Episode #650: How The Royal Family Influenced Rita Skeeter, and more MuggleMail

This week, we’re busting open the MuggleMail bag and listening to your voicemails on all things Goblet of Fire! So grab your (stuffed) Hungarian Horntail and Quick Quotes Quill and settle up for our latest installment, where we hear direct from you, our listeners!

  • Controversy! Miriam Margolyes roasted Harry Potter fans in recent interview! The hosts react! 
  • Voicemails cover Security at Gringotts, Portraits & Horcruxes, Rita Skeeter, Viktor Krum, Veelas and their ability to effect Voldemort and much more!
  • A fantastic connection is made between Harry and Ron’s divination homework and the three Triwizards Tasks!
  • How do we feel about the way Rita Skeeter’s character is first described?
  • Did Dumbledoree see the name of the school Harry Potter was entered under for the Triwizard Tournament? If so, what was it?
  • Could Dumbledore have used a tracking spell (Appare Vestigium) to find who placed Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire, much like how Newt was able to follow Tina in Crimes of Grindelwald?
  • Why doesn’t Barty Crouch Jr. (emphasis on the Jr.) show up on the Marauder’s Map?
  • Do the first three Harry Potter books mirror the three Triwizard Tasks?
  • Would the Sorting Hat have done a better job than the Goblet of Fire?
  • Who does the laundry at Hogwarts?
  • One mom makes the case for why Hogwarts students are generally ignorant to how their food is made!
  • Did Barty Crouch Jr. teach the students the Imperius Curse as a means of protection, having experienced the curse himself?
  • What if Percy told Barty Crouch Sr. his name was Weatherby so as not to be associated with his father while working at the Ministry?
  • Quizzitch: What is the first bit of Professor Moody’s advice to Harry about the First Task?
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  • Coming up in Bonus MuggleCast, we discuss the final three candidates chosen to write the new Harry Potter TV series! And its upcoming 2026 release date! For twice-monthly Bonus MuggleCast, as well as other great benefits, visit Patreon.com/MuggleCast!

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