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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. In each new episode of MuggleCast we discuss the latest Harry Potter, Cursed Child, and Fantastic Beasts news and theories, and discuss all things fandom.

Currently our Harry Potter podcast is doing a Chapter by Chapter re-read of the series.

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Episode #398: Order Of The Zouwu

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  • Laura is back and gives us her thoughts on the Crimes of Grindelwald! Plus, we share an exciting announcement about the future of the show.
  • Cursed Child is a go in San Francisco
  • Main Discussion: Predicting Fantastic Beasts 3 (it’s never too early!)
  • Are we headed to Rio? Austria? Both? We examine JKR’s tweets.
  • Laura gives us a World War II history lesson
  • Will Castelobruxo make an appearance? Ilvermorny?
  • What amount of time will pass between Movies 2 & 3?
  • What Harry Potter-era character will make his or her debut?
  • Are we about to see the original Order of the Phoenix?
  • Each host has an interesting take on Movie 3’s opening scene
  • Will McGonagall actually have a bigger role, like the actress’ publicist says?
  • Will Queenie be revealed as a double agent?
  • Where is Yusuf Kama and does his Unbreakable Vow still apply?
  • Is Leta alive?
  • Will Newt finally stand up to Dumbledore?
  • Will Dumbledore destroy the Blood Pact?
  • Can we expect a Dumbledore / Grindelwald confrontation?
  • Will Dumbledore open up about his relationship with Grindelwald?
  • Will Eulalie Hicks save the day?
  • Quizzitch: Which Castelobruxo alum is/was Captain of the world-renowned Quidditch team… the Tarapoto Tree- Skimmers?

In Bonus MuggleCast, available on Patreon, we revisit our Crimes of Grindelwald predictions and see who got the most correct.

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Running time: 1:18:10, 46.9 MB

Episode #397: Blue Fire Toasted

  • Zoe Kravitz tells Dan Fogler that Leta getting “Blue Fired Toasted” may’ve been a “last minute change” — What does that mean?
  • Fantastic Beasts 2 raised a lot of questions, but what about the questions the first movie raised? We revisit the first movie to see what FB2 didn’t answer. Including….
  • What’s going on with that Obscurus in Newt’s suitcase?
  • Where is the real Graves?
  • WHO is taking care of Jacob’s bakery?
  • Which bad memories were erased by the Swooping Evil?
  • Why was Newt expelled?
  • Inconsistencies between FB1 and FB2: MACUSA, Credence’s haircut, Queenie, and Accio
  • Voicemails address a theory on Voldemort making Nagini a Horcrux, McGonagall and Time Turners, and why Credence must go ‘freely’ to Grindelwald.
  • Quizzitch: What historical accuser of witches, later among the accused herself, is name dropped by Tina Goldstein and is also a character in Arthur Miller’s ‘the Crucible?’
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Running time: 1:13:13, 43.9 MB

Episode #396: Aurelius Dumbledore Theories

  • Welcome Slug Club member Jamima!
  • Crimes of Grindelwald continues to struggle at the box office – what can they do to improve future numbers?
  • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite releases their first official trailer
  • Andrew speaks with Universal Orlando’s Manager of Entertainment Creative Development, Lora Sauls, to discuss the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s holiday festivities
  • Main Discussion: Aurelius Dumbledore Theories
  • Does Ariana’s obscurus live within Credence?
  • Is Grindelwald speaking to the obscurus or Credence at the end of the film?
  • Could it be possible Dumbledore is unaware of his brother’s existence?
  • Are Ariana and Aurelius twins?
  • Why was Aurelius never mentioned by Aberforth? Unearthed by Rita Skeeter?
  • Why was Aurelius being shipped off to the United States?
  • Is there still a chance that Credence is Corvus Lestrange Jr.?
  • Could Credence be Ariana?
  • One patron provides an alchemy theory and another asks if Dumbledore and Grindelwald created Credence through their blood pact?
  • Did the fandom misjudge how old Professor McGonagall actually is?
  • Could Queenie be a double agent?
  • Quizzitch: What does Yusuf Kama say upon awakening in Nicolas Flamel’s home?

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Running time: 1:18:54, 47.3 MB

Episode #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?
  • 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)

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Running time: 2:19:58, 65.2 MB

Episode #394: ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ SPOILER Review

After seeing it on Tuesday, the hosts of MuggleCast sit down to offer our Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald spoiler review!

  • 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?

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Running time: 1:48:37, 65.2 MB

Episode #393: Final ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ Predictions

  • Welcome back Patrick, and Slug Club member Shannon joins the show!
  • News: a shifty JKR assistant and several new Crimes of Grindelwald promos!
  • MuggleMail covers Dumbledore understanding parseltongue and nonverbal spells
  • The hosts give their official Crimes of Grindelwald predictions!
  • What characters will be Team Grindelwald by the end of the movie?
  • What will be the big shock about Credence that JKR mentioned?
  • Will we learn where Fantastic Beasts 3 is set by the end of the film?
  • Will Nagini be more than Credence’s emotional friend?
  • How will Jacob remember Queenie?
  • What other Potter characters will be name-checked?
  • How explicit will the Grindelwald/Dumbledore relationship be?
  • Why can Dumbledore not move against Grindelwald?
  • What does it mean that Leta is implicated by prophecy?
  • Who will be the unsuspecting hero of the movie?
  • Will the core four make it through the film? Who else likely won’t?
  • Will we see Jacob’s bakery? Nurmengard?
  • We reveal our Most Anticipated New Character and Most Anticipated New Beast!
  • Quizzitch: What are the names of Newt’s three pet Kneazles?
  • Next week: Our Crimes of Grindelwald spoiler-FILLED review! Call or e-mail us after you see the movie with your own thoughts!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Casper (Visit Casper.com/MuggleCast and use code ‘MuggleCast’ at checkout) and Robinhood (Visit MuggleCast.Robinhood.com for a free stock!)

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Running time: 1:13:25, 44.1 MB

Episode #392: #ProtectTheSecrets

  • Laura’s back!
  • #ProtectTheSecrets! Some fans have gotten to see Crimes of Grindelwald early! We speak to Lucas, one of the lucky few.
  • JKR all but reveals that Rio will be the location for Fantastic Beasts 3!
  • HQ Trivia – Harry Potter Edition is coming November 14! If we can’t win this one, we’ve got issues.
  • Voicemails cover Hermione confunding Cormac, Potter Halloween costumes, Potter pickup lines, Dumbledore and parseltongue and a theory on Draco’s real father
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Silver and Opals
  • 7-Word Summary: Draco is trying out poisoned necklaces hooray!
  • Harry continues to test spells from the Half-Blood Prince. Is this safe to be doing on fellow students? Filch? Ron?
  • How do we think wizards create spells?
  • Clues abound over Snape being the Half-Blood Prince!
  • Why does Hermione take a liking to the Slug Club meetings?
  • Harry and Dung square off in Hogsmeade
  • How good is Draco’s plan to get the cursed necklace to Dumbledore?
  • Where’s the security to prevent all of this Imperius-ing in Hogsmeade?
  • Is Draco being given orders or coming up with these plans on his own?
  • Should Harry put more trust in McGonagall?
  • The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: To date, the Wizarding World film series has won ONE Academy Award. In what category was the award?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by BeachBody OnDemand (text ‘MuggleCast’ to 303030) and AWAY Travel (use code ‘MuggleCast’ for $20 off)!

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Running time: 1:19:28, 47.7 MB

Episode #391: Sluggybear (HBP Chapter 11, Hermione’s Helping Hand)

  • Slug Club member Nicole joins the show!
  • Claudia Kim weighs in on the Nagini controversy
  • The hosts predict the U.S. opening weekend box office total for The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • MuggleMail covers obsessive love and Care of Magical Creatures
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Hermione’s Helping Hand
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry tries to prune Buckbeak’s big lunch
  • Hermione reveals why Harry is so appealing… and it definitely bothers Ron!
  • Did people think this provided a window for Harry and Hermione? Or was it always Hermione and Ron?
  • Stan Shunpike’s comments land him in Azkaban. What does this tell us about the current state of wizarding affairs?
  • Gryffindor tryouts – whose vetting these people?!?!
  • Why is Hagrid letting Buckbeak just chill outside his hut? Couldn’t he be recognized?
  • Shouldn’t Hagrid be more mature in his initial reactions to the Trio?
  • Time Turners: were they really all destroyed? Cursed Child begs to differ!
  • Did Hermione confunding Cormac help along the Ron/Lavender relationship?
  • Is Harry to blame at all for not replacing Ron with Cormac after he found out the truth?
  • Connecting The Threads: The Evening Prophet, Stan Shunpike & Aragog
  • The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: Who delivers the message to Harry about Dumbledore’s second lesson?

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Running time: 1:11:56, 43.2 MB

Episode #390: Falling Softly (HBP Chapter 10, The House of Gaunt)

  • Welcome Slug Club member Sam! She’s not a fan of the Harry Potter movies, but she does love Wizard People, Dear Reader
  • News: JKR shares why everyone is headed to Paris… Credence!
  • Voicemails cover Book 1 and 7 connections, Hogwarts professors, Leta Lestrange and more
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with ‘The House of Gaunt’
  • 7 Word Summary: A memory comes before another big reveal
  • Sam shares why this chapter is one of her favorite in the series
  • Why can’t Hermione accept following alternate directions?
  • Does Slughorn remember Snape as a student?
  • Do Trelawney’s mumblings shed insight on future Pensieve memories?
  • Stepping inside Bob Ogden’s memory
  • Pureblood mania is alive and well inside the House of Gaunt
  • Merope is part of a horrible family dynamic with Marvolo and Morfin. Is her family lineage at all to blame for her actions?
  • Do we blame Tom Riddle Sr. for abandoning his son? What if he didn’t?
  • Horcrux alert: the ring and the locket
  • As readers, what are we to make of all this guesswork by Dumbledore?
  • Who is the worst character in this chapter? Merope? Marvolo? Morfin?
  • Connecting the Threads: Parseltongue, snakes on doors and Bob Ogden
  • The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: How old is Stan Shunpike?
  • In Bonus MuggleCast, available exclusively on Patreon for Dumbledore’s Army members and above, we discuss news on Yusuf Kama, Queenie & Grindelwald, the Chupacabra and the French Ministry escape

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Running time: 1:17:33, 46.5 MB

Episode #389: Quirky Walrus (HBP Chapter 9, The Half-Blood Prince)

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  • News covers Harry Potter: A History of Magic in NYC, Beedle The Bard Illustrated Edition and a cool Funko Advent Calendar
  • The hosts try and guess the official runtime of the Crimes of Grindelwald and analyze recently released photos and posters
  • Fans can see Crimes of Grindelwald early at your their AMC!
  • We take voicemails on Nagini, Moody, Cursed Child, Hogwarts Mystery and more
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with ‘The Half-Blood Prince’
  • 7 Word Summary: Potions is taught by a quirky walrus
  • Harry is still trying to convince his friends Draco is a Death Eater
  • Is Hagrid even qualified to teach a N.E.W.T. level course?
  • Why do teachers accept certain O.W.L.s for N.E.W.T. level courses but others don’t?
  • Snape is again the focal point of the chapter. Are there any clues in this chapter to suggest that he is the Half-Blood Prince?
  • What do we think of Snape’s remodeling of the DADA classroom?
  • The importance of non-verbal spells
  • Do we think Hermione’s DADA comparison of Snape and Harry is a fair one?
  • Potions Class: should Harry really be using a mysterious book with mysterious handwriting?
  • What if Ron had gotten the book instead?
  • Patrons joint he hosts in sharing their MVPs of the Week and Rename the Chapter
  • Quizzitch: What is the topic of Hermione’s essay in Chapter 10?
  • In Bonus MuggleCast, available exclusively on Patreon for Dumbledore’s Army members and above: Johnny Depp finally talks Fantastic Beasts

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Running time: 1:19:48, 47.9 MB