Episode #410: What Happened To This Fandom?

  • Welcome Slug Club member Kayla!
  • The cover for Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition is here — could it be the best one yet?
  • Micah may’ve discovered a Cursed Child reference on the cover….
  • Details concerning Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure are revealed. Micah was on the scene for an event.
  • What mysterious beast will we encounter that never made it into the films?
  • The man behind Fantastic Beasts is out at Warner Brothers — will JKR say anything?
  • Main Discussion: J.K. Rowling and The Fans Who Now Attack Her
  • The hosts react to the recent misleading headlines about Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s “intense sexual” relationship
  • How far apart are the headlines from what J.K. Rowling actually said?
  • Do fans of the Potter series owe it to themselves to fact check before reacting?
  • The Complex History of JKR and Controversy: outing Dumbledore, Ron and Hermione’s relationship, Cursed Child, Native Americans and more
  • Is there a very real possibility that we have burned our bridge to JKR as a fandom?
  • The hosts and patrons share what they would like to see from JKR in the future. Read everyone’s responses here.
  • Quizzitch: In her first memory, what time does Tom Riddle come calling for Hepzibah Smith?
  • Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon): we discuss the latest news on the upcoming iOS and Android game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite!

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Running time: 1:22:32, 49.5 MB

Episode #409: ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ Commentary Track

Join the MuggleCasters as they watch Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald together! This is a commentary track in which we watch the entire movie and discuss everything that’s going on. Don’t stop once the credits start rolling — we end up talking all the way through them, and after.  We’re those people in the theater who refuse to leave!

This is a movie commentary track meant to be played in sync with your own copy of the film. This commentary is designed to work with American DVDs (which are in NTSC format) and all digital and Blu-ray copies of the movie.

At the beginning of the commentary we help you sync up with us. ENJOY!

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Running time: 2:20:10, 84.1 MB

Episode #408: Ron Is Relevant? (HBP 19, Elf Tales)

  • News on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is coming!
  • MuggleMail covers the Goldstein last name, Accio-ing bullfrogs and the Deathly Hallows
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 19 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Elf Tales
  • 7-Word Summary: Quidditch takes a backseat to Draco’s activities
  • Horace Slughorn: Death Eater or Target? Is Dumbledore being reckless again?
  • Hermione’s voice of reason: is anyone listening?
  • Harry has saved most of the Weasley family. Where was he when Fred needed him most?
  • Hagrid’s conversation with Harry and Hermione has strong ties to Chamber of Secrets
  • Why is Dumbledore angry with Snape?
  • Hagrid displays a side of him we haven’t seen before!
  • What does it say about Ron that more people aren’t concerned about what happened to him?
  • A “rogue” bludger lands Harry in the hospital… sounds familiar!
  • Harry takes his stalking of Draco to a new level with Kreacher and Dobby
  • Connecting The Threads, Rename The Chapter and MVP of the Week
  • Voicemails cover Fawkes, Newt as an Animagus, Dumbledore and more
  • Quizzitch: Who was the DADA teacher when Lord Voldemort was at Hogwarts?
  • Our Crimes of Grindelwald commentary is headed your way next week!
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by AMC Shudder (Visit discoveryofwitchestv.com and use promo code ‘mugglecast’ for a free 30-day trial) and Robinhood (visit MuggleCast.Robinhood.com for a free stock!)

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Running time: 1:29:54, 53.9 MB

Episode #407: G.O.A.T. (HBP 18, Birthday Surprises)

  • News: WB CEO speaks out on the Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Harry Potter Wizards Unite will be released this summer!
  • JKR returns to Twitter… sort of…
  • MuggleMail: One listener surprises her daughter in a very cool way on her 9 3/4 birthday
  • Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Chapter 18 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Birthday Surprises
  • 7-Word Summary: Ron doesn’t really love Romilda Vane wholeheartedly
  • Harry must juggle telling Ron and Hermione about Dumbledore’s task
  • Why aren’t more questions about Horcruxes being asked?
  • Harry once again masters Potions Class: is it foretelling of what’s to come later in the chapter?
  • JKR drops another subtle hint that Snape is the Half-Blood Prince
  • Do we feel bad that Hermione is working her butt off while Harry is essentially cheating his way through Potions?
  • Harry and his mother: A deep discussion about Lily, Snape, Potions and Slughorn
  • Would the Internet have helped Hermione’s Horcrux search?
  • The hosts debate which mode of transport is better: flying or Apparition
  • Maraudering Malfoy: Is Harry borderline stalking Draco at this point?
  • How do all of these tainted/poisoned items continue to get into Hogwarts?
  • Patreon Question of the Week: Should anyone in Lavender’s situation forgive Ron due to the love potion? Is it an excuse? Or does it destroy a relationship?
  • Connecting The Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: Who is the “big Hufflepuff” player that gets the Quaffle from Ginny during Quizzitch?
  • In Bonus MuggleCast, the gang work together to play BuzzFeed’s viral “How many Harry Potter characters can you name?” quiz. We won’t spoil how well we did, but we were pretty pleased with our results.
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by CHEGG (visit Chegg.com/mugglecast and use promo code MuggleCast for $5 off) and OpenFit (Text MuggleCast to 30-30-30 for a free 30-day trial)!

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Running time: 1:12:35, 43.6 MB

Episode #406: ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ Deleted Scenes Analysis

  • Slug Club member Jac joins the show all the way from Australia!
  • Fantastic Beasts 3 release date is seemingly delayed! When can we expect it in theaters?
  • Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is set to open this June!
  • We dive deep in the Crimes of Grindelwald deleted scenes & featurettes
  • Credence and Nagini: why was their budding romance left on the cutting room floor?
  • There was a completely different opening to this film and we discuss why it would have worked!
  • Dumbledore reveals the truth behind why he sent Newt to New York!
  • Who is the man Grindelwald fears above all others? Is it truly Dumbledore?
  • The Romance That Will Never Be: Dumbledore & McGonagall
  • Hello, Yaxley!
  • Leta’s mysterious ballroom dance: Can she hear other people’s thoughts just like Queenie? What does “her brother will lead us from the shadows…” mean?
  • Newt’s Basement gives us more Augurey screen time and another look at those Baby Nifflers
  • We geek out with Ezra & Evanna as they watch select scenes from Crimes of Grindelwald
  • It’s clear Dumbledore knows something about Credence, but Ezra can’t divulge!
  • J.K. Rowling: A World Revealed includes her feelings on the differences between the first two films, Heyman’s analysis of Grindelwald vs. Voldemort and a great Yates’ hero quote!
  • JKR makes it clear that the line between good and bad is not as defined in this series: “Good guys cross over, bad guys are redeemed!”
  • What?!? “Make no assumptions. Whatever you think you know at the end of the movie may not be the case when you get to the end of the third movie.”
  • Quizzitch: What prop did the art department make 100 copies of to place in the French Ministry of Magic?
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by the new podcast One Plus One! The show tells the story of some of the world’s most legendary creative unions like Beyonce & Jay-Z, Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and Lorne Michaels and the first cast of Saturday Night Live.
  • Bonus MuggleCast, available on Patreon.com/MuggleCast: Distinctly Dumbledore – we discuss some notable revelations, including that Jude Law now knows everything Rowling does about Dumbledore and that there was, in fact, a sexual component to the Dumbledore-Grindelwald relationship.

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Running time: 1:17:16, 46.4 MB

Episode #405: Through and Through (HBP 17, A Sluggish Memory)

  • News covers Cursed Child in San Fran, Fantastic Worlds and Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Uh oh! Dan Fogler says Fantastic Beasts 3 is bigger than the first two films combined!
  • Voicemails cover a furry little correction, mother in-laws and unbreakable vows
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Half-Blood Prince Chapter 17, A Sluggish Memory
  • 7-Word Summary: Young wizards can make Horcruxes from murders
  • What is the Fat Lady getting at by making the common room password “abstinence”?
  • Is Hermione too harsh to Ron when she returns, ignoring his existence entirely?
  • Is it time for Hermione to put a little more stock in Harry’s theory about Draco?
  • Harry is Dumbledore’s man through and through. Based on the headmaster’s reaction, is this his final happy moment?
  • Were we surprised by Dumbledore’s reaction to Harry’s story about Snape & Draco? Is it fair for him to tell Harry to just cast his thoughts aside?
  • Is it impressive how advanced Tom Riddle is at this young age? Given his ability to change the memory of his uncle Morfin?
  • Tom’s good looks are noted multiple times in this chapter. Is it a coincidence that both he and Harry are said to look like their fathers?
  • When did Slughorn alter his memory?
  • Why doesn’t Harry ask what Horcruxes are?
  • Connecting The Threads to Chapter 17 of Chamber of Secrets – The Heir of Slytherin
  • The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename of the Chapter
  • Quizzitch: What is the name of the Apparition instructor?
  • In Bonus MuggleCast, we dive deeper into the motley crue that Tom surrounded himself with at Hogwarts. Why didn’t Dumbledore keep a closer eye on them? What other teachers did Tom charm?
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by Care/Of (Visit TakeCareOf.com and use code MuggleCast50 for 50% off!) and Robinhood (Get a free stock at mugglecast.robinhood.com)!

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Running time: 1:45:35, 63.4 MB

Episode #404: Furry Little Problems (HBP 16, A Very Frosty Christmas)

  • What’s up with JKR’s Twitter?
  • Larry Potter gets nixed from the latest LEGO movie
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Half-Blood Prince Chapter 16, A Very Frosty Christmas
  • 7-Word Summary: Rufus tries to convince Harry by persuasion
  • Do the words unbreakable vow finally make Ron a believer?
  • Harry’s Draco argument has been rejected so many times he can hear Hermione’s response to the latest development in his head
  • Arrests for the sake of arrests. Perception vs. reality. We dive deep into the Ministry under Rufus Scrimgeour.
  • Does Lupin’s current state make him more sympathetic to Snape?
  • Lupin may unknowingly provide some hints to the identity of the Half-Blood Prince
  • How is Lupin able to go undercover without other werewolves knowing who he is?
  • Could the Ministry take a page out of Voldemort’s book – playing to the underserved and underrepresented?
  • We discuss how Scrimgeour goes about his conversation with Harry all wrong.
  • Why, why would the Minister use Umbridge’s name to try and strengthen any argument he made?
  • Is it fair Harry takes out all of his frustration towards the Ministry on Scrimgeour?
  • Could Harry and Dumbledore have benefited from working with the Ministry?
  • Connecting the Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename the Chapter
  • Quizzitch: How much does it cost to take Apparition lessons?
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by Away Travel (Get $20 off your suitcase by using promo code MuggleCast) and AMC Shudder (Use promo code MuggleCast for a free 30-day trial)!

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Running time: 1:43:01, 61.8 MB

Episode #403: Partygood (HBP Chapter 15, The Unbreakable Vow)

  • Welcome Slug Club member Kristy to the show!
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Half-Blood Prince Chapter 15, The Unbreakable Vow
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry parties hard when with Luna Partygood
  • Harry has taken to secret passageways to avoid his admirers – is he overreacting?
  • Ron’s behavior toward Hermione: toxic masculinity or teenage immaturity?
  • Hermione cautions Harry about being a target for Love Potions. Are Fred and George creating a security risk at Hogwarts?
  • Argus Filch and Madam Pince? OTP or a casual Harry joke? What would Mrs. Norris say?
  • Why Luna is a better friend to Hermione and Harry than we may realize
  • Why does Harry immediately regret asking her? Why didn’t he ask Hermione? Why didn’t he go stag?
  • Hermione announcing her date for all to hear – over-the-top or perfectly justified?
  • Slughorn’s Christmas party: vampires, drunk seers and the Rotfang Conspiracy
  • The hosts and patrons take a crack at titling Harry’s biography
  • Draco gatecrashes and we discuss why Snape shows a hint of fear
  • Should Draco take Snape up on his offer to help?
  • Connecting The Threads: Harry The Auror. What other professions could he have pursued?
  • MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Voicemails cover Tom Riddle The Obscurus, old Illustrated Edition predictions, Cursed Child Australia and more
  • Quizzitch: What Christmas gift does Harry receive from Kreacher?
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by OpenFit! Text MUGGLECAST to 303030 for a free 30-day trial.
  • Bonus MuggleCast: Is Ginny a Mary Sue? Available at Patreon.com/MuggleCast

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Running time: 1:28:14, 52.9 MB

Episode #402: Snogging (HBP Chapter 14, Felix Felicis)

  • Wizard dogs! Anna joins the show to talk about her Internet famous pup and how she taught Remus all of those spells!

  • What can we expect in the Crimes of Grindelwald Extended Edition arriving in March?
  • Our thoughts on why Fantastic Beasts 3 production has been delayed until Fall 2019
  • Will this impact the release date in 2020?
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Half-Blood Prince Chapter 14, Felix Felicis
  • 7-Word Summary: Ron hates being left out of snogging
  • LOTS OF TEENAGE ANGST!
  • Harry, for the first time, acknowledges the possibility of a Ron-Hermione relationship
  • What if… Ron and Hermione did get together and then broke up? What if… they became like Bill and Fleur?
  • We explore Harry’s feelings to seeing Ginny with Dean. Sorry Harry, it’s more than you just being like a big brother!
  • Ginny OWNS Ron in an epic sibling duel!
  • The Slug Club & snogging: Is Ron just upset that he’s always the one who gets left out?
  • Eric makes an important observation about the “girl” with the toadspawn in the seventh floor corridor
  • Harry fakes putting Felix Felicis into Ron’s pumpkin juice and calls out Hermione on her Confundus Charm!
  • How hypocritical in his reaction to Hermione when he learns that there was no Felix Felicis?
  • Would Ron have snogged Lavender if he wasn’t treated so poorly throughout the chapter?
  • Connecting the Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: In Chapter 15 of Half-Blood Prince, what is the title of the book that Harry is assigned to read for Charms class?

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Running time: 1:22:39, 49.6 MB

Episode #401: Old Testament Dumbledore (HBP Chapter 13, The Secret Riddle)

  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Robinhood! Get a free stock like Apple, Sprint, or Ford by visiting MuggleCast.Robinhood.com
  • News covers a Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition release date and a Cursed Child cast change
  • Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Half-Blood Prince Chapter 13, The Secret Riddle
  • 7-Word Summary: Tom is very disturbed by Albus’ presence
  • Exactly what does Dumbledore know about the necklace situation? Is he aware Draco is responsible?
  • How was Harry able to watch Caractacus Burke on the surface of the Pensieve?
  • How do we feel about Dumbledore confunding Ms. Cole and then getting her drunk?
  • Do Hogwarts professors normally make house calls to witches or wizards headed to Hogwarts? Or were Harry and Tom the exceptions because of their situations?
  • When we first meet young Tom Riddle in this memory, is he beyond saving?
  • Why does Dumbledore let Tom believe the lie that his mother couldn’t have been a witch?
  • We realize Dumbledore visits Tom’s orphanage during the Fantastic Beasts timeline! Was he the only one?
  • If Tom hadn’t been left to fester in an orphanage for his first 11 years, would he have turned out differently?
  • Collecting trophies: Dumbledore drops a major Horcrux clue at the end of the chapter!
  • From Harry entering a memory about Tom Riddle to Dumbledore’s auburn hair, we connect the threads to Chapter 13 of Chamber of Secrets: The Very Secret Diary
  • MVP of The Week and Rename The Chapter are back!
  • Quizzitch: At what time is the first Gryffindor quidditch practice without Katie Bell held?

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Running time: 1:14:31, 44.7 MB