Episode #342: A History of Magic

  • Welcome Slug Club member Irvin!
  • Cursed Child tickets go on sale and we’re left in the dust!
  • Until Katy (and her husband) come to the rescue!
  • We discuss ticket prices – why were no special offers made for people buying both Parts 1 & 2?
  • Listeners share their Cursed Child ticket buying experiences
  • We review Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic
  • The book details the exhibition currently at the British Library
  • It feels like touring a museum (in a good way)
  • We explore the original synopsis JKR sent to Bloomsbury
  • The Harry Potter world owes a lot to then 8-year-old Alice Newton
  • Ghost panels, statues, a selection committee of professors – the Sorting Hat that almost wasn’t!
  • Fudge and Vernon Dursely were originally going to be coworkers? WHAT?!
  • We look at JKR’s early list of Hogwarts professors: Enid Pettigrew, Oakden Hernshaw, Mopsus?
  • Harry and Ron almost met the merpeople in Chamber of Sercrets!
  • Steve Kloves shares his story and how judging a book by its cover almost cost him the films
  • Quizzitch: In Prisoner of Azkaban, what does Snape task students with in their year-end lesson?
  • Voicemails on Grindelwald and Wizarding World theme park

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Running time: 1:27:30, 84.4 MB

Episode #341: The Niffler And The Stone

  • Slug Club member Bethany joins the show
  • Eric gives us a Trivia Night update
  • Cursed Child Broadway tickets on sale this week! Who will make the cut?
  • The Cormoran Strike series is headed to Cinemax
  • Chris Riddell set to illustrate The Tales of Beedle the Bard for Bloomsbury
  • Listener Rebuttals focus on the latest Fantastic Beasts casting news
  • Will we find out what Nicolas Flamel and Dumbledore discovered?
  • We receive some Death Eater clarification
  • Will Dumbledore take away Grindelwald’s powers out of love?
  •  Taking a look at the entire cast, where do we think Fantastic Beasts 2 is headed?
  • Can beasts even fit into a story with this many characters?
  • Is there a chance FB 2 focuses on one beast that’s integral to the plot?
  • How much time do we think we will spend looking back as opposed to present-day?
  • We review casting to date, including one we have overlooked (who is Krall)?
  • Patrons share their overwhelming support for more Seraphina Pcquery screen time
  • Quizzitch and text messages return!

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Running time: 1:34:46, 83.2 MB

Episode #340: Verified Jerk

  • Eric and Andrew gear up for another trivia night
  • Cursed Child’s Broadway registration is now closed!
  • We review the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition
  • Our main discussion centers around the new Fantastic Beasts casting news
  • We question if there is any relation between Eric and Spielman?
  • Andrew explains the relationship between Jessica Williams and JKR
  • Travers and Rosier: we discuss the two known Death Eaters
  • Nicolas Flamel will appear in Fantastic Beasts 2! In present-day form or in a flashback?
  • Could Grindelwald be in search of the Sorcerer’s Stone? Is that story too familiar?
  • Will Flamel assist Newt in his latest journey?
  • Carmen Ejogo is back as Seraphina Picquery. Will her appearance be short-lived?
  • Andrew attempts the sequel to HP Encyclopedia: The Musical
  • Emails and voicemails return, with a text message thrown in the middle
  • In Bonus MuggleCast — available on Patreon — We discuss the prank Sirius and James played on Snape. What was going through Sirius’ mind? Does it affect our view of him?

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Running time: 1:26:40, 83.2 MB

Episode #339: Of Course

  • Cursed Child is open for registration!
  • Eric and Micah share their Ticketmaster experiences while Andrew registers on air.
  • JKR won’t pander to the fandom: is it the Encyclopedia or Marauder’s story that’s in jeopardy?
  • Could Cursed Child have run for a week? Would fans have gone to see all five parts?
  • Our thoughts on JKR’s comments on the collaborative nature of Cursed Child
  • JKR has given fans a lot since the release of Deathly Hallows – should we want more?
  • The difference between giving fans too much and giving them what they want
  • We tackle last week’s Quizzitch question
  • E-mail-bag: Maybe a Game of Thrones style Marauders story isn’t all that bad after all
  • The Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition hits store shelves this week!

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Running time: 57:44, 55.4 MB

Episode #338: Quizzitch

  • Slug Club member and Hogwarts Professor Kyle joins the show
  • Eric and Andrew recap their Potter trivia night in Chicago
  • Kyle talks about his Potter classroom and how it went viral
  • How have his students reacted? Have more of them started to read Potter?
  • What’s been the response from the school? Teachers around the world?
  • We learn about how Kyle incorporates Potter into his daily curriculum
  • And he has a few tough questions for us: Does the Harry Potter series have a narrator?
  • Should Squibs be allowed to take courses at Hogwarts?
  • Episode 337 Rewind: Patrons share the courses they would teach at Hogwarts
  • Healing, Magical Artifacts, Journalism, Music and more!
  • The hosts tell which courses they would most like to teach… and play hooky from!
  • Emails cover Newt’s wand, The Cursed Child & a Horcrux-Obscurus theory!

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Running time: 1:27:11, 83.7 MB

Episode #337: Dumblescruff

  • Slug Club member Robert joins the show
  • New Potter merchandise hits the market
  • Jude Law shows off his Dumbledore scruff
  • Episode 336 Rewind: Listeners share their favorite modes of magical transportation
  • We break down the Hogwarts Courses in our latest main discussion
  • Where do Defense Against the Dark Arts, Charms and Herbology rank on our list?
  • Do Divination, Astronomy, Care of Magical Creatures and History of Magic even matter?
  • How important is Flying?
  • Bonus MuggleCast tackles Muggle Studies, Potions and Transfiguration
  • If we were to make our own Hogwarts class schedule, what subjects would make our Top 5?
  • Pop Quiz of the Week debuts!

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Running time: 1:12:49, 104.9 MB

Episode #336: Two Sickles A Scoop

  • We reflect back on September 1
  • Cursed Child gets some real estate in Times Square
  • Warwick Davis greets fans at King’s Cross
  • Listeners share how they spent #19YearsLater
  • Eric reveals he forgot to share one very important piece of PO Box mail
  • The author of the notorious fan fiction My Immortal is revealed
  • We share listener rebuttals on our Wizarding World residence discussion
  • Our main discussion this week… Magical Transportation
  • We analyze everything from the Hogwarts Express to Broomsticks to Flying Cars
  • Do we prefer Floo Powder, Portkeys, Apparition or Flying Beasts?
  • The hosts share their top picks for how they’d get around the wizarding world
  • Voicemails return!

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Running time: 1:28:41, 127.7 MB

Episode #334: Back To Hogwarts?

  • Welcome Slug Club member Neva to the show!
  • What is The Cursed Child planning for 19 years later?
  • Did JKR’s tweet confirm filming at Hogwarts this week?
  • Main Discussion: Residences in the Wizarding World
  • We talk about the pros and cons of some notable magical abodes
  • The Burrow, Malfoy Manor and Grimmauld Place
  • How about a room at the Leaky Cauldron?
  • Godric’s Hollow and Hogsmeade? Where do they rank high on our list?
  • Could you live at Hogwarts even if you really, really wanted to?
  • Listeners weigh in with where they’d like to live!
  • Favorites: Theme Park Memory
  • We’ll see you on September 1 in Orlando for MuggleNet Live!

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Running time: 1:17:44, 46.6 MB

Episode #333: Book Snobs

Andrew and Eric are joined by longtime listener and Hypable writer Katie. How to you convert someone who isn’t a Harry Potter fan into a big one? We discuss various options after being inspired by a Pottermore article. Later, we take lots of great voicemails as well as an e-mail responding to one of our recent discussions.

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Running time: 1:29:15, 53.5 MB