Episode #321: Seraphina

  • “You’ve never heard of midnight release parties?”
  • Wizarding World Hollywood is getting a nighttime show
  • The original cast of Cursed Child calls it a wrap
  • Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Seraphina Picquery
  • What does Seraphina being selected by all four Ilvemorny Houses tell us about her?
  • Sorting Hat vs. Gordian Knot – it’s on!
  • Picquery’s term as President (1920-1928) – how exactly did it come to an end?
  • Seraphina’s wand was made by Violetta Beauvais – we discuss the implications!
  • How does her leadership compare to Cornelius Fudge & Rufus Scrimgeour?
  • Her relationship with Tina
  • Listeners share their thoughts on the President of MACUSA
  • And a few more first-time Potter stories are shared

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Running time: 1:12:24, 43.4 MB

Episode #320: Tina

  • Slug Club member Katy joins the show!
  • Andrew visits a Thunderbolt.. ThunderBIRD restaurant in middle-of-nowhere Utah
  • Pottermore launches a Harry Potter book club… been there, done that
  • Cursed Child sets its opening date on Broadway. We make plans to attend
  • Andrew steals the Potter prequel
  • We take listener rebuttals on last week’s Jacob discussion
  • Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Porpetina Esther Goldstein
  • Katy gives us a breakdown of Tina’s name origin
  • Was her character written to just not be all that interesting… initially?
  • Could the Goldsteins face religious persecution in future films?
  • Tina is the most straight-laced of the quartet but is not without her quirks or passions
  • What does the reasoning behind her demotion at MACUSA tell us about her character?
  • The Tina-Credence connection
  • Voicemails return with some entertaining messages… and threats

Running time: 1:36:32, 57.9 MB

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Episode #319: Jacob

  • It’s a two-man show with Andrew traversing the country
  •  But he does make a pit-stop at a very interesting restaurant
  • Listeners give their feedback on last week’s Queenie discussion
  • The Cursed Child has been filmed! It’s not what you think…
  • On the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, JKR apologizes for another character death!
  • Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Jacob Kowalski
  • The heart of the film and our first major, non-magical character
  • What is Jacob’s role in the Quartet?
  • We discuss how he humanizes Newt and his relationship with Queenie
  • Why take Jacob on a ride of a lifetime only to have it taken away at the end of the movie?
  • What does he truly remember?
  • How will Jacob factor into the next film? Is he vulnerable? Can he be used against Newt?
  • Dueling Club: No-Maj edition

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Running time: 1:14:12, 44.5 MB

Episode #318: Queenie

  • Jude Law responds to being cast as Dumbledore
  • Listeners give their thoughts on Theseus Scamander
  • We begin our first Fantastic Beasts character discussion: Queenie Goldstein
  • Queenie’s Legilimency does not appear to be common knowledge
  • How her abilities could be used for both good and evil in future films
  • Was she forced to repress her Legilimency growing up?
  • Is she intentionally keeping the truth from MACUSA?
  • How Queenie’s Legilimency differs from that of Snape
  • Why does she reveal so quickly to Jacob and Newt that she can read minds?
  • JKR: While Queenie could read your mind right now, she doesn’t always draw the right conclusions from what she’s reading. What are the implications of this statement?
  • Make The Music Connection returns with an interesting twist
  • Sage schools us on the latest Wizard Rock
  • In Bonus MuggleCast we discuss Newt’s Patronus. Why does J.K. Rowling call it a “big” spoiler?

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Running time: 1:15:25, 45.2 MB

Episode #317: One Wish

  • Happy Birthday Eric!
  • Callum Turner cast as Theseus Scamander
  • What do we know about Newt’s older brother besides a brief mention in Fantastic Beasts?
  • We analyze the letter between brothers that never made the final cut. Would it have put too much emphasis on Grindelwald early on?
  • What kind of relationship do the two brothers share? Micah and Eric have differing opinions.
  • Isn’t it a bit ironic that Theseus is tasked to track down Grindelwald and its Newt who catches him? How will Theseus react?
  • Theseus and Graves worked together – how close did Grindelwald get to Theseus without him knowing?
  • Is Theseus even still alive? Could he possibly be a Grindelwald supporter?
  • Will the two brothers work together when Grindelwald inevitably escapes?
  • Will Theseus die tragically like the Greek hero for which he is named?
  • We share some more first Potter memories!

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Running time: 1:14:12, 44.5 MB

Episode #316: Shaping The World

Slug Club member James joins the show as we discuss some of the best special features on the Fantastic Beasts DVD / Blu-ray (and Digital)!

  • We have very, very few MuggleCast t-shirts still available!
  • The Wizarding World theme park is getting decked out for Christmas!
  • What other holidays/celebrations would listeners like to see?
  • Our main discussion: The Fantastic Beast Creature & Design Features
  • It’s not all green screens and CGI
  • “Honey, what did you do today?” “Oh I dressed up as an erumpant and traded mating calls with Eddie Redmayne!”
  • Dougal the Demiguise is JKR’s favorite
  • “If you don’t like the Niffler, there is something wrong with you!”
  • JKR wanted to have one thing that was “quintessentially” American – Frank the Thunderbird
  • Which begs the question – where were the other American beasts?
  • Shaping The World of Fantastic Beasts
  • Rebuilding New York City, inside MACUSA, The Newtcase, The Blind Pig & more
  • What special features were missing that we would have liked to see?
  • Voicemails
  • Get your MuggleCast t-shirt while supplies last!

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Running time: 1:15:31, 45.3 MB

Episode #315: Youngledore

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  • Grindelwald’s line at the end of Fantastic Beasts gets an explanation (kind of)
  • Cursed Child cleans up at the Olivier Awards. Did they deserve it?
  • The super duper deluxe awesome edition of Cursed Child is coming (in paperback), and Micah isn’t impressed
  • Jude Law has been cast as Dumbledore!
  • We’re headed back to Hogwarts!
  • What other characters can we expect to see?
  • Beard or no beard?
  • Listeners share their thoughts on the news of Jude Law’s casting
  • How deep will the movies dive into the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald?
  • Celebrating 20 years of Potter, listeners share their Favorite Memories
  • Voicemails
  • And a new segment that will rival The Voice

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Running time: 1:24:27, 50.7 MB

Episode #314: Mustard

  • We’re back to weekly episodes and patron Sophia joins the show!
  • Andrew is live from Orlando
  • We have a small number of MuggleCast shirts available for sale. Grab yours quick! (Only XL+ sizes are currently available)
  • The Fantastic Beasts DVD/Blu-ray is out and we talk deleted scenes and special features
  • Graves, Tina & that awkward mustard moment
  • Jacob & Mildred
  • The neutered runespoor
  • What happened to Credence boarding a boat?
  • Which of the 11 deleted scenes would we like to see make the final cut?
  • Before Harry Potter: A New Era of Magic Begins
  • JKR says Fantastic Beasts is why she’s always said “never say never”
  • Heyman, Yates, Kloves, Craig & Jo – the band is back together again
  • Yates was initially hesitant to return to the Potter world
  • Casting A Quartet: what does this mean for the foursome moving forward?
  • The cast discuss Yates’ unique directing style
  • The responsibility of continuing Potter
  • Keep sending in your voicemails: 920-3-MUGGLE
  • Next week: Fantastic Beast Feature Discussion: Characters, Creatures & Design

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Running time: 1:09:56, 47.1 MB