Episode 22

On our January 01st, 2006 edition of MuggleCast…

Note: If interested in being one of the first to be a part of “Advice from MuggleCast,” call us (1-218-20-MAGIC) on Monday, January 2nd anytime between 1-3 PM EST with your HP dilemma!

While the crew debates whether Harry can finish the job in the final book, just what were James and Lily’s occupations? How is it that Harry can fight the Imperius Curse so easily – does it depend on the power of the wizard? And look out! We got a real cat fight on our hands as McGonagall takes on Umbridge, and a battle of Ministers as Fudge battles Scrimgeour in the Dueling Club. Plus, are the Marauders dying in reverse order? Advice is even offered for those in need.

From a look back on the year that was to New Year’s resolutions and anticipation of things to come…all that and more ahead with Andrew, Ben, Eric, Kevin, Laura, and Micah on this week’s edition of MuggleCast. Happy New Year!

  • The Boss was gracious enough to open and close our show this week
  • We reminisce about 2005 and revisit all of the year’s top stories
  • New Year’s resolutions: 100,000 listeners, a clean Transcript Dungeon, and a desire to take over the world
  • The crew looks ahead and offers what they expect to see in 2006
  • Andrew welcomes all the new iPod listeners
  • Snape’s Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions
  • Will Harry be able to finish off the enemies that stand in his way of Voldemort?
  • Is there a pattern to the Marauders’ deaths?
  • Harry and Mad-Eye: why is one able to fight off the Imperius Curse more easily?
  • Just what did James and Lily do for a living?
  • What ‘ships did we support earlier in the series?
  • Our new segment – Advice from MuggleCast: where we answer your HP problems
  • How to get a friend into reading Harry Potter
  • How to get our show to play on your MP3 player
  • Dueling Club: McGonagall vs. Umbridge and Fudge vs. Scrimgeour
  • Goblet of Fire Soundtrack Winners
  • Andrew and Ben do their own rendition of U2’s “City of Blinding Lights”
  • Next week’s topic: Albus Dumbledore
  • Listener Comments and Bloopers
  • Happy New Year!

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Running time: 1:23:12, 28.6 MB

LeakyMug #6

On our December 31st, 2005 edition of The Leaky Mug…

  • Sue joins the crew
  • Ben chickens out, while Melissa swears revenge
  • Jamie’s 90% official for Vegas
  • MuggleCast fan chat converted; they even send Melissa a Happy Birthday message
  • A look back at the last four months of joint podcasts
  • Kevin loves being stalked
  • The boys try to start rumors about Jo! (Sue immediately quashes them.)
  • PotterCast makes a big announcement: an interview with Arthur Levine, editor of the U.S. editions of Potter
  • We read our favorite hate mail on the show
  • The Andrew “yeahs” start the most annoying trend since the macarena
  • The LeakyMug Tour, coming to a city near you
  • Our memories of July 16, 2005
  • Papa Spartz says “lose the tone”
  • John calls Emerson, who insists an appearance was not in his contract (but will give us all free iPods, so it’s Okay)
  • Emerson’s going to propose to Melissa in Vegas; Melissa outlaws leprechauns at the wedding
  • Sue outsings Emerson with the Ohio State fight song
  • The MuggleBoys are soon to be on PotterCast
  • John pays someone to write his jokes!
  • John’s family hijacks the show from the background
  • The Vegas hotel room – whose name should it be under?
  • Our resolutions!
  • Kevin and Melissa go to the backwards compatible room
  • The Jo Rowling podcast?
  • No more waiting for Emerson to talk Edinburgh. No more!
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Running time: 53:19, 24.4 MB

Episode 21

On our December 25th, 2005 edition of MuggleCast…

If there is so much to talk about concerning Christmas in the Harry Potter series, just why do we know so little about Professor Sinistra and her Astronomy class? Are a person’s Patronus and Animagus form the same? Is Tom Felton too different from Draco’s character to be a success in later films? And while the crew debates the disappearance of Harry’s scar upon the fall of the Dark Lord, will the veil and Sirius’ mirror reappear in the Final Book? Plus, who initiated contact first: Wormtail or Voldemort?

From MuggleCast Christmas stories to song parodies…all that and more ahead with Andrew, Ben, Eric, Kevin, Jamie, and Laura on this week’s edition of MuggleCast.

  • Our biggest group ever with six co-hosts
  • GOF Soundtrack winners to be announced next week
  • 10 Things NOT to get Harry for Christmas
  • Does Christmas matter in the Harry Potter series?
  • We hit the voicemail box and go in-depth
  • Why did the Dursleys get Harry glasses?
  • What role will Neville play in the series?
  • What’s up with Sinistra?
  • Who initiated contact first, Voldemort or Wormtail?
  • Is Draco’s portrayal in the movies adequate enough for the future of the series?
  • Did JKR exclude the veil and Sirius’s mirror purposely? Will we hear of them again?
  • Are a person’s Animagus form and Patronus the same?
  • How binding is the contract made by the Triwizard cup?
  • Will Harry’s scar disappear upon Voldemort’s demise?
  • Jamie tells his Christmas-themed British Joke of the Day
  • We recite “The Night Before MuggleCast,” courtesy of Kelly Egan
  • Listen to the singing/writing talent of your fellow fans through Song Parodies.

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Running time: 1:11:29, 24.7 MB

Episode 20

On our December 18th, 2005 edition of MuggleCast…

The Brit is back! And he weighs in on everything from Miss Granger to Las Vegas. While Hermione’s role in the final book remains undecided, just how has Emma’s role in the movies skewed people’s perception of the character? And how much of a coincidence is it that Hermione’s Patronus has a connection to Ron’s family? Plus, the return of Jamie’s British Joke of the Day.

From Gringotts to Slughorn… All that and more ahead with Andrew, Ben, Jamie, Laura, and Micah on this week’s edition of MuggleCast.

  • Jamie returns (with two British Jokes of the Day)
  • Goblet of Fire Soundtrack Contest is now closed, winners to be announced next week
  • You can now call us at 1-218-20-MAGIC
  • …and now send us your fan-mail:MuggleCast
    PO Box 223
    Moundridge, Kansas (“Central Location!” cries Andrew)
    67107
  • Character Discussion: Hermione Granger
  • What’s her role going to be in Book 7 – Powerful witch or Horcrux hunter?
  • Can she perform under pressure?
  • What is her Patronus’ significance, if any?
  • Micah becomes our resident zoologist and comes up with an excellent theory
  • Why does Draco seem so jealous of her?
  • Let the battle begin: Emma vs. Hermione
  • Dueling Club: Lupin vs. Greyback and Snape vs. Moody
  • Jamie discusses the importance of Gringotts
  • Will McGonagall make a good Headmistress?
  • Can Slughorn finally unite the houses having become the Head of Slytherin?
  • Andrew’s Listener Challenge and Ben’s Weekly Top 10 go on hiatus, Bemma cancelled
  • The usuals: Spy on Spartz and The Las Vegas Minute (with Jamie making an announcement)

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Running time: 1:05:24, 22.5 MB

Episode 19

On our December 11th, 2005 edition of MuggleCast…

Snape: good or evil, bat or spider? Is JKR pulling a fast one on the fans by leaving clues INSIDE clues, or are we reading too much into it? The cast goes around the table with their opinions on Snape’s loyalty (or lack thereof) to both sides of the war. Kevin, Laura, and Eric look at His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass to premiere the book review segment, and we debate over which characters would win in a duel.

All that and more with Andrew, Ben, Eric, Kevin, and Laura on this week’s exciting, nineteenth episode of MuggleCast!

  • Ben’s Top 10 List
  • Send us your MuggleCast Christmas Carols in order to win a copy of the GOF Soundtrack!
  • We are not responsible for any injuries that may result in our singing them.
  • Andrew is NOT humble.
  • This week’s character: Severus Snape
  • Possible foreshadowing in the Triwizard Tournament?
  • Andrew thinks Snape has an evil twin.
  • Snape’s Patronus: bat or spider?
  • Is he good, evil, or working for himself?
  • Why didn’t Harry use Avada Kedavra?
  • Is Snape a vampire?
  • Spy on Spartz
  • Las Vegas Minute
  • New segment: The Dueling Club!
  • Harry vs. Draco?
  • Hermione vs. Draco?
  • Next week’s character: Hermione Granger

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Running time: 1:07:23, 23.2 MB

Episode 18

On our December 04th, 2005 edition of MuggleCast…

Absent during the First War, was it for Harry’s protection or their own that Arthur and Molly joined the Order of the Phoenix this time around? While the crew debates Molly’s employment status, just what would happen if Chris Columbus landed the job for directing the final two films? And what was the intent behind Draco trying to befriend Harry in Sorcerer’s Stone – murder or power? Plus, join the cast for the premiere of “The Las Vegas Minute.”

  • Sue returns the favor as Micah’s News goes on hiatus
  • Andrew releases our Listener Survey demographic results
  • Kevin and Laura’s Book Review begins next week (“His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass” by Phillip Pullman)
  • Micah announces the new transcriber…and faces jail time
  • The return of Jamie Lawrence?
  • All access character discussion on Molly Weasley
  • How will she react to Snape’s betrayal?
  • Is she employed? How do the Weasleys afford to get by?
  • Why did she and Arthur wait to join the Order and what’s her primary role in it?
  • Andrew thinks Mr. Weasley’s Patronus is a rubber duck
  • “Dude, he works with toasters.”
  • Is Molly overprotective of Harry?
  • The crew is split on if Chris Columbus should return for the final two movies
  • Andrew hits a high note
  • What was Draco’s agenda in Book 1? To truly befriend Harry or was it part of a larger plot?
  • Was Harry and Cho’s relationship paid enough attention in Movie 4?
  • Laura gives her Goblet of Fire review
  • The usual sections: Andrew’s Listener Challenge, Spy on Spartz, and Ben’s Top 10
  • The Las Vegas Minute

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Running time: 1:03:42, 29.4 MB

Episode 17

On our November 27th, 2005 edition of MuggleCast…

What kind of video game should the HP fan-base get? Do Harry Potter movies make you feel all fuzzy inside? What about Barty Crouch, Jr., he’s not all that bad, is he? Join Andrew, Ben, Kevin, Eric and Melissa Anelli (from PotterCast) as they tackle a few remaining topics before MuggleCast resumes its weekly character discussion – with voicemails, too!

  • Special guest Melissa from “Pottah-Cast”
  • Leaky has a new address: b-e-n-s-c-h-o-e-n.com
  • New Section: Ben’s Weekly Top Ten List
  • Adverts, adverts, adverts…
  • Transcription humans or transcription elves?
  • MuggleCast’s official fanlisting, MuggleCastFan.Net! Or, something…
  • Santa Claus, y’all
  • Goblet of Fire Video Game: It’s okay… and three-player co-op!
  • Sorcerer’s Stone sales at stake? Hypocrisy in Harry Potter?
  • The “Fuzz Effect”
  • Politics on MuggleCast!
  • An underlying theme in Harry Potter: Barty Crouch Jr. is… good?
  • Voicemails; Can Voldemort produce a Patronus?
  • George Lucas working on a future HP Film? Future role for Snape’s Potions book?
  • Harry Potter DOES bathe
  • Do the movies change readers’ perception of the book characters/scenes?
  • Emma Watson: too pretty for Hermione? Hollywood’s secret agenda!
  • Is eternal glory worth 1,000 Galleons?
  • Missing sub-plots
  • The Hospital Scene with Neville – Matt Lewis’s Professionalism
  • That wraps things up for Potterca… wait… no…
  • Please fill out our Listener Survey and vote for us on Podcast Alley!
  • Next week’s character discussion: Molly Weasley

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Running time: 58:46, 26.9 MB

LeakyMug #5

On our November 23rd, 2005 edition of The Leaky Mug…

  • The mug is leaking!
  • Melissa comes in a bit late but brings in some special guests
  • Jamie Waylett sings the Leaky/MuggleNet rap
  • Matthew Lewis lays out his shipping couples
  • We make another big announcement: another live podcast!
  • The hosts of MuggleCast and PotterCast are hitting Las Vegas for THE live podcast event of 2006
  • Our show will be held at the Lumos 2006 Symposium, July 27th-30th
  • Melissa explains the ugly side of podcasting fame
  • Ben insists we’re not famous
  • We reminisce over our NYC memories
  • Note to world: Melissa is an experienced Manhattan driver
  • Yo! Yeah! Alright! Yo!

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Running time: 51:02, 23.7 MB

Episode 16

On our November 20th, 2005 edition of MuggleCast…

The guys discuss Goblet of Fire. Join Ben, Andrew, Kevin, Eric and Micah on this week’s edition of MuggleCast.

  • MuggleCast finally gets the plug on iTunes!
  • The group spends a few minutes reminiscing about the fun we had in NYC
  • Andrew and Joe Fulton from MillionairePlayboy.com reveal the two Lego contest winners
  • We provide complete Goblet of Fire coverage
  • So much coverage that we can’t even list it here
  • OOTP is also right around the corner, so what can we expect?
  • David Yates as the director of the fifth movie: is he a good choice?
  • Book Reviews update
  • Spy on Spartz
  • Andrew’s Listener Challenge (Note: Andrew is now responsible for any federal consequences involved in this task)
  • Thanks to Kelly for creating this picture of Micah taking a break from transcribing and this picture of the MuggleCasters podcasting at Barnes & Noble

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Running time: 1:01:43, 28.5 MB

Episode 15: MuggleCast/PotterCast LIVE in NYC

On our November 12th, 2005 edition of MuggleCast…

Our huge live show with PotterCast, recorded at Manhattan’s Union Square Barnes & Noble right after the premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. More than 500 fans came out to say hello; we all were downright terrified.

  • Melissa’s mom brings us reports from the official Goblet after-party –
    Emma Watson, Jamie Waylett, Robert Pattinson, Matthew Lewis, Katie
    Leung and Tolga Safer live on the show
  • The actors about the volume of the Barnes & Noble crowd: “Oh-my-god!”
  • Andrew is extraordinarily agreeable. “Yeah? YEAH!!!”
  • Emerson and Melissa revisit the delusional debacle: Emerson comes face
    to face with an H/H’er
  • The real Micah Tannenbaum stood up, and his news voice sat down
  • John Noe cries
  • GOF: Better than POA? “YEAH!!!”
  • The crew discuss the film in full detail – spoilers everywhere and no one cares
  • House-elves, magical creatures, the maze, angry roots and impatient fug
  • Kevin Steck is backwards compatible
  • Dumbledore: too aggressive?
  • John summons the (clumsy) ghost of Sirius Black
  • Sue has a close encounter of the real kind with Jason Isaacs, who we
    learn enjoys a nice Potter podcast on his morning jog
  • Hi, Jason!
  • The scoop on Skeeter in Movie 4
  • Dan Radcliffe: looking forward to filming the Book 6 scenes with Ginny
  • Andrew “row’s” with the audience over pronunciation
  • Mama Sue warns about Goblet’s intense ending
  • A fan chooses the podcast over DisneyWorld (we tried to make it up to her)
  • Was it a good time? Yeah. Yeah? YEAH!

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Running time: 1:23:23, 29.90 MB