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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!

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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!

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This is the one!!

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The best Potter Podcast out there. Period.

You’re great!!

By Hunterwolverine - Aug 12 2019
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I have been listening to this since the very beginning and love it! You guys do a great job!

iTunes Ratings

2660 Ratings
Average Ratings
2279
135
61
60
125

This is the one!!

By Sunset04 - Sep 09 2019
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The best Potter Podcast out there. Period.

You’re great!!

By Hunterwolverine - Aug 12 2019
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I have been listening to this since the very beginning and love it! You guys do a great job!
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MuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast

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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!

Rank #1: 136: Episode #136: Happily Split

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  • It’s a special Thursday night LIVE episode!
  • Ben and Kevin return to host the show!
  • We discuss all of the developments surrounding the Deathly Hallows split.
  • Was it done to make more money?
  • Is the 6 month wait between part one and two THAT bad?
  • Where should the split be made?
  • How do you make them one but two separate and distinct stories?
  • Do you break it with a moment of suspense or one of resolution?
  • Will there be a trailer at the end of part one for part two?
  • We give Jamie a quick call and Ben messes with his head.
  • Oscar possibilities?
  • We take YOUR calls about the split!
  • And remember, because of you we have helped Mason raise over $1,000 towards cancer research. Please continue helping out and donate. The minimum donation is just $5.
Mar 13 2008
2 hours 23 mins
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Rank #2: Episode #195: The Betting Man Returns

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  • We discuss all the latest Wizarding World theme park news a bit more.
  • Listen to our MuggleMiniCast and read Eric’s reviews for more!
  • Andrew visited the Deathly Hallows set but can’t say much at all.
  • Emma Thompson is back for Deathly Hallows! How’d they convince her?
  • Deathly Hallows footage screened at ShoWest – why they showed it to them and not us (the fans).
  • Why on earth is Bloomsbury re-releasing the Potter books this soon?
  • Chapter by Chapter covers Chapters 13 – 15 of Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • Our first look at the love between Harry and Cho.
  • How could Draco and co. have been so stupid?
  • Why does Ron refuse to let go of his grudge against Hermione?
  • We analyze Sirius’ actions in this latest attack.
  • Snape starts to reveal some history between him and James – we bask in it.
  • Hermione’s anger towards Trelawney and vise versa – is it all justified?
  • Listeners write in with what they think our patronous’ would be.
  • MuggleMail address last episode’s hot topics.
  • Eric makes a new friends and tries to taking it to the next level.
  • Chicken Soup for the MuggleCast Soul.
  • We’ll be hosting a live podcast and more at Infinitus 2010.
  • Andrew talks about MuggleCast’s new regular release schedule.
  • This week’s episode of MuggleCast is sponsored by AudiblePodcast.com/MuggleCast!
Apr 01 2010
1 hour 33 mins
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Rank #3: Episode #298: The Cursed Child, Part 1

Aug 07 2016
1 hour 59 mins
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Rank #4: MuggleCast #234: Live Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Discussion!

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Jul 18 2011
1 hour 50 mins
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Rank #5: Episode #367: Sorry, Dobby

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  • 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 stories differ depending on which House your were sorted into?

  • Is Merula the antagonist even if you were sorted into Slytherin?

  • Time and energy issues! Patrons shared their mixed reactions to the game.

  • Voicemails cover Hogwarts memorials, Teddy Lupin in Cursed Child, Puffs The Movie and more

  • Quizzitch: In the trio's third year, what is the Care of Magical Creatures exam?

May 07 2018
1 hour 26 mins
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Rank #6: Episode #305: Fantastic Beasts Movie Review (SPOILERS!)

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  • 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
1 hour
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Rank #7: Episode #282: Back to Hogwarts

Sep 25 2015
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #8: #394: 'Crimes of Grindelwald' SPOILER Review!

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  • 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 given...

  • ...that night on the boat in the middle of the ocean

  • Most talked about pre-release spoilers: Nagini and McGonagall  

  • Going back to Hogwarts!

  • Newt and Dumbledore: was their relationship well established?

  • Jacob and Queenie: were we surprised by the sides they chose?

  • Who exactly did the Prophecy implicate?  

  • Nicolas Flamel, Abernathy, Spielman and Grimson

  • Favorites: New Beast & Scene

  • What exactly are the Crimes of Grindelwald?

  • Quizzitch: What is the Crimes of Grindelwald's Opening Weekend U.S. box office total?

Nov 16 2018
1 hour 50 mins
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Rank #9: Episode #306: Ariana the Obscurus

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  • 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
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #10: Episode #196: A Place Called Petzkaban

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  • JK Rowling reads at the White House! Aw, how nice.
  • Andrew has a strong reaction upon hearing the Harry Potter Exhibition has only one more North America stop.
  • While there, she reveals a couple interesting facts which we discuss.
  • Deathly Hallows filming updates are plentiful.
  • Dan Radcliffe is returning to Broadway – Eric prepares to assist Dan.
  • We are putting together a new MuggleCast remix! For details on how you can contribute, visit MuggleCast.com.
  • This week Chapter by Chapter looks at Chapters 16 and 17 of Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • The Ministry wastes no time in deciding to execute Buckbeak. We analyze their corrupt system.
  • Hermione has a new attitude in this book and we explain why she’s got it.
  • Trelawney is making predictions once again. Are THESE legitimate?
  • Did Buckbeak see the time traveling Harry and Hermione as Dumbledore and company approached?
  • We discuss Crookshanks’ manipulation of The Whomping Willow to gain access and how this didn’t make it to the film.
  • Harry’s decisions in the chapter Cat, Rat, and Dog are crucial. Why didn’t go ahead and actually kill Sirius?
  • Ron shows a bit of a bias while speaking to Lupin.
  • MuggleMail addresses last week’s hot topics, and Chicken Soup returns with a touching story.
  • Don’t forget to come to Infinitus 2010 this Summer to see a live MuggleCast!
Apr 16 2010
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #11: #427: Connecting Sorcerer's Stone to Deathly Hallows

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  • We're going to be in Orlando this August - if you're in the neighborhood, come say hi! Visit our site to fill out our brief survey.
  • There's never been a better time to support the show! Become a Patron by July 31 and get this year's TWO physical gifts - signed album art and a MuggleCast tote bag!
  • Our main discussion is The Secrets of Sorcerer's Stone: We expose the little things in the first book that ended up playing a larger role later in the series -- especially within Deathly Hallows.
  • Does Dumbledore govern Harry's existence from the very beginning of the series?
  • What protected Harry overnight on the Privet Drive stoop? #SecurityNightmare
  • Did Rowling know the role Sirius would play in later books?
  • Why are wizards so willing to risk exposing themselves following Voldemort's downfall?
  • Why does Dumbledore think Harry's scar will come in handy? Does Dumbledore suspect a Horcrux connection exists this early on?
  • We connect the MANY threads between Sorcerer's Stone and Deathly Hallows
  • The importance of Gringotts and Griphook
  • King's Cross and the Doorway Between Worlds
  • Dumbledore's Chocolate Frog Card and what it means for Fantastic Beasts
  • We discuss Centaurs, Harry's Magical Protection and Snape's Loyalties
  • The Sorcerer's Stone, the Deathly Hallows and the Quest for Immortality 
  • The Golden Snitch and Neville's bravery
  • Patrons question the "Lost 24 Hours" between Voldemort killing Harry's parents and Harry's arrival at Privet Drive, Dudley's tail, and school attendance
Jul 29 2019
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #12: Episode #359: Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald trailer analysis

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  • 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 Maledictus: how did he learn to channel his inner obscurus?

  • Inside the French Ministry of Magic: what's with all the beasts on the ceiling?

  • Ride that Kelpie, Newt!

  • Just who is checking out cryptic messages on walls in underground rooms?

  • Credence and Leta... long lost siblings?

  • The circus is finally in town! Is this how Credence made his way from New York to Paris?

  • Grindelwald's escape - did LEGO spoil a major plot point?

  • Why can't Dumbledore move again Grindelwald? Why does it have to be Newt?

  • The brothers Scamander battle in a graveyard

Mar 14 2018
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #13: #395: What We Noticed In 'Grindelwald' The Second Time

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  • 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)

Nov 20 2018
2 hours 21 mins
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Rank #14: Episode #307: Thank You, Cursed Child

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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 - did Newt's situation set a precedent?
    It's clear Newt took the blame for Leta, but why?
  • The beast in question is revealed: what is a Jarvey?
  • Patrons weigh in with their thoughts on Newt and Leta's relationship
  • We take a look back on the Year in Potter, including Fantastic Beasts, The Cursed Child, Ilvermorny, The Patronus Quiz and Alan Rickman
  • Twitter Question: What more would you want to learn about the American Wizarding World?
  • Thanks to Renee for the Christmas card!
Dec 21 2016
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #15: #428: Finishing Sorcerer's Stone, 13 Years Later

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  • Join Andrew in Indy for a special Wizards Unite gathering over Labor Day Weekend! On a related note, we discuss our latest thoughts on the game.
  • MuggleCasTBT takes us back to a dark Cursed Child prediction 
  • Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 17: The Man With Two Faces
  • The last time we analyzed a chapter from Sorcerer's Stone was 2006! A lot has changed since then
  • 7-Word Summary: Quirrell surprises Harry with Voldemort’s head attacheSurprise! It wasn't Snape! 
  • We analyze Professor Quirrell as a character pre-Voldemort, with help from Pottermore
  • What does it mean to have a "special gift" with trolls?
  • Snape the Savior: should the debate about his loyalties have ended here? 
  • How Harry's reliance on his intuition allowed him to defeat Quirrell
  • Was there a confrontation between Dumbledore and Voldemort in the chamber?
  • Should Dumbledore have confided the prophecy in a 11-year-old?
  • Connecting the Threads with Deathly Hallows: Harry awakens to Dumbledore, death as a choice, James and Snape, and endings at King's Cross
  • Notable Quotables, MVP of the Week and Rename the Chapter
  • Quizzitch: What film actor, who appeared in Movie 1, has the same birthday as the character he portrays?
  • Andrew, Micah and Eric will be hosting a meetup in Orlando on Thursday, August 15th! Can you make it? Let us know!
  • This week's episode is brought to you by ThirdLove: Visit ThirdLove.com/MuggleCast for 15% off your first order!
Aug 05 2019
1 hour 27 mins
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Rank #16: Episode #376: Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 1

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  • 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 boy wizard!

  • Voldemort is on the rise and its clear the tone of the series has shifted

  • Fireplace entrances, shady portraits, secret staff - do wizards have a superiority complex?

  • Should the Ministry have considered lifting the International Statute of Secrecy? 

  • Does Fudge ever consider enlisting the help of the Muggle Prime Minister?

  • Do other heads of state have similar relationships with their Muggle counterparts?

  • Rufus Scrimgeour: our thoughts on the new Minister and do we have cause to trust him?

  • Kingsley Shacklebolt "Undercover Secretary"

  • Whatever came of the Ministry's inquiry into the death of Sirius Black?

  • How much control do magical governments have over their Muggle counterparts?

  • Two new segments debut with Character MVP and Rename The Chapter! 

  • Patrons weigh in with their thoughts on the first chapter of Half-Blood Prince!

  • Quizzitch: What is the name of the bridge that gets destroyed by Death Eaters?

Jul 16 2018
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #17: MuggleCast #225: Harietta Potter

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Apr 09 2011
1 hour 28 mins
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Rank #18: Episode #269: All Was Well

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Aug 27 2013
1 hour 59 mins
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Rank #19: Episode #326: Newt, with Evanna Lynch

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  • 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 Dumbledore so fond of Newt? Does it have to do with Arianna?
  • Did Newt give Fawkes to Dumbledore? Aragog to Hagrid?
  • How will Newt bring down Grindelwald a second time with beasts? Are they a vulnerability?
  • Make The Connection returns!
  • We'll be at MuggleNet Live! on September 1 in Orlando!
Jun 26 2017
1 hour 26 mins
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Rank #20: MuggleCast #254: Bulldozing Vampires

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Jun 10 2012
1 hour 14 mins
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