Episode #537: The First Harry Potter Movie Turns 20 Years Old


On this week’s episode, we’re celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone hitting movie theaters, and kicking off an incredible film series! Where were we on opening night? How did movie critics react to the first Potter film? Who would we cast in some of our favorite Potter roles?  Plus, Eric as the Sorting Hat? Join us for the first of several episodes celebrating this epic movie anniversary! 

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  • What did we do for the film’s release on November 16, 2001?
  • Thumbs up or thumbs down? We read some initial critical reviews of the movie!
  • Quidditch hype! John Williams slander?!? No liberties taken?!?
  • What were some of the more notable scenes that didn’t make it to the screen?
  • Box Office Breakdown: how did Sorcerer’s Stone measure up?
  • Recasting the first Potter film – our listeners weigh in with great suggestions!
  • The hosts give their best Sorcerer’s Stone movie impersonations!
  • Quizzitch: Eventually released in 2017, what is the name of the song Bruce Springsteen wrote for Harry Potter between 1998-2001 and offered to Chris Columbus for use in the first Harry Potter film? Submit your answer!
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Episode #535: Harry Potter Halloween Extravaganza, New ‘Secrets of Dumbledore’ Info Revealed

 

On this week’s episode, it’s our annual Halloween extravaganza! We invent some of our own wizarding world candy, discuss what treats Potter characters would hand out for Halloween and Potter-ize your favorite Halloween movies! Plus, some new and exciting info about The Secrets of Dumbledore following a test screening in Los Angeles last week!

  • A new behind-the-scenes look at Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore sheds light on where the film will pick up and what countries we will be visiting! But what happened to Rio?
  • We have a small, exciting, and spoiler-free tidbit about The Secrets of Dumbledore from someone who attended a test screening in Los Angeles last week.
  • It’s our annual Halloween episode!
  • Have any of the hosts ever dressed up as Harry Potter characters for Halloween? (Here’s Andrew’s Morning Show appearance as Harry Potter)
  • Laura has a great costume recommendation for Micah this year!
  • We try our hand at inventing Wizarding World candy
  • What kinds of goodies would Snape, Molly, Mad-Eye and McGonagall give trick-or treaters? How about Remus, Sirius, Arabella Figg and Xenophilus Lovegood?
  • Ron as Carrot Top? Dumbledore as a Lemon Drop Martini? We discuss what Potter characters would dress up as for Halloween!
  • Night of the Living Fred! Horcrux Pocus! Who has the best Potter-ized Halloween movie title?
  • Quizzitch: What sweet treat does Professor Flitwick give to Harry after his interview is published in The Quibbler? Submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is brought to you  BetterHelp – get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/MuggleCast!

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Episode #533: Discussing Hermione Granger’s Academic Prowess and Perceptiveness

On this week’s episode of MuggleCast, we get back to our Harry Potter character discussions with the brightest witch of her age, Hermione Jean Granger.  We discuss her personality traits, her academic prowess, and her overall perceptiveness. Plus, on Bonus MuggleCast on our Patreon, the hosts try to figure out if Hermione has a female best friend and debate which member of the trio is the “third wheel”?

  • The Secrets of Dumbledore will hit theaters a week earlier in the UK. Why, just days after the franchise’s big announcement, are they making this change?
  • Unimpressed by the The Secrets of Dumbledore official movie synopsis, Micah writes his own!
  • Wizarding World Gold is coming to an end this month! Does this news have larger implications for other endeavors of the Wizarding World franchise?
  • Character Discussion: Hermione Jean Granger
  • Much like Hermes, messenger of the gods, does Hermione serve as messenger between the Muggle and wizarding worlds?
  • Why we, as readers, should identify more with Hermione than Harry!
  • What do we make of Hermione’s decision to return to Hogwarts after the war?
  • How does she balance personal achievement with what is necessary and urgent?
  • The hosts recall their initial impressions of Hermione. Is she really an “insufferable know-it-all”?
  • Where does Hermione’s academic drive come from? Her parents? Pressure to fit into a new school? Pressure to fit into a new society?
  • HER-MEE-OWN! How long did it take us to the proper pronunciation?
  • Emma Watson and Noma Dumezweni: how each made their own profound impact 
  • We share Our Top 7 Hermione Moments and give our Best Hermione Impressions
  • Quizzitch: These ‘splintery’ treats were considered by Hermione for her parents while in Honeydukes? Submit your answer!
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  • Coming up  on Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon), the hosts discuss if Hermione has a female best friend. And, just who is the true third wheel of the Harry, Ron and Hermione trio?

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Episode #531: The Vibrating Broomstick, Hogwarts House Analysis Wrap Up, How did Harry Know Lily’s Patronus?


On this week’s episode of MuggleCast, Andrew has some news that’s been 14 years in the making! Plus, we open up our Muggle mailbag to hear from listeners about our most recent Hogwarts House discussions (don’t forget, you can find them all here: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw & Slytherin). And on Bonus MuggleCast, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, we review deleted and unreleased scenes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!

  • Andrew’s long-awaited Harry Potter Vibrating Broomstick review is here!
  • Did Slytherins have collective guilt about leaving the Battle of Hogwarts?
  • Snapping the Elder Wand?!?! Why one listener thinks the movie got it right!
  • Pickett The Ring Bearer
  • Cuteness Alert! We hear from one of our youngest Hufflepuff listeners!
  • Did J.K. Rowling subtly rank the Houses based on their colors?
  • Do fans’ perceptions of their House common rooms differ based on personality?
  • We read several strong defenses of Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff Houses.
  • What if… Tom Riddle was in Gryffindor?
  • A 2007 throwback emails asks how Harry could recognize Lily’s patronus?
  • Quizzitch: What form does Cho Chang’s Patronus take? Submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is brought to you  BetterHelp – get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/MuggleCast!
  • Coming up later this week on Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon), the hosts discuss the deleted scenes from Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone, to celebrate 20 years since the movie was released! Did you know they filmed the Professors singing the Hogwarts school song?

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Episode #529: Celebrating and Criticizing Ravenclaw House


Intelligence. Wisdom. Learning. Wit. Our four-part series on the Houses of Hogwarts continues this week with Ravenclaw House (be sure to check out our Slytherin and Hufflepuff episodes)! Andrew and Eric are surprised with just how critical Micah and Laura are of their own house (but, honestly, would you expect anything less of Ravenclaws?). Join us as we “look down” upon the Hogwarts grounds from high atop Ravenclaw Tower and discuss some of the House’s most notable members!

  • Main Discussion: Ravenclaw House
  • Could Ravenclaw be the house we know the least about?
  • Does the Sorting Hat group Ravenclaws together based on academic prowess, regardless of their intent?
  • Why was Hermione not sorted into Ravenclaw?
  • What makes Micah and Laura Ravenclaws… Andrew and Eric have some ideas!
  • Do certain descriptions of Ravenclaws, especially that of their common room, make them come across as elitist?
  • What sort of students were the hosts during their younger years?
  • What does it mean for Ravenclaw House that Luna was the character most often referred to as being authentically herself?
  • What do we make of Cho Chang, a Ravenclaw, being Harry’s first love interest?
  • Would the reader’s perspective have changed at all knowing the first two Defense Against the Dark Arts professors/frauds were both Ravenclaws?
  • We discuss other notable Ravenclaws, including Garrick Ollivander, Sybill Trelawney, Filus Flitwick, The Grey Lady and more !
  • Quizzitch: On which floor at Hogwarts can you find the staircase that leads directly to the door to Ravenclaw’s common room? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (get 20% off your first purchase) and HelloFresh (use code muggle14 for up to 14 free meals, including free shipping)!

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Episode #528: We’re Going Back to Hogwarts!

 

CHOO CHOO! Join us as we head back to Hogwarts on this week’s episode of MuggleCast! Andrew, Eric, Micah and Meg as they play a few games and discuss the school’s prime locations for first kisses, homework, parties and more! Plus, with David Yates beginning a new project, could the latest Fantastic Beasts news spell more trouble for the five-part movie franchise?

  • Last chance! Only one day remains to select your 2021 MuggleCast patrons physical gift! Join us at Patreon and make your selection between our throwback socks and the customizable wooden car by September 1st!
  • With so much time having already elapsed between Crimes of Grindelwald and Fantastic Beasts 3, what do we make of the news that there will be a “break” between Fantastic Beasts 3 and 4?
  • Could the Fantastic Beasts franchise rest on the success of the third film? Andrew has a theory for what this break really means!
  • Main Discussion: It’s time to go Back to Hogwarts!
  • Where would each of the hosts sit on the Hogwarts Express? What would be the first thing each of us did upon return to Hogwarts?
  • “What Would You Do?” & Guess That Book (Back to Hogwarts Edition)
  • Where at Hogwarts would you: have your first kiss? Do your homework? Have some “me” time? Hold secret parties?
  • Quizzitch: In what books does Harry not directly interact with Draco Malfoy while on the Hogwarts Express? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by MeUndies (get 15% off your first order plus free shipping ) and GreenChef (get $100 off plus free shipping)!

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Episode #526: In Defense of Slytherin House

  • Welcome Tylor, President of the Wizarding World-inspired animal rights nonprofit, The Protego Foundation, and co-host of The ChickPeeps podcast with Evanna Lynch!
  • Who is Tylor’s favorite character? The answer may shock you (but is perfect for this episode)!
  • Main Discussion: In Defense of Slytherin House
  • What do we make of the first words revealed to us by the Sorting Hat about Salazar Slytherin? Does this introduction mislead us?
  • Is there an argument to be made that Slytherin’s preference for pure-blood students could have been due to muggle persecution of wizardry?
  • Andrew shares why he converted to Slytherin House
  • How much of Salazar Slytherin’s legacy should be used against current members of his house?
  • The Slytherin Spectrum: we rate notable members of Slytherin House, including Merlin, Severus Snape, Regulus Black, Leta Lestrange, Dolores Umbridge, Horace Slughorn and more!
  • Which characters are still down with Slytherin’s pure-blood mania? Which are on the right side of history, but may have some ingrained blood status bias?
  • Each hosts says something nice about Slytherin House and listeners give their thoughts!
  • Quizzitch: What living creature are both Marvolo Gaunt and Salazar Slytherin compared to, in appearance? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
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Episode #525: What Lies Ahead For Tina Goldstein in ‘Fantastic Beasts’?

On this week’s episode of MuggleCast, we’re discussing Tina Goldstein’s role following the events of The Crimes of Grindelwald, and what lies ahead! Plus, we revisit our predictions made after seeing her in the first Fantastic Beasts movie.

  • Welcome to Slug Club Member Deanna and Alohomora’s Katy Haile!
  • Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Tina Goldstein and her role in The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • We revisit some of the things we mentioned back in Episode 320 during our initial Tina discussion to see if anything held true in Crimes of Grindelwald!
  • Did her standoffishness subside? Did she get her mojo back after catching Grindelwald? What does Tina’s horoscope say about her character? What happened to Tina’s story between movies? Why did she never reach out to Newt about the photo of him and Leta? Why didn’t Queenie help to clarify the situation?
  • Tina The Auror & The Search for Credence
  • Why was she so easily duped by Yusuf Kama?
  • What will Tina and Queenie’s relationship be like now that she has (supposedly) sided with Grindelwald? Are we headed toward a showdown between sisters?
  • Knowing World War II will serve as a backdrop to future Fantastic Beasts films, how concerned should we be for the Goldstein family?
  • What can we expect of her future relationship with Newt? Will it be a very minor subplot?
  • Was Tina catching Grindelwald at the end of the first movie foreshadowing of what’s to come? Will Credence save her much like she has saved him?
  • New Game: Whose Eyes Are They?
  • Quizzitch: As of the late 20th century, Tina Goldstein lived with her husband Newt Scamander in Dorset with their pet Kneazles, what were their pets’ names? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Quip (get $5 off their mouthwash starter kit) and ThirdLove (get 20% off your first purchase)!
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, including our new physical gifts! Also access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more!

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Episode #523: What If Neville Longbottom Was ‘The Chosen One’?

 

  • Our character discussions return as we celebrate the birthday of Neville Longbottom!
  • Professor Trelawney drops in to give us a refresher on the Lost Prophecy
  • Had Voldemort marked Neville as his equal, would a similar situation have played out with Alice sacrificing herself to save her son?
  • Neville & Hannah Abbott: was the plan all along that she and Neville end up together, or did the idea evolve as the series neared its end?
  • The hosts give their reactions to the movies pairing Neville and Luna together.
  • It’s not fair! Augusta constantly compares Neville to her own son, Frank!
  • Both orphaned in their own way, we discuss the similarities of Harry and Neville’s upbringings.
  • Was Neville always doomed to feeling “second best” even if  he had a more supportive parental figure?
  • Why did Neville want to be sorted in Hufflepuff? Did it further diminish the house’s reputation for readers early on in the series?
  • The hosts share moments from their own lives where they felt like they didn’t belong.
  • Neville’s Notable Moments of Development: we discuss him standing up to Harry, Ron and Hermione in Sorcerer’s Stone, his actions inside the Ministry of Magic in Order of the Phoenix and his confrontation with Voldemort in Deathly Hallows
  • Matt Lewis: how was Neville portrayed in the films and what were some notable movie differences for the character?
  • What if… Neville was The Chosen One? What would his upbringing have looked like? Who would be his Ron and Hermione at Hogwarts? What would his relationship with Dumbledore be like?
  • Quizzitch: Right after impersonating Neville Longbottom during his ride on the Knight Bus in Year 3, Harry bumps into the real Neville outside Flourish and Blotts. What is Neville looking for, in this moment? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
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Episode #521: Young Albus Dumbledore’s Motives and Manipulations

  • With one year to go until the film’s release (we think), our Fantastic Beasts character discussions return! Up first… Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore in his younger years!
  • Jude Law: Youngledore, DumbleDAMN, Yumbledore!
  • How did Deathly Hallows help inform our knowledge of the Dumbledores before seeing Crimes of Grindelwald? Aunt Muriel and Rita Skeeter weigh in!
  • Did Albus fail in his responsibility to take care of both Ariana and Aberforth?
  • What was so terrifying about the duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald?
  • Exactly what happened during the fight that killed Ariana?
  • Why was Ariana seemingly kept a secret from the larger wizarding world?
  • Gellert the Manipulator: did Grindelwald go to Godric’s Hollow with the intent of meeting the Dumbledores?
  • Was Ariana Dumbledore the first person to die “for the greater good”?
  • Why does Dumbledore have such a close & trusting relationship with Newt?
  • Even at a young age, Dumbledore didn’t see eye-to-eye with the Ministry
  • The Blood Pact : does it really need to exist? Is it too Horcruxy?
  • We revisit the Credence/Aurelius Dumbledore reveal! Do we buy it?
  • What’s next for Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts storyline?
  • Quizzitch: Ciaran Hinds, who portrays Aberforth Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, starred alongside fellow Potter alums Gary Oldman, Toby Jones and John Hurt in the film adaptation of this novel by John le Carre, what is the name of the movie? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by ThirdLove (Get 20% off your first purchase) and Quip (Get $5 off their mouthwash starter kit!).
  • Support us on Patreon and receive magical benefits, like access to our recording studio, Bonus MuggleCast, a personalized thank you video from one of the hosts and more! On this month’s Bonus MuggleCast, we talk about our favorite Jude Law Dumbledore moments from Crimes of Grindelwald!

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