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Welcome to MuggleCast.com, the online home of our weekly Harry Potter podcast! Our show has been podcasting about J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World since 2005. With each new episode we discuss the latest Harry Potter, Cursed Child, and Fantastic Beasts news and theories, and discuss all things fandom.

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Last edited May 1, 2016.

Episode #351: Wear and Tear

  • 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 memory charms to date and characters who’ve experienced them
  • How exactly can a memory charm be broken? How much does Jacob remember by the end of Fantastic Beasts?
  • Since the Swooping Evil venom is supposed to erase bad memories, is there a chance Jacob’s memory wasn’t fully erased?
  • Will Jacob regain his memory in full? Will it be over time through a series of flashbacks through Fantastic Beasts 2?
  • Did the murtlap bite somehow prevent him from losing his full memory?
  • Could JKR offer further education on memory charms via Pottermore to prepare us?
  • Main Discussion: The Gaunt Family
  • Given Voldemort’s recent birthday, we take a look at his family: Merope, Morfin and Marvolo
  • Is there anything we actually like about these characters?
  • Andrew gets incestuous asking if the other hosts would ever marry their cousins
  • Could we ever love somebody after we found out they had us under a spell?
  • Should Tom Riddle Sr. have sought out his son and tried to raise him?
  • We discuss the distinction between Tom Riddle Jr. and Voldemort being able to love
  • Do we see the Gaunt family playing a role in future Fantastic Beasts films?
  • Email and text messages cover the Wizarding World’s third expansion and the Potter films moving to HBO
  • This Week in MuggleCast history looks at Episodes 72, 128, 168 and 189
  • Quizzitch: To whom, in the Harry Potter universe, is Mark Evans related?

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Running time: 1:23:01, 49.8 MB

Episode #350: Year 13? Don’t Rise

  • 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 movie they would watch first
  • JKR releases a statement on why she blocked a fan and the hosts have mixed reactions
  • Harry Potter: A History of Magic in NYC dates are announced
  • One listener shares a very interesting theory on the Chinese beast alluded to in Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Quizzitch

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Running time: 57:17, 34.4 MB

Episode #349: Back to Hogwarts

  • 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 formidable Chinese beast: Chinese Fireball, Phoenix, Re’em or other?
  • Many actors have officially wrapped filming The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Christmas and New Year’s in the Wizarding World – where would we spend the holidays?
  • Does Santa exist? Andrew thinks Hagrid would have made the perfect Father Christmas!
  • What do Potter fans have to look forward to in 2018?
  • A new ride in Orlando, Cursed Child on Broadway, The Crimes of Grindelwald and more!
  • The last Quizzitch question of 2017 targets Goblet of Fire!
  • Thank you for a great year in Potter! We’ll see you all in 2018!
  • Bonus MuggleCast: We read from the latest Potter novel – Harry Potter and What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash

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Running time: 52:10, 31.3 MB

Episode #348: J.K. Rowling Responds

  • 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 in the Wizarding World
  • Eric goes international for our next Quizzitch question

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Running time: 1:06:49, 40.1 MB

Episode #347: Christmas Comes To Hogwarts

  • 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 Universal Orlando Resort about Christmas at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Emails tackle Queenie’s potential allegiance with Grindelwald
  • Text messages: metaphorical beasts, the Elder Wand’s allegiance and Jacob’s brute force
  • Quizzitch returns!

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Running time: 1:11:49, 43.1 MB

Episode #346: Beast Mode

  • 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?
  • Credence is cozied up with a new character! What exactly is a Maledictus?
  • Leta is engaged to Newt’s brother! What does that mean for the brothers Scamander?
  • We’ve got a pretty good theory about when the first trailer is coming!
  • Andrew reports live from Orlando for Holidays at Hogwarts
  • Listener tweets, emails, voicemails and quizzitch!
  • We’ll see you after the Thanksgiving holiday!

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Running time: 1:06:19, 39.8 MB

Episode #345: Harry Potter, I Choose You!

  • 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 answers that question we had about Obscurus Books
  • We get educated on the history of what defines a beast and how they’re concealed from Muggles
  • Is it coincidence that Newt includes the story of a jarvey in the introduction?
  • Which beasts caught our attention? Which ones would we like to see in Fantastic Beasts 2?
  • We run through some interesting notes Micah took while reading the book
  • Getting high on billywigs, erumpent mating habits, killer bowtruckles and more
  • We asked our patrons what dream features they’d like from this new Harry Potter app?
  • Emails, voicemails and text messages
  • Quizzitch Question of the Week has a Half-Blood twist!

And here’s Nicki and Robert’s sweet Harry Potter display (with a cameo from their pup Parker)!

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Running time: 1:25:50, 51.5 MB

Episode #344: Baby Voldemort

  • 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 coincidence that we had another notable book release in the second Potter film?
  • What’s the deal with Obscurus Books? Is Newt a self-publisher?
  • With the book release taking place in March 1927, the Dark Lord has now been born
  • Emails, voicemails and text messages!
  • Quizzitch returns Order of the Phoenix style

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Running time: 1:11:45, 43.1 MB

Episode #343: Fantastic Beasts And The Not 2

  • Slug Club member Kate joins the show!
  • Andrew and Eric share their Halloween costumes

An Undecided Hat Stall and an @originalromphim mechanic. #🎃

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Dangerous bedfellows… #TheExorcist #Beetlejuice #Halloween2k17

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  • 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, Troll in the Dungeon, the Triwizard Tournament selection and more
  • Did JKR always intend for Halloween to play a pivotal role in each book? Why did she choose it?
  • Is there a reason it stopped being so important after Goblet of Fire?
  • No Halloween discussion is complete without ghosts!
  • The hosts profile the Hogwarts House ghosts, Professor Binns, Moaning Myrtle and Peeves
  • We ask listeners which House they would join if they had to choose based on the House ghost!
  • Quizzitch!

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Running time: 1:23:49, 50.3 MB

Episode #342: A History of Magic

  • 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 original synopsis JKR sent to Bloomsbury
  • The Harry Potter world owes a lot to then 8-year-old Alice Newton
  • Ghost panels, statues, a selection committee of professors – the Sorting Hat that almost wasn’t!
  • Fudge and Vernon Dursely were originally going to be coworkers? WHAT?!
  • We look at JKR’s early list of Hogwarts professors: Enid Pettigrew, Oakden Hernshaw, Mopsus?
  • Harry and Ron almost met the merpeople in Chamber of Sercrets!
  • Steve Kloves shares his story and how judging a book by its cover almost cost him the films
  • Quizzitch: In Prisoner of Azkaban, what does Snape task students with in their year-end lesson?
  • Voicemails on Grindelwald and Wizarding World theme park

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Running time: 1:27:30, 84.4 MB