Rank #1: 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?
Dec 13 2016
Rank #2: 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!
Apr 23 2018
Rank #3: 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!
Apr 30 2018
Rank #4: MuggleCast #234: Live Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Discussion!
Jul 18 2011
Rank #5: 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
Nov 18 2016
Rank #7: 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!
Feb 11 2017
Rank #8: 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
Mar 12 2018
Rank #9: 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.
Jun 30 2008
Rank #10: 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.
May 21 2018
Rank #12: 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.
Nov 05 2008
Rank #13: 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.
Oct 26 2008
Rank #14: 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?
Mar 26 2018
Rank #15: #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?
Nov 20 2018
Rank #17: MuggleCast #244: Deathly Hallows - Part 2 DVD Commentary!
Nov 20 2011
Rank #18: 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
- And a new segment that will rival The Voice
Apr 13 2017
Rank #19: Episode #314: Mustard
- 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 "never say never"
Heyman, Yates, Kloves, Craig & Jo - the band is back together again
Yates was initially hesitant to return to the Potter world
Casting A Quartet: what does this mean for the foursome moving forward?
The cast discuss Yates' unique directing style
The responsibility of continuing Potter
Keep sending in your voicemails: 920-3-MUGGLE
Next week: Fantastic Beast Feature Discussion: Characters, Creatures & Design
Apr 05 2017