MuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast

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MuggleCast is your weekly ride into the Wizarding World. Pioneering the Harry Potter podcast phenomenon in August 2005, MuggleCast has continued to bring its listeners entertaining and thought-provoking discussions about J.K. Rowling's expanding universe. With each new episode we discuss everything Harry Potter: the latest news, the Potter books, Fantastic Beasts, The Cursed Child, the theme parks, the video games, and more!


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#405: Through and Through (HBP 17, A Sluggish Memory)

* News covers Cursed Child in San Fran, Fantastic Worlds and Crimes of Grindelwald * Uh oh! Dan Fogler says Fantastic Beasts 3 is bigger than the first two films combined! * Voicemails cover a furry little correction, mother in-laws and unbreakable vows  * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with A Sluggish Memory * 7-Word Summary: Young wizards can make Horcruxes from murders * What is the Fat Lady getting at by making the common room password “abstinence”? * Is Hermione too harsh to Ron when she returns, ignoring his existence entirely? * Is it time for Hermione to put a little more stock in Harry's theory about Draco? * Harry is Dumbledore's man through and through. Based on the headmaster's reaction, is this his final happy moment? * Were we surprised by Dumbledore’s reaction to Harry’s story about Snape & Draco? Is it fair for him to tell Harry to just cast his thoughts aside?  * Is it impressive how advanced Tom Riddle is at this young age? Given his ability to change the memory of his uncle Morfin? * Tom’s good looks are noted multiple times in this chapter. Is it a coincidence that both he and Harry are said to look like their fathers? * When did Slughorn alter his memory? * Why doesn't Harry ask what Horcruxes are? * Connecting The Threads to Chapter 17 of Chamber of Secrets - The Heir of Slytherin * The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename of the Chapter * Quizzitch: What is the name of the Apparition instructor? * In Bonus MuggleCast, we dive deeper into the motley crue that Tom surrounded himself with at Hogwarts. Why didn't Dumbledore keep a closer eye on them? What other teachers did Tom charm? * This week's episode is brought to you by Care/Of (Visit and use code MuggleCast50 for 50% off!) and Robinhood (Get a free stock at!


#404: Furry Little Problems (HBP 16, A Very Frosty Christmas)

* What’s up with JKR’s Twitter? * Larry Potter gets nixed from the latest LEGO movie * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with A Very Frosty Christmas * 7-Word Summary: Rufus tries to convince Harry by persuasion * Do the words unbreakable vow finally make Ron a believer? * Harry’s Draco argument has been rejected so many times he can hear Hermione’s response to the latest development in his head * Arrests for the sake of arrests. Perception vs. reality. We dive deep into the Ministry under Rufus Scrimgeour. * Does Lupin’s current state make him more sympathetic to Snape? * Lupin may unknowingly provide some hints to the identity of the Half-Blood Prince * How is Lupin able to go undercover without other werewolves knowing who he is? * Could the Ministry take a page out of Voldemort’s book - playing to the underserved and underrepresented? * We discuss how Scrimgeour goes about his conversation with Harry all wrong. * Why, why would the Minister use Umbridge’s name to try and strengthen any argument he made? * Is it fair Harry takes out all of his frustration towards the Ministry on Scrimgeour? * Could Harry and Dumbledore have benefited from working with the Ministry? * Connecting the Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename the Chapter * Quizzitch: How much does it cost to take Apparition lessons? * This week's episode is brought to you by [Away Travel]( (Get $20 off your suitcase by using promo code MuggleCast) and [AMC Shudder]( (Use promo code MuggleCast for a free 30-day trial)!


#403: Partygood (HBP 15, The Unbreakable Vow)

* Welcome Slug Club member Kristy to the show! * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with The Unbreakable Vow  * 7-Word Summary: Harry parties hard when with Luna Partygood * Harry has taken to secret passageways to avoid his admirers - is he overreacting? * Ron's behavior toward Hermione: toxic masculinity or teenage immaturity? * Hermione cautions Harry about being a target for Love Potions. Are Fred and George creating a security risk at Hogwarts? * Argus Filch and Madam Pince? OTP or a casual Harry joke? What would Mrs. Norris say? * Why Luna is a better friend to Hermione and Harry than we may realize * Why does Harry immediately regret asking her? Why didn't he ask Hermione? Why didn't he go stag? * Hermione announcing her date for all to hear - over-the-top or perfectly justified? * Slughorn's Christmas party: vampires, drunk seers and the Rotfang Conspiracy * The hosts and patrons take a crack at titling Harry's biography * Draco gatecrashes and we discuss why Snape shows a hint of fear * Should Draco take Snape up on his offer to help? * Connecting The Threads: Harry The Auror. What other professions could he have pursued? * MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter * Voicemails cover Tom Riddle The Obscurus, old Illustrated Edition predictions, Cursed Child Australia and more * Quizzitch: What Christmas gift does Harry receive from Kreacher? * This week's episode is brought to you by OpenFit! Text MUGGLECAST to 303030 for a free 30-day trial. * Bonus MuggleCast: Is Ginny a Mary Sue? Available at


#402: Snogging (HBP 14, Felix Felicis)

* Wizard dogs! Anna joins the show to talk about her Internet famous pup and how she taught Remus all of those spells! * What can we expect in the Crimes of Grindelwald Extended Edition arriving in March? * Our thoughts on why Fantastic Beasts 3 production has been delayed until Fall 2019 * Will this impact the release date in 2020? * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Felix Felicis * 7-Word Summary: Ron hates being left out of snogging * LOTS OF TEENAGE ANGST! * Harry, for the first time, acknowledges the possibility of a Ron-Hermione relationship * What if… Ron and Hermione did get together and then broke up? What if… they became like Bill and Fleur? * We explore Harry's feelings to seeing Ginny with Dean. Sorry Harry, it's more than you just being like a big brother! * Ginny OWNS Ron in an epic sibling duel! * The Slug Club & snogging: Is Ron just upset that he's always the one who gets left out? * Eric makes an important observation about the "girl" with the toadspawn in the seventh floor corridor * Harry fakes putting Felix Felicis into Ron's pumpkin juice and calls out Hermione on her Confundus Charm! * How hypocritical in his reaction to Hermione when he learns that there was no Felix Felicis? * Would Ron have snogged Lavender if he wasn't treated so poorly throughout the chapter? * Connecting the Threads, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter * Quizzitch: In Chapter 15 of Half-Blood Prince, what is the title of the book that Harry is assigned to read for Charms class?


#401: Old Testament Dumbledore (HBP 13, The Secret Riddle)

- News covers a Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition release date and a Cursed Child cast change - Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Chapter 13 of Half-Blood Prince: The Secret Riddle- 7-Word Summary: Tom is very disturbed by Albus’ presence  - Exactly what does Dumbledore know about the necklace situation? Is he aware Draco is responsible? - How was Harry able to watch Caractacus Burke on the surface of the Pensieve? - How do we feel about Dumbledore confunding Ms. Cole and then getting her drunk? - Do Hogwarts professors normally make house calls to witches or wizards headed to Hogwarts? Or were Harry and Tom the exceptions because of their situations? - When we first meet young Tom Riddle in this memory, is he beyond saving? - Why does Dumbledore let Tom believe the lie that his mother couldn’t have been a witch? - We realize Dumbledore visits Tom's orphanage during the Fantastic Beasts timeline! Was he the only one? - If Tom hadn’t been left to fester in an orphanage for his first 11 years, would he have turned out differently?  - Collecting trophies: Dumbledore drops a major Horcrux clue at the end of the chapter! - From Harry entering a memory about Tom Riddle to Dumbledore's auburn hair, we connect the threads to Chapter 13 of Chamber of Secrets: The Very Secret Diary - MVP of The Week and Rename The Chapter are back! - Quizzitch: At what time is the first Gryffindor quidditch practice without Katie Bell held?


#400: Evanesco!

* 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? See a photo of the gift on []( * 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? * 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.


#398: Order Of The Zouwu

* This week’s episode is brought to you by Wondery’s [Imagined Life podcast]( — listen to their Fantastic Beasts episode! It’s also brought to you by Care/Of, makers of monthly vitamin and supplement subscriptions. Visit 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?


#395: What We Noticed In 'Grindelwald' The Second Time

* 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 (enter code 'MuggleCast' for a four-week trial plus postage) and Bombas (visit and use code 'MuggleCast' to get 20% off your first order)


#393: Final 'Crimes of Grindelwald' Predictions

* 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 []( and use code 'MuggleCast' at checkout) and Robinhood (Visit []( for a free stock!)


#389: Quirky Walrus

* This week's episode is brought to you by [ZipRecruiter]( and [Bombas](!  * News covers Harry Potter: A History of Magic in NYC, Beedle The Bard Illustrated Edition and a cool Funko Advent Calendar * The hosts try and guess the official runtime of the Crimes of Grindelwald and analyze recently released photos and posters * Fans can see Crimes of Grindelwald early at your their AMC! * We take voicemails on Nagini, Moody, Cursed Child, Hogwarts Mystery and more * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with 'The Half-Blood Prince' * 7 Word Summary: Potions is taught by a quirky walrus * Harry is still trying to convince his friends Draco is a Death Eater * Is Hagrid even qualified to teach a N.E.W.T. level course? * Why do teachers accept certain O.W.L.s for N.E.W.T. level courses but others don't? * Snape is again the focal point of the chapter. Are there any clues in this chapter to suggest that he is the Half-Blood Prince? * What do we think of Snape's remodeling of the DADA classroom? * The importance of non-verbal spells * Do we think Hermione's DADA comparison of Snape and Harry is a fair one? * Potions Class: should Harry really be using a mysterious book with mysterious handwriting? * What if Ron had gotten the book instead? * Patrons joint he hosts in sharing their MVPs of the Week and Rename the Chapter * Quizzitch: What is the topic of Hermione's essay in Chapter 10? * In Bonus MuggleCast, available exclusively on Patreon: Johnny Depp finally talks Fantastic Beasts


#381: Chair Today, Gone Tomorrow

* Pat joins the show and shares his Wizarding World experience and why he still plays Hogwarts Mystery * The hosts review two recent interviews with Eddie Redmayne and David Heyman * Newt's apartment, his relationship with Theseus, Dumbledore's manipulation and more * Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 4 of Half-Blood Prince * The hosts recap the chapter in 7 words with a new Group Summary game! * Harry is allowed to use magic outside of school, but is it his first time truly Apparating? * We learn that Voldemort is now on the defensive (against Harry's mind) * Dumbledore continues to put his final plan in motion by recruiting Slughorn * References two and three - what's up with Dumbledore's blackened hand? * Why does Harry never check that Dumbledore... is in fact Dumbledore? * How does Dumbledore know where Slughorn is living - has he been tracking him? * Does Slughorn recognize what's truly happened to Dumbledore's hand? * Is Horace correct that he would be better off/safer not at Hogwarts? * The Master Collector: why does Dumbledore want Harry to become a member of the Slug Club?  * Harry will receive private lessons this year - about time! * The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename the Chapter * We receive an email on the recent Crimes of Grindelwald trailer specific to Leta Lestrange's Hogwarts house * Quizzitch: The night Harry arrives at the Burrow, which characters does he spot who aren't in the film adaptation, and which characters does he NOT interact with that he does in the movie?


Episode #380: Privet Drive Payoff

- []( writer Kendra joins the show! - Eric recaps a great LeakyCon weekend in Dallas! - We meet a brand-new Fantastic Beast - the chupacabra - and get our first glimpse at baby nifflers - Newt is headed to Paris to "track" Credence, but how does he even know he's alive? - Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 3 of Half-Blood Prince - Are the media headlines meant to make readers and the wizarding community feel safe despite Voldemort's known return to power? - Why has Dumbledore been reinstated as Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot? - Our first (passing) mention of Inferi - Is Harry's lack of trust in Dumbledore showing up at Privet Drive a result of their relationship from Order of the Phoenix? - Why didn't Harry tell the Dursleys that Dumbledore would be visiting? How would they have reacted if he did? - We discuss Dumbledore and Petunia's prior correspondence. Was Dumbledore ready to play that hand if necessary? - Privet Drive Payoff: Dumbledore puts the Dursleys in their rightful place! - Are we seeing a Grindelwald-era Dumbledore based on the way he intimidates the Dursleys or is he just setting affairs in order? - Dumbledore's hand, mead, Grimmauld Place, Kreacher and more! - We learn that Harry must return to Privet Drive one more time - The hosts give their MVPs of the Week and Rename the Chapter; plus a great Crackpot Theory on Felix Felicis - Quizzitch: Who gave Ambrosius Flume his first job, thanks to Slughorn?

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* News covers Cursed Child in San Fran, Fantastic Worlds and Crimes of Grindelwald * Uh oh! Dan Fogler says Fantastic Beasts 3 is bigger than the first two films combined! * Voicemails cover a furry little correction, mother in-laws ...