Episode #405: Through and Through (HBP 17, A Sluggish Memory)

  • News covers Cursed Child in San Fran, Fantastic Worlds and Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Uh oh! Dan Fogler says Fantastic Beasts 3 is bigger than the first two films combined!
  • Voicemails cover a furry little correction, mother in-laws and unbreakable vows
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Half-Blood Prince Chapter 17, A Sluggish Memory
  • 7-Word Summary: Young wizards can make Horcruxes from murders
  • What is the Fat Lady getting at by making the common room password “abstinence”?
  • Is Hermione too harsh to Ron when she returns, ignoring his existence entirely?
  • Is it time for Hermione to put a little more stock in Harry’s theory about Draco?
  • Harry is Dumbledore’s man through and through. Based on the headmaster’s reaction, is this his final happy moment?
  • Were we surprised by Dumbledore’s reaction to Harry’s story about Snape & Draco? Is it fair for him to tell Harry to just cast his thoughts aside?
  • Is it impressive how advanced Tom Riddle is at this young age? Given his ability to change the memory of his uncle Morfin?
  • Tom’s good looks are noted multiple times in this chapter. Is it a coincidence that both he and Harry are said to look like their fathers?
  • When did Slughorn alter his memory?
  • Why doesn’t Harry ask what Horcruxes are?
  • Connecting The Threads to Chapter 17 of Chamber of Secrets – The Heir of Slytherin
  • The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename of the Chapter
  • Quizzitch: What is the name of the Apparition instructor?
  • In Bonus MuggleCast, we dive deeper into the motley crue that Tom surrounded himself with at Hogwarts. Why didn’t Dumbledore keep a closer eye on them? What other teachers did Tom charm?
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Running time: 1:45:35, 63.4 MB

Episode #404: Furry Little Problems (HBP 16, A Very Frosty Christmas)

  • What’s up with JKR’s Twitter?
  • Larry Potter gets nixed from the latest LEGO movie
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Half-Blood Prince Chapter 16, A Very Frosty Christmas
  • 7-Word Summary: Rufus tries to convince Harry by persuasion
  • Do the words unbreakable vow finally make Ron a believer?
  • Harry’s Draco argument has been rejected so many times he can hear Hermione’s response to the latest development in his head
  • Arrests for the sake of arrests. Perception vs. reality. We dive deep into the Ministry under Rufus Scrimgeour.
  • Does Lupin’s current state make him more sympathetic to Snape?
  • Lupin may unknowingly provide some hints to the identity of the Half-Blood Prince
  • How is Lupin able to go undercover without other werewolves knowing who he is?
  • Could the Ministry take a page out of Voldemort’s book – playing to the underserved and underrepresented?
  • We discuss how Scrimgeour goes about his conversation with Harry all wrong.
  • Why, why would the Minister use Umbridge’s name to try and strengthen any argument he made?
  • Is it fair Harry takes out all of his frustration towards the Ministry on Scrimgeour?
  • Could Harry and Dumbledore have benefited from working with the Ministry?
  • Connecting the Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename the Chapter
  • Quizzitch: How much does it cost to take Apparition lessons?
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by Away Travel (Get $20 off your suitcase by using promo code MuggleCast) and AMC Shudder (Use promo code MuggleCast for a free 30-day trial)!

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Running time: 1:43:01, 61.8 MB

Episode #403: Partygood (HBP Chapter 15, The Unbreakable Vow)

  • Welcome Slug Club member Kristy to the show!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with The Unbreakable Vow – 7-Word Summary: Harry parties hard when with Luna Partygood
  • Harry has taken to secret passageways to avoid his admirers – is he overreacting?
  • Ron’s behavior toward Hermione: toxic masculinity or teenage immaturity?
  • Hermione cautions Harry about being a target for Love Potions. Are Fred and George creating a security risk at Hogwarts?
  • Argus Filch and Madam Pince? OTP or a casual Harry joke? What would Mrs. Norris say?
  • Why Luna is a better friend to Hermione and Harry than we may realize
  • Why does Harry immediately regret asking her? Why didn’t he ask Hermione? Why didn’t he go stag?
  • Hermione announcing her date for all to hear – over-the-top or perfectly justified?
  • Slughorn’s Christmas party: vampires, drunk seers and the Rotfang Conspiracy
  • The hosts and patrons take a crack at titling Harry’s biography
  • Draco gatecrashes and we discuss why Snape shows a hint of fear
  • Should Draco take Snape up on his offer to help?
  • Connecting The Threads: Harry The Auror. What other professions could he have pursued?
  • MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Voicemails cover Tom Riddle The Obscurus, old Illustrated Edition predictions, Cursed Child Australia and more
  • Quizzitch: What Christmas gift does Harry receive from Kreacher?
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by OpenFit! Text MUGGLECAST to 303030 for a free 30-day trial.
  • Bonus MuggleCast: Is Ginny a Mary Sue? Available at Patreon.com/MuggleCast

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Running time: 1:28:14, 52.9 MB

Episode #402: Snogging (HBP Chapter 14, Felix Felicis)

  • Wizard dogs! Anna joins the show to talk about her Internet famous pup and how she taught Remus all of those spells!

  • What can we expect in the Crimes of Grindelwald Extended Edition arriving in March?
  • Our thoughts on why Fantastic Beasts 3 production has been delayed until Fall 2019
  • Will this impact the release date in 2020?
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Felix Felicis
  • 7-Word Summary: Ron hates being left out of snogging
  • Harry, for the first time, acknowledges the possibility of a Ron-Hermione relationship
  • What if… Ron and Hermione did get together and then broke up? What if… they became like Bill and Fleur?
  • We explore Harry’s feelings to seeing Ginny with Dean. Sorry Harry, it’s more than you just being like a big brother!
  • Ginny OWNS Ron in an epic sibling duel!
  • The Slug Club & snogging: Is Ron just upset that he’s always the one who gets left out?
  • Eric makes an important observation about the “girl” with the toadspawn in the seventh floor corridor
  • Harry fakes putting Felix Felicis into Ron’s pumpkin juice and calls out Hermione on her Confundus Charm!
  • How hypocritical in his reaction to Hermione when he learns that there was no Felix Felicis?
  • Would Ron have snogged Lavender if he wasn’t treated so poorly throughout the chapter?
  • Connecting the Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: In Chapter 15 of Half-Blood Prince, what is the title of the book that Harry is assigned to read for Charms class?

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Running time: 1:22:39, 49.6 MB

Episode #401: Old Testament Dumbledore (HBP Chapter 13, The Secret Riddle)

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  • News covers a Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition release date and a Cursed Child cast change
  • Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Chapter 13 of Half-Blood Prince: The Secret Riddle- 7-Word Summary: Tom is very disturbed by Albus’ presence
  • Exactly what does Dumbledore know about the necklace situation? Is he aware Draco is responsible?
  • How was Harry able to watch Caractacus Burke on the surface of the Pensieve?
  • How do we feel about Dumbledore confunding Ms. Cole and then getting her drunk?
  • Do Hogwarts professors normally make house calls to witches or wizards headed to Hogwarts? Or were Harry and Tom the exceptions because of their situations?
  • When we first meet young Tom Riddle in this memory, is he beyond saving?
  • Why does Dumbledore let Tom believe the lie that his mother couldn’t have been a witch?
  • We realize Dumbledore visits Tom’s orphanage during the Fantastic Beasts timeline! Was he the only one?
  • If Tom hadn’t been left to fester in an orphanage for his first 11 years, would he have turned out differently?
  • Collecting trophies: Dumbledore drops a major Horcrux clue at the end of the chapter!
  • From Harry entering a memory about Tom Riddle to Dumbledore’s auburn hair, we connect the threads to Chapter 13 of Chamber of Secrets: The Very Secret Diary
  • MVP of The Week and Rename The Chapter are back!
  • Quizzitch: At what time is the first Gryffindor quidditch practice without Katie Bell held?

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Running time: 1:14:31, 44.7 MB

Episode #400: Evanesco!

  • Laura returns as we hit 400 episodes!
  • What Potter gifts did the hosts get for the holidays? Does Andrew have to return his to NJ Transit?
  • Our patrons put Laura on the hot seat as she answers some tough Potter questions
  • Pottermore’s #NationalTriviaDay tweet creates a real sh*t storm by saying Hogwarts didn’t have bathrooms pre-18th Century
  • So… did they really just do their business wherever they stood?
  • Who teaches younger students how to wipe up after themselves?
  • Why bother adding bathrooms to Hogwarts at all?
  • Did wizards never see a need for a private place for them to relieve themselves?
  • What if it was an especially rough bowl movement?
  • We dig deep into our MuggleMail bag and retrieve some vintage emails just for Laura
  • After six years, Laura finally becomes Lady Geek of the Week, learns she correctly predicted Neville’s head on fire and has a best friend named Eve
  • Voicemails cover a Kowalski descendant, Newt’s expulsion, Queenie’s mental state, a Leta horcrux and more
  • The Dueling Club is back featuring characters from The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Quizzitch: Which Slytherin student prevented the Chamber of Secrets from being discovered?
  • Chicken Soup comes all the way from Pakistan!
  • And the hosts entertain this Crackpot Theory: Is Aurelius Dumbledore a homunculus?
  • In Bonus MuggleCast, available on Patreon, we discuss a strange Harry Potter book, Crimes of Grindelwald’s prophecy, and Hermione’s actions in Half-Blood Prince.

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Running time: 1:25:27, 51.3 MB

Episode #399: 2018 Review, 2019 Preview

  • This week’s episode is brought to you by Wondery’s Imagined Life podcast — listen to their episode on J.K. Rowling!
  • Our final episode of 2018 & our last of the 300s. We count down our Top 7 Potter Moments of 2018!
  • 7. A great year for us at MuggleCast
  • 6. The New Wizarding World logo (Seriously!!)
  • 5. Hogwarts Mystery
  • 4. Harry Potter RPG trailer leaks
  • 3. From Nagini to Aurelius Dumbledore, 2018 was full of canon additions
  • 2. Cursed Child opens on Broadway
  • 1. Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters worldwide
  • What can we look forward to in 2019?
  • Harry Potter Wizards Unite? A new Wizarding World theme park attraction?
  • Will we learn the title of Fantastic Beasts 3 and get our first promo?
  • When will Goblet of Fire: Illustrated Edition hit store shelves?
  • In Bonus MuggleCast, available on Patreon, we discuss what 2019 has in store at greater length. Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter has a big new ride coming in the New Year, and we look at construction photos to figure out what the coaster is going to be like.

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Running time: 1:11:37, 43 MB

Episode #398: Order Of The Zouwu

  • This week’s episode is brought to you by Wondery’s Imagined Life podcast — listen to their episode on J.K. Rowling! It’s also brought to you by Care/Of, makers of monthly vitamin and supplement subscriptions. Visit TakeCareOf.com and use code ‘MuggleCast’ for 25% off your first month.
  • 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