MuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast podcast

MuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast

Harry Potter

MuggleCast is your weekly ride into the Wizarding World. Our Harry Potter podcast, hosted by four life-long friends, brings its listeners entertaining and thought-provoking discussions about the  universe. With each new episode we discuss everything Harry Potter: the latest news, the Potter books, Fantastic Beasts, the theme parks, the video games, the fandom, and more!

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    540: The Trio's Reuniting, Albus/Scorpius Becomes Canon?, and our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide


    On this week's episode, major news hits the fandom! We discuss the upcoming reunion of cast and crew from Harry Potter to celebrate the first film's 20th anniversary. In addition, the new, shorter version of Cursed Child is reportedly a lot more heavy on an Albus/Scorpius relationship! And finally we bring you our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide! Join Andrew, Eric, Laura and Micah as they reveal what awesome fan-crafted finds they've discovered this year. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint will all take part in a 20th Anniversary Special for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone's release Even actors from later films, such as Gary Oldman and Mark Williams, will be joining in as well as SS/COS director Chris Columbus There have been no reports of J.K. Rowling in attendance. The hosts weigh in on what involvement she'll have, if any. A Cursed Child fan has passionately revealed that the new, shorter version of Cursed Child on Broadway has a lot more direct references to Albus and Scorpius being interested in one another, and fewer references to girls like Rose and Polly Chapman! The hosts guess at why the play would make changes now, and for only half of its current productions. Main Discussion: Our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide episode is here! Each host has two recommendations of fan-made items to check out. From Andrew's list: A custom Hogwarts acceptance letter and a really awesome personalized lenticular Chocolate Frog card! Eric just loves the super-crafty, miniature Book Nooks that can be found on Etsy, as well as Etsy seller Clever Badger designs, who make many hand-crafted gifts for book lovers. Additionally, MuggleNet's 2022 fandom calendar is donating part of its proceeds to Fandom Forward (formerly the HP Alliance) Micah has found Wine Goblets from Ravenclaw house and themed soy candles from Frostbeart Studio! And Laura has found a way to get The Grim in your teacup every day, as well as these neat custom Apple Watch bands In addition to their fan-made recommendations, the hosts discuss where to go for vintage Harry Potter merchandise (eBay!) We also ask: if money weren't an object, which piece of official Harry Potter merchandise would we buy? Lastly, what newly-released official merchandise are we eyeing at the end of this year? Quizzitch: What 14th Century witch enjoyed being burnt at the stake so many times that she did so at least 47 times under different guises? This week's episode is brought to you by Beam (Visit for 40% off the first 3 months of any Beam sunscription, plus a free mug and frother -- OR 20% off any one time purchase) and BetterHelp (get 10% off your first month at
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    539: What Was The '98 Hogwarts School Year Like? And More Muggle Mail


    On this week's episode, we empty some owl post from our Muggle Mail bag! What would the 1998-99 Hogwarts school year have looked like? Why did Harry decide to become an Auror? Plus, we analyze several new Credence theories, a Chicken Soup from India and a horcrux email from 2006 that we’ll finally answer! We're confounded! Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is closing this January! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone director Chris Columbus says he thinks they got Harry’s scar wrong... and is interested in making a Cursed Child movie! It's our monthly Muggle Mail episode with voicemails covering Dumbledore and Grindelwald's blood pact, Mads Mikkelson's casting and more! Would Hermione, Ginny and Luna have been close? Would the Slytherin students have been treated poorly? How would Snape have been remembered? Credence theories abound! Would J.K. Rowling ever write a HP-world book from a different character's perspective? What is Grindelwald's emotional motivation? Chicken Soup for the MuggleCast Soul returns! Our throwback email from 2006 covers Harry's glasses being a horcrux! Quizzitch: What was the first movie directed by Chris Columbus, which co-starred a young Vincent D'Onofrio as the Norse god Thor? This week's episode is brought to you by BetterHelp (get 10% off your first month at, WarbyParker (try 5 pairs of glasses at home for free at and ThirdLove (Get 20% off at Coming up on Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon), the hosts discuss a certain character not appearing in The Secrets of Dumbledore and give their predictions on when we will see our first movie trailer!
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    538: Sorcerer's Stone Movie Commentary Track


    This week's episode is a movie commentary track for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone! The movie turns 20 years old this weekend, and you can finally watch along with the MuggleCasters. Listen as Andrew, Eric, Micah and Laura share their insights and revisit the magical movie that launched the franchise.  You need to bring your own copy of the movie in order to fully enjoy this commentary track. We will help you sync up with us at the beginning (Press 'pause' as soon as the WB logo finishes fading to black. Then press 'play' when Andrew says '3'). Director Chris Columbus recently spoke about the movie in honor of its 20th anniversary, and some of his comments leak in to our lively discussion. The full list of MuggleCast movie commentaries can be found on our website's Must-Listens page. More to come in the years ahead!
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    537: The First Harry Potter Movie Turns 20 Years Old


    On this week's episode, we’re celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone hitting movie theaters, and kicking off an incredible film series! Where were we on opening night? How did movie critics react to the first Potter film? Who would we cast in some of our favorite Potter roles?  Plus, Eric as the Sorting Hat? Join us for the first of several episodes celebrating this epic movie anniversary!  Good news: ALL episodes of MuggleCast are now available in our RSS feed! Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the podcast feed to relive the old days. What did we do for the film's release on November 16, 2001? Thumbs up or thumbs down? We read some initial critical reviews of the movie! Quidditch hype! John Williams slander?!? No liberties taken?!? What were some of the more notable scenes that didn't make it to the screen? Box Office Breakdown: how did Sorcerer's Stone measure up? Recasting the first Potter film - our listeners weigh in with great suggestions! The hosts give their best Sorcerer's Stone movie impersonations! Quizzitch: Eventually released in 2017, what is the name of the song Bruce Springsteen wrote for Harry Potter between 1998-2001 and offered to Chris Columbus for use in the first Harry Potter film? Submit your answer! This week’s episode is brought to you by MeUndies (get 15% off your first order at, HelloFresh (Get 14 free meals and 3 free gifts at and Quip (get your first refill of any refillable product free at
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    536: Evanna Lynch discusses 'The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting'


    On this week's episode, long time friend of the show Evanna Lynch joins us to discuss her new book, The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting. She talks about the challenges in writing her memoir and the hosts ask her about her experiences as a newly published author. Her book chronicles a struggle with mental illness and an eating disorder, as well as her correspondence with JK Rowling via letters, years before she was cast as Luna Lovegood. Evanna was kind to answer all of our questions and give us her time. This is one episode you won't want to miss! Evanna Lynch returns to MuggleCast, a newly published author! Her book, The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting is a deeply moving, at times comical and mostly challenging tale of her struggles with an eating disorder while she was growing up. The hosts take turns asking Evanna questions both about her book, and some of the surprising stories found within. Evanna details why she was inspired to write Butterfly Hunting... and how she managed to remember so many details from when she was eleven. What lessons and messages can readers hope to get from the book? Laura asks Evanna what she would say to her younger self, and Evanna replies gravely and honestly. The interview touches on Evanna's early correspondence with J.K. Rowling via letter. What made her reach out? The reasons Evanna is connected to the character of Luna. Evanna recounts her transition from everyday Harry Potter super-fan to friend and colleague of the cast, and how strange it was to get used to. Finally, what does the title of the book mean? And how did becoming a vegan change Evanna's way of seeing the world? MuggleCast recently was on Evanna's The ChickPeeps podcast, and we had a great time. Evanna leaves us with a story of walking into bookstores to sign copies of her book, and what it was like to record the audiobook. Quizzitch: What is Aragog's wife's name?? Submit your answer! This week’s episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month of therapy at!
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    535: Harry Potter Halloween Extravaganza, New 'Secrets of Dumbledore' Info Revealed


    On this week's episode, it's our annual Halloween extravaganza! We invent some of our own wizarding world candy, discuss what treats Potter characters would hand out for Halloween and Potter-ize your favorite Halloween movies! Plus, some new and exciting info about The Secrets of Dumbledore following a test screening in Los Angeles last week! A new behind-the-scenes look at Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore sheds light on where the film will pick up and what countries we will be visiting! But what happened to Rio? We have a small, exciting, and spoiler-free tidbit about The Secrets of Dumbledore from someone who attended a test screening in Los Angeles last week. It's our annual Halloween episode! Have any of the hosts ever dressed up as Harry Potter characters for Halloween? (Here's Andrew's Morning Show appearance as Harry Potter) Laura has a great costume recommendation for Micah this year! We try our hand at inventing Wizarding World candy What kinds of goodies would Snape, Molly, Mad-Eye and McGonagall give trick-or treaters? How about Remus, Sirius, Arabella Figg and Xenophilus Lovegood? Ron as Carrot Top? Dumbledore as a Lemon Drop Martini? We discuss what Potter characters would dress up as for Halloween! Night of the Living Fred! Horcrux Pocus! Who has the best Potter-ized Halloween movie title? Quizzitch: What sweet treat does Professor Flitwick give to Harry after his interview is published in The Quibbler? Submit your answer! This week’s episode is brought to you  BetterHelp – get 10% off your first month at!
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    534: What The Heck Is Going On With Credence in 'Fantastic Beasts'?


    On this week's episode of MuggleCast, we follow up on our original character discussion on Credence Barebone, aka Corvus Lestrange, aka "Aurelius Dumbledore"? Wading deep into prophecy, including forming one of our own using Nostradamus, the hosts try to answer the question: "Just what is going on with Credence?" Listen as we find some answers by reviewing the scenes and subplots of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. We heard from the creator behind Harry Potter Database and its astonishing collection of deleted and unreleased movie scenes! The surprise main character in Crimes of Grindelwald is Credence Barebone! Micah points out why this is more usual than unusual. Filmmakers chose twice not to include a scene where Credence survives his bout with MACUSA, both the end of the first film and the start of the second. Would such a scene have been an improvement? What brought Credence to "Circus Arcanus," and is it all one master manipulation from Grindelwald that has set Credence on his path to find his 'family'? What do Credence's name origins tell us about the character, for his various names? We revisit an old e-mail which explains how Greek mythology may influence the future of the character. The hosts read aloud the predictions of Tycho Dodonus... and try to identify characters within. Could the "son cruelly banished" be somebody else, like Albus Dumbledore? Eric reads key passages from the script book which lends a little insight into that humongous shipwreck. Does the script book quietly reveal an important element? We revisit major theories about Credence including, is he Ariana's twin? Does he have her Obscurus? Is he really Corvus Lestrange, or a science experiment made by Dumbledore and Grindelwald? The hosts pick some numbers at random, and consult Nostradamus himself for a prediction of the future! Quizzitch: What was Leta Lestrange’s mother’s name? Submit your answer! This week's episode is brought to you by Quip (get your first refill free at and Thirdlove (Get 20% off your first order at
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    533: Discussing Hermione Granger's Academic Prowess and Perceptiveness


    On this week's episode of MuggleCast, we get back to our Harry Potter character discussions with the brightest witch of her age, Hermione Jean Granger.  We discuss her personality traits, her academic prowess, and her overall perceptiveness. Plus, on Bonus MuggleCast on our Patreon, the hosts try to figure out if Hermione has a female best friend and debate which member of the trio is the "third wheel"? The Secrets of Dumbledore will hit theaters a week earlier in the UK. Why, just days after the franchise's big announcement, are they making this change? Unimpressed by the The Secrets of Dumbledore official movie synopsis, Micah writes his own! Wizarding World Gold is coming to an end this month! Does this news have larger implications for other endeavors of the Wizarding World franchise? Character Discussion: Hermione Jean Granger Much like Hermes, messenger of the gods, does Hermione serve as messenger between the Muggle and wizarding worlds? Why we, as readers, should identify more with Hermione than Harry! What do we make of Hermione's decision to return to Hogwarts after the war? How does she balance personal achievement with what is necessary and urgent? The hosts recall their initial impressions of Hermione. Is she really an "insufferable know-it-all"? Where does Hermione's academic drive come from? Her parents? Pressure to fit into a new school? Pressure to fit into a new society? HER-MEE-OWN! How long did it take us to the proper pronunciation? Emma Watson and Noma Dumezweni: how each made their own profound impact  We share Our Top 7 Hermione Moments and give our Best Hermione Impressions Quizzitch: These 'splintery' treats were considered by Hermione for her parents while in Honeydukes? Submit your answer! This week's episode is brought to you by Greenchef - the #1 meal kit for eating well (visit and use code mugglecast100 to get $100 off, including free shipping)! Coming up  on Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon), the hosts discuss if Hermione has a female best friend. And, just who is the true third wheel of the Harry, Ron and Hermione trio?
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    532: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore' Title, Release Date Analysis


    On this week's special episode of MuggleCast, we finally have some Fantastic Beasts 3 news to discuss! The third entry in the Fantastic Beasts series will be titled, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore! Also, a plot synopsis and new release date (April 15, 2022) are out! Join Andrew, Eric, Micah and Laura as they discuss their first impressions of the title, what specific "secrets" the title may be hinting at, and we hear from Slug Club-level Patrons listening live who have some great theories as well!  Fantastic Beasts 3 will be titled, The Secrets of Dumbledore. The hosts all owe Andrew money. He has heavily speculated that "Dumbledore" would be in the title! Back on MuggleCast 442, the hosts each predicted the title of the movie in 2019, and some came close! What do we make of the title? Is this anything other than a money-motivated decision to get people to see the movie because it is called something "Dumbledore"? What does this mean for how prominent Dumbledore will be versus the Core Four and Grindelwald from previous movies? What could the "secrets" of Dumbledore be? Will it have to do with the Blood Pact, or Ariana perhaps? Will the secrets of Dumbledore be better explained than the crimes of Grindelwald in Crimes of Grindelwald? We discover that the film title shares a word with another Harry Potter movie! Will this be a trend? Andrew points out the huge visual difference in the size of both series titles on their respective title cards. It's huge! The movie's synopsis includes phrases like "intrepid explorers" and "Muggle baker" - but otherwise is pretty vague. Are we still going to visit Rio de Janeiro in this movie?! Was the Brazil setting filmed exclusively at Leavesden? Quizzitch: Who is the main character of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? WRONG answers only! Submit your answer! This week's episode is brought to you by MeUndies, makers of the most comfortable loungewear and underwear! Get 15% off and free shipping by going to
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    531: The Vibrating Broomstick, Hogwarts House Analysis Wrap Up, How Did Harry Know Lily's Patronus?


    On this week's episode of MuggleCast, Andrew has some news that's been 14 years in the making! Plus, we open up our Muggle mailbag to hear from listeners about our most recent Hogwarts House discussions (don't forget, you can find them all here: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw & Slytherin). And on Bonus MuggleCast, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, we review deleted and unreleased scenes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone! Andrew's long-awaited Harry Potter Vibrating Broomstick review is here! Did Slytherins have collective guilt about leaving the Battle of Hogwarts? Was J.K. Rowling really trying to course correct for the lack of love for other Hogwarts Houses? Snapping the Elder Wand?!?! Why one listener thinks the movie got it right! Pickett The Ring Bearer Cuteness Alert! We hear from one of our youngest Hufflepuff listeners! Did J.K. Rowling subtly rank the Houses based on their colors? Do fans' perceptions of their House common rooms differ based on personality? We read several strong defenses of Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff Houses.  What if... Tom Riddle was in Gryffindor? A 2007 throwback emails asks how Harry could recognize Lily's patronus? Quizzitch: What form does Cho Chang’s Patronus take? Submit your answer! This week's episode is brought to you  BetterHelp - get 10% off your first month at! Coming up later this week on Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon), the hosts discuss the deleted scenes from Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone, to celebrate 20 years since the movie was released! Did you know they filmed the Professors singing the Hogwarts school song?

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