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 #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

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