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SpeakBeasty: A Fantastic Beasts Podcast

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Explore the world of JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Newt Scamander!

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Explore the world of JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Newt Scamander!

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74 Ratings
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Hufflepuff Pride

By Jcoughlin - Jan 16 2019
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Thanks for making it so we can always get more Newt in our lives! Hufflepuff pride all the way!

Speaking Beasts

By Amers425 - Jan 29 2017
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I really enjoy the show & have just started from the beginning. I'm on episode 6.

iTunes Ratings

74 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Hufflepuff Pride

By Jcoughlin - Jan 16 2019
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Thanks for making it so we can always get more Newt in our lives! Hufflepuff pride all the way!

Speaking Beasts

By Amers425 - Jan 29 2017
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I really enjoy the show & have just started from the beginning. I'm on episode 6.
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SpeakBeasty: A Fantastic Beasts Podcast

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Explore the world of JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Newt Scamander!

Rank #1: Episode 49: #ThmagicalThursday

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This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ Listener guest host Sam joins us! → "We have some feelings..." → The Phoenix Register: Buckle up, everyone. TITLE REVEAL! → Tina is DEFINITELY a pigeon.  → Deus ex Frank? → Philosopher's Stone is almost of age in the Wizarding World. → Where is the Resurrection Stone? → "He's like a sexy Ulysses S Grant." → The Nagini Theory. → "It's more of a love rhombus." → No more Seraphina treatment, please. → Beasty squad cosplay at NYCC 2018? → We get critical, but only out of love. → "Well, he's got great lederhosen..." → The Newt Case: The Loveland Frogman! → The Demofrogan! → The Ohio tourism department should hire us.

Podcast Question: What are your thoughts on the new image released and the title, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald?

Nov 20 2017

2hr 30mins

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Rank #2: Episode 74: Exposition, The Movie

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→ We waited two years for this movie!→ Major spoilers ahead!→ We were STUNNED AND CONFUSED.→ It’s a new feeling, not knowing what’s going on. → Does Crimes of Grindelwald have “Movie 2 Syndrome?” → OWL POST IS BACK!→ Johnny Depp’s performance validated a lot of our 15-year-old selves.→ Depp’s performance helped differentiate Grindelwald even further from Voldemort.→ Can Theseus become part of the Squad™? → Young Newt and young Leta were actual perfection.→ “You know, Dumbledore really didn’t tell Harry anything.”→ Dumbledore sent Newt to New York. Anyway, moving on. → “To quote the Backstreet Boys, ‘Tell me why.’”→ That thing. You know what thing.

Nov 18 2018

1hr 56mins

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Rank #3: Episode 45: Justice for Snidgets

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→ Welcome Haley to the show! → "The Phoenix Register": Filming scenes at Hogwarts? → Apparently, we STILL need more Graves. → We want to see Nicolas Flamel. → "Look at this shiny rock I got!" → Does Grindelwald want the Philosopher's Stone? → "That's a pretty rock, but OLIVER WOOD!" → "Not with my pastries!" → Too many baguettes. → Giant baby Madame Maxime. → "So Veelas are okay because the patriarchy?" → "I wonder if Newt likes bananas." → "The Newt Case": The Golden Snidget! → #JusticeForSnidgets

PODCAST QUESTION: Who of the characters we discussed would you like to see in Paris in the second film, and would you classify Veela as beings or beasts?

Sep 25 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #4: Episode 100: Pun Always Intended

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  • In case you couldn’t tell, we are celebrating our 100th episode! As a celebration, we will be traveling around the globe to talk to all of our past and present team members.
  • “Hopefully without any concussions involved.”
  • We didn’t get Richard Ayoade, but we did get Jude Law.
  • “Maybe the real Fantastic Beasts were the friends we made along the way.”
  • “That was one of the coolest days of my human life.”
  • “We built this podcast on rock and roll.”
  • Slytherins and Hufflepuffs make great teams.
  • “Everything comes back to SpeakBeasty.”
  • “If I didn’t cry, it wouldn’t be real.”
  • “The best part of growing up with Harry Potter is the theorizing.”
  • “Everyone is everywhere.”
  • “It really does have that magical kind of feel to it – it doesn’t matter where you are, it just takes you away.”
  • “I always end up laughing when I’m recording.”
  • “My favorite part of these movies is ripping them apart afterwards.”
  • We still miss Colin Farrell.
  • Younger siblings are a pain, confirmed.
  • “I didn’t expect to appreciate a new story in the Wizarding World quite so much.”
  • “I could’ve had a whole 2-hour film of just him tending to his creatures.”
  • Meet our lovely social media team!
  • “They’ve had two films and they haven’t kissed yet, so I keep making it happen.”
  • “We want that book! Or five!”
  • “I’m trying to avoid the Cursed Child of it all.”
  • “The theorizing machine came to life again.”
  • “I thought you guys were going to cut it out – nope. It became the title of the episode.”
  • “I also fixed the internet, so you’re welcome world.”
  • “It’s a podcast for dogs.”
  • “Dumbledore keeps the lights on in here.”
  • Thank you for 100 episodes, Beasties! Here's to many more!

Nov 17 2019

2hr 20mins

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Rank #5: Episode 52: This Feels Like a Trap

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This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ It's almost Beasts year! → The Phoenix Register: New photo of Jacob and Newt! → Come say hi to us at Celebration of Harry Potter! → The NOT Crimes of Queenie. → Dumbledore and Flammel? #WeShipIt → Flirty Dumbledore? Yes. → Banana sandwiches.  → "You too, can be a Haley!" → So many fantastic memories. → We are now a Grandma podcast. → Bring back proper midnight showings, please! → The Time-Turner: New Year's Eve around the world! → We're stealing each other's resolutions.

Podcast Question: What is your New Year's resolution? What do you think Newt's would be?

Dec 31 2017

1hr 36mins

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Rank #6: Episode 40: Look At All the Fawkes I Give

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→ It's SpeakBeasty: The Musical!  → The Phoenix Register: The Teen Choice Awards!  → Lots of nominated beasts.  → Harry Potter turns 20.  → Could Newt's story have survived without Harry's?  → "It's AcoroMANtula, not AcromanTULa."  → Severus Weasley and Cinderella Black?  → "It was I who dropped the piano!"  → Ron vs Jacob: "They're both fluffy bunnies."  → UNCLE JACOB?!  → The SpeakBeasty strudel cleanse.  → We decided on the topic of episode 240...  → YES YES NO.  → "Six shots and a brain exploder."  → Gnarlak Jerkbutt!  → The Time-Turner: Michael's Wizard Cards!  → Norvel Twonk and the Barry Manilow of vampires...  → The Newt Case: We gonna talk about Sasquatch.  → Sasquatch needs a Teen Choice award.

PODCAST QUESTION: What other famous historical witches and wizards from Jo's canon do you think we'll see in the films?

Jul 02 2017

1hr 48mins

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Rank #7: Episode 53: Newt Is a Bond Girl

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→ Katy is back to guest host! → "The Phoenix Register": More new photos! → "The moustache has gotta go." → O Dumby, my Dumby! → Tina = new James Bond. → "In the last one, the bank explodes." → Kiss the Dementor cook. → "Professor! Language!" → Classic egg thievery.  → What was Fawkes really thinking? → This rejected theory brought to you by MATH! → The Newt Case": Lou Carcolh! → "It's REALLY HECKIN BIG." → Newt has the entirety of France in his case.

Podcast Question: What are your thoughts on our weird theories we found?

Jan 15 2018

1hr 56mins

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Rank #8: Episode 34: Schrödinger's Fantastic Beast

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The Phoenix Register: The DVD is OFFICIALLY here! → The inside of Newt's case is actually a Target. → Schrödinger's fantastic beast? → Ariel impressions. → Why some scenes hit the cutting room floor. → WE WANT BLOOPERS! → Grindelwald will be defeated by a tea kettle to the head. → Is the Elder Wand in Boise? → Dan Stevens is a fantastic beast. *wink* → IT EATS MOONCALVES?!? → Get your own niffler named Pastries! → The Time-Turner: The Great Depression in the USA! → "The Great Depression started in America, as all great things do..." → The Newt Case: The Bunyip! → EVERYTHING'S a Bunyip!

Apr 09 2017

1hr 35mins

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Rank #9: Episode 66: All The Feels

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The Phoenix Register: No News Wednesday - Michael is on, so the curse is back on too. → Gellert Grindelwald and how "being a German pays off". → New movie countdown segment! We discuss the first 15 minutes of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. → The WB logo opening gave us all the feelings. → Visual callbacks to Order of the Phoenix are everywhere. → "Prepare for ALL the newspaper headlines". → MinaLima are awesome - a weekly reminder.  → "The hair-shot, because hair matters". → The fantastic actors in this film and their first performance. → Michael hates certain aspects of David Yates' movie style. → Life advice: "People who refuse food are not to be trusted".

Podcast Question: Do you think that Voldemort and Grindelwald would have been friends had they encountered each other at the height of their power?

Jul 15 2018

2hr 58mins

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Rank #10: Episode 25: Needs More Graves

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→ Claire, Eleanor, and Sophie share initial reactions!→ Is Newt trying to forget Leta?→ What's Mary Lou’s motive?→ #BringBackColin→ Claire’s got a theory…→ Whose wand is it anyway?→ “That’s not how the justice system works…”→ What's up with that death potion?→ Does Newt shave?→ Needs more Graves. → We're STILL obsessed with coats.→ "The Newt Case:" The Erumpent!→ Eddie's mating dance is everything. 

Dec 04 2016

1hr 19mins

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Rank #11: Episode 58: Dumbledore Is So Extra

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→ Welcome guest host Marjolaine! → The Phoenix Register: TRAILER'S HERE! → WB is scared of Megan.  → Fantastic Beasts 2: Newt Escapes His Babysitter → "Take my money, whatever..." → Hogwarts. Hogwarts! HOGWARTS!?  → March Madness: Apparition Edition. → "It has taken the name of Augurey in vain." → The Newt... shed? → Everyone's on a roof. → "Hi, I'm Jude Law, welcome to Fantastic Roofs..." → We're just here for the baby dragons. → The Time-Turner: History of Le Grand Palais! → Shannen is an Animagus. → Kowalski's Korner: Who's your BEAST friend? :P

Podcast Question: Where do YOU think the French Ministry is located?

Mar 26 2018

1hr 42mins

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Rank #12: Episode 98: #LetaLives

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  • Welcome to SpookBeasty!
  • Owl Post: Is Tina secretly following her own leads without approval? Was that postcard really from Tina? 
  • "I mean... magic." 
  • "We have a lot of questions about Leta."  
  • Did Grindelwald's blue flames actually kill people, or did they just imprison them? 
  • "I do not want her to be framed for Newt's man pain." 
  • Does Leta's death help or hinder Grindelwald in any way?
  • "Just go buy another hookah - they have them in the Halloween section at Target."
  • "Newt is the slow burn." 
  • "Her entire existence is just one big fail of the Bechdel test." 
  • "I think we've all had those moments, we just haven't swapped babies because of it." 
  • "Why are all these people dying before I can kill them?" 
  • The Time Turner: Le Theatre de Grand-Guignol!

Podcast Question: Do you feel Leta’s story was fully-fleshed out, or was she short-changed for the purpose of Newt and Theseus’s own stories?

Oct 20 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #13: Episode 57: We ARE the Teaser Trailer

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→ Kat and Allison guest host! → The Phoenix Register: No news is annoying news. → How many editions is too many editions? → The Dark Arts in Fantastic Beasts. → Double agent Theseus? → HOW DID WE FORGET SASQUATCH? → "Other houses like to eat, too!" → Will Queenie get manipulated by Grindelwald? → We want the Leta, Queenie witch gang. → Wizarding Kardashians? → Let's hope Leta isn't evil. → What's up with the Lestranges? → The Newt Case: The Nain Rouge! → Detroit, you okay? → Kowalski's Korner: Wizard Moana. We're here for it. Podcast Question: Out of the characters we discussed, who do you think is most likely to go to the dark side? (Also, we reiterate, Detroit, you okay?)

Mar 11 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #14: Episode 37: Manic Pixie Dream Wizard

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→ "We've been here before..."The Phoenix RegisterCDs are here to make us feel old.→ "For sure and seven years ago." → Send Ariel graduation smash cakes. → Every permutation of 19 years later... → Johnny Depp feels lucky, but do we? → How we relate to Harry and Newt is different, but the same. → Casual reminder that Jo isn't a casting director. → Cursed what? Cursed who? → "Theseus, Theseus, Theseussss!" → Filch is here to sweep and be angry. → The Time-Turner: Heroes of the 20s & 30s! → Mary Poppins is a Time Lady.The Newt CaseThe nundu!→ "The most lethal-gonna-kill-ya beast." → "That is quite some halitosis." → Fantastic Beasts and the Return of Frank.

PODCAST QUESTION: Do you think Newt was, is, or will be a "better protagonist" than Harry?

May 22 2017

1hr 34mins

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Rank #15: Episode 35: Hey Jude

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→ "Long ago, the four hosts lived in harmony..." → The Phoenix Register: We have our Dumbledore! → Rogue One: A Graves Story? → "I want FULL Jude Law." → "BEARD HIM UP!"→ "Screw wands! Time for fisticuffs!"→ Dumbledore's queerness matters. → What will Dumbledore's timeline be like? → Dumbledore = Luke Skywalker? → "I loved you once. Now I don't. Prepare to die." → Will Aberforth show up in the series? → We're accidentally a Star Wars podcast today. → The Time-Turner: Gays in Paris! → Oscar Wilde and Dumbledore would be a great couple.→ The Newt Case: The phoenix! → Did Newt give Fawkes to Dumbledore? → Ewan McGregor should play Hedwig's grandma.

PODCAST QUESTION: Jude Law as Dumbledore—beard or no beard? Tell us why or why not!

Apr 23 2017

1hr 14mins

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Rank #16: Episode 36: ALL the Houses

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→ Guest hosts, galore! → The Phoenix Register: Newt's patronus?! → Is the patronus Leta? Tina's hat? Graves? → Discount Buckbeak and Baby Groot. → "Don't say magic is the reason!" → Callum Turner as Thesues? → Jo still doesn't know how to math. → Theseus is in ALL the Houses! → "Salazar Slytherin was kind of an a-hole." → "Legit wizard, or nah?" → Were Leta and Theseus friends? → The Time-Turner: Germany leading up to WWII. → History is scary, sometimes. → The Newt Case: The Brazilian caipora! → "Here! I lit your cigar, now go away!"

PODCAST QUESTION: Which House do you think Theseus was in and why?

May 07 2017

1hr 19mins

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Rank #17: Episode 39: Your Children Are Beasts

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This time on SpeakBeasty: → The Phoenix Register: The screenplay is done!→ Go get cast in the movie! → "Yates don't care!" → Rolf took after grandpa. → Why wasn't Newt a person of color? → More sister dynamic please! → Alohobeasty? Speakmora! → "But mom, I'm gonna go see pretty animals!" → Newt goes Into the Woods. We venture into fan-ficy territory. → Newt as a father figure to Credence? → "Or what if there was a bakery?" → The Time-Turner: History of Father's Day! → "It's not about cards and candy..." → The Newt Case: The Acromantula! → "Spiders can't be trusted." → "WAIT! Guuuuuyyyyssss."

Podcast Question: What kind of relationship will Newt and Theseus have?

Jun 19 2017

1hr 31mins

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Rank #18: Episode 67: Aren't We All Afraid of Paperwork?

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The Phoenix Register: All the news from San Diego Comic-Con!→ Is WB trying to copy Marvel?→ "Those lady's things, they really do get to you."→ The trailer is so long, Megan is not allowed to be angry.→ "Hogwarts just has the one wardrobe."→ Both the film and the creatures get darker and scarier.→ "Credence has 'a dark alleys' esthetic." → Stay tuned for "Megan on a T-Shirt."→ "This is Dumbledore."→ "Grindelwald's vision needs a narrator."→ All about the Mirror of Erised - what does Dumbledore actually see?→ "In that moment, Newt was all of us."→  Igor is the boss.→  Is Nicolas Flamel just a quip?

Podcast Question: Who is the man in the hat? What are your theories and ideas on the trailer?

Jul 30 2018

1hr 43mins

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Episode 117: Bowtruckle Island

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This time on SpeakBeasty...
  • Amy, Ann, and Shannen are back!
  • Phoenix Register: Stickers are coming your way, Thunderbird patrons!
  • Owl Post: Did Dumbledore drink the Elixir of Life in his early years...?
  • "They were kind of short on 600-year-old actors."
  • "it doesn't have to be a part of canon if I don't like it."
  • "He would've just sat there and been moody."
  • "I'm good, I want to be miserable."
  • A spin-off series in which Leta, Dumbledore, and Theseus team up to solve crimes - coming soon!
  • "Take the shot, Queenie!"
  • "He didn't eat MY face!"
  • "It's just fashion."
  • Was Dumbledore's actual greatest desire to get the blood pact?
  • "Unbreakable Vow Maxima!"
  • "Dumbledore has had a prosthetic hand this entire time."
  • "I would not brag via a sign outside my house that I may have gold."
Podcast Question: Do you think that Grindelwald and Dumbledore’s pact is an unbreakable vow? Why do we think some unbreakable vows leave scars, while others don’t?

Jul 26 2020

1hr 1min

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Episode 116: Hey, Pound Cake

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  • Join hosts Helene, Rex, and guest host Kat from Alohomora! as they attempt to do math.
  • “Your site career is in eighth grade.”
  • Would Luna be a Thunderbird?
  • The Ilvermorny Quiz has been taken down from Pottermore. Does this mean they are preparing to give us new info?
  • “I think the world is cursed, I’m not sure it’s the movie.”
  • Phoenix Register: The shirts are here! Plus, new makeup sets to check out.
  • “I’ll just put any sh*t on my face.”
  • Owl Post: Could Tina be a skilled Occlumens?
  • We continue our scene-by-scene breakdown of Crimes of Grindelwald.
  • We’ve christened one of the Baby Nifflers “Pop Tart.”
  • “Well then, I hate that bridge.”
  • The McGonagall moment wasn’t in the original script and was added by production later on. 👀
  • Will Dumbledore become the anti-hero of the series?
  • “Maybe the DADA teacher was on maternity leave.”
  • “Unless she was the only 2-year-old at Hogwarts.”
  • Different timelines!
  • “I have been confused for so long now.”

Podcast Question: How do you recognize canon for yourself?

Jul 12 2020

1hr 39mins

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Bonus Episode: Gender, Sex, and Identity

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In light of J.K. Rowling's comments on transgender women, Shannen shares some thoughts on behalf of SpeakBeasty, including reasons why the concept of sex is more complex than a binary and why Rowling's comments are wrong and ill-informed.

"If you're saying that your feminist movement only includes women, then you're not making any movement." 

"Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts will always have magic for those who need it." 

Jun 18 2020

21mins

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Episode 115: Avada Kedavra Maxima

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  • We welcome new host Rex to the show!
  • The Phoenix Register: Shannen reiterates SpeakBeasty's support for our trans family. 
  • Helene reiterates SpeakBeasty's support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, as well as shares our plans moving forward with donating Patreon funds towards helping our POC and trans communities. 
  • Owl Post: The Occamy. Do they have horns or not?!
  • We dive deep into our continuation of the Crimes of Grindelwald movie breakdown.
  • Cinematography- kinda like wearing a Go-Pro.
  • Nagini's senses when entering the house... are there spooky vibes or is it her snake senses?
  • AVADA KEDAVRA Maxima! Right?
  • Obscuriuses...Obscuri?
  • The fantastic beasts are the Hermiones of this movie. They are pivotal and nothing would have happened without them.
  • Rex realizes that Pickett's name is "pick-it" for a reason...
  • Kama has some super cool tricks.

Podcast Question: How did Mary Lou Barebone end up with Corvus/Credence? 

Jun 14 2020

1hr 16mins

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Episode 114: Niffler School

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  • Hot take: F*** COVID.
  • It pays to make friends with your local bodega folk.
  • We at SpeakBeasty are pro-mask-wearing.
  • Phoenix Register: Hurry up and stream Puffs! Also, a new children's book from JKR is coming soon.
  • Owl Post: Credence is more powerful than your average wizard.
  • Krall = a Hot Topic emo kid from the early 2000's.
  • "Counterpoint: who are you?"
  • Ann's husband is the local Avatar: The Last Airbender expert.
  • "He's just a crotchety guy who's wearing a silly hat."
  • "It is very on-brand for Newt to know a bunch of sketchy travel options."
  • How do you train a Niffler?
  • The dirt licking scene hits different during a global pandemic.

Podcast Question: Why is it important that Credence comes to Grindelwald freely? Is it so he can tell himself that this plan is fated to work, or some illusion of consent?

May 31 2020

1hr 10mins

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Episode 113: You Live Here Now

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  • The world is ending!
  • Phoenix Register: Wholesome actors reading things to us is our favorite.
  • Helene is a small boi. 
  • "Credence Barebone Lestrange Scamander Dumbledore." 
  • Owl Post: Is Dumbledore a coward? 
  • Queenie and Jacob make questionable decisions out of love. 
  • PATRICK THE AUGUREY!
  • A mini Time Turner about hair dryers! You're welcome. 
  • Newt is the original hipster. 
  • Circus Arcanus vibes vs. Diagon Alley vibes
  • Would you have felt differently about the Nagini storyline if you hadn't known about it beforehand? 
  • Is Credence a circus janitor? 
  • "The circus packs up and turns into a frisbee." 
  • "I would mace that guy for sure." 
  • Tycho Dodonus is Megan's boyfriend. 

Podcast Question: Why do you think Credence is the key to victory? 

May 17 2020

1hr 8mins

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Episode 112: Too Sassy to Get a Permit

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  • The new Golden Trio is back! 
  • The Phoenix Register: July 2022 seems cleared for a big theatrical release...
  • “She and Steve can Zoom.”
  • Owl Post: How much did Dumbledore know about Nagini? Plus, some evidence that JKR really has been planning this twist for a long time. 
  • We dig into Part 3 of our Crimes of Grindelwald movie breakdown!
  • “I wonder if strange people are going to come by today.” 
  • “I just wanna travel.” 
  • “He also sent Newt to New York in the most roundabout way possible.” 
  • However Aureo says “Grindelwald” is the right way to say it. 
  • “Why does this man own champagne?” 
  • “When has taking the Nifflers with you ever been a good idea?”
  • “Take a drink of water, Bunty.”

Podcast Question: Why do you think it “has to be Newt” against Grindelwald? 

May 03 2020

1hr 28mins

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Episode 111: Mimes in England

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This time on SpeakBeasty...

  • Tales from Quarantine!
  • Phoenix Register: New Wizards Unite game features, new audiobooks narrated by Jude Law, and sneak peeks of the MinaLima illustrated edition of Sorcerer's Stone.
  • "I haven't touched his face, my bad." 
  • Owl Post: Fancy creative Grindelwald magic!
  • We continue our Crimes of Grindelwald movie breakdown.
  • Who are these people?
  • "It wasn't half of New York, I measured it." 
  • "Smells like a teenager!" 
  • "Who is this guy and why is he allowed to lurk at ministry hearings?" 
  • "Are they going to kiss?" 
  • Petition for a Ministry section of UO!
  • "Also, he kills babies! He's the worst!" 
  • This is Amy's favorite scene in the entire movie.
  • "Aha, I would love a body-less handshake." 

Podcast Question: Do you think that knowing a minor character’s name in a movie is important? If so, how do you think they should have been introduced?

Apr 19 2020

1hr 14mins

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Episode 110: Abergrindy

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  • We hope you’re all staying safe and staying inside! 
  • Phoenix Register: We are sending our love to Alison Sudol. Plus, we got some tidbits from Dan Fogler about the script of FB3! 
  • “It’s been 84 years...and we’re still stuck in 1927.” 
  • “Tweets are the owl post of the future.”
  • We begin our deep dive rewatch of Crimes of Grindelwald, starting with the first ten minutes of the film. 
  • “When we did this before, Michael and I did a 3 hour episode.”
  • “And also we don’t want to have copyright battles with Warner Bros.”
  • “What sort of magic is that?” 
  • “Nice going, Americans!” 
  • “He’s an old white dude, and I will instantly forget what he looks like.” 
  • “If you ever wondered how many Thestrals you need for a carriage...”
  • #JusticeForThestrals
  • “Kids, wear your seatbelts.”

Podcast Question: What do you think about the magic that Grindelwald uses? Is it just advanced creative magic on his part, or is due to the Elder Wand ?

Apr 05 2020

1hr 34mins

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Bonus Episode: Quarantine Edition

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  • Thank you for your questions! We have the best listeners.
  • Special shout-out to Lizzie G. and Julianna for their work in healthcare during this time. (And to all of our listeners who are on the front lines of this pandemic. We appreciate you!) 
  • "I want to say Crimes of Grindelwald because someone has to." 
  • "And Nick Fury comes in..." 
  • "Relationships shouldn't be about changing people." 
  • "I would like a cat that can stand on its hind legs and speak English." 

Mar 29 2020

46mins

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Episode 109: Enraged Virginian Children

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  • Brains are melting (but hopefully everyone is staying safe).
  • Phoenix Register: Fantastic Beasts 3 production has been paused. (The universe doesn't want us to get this movie.)
  • Stay tuned for a discussion on Queenie's buttons.
  • Owl Post: What constitutes a Newtina spoiler?
  • "The spoiler is that Patronuses can be people."
  • We have become a Pokemon podcast.
  • Main Discussion: What are the challenging aspects of making a prequel or film against a historical backdrop, when the audience knows how the story will end?
  • If something is a prequel or a "bridge movie," does that make it a bad movie?
  • "Poor Martin Freeman." 
  • Okay here it is, but we're not happy about it." 
  • Is it okay to humanize a villain?
  • Is the Fantastic Beasts series a good prequel?
  • Time Turner: Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle!

Podcast Question: Do you think Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them constitutes a prequel? Why or why not?

Mar 22 2020

1hr 11mins

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Episode 108: Science Bros

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  • “Isn’t that fancy?”
  • Phoenix Register: Filming seems to be on and poppin'!
  • “We could just ask Marjo to help us like we always do.”
  • “She’s born to run but lacks confidence.”
  • Some owl post from our official Tina correspondent.
  • Main Discussion: New theories about the origin of Credence/Aurelius.
  • “Just because people aren’t alive yet doesn’t mean they can’t be alchemists.”
  • Could the Sorcerer's Stone be used to create a body?
  • Turning silver into gold
  • “I’ve dropped the Voldemort. I’m just Lorde now.”
  • “Man, that is a whole entire question.”
  • “He’s a neat guy.”
  • Newt Case: Thestrals!
  • We bid a very sad farewell to our OG host, Ariel. 

Podcast Question: What is your favorite Credence origin theory?

Mar 08 2020

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Episode 107: It's in the Bleeping Title

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  • Surprise guest host: Lizzie's cat
  • “We love our time traveling on this show.”
  • Phoenix Register: FILMING HAS MAYBE BEGUN? and Callum Turner is officially back for FB3!
  • Owl Post: “We don’t like fan service, but we love baby niffler fan service.”
  • Are timeline continuity issues even relevant to theorizing about overall themes?
  • Main Discussion: Cinematography in Fantastic Beasts!
  • “I feel like I’ve been watching movies wrong for years.”
  • Why do films have more close-ups now than they used to?
  • “He’s like a little ray of sunshine.”
  • “Very dramatic. I love it.”
  • “Special skills: Knows how to wear a hat.”
  • Time Turner: Jean Renoir in the 1920's and 30's! 

Podcast Question: What is your favorite scene in Crimes of Grindelwald in terms of how it was filmed?

Feb 23 2020

1hr 37mins

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Episode 106: G Does Not Stand For Gryffindor

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  • "It's just brain damage"
  • Phoenix Register: Johnny Depp is revealed as a victim of abuse / Jude Law is growing his Dumbledore beard back / Cooper Andrews might be in Fantastic Beasts 3
  • Katherine Waterstone should have had her baby by now according to math and her baby will be a baby Brazilian wizard in the upcoming movie
  • Owl Post: There were a lot more people involved in the magic of the Harry Potter films than J.K. Rowling
  • Continuity errors in Sherlock Holmes and how that terminology is relevant to media nowadays
  • "McGonagall was baby Yoda all along"
  • "I'm starting to think this school doesn't make sense. There are some continuity errors in Hogwarts."
  • "I did my waiting. 13 episodes of it. In my living room."
  • "It's a white lie - because they are white people."
  • Dan Fogler revealed title 4 of the Fantastic Beasts films and Molly Weasley was part of the final battle against Grindelwald
  • Newt Case: Boggarts
  • Do vanished objects become Boggarts?
  • "Magical Mold and Where to Find Them"

Podcast Question: How do you feel about these continuity errors at this point? Are you still feeling furious? Or are you able to laugh them off as time goes on between films? If it is the former, which makes you the angriest? 

Feb 09 2020

1hr 18mins

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Episode 105: The Owl Air Force

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  • "Look at us. Who would've thought."
  • We are officially announcing our 2030 retirement.
  • Phoenix Register: RIP Danielle Hugues. /* Plus, we now have dates for the Fantastic Beasts exhibit at the Natural History Museum in London.
  • "I always hope Warner Bros. is not listening." 
  • Owl Post: "It's out of her hands now." 
  • "But also, I just shouldn't be spending money anyways because I'm poor."
  • We discuss WWI veterans in Fantastic Beasts and what their experiences would've been like.
  • "They came to Europe and then...what did they do for a year?" 
  • "It was less than 50 but more than 14." 
  • "I don't care which side I'm on, I only care where the dragons are."
  • "I forgot the law existed." - Newt
  • "More like EverMORON." 
  • Time Turner: Chinese New Year!
  • "Just don't set things on fire." 

Podcast Question: Do you think wizards were involved in WWI? If so, how do you think they participated?

Jan 26 2020

1hr 32mins

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Episode 104: Sexy Water Violin Man

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  • Join Ann, Helene, Megan, and guest host Rex!
  • “It’s a very phallic-looking sock puppet.”
  • The Phoenix Register: A Fantastic Beasts exhibit is coming to the Natural History Museum in London! 
  • “To take your mind off of imminent death and global warming...”
  • We are gonna get our hands dirty. 
  • Where do we go from here as a fandom after JKR’s recent Twitter controversy?
  • “Alternately titled, In My Feelings.”
  • Parasocial interaction!
  • The eras of the Harry Potter fandom (not scientifically tested).
  • “I don’t even know how rugby works.”
  • “That would be tragic if you missed the newest episode of Lizzie McGuire.”
  • “Thank you, Jordan Peele.”
  • “We are a fandom that is resilient, and full of very accepting and caring people.”
  • The Newt Case: The Nokk!
  • “Scandinavian. Please. The good stuff.”
  • “We need to be like Angelina Jolie, when she was weird.”

Podcast Question: Will the way you decide to consume Potter and Fantastic Beasts change after JK Rowling’s tweet? Why or why not?

Jan 12 2020

1hr 21mins

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Episode 103: Trelawney With a Very Deep Voice

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  • Join Aureo, Ann, Jennifer, and Marjolaine for the last episode for the year!
  • We’ve recorded this before Christmas, but we’ve already started eating. 
  • “Thank you Marjolaine for putting us on the spot.”
  • Our favorite Beasty moments of the year! 
  • “Big Percy Energy.”
  • Shannen visits to talk to us about the JKR Twitter controversy. 
  • Phoenix Register: The new HP/Beasts knitting magazine is a thing of beauty. 
  • Main Discussion: Prophecies and visions!
  • “She was essentially high all the time.”
  • Grindelwald just accidentally poked himself in the eye. “Constant vigilance!”
  • "I don't think a strong French accent would suit Trelawney."
  • We as readers are taught not to take Divination seriously. 
  • Time Turner: New Year’s food traditions from around the globe!
  • Podcast Question: Do you think the vision Grindelwald hints at will become more relevant in the future?

Dec 29 2019

1hr 32mins

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Episode 102: Hey Sweetie, Are You Okay?

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  • Michael's back, y'all!
  • “Woo! I am awkward.”
  • Phoenix Register: We finally got our Christmas album!
  • It’s too cold for owls.
  • Main Discussion: Steve Kloves is coming back as a screenwriter for the next Fantastic Beasts film.
  • “F’ that noise.”
  • If you want JKR to trust you, tell her Hermione is your favorite character.
  • “I’m really busy right now writing these Harry Potter novels.”
  • "She's totally listening." 
  • The Newt Case: The Augurey!

Podcast Question: Will Kloves struggle or strive with the fact that there’s no source material (aka novels) to work from? 

Dec 15 2019

1hr 28mins

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Episode 101: Grindelwald's Army (feat. Poppy Corby-Tuech)

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  • Spoiler alert - we’re still Fantastic.
  • “That’s news I’ve known for half a year, but…congrats.”
  • “We’re just going to be brutally honest.”
  • “No more McGonagallgates.”
  • Take care of the props!!!
  • We welcome the lovely Poppy Corby-Tuech, who played Vinda Rosier!
  • “We were all kept in the dark.”
  • “I think it was just tea served in a really aggressive teapot.”
  • We are all on board for expanding the relationship between Vinda and Queenie.
  • “The dark side has the best looks.”
  • “It gives you an economy of movement.”
  • “I think that often when things are in chaos, people will dress really well.”
  • “100 years in the future when they do films about this era, everyone will just be in sweatpants.”
  • Vinda probably needs a bit of a holiday.
  • Time Turner: Fascism in France!

Dec 01 2019

1hr 46mins

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Episode 100: Pun Always Intended

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  • In case you couldn’t tell, we are celebrating our 100th episode! As a celebration, we will be traveling around the globe to talk to all of our past and present team members.
  • “Hopefully without any concussions involved.”
  • We didn’t get Richard Ayoade, but we did get Jude Law.
  • “Maybe the real Fantastic Beasts were the friends we made along the way.”
  • “That was one of the coolest days of my human life.”
  • “We built this podcast on rock and roll.”
  • Slytherins and Hufflepuffs make great teams.
  • “Everything comes back to SpeakBeasty.”
  • “If I didn’t cry, it wouldn’t be real.”
  • “The best part of growing up with Harry Potter is the theorizing.”
  • “Everyone is everywhere.”
  • “It really does have that magical kind of feel to it – it doesn’t matter where you are, it just takes you away.”
  • “I always end up laughing when I’m recording.”
  • “My favorite part of these movies is ripping them apart afterwards.”
  • We still miss Colin Farrell.
  • Younger siblings are a pain, confirmed.
  • “I didn’t expect to appreciate a new story in the Wizarding World quite so much.”
  • “I could’ve had a whole 2-hour film of just him tending to his creatures.”
  • Meet our lovely social media team!
  • “They’ve had two films and they haven’t kissed yet, so I keep making it happen.”
  • “We want that book! Or five!”
  • “I’m trying to avoid the Cursed Child of it all.”
  • “The theorizing machine came to life again.”
  • “I thought you guys were going to cut it out – nope. It became the title of the episode.”
  • “I also fixed the internet, so you’re welcome world.”
  • “It’s a podcast for dogs.”
  • “Dumbledore keeps the lights on in here.”
  • Thank you for 100 episodes, Beasties! Here's to many more!

Nov 17 2019

2hr 20mins

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Hufflepuff Pride

By Jcoughlin - Jan 16 2019
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Thanks for making it so we can always get more Newt in our lives! Hufflepuff pride all the way!

Speaking Beasts

By Amers425 - Jan 29 2017
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I really enjoy the show & have just started from the beginning. I'm on episode 6.