Episode #380: Privet Drive Payoff (HBP Chapter 3, Will And Won’t)

  • Hypable.com writer Kendra joins the show!
  • Eric recaps a great LeakyCon weekend in Dallas!
  • We meet a brand-new Fantastic Beast – the chupacabra – and get our first glimpse at baby nifflers
  • Newt is headed to Paris to “track” Credence, but how does he even know he’s alive?
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 3 of Half-Blood Prince
  • Are the media headlines meant to make readers and the wizarding community feel safe despite Voldemort’s known return to power?
  • Why has Dumbledore been reinstated as Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot?
  • Our first (passing) mention of Inferi
  • Is Harry’s lack of trust in Dumbledore showing up at Privet Drive a result of their relationship from Order of the Phoenix?
  • Why didn’t Harry tell the Dursleys that Dumbledore would be visiting? How would they have reacted if he did?
  • We discuss Dumbledore and Petunia’s prior correspondence. Was Dumbledore ready to play that hand if necessary?
  • Privet Drive Payoff: Dumbledore puts the Dursleys in their rightful place!
  • Are we seeing a Grindelwald-era Dumbledore based on the way he intimidates the Dursleys or is he just setting affairs in order?
  • Dumbledore’s hand, mead, Grimmauld Place, Kreacher and more!
  • We learn that Harry must return to Privet Drive one more time
  • The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename the Chapter; plus a great Crackpot Theory on Felix Felicis
  • Quizzitch: Who gave Ambrosius Flume his first job, thanks to Slughorn?

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Running time: 1:27:17, 52.4 MB

Episode #379: Baby Micah (HBP Chapter 2, Spinner’s End)

  • … Did that work? Is he listening to this episode?
  • With Micah gone this week, we’re joined by two of our listeners, Alex and Stefanie, who do their best impressions of the NY News Anchor.
  • Patrons in the U.S. have received their mugs, but we need to know if they arrived okay! And if yours arrived broken (rare but possible), let us know: Email eric@staff.mugglenet.com with photos.
  • Eric will be attending LeakyCon and looks forward to appearing on panels and meeting listeners!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Puffs the Play! Receive a special discount on tickets to see Puffs at New York City’s New World Stages.
  • Chapter by Chapter continues with analysis of Chapter 2 of Half-Blood Prince: Spinner’s End.
  • The brilliance of this chapter is how Snape is playing Bellatrix and Naricissa simultaneously but in different ways.
  • How much does Voldemort know about Dumbledore’s injury? He can’t know about the Horcrux… right?
  • Does one line from Bellatrix help make Delphi’s existence canon?
  • Why would Bellatrix have such a hard time trusting Snape’s word when Voldemort is content with his reasoning? And what should she do if she had ever learned the truth?
  • Who is the MVP of the chapter? Those poor elves…
  • We rename the chapter to reflect what really happens.
  • Crackpot Theory: Has Bellatrix made an unbreakable vow before?
  • Have questions or comments about HBP Chapter 3? E-mail mugglecast@gmail.com, or use the voicemail line or feedback form on our website!

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Running time: 1:12:53, 43.7 MB

Episode #378: Worst to Better

  • Happy Birthday Harry & Jo!
  • We rank Harry Potter’s birthdays from worst to best
  • MuggleCast turns 13 years old on August 7!
  • We break down the details of two new Crimes of Grindelwald posters
  • ZouWu? JKR reveals the mysterious beast in the recent Crimes of Grindelwald trailer!
  • Ezra Miller talks about Credence’s character development
  • The biggest Harry Potter LEGO set ever hits store shelves August 15
  • Patrons share their thoughts and questions on the latest trailer
  • Does Dumbledore see Grindelwald in the Mirror of Erised because he desires him to be captured?
  • What role exactly will Nicolas Flamel play in The Crimes of Grindelwald?
  • How will Jacob find himself with Newt?
  • Will Credence be reunited with his true family? Will he ever get the chance to go to wizarding school?
  • Was Abernathy working for Grindelwald the whole time? Did he help him capture Graves?
  • We compare Grindewald’s populist movement and Dumbledore’s timid response to that of the U.S. in the 1930s
  • Voicemails cover the Deathly Hallows, splitting the films into five parts, Johnny Depp and more
  • Chicken Soup For The MuggleCast Soul returns
  • Don’t forget: Cormoran Strike is back in Lethal White on September 18
  • Quizzitch: What floor is Vernon Dursley’s office on at Grunnings?
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Running time: 1:25:10, 51.1 MB

Episode #377: Sockers (Crimes of Grindelwald trailer discussion!)

  • Andrew and Eric reminisce on their latest trivia night battle, which leaves Andrew and friends with a huge prize.
  • The new Crimes of Grindelwald trailer is here and we go scene-by-scene!
  • There is some mixed reaction to Dumbledore’s DADA lesson with Newt
  • What interests Credence so much about Circus Arcanus?
  • Who is Grindelwald addressing when he says hiding in the shadows serves us no longer?
  • A flying black curtain – is this a new obscurial effect or perhaps a Lethifold?
  • Dumbledore’s deepest desire is not socks – he sees Grindelwald in the Mirror of Erised!
  • Newt, Tina and Leta team up to escape the French Ministry of Magic!
  • The Niffler is back! What’s up with those cats? And is Newt trying to rescue the Oni Oni?
  • Is Leta referring to herself when she tells Newt he never met a monster he couldn’t love?
  • Could Grindelwald be referring to his own failed relationship with Dumbledore when he asks Newt if Dumbledore will mourn for him? Could it be a reference to Ariana?
  • Does Abernathy help Grindelwald escape from prison?
  • What are Newt and Jacob up to in Nicolas Flamel’s home?
  • The hosts react to Johnny Depp’s in-character appearance at Comic-Con
  • Patrons weigh in with their thoughts on the new trailer
  • Quizzitch: On what historic date was the actor who plays Grimmson born?

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Running time: 1:13:47, 44.3 MB

Episode #376: Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 1

  • 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?

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Running time: 1:22:21, 49.4 MB

Episode #375: 13 Years Later

  • Cursed Child is coming to two new cities… San Francisco (2019) and Hamburg, Germany (2020). Could a Midwest location be next?
  • Chamber of Secrets turns 20 years old!
  • We begin our Half-Blood Prince discussion looking back at some popular fan theories
  • Patrons share their midnight release party memories!
  • We discuss how parts of Half-Blood Prince were originally written for Chamber of Secrets and that it was Book 2’s working title
  • The hosts revisit some of MuggleCast’s theories following the release of the sixth book
  • Who is the Half-Blood Prince? Harry? Voldemort? Felix Felicis?
  • We dive deep into The Underground Lake, one of MuggleNet’s notorious series of editorials
  • What did Dumbledore mean by Remember My Last, Petunia?
  • Who will take over the DADA vacancy?
  • Why does Dumbledore trust Snape?
  • Voicemails cover a Deathly Hallows symbol in Goblet of Fire, deluminators, Cho Chang and more!
  • Quizzitch: What two Order members does Harry bump into (in order) in the HBP chapter, “Silver and Opals”?

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Running time: 1:10:40, 42.3 MB

Episode #374: The Department of Mysteries

  • Slug Club member Sarah joins the show!
  • Warner Brothers cracks down on unofficial fan events
  • Main Discussion: The Department of Mysteries & The Prophecy
  • Who are The Unspeakables?
  • The Brain Room: just what are they studying in there?
  • What does each of us think is beyond The Veil?
  • Does the Veil have magical properties to draw one in?
  • Was the Ministry built around the amphitheater that houses the Veil?
  • How is security so lax around such a dangerous room?
  • The Love Room: why is it locked?
  • The Planet Room: what can you do in here that makes it worthy of the Department of Mysteries?
  • Are there alien wizards?
  • The Time Room: do we believe this is where Time Turners were invented?
  • The Hall of Prophecies: why are they kept locked away?
  • Should who the Prophecy concerns be able to hold onto the prophecy?
  • Do we forgive Dumbledore for withholding this information until now?
  • Patreon Question of the Week: What other rooms could be within the Department of Mysteries?
  • Quizzitch: What is the spell that Hermione uses to mark the doors in the revolving room?
  • Coming this July… chapter-by-chapter for Half-Blood Prince!

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Running time: 1:23:19, 50 MB

Episode #373: Burned By Goblet

  • Slug Club member Karen joins the show
  • Listeners share their Order of the Phoenix release party memories
  • Cursed Child cleans up at the Tony Awards
  • Universal Orlando adds Harry Potter to their nighttime water show
  • Main Discussion: Major Events of the Phoenix
  • Grimmauld Place: Was this truly the safest place for the Order to be headquartered?
  • Do Sirius and the Order underestimate the threats within the Black Family home?
  • Ministry Interference at Hogwarts: What are Umbridge’s credentials for becoming DADA professor?
  • Was it always Fudge’s intention for Umbridge to become Headmistress?
  • Do the Educational Decrees expose weaknesses in Dumbledore’s leadership?
  • The Formation of Dumbledore’s Army: we discuss the Hog’s Head, the Room of Requirement and the importance of unifying (almost) all of the Houses
  • Welcome to St. Mungo’s: why was it cut from the film?
  • Augusta Longbottom, Neville’s parents, Lockhart and Harry’s connection to Nagini
  • We reminisce on those gum wrapper theories!
  • Patrons share their top 5 moments from Order of the Phoenix
  • Don’t worry, we’ll spend Episode 374 inside the Department of Mysteries and discussing The Prophecy
  • Quizzitch: Who was the last member of the Dumbledore’s Army to sign up in the Hog’s Head?
  • Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon) includes memorable lines from the fifth book and Crimes of Grindelwald trailer speculation

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Running time: 1:14:54, 44.9 MB

Episode #372: Faces Of The Phoenix

  • Paris, London, New York: Pottermore offers fans the chance to attend the Fantastic Beasts 2 premieres for charity
  • Cursed Child is up for 10 Tony Awards
  • Main Discussion: Fresh Faces of the Phoenix
  • What would have happened to Harry without the support of Luna and her father?
  • We discuss Bellatrix exposing Harry’s ignorance and her unwavering loyalty to Voldemort
  • Does Tonks make the Order of the Phoenix cool?
  • Dolores Umbridge has one redeeming quality – she’s the reason for Dumbledore’s Army!
  • Do we overlook the importance of Ms. Figg? Was she best equipped to keep Harry safe?
  • What’s up with the relationship between Squibs and cats?
  • Mundungus Fletcher… enough said!
  • What if these characters were introduced earlier in the series? What if they never were?
  • This episode’s lone voicemail asks about a Hermione-based movie with Emma Watson
  • Quizzitch: Who did JKR say would win in a fight: Crookshanks or Mrs. Norris?
  • MuggleCast Vault: Luna Lovegood and Dolores Umbridge character discussions

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Running time: 1:29:26, 47.7 MB

Episode #371: Nancy Figg?

  • Slug Club member Amy joins the show!
  • The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay cover is revealed…
  • And we analyze every beast, symbol and little detail
  • Did Alan Rickman feel Snape was an underutilized character in the films?
  • JKR reveals her next project will be a children’s book!
  • We start June off with our first Order of the Phoenix discussion
  • What were the biggest theories prior to Order of the Phoenix being released?
  • Like: What exactly is the Order of the Phoenix? Will Snape ever teach DADA? Is he a spy? Is Lupin really James Potter in disguise? What is the gleam of triumph and what does it mean? What’s up with Ms. Figg? Which character(s) won’t make it through Book 5?
  • Quizzitch: A witch or wizard who is gifted at reading minds is called a what?

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Running time: 1:16:38, 46 MB