- 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.
Running time: 1:25:27, 51.3 MB
- 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.
Running time: 1:11:37, 43 MB
- 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.
Running time: 1:18:10, 46.9 MB
- 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.
Running time: 1:13:13, 43.9 MB
- 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?
Running time: 1:18:54, 47.3 MB
- 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)
Running time: 2:19:58, 65.2 MB
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?
Running time: 1:48:37, 65.2 MB
- 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!)
Running time: 1:13:25, 44.1 MB
- 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)!
Running time: 1:19:28, 47.7 MB
- 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?
Running time: 1:11:56, 43.2 MB