Episode #539: What Was The ’98 Hogwarts School Year Like? And More Muggle Mail

On this week’s episode, we empty some owl post from our Muggle Mail bag! What would the 1998-99 Hogwarts school year have looked like? Why did Harry decide to become an Auror? Plus, we analyze several new Credence theories, a Chicken Soup from India and a horcrux email from 2006 that we’ll finally answer!

  • We’re confounded! Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is closing this January!
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone director Chris Columbus says he thinks they got Harry’s scar wrong… and is interested in making a Cursed Child movie!
  • It’s our monthly Muggle Mail episode with voicemails covering Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s blood pact, Mads Mikkelson’s casting and more!
  • Would Hermione, Ginny and Luna have been close? Would the Slytherin students have been treated poorly? How would Snape have been remembered?
  • Credence theories abound!
  • Would J.K. Rowling ever write a HP-world book from a different character’s perspective?
  • What is Grindelwald’s emotional motivation?
  • Chicken Soup for the MuggleCast Soul returns!
  • Our throwback email from 2006 covers Harry’s glasses being a horcrux!
  • Quizzitch: What was the first movie directed by Chris Columbus, which co-starred a young Vincent D’Onofrio as the Norse god Thor?
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by BetterHelp (get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/MuggleCast), WarbyParker (try 5 pairs of glasses at home for free at WarbyParker.com/MuggleCast) and ThirdLove (Get 20% off at Thirdlove.com/mugglecast)
  • Coming up on Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon), the hosts discuss a certain character not appearing in The Secrets of Dumbledore and give their predictions on when we will see our first movie trailer!

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Episode #534: What The Heck Is Going On With Credence in ‘Fantastic Beasts’?

On this week’s episode of MuggleCast, we follow up on our original character discussion on Credence Barebone, aka Corvus Lestrange, aka “Aurelius Dumbledore”? Wading deep into prophecy, including forming one of our own using Nostradamus, the hosts try to answer the question: “Just what is going on with Credence?” Listen as we find some answers by reviewing the scenes and subplots of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

  • We heard from the creator behind Harry Potter Database and its astonishing collection of deleted and unreleased movie scenes!
  • The surprise main character in Crimes of Grindelwald is Credence Barebone! Micah points out why this is more usual than unusual.
  • Filmmakers chose twice not to include a scene where Credence survives his bout with MACUSA, both the end of the first film and the start of the second. Would such a scene have been an improvement?
  • What brought Credence to “Circus Arcanus,” and is it all one master manipulation from Grindelwald that has set Credence on his path to find his ‘family’?
  • What do Credence’s name origins tell us about the character, for his various names?
  • We revisit an old e-mail which explains how Greek mythology may influence the future of the character.
  • The hosts read aloud the predictions of Tycho Dodonus… and try to identify characters within.
  • Could the “son cruelly banished” be somebody else, like Albus Dumbledore?
  • Eric reads key passages from the script book which lends a little insight into that humongous shipwreck. Does the script book quietly reveal an important element?
  • We revisit major theories about Credence including, is he Ariana’s twin? Does he have her Obscurus? Is he really Corvus Lestrange, or a science experiment made by Dumbledore and Grindelwald?
  • The hosts pick some numbers at random, and consult Nostradamus himself for a prediction of the future!
  • Quizzitch: What was Leta Lestrange’s mother’s name? Submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by Quip (get your first refill free at GetQuip.com/muggle) and Thirdlove (Get 20% off your first order at Thirdlove.com/mugglecast)

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Episode #530: Celebrating and Criticizing Gryffindor House


This week, the MuggleCasters tackle the fiercest Hogwarts house of them all with their main discussion centered on Gryffindor! Joining the discussion is long-time friend of the show and boyfriend of Andrew, Pat! The panel of current and former Gryffindors talk about the good and the bad traits of Gryffindor, like why being bold can be a bad thing, and how being “daring” can mean you like to get into trouble. The hosts also examine Gryffindor’s security system, ask why it is so insecure, and tackle how famous Gryffindors fit into their house assignments including Minerva McGonagall and Peter Pettigrew!

  • On this episode we conclude our epic House-themed discussions with Gryffindor House!
  • What do daring, nerve and chivalry have to do with the panel’s own experiences as former/current Gryffindors?
  • Is the Sorting Hat’s description of Gryffindors the complete picture? Why is Pottermore’s welcome letter for Gryffindors so hilariously short?
  • We examine the good and bad of Gryffindor, including their readiness to admit fault once they’ve been proven wrong, their hot-headedness and ill temper, and loyalty to one another.
  • Is everything Snape said about Gryffindors true? We examine moments between he and the Marauders.
  • What does it mean that Gryffindor House has had two pairs of troublemakers that we know of across two generations?
  • What happens when Gryffindors fight each other? Seamus and Harry’s argument in Book Five may give us insight into the personalities of Gryffindor.
  • The Fat Lady’s password system STINKS! It’s a security nightmare! The hosts discuss.
  • Notable Gryffindors include Dumbledore, McGonagall and… Peter Pettigrew? The hosts discuss who fits in and who doesn’t.
  • Quizzitch: The Sorting Hat tells us that Hufflepuff came from Valley Broad, Slytherin from Fen, and Ravenclaw from Glen, but from where did Godric hail?
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by Quip — get $5 off a mouthwash starter kit at GetQuip.com/muggle5
  • Coming up later this week on Bonus MuggleCast, available on Patreon, the hosts discuss HBO Max’s new Harry Potter Hub, where the platform makes TV and Movie suggestions based on what Hogwarts House you’re in. Do we agree with HBO Max’s choices? Definitely not — Laura is hurt by the Ravenclaw picks.

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Introducing our 2021 MuggleCast Patreon Gifts!

Drum roll, please… it’s time to share this year’s physical gift that will be offered exclusively to Patrons, for no additional charge! This year, we’re pleased to offer you the chance to pick one of two brand new items we’ve created.

Or should we say: We created one, and you have the chance to create the other!

Dumbledore’s Army-level Patrons get to receive one of the following two items, and Slug Club Patrons get to receive one or both:

#1) MuggleCast’s “Sweet 16” Customizable Wooden Model Car. With MuggleCast turning 16 this year, the show is finally able to drive a car in America. The car is laser-cut on 3mm Baltic birchwood and resembles a certain flying one from the series… it is the perfect companion to your shelved books and toys!We created a unique car just for MuggleCast fans. You will receive the pre-cut wood pieces on one slab of wood, a small stick of super glue, along with printed, simple assembly instructions. You will also be able to watch a 20-minute video detailing the process, should you choose. The car is adorned with our classic MicBolt logo and ‘MC16’ on the hood and trunk, and we highly encourage you to paint it any color you like (though paint will not be included).

#2) MuggleCast’s Throwback Socks: For the first time since our very first MuggleCast t-shirt, we are bringing back the iconic MuggleCast Squares artwork (Which was originally inspired by Apple’s iPod marketing campaigns at the time) and stitching them into 6 inch high socks! The squares depict the four current MuggleCast hosts in their original poses and colors from the 2005 t-shirts.The socks include our MicBolt logo, as well as lightning bolts scattered across the feet. Purple and yellow colors adorn the rest of the socks because Micah and Eric insisted their colors be used more because it’s a fun and whimsical look.We are very excited to offer these designs stitched into the socks — this is no simple screenprinting going on.

To receive one of these two items,  pledge today at either the Dumbledore’s Army or Slug Club level on our Patreon! If you pledge at the latter tier level, you’ll have the option to receive both items.

In addition to this gift, you will also receive a slew of other benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast episodes, access to our recording studio, and so much more!

Those who signed up for our Patreon after July 30th, 2021 must remain a Patron for a minimum of three months before your order will be shipped.

If you have any questions, please contact us via Patreon or our Contact Form here on MuggleCast.com. Thanks in advance for your support!

Episode #515: Prisoner of Azkaban Movie Commentary

This week’s episode is our fifth-ever Wizarding World movie commentary! Watch Prisoner of Azkaban with the MuggleCasters, and listen as we react in real-time to everything happening. Is this movie as bad as some people say it is? What do we love and hate about it? We discuss it all as we watch!

Note: You will need your own copy of Prisoner of Azkaban in order to watch with us. We will help you sync up the movie with us at the start of the commentary track. We strongly recommend listening to this episode with your own copy of the movie. Otherwise, it may be difficult to follow along with what we’re discussing.

See more of our movie commentaries on our Must-Listens page.

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Episode #499: Life As An Adult Harry Potter Fan

 

  • Welcome to our listener and Patron Julia, whose son Wyatt sent us a great question a few weeks ago.
  • News: As we predicted, a Potter television series is reportedly in the works. And, Fantastic Beasts 3 finishes filming this week!
  • In Bonus MuggleCast, available on our Patron, we’ll discuss when to expect more news and updates about the third Fantastic Beasts movie.
  • Today we discuss the trials and tribulations of being an adult fan of the Harry Potter series!
  • The hosts discuss whether they’ve received backlash for liking Harry Potter as adults.
  • How the New York Times Bestseller List  cleverly sidelined Harry Potter back in the heyday to make room for more “adult” book series
  • Eric discovered a 2003 Telegraph article overflowing with derision for adults who like “kids movies”
  • We discuss the United Kingdom “adult edition” book covers, and ask why Scholastic never did the same thing in the United States.
  • Listeners who got into Harry Potter as adults weigh in over on Twitter!
  • When is the best time to get your child into Harry Potter? Julia gives her thoughts!
  • Troll in the Dungeon: Andrew takes on 3 incredible personas and grills the hosts to defend their love of Harry.
  • Quizzitch: What statue resides next to the Prefect’s Bathroom?

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Quizzitch LIVE: Weasley Edition – Sunday, November 22 at 1 PM ET!

Join the MuggleCasters for our seventh live trivia event to celebrate Thanksgiving and the Weasleys!

In Quizzitch LIVE: Weasley Edition, the hosts of our Harry Potter podcast will be asking multiple choice questions about the Weasley family.

You will receive a maximum of 100 points for correctly answering each question. The faster you answer, the more points you’ll receive.

Like previous Quizzitch LIVE installments, the MuggleCasters will be hosting a live stream as the game is played. If your primary device is a mobile phone, we recommend readying another device to get the full Quizzitch Live experience — one device for watching the stream, and the other for participating in the game.

If your phone has a picture-in-picture mode, you may be able to watch the stream in the corner of your stream while you play the game.

Our live stream will begin at 1 PM ET on Sunday, November 22, and the game will begin at 1:15 PM ET. Links to the stream and game will be posted on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (in the bio) shortly before the event begins. This game is open to everyone.

Prizes

The top three winners will receive one of three grab bag items we’ve had in our back pocket: The forthcoming Quidditch-inspired novel This Is How We Fly by Anna Merino (once it is released in mid-December), a copy of our favorite holiday movie The Holiday on DVD, Blu-ray or Digital, and a set of Harry Potter figurines.

Quizzitch LIVE: Halloween Edition – Saturday, October 31st at 3 PM ET!

Join the MuggleCasters for our sixth live trivia event to celebrate Halloween!

In Quizzitch LIVE: Halloween Edition, the hosts of our Harry Potter podcast will be asking multiple choice questions about the spookiest elements of the Harry Potter series, and events that occur on Halloween in the books.

You will receive a maximum of 100 points for correctly answering each question. The faster you answer, the more points you’ll receive.

Like previous Quizzitch LIVE installments, the MuggleCasters will be hosting a live stream as the game is played. If your primary device is a mobile phone, we recommend readying another device to get the full Quizzitch Live experience — one device for watching the stream, and the other for participating in the game.

If your phone has a picture-in-picture mode, you may be able to watch the stream in the corner of your stream while you play the game.

Our live stream will begin at 3 PM ET on Saturday, October 31st, and the game will begin at 3:15 PM ET. Links to the stream and game will be posted on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (in the bio) shortly before the event begins. This game is open to everyone.

Prizes

The top five winners will be invited to select a fan-made Harry Potter item on Etsy, up to $50 in value.