This… is MuggleCast!

Welcome to MuggleCast.com, the online home of our 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.

Thanks to our supporters on Patreon, we’re currently releasing two episodes per month. You can pledge as little as $2/month to help us reach our next milestone, which will allow us to record four episodes each month! Just like old times!

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Last edited May 1, 2016.

Episode #341: The Niffler And The Stone

  • Slug Club member Bethany joins the show
  • Eric gives us a Trivia Night update
  • Cursed Child Broadway tickets on sale this week! Who will make the cut?
  • The Cormoran Strike series is headed to Cinemax
  • Chris Riddell set to illustrate The Tales of Beedle the Bard for Bloomsbury
  • Listener Rebuttals focus on the latest Fantastic Beasts casting news
  • Will we find out what Nicolas Flamel and Dumbledore discovered?
  • We receive some Death Eater clarification
  • Will Dumbledore take away Grindelwald’s powers out of love?
  •  Taking a look at the entire cast, where do we think Fantastic Beasts 2 is headed?
  • Can beasts even fit into a story with this many characters?
  • Is there a chance FB 2 focuses on one beast that’s integral to the plot?
  • How much time do we think we will spend looking back as opposed to present-day?
  • We review casting to date, including one we have overlooked (who is Krall)?
  • Patrons share their overwhelming support for more Seraphina Pcquery screen time
  • Quizzitch and text messages return!

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Running time: 1:34:46, 83.2 MB

Episode #340: Verified Jerk

  • Eric and Andrew gear up for another trivia night
  • Cursed Child’s Broadway registration is now closed!
  • We review the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition
  • Our main discussion centers around the new Fantastic Beasts casting news
  • We question if there is any relation between Eric and Spielman?
  • Andrew explains the relationship between Jessica Williams and JKR
  • Travers and Rosier: we discuss the two known Death Eaters
  • Nicolas Flamel will appear in Fantastic Beasts 2! In present-day form or in a flashback?
  • Could Grindelwald be in search of the Sorcerer’s Stone? Is that story too familiar?
  • Will Flamel assist Newt in his latest journey?
  • Carmen Ejogo is back as Seraphina Picquery. Will her appearance be short-lived?
  • Andrew attempts the sequel to HP Encyclopedia: The Musical
  • Emails and voicemails return, with a text message thrown in the middle
  • In Bonus MuggleCast — available on Patreon — We discuss the prank Sirius and James played on Snape. What was going through Sirius’ mind? Does it affect our view of him?

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Running time: 1:26:40, 83.2 MB

Episode #339: Of Course

  • Cursed Child is open for registration!
  • Eric and Micah share their Ticketmaster experiences while Andrew registers on air.
  • JKR won’t pander to the fandom: is it the Encyclopedia or Marauder’s story that’s in jeopardy?
  • Could Cursed Child have run for a week? Would fans have gone to see all five parts?
  • Our thoughts on JKR’s comments on the collaborative nature of Cursed Child
  • JKR has given fans a lot since the release of Deathly Hallows – should we want more?
  • The difference between giving fans too much and giving them what they want
  • We tackle last week’s Quizzitch question
  • E-mail-bag: Maybe a Game of Thrones style Marauders story isn’t all that bad after all
  • The Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition hits store shelves this week!

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Running time: 57:44, 55.4 MB

Episode #338: Quizzitch

  • Slug Club member and Hogwarts Professor Kyle joins the show
  • Eric and Andrew recap their Potter trivia night in Chicago
  • Kyle talks about his Potter classroom and how it went viral
  • How have his students reacted? Have more of them started to read Potter?
  • What’s been the response from the school? Teachers around the world?
  • We learn about how Kyle incorporates Potter into his daily curriculum
  • And he has a few tough questions for us: Does the Harry Potter series have a narrator?
  • Should Squibs be allowed to take courses at Hogwarts?
  • Episode 337 Rewind: Patrons share the courses they would teach at Hogwarts
  • Healing, Magical Artifacts, Journalism, Music and more!
  • The hosts tell which courses they would most like to teach… and play hooky from!
  • Emails cover Newt’s wand, The Cursed Child & a Horcrux-Obscurus theory!

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Running time: 1:27:11, 83.7 MB

Episode #337: Dumblescruff

  • Slug Club member Robert joins the show
  • New Potter merchandise hits the market
  • Jude Law shows off his Dumbledore scruff
  • Episode 336 Rewind: Listeners share their favorite modes of magical transportation
  • We break down the Hogwarts Courses in our latest main discussion
  • Where do Defense Against the Dark Arts, Charms and Herbology rank on our list?
  • Do Divination, Astronomy, Care of Magical Creatures and History of Magic even matter?
  • How important is Flying?
  • Bonus MuggleCast tackles Muggle Studies, Potions and Transfiguration
  • If we were to make our own Hogwarts class schedule, what subjects would make our Top 5?
  • Pop Quiz of the Week debuts!

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Running time: 1:12:49, 104.9 MB

Episode #336: Two Sickles A Scoop

  • We reflect back on September 1
  • Cursed Child gets some real estate in Times Square
  • Warwick Davis greets fans at King’s Cross
  • Listeners share how they spent #19YearsLater
  • Eric reveals he forgot to share one very important piece of PO Box mail
  • The author of the notorious fan fiction My Immortal is revealed
  • We share listener rebuttals on our Wizarding World residence discussion
  • Our main discussion this week… Magical Transportation
  • We analyze everything from the Hogwarts Express to Broomsticks to Flying Cars
  • Do we prefer Floo Powder, Portkeys, Apparition or Flying Beasts?
  • The hosts share their top picks for how they’d get around the wizarding world
  • Voicemails return!

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Running time: 1:28:41, 127.7 MB

Episode #334: Back To Hogwarts?

  • Welcome Slug Club member Neva to the show!
  • What is The Cursed Child planning for 19 years later?
  • Did JKR’s tweet confirm filming at Hogwarts this week?
  • Main Discussion: Residences in the Wizarding World
  • We talk about the pros and cons of some notable magical abodes
  • The Burrow, Malfoy Manor and Grimmauld Place
  • How about a room at the Leaky Cauldron?
  • Godric’s Hollow and Hogsmeade? Where do they rank high on our list?
  • Could you live at Hogwarts even if you really, really wanted to?
  • Listeners weigh in with where they’d like to live!
  • Favorites: Theme Park Memory
  • We’ll see you on September 1 in Orlando for MuggleNet Live!

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Running time: 1:17:44, 46.6 MB

Episode #333: Book Snobs

Andrew and Eric are joined by longtime listener and Hypable writer Katie. How to you convert someone who isn’t a Harry Potter fan into a big one? We discuss various options after being inspired by a Pottermore article. Later, we take lots of great voicemails as well as an e-mail responding to one of our recent discussions.

This week’s episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, LovePop, and Barkbox!

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Running time: 1:29:15, 53.5 MB

Episode #332: The Hollow Goblet

  • JKR is the highest paid author of 2017… but should she be?
  • We celebrate 12 years of podcasting with a special PO Box update
  • Main Discussion: What has Potter changed about pop culture?
  • We talk about how Potter normalized nerd culture and made reading “cool”
  • Is Harry Potter a gateway fandom?
  • How Harry Potter rode the wave of the Internet
  • Fansites, podcasts, FRAPR maps, fan listings, phpBB forums and more
  • The evolution of JKR’s website
  • Book release dates, book titles, trailers exclusives and major announcements all happened via the Internet
  • Having the ability to interact directly with the author, cast and crew
  • Making friends through the internet
  • When Jo tweets… it’s international news
  • If you were to create a fansite today, what would it be?
  • We’ll see you in a few weeks for MuggleNet Live in Orlando

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Running time: 1:03:52, 38.3 MB