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?

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Running time: 1:35:20, 43.8 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.

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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!

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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.

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Running time: 1:27:55, 40.4 MB

Episode 126: Flying Ford Angela

  • Further discussion about HBP casting and TIME’s “Person of the Year”.
  • Andrew places a call to WB about his defective DVD.
  • Top 10 Moments of 2007.
  • Favorite Memories of 2007.
  • Chapters 7 & 8 of Deathly Hallows.
  • Should Harry really be opening his mind to Voldemort?
  • Is Voldemort that stupid to be letting Harry see his actions?
  • Harry’s birthday and a visit from the Minister.
  • What good would it do the Ministry to know of Harry’s plans?
  • The mark of Grindelwald: another Nazi-WWII reference?
  • Character analysis: Xenophilius Lovegood, Aunt Muriel, Elphias Doge.
  • Why did Dumbledore never tell Harry he lived in Godric’s Hollow?
  • “The Ministry has fallen” becomes our first holy *%&$ moment of the series.
  • Scrimgeour gets his swan song.
  • Countdown to 2008.

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Running time: 1:40:40, 46.2 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.

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Running time: 1:24:06, 29 MB