners share their favorite modes of magical transportation We break down the Hogwarts Courses in our latest main discussion Where do Defense Against the Dark Arts, Charms and Herbology rank on our list? Do Divination, Astronomy, Care of Magical Creatures and History of Magic even matter? How important is Flying? Bonus MuggleCast tackles Muggle Studies, P...more

  • Episode #336: Two Sickles A Scoop

    Sep 11 2017

    We look back on September 1 Cursed Child gets some real estate in Times Square Warwick Davis greets fans at King's Cross Listeners share how they spent #19YearsLater Eric reveals he forgot to share one very important piece of PO Box mail The author of the notorious fan fiction My Immortal is revealed We share listener rebuttals on our Wizarding World residence discussion Our main discussion this week... Magical Transportation We analyze everything from the Hogwarts Express to Broomsticks to...more

  • Episode #335: Live From Orlando

    Sep 05 2017

    Andrew, Micah, and Eric cap off MuggleNet Live with a discussion on "19 Years Later" and alternate Epilogue ending lines. Stick around after the live recording for a post-mortem that the three recorded the morning after.

  • Episode #334: Back To Hogwarts?

    Aug 29 2017

    Welcome Slug Club member Neva to the show! What is The Cursed Child planning for 19 years later? Did JKR's tweet confirm filming at Hogwarts this week? Main Discussion: Residences in the Wizarding World We talk about the pros and cons of some notable magical abodes The Burrow, Malfoy Manor and Grimmauld Place How about a room at the Leaky Cauldron? Godric's Hollow and Hogsmeade? Where do they rank high on our list? Could you live at Hogwarts even if you really, really wanted to? Listene...more

  • Episode #333: Book Snobs

    Aug 21 2017

    Andrew and Eric are joined by longtime listener and Hypable writer Katie. How to you convert someone who isn't a Harry Potter fan into a big one? We discuss various options after being inspired by a Pottermore article. Later, we take lots of great voicemails as well as an e-mail responding to one of our recent discussions.

  • Episode #332: The Hollow Goblet

    Aug 14 2017

    JKR is the highest paid author of 2017... but should she be? We celebrate 12 years of podcasting with a special PO Box update Main Discussion: What has Potter changed about pop culture? We talk about how Potter normalized nerd culture and made reading "cool" Is Harry Potter a gateway fandom? How Harry Potter rode the wave of the Internet Fansites, podcasts, FRAPR maps, fan listings, phpBB forums and more The evolution of JKR's website Book release dates, book titles, trailers exc...more

  • Episode #331: Projections

    Aug 07 2017

    Slug Club member Cherise joins the show We remember actor Robert Hardy who played Cornelius Fudge The original cast of Cursed Child is headed to Broadway... including the owl? Cursed Child's Jack Thorne is set to pen Star Wars: Episode IX Andrew breaks down the differences between the Cursed Child rehearsal and final editions Our main discussion centers around consumerism and Harry Potter Take a guess at what percentage of Harry Potter's $21 billion empire merchandising accounted for! H...more

  • Episode #330: Constant

    Jul 31 2017

    Slug Club member Justin joins the show Eric is celebrating J.K. Rowling and Harry's birthday this year in a different set of robes Don't forget to check out our Fantastic Beasts commentary We reveal and discuss the big surprise from JKR's interview with CNN Fans celebrate the 10th anniversary of Deathly Hallows Devil's Advocate: Micah and Justin defend the encyclopedia STILL not being released Wizarding World expansion is coming! We discuss the latest and share your tweets! Cred...more

  • Episode #329: Fantastic Beasts Movie Commentary

    Jul 24 2017

    Join Andrew, Eric, Micah, and Jeanna as they watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them from start to finish! You'll need to bring your own copy of the movie to the party, and we tell you when to hit play on your DVD/Blu-ray/Digital copy. Throughout our viewing of the whole film we discuss specific scenes, offer theories, and complain about the number of endings. Enjoy!

  • Episode #328: Beedle the Ba(r)d

    Jul 18 2017

    We reflect on the 10-year anniversary of Deathly Hallows, which is this Friday! And give our top 10 (or so) moments since 2007 The conversation gets heated over Beedle The Bard Pottermore: then and now JKR revealing Dumbledore is gay was the first big post-Potter revelation The Wizarding World and Studio Tour open and expand The Casual Vacancy and Robert Galbraith hit bookshelves Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts revive the fandom Alan RIckman and John Hurt remembered The first Fantastic Beasts...more

  • Episode #327: Center Of The Ring

    Jul 10 2017

    Slug Club member Cullen joins the show We discuss the latest Fantastic Beasts filming news We're headed to the circus! Circus Arcanus: Museum of Human Oddities will play a key role in Fantastic Beasts 2 Our thoughts on the film taking place in NYC, Paris and London How will Grindelwald break out of prison? Who will aid in his escape? Will he hide out with the circus before it departs for Europe? Will he rally the circus wizards to his cause? Could he attack the circus since it's a publi...more

  • Episode #326: Newt, with Evanna Lynch

    Jun 26 2017

    Evanna Lynch joins the show! See Evanna on London's West End in "Disco Pigs" She gives her thoughts on The Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts So... how is J.K. Rowling doing? Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Newton Artemis Fido Scamander Eric talks about what it means to have a Hufflepuff take centerstage Newt's strong connection to creatures; what are his ethics towards them?- Newt and Leta: we explore the very little of what's known of their relationship What makes...more

  • Episode #325: Fleurble The Fake

    Jun 19 2017

    Happy Father's Day and congrats Mikey B! We acknowledge several of the dads and father figures in the Potter series! Pottemore continues to troll Andrew Who the eff is Fleurble Laffalo? We review the new 20th Anniversary editions of Philosopher's Stone Amazon.co.uk has some questionable shipping methods Can we expect future anniversary editions of other Potter books? What special content would they feature? We discuss some of the notable members of each of the Hogwarts houses Flitwick ...more

  • Episode #324: The Barebones

    Jun 11 2017

    We discuss the latest Fantastic Beasts casting news Young Dumbledore, Grindelwald, Newt & Leta - are we headed back to Hogwarts & Godric's Hollow? And we theorize on Sebastian? Who is he? A sibling? A goat? A likely casualty? What about Aberforth and Ariana? Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: The Barebones Family Rowling draws parallels to institutional orphanages Do Mary Lou and Grindelwald share a similar objective in exposing the wizard community? Did she know the truth about...more

  • Episode #323: Credence

    Jun 05 2017

    Welcome Slug Club member Juliana! It's been 13 years since the release of Prisoner of Azkaban in theaters! We reminisce. The 20th anniversary editions of Philosopher's Stone have shipped! Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Credence Barebone How much is there still to learn about him? Who was his mother? Could his father still be alive? Can Credence control his powers? He's very targeted in his attacks, but his actions sometimes have unintended consequences (Chastity). Is it odd...more

  • Episode #322: "Graves"

    May 29 2017

    Welcome Slug Club Member Clara The original cast of Cursed Child close the show on an interesting note We'll be at MuggleNet Live in Orlando this September! Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Percival Graves (Grindelwald) We discuss his name origin and other notable Percivals in the Potter series What truly happened to Graves? Was the Graves/Grindelwald story all a little bit too Mad-Eye Moody? We consult the Twitter poll! When did Graves return from his overseas travel? How closely was...more

  • Episode #321: Seraphina

    May 22 2017

    "You've never heard of midnight release parties?" Wizarding World Hollywood is getting a nighttime show The original cast of Cursed Child calls it a wrap Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Seraphina Picquery What does Seraphina being selected by all four Ilvemorny Houses tell us about her? Sorting Hat vs. Gordian Knot - it's on! Picquery's term as President (1920-1928) - how exactly did it come to an end? Seraphina's wand was made by Violetta Beauvais - we discuss ...more

  • Episode #320: Tina

    May 16 2017

    Slug Club member Katy joins the show! Andrew visits a Thunderbolt.. ThunderBIRD restaurant in middle-of-nowhere Utah Pottermore launches a Harry Potter book club... been there, done that Cursed Child sets its opening date on Broadway. We make plans to attend Andrew steals the Potter prequel We take listener rebuttals on last week's Jacob discussion Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Porpetina Esther Goldstein Katy gives us a breakdown of Tina's name origin Was her character written ...more

  • Episode #319: Jacob

    May 08 2017

    It's a two-man show with Andrew traversing the country But he does make a pit-stop at a very interesting restaurant Listeners give their feedback on last week's Queenie discussion The Cursed Child has been filmed! It's not what you think... On the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, JKR apologizes for another character death! Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Jacob Kowalski The heart of the film and our first major, non-magical character What is Jacob's role in the Quart...more

  • Episode #318: Queenie

    May 01 2017

    Jude Law responds to being cast as Dumbledore Listeners give their thoughts on Theseus Scamander We begin our first Fantastic Beasts character discussion: Queenie Goldstein Queenie's Legilimency does not appear to be common knowledge How her abilities could be used for both good and evil in future films Was she forced to repress her Legilimency growing up? Is she intentionally keeping the truth from MACUSA? How Queenie's Legilimency differs from that of Snape Why does she reveal so qui...more

  • Episode #317: One Wish

    Apr 24 2017

    Happy Birthday Eric! Callum Turner cast as Theseus Scamander What do we know about Newt's older brother besides a brief mention in Fantastic Beasts? We analyze the letter between brothers that never made the final cut. Would it have put too much emphasis on Grindelwald early on? What kind of relationship do the two brothers share? Micah and Eric have differing opinions. Isn't it a bit ironic that Theseus is tasked to track down Grindelwald and its Newt who catches him? How will Theseus ...more

  • Episode #316: Shaping The World

    Apr 17 2017

    Slug Club member James joins the show as we discuss some of the best special features on the Fantastic Beasts DVD / Blu-ray (and Digital)! - The Wizarding World theme park is getting decked out for Christmas! - What other holidays/celebrations would listeners like to see? - Our main discussion: The Fantastic Beast Creature & Design Features - It's not all green screens and CGI - "Honey, what did you do today?" "Oh I dressed up as an erumpant and traded mating calls with Ed...more

  • Episode #315: Youngledore

    Apr 13 2017

    This week's episode of MuggleCast is brought to you by Puffs the Play! Save 10% on your tickets by using code MugglePuffs at checkout Grindelwald's line at the end of Fantastic Beasts gets an explanation (kind of) Cursed Child cleans up at the Olivier Awards. Did they deserve it? The super duper deluxe awesome edition of Cursed Child is coming (in paperback), and Micah isn't impressed Jude Law has been cast as Dumbledore! We're headed back to Hogwarts! What other characters can ...more

  • Episode #314: Mustard

    Apr 05 2017

    We're back to weekly episodes and patron Sophia joins the show! Andrew is live from Orlando The Fantastic Beasts DVD/Blu-ray is out and we talk deleted scenes and special features Graves, Tina & that awkward mustard moment Jacob & Mildred The neutered runespoor What happened to Credence boarding a boat? Which of the 11 deleted scenes would we like to see make the final cut? Before Harry Potter: A New Era of Magic Begins JKR says Fantastic Beasts is why she's always said "ne...more

  • Episode #313: Cha-Ching

    Mar 24 2017

    Andrew is back and talks about his time in London! A controversial statement (of sorts) about the Harry Potter Studio Tour How did the studio tour compare to Andrew's set visits back in the day? Another Illustrated Edition is on the way (and it's probably not the one you think) Patreon Question: What book from the Wizarding World would you like JKR to write next? Our main discussion focuses on the newly released Fantastic Beasts book Newt was a spy for Dumbledore (according to Rita Skee...more

  • Episode #312: Choranaptyxic

    Mar 10 2017

    MuggleCast will be returning to weekly format in April! Thanks, Patrons! An unprepared/underwhelming Oscars acceptance speech Fantastic Beasts now on digital release - new clips abound! The Studio tour is expanding again! Audiobooks, new words and theater nominations for Cursed Child. Listener question: What is your earliest Harry Potter memory? Main Discussion: Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition cover is revealed! Is Ernie Prang related to Dumbledore? The colors remind us of Goosebumps bo...more

  • Episode #311: 311

    Feb 26 2017

    Andrew's worlds collide when The Boss' Harry Potter song finally surfaces! Cursed Child auditions are underway - we're all too tall! Dumbledore casting update Fantastic Beasts is nominated for two Oscars - we're not holding our breath! Our main discussion takes listener questions on the Fantastic Beasts core four How will Newt factor in to the larger wizarding war and the Dumbledore vs. Grindelwald battle? How much does Jacob truly remember? Will he make it out alive? Will he be...more

  • Episode #310: Snowplowicus

    Feb 11 2017

    We review the new House editions of Sorcerer's Stone from Bloomsbury Andrew reveals his true allegiance(s) Kreacher has passed on at age 666 What tweet about a popular Fantastic Beasts theory did J.K. Rowling like three times? Zoe Kravitz talks Newt and Leta Fantastic Beasts Mailbag We theorize a bit more on why Newt left Hogwarts Was Dumbledore a target of Grindelwald's from the onset? Will Dumbledore be portrayed in a less than positive light in future films? Will his relationship wi...more

  • Episode #309: Signed Sealed Delivered

    Jan 30 2017

    We pay tribute to the late John Hurt The truth behind Never Sever Us The Rubbish Bin on JKR's site returns... with a Cursed Child focus Follow The Spiders - what does it mean? The Fantastics Beasts DVD/Blu-ray gets a release date! We listen to the deleted scene featuring the Ilvermorny house song! Eddie Redmayne will read the new Fantastic Beasts audiobook We revisit Fantastic Beasts: Jeanna compares the screening in Chicago to the final product Jacob's fiancee How the big Grindelwald r...more

  • Episode #308: Published

    Jan 16 2017

    Andrew's now a published author! ...and has tasted hot Butterbeer! ...and has traded houses to become a Slytherin! What does it mean that Grindelwald was a seer? The new Fantastic Beasts covers have been revealed! We dive deep into the launch of JKR's new website (which definitely has a nostalgic feel) Jo answers some FAQs about Fantastic Beasts and we analyze Why couldn't Newt just apparate to the USA? Why did he go through No-Maj customs? Why couldn't Newt 'accio' all...more

  • Episode #307: Thank You, Cursed Child

    Dec 21 2016

    It's our final episode of 2016! To send out an amazing year, we recap our latest trip around the sun, discuss recent news, and more. We're joined by Hypable.com's Danielle Zimmerman, a longtime listener making her on-air debut. Scorbus may be real after all Cursed Child tops Amazon's Best-Selling Books of 2016 Our Main Discussion centers around Newt's expulsion from Hogwarts New info surrounding Newt and Leta is found in the Case of Beasts! Parallels to Hagrid and Aragog - ...more

  • Episode #306: Ariana the Obscurus

    Dec 13 2016

    Lin-Manuel Miranda sparks Half-Blood Prince/Deathly Hallows debate Hot Butterbeer has arrived at the Wizarding World in Los Angeles A new spider honors a Hogwarts founder and his sorting hat Main Discussion: Was Ariana Dumbledore an Obscurus? We analyze the evidence from Credence and Aberforth Dumbledore How will her death play into future Fantastic Beasts films? Did Grindelwald's interest in Ariana as an obscurus lead to his falling out with Albus? Pottermore releases new writing on Ariana...more

  • Episode #305: Fantastic Beasts Movie Review (SPOILERS!)

    Nov 18 2016

    Our spoiler-filled review of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them! Those opening credits! We're back in the wizarding world (with no expectations) and it's massively refreshing! Our initial thoughts on Newt, Tina, Jacob, Queenie, Graves and Creedence Another wizarding family gets name-dropped (and its not the Dumbledores) Obscurus: say what? And why this may not be the first time we've encountered one! Inside the Newtcase: will the beasts be used to fight in the future? Even thou...more

  • Episode #304: Fantastically Spoiler Free

    Nov 14 2016

    – The gang is all together in NYC for a special charity screening of Fantastic Beasts – We’re recording in-person for the first time in 9 years – There may or may not be some hand-holding – We discuss the recent casting of Johnny Depp and the news of the series spanning 19 years – Our initial reactions to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, all presented in a spoiler-free manner – Returning to the Wizarding World five years after the release of Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – Characters, beasts, ...more

  • Episode #303: Fantastic Five

    Oct 26 2016

    We review what we’ve been up to and fandom and discuss the MAJOR news about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! – Andrew reminisces about LeakyCon while Eric reviews Sorcerer’s Stone in IMAX – Does the Fantastic Beasts soundtrack offer huge insights into what we can expect to see in the film? – We review what we know about the Fantastic Beasts mobile game… – And Micah thinks Warner Bros is missing a big opportunity in NYC! – Celebrating 20 Years of Magic! Make sure to get your copy of ...more

  • Episode #302: Andrew's Party

    Oct 09 2016

    Lots of news to discuss in our first episode of October! Hypable’s Hype podcast host Pamela joins us to discuss all of the latest and greatest news. Expecto Patronum! The long-awaited quiz is finally here and the hosts reveal their Patronuses! Listeners share Patronus quiz results and if they’re happy with the outcome Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition hits store shelves and we have some questions! Why are their less illustrations? How will the length of future books impact the number ...more

  • Episode #301: A Fantastic Visit

    Sep 20 2016

    We discuss recent news, MuggleNet’s visit to the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and more! Andrew’s elusive quest for the vibrating broomstick continues An exciting Patreon announcement: it’s never been easier to listen to our bonus content! A Patronus quiz? We’re skeptical. Listeners share other quizzes they’d like to see on Pottermore. Cormoran Strike has been cast! We discuss adapting the book series to television. Halloween is coming to the Wizarding World theme park in Japa...more

  • Episode #300: Wamp Wamp

    Sep 04 2016

    The 300th installment of MuggleCast has arrived! Thank you to our Patreon supporters, who helped us unlock Mega MuggleCast, bringing many of our old friends back on the show! The band is back together… Laura, Matt, Elysa & Mikey B return to celebrate this milestone! You can find Laura, Matt, Elysa, and Andrew on #Millennial podcast. Meanwhile, Mikey hosts Hypable’s Resistance Radio. And a special guest appearance by everyone’s favorite Brit! WAMP WAMP! We learn which Ilvermorny house each h...more

  • Episode #299: The Cursed Child, Part 2

    Aug 22 2016

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  • Episode #298: The Cursed Child, Part 1

    Aug 07 2016

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  • Episode #297: Tastes Like Lime

    Jul 24 2016

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  • Episode #296: Gaunty

    Jul 03 2016

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  • Episode #295: #Wormtaily (SPOILER review)

    Jun 14 2016

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  • Episode #294: The Cursed Child (SPOILER-FREE review)

    Jun 14 2016

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  • Episode #293: The Final Countdown

    Jun 03 2016

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  • Episode #292: Ilvermore

    May 15 2016

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  • Episode #291: Laura's Pants, Part 2

    May 02 2016

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  • Episode #290: Expelled

    Apr 15 2016

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  • Episode #289: North American Magic Deep Dive

    Mar 18 2016

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  • Episode #288: The Eighth "Book"

    Feb 10 2016

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  • Episode #287: Always

    Jan 29 2016

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  • Episode #286: Newt's Theme

    Dec 15 2015

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  • Episode #285: Newtcase

    Nov 25 2015

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  • Episode #284: The Cursed Podcast

    Oct 29 2015

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  • Episode #283: Snitch Egg

    Oct 23 2015

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  • Episode #282: Back to Hogwarts

    Sep 25 2015

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  • Episode #281: Fishy

    Aug 10 2015

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  • MuggleCast: The First Episode

    Aug 07 2015

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  • Episode #280: The Goat King

    Jul 26 2015

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  • Episode #279: Hogwarts, U.S.A.

    Jun 20 2015

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  • Episode #278: Hogwarts Goes Hollywood

    May 17 2015

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  • Episode #277: On That Newt

    Apr 12 2015

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  • Episode #276: Serial Killer

    Mar 12 2015

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  • Episode #275: Quarter Quell

    Dec 27 2014

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  • Episode #274: Solve For Synopsis

    Oct 08 2014

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  • Episode #273: Great Rear

    Aug 05 2014

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  • Episode #272: Trilogy

    Apr 02 2014

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  • Episode #271: Happy Christmas

    Dec 24 2013

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  • Episode #270: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Film Them

    Sep 12 2013

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  • Episode #269: All Was Well

    Aug 27 2013

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  • MuggleCast #268: British Anti-Joke

    Jul 28 2013

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  • MuggleCast #267: Cuckoo for 'Cuckoo'

    Jul 14 2013

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  • MuggleCast #266: Growing Up

    Jun 23 2013

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  • MuggleCast #265: Streets of Fire

    May 08 2013

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  • MuggleCast #264: Fired

    Apr 28 2013

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  • MuggleCast #263: Midnight Squib

    Mar 27 2013

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  • MuggleCast #262: New Covers

    Feb 27 2013

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  • MuggleCast #261: Year Eight

    Jan 27 2013

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  • MuggleCast #260: The Aunt Marge Revelation

    Dec 23 2012

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  • MuggleCast #259: Crickets

    Oct 28 2012

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  • MuggleCast #258: Casually Vacant... Story

    Sep 30 2012

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  • MuggleCast #257: Would You Rather

    Sep 22 2012

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  • MuggleCast #256: Live from LeakyCon

    Aug 11 2012

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  • MuggleCast #255: Five Years

    Jul 22 2012

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  • MuggleCast #254: Bulldozing Vampires

    Jun 10 2012

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  • MuggleCast #253: The Dursleys and McGonagall revealed

    May 13 2012

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  • MuggleCast #252: Hufflepuff's Hobbit Hole

    Apr 23 2012

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  • MuggleCast #251: Something's In The Water

    Apr 05 2012

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  • MuggleCast #250: J.K. Rowling's New Testament

    Mar 02 2012

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  • MuggleCast #249: Unfollowed

    Feb 22 2012

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  • MuggleCast #248: Lucky Seven

    Jan 22 2012

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  • MuggleCast #247: For Real This Time

    Dec 24 2011

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  • MuggleCast #246: Blame The Water

    Dec 09 2011

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  • MuggleCast #245: Record Breaker

    Nov 27 2011

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  • MuggleCast #244: Deathly Hallows - Part 2 DVD Commentary!

    Nov 20 2011

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  • MuggleCast #243: Quidditch and LEGOs

    Nov 17 2011

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  • MuggleCast #242: Definitive Honcho

    Nov 13 2011

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  • MuggleCast #241: One And Done

    Oct 16 2011

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  • MuggleCast #240: Join The Weasleys

    Oct 02 2011

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  • MuggleCast #239: Feed Your Owl

    Sep 19 2011

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  • MuggleCast #238: Reasonably Supple

    Aug 27 2011

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  • MuggleCast #237: Cranky Magical Folk

    Aug 05 2011

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  • MuggleCast #236: DumbleDip

    Aug 02 2011

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  • MuggleCast #235: Exclusive Interviews with David Yates and Oliver Phelps

    Jul 29 2011

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  • MuggleCast #234: Live Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Discussion!

    Jul 18 2011

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  • MuggleCast #233: That's TOO Much!

    Jul 02 2011

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  • MuggleCast #232: Pottermore is announced!

    Jun 23 2011

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  • MuggleCast #231: Pottermore

    Jun 18 2011

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  • MuggleCast #230: Trendsetter

    Jun 04 2011

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  • MuggleCast #229: Sunglasses Not Recommended

    May 27 2011

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  • MuggleCast #228: Overpriced Non-Invisibility

    May 12 2011

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  • MuggleCast #227: Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Trailer Talk

    Apr 28 2011

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  • MuggleCast #226: Permit to Podcast

    Apr 26 2011

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  • MuggleCast #225: Harietta Potter

    Apr 09 2011

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  • MuggleCast #224: Bet The Flight

    Apr 04 2011

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  • MuggleCast #223: A New Leaf

    Mar 20 2011

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  • MuggleCast #222: A Spectacular Warning

    Mar 06 2011

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  • MuggleCast #221: Podcasting Hard

    Feb 20 2011

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  • MuggleCast #220: Uncle Hagrid

    Feb 06 2011

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  • MuggleCast #219: A Progressive Castle

    Jan 23 2011

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  • MuggleCast #218: Save The Trees

    Jan 09 2011

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  • MuggleCast #217: Knock Knock

    Dec 26 2010

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  • MuggleCast #216: Tweet At 'Em

    Dec 11 2010

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  • MuggleCast #215: Won't Get Fooled Again

    Nov 24 2010

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  • MuggleCast #214: Hollowed Hallows

    Nov 20 2010

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  • MuggleCast #213: Sunday Best

    Nov 12 2010

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  • MuggleCast #212: Hufflepuff Represent

    Nov 01 2010

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