Episode 250: J.K. Rowling’s New Testament

  • Ben and Laura join Andrew, Micah, and Eric for our 250th episode!
  • J.K. Rowling has announced that she’ll be releasing a new book later this year.
  • What do we think the genre will be? We look at the clues.
  • NewBookCon, NewBook Theme Park, and NewBookCast area already in the works.
  • Laura, living in Costa Rica, learns of Jo’s new book via Toucan.
  • A book on 16th Century Basket making could be sold by Jo, says Eric.
  • Pottermore is shutting down and will be replaced by NewBookMore.
  • Bloomsbury will publish illustrated versions of the seven books. Silly? Smart? Could they reveal new information?
  • Harry Potter wins no Academy Awards ever. We discuss if it even matters, and why this happened.
  • Harry, Voldemort, Dumbledore, and Snape chime in on the issue as well.
  • Harry Potter Wizards Collection has been announced. Is it worth the enormous price tag?
  • E-mails address Slughorn and Felix Felicis, muggle objects not working at Hogwarts, and more.
  • In Chicken Soup, a listener shows us his true commitment to the show!

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Episode 226: Permit to Podcast

  • Check out Hypable.com – a MuggleNet for the rest of the fandoms in the world, created by MuggleNet staff!
  • Jamie and Laura are back for this episode!
  • A trailer for ‘Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ will be released this Wednesday.
  • We review features of the ‘Part 1’ DVD and Blu-ray
  • Jamie educates us on the concept of TV licenses and reveals he lives in the stone age.
  • J.K. Rowling gained Steve Kloves’ trust after hearing one word.
  • New news from Jo is so slow these days we come up with a plan to start recycling.
  • Many listeners wrote in about last week’s discussion concerning a female lead character.
  • Our final Chapter by Chapter installment for Goblet of Fire!
  • What power to Fawkes put over Harry?
  • Dumbledore and the infamous gleam of triumph.
  • Does Fudge genuinely believe Voldemort is not back?
  • Through all this, classes are STILL going on?
  • Outside of magic, how smart are Hogwarts students?
  • It’s clear the Ministry is beginning to look very corrupt.
  • Make the Connection: Family Guy, Pokemon, and homeless people watching popular television.
  • We are split on whether or not cutting Pettigrew’s death from Part 1 was a good idea.
  • Twitter Question: What did YOU think of the ‘Part 1’ DVD/Blu-ray?

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Episode 210: Reaching Floo Heights

  • DH poster analysis: Why the hell is Ron by a power plant?
  • Part 2 casting, Rowling on Oprah, Alexandre Desplat and Wizarding World expansion
  • Chapter-by-Chapter: Goblet of Fire Chapters 10-12
  • We’re introduced to the name Rita Skeeter and the character of Mad-Eye Moody
  • Percy’s early loyalty to the Ministry and Hermione’s passion for S.P.E.W. are evident
  • Why does Mrs. Weasley constantly make Ron an easy target?
  • We know what Muggles see if they happen to pass Hogwarts, but if what if they tried to enter?
  • We learn of Lucius Malfoy’s connection to Igor Karkaroff
  • Why endanger first-years on an overflowing lake?
  • Do ghosts change clothes? Eric is intrigued.
  • Does Hermione overreact to the idea that House-Elves work at Hogwarts?
  • Eric recounts the real story of Natalie MacDonald
  • Does Hogwarts and the Ministry use the Triwizard Tournament to overshadow last year’s incident with Sirius Black?
  • Favorites returns: New actor/actress in Deathly Hallows, Part 1
  • Chicken Soup

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Episode 208: Wannabe Wizards

  • Pictures, pictures and more pictures from Deathly Hallows
  • We discuss the new DH TV spot, theme park expansion and more
  • Micah interviews Jonathan Smith, Head of Production for LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  • Chapter-by-Chapter covers Chapters 7-9 of Goblet of Fire
  • Ludo Bagman and Winky – why were they omitted from the films?
  • Why did the Quidditch World Cup seem like one giant, disorganized event?
  • Could Jo be the next ESPN sportscaster? She’s good at writing live Quidditch.
  • Why didn’t Harry ever question how Winky knew Dobby?
  • Could Harry’s dream about Quidditch foreshadow a later event in the book?
  • Wands are like cell phones! How did Harry not notice it was gone?
  • Hermione the know-it-all shows up quite a few times in these chapters.
  • This week’s episode is brought to you by Audible.com – get your free audiobook today!

Download NowRunning time: 1:46:16, 51.1 MB

Episode 204: Comes Around, Goes Around

  • It’s our fifth birthday! At the start did we think this would run for five years?
  • We recap Infinitus and how nice it was to meet all the fans!
  • Andrew provides a report from Comic Con 2010, where new Deathly Hallows footage was revealed.
  • Two important voices will be missing from the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 video game. Why?
  • Will a Harry Potter theme park really come to fruition in India?
  • Happy Birthday to JK Rowling and Harry Potter! Andrew plays a song for ’em.
  • We kick off Chapter by Chapter for Goblet of Fire. This episode looks at Chapters 1 – 3.
  • We analyze small towns, the importance of review chapters, the Dursleys, and more.
  • MuggleMail addresses some recent news, partying at Hogwarts, and more.
  • Chicken Soup for the MuggleCast Soul.

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Running time: 1:17:05, 37.1 MB

Episode 203: LIVE From Infinitus 2010 and The Wizarding World

  • The MuggleCasters are in Orlando to podcast in front of a live audience! This episode actually includes two shows in one. The first show is from within the hotel where the Infinitus Harry Potter conference was held. The second is live from within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park! Join us as we talk about the latest Harry Potter news, our thoughts on the Wizarding World park, and much more.

Download NowRunning time: 58:43, 28.3 MB

Episode 188: BobFail 2009

  • It’s time for our 2009 Year in Review episode!
  • The term BobFail is created on the show as Micah tells the story of putting a USA Today writer in his place.
  • The 2nd Annual MuggleCasties Awards are here!
  • We ask listeners to vote LIVE as we announced each category on the air. We then read the results and discussed if we agreed/disagreed with the consensus.
  • Best Harry Potter Video? Most Interesting Potter star on Twitter? All questions are asked and answered!
  • Who will win this year’s JK Rowling award?
  • What were the 7 biggest Potter stories of the year?
  • We recall the best MuggleCast moments of 2009.
  • We host a trivia contest where winners receive copies of Half-Blood Prince on DVD!
  • What things do we have to look forward to in 2010?

Download Now Running time: 1:31:17, 58.4 MB

Episode 187: Magic is Muscle

  • News: Potter top Twitter trend, HBP screening, DH filming update and more.
  • We touch briefly on the SS and CoS Ultimate Edition DVDs.
  • Laura and Mikey give their thoughts on the DH trailer.
  • Muggle Mail includes Harry and the Sorting Hat, petrified people, wizard genetics, and health at Hogwarts.
  • Chapter by Chapter returns with Chamber of Secrets 13-15.
  • Is there a secret to each Chapter 13 in the Potter series?
  • Does Harry have a Horcrux moment when he first encounters Riddle’s diary?
  • Why doesn’t the Trio just present all their findings to the staff instead of getting into more danger?
  • Did Dumbledore sense the presence of a deathly hallow in Hagrid’s hut?
  • And did the governors really believe Hogwarts would be safer without Dumbledore?
  • Also, why is Chapter 14 called Cornelius Fudge? We don’t think it makes much sense!
  • Was Malfoy asking Snape about the headmaster’s position foreshadowing to DH?
  • Were the students really safe being escorted around by professors?
  • We meet Aragog. Hagrid continues to underestimate the danger of certain creatures.
  • Ford Anglia to the rescue! Did it grow a mind of its own?
  • Thanks to everyone who vote for us at the 2009 Podcast Awards!

Download Now Running time: 1:26:34, 49.7 MB

Episode 181: Nothing Less Than Ultimate

  • We discuss the recently announced release dates for the HBP DVDs..
  • …and get into all the details surrounding the Ultimate Editions.
  • Quick Deathly Hallows filming update.
  • Announcements include Infinitus, Twitter and Chapter-by-Chapter?!?!
  • Laura and Nick offer their thoughts on the theme park.
  • What would have happened if Harry chose the Hallows?
  • We tell what one thing we would change about the series and why.
  • Which professor (aside from Dumbledore) was the most influential for each member of the Trio?
  • What if Hermione had a brother or a sister, how would her character change?
  • This Week in MuggleCast history goes way back to our “lost” episode.

Download Now Running time: 1:16:28, 36.8 MB

Episode 177: The Astronomy Tower of Terror

  • MuggleCast is back in a pre-recorded format and we’re all about Half-Blood Prince today!
  • Micah gets us up to date with all the news over the past few weeks.
  • How’d Half-Blood Prince perform in the box office? Why did hamsters beat wizards in the second week?
  • Ultimate Collector’s Edition DVDs… is it too soon?
  • Theme Park news and Half-Blood Prince give us a new idea for a ride at the upcoming theme park.
  • Azkatraz recap! We had a ton of fun meeting and hanging with the listeners!
  • Our 4 year anniversary is coming up very soon. We discuss how we’ll celebrate.
  • MuggleMail addresses listener reaction to Half-Blood Prince.
  • The rest of our show goes through lots of Half-Blood Prince talk. Best film? Best acting? Scariest scenes? What did WB miss? We talk about it ALL!

Download Now Running time: 1:23:55, 38.5 MB