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MuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast

MuggleCast is your weekly ride into the Wizarding World. Our Harry Potter podcast, hosted by four life-long friends, brings its listeners entertaining and thought-provoking discussions about the  universe. With each new episode we discuss everything Harry Potter: the latest news, the Potter books, Fantastic Beasts, the theme parks, the video games, the fandom, and more!

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#430: Did Dumbledore Attempt To Recreate Ariana?

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

1hr 9mins

19 Aug 2019

Rank #1

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Episode #306: Ariana the Obscurus

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 just weeks after Fantastics Beasts - coincidence? Obscurus Books... the official publisher of Fantastic Beasts actually exists in Diagon Alley! What Fantastic Beasts creature are you? Find out! Email: Was the death of Credence not properly handled?

1hr 22mins

13 Dec 2016

Rank #2

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Episode #365: Predicting The Cursed Child

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 for prior Cursed Child discussions If there were to be an eighth Potter story, what would we want it to be about? Quizzitch: Where in Britain is the Railview Hotel? Don't forget Hogwarts Mystery hits your mobile phones this week! We'll be live on Patreon from NYC this Wednesday with our initial thoughts on Cursed Child!

1hr 12mins

23 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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Episode #366: Cursed Child on Broadway Review

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!

1hr 7mins

30 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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


1hr 50mins

18 Jul 2011

Rank #5

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

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 thought we're leaving New York, have we seen the end of certain characters? We breakdown the clues leading up to the big reveal! We anticipate Nifflers and Bowtruckles will top fan holiday wish lists


18 Nov 2016

Rank #6

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Episode #298: The Cursed Child, Part 1

MuggleNet.com and Hypable.com

1hr 59mins

7 Aug 2016

Rank #7

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Episode #310: Snowplowicus

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 with Grindelwald be showcased at all? Chances we get a Tom Riddle cameo? What other families/characters can we expect to run into? What will happen to Credence in the next film? The creepy Death Cell inside MACUSA What exactly happens to witches and wizards born to No-Majs in the U.S.? The Dueling Club and Make The Connection return!

1hr 19mins

11 Feb 2017

Rank #8

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

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 for love) and Harry as Ignotus (the one who greeted Death as an old friend) Does Dumbledore actually fit better as the second brother? Or could he be representative of all three brothers at different stages of his life? We discuss. Did we ever consider these possibilities after reading Deathly Hallows? Patrons share their thoughts Owl Post covers potion regulations, boggarts and video games Quizzitch: What is the name of the goblin (besides Griphook) that Harry encounters with the Potterwatch crew? Bonus MuggleCast: Crookshanks and The Potters

1hr 11mins

12 Mar 2018

Rank #9

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151: Episode #151: Google, Define: Goat

The intro is, well, intro-less. Only a couple of news stories to discuss this week! It’s a new month, so vote for us on Podcast Alley! We announce a MuggleCast Meet Up at Portus 2008. Listen Rebuttals: Snape’s Memories, Wizard Drinking Age, and the Classics. Chapter by Chapter: King’s Cross. The symbolism of the location is AWESOME. Are there any other places that could’ve worked? Does everyone buy Dumbledore’s story? We recall the Order of the Phoenix book teaser. And cry. Harry finally gets everything he needs from Dumbledore. The final words of Albus. Voicemails, Make the Music Connection, Favorites, and Chicken Soup.

1hr 19mins

30 Jun 2008

Rank #10

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Episode #369: The Battle of Hogwarts

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 perfectly into our main discussion this week: The Battle of Hogwarts turns 20 (fictional) years old! We share our feelings reading the iconic scenes again 11 years after it was originally published. Do our feelings on it change now that we're adults? Was it responsible to allow students who were 'of age' to fight? What role would we have taken in defending the school? What GOOD came out of the battle (besides Voldemort's downfall)? Eric quizzes us on the Battle of Hogwarts. And of course, Quizzitch wraps up the show.

1hr 25mins

21 May 2018

Rank #11

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MuggleCast #225: Harietta Potter


1hr 28mins

9 Apr 2011

Rank #12

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162: Episode #162: Potter Politics

We’re back for our 3rd new episode in 10 days! Micah updates us on the latest news stories. David Heyman’s thoughts on the film delay. Jo’s Beedle the Bard plans and our Beedle the Bard plans. MuggleMail addresses last week’s hot topics. Main Discussion: Potter politics. We draw several comparisons between the politics of the real world and the wizarding world. Racism, Ethnic Cleansing, Nazism, Evils, Corruption, Biased Media, Education Reform, oh my! Make the Music Connection, This Week in MuggleCast History, Chicken Soup.

1hr 40mins

5 Nov 2008

Rank #13

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160: Episode #160: Live HBP International Trailer Talk

We’re live hours after the International HBP trailer leaks online! An audio glitch prevents the very beginning of the show to make the feed. Andrew’s bad! Our initial reactions to the trailer. Are some of the effects finished? Why all the fire?! Burn, baby, burn! Dumbledore acts better when he’s dying. Warner Brothers has no weekend staff. What should we do for the original November 21st release date? Andrew attempts to spread a movie release rumor.

1hr 38mins

26 Oct 2008

Rank #14

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Episode #361: Uncle Yusuf

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 and headmaster during the late 1920s Did Dumbledore's comment about Newt not following directions mean Newt really isn't supposed to be in Paris? Could Grindelwald been standing before a group of peers presenting his crimes? Could the dance Leta attended be her own wedding or engagement party? What role does Leta have in all of this? Is she a casual observer to the unfolding events or does she pick a side? J.K. Rowling Sez covers Lethal White, Newt & Kennilworthy Whisp's friendship and 85-year-old grandmothers We respond to tweets on Grindelwald's cell, Dumbledore's put-outer, the DADA classroom and the history of transport to Hogwarts Quizzitch: In Chamber of Secrets, what three nonsense spells does Harry aim at the bush before Dudley calls for his mother?

1hr 24mins

26 Mar 2018

Rank #15

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

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? Andrew and Micah dive deep into the Crimes of Grindelwald script book Do a few initially missed moments suggest Grindelwald is leading Credence on? We analyze Dumbeldore's description of an obscurus and The Predictions of Tycho Dodonus Did we miss an early clue when Leta says to Dumbledore: "not unless you had a brother who died too"? Dumbledore was in the Room of Requirement when he looks into the Mirror of Erised Was Leta's death intentionally ambiguous? If both her and Corvus Jr. are gone, how does the Lestrange bloodline continue on? JKR has been hinting at Aurelius for over two years on her website! Voicemails cover calls from inside the theater, Queenie's allegiance, Tina, Leta, Nagini and more! A great email analysis on Aurelius, Credence, Corvus and the raven/phoenix chick Listeners call in live with their thoughts and questions! Quizzitch: According to the “Crimes of Grindelwald” screenplay / film, what is Travers' official position at the Ministry of Magic? This week's sponsors are Stamps.com (enter code 'MuggleCast' for a four-week trial plus postage) and Bombas (visit Bombas.com/MuggleCast and use code 'MuggleCast' to get 20% off your first order)

2hr 21mins

20 Nov 2018

Rank #16

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#441: Brian? (OOTP Chapter 8, The Hearing)

Mike from Potterless Podcast joins the show! He shares why he got into the series so late and some of the moments that shocked him the most. Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 8 - The Hearing 7-Word Summary: Harry is attacked by Fudge but Dumbledore prevails Have any of us ever been before a judge? Given Harry is being charged with UNDERAGE magic, isn’t it ridiculous an adult can’t accompany him to trial? Where exactly was Harry’s owl sent? Was it even sent at all? We’re introduced to Fudge’s “right-hand“ woman... Dolores Jane Umbridge! Why do we think Dumbledore arrived at the Ministry three hours early? Given the number of people required for this trial, there is no way the time and location wasn’t changed at least the night prior! By changing the time, is the Ministry hoping Harry would need to use magic, getting him into further trouble? Is Ms. Figg a credible witness? We debate if she really saw the Dementors! Dumbledore makes Fudge SUPER uncomfortable! Who really sent the Dementors? Voldemort? The Ministry? Do we think Fudge made the decision to implement Umbridge at Hogwarts before or after the trial? Would Harry have prevailed without Dumbledore present? What’s up with Harry’s heart swelling to unnatural size? This could have all been solved with a little bit of Veritaserum!  The Umbridge sucks count grows by 2! We Connect The Threads, Rename The Chapter and give our MVPs of the Week Quizzitch: What nickname does Malfoy give Harry while at the Ministry? Join our community at Patreon.com/MuggleCast and receive magical benefits, including early access to the show via our live streams! Thanks to this week's sponsor: Wondery's new podcast Bad Batch, an investigative series. 

1hr 18mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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Episode #282: Back to Hogwarts

MuggleNet.com and Hypable.com

1hr 16mins

25 Sep 2015

Rank #18

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


2hr 5mins

20 Nov 2011

Rank #19

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Episode #315: Youngledore

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 we expect to see? Beard or no beard? Listeners share their thoughts on the news of Jude Law's casting How deep will the movies dive into the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald? Celebrating 20 years of Potter, listeners share their Favorite Memories Voicemails And a new segment that will rival The Voice

1hr 25mins

13 Apr 2017

Rank #20