MuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast

Harry Potter

  • 1 hour 26 minutes
    Potter or Pizza? (GOF Chapter 29, The Dream)

    This week, get ready to be undoubtedly stimulated by the extraordinary clairvoyant vibrations of Andrew, Eric, Micah and Laura as your hosts deal with being grounded by not one, but two adults, processing wild dreams and battling Voldemort-inducing headaches!

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    • Welcome, Slug Club guest Feryal!
    • News: Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown fancies himself a Harry Potter fan
    • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Goblet of Fire, Chapter 29: The Dream
    • 7-Word Summary: Sirius grounds Harry because he is naughty
    • Main Discussion #1: Grounded for His Own Good
    • Why wasn't the Ministry called to investigate immediately?
    • Did Harry, Ron and Hermione's experiences with Mad-Eye Moody (Fakey) and Barty Crouch Sr. feed the Ministry distrust we see develop in Order of the Phoenix?
    • How many more "perfect cover" situations does Mad-Eye Moody (Fakey) have left in his arsenal? Are there signs he is starting to crack under the weight of it all?
    • Does Harry's lack of a true parental figure inform his reaction to Sirius' letter?
    • Main Discussion #2: The Dream and its Aftermath
    • Why does Harry get regularly triggered inside of Trelawney's classroom?
    • Why is Harry's perspective during the dream so erratic?
    • While not mentioned by name, should Harry have picked up on the letter (he helped deliver) being about Barty Crouch Sr.?
    • Could this be THE moment when Voldemort realizes the connection between himself and Harry?
    • Why is Dumbledore's office password-protected? Shouldn't he at least have a doorbell? Or an assistant?
    • Fudge begins to reveal his true colors! How delicious of a moment is the Dumbledore's office scene for Barty Crouch Jr.?
    • Odds & Ends cover Fred and George's private business matters, Mars, humming insects, Snape the Bat and Cockroach Clusters!
    • What If?! Barty Crouch Sr. had not fired Winky? Could she have saved him (and Cedric) from a horrible fate?
    • Quizzitch: After Ludo Bagman’s trial, what Quidditch match does a jury member congratulate him on?
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    18 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 55 minutes 25 seconds
    Audiobook Listening Rises in Popularity, But Is It The Same As Reading?

    What's the Hype about Audiobook listening? This week we have the full panel on board to discuss the pro's and con's of listening to audiobooks, and we compare it to reading a normal book. Some on the panel are a little rude when it comes to the idea of listening to an audiobook versus traditional reading, but we try to convince them otherwise. Elsewhere, we share the state of audiobook listenership (It's growing!). Later, we try our hand at narrating an audiobook and share the best ways to listening to audiobooks for free or cheap!

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    14 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 32 minutes
    Kromance (GOF Chapter 28: The Madness of Mr. Crouch) feat. The Fantasy Fangirls!

    What's that in the bushes? It's another introduction into the horrors of true crime as we follow Harry and Viktor Krum into the woods of the Forbidden Forest! Joining us for this episode are Nicole and Lexi of Fantasy Fangirls podcast! With plenty of laughs and deep coverage of another massive chapter of Book 4, listen now as we discuss "The Madness of Mr. Crouch!"

    • Welcome back Nicole and Lexi of the Fantasy Fangirls podcast!
    • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Goblet of Fire, Chapter 28: The Madness of Mr. Crouch
    • 7-Word Summary: Harry finds Crouch disturbed inside the forest
    • Main Discussion #1: Drinky has a winking problem
    • Down in the kitchens, Harry and Hermione uncover more clues at the expense of making every situation worse.
    • Laura has calculated Winky's BAC, and it's not good.
    • Is Crouch Sr. careless to not have taken Winky back, and does he rely on House-Elf magic to feel confident that she'll keep his secrets, which she does?
    • Main Discussion #2: a wild Mr. Crouch appears!
    • Down on the pitch, we learn that the points so far haven't mattered... much.
    • Nicole explains why she would quit the Triwizard Tournament at this point.
    • Krum pulls Harry aside... to talk about girls!
    • Has Crouch Sr. traveled all this way on FOOT? Or by magic?
    • Should Harry have asked Crocuh Sr. more direct follow-up questions before leaving Krum alone with him?
    • Does Dumbledore fear Krum, or fear for Krum in this moment?
    • Does Igor Karkaroff kind of have a point about fairness?
    • Is Hagrid about to be revealed to be Uncle Vernon in disguise?
    • Odds & Ends include the principality of Andorra! Cornelius Fudge's wife! Christmas Nifflers, Barty Crouch Jr.'s test scores, and more.
    • Quizzitch: Who is the second person Mad-Eye Fakey tells should become an Auror as a career?
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    11 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 23 minutes 57 seconds
    What's the Hype about 'What the Hype?!'

    Welcome to a brand new podcast from the creators of MuggleCast and #Millennial, called What the Hype?!

    What The Hype?! is the class you always wanted, but were never offered in school! Each week, a panel of pop culture junkies educate each other on today’s biggest books, shows, movies, and more. No matter your experience, there’s something for everyone. Total Noob? We'll educate you on why the fandom took off and what makes someone a true fan! Already an expert? We’ll just see about that! Our subsequent episodes will take you on a deep dive and really test your stan-hood! And, if you’re somewhere in the middle, teetering on the edge of fandom, we’ll show you What The Hype is all about!

    What The Hype?! is from the creators of MuggleCast (the original Harry Potter podcast diving deep into the books, movies, and Wizarding World fandom) and #Millennial (featuring pretend adulting and real talk about the Gen Y lifestyle).

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    Our album art was designed by Emily Kardamis, and our theme song was created by Riley Horbacio.

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    10 June 2024, 9:05 am
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
    'Bridgerton': What's the Hype?

    From the creators of MuggleCast is a brand new podcast: What the Hype?! For more information, see the episode titled 'What's the Hype about What the Hype?!'

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    Bridgerton is a television show based on the bestselling book series by Julia Quinn. Its first season premiered on Netflix in December 2020, and is produced by Shonda Rhimes’ production banner, Shondaland. In this episode of What the Hype?!, Pam, Micah, and Laura are joined by special guest Natasha Polis of the podcast Those Forking Fangirls to discuss this book-to-TV adaptation! We discuss who the show is for, why it's so damn good, the show's diversity, and much more!

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    10 June 2024, 9:03 am
  • 45 minutes 18 seconds
    Fitting Pop Culture Into Your Busy Life

    From the creators of MuggleCast is a brand new podcast: What the Hype?! For more information, see the episode titled 'What's the Hype about What the Hype?!'

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    With so much going on in our day to day lives, how do we manage to stay on top of the fandoms, shows, movies, and books we love? Andrew, Laura, and Eric take out some time to discuss strategies, and how to tell our friends NO when they suggest a new show.

    Plus: Would we ever miss an important personal event to catch big pop culture moments like a TV series finale airing live? These topics and more are discussed in this episode of What the Hype?!

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    10 June 2024, 9:02 am
  • 51 minutes 36 seconds
    'The Boys': What's the Hype?

    From the creators of MuggleCast is a brand new podcast: What the Hype?! For more information, see the episode titled 'What's the Hype about What the Hype?!'

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    Amazon's comic-to-TV adaptation 'The Boys' is anything but your typical Marvel or DC tale -- It's gritty, gross, funny, heartwarming, AND outrageous! In this episode of What the Hype?!, Laura, Andrew, Eric, and Pam discuss why the show is so popular, who the show is for, what you should know before going into watching, and more!

    Damn, Vought SUCKS.

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    10 June 2024, 9:01 am
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
    Sirius and the Cave Rave (GOF Chapter 27: Padfoot Returns)

    This week, TAKE NOTE! No, we mean it, TAKE NOTES! Because everything you need to know about the plot of Goblet of Fire is revealed as Padfoot Returns!

    • Eric has an announcement to kick off this Pride Month!
    • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Goblet of Fire, Chapter 27: Padfoot Returns
    • 7-Word Summary: Crouch is not innocent of any crimes
    • Main Discussion #1: Second Task Hangover
    • Does Snape behave any differently from a teacher catching students talking or passing a note in class?
    • Snape calls Harry a “nasty little boy”... do we think he’s projecting here?
    • Boomslang Skin & Gillyweed: Snape’s stores have been broken into, but what evidence does Snape have that it was Harry?
    • Did Harry effectively use Occlumency without even realizing it?
    • Should Harry have challenged Snape to give him Veritaserum?
    • What's up with Karkaroff's arm?
    • Main Discussion #2: Cave Crouching
    • Why is Sirius the only real parental figure that shows up for Harry?
    • Oh, Peter! Sirius is eating rats? Do we think that’s a coincidence?
    • Sirius paints a harrowing picture of the First War and Azkaban Prison
    • Good People & Death Eaters: After Sirius reveals the true Barty Crouch Sr., we analyze Harry’s inclination to label him a Death Eater
    • If Barty had spent some more time with his son, what would have happened?
    • How is it possible during his time in Azkaban, Sirius never got confirmation Barty Crouch Jr. was a Death Eater, learned Snape was a Death Eater, heard of the Dark Mark tattoo?
    • Ron jokingly solves everything at the end of the chapter!
    • Odds & Ends cover Ludo Bagman, Bertha Jorkins and Second Task safety protocols!
    • Quizzitch: What food does Harry send to Sirius in his cave, that Pigwidgeon isn’t suitable for?
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    4 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 48 minutes 19 seconds
    WB and JK Rowling's Dramatic Relationship Revealed by the Wall Street Journal

    We are off this week due to the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, but we are releasing a recent Bonus MuggleCast installment to give you a taste of the great benefits available at Patreon.com/mugglecast! Please join us there to receive two Bonus MC episodes every month and so much more! We couldn't do this show without support from Muggles like you, so thank you!


    A new article from the Wall Street Journal has been published which offers a rare insight into the relationship between Warner Bros Pictures and Potter author, J.K. Rowling, describing how WB's current C.E.O. David Zaslav has worked to secure a profitable future for the HP property under unusually restrictive guidelines set up long ago. Your MuggleCast hosts read from excerpts of the article and offer their thoughts on some of the many revelations, including what may be changes made to upcoming video game titles. Thanks, as always, to our Patrons and those subscribed to us on Apple for their support.

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    28 May 2024, 4:16 pm
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
    'You Available To Be Stolen This Friday?' (GOF Chapter 26, The Second Task)

    Grab your House-themed pennants and something to do for an hour, because today we’re heading down to the Black Lake and celebrating a Triwizard Task that nobody above ground can see or appreciate! Join Eric, Laura, Micah and special guest Chloé as they discuss Chapter 26 of Goblet of Fire, “The Second Task.”

    • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Goblet of Fire, Chapter 26: The Second Task
    • 7-Word Summary: The merpeople mock Harry incessantly under water
    • Main Discussion #1: Leading up to the task
    • Hagrid’s back teaching. Do we miss Professor Grubbly-Plank?
    • Could Harry be reaching out to Lupin or other folks for help?
    • Have we ever overslept on the day of an exam and had to wing it?
    • Main Discussion #2: The Task and Immediate Aftermath
    • Why are the other headmasters so visibly annoyed at Harry? Could they tone it down a bit?
    • What does the Second Task look like, for the audience and spectators? Even Dumbledore has to ask the merpeople what happened at the end of it.
    • Micah’s Hot Take: Hermione is not meaningful enough to Krum for her to be his hostage.
    • The hosts debate: were the ‘hostages’ ever really in danger? We also polled our Patrons... twice.
    • Are we disappointed by the writing’s handling of Fleur’s performance?
    • Do we agree with the final results of the Second Task?
    • Odds and Ends touches on a Skeeter sighting, and another mention of their school hats!
    • Quizzitch: Who authorized Aurors to use the Unforgivable Curses during the first Wizarding war?
    • Visit MuggleCast.com for episode transcripts, social media links, our full episode archive, our favorite episodes, and to contact us!
    • For twice-monthly Bonus MuggleCast, as well as other great benefits, including the chance to co-host the show, a new physical gift every year, and a video message from one of the four of us visit Patreon.com/MuggleCast!
    • Reminder: Micah and Eric and Chloé will be at LeakyCon! Visit LeakyCon.com to check out the latest guests, and use code 'MUGGLE' while registering for a discount!

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    21 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 23 minutes
    Imagine Dumbledore's Bathroom (GOF Chapter 25, The Egg and The Eye)

    Crank up the hot water and pour the bubbles, because this week we’re soaking in the Prefects bathroom with, eh, Moaning Myrtle! Then grab your Invisibility Cloak and head downstairs because Moody and Snape are must-see TV! 

    • Welcome Slug Club member, Geoff!
    • Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Goblet of Fire, Chapter 25: The Egg & The Eye
    • 7-Word Summary: Mermaids sing to a bathroom of children
    • Main Discussion #1: Harry’s First Bath in 14 Years
    • Is the Prefects Bathroom everything we’ve ever wanted?
    • Moaning Myrtle is back!
    • Why is Myrtle confined to the Hogwarts plumbing? Who is monitoring her?
    • How do feel about Myrtle's bathroom behavior?
    • Soooo... Hogwarts is dumping all of its waste into the Black Lake?
    • Geoff gives us a beautiful rendition of The Second Task Clue
    • Main Discussion #2: Curiosity Killed the Cat
    • Could the Horcrux be behind Harry's pursuit of Barty Crouch Jr.?
    • Security Nightmare: Why has Hogwarts not fixed that trick step?
    • We dare you to name another wizard who could tell Snape to go to bed (and live)!
    • Should Moody's eye be able to see through a Deathly Hallow?
    • What if... Harry's foot didn't get trapped?
    • Do we think Moody's recommendation that Harry become an Auror is sincere?
    • Quizzitch: According to Hagrid, at what age do unicorns become pure white?
    • Visit MuggleCast.com for episode transcripts, social media links, our full episode archive, our favorite episodes, and to contact us!
    • For twice-monthly Bonus MuggleCast, as well as other great benefits, including the chance to co-host the show, a new physical gift every year, and a video message from one of the four of us visit Patreon.com/MuggleCast!
    • Reminder: Micah and Eric will be at LeakyCon! Visit LeakyCon.com to check out the latest guests, and use code 'MUGGLE' while registering for a discount!

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    14 May 2024, 9:00 am
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