Episode 135: The Jim Dale Approaches

  • Matt and Mikey fight to intro last. Mikey wins.
  • MuggleCast News guest anchor Edith gives us the news.
  • Jim Dale will be joining us on MuggleCast next week!
  • We’re looking for your questions to ask Jim. Call ’em in!
  • Chapter by Chapter covers Chapters 20 and 21 of Deathly Hallows.
  • Discussion topics include the Deathly Hallows, Xenophilius Lovegood, and more.
  • Voicemails return and we have lots of fun questions and answers!
  • Make the Music Connection challenges our musical creativity.
  • Chicken Soup for the MuggleCast Soul: Baby Edition!

Download Now Running time: 1:29:51, 41.2 MB

Episode 134: What the Bleep?

  • A slip-up on last week’s show gets a lot of feedback. We respond.
  • The Top 5 contestants for Micah’s News Contest!
  • It’s a new month so vote for us on Podcast Alley!
  • Help Mason raise money for the American Cancer Society.
  • Listener Rebuttals take a look at cashing in, The Last Enemy, and Make the Music Connection.
  • Chapter by Chapter covers Chapters 18 and 19.
  • We have an in-depth discussion on Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s relationship.
  • Why is the sword at the bottom of the pond?
  • Matt gets angry at Snape’s sword placement.
  • Laura justifies Hermione’s anger at Ron when he returns.
  • Make the Music Connection returns!
  • A new segment: Hold Up, Hosts!
  • Chicken Soup.

Download Now Running time: 1:18:04, 35.8 MB

Episode 133: Laura is Fired

  • Six people host this week’s episode!
  • … including one new host, Elysa Montfort of MuggleNet Fan Fiction!
  • We discuss the recent unintentional director leak.
  • What we think of a new scene being added to Half-Blood Prince, and when it will happen.
  • Andrew, Laura, Matt and Elysa give a review of Spiderwick Chronicles.
  • The word “Potter” and “Claritin” comes to mind in several of its scenes.
  • The next live online MuggleCast is coming soon.
  • Rebuttals address our statement about negative e-mails and Gryffindor’s Sword.
  • Chapter by Chapter covers two chapters this week!
  • Why doesn’t Harry care much about the statue created in memorial of his family?
  • What do the lines the gravestones mean exactly?
  • Favorites: HP movie poster/DVD cover.
  • Make the Music connection returns, revamped.
  • Elysa is great. Laura is fired.

Download Now Running time: 1:43:12, 47.2 MB

Episode 131: Internal Memos

  • *Gasp* No Andrew or Matt this week!
  • Spielberg rumors still cropping up – Mikey and Eric provide a strong case for him.
  • Jo compares Fudge to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.
  • What will happen in HBP since the Dursleys are cut?
  • Micah says the word “lovers”.
  • How does Mad Eye’s magical eye work on a door?
  • Was Umbridge influenced at all by the locket?
  • Part Two of our interview with Freddie Highmore.
  • Chapter By Chapter: Chapter 14, The Thief.
  • How does Hermione give away the secret?
  • Ron saves the trio unknowingly.
  • We have some in-depth analysis on Grindelwald’s depiction in Gregorovitch’s memory.
  • Can older actors perform stunts?
  • If Slytherin only wanted purebloods, why did the sorting hat want to put Harry in Slytherin along with Voldemort and Snape, who were also half-bloods?

Download Now Running time: 1:35:20, 43.8 MB

Episode 130: Matt Can Feel It

  • Andrew kicks the show off with an intriguing, on-topic story.
  • It’s a new month so vote on Podcast Alley!
  • Del Toro isn’t directing Deathly Hallows, and we react.
  • Betting Men better be betting.
  • MuggleMail covers last week’s hot topics.
  • We interview Paul DeGeorge from Harry and the Potters.
  • Harry Year 7 discusses his second annual charity effort, the Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club.
  • The MuggleNet song, created in 2005 by Paul and his brother, makes its worldwide debut.
  • Chapter by Chapter: Chapter 13.
  • Did the locket have any effect on Umbridge?
  • Mad-Eye’s Eye on the toad’s door makes us sad.
  • We discuss the Polyjuice Potion scenes in the film series and how this one should be done.
  • Make the Connection ideas from listeners like you.
  • A Pensieve Possibilities list sent in by MuggleCast Fan Forum listeners.

Download Now Running time: 1:47:08, 36.8 MB

Episode 129: Pensive Possibilities

  • We discuss what we’re most looking forward to about Half-Blood Prince and what we think may be cut.
  • Small update on the East Coast Tour.
  • Vote on Podcast Alley…or else!
  • Muggle Mail on movie intermissions, cliffhangers and Chapter 10.
  • Interview with Freddie Highmore.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter: Chapters 11 and 12.
  • The hosts draw some excellent comparisons in these chapters to Nazi Germany.
  • The story begins to take on a very dark tone.
  • We analyze the argument between Harry and Remus from both perspectives – sorry Harry, seeing this one from just your point of view doesn’t cut it.
  • One listener writes a very good defense of Lupin.
  • Kreacher and the saucepan: finally some comedy!
  • Jo shows just how good she is in her revelation that Umbridge has the locket.
  • What is up with this plan to infiltrate the Ministry? Micah doesn’t buy it.
  • Snape named Headmaster of Hogwarts – was he there to actually protect the students?
  • Why does Hermione keep nagging Harry to close his mind? It actually helps him!
  • Chicken Soup.

Download Now Running time: 1:35:57, 33 MB

Episode 128: Questionable Questions

  • Andrew boasts about the new Wizard Rock section.
  • Rumors concerning a two-part Deathly Hallows surface.
  • Harvard announces JK Rowling to give commencement keynote. We fantasize.
  • A possible MuggleCast spring break east coast tour?
  • Listener e-mails cover last week’s discussion on the dust figure and more.
  • Chapter by Chapter: Kreacher’s Tale.
  • We sympathize for Harry seeing Hermione and Ron holding hands.
  • How does the fidelius charm actually work?
  • How does Bathilda Bagshot visit Lily if Pettigrew is the only secret keeper?
  • Favorites: We each talk about our favorite song from the Potter soundtracks.
  • Chicken Soup.
  • Dog Bloopers!

Download Now Running time: 1:16:00, 26.2 MB

Episode 127: Making Connections

  • JKR Documentary discussion.
  • Jo talks about her family and religious views.
  • What was the character name she took from the book in the church?
  • Universal adds a new poll to their website and we discuss the pros and cons of where we would like to have a drink.
  • Andrew, Matt and Laura review Sweeney Todd.
  • Our thoughts on the recent Helen McCrory interview.
  • We respond to some Muggle Mail from our Holiday and New Year’s shows.
  • Chapter-by-Chapter: A Place to Hide.
  • Is Hermione the genie in the Potter world?
  • Tottenham Court Road and Grimmauld Place.
  • Make the Connection returns.
  • Chicken Soup.
  • Andrew attempts the fastest show close ever.

Download Now Running time: 1:27:55, 40.4 MB

Episode 125: Holiday Joy

  • It’s another holiday season!
  • Jamie is back and recounts his problems with Christmas.
  • We discuss the latest news, including casting, TIME, and the Jo documentary.
  • Jamie and Laura add their input to the show ending announcement.
  • MuggleMail address DVD issues and Chapter by Chapter.
  • This week, Chapter by Chapter covers Chapters 5 and 6 of Deathly Hallows.
  • Was Harry right to use Expelliarmus against the Death Eaters?
  • Did Lupin have a right to discipline him?
  • Was Mrs. Weasley’s motherly protection justified?
  • Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione tension.
  • Measures taken for the Horcrux hunt.
  • British Joke of the Day returns!
  • The hosts read a Holiday poem sent in by a listener.

Download Now Running time: 1:24:06, 29 MB