Episode #563: Analyzing Eulalie Hicks, Our Favorite New Character


In their first dedicated character discussion since the premiere of Secrets of Dumbledore, the hosts of MuggleCast turn the pages of their study guides to Professor Eulalie Hicks of Ilvermorny! “Lally” was a huge highlight of the third Beasts film, and we’re here to say why that was. Join Andrew, Eric, Micah and Laura as they analyze the character through her words, attitude and relationships. It’s a fun episode for sure.

  • Main Discussion: Professor Eulalie “Lally” Hicks in Secrets of Dumbledore
  • Going back to the first section he ever headed on MuggleNet, Micah starts us off with Lally’s Name Origin
  • Jessica Williams, who portrays Lally, was herself a big Harry Potter fan, and even shares his birthday!
  • The announcement of Jessica’s casting likely took place at the next table over from Andrew, Eric and Micah when they saw Cursed Child on Broadway.
  • What makes Eulalie a member of Thunderbird house? It’s been a while since the hosts had a chance to talk about Ilvermorny canon.
  • As a Charms professor, Eulalie’s surely competent in some of our favorite Charms, which we recap.
  • Lally, like Newt, wrote a book which is widely circulated. She also has a unique-looking wand.
  • Professor Hicks and Professor Hagrid both share a job title in common! But… what does it mean?
  • We received some insightful e-mails regarding Lally’s “Transatlantic” accent, a relic of Old Hollywood in the 1930’s and 40’s.
  • Lally’s friendhsip with Jacob is a reason to see the film, even if it got off to a rocky (problematic?) start. The hosts discuss.
  • What do we see happening between Theseus and Lally romantically, if anything, and why?
  • Andrew’s idea for a Eulalie Hicks spinoff TV show will have you ready and waiting for the first season.
  • Quizzitch: What did students have to do in their end of year exam for Charms class in Harry’s year one?
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Episode #562: Answering Burning ‘Secrets of Dumbledore’ Questions With New Canon


On this week’s episode, the fearless MuggleCasters take it upon themselves to answer Secrets of Dumbledore’s biggest unanswered questions, using their extensive knowledge of the Wizarding World to provide plausible answers and put to bed the movie’s most dangling plot threads. Join Andrew, Eric, Laura and Micah on this fun journey through the plot points and listen as they finally discuss whether their own prophecy about the movie came true!

  • Main Discussion: Can our knowledge of book canon help us explain the events of Fantastic Beasts 3?
  • In what YEAR is the third movie set? Some title cards would have been helpful! Are there clues in the props?
  • What became of Nagini? Andrew, Laura and Micah provide a tragic outcome while Eric imagines a spa day.
  • Where is Tina Goldstein, really? The “she’s busy” explanation does not hold any giggle water for us!
  • Was Newt ever allowed back to Hogwarts after his expulsion, and did he complete his schooling there?
  • What makes Dumbledore “more than a teacher” to Newt, in his own words?
  • How and under what circumstances did Dumbledore and Eulalie Hicks first meet?
  • What is the little drop of “water” that Albus blew onto Credence? And is it connected with the Deluminator or an alternate dimension?
  • The Predictions of Tycho Dodonus… did they come true, and might they still? How about our predictions of Nostradamus?
  • Exactly when did Aberforth find out about Credence and when did they establish their mirror chats?
  • Regarding romances, where do Jacob and Queenie honeymoon, and is anything happening with Lally and Theseus?
  • The hosts wrap up discussing the most pressing questions that the next movie MUST answer.
  • Who Got it Right?! Laura and Micah sweep The Bunties ™ with Price is Right rules applying, on our various FB3 guesses.
  • Next week, a character discussion on Eulalie Hicks! Submit your questions and thoughts on the character!
  • Quizzitch: Who was the headmaster of Hogwarts school immediately before Dumbledore?
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Episode #561: Why Did the Qilin Bow to Dumbledore? Listeners React to ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’

On this week’s episode, we bust open our Muggle Mailbag to answer your burning questions and take your feedback on Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore!

  • Twitter Polls Galore! Which host would the Qilin bow to? What was the best Secrets of Dumbledore ship? And overall, what did listeners think of the movie?
  • What did Yusuf Kama have to help fight Grindelwald?
  • The hosts celebrate Eulalie Hicks after leaving her hanging in our initial review!
  • Why did Grindelwald’s followers not kill Theseus when they captured him?
  • Why did Theseus not question Queenie after her return to the good side?
  • Did Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s fight scene fail to deliver?
  • Why did the Qilin bow to Dumbledore? Why not Newt? Or Jacob?
  • Did the producers tie up loose ends enough so that this could be the last film?
  • Where are Graves and Nagini?
  • How did Jacob and Queenie get permission to marry?
  • Prediction Time: Which host was closest to the box office number and what does this number mean for the future of the franchise?
  • On next week’s episode: What questions should’ve Secrets of Dumbledore answered, and what questions must Fantastic Beasts 4 answer?
  • Quizzitch: What book hits Lucius Malloy in the eye during his tussle with Arthur Weasley in Flourish and Blotts?
  • Later this week on Bonus MuggleCast: Why has J.K. Rowling been completely silent about Fantastic Beasts 3? You can get Bonus MuggleCast and other great benefits by becoming a patron at Patreon.com/MuggleCast!
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Episode #560: The Best Characters, Scenes, and Beasts of ‘Secrets of Dumbledore’

This week, we continue our review of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, this time focusing on the various odds and ends of the film! Plus, we hand out our “Bunty Awards,” which are accolades for several aspects of the movie! Stay tuned for many, many more thoughts on the weeks and months ahead!

  • The “Bunty” award for our Favorite New Character, Favorite New Beast, etc
  • What was the one stand-out scene of the film?
  • Was the movie poster for the film misleading? (YES)
  • Eric took a stopwatch into his Secrets of Dumbledore screening… for a very specific experiment.
  • We, like Jacob, were confused by the plot to confuse Grindelwald.
  • What about Grindelwald’s visions in the puddles and mirrors, what do they mean?
  • Was Credence made to sound more like Aberforth at the start of the film? And was anyone else thinking he would have a romance with Queenie from their early interaction?
  • The re-use of classic Harry Potter lines is scrutinized by Micah.
  • Was the Anton Vogel actor too similar in appearance to Mads as Grindelwald, and did that lead to confusion about the plot and characters?
  • Could Credence be conceivably written out of the franchise at this point? And why can’t the phoenix intervene to save him from his condition? It’s… right there.
  • How do we feel about all the Aberforth and goat stuff now after seeing this movie?
  • Why doesn’t anyone in the film call the head of the International Confederation of Wizards by its book-given title?
  • Revisiting some ‘Crackpot Theories,’ could Leta still live?
  • Quizzitch: According to The Secrets of Dumbledore, What is Bunty’s given surname? Submit your answer!
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Episode #559: ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ Review!

On this week’s episode, it’s all about reviewing Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore! It’s finally here, so just how many secrets were there, and did they live up to expectations? We touch on some of the film’s biggest moments and discuss whether or not this could be the last installment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

  • Welcome Slug Club member, Jemima!
  • Main Discussion: Our review of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  • The hosts given their spoiler-free initial reactions to the third Fantastic Beasts film before jumping into all the details and spoilers
  • Did this movie course-correct like we hoped it would?
  • The Top 7 Moments from The Secrets of Dumbledore…
  • Say what, kid?!? Aurelius is Aberforth’s lovechild?!?
  • Ariana WAS an obscurus! Were we satisfied with the reveal?
  • Tea time with Albus and Gellert
  • Is Mads the Grindelwald we’ve been waiting for?
  • The Brothers Scamander take on the Manticore
  • Could any of us make sense of The Election?
  • The Blood Pact: Explained & Destroyed
  • Queenie & Jacob: Going to the bakery andddd gonna get marrrried!
  • Next week: More on The Secrets of Dumbledore, including our favorite characters, scenes, and beasts
  • Be sure to check out Micah on Everyone’s A Reel Critic (where they discuss movies with at least a 20% differential between the critic and audience rating) to talk about Crimes of Grindelwald!
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Episode #558: Play Our ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Trivia Game!

With just a few days before the release of Secrets of Dumbledore, we host our 7th installment of Quizzitch Live to test your knowledge to-date on the Fantastic Beasts series. Are you up on your fantastic casting? Can you guess who said these memorable quotes? Is your knowledge of beasts at the Magizoologist level? Just how well do you know Gellert Grindelwald ? Join us for Quizzitch Live: Fantastics Beasts and the Suitcase of Fun! Prizes benefit Lambda Legal, The Trevor Project, Trans Lifeline and GLSEN!

Next week will be part 1 of our big Secrets of Dumbledore review! After you see the movie, be sure to send in your feedback and theories, and we may include it on air!

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Episode #557: Let’s Lock-In Our Final ‘Secrets of Dumbledore’ Theories!

With this being our final episode before The Secrets of Dumbledore hits theaters (in the U.K., at least), we set our predictions and theories for the third Fantastic Beasts movie in stone. Plus, one of us has already seen the movie and offers a positive spoiler-free review!

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  • Our next Quizzitch Live is Saturday, April 9th, at 11 AM ET! Winners will receive $40 to a charity of their choice and tickets to see the next Beasts film.
  • Main Discussion: The hosts make their final predictions and theories about The Secrets of Dumbledore
  • …but Eric has just come back from an early screening! He gives a quick, spoiler-free review of the movie.
  • What will the film’s Tomatometer score end up being? How much money will it gross on opening weekend in the U.S.?
  • Andrew, Micah and Laura guess  how gay the Dumbledore and Grindelwald relationship will be?
  • On the subject of relationships, will Queenie and Jacob get back together in this movie? Will Newt and Tina finally start dating by its end?
  • Will we hear about other characters from Potter history? Will the Order of the Phoenix get a shout-out?
  • How many times will Harry Potter soundtrack music play during the movie?
  • About Ariana, will we get a full flashback to the day she died? And does she share an Obscurus with Credence?
  • Will this be the last movie for “the Scamander Six”? How about for Credence? Who will be the MVP of the movie, and what’s the deal with Jacob’s wand?
  • Finally, the hosts share their thoughts on the blood pact, Credence’s origins and any additional crackpot theories.
  • Patrons weigh in with their predictions, as we close the box of guesses with a lock and key.
  • Quizzitch: James Newton Howard, composer of the Fantastic Beasts series, also composed the music for the film adaptations of THIS, young-adult post-apocalyptic fiction book series, once marketed as “The Next Harry Potter.”  Submit your answer!
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Episode #556: Dumbledore Confesses Love for Grindelwald in New ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Previews

With just a few weeks to go until the release of The Secrets of Dumbledore, the hosts review some recently released clips and featurettes. Why did Dumbledore create the blood pact and what happens if he tries to destroy it? Will Dumbledore’s love for Grindelwald continue to cloud his judgment? And, are the Fantastic Beasts producers relying too much on Harry Potter nostalgia? Plus next week, don’t miss our Secrets of Dumbledore predictions episode!

  • News roundup covers Hogwarts Legacy for Nintendo Switch, early Fantastic Beasts fan screenings and The Secrets of Dumbledore screenplay
  • Main Discussion: The Latest Secrets of Dumbledore Clips & Featurettes
  • Dumbledore attempts to destroy the blood pact! Why does this scene feel oddly familiar?
  • Dumbledore confesses his love for Grindelwald!
  • How will Newt and team bring down Grindelwald… it’s all about CONFUSION?!?!
  • Does David Heyman’s Dean Thomas reference seem out of place?
  • Are the Fantastic Beasts producers relying too heavily on Harry Potter nostalgia?
  • Magic upgrade: How will Secrets of Dumbledore improve upon battle magic?
  • Aberforth and His Mirror: who is he trying to communicate with?
  • All aboard, The Great Wizarding Express!
  • SAY WHAT, Dumbledore? “The fact that that everything didn’t go precisely to plan was precisely the plan!” 
  • Quizzitch: Why doesn’t Bellatrix intervene in Dumbledore’s fight against Voldemort in the Ministry?  Submit your answer!
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  • Next week’s episode: We’ll lock in our Secrets of Dumbledore predictions!

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Episode #555: ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ Reveals Huge Sneak Peek, ’98-’99 Hogwarts School Year Deep Dive

On this week’s MuggleCast, we return to an e-mail that we received that asks us what the 1998-1999 Hogwarts school year would have been like, when Hermione returned to complete her Hogwarts education and when Ginny and Luna were her classmates. The hosts think critically and speculate which accommodations might be made in wake of the destruction of the school and considering the mental health and well-being of students and staff! Plus, a recent Hogwarts Legacy trailer gives us the first real look inside the much-anticipated Wizarding World game. All this and more can be found inside the episode!

  • Playstation’s ‘State of Play’ event gives Potter fans an in-depth look at Hogwarts Legacy. The hosts discuss what interests them about it as gamers.
  • Main Discussion: Annette asks us, what do we think the 1998/1999 school year would have looked like at Hogwarts?
  • September 1 is only 4 months after the Battle of Hogwarts! Is that enough time to repair the school and memorialize the fallen?
  • What would the Sorting Hat’s song be like? More calls for unity, amid Slytherin’s recent walkout?
  • If McGonagall was now headmistress, who would take her spot as head of Gryffindor House and professor of Transfiguration? Is Oliver Wood too young / too obvious?
  • What would Hogwarts’ graduation ceremony look like, and why did we never see one?
  • Would Ron and Harry pop by on the weekends to visit their girlfriends Hermione and Ginny?
  • Will Hogwarts FINALLY, finally, get some grief counselors? And did Dumbledore put an unnecessary target on Hogwarts when he was headmaster?
  • The hosts discuss tributes that occurred to students who died during their own educational history.
  • Listeners provide their questions, such as: will rebuilding Hogwarts add elevators and unisex bathrooms? What happens to the statues of the knights that defended the school?
  • Quizzitch: This Week’s CURRENT Quizzitch Question: Finish this line: “Minister, the evidence of the Dark Lord’s return is _______.” A) Incomparable B) Inconvenient C) Inconceivable! D) Incontrovertible  Submit your answer!
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Episode #554: Analyzing Newt Through His Relationships with Theseus, Leta, Tina, Dumbledore


On this week’s episode, our Fantastic Beasts character discussions return to focus on the one-and-only Newt Scamander. With about a month to go before the release of Secrets of Dumbledore, we analyze all of Newt’s relationships from the last film and debate what the future holds for our favorite magizoologist. Plus, its Newt’s birthday, so just will the hosts gift him? A niffler fanny pack may be in his future!

  • Welcome to our social media manager, Chloe!
  • The cover of the Order of the Phoenix Illustrated Edition has been revealed!
  • Fantastic Beasts Character Discussion: Newt Scamander
  • We last talked about Newt back on Episode 326 with Evanna Lynch!
  • Horoscope Check: Newt is the perfect Pisces!
  • The hosts break down Newt’s relationships in Crimes of Grindelwald
  • What exactly is the dynamic between the brothers Scamander?
  • Does Newt still love Leta?
  • Why does Dumbledore trust Newt so much?
  • Are there more comparisons between Newt and Snape than meet the eye?
  • The Newt and Jacob BROMANCE continues!
  • Did the writers do the Newt & Tina relationship an injustice?
  • What does the future hold for Newt in Secrets of Dumbledore?
  • Given we recorded on Newt’s birthday, the hosts share what presents they would get him.
  • Quizzitch: What is Yusuf Kama’s mother’s name?  Submit your answer!
  • On Bonus MuggleCast (available on our Patreon), we discuss the recently revealed Alternative Titles for Crimes of Grindelwald. Yes, Fantastic Beasts: The Statute of Secrecy was an option…
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