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?
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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