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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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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!

    #472: DUBBLEDORE! (OOTP 35, 'Beyond the Veil')

    #472: DUBBLEDORE! (OOTP 35, 'Beyond the Veil')

    News covers the latest chapter of Sorcerer's Stone (https://www.wizardingworld.com/chapters/reading-the-mirror-of-erised) with Matthew Lewis and Imelda Staunton. Plus, an update on the Harry Potter RPG (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-29/harry-potter-game-developers-rattled-by-j-k-rowling-backlash) !

    Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 35: Beyond The Veil

    7-Word Summary: Sirius falls through the unknown to death 

    Our initial impressions of Bellatrix Lestrange

    Dreams vs. Reality: Where’s Sirius, and how can you tell what's a dream and what's not?

    What do we make of Harry’s leadership in his first real battle? 

    Why didn't Voldemort just infiltrate the Ministry himself?

    Was Dumbledore’s plan to keep Harry out of the loop a good one?

    "Accio, Prophecy!" - are we being for real now?

    We reminisce about The Broken Prophecy and the theories that followed

    The Evolution of Neville Longbottom: Why is this the chapter where he really comes into his own.

    How talented are the Order? Are they fighting fire with fire against the Death Eaters?

    DUBBLEDORE! Did we prefer his book or movie entrance?

    Goodbye, Sirius! We play a couple songs to pay tribute to this beloved character.

    We give our MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter!

    Quizzitch: What planet does not survive the battle in the Department of Mysteries?

    Join our community at Patreon.com/MuggleCast (http://www.patreon.com/mugglecast) and receive magical benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast! This week we'll discuss if the Death Eaters do or don't care that Voldemort is a half-blood.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    #471: PUNK'd (OOTP 33 and 34, 'Fight or Flight' and 'The Department of Mysteries')

    #471: PUNK'd (OOTP 33 and 34, 'Fight or Flight' and 'The Department of Mysteries')

    News covers The Blair Partnership controversy and suspended Chapter Readings

    This week: It's a double dose of Chapter-by-Chapter (https://www.mugglecast.com/harry-potter-chapter-chapter-analysis-archive/) !

    First up, Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 33: Fight or Flight

    7-Word Summary #1: Centaurs react aggressively to Hermione’s faulty argument

    Did Umbridge fail to search Hagrid's Hut after she gave him the boot?

    Leading Umbridge into the Forbidden Forest: was it Hermione's top Gryffindor moment? Listeners weigh in with their thoughts.

    Umbridge vs. The Centaurs: What happened to Umbridge when she was attacked by the Centaurs?

    For additional information on Centaurs and what may have happened to Umbridge, check out: GreekMythology.com (https://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/Creatures/Centaur/centaur.html) , Kialo.com (https://www.kialo.com/in-greek-mythology-a-main-characteristic-for-centaurs-is-that-they-take-away-human-women-and-rape-them-jk-rowling-knows-15795.2) , and Pandova University Press (https://ijfs.padovauniversitypress.it/system/files/papers/17_2_02.pdf)

    Is there any symbolism to the Centaurs breaking Umbridge's wand in half?

    Did Hermione really think through what would happen to Umbridge? Should she have let Harry do the talking with the Centaurs?

    Why does Harry look down upon Ginny, Neville and Luna?

    Next up, Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 34: The Department of Mysteries

    7-Word Summary #2: Prophecies are exposed when doors are opened

    For a breakdown of the actual departments, give a listen to Episode 374 (https://www.mugglecast.com/episode-374-department-of-mysteries-harry-potter/)

    The Ministry of Magic is A SECURITY NIGHTMARE!

    Why is Harry so entranced by The Veil?

    Did The Veil exist before the Ministry of Magic?

    What exactly was Harry's plan if he discovered Voldemort in the Hall of Prophecy?

    Umbridge Suck Count, MVP of the Week and Rename The Chapter return!

    Quizzitch: What planet does not survive the battle in the Department of Mysteries?

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    #470: Silky Smooth Snape (OOTP 32, Out of the Fire)

    #470: Silky Smooth Snape (OOTP 32, Out of the Fire)

    International football star David Beckham joins actor David Tennant to read the Quidditch chapter (https://www.wizardingworld.com/chapters/reading-quidditch) of Book One. And now viewing this requires a login?

    The MuggleCast 15th Anniversary T-Shirt is here! Just one week left (http://www.patreon.com/mugglecast) to become a Patron at the Dumbledore’s Army level or higher to get yours!

    MuggleMail topics include exams in other countries, the secrecy surrounding the prophecy, and whether Hagrid had a battle assist from Dumbledore (sorry McGonagall!)

    Chapter-by-Chapter (https://www.mugglecast.com/harry-potter-chapter-chapter-analysis-archive/) continues with Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 32: Out of the Fire

    7-Word Summary: Umbridge catches heroes using losers for hire

    Hermione's point about Sirius and Voldemort is a good one - why doesn't Harry listen?

    Why doesn't the trio think of Snape before they're caught?

    The pitfall of Hermione bringing up Harry's "Saving People Thing"

    Here *lies* Kreacher, Mwahahahahaha

    Harry speaks in code as a last resort. Does Snape understand?

    DEBATE: as Umbridge prepares use an Unforgivable on Harry, the hosts ask. Who is a worse villain? Voldemort or Umbridge?

    How realistic is Hermione's plan? What makes Umbridge buy it? And why does she decide to go alone?

    (Spoilers!) Our Umbridge Suck Count passes 100! (Were you really surprised?)

    Quizzitch: What spell does Neville use to escape his captors?

    This week’s episode is sponsored by MeUndies (Underwear that's so good, Dobby would never take it off his head! Get 15% off your first order and free shipping by going to http://www.MeUndies.com/MuggleCast), Truth Vs Hollywood (https://audioboom.com/channels/5017114) podcast, and Quip dental care (Visit http://www.GetQuip.com/muggle to get your first refill free!)

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    #469: Why J.K. Rowling Is Wrong About Trans People

    #469: Why J.K. Rowling Is Wrong About Trans People

    On this special edition of MuggleCast, the hosts are joined by Dr. Sarah Steelman (Marriage & Family Therapist, Ph.D., LMFT) to discuss J.K. Rowling's recent tweets and open letter regarding trans people. We review her statements and why so many of them are wrong, share responses from around the Harry Potter community, and analyze our own feelings.

    Given the sensitive nature of this conversation, please be aware that this episode carries a trigger warning. Below is a list of resources referenced in our show, for both those individuals looking to better educate themselves as allies and for those who are personally affected by recent events.

    If you're a LGBTQ person who needs to speak to someone:

    The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386

    Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

    Other resources:

    Follow Dr. Sarah Steelman on Twitter (https://twitter.com/sarahmsteelman?lang=en) , and read her Medium blog post (https://medium.com/@sarahsteelmanphd/making-the-choice-between-what-is-right-and-what-is-easy-speaking-out-against-j-k-195e994524d6)

    Andrew James Carter's point-by-point breakdown of the various issues with J.K. Rowling's blog post (https://twitter.com/Carter_AndrewJ/status/1270787941275762689) .

    For Scottish listeners who want to support the Gender Recognition Act, you can head to lgbtyouth.org.uk (http://lgbtyouth.org.uk/) to find an email template and a list of your Members of Scottish Parliament to contact in support of the Act. 

    • 1 hr 47 min
    #468: Rubeus Hagrid’s Punch Out! (OOTP 31, O.W.L.S.)

    #468: Rubeus Hagrid’s Punch Out! (OOTP 31, O.W.L.S.)

    MuggleCast opens with a listener email addressing current events in America. Also, please note we recorded this episode before JKR's latest hurtful tweets.
    Some suggested recommendations and resources that can help us all learn:
    Understand racism doesn't "go away" - it mutates. Learn from organizations like The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (https://civilrights.org/) , The Vera Institute of Justice (https://www.vera.org/) , The National Civil Rights Museum (https://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/) , The Innocence Project (https://www.innocenceproject.org/) , and The MBK Alliance (https://www.obama.org/mbka/mentor/) .
    Everyone has biases , many of them unconscious - find ways to confront your implicit biases (https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html)
    Amplify the voices of people of color, but recognize when to be quiet and listen
    VOTE for candidates and legislation that will hold authorities accountable
    Visit Ethel's Club, (https://twitter.com/ethelsclub/status/1267578405949779969?s=20) which provides free grieving and healing sessions to African Americans around the world, led by licensed black therapists.
    Support black businesses in your area: Official Black Wall Street, (https://officialblackwallstreet.com/directory/) EatOkra (https://www.eatokra.com/) (iOS and Android).
    Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler (https://www.wizardingworld.com/chapters/reading-the-midnight-duel) and Whoopi Goldberg (https://www.wizardingworld.com/chapters/reading-halloween) read the latest chapters from Sorcerer's Stone!
    Harry Potter face coverings are now available from WizardingWorld.com (https://www.wizardingworld.com/news/wizarding-world-face-coverings-coming-soon)
    MuggleMail covers yet another definition of the word punting!
    Chapter-by-Chapter (https://www.mugglecast.com/harry-potter-chapter-chapter-analysis-archive/) continues with Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 31: O.W.L.S
    7-Word Summary: Exams can cause severe headaches and visions 
    Ron has a little bit of James in him!
    Malfoy Career Advice: "It's not what you know, it's who you know."
    Comparing the O.W.L.S to standardized testing here in the United States
    Anxiety, all-nighters, drugs, cheating and more!
    Griselda Marchbanks: Dumbledore can "do things with a wand she's never seen before!" Oh, reallllly?
    Patronus Extra Credit
    The Removal of Rubeus Hagrid
    Why does Umbridge choose to sack Hagrid in this manner? Is this even about his job? We discuss the connection to current events.
    A History of Magic exam gone Siriusly bad!
    Why wasn't Harry provided more information about what Voldemort was after?
    The Umbridge Suck Count climbs to 94!
    Quizzitch: Who is the head of the Wizarding Examinations Authority?
    Join our community at Patreon.com/MuggleCast (http://www.patreon.com/mugglecast) and receive magical benefits, including Bonus MuggleCast!
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    #467: Stranger Danger (OOTP 30, Grawp)

    #467: Stranger Danger (OOTP 30, Grawp)

    There is a new children's story (https://www.theickabog.com/read-the-story/) from JKR, and she's releasing fresh chapters every week day!
    All eight Harry Potter movies have been made available for streaming on HBO MAX. In Bonus MuggleCast, available now on Patreon, the hosts and listeners share their go-to HP films, and Micah tears apart Deathly Hallows, Part 2.
    The MuggleCast 15th Anniversary T-Shirt is here! Become a Patron (http://www.patreon.com/mugglecast) by June 30 at the Dumbledore’s Army level or higher to get yours!
    MuggleMail topics include Sirius' relationship with Harry, bullying at Hogwarts, and Snape's maturation process.
    Chapter-by-Chapter (https://www.mugglecast.com/harry-potter-chapter-chapter-analysis-archive/) continues with Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 30: Grawp
    7-Word Summary: Hagrid reveals another giant secret mistake, Grawp
    Hogwarts professors and students are in open rebellion. Who put the Niffler in Umbridge's office?
    Harry comes clean about the Triwizard Winnings
    Can Harry be expected to pick up Occlumency after what happened? The hosts share their meditation tips for Harry.
    Is Hagrid's strategy for grabbing Hermione and Harry a good one?
    Laura reveals the Greek origin of centaurs and the hosts compare book events that line up
    What was Hagrid THINKING bringing Grawp into an inhabited forest?
    Ron's Mirror of Erised moment happens!
    Quizzitch: Who is the head of the Wizarding Examinations Authority?
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    • 1 hr 27 min

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