Episode 35: Born With A Skill

  • The answer to converting Muggle money to Wizarding money
  • The answer to why Quirrell had Voldemort on the back of his head
  • Astronomy tower discussion
  • More debate over the HP7 release date
  • Chapter-by-Chapter discussion: Chapter 9 of Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Ben looks like a swan?
  • Harry the natural flyer
  • What’s the deal with the school brooms?
  • Trophy room protection
  • Why are students forbidden from walking around at night?
  • Why does the Bloody Baron patrol the halls?
  • Did Peeves’ voice put Fluffy to sleep?
  • New segment: FAVORITES
  • PO Box update
  • Jamie’s British Joke of the Day
  • A big Collectormania podcast announcement

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Running time: 1:05:05, 22.7 MB

Episode 34: The WOMBATs Attack

  • Katie Couric leaves NBC and Micah Tannenbaum stands in
  • Micah gets upset over his score on the WOMBATs
  • WOMBAT discussion
  • OOTP release date is official…what does this mean for HP 7?
  • Listener Rebuttals
  • Our thoughts on Jim Dale versus Stephen Fry
  • Grindelwald’s relation to Hitler and World War II
  • Chapter 8 of Sorcerer’s Stone discussion
  • Meanings behind the flashes of light
  • Potions with Voldemort and Horcruxes
  • The opal necklace revisited
  • Jamie’s British Joke of the Day

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Running time: 1:16:30, 26.6 MB

Episode 33: We Soothe Babies

  • The real MuggleNet Greg guest-hosts
  • Listener Rebuttals
  • Chapters 6 and 7 are discussed
  • Why is the Killing Curse green?
  • Why does Dumbledore want to be on the Chocolate Frogs?
  • Is Grindelwald gone? And why doesn’t anyone talk about him?
  • Scabbers wasn’t a real rat
  • What if Harry had shaken Malfoy’s hand?
  • Why did Hermione want to be in Gryffindor?
  • Voicemails
  • British joke of the day
  • Soothin’ babies

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Running time: 52:32, 18.4 MB

Episode 32: His Mother’s Ankles

  • A full cast of MuggleCasters…or is it?
  • Our first batch of Listener Rebuttals
  • “Right, Andrew?!” cries Ben
  • Won’t/Shan’t revisited
  • So who IS the milkman?
  • Discussion on Chapters 4 and 5 from Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Is it All a dream?
  • Harry’s father’s mother’s daughter-in-law’s eyes
  • Darth Potters – Lily and James on the Dark Side?
  • Fudge and the Muggles
  • Is Slytherin the only house for bad guys?
  • Secret Magic within Ollivander’s?
  • And that’s where…whaaa?
  • Next week: the normal segments and normal co-hosts return

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Running time: 1:04:04, 22.6 MB

Episode 31: Since Before ‘Nam

  • Andrew explains the Listener Rebuttal
  • Book Discussion: Sorcerer’s Stone Chapters 1-3
  • The first sentence examined (in-depth)
  • Introduction to the Dursleys
  • Odd occurrences observed – is the wizarding world being careless?
  • We meet Dumbledore, McGonagall, Hagrid, and see first mention of Sirius Black
  • Tabby cats don’t like brick walls (ask Andrew)
  • How strong is Dumbledore and McGonagall’s relationship at this point?
  • Harry arrives on Privet Drive
  • We discuss the Dursleys’ treatment of Harry
  • Mrs. Figg and Aunt Marge get their first mentions
  • Let’s go to the zoo – The Vanishing Glass and Parseltongue
  • The Dursleys begin to get nervous
  • We discuss the whole letter fiasco
  • Harry turns 11 and there’s a knock at the door
  • Create Your Own MuggleCast Segment Third Place Winner announced
  • How did Sirius and Voldemort get their wands back?
  • Do you think Time Turners will play a role in Book 7?
  • When you send a Howler, do you record or write it?
  • What if…Slughorn had given the Potions Book to Ron instead of Harry in Half-Blood Prince?
  • Editorial Segment: Micah and Laura talk with Brandon Ford of The Underground Lake

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Running time: 1:34:34, 32.8 MB

Episode 30

  • Andrew forgets how to do the show
  • We give everyone the scoop on our new show segments
  • Goblet of Fire DVD wrap-up
  • Thoughts on special features
  • Looking back at the movie
  • Main discussion: Sibyl Trelawney
  • Connection to ancient mythology to play role in Book 7?
  • Is she really a seer?
  • Did Jo take the easy way out with the prophecy?
  • Why did Dumbledore and Trelawney originally meet at the Hog’s Head?
  • What is Jo insinuating about divination and prophecies in general (since predictions by the main seer are wrong)?
  • Is Trelawney a risk?
  • What’s up with all the drinking in HBP?
  • Who’s better with divination: Trelawney or Firenze?
  • Will we see much of her in Book 7?
  • Our thoughts on Emma Thompson playing the crazy teacher
  • MuggleCast listeners ask…
  • Do you think Trelawney is toast?
  • What is the reason she is still at Hogwarts? What are McGonagall’s thoughts on her?
  • What house was she in?
  • Why doesn’t Harry defeat Voldemort first then destroy the Horcruxes at his leisure?
  • Can Voldemort come back as a ghost?
  • Second place Create your own MuggleCast Segment winner: Katy Cartee
  • A heart-warming e-mail from a listener

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Running time: 1:13:50, 29.9 MB

Episode 28

  • MuggleNet Staffer Rachel co-hosts this week!
  • Lumos registration is now closed; but never fear, you can still come to the show!
  • Create your own MuggleCast segment contest now closed. Winners will be announced on episode 29.
  • Our reaction to WB’s podcast.
  • Main discussion ? Minerva McGonagall (suggested by Terri)
  • What reason does she have for being an animagus?
  • Is she a pureblood? Does it matter?
  • Why would she begin teaching at Hogwarts in December? Possible connection to Dumbledore’s defeat of Grindlewald and/or Tom Riddle opening the Chamber of Secrets?
  • Was she in the original Order of the Phoenix?
  • What will her role in the Order be now that Dumbledore is gone?
  • How close was she to Dumbledore?
  • Is Harry receiving special treatment from her?
  • Is she definitely the new (and permanent) Headmistress of Hogwarts?
  • We give our opinions on Harry Potter Fan Fiction.
  • Could you make a snake your secret keeper?
  • The Dueling Club: Cormac McLaggen (Rachel) vs. Professor Flitwick (Laura)
  • Next week’s character: Remus Lupin!

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Running time: 53:43 21.93 MB

Episode 27

  • Dylan joins the show
  • We address comments from last week’s show
  • Where did the older episodes go on the feed?
  • Keep sending in those contest entries!
  • Ben’s Top 10 ‘Ships
  • Happy Valentine’s Day
  • We discuss love in the Harry Potter world
  • Harry’s first date with Cho
  • Ginny’s valentine in Chamber of Secrets?
  • Is Jo influenced by the shipping world?
  • Does she feel forced to use it in the series?
  • Main Discussion – Dolores Umbridge
  • What’s with the toad imagery?
  • Is she truly evil?
  • What House would she be in?
  • What makes Umbridge act the way she does?
  • Could Hermione have grown up to become like Umbridge without Ron and Harry?
  • The Inquisitorial Squad and Educational Decrees
  • Why does she cling to rules and power in the face of truth?
  • Has she made any valuable contributions to Harry’s education?
  • What happened between her and the Centaurs?
  • What will her role be, if any, in Book 7?
  • Dueling Club

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Running time: 1:03:57 25.95 MB

Episode 26

Peter Pettigrew – not your average garden rat. While it is clear that Wormtail aligns himself with those in power, it seems unclear as to which Death Eater the Dark Lord trusts more: Snape or Wormtail? Plus, while Andrew spy’s on a First Lady, just who was spying on who at Spinner’s End? And will Wormtail’s silver hand play an instrumental role in repaying Harry’s debt?

From Evanna Lynch to Imelda Staunton…all that and more ahead with Andrew, Eric, Laura, and Micah on this week’s edition of MuggleCast.

  • We discuss the Black Family Tree donation by JKR to Book Aid
  • Order of the Phoenix casting rundown
  • It’s February – vote for us on Podcast Alley
  • Stop by our store and buy some shirts
  • We pitch our new Editorial Segment
  • Support OperationSudan.org: a site created by Laura and Elysa to raise awareness and support the crisis in Sudan
  • Main Discussion – Peter Pettigrew
  • What drew him to Lord Voldemort?
  • Why did Dumbledore let him become Secret Keeper?
  • If he was all about self-protection, why wasn’t he in Slytherin?
  • Does courage always have to be shown in a good light?
  • How much magical ability does he possess?
  • Why did the Marauders befriend him?
  • Why was he allowed into the Order? How did they treat him?
  • How did he get to the Weasleys?
  • Why didn’t he attack Harry before revealing himself in Prisoner of Azkaban?
  • Who is trusted more by Voldemort: Snape or Wormtail?
  • Was Snape spying on Wormtail or Wormtail on Snape?
  • How will he repay his debt to Harry? Who is his silver hand meant for?
  • What will his fate be in Book 7?
  • Dueling Club is back with a new format
  • Petunia (Eric) vs. Bellatrix (Laura) and Dobby (Micah) vs. Luna Lovegood (Andrew)
  • “You weren’t ready for the Dobster!”
  • Andrew’s Listener Challenge update
  • Las Vegas Minute

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Running time: 1:10:25, 28.5 MB

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