Episode #400: Evanesco!

  • Laura returns as we hit 400 episodes!
  • What Potter gifts did the hosts get for the holidays? Does Andrew have to return his to NJ Transit?
  • Our patrons put Laura on the hot seat as she answers some tough Potter questions
  • Pottermore’s #NationalTriviaDay tweet creates a real sh*t storm by saying Hogwarts didn’t have bathrooms pre-18th Century
  • So… did they really just do their business wherever they stood?
  • Who teaches younger students how to wipe up after themselves?
  • Why bother adding bathrooms to Hogwarts at all?
  • Did wizards never see a need for a private place for them to relieve themselves?
  • What if it was an especially rough bowl movement?
  • We dig deep into our MuggleMail bag and retrieve some vintage emails just for Laura
  • After six years, Laura finally becomes Lady Geek of the Week, learns she correctly predicted Neville’s head on fire and has a best friend named Eve
  • Voicemails cover a Kowalski descendant, Newt’s expulsion, Queenie’s mental state, a Leta horcrux and more
  • The Dueling Club is back featuring characters from The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Quizzitch: Which Slytherin student prevented the Chamber of Secrets from being discovered?
  • Chicken Soup comes all the way from Pakistan!
  • And the hosts entertain this Crackpot Theory: Is Aurelius Dumbledore a homunculus?
  • In Bonus MuggleCast, available on Patreon, we discuss a strange Harry Potter book, Crimes of Grindelwald’s prophecy, and Hermione’s actions in Half-Blood Prince.

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Running time: 1:25:27, 51.3 MB

Episode #399: 2018 Review, 2019 Preview

  • This week’s episode is brought to you by Wondery’s Imagined Life podcast — listen to their episode on J.K. Rowling!
  • Our final episode of 2018 & our last of the 300s. We count down our Top 7 Potter Moments of 2018!
  • 7. A great year for us at MuggleCast
  • 6. The New Wizarding World logo (Seriously!!)
  • 5. Hogwarts Mystery
  • 4. Harry Potter RPG trailer leaks
  • 3. From Nagini to Aurelius Dumbledore, 2018 was full of canon additions
  • 2. Cursed Child opens on Broadway
  • 1. Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters worldwide
  • What can we look forward to in 2019?
  • Harry Potter Wizards Unite? A new Wizarding World theme park attraction?
  • Will we learn the title of Fantastic Beasts 3 and get our first promo?
  • When will Goblet of Fire: Illustrated Edition hit store shelves?
  • In Bonus MuggleCast, available on Patreon, we discuss what 2019 has in store at greater length. Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter has a big new ride coming in the New Year, and we look at construction photos to figure out what the coaster is going to be like.

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Running time: 1:11:37, 43 MB

Episode #398: Order Of The Zouwu

  • This week’s episode is brought to you by Wondery’s Imagined Life podcast — listen to their episode on J.K. Rowling! It’s also brought to you by Care/Of, makers of monthly vitamin and supplement subscriptions. Visit TakeCareOf.com and use code ‘MuggleCast’ for 25% off your first month.
  • Laura is back and gives us her thoughts on the Crimes of Grindelwald! Plus, we share an exciting announcement about the future of the show.
  • Cursed Child is a go in San Francisco
  • Main Discussion: Predicting Fantastic Beasts 3 (it’s never too early!)
  • Are we headed to Rio? Austria? Both? We examine JKR’s tweets.
  • Laura gives us a World War II history lesson
  • Will Castelobruxo make an appearance? Ilvermorny?
  • What amount of time will pass between Movies 2 & 3?
  • What Harry Potter-era character will make his or her debut?
  • Are we about to see the original Order of the Phoenix?
  • Each host has an interesting take on Movie 3’s opening scene
  • Will McGonagall actually have a bigger role, like the actress’ publicist says?
  • Will Queenie be revealed as a double agent?
  • Where is Yusuf Kama and does his Unbreakable Vow still apply?
  • Is Leta alive?
  • Will Newt finally stand up to Dumbledore?
  • Will Dumbledore destroy the Blood Pact?
  • Can we expect a Dumbledore / Grindelwald confrontation?
  • Will Dumbledore open up about his relationship with Grindelwald?
  • Will Eulalie Hicks save the day?
  • Quizzitch: Which Castelobruxo alum is/was Captain of the world-renowned Quidditch team… the Tarapoto Tree- Skimmers?

In Bonus MuggleCast, available on Patreon, we revisit our Crimes of Grindelwald predictions and see who got the most correct.

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Running time: 1:18:10, 46.9 MB

Episode #397: Blue Fire Toasted

  • Zoe Kravitz tells Dan Fogler that Leta getting “Blue Fired Toasted” may’ve been a “last minute change” — What does that mean?
  • Fantastic Beasts 2 raised a lot of questions, but what about the questions the first movie raised? We revisit the first movie to see what FB2 didn’t answer. Including….
  • What’s going on with that Obscurus in Newt’s suitcase?
  • Where is the real Graves?
  • WHO is taking care of Jacob’s bakery?
  • Which bad memories were erased by the Swooping Evil?
  • Why was Newt expelled?
  • Inconsistencies between FB1 and FB2: MACUSA, Credence’s haircut, Queenie, and Accio
  • Voicemails address a theory on Voldemort making Nagini a Horcrux, McGonagall and Time Turners, and why Credence must go ‘freely’ to Grindelwald.
  • Quizzitch: What historical accuser of witches, later among the accused herself, is name dropped by Tina Goldstein and is also a character in Arthur Miller’s ‘the Crucible?’
  • This week’s episode of MuggleCast is brought to you by Robinhood! Start investing today and receive a free stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint.


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Running time: 1:13:13, 43.9 MB

Episode #396: Aurelius Dumbledore Theories

  • Welcome Slug Club member Jamima!
  • Crimes of Grindelwald continues to struggle at the box office – what can they do to improve future numbers?
  • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite releases their first official trailer
  • Andrew speaks with Universal Orlando’s Manager of Entertainment Creative Development, Lora Sauls, to discuss the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s holiday festivities
  • Main Discussion: Aurelius Dumbledore Theories
  • Does Ariana’s obscurus live within Credence?
  • Is Grindelwald speaking to the obscurus or Credence at the end of the film?
  • Could it be possible Dumbledore is unaware of his brother’s existence?
  • Are Ariana and Aurelius twins?
  • Why was Aurelius never mentioned by Aberforth? Unearthed by Rita Skeeter?
  • Why was Aurelius being shipped off to the United States?
  • Is there still a chance that Credence is Corvus Lestrange Jr.?
  • Could Credence be Ariana?
  • One patron provides an alchemy theory and another asks if Dumbledore and Grindelwald created Credence through their blood pact?
  • Did the fandom misjudge how old Professor McGonagall actually is?
  • Could Queenie be a double agent?
  • Quizzitch: What does Yusuf Kama say upon awakening in Nicolas Flamel’s home?

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Running time: 1:18:54, 47.3 MB

Episode #395: What We Noticed In ‘Grindelwald’ The Second Time

  • We check our initial predictions – who got the opening weekend box office total right?
  • Eric and Andrew give their thoughts after seeing the movie for a second time
  • Could an elusive iceberg creature have caused the Atlantic shipwreck?
  • What’s up with the Deathly Hallows being carved into a Hogwarts desk?
  • How did Dumbledore know to warn Theseus about Grindelwald’s rally? Did he tip off Nicolas Flamel as well?
  • Mirror of Erised: Is Dumbledore’s greatest desire now undoing the blood pact?
  • Andrew and Micah dive deep into the Crimes of Grindelwald script book
  • Do a few initially missed moments suggest Grindelwald is leading Credence on?
  • We analyze Dumbeldore’s description of an obscurus and The Predictions of Tycho Dodonus
  • Did we miss an early clue when Leta says to Dumbledore: “not unless you had a brother who died too”?
  • Dumbledore was in the Room of Requirement when he looks into the Mirror of Erised
  • Was Leta’s death intentionally ambiguous? If both her and Corvus Jr. are gone, how does the Lestrange bloodline continue on?
  • JKR has been hinting at Aurelius for over two years on her website!
  • Voicemails cover calls from inside the theater, Queenie’s allegiance, Tina, Leta, Nagini and more!
  • A great email analysis on Aurelius, Credence, Corvus and the raven/phoenix chick
  • Listeners call in live with their thoughts and questions!
  • Quizzitch: According to the “Crimes of Grindelwald” screenplay / film, what is Travers’ official position at the Ministry of Magic?
  • This week’s sponsors are Stamps.com (enter code ‘MuggleCast’ for a four-week trial plus postage) and Bombas (visit Bombas.com/MuggleCast and use code ‘MuggleCast’ to get 20% off your first order)

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Running time: 2:19:58, 65.2 MB

Episode #394: ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ SPOILER Review

After seeing it on Tuesday, the hosts of MuggleCast sit down to offer our Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald spoiler review!

  • Hypable’s Danielle joins the show as we review The Crimes of Grindelwald!
  • What better place to start than with THAT ending!
  • Is Grindelwald lying to Credence about who he really is?
  • What we know (or think we know) about the Dumbledore family
  • The blood pact: what happens if you attempt to break it?
  • Who initially turned Credence on to trying to discover his family history?
  • The Lestrange red herring: were Leta and Yusuf even necessary?
  • Why was Yusuf still beholden to an Unbreakable Vow given…
  • …that night on the boat in the middle of the ocean
  • Most talked about pre-release spoilers: Nagini and McGonagall
  • Going back to Hogwarts!
  • Newt and Dumbledore: was their relationship well established?
  • Jacob and Queenie: were we surprised by the sides they chose?
  • Who exactly did the Prophecy implicate?
  • Nicolas Flamel, Abernathy, Spielman and Grimson
  • Favorites: New Beast & Scene
  • What exactly are the Crimes of Grindelwald?
  • Quizzitch: What is the Crimes of Grindelwald’s Opening Weekend U.S. box office total?

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Running time: 1:48:37, 65.2 MB

Episode #393: Final ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ Predictions

  • Welcome back Patrick, and Slug Club member Shannon joins the show!
  • News: a shifty JKR assistant and several new Crimes of Grindelwald promos!
  • MuggleMail covers Dumbledore understanding parseltongue and nonverbal spells
  • The hosts give their official Crimes of Grindelwald predictions!
  • What characters will be Team Grindelwald by the end of the movie?
  • What will be the big shock about Credence that JKR mentioned?
  • Will we learn where Fantastic Beasts 3 is set by the end of the film?
  • Will Nagini be more than Credence’s emotional friend?
  • How will Jacob remember Queenie?
  • What other Potter characters will be name-checked?
  • How explicit will the Grindelwald/Dumbledore relationship be?
  • Why can Dumbledore not move against Grindelwald?
  • What does it mean that Leta is implicated by prophecy?
  • Who will be the unsuspecting hero of the movie?
  • Will the core four make it through the film? Who else likely won’t?
  • Will we see Jacob’s bakery? Nurmengard?
  • We reveal our Most Anticipated New Character and Most Anticipated New Beast!
  • Quizzitch: What are the names of Newt’s three pet Kneazles?
  • Next week: Our Crimes of Grindelwald spoiler-FILLED review! Call or e-mail us after you see the movie with your own thoughts!
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Casper (Visit Casper.com/MuggleCast and use code ‘MuggleCast’ at checkout) and Robinhood (Visit MuggleCast.Robinhood.com for a free stock!)

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Running time: 1:13:25, 44.1 MB

Episode #392: #ProtectTheSecrets (HBP Chapter 12, Silver and Opals)

  • Laura’s back!
  • #ProtectTheSecrets! Some fans have gotten to see Crimes of Grindelwald early! We speak to Lucas, one of the lucky few.
  • JKR all but reveals that Rio will be the location for Fantastic Beasts 3!
  • HQ Trivia – Harry Potter Edition is coming November 14! If we can’t win this one, we’ve got issues.
  • Voicemails cover Hermione confunding Cormac, Potter Halloween costumes, Potter pickup lines, Dumbledore and parseltongue and a theory on Draco’s real father
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Silver and Opals
  • 7-Word Summary: Draco is trying out poisoned necklaces hooray!
  • Harry continues to test spells from the Half-Blood Prince. Is this safe to be doing on fellow students? Filch? Ron?
  • How do we think wizards create spells?
  • Clues abound over Snape being the Half-Blood Prince!
  • Why does Hermione take a liking to the Slug Club meetings?
  • Harry and Dung square off in Hogsmeade
  • How good is Draco’s plan to get the cursed necklace to Dumbledore?
  • Where’s the security to prevent all of this Imperius-ing in Hogsmeade?
  • Is Draco being given orders or coming up with these plans on his own?
  • Should Harry put more trust in McGonagall?
  • The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: To date, the Wizarding World film series has won ONE Academy Award. In what category was the award?
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by BeachBody OnDemand (text ‘MuggleCast’ to 303030) and AWAY Travel (use code ‘MuggleCast’ for $20 off)!

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Running time: 1:19:28, 47.7 MB

Episode #391: Sluggybear (HBP Chapter 11, Hermione’s Helping Hand)

  • Slug Club member Nicole joins the show!
  • Claudia Kim weighs in on the Nagini controversy
  • The hosts predict the U.S. opening weekend box office total for The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • MuggleMail covers obsessive love and Care of Magical Creatures
  • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Hermione’s Helping Hand
  • 7-Word Summary: Harry tries to prune Buckbeak’s big lunch
  • Hermione reveals why Harry is so appealing… and it definitely bothers Ron!
  • Did people think this provided a window for Harry and Hermione? Or was it always Hermione and Ron?
  • Stan Shunpike’s comments land him in Azkaban. What does this tell us about the current state of wizarding affairs?
  • Gryffindor tryouts – whose vetting these people?!?!
  • Why is Hagrid letting Buckbeak just chill outside his hut? Couldn’t he be recognized?
  • Shouldn’t Hagrid be more mature in his initial reactions to the Trio?
  • Time Turners: were they really all destroyed? Cursed Child begs to differ!
  • Did Hermione confunding Cormac help along the Ron/Lavender relationship?
  • Is Harry to blame at all for not replacing Ron with Cormac after he found out the truth?
  • Connecting The Threads: The Evening Prophet, Stan Shunpike & Aragog
  • The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter
  • Quizzitch: Who delivers the message to Harry about Dumbledore’s second lesson?

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Running time: 1:11:56, 43.2 MB