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!
2022 Holiday Gift Guide: If You Like Harry Potter...
It's our fourth Harry Potter holiday gift guide episode! Join Andrew, Eric, Laura and Micah as they share their latest favorites Harry Potter-adjacent merchandise. Autobiographical works from several of the films' biggest stars are now published, and certain handcrafted and fan-made items are too good to resist. Looking for the gift that your HP-obsessed friend doesn't already have? Start here, with us, on this week's MuggleCast!
This year's holiday gift guide episode features largely Harry Potter-adjacent items for the HP-obsessed friend who has everything, or so they think!
We'd like to draw attention to BookShop.org, where with their special Store Locator page you can support your local bookstore through the purchase of books mentioned on this episode, and all books in general. Check it out!
This year's fiction recommendations include 'The Magicians' by Lev Grossman, the 'Percy Jackson' series by Rick Riordan, the 'Simon Snow' trilogy of books by Rainbow Rowell, Michael Scott's 'Immortal Nicholas Flamel' series, and the 'Eerie-on-Sea' mystery books by the delightful Thomas Taylor.
MuggleCast Patrons chime in with their favorite fiction recommendations, including a series by a familiar name for some of us.
In our "From the Stars" category, Evanna Lynch's Kinder Beauty Box subscription service, her deeply personal autobiography, Bonnie Wright's how-to book 'Go Gently', the posthumously released diaries of Alan Rickman, and Tom Felton's hilarious memoir.
Friend of the show Tylor Starr has recently released The Unofficial Harry Potter Vegan Cookbook, with over 75 mouth-watering recipes we can't wait to try.
Our fanmade recommendations include Heartwood Wands on Etsy, customized HP Bobbleheads for you or your friends, Expedition Roasters' 'Accio Coffee', Frostbeard Studio's magical assorted candle line, and even these flameless floating candles for your home decoration.
Finally, we go truly wild with celebrity prayer candles, celebrity Cameo videos, toilet decals, vintage HP merch from eBay, and more favorites from The New York Puzzle Co.!
If you want even more gift ideas, check out our previous gift guides on Episode 444, Episode 493, and Episode 540.
If you want to support us, consider asking someone to gift you a subscription to our Patreon!
Next week: We return with Chapters 3 and 4 of Chamber of Secrets Chapter-by-Chapter!
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The Chamber of Drills (Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 1 and 2)
Join us as we begin Chapter-by-Chapter of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! Harry's abuse rises to new levels, the Dursleys obtain Death Eater status, and Dobby complicates Harry's life despite his good intentions. From horcruxes to house-elves, from animal cruelty to servitude, there's lots to unpack from on this weeks' episode!
We reflect on reading Chamber of Secrets for the first time and what we're expecting to get out of our re-read
Main Discussion #1: Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 1: The Worst Birthday
7-Word Summary: The Day Harry Was Beaten By Family
We deeply analyze the Dursley's mistreatment of Harry and add animal cruelty to the list of offenses
Wouldn’t Petunia know that Harry can’t do magic outside of school? Perhaps she does not want to reveal her knowledge of the wizarding world to Vernon?
How could Harry overcome the Dursleys’ restrictions except for the rescue from the Weasleys?
How does Dumbledore allow for this level of abuse to go on for so long?
Don't use THAT word (MAGIC)... are the Dursleys the Death Eater equivalent in the Muggle world?
Can we glean anything positive from Dudley remembering Harry's birthday?
Main Discussion #2: Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 2: Dobby's Warning
7-Word Summary: Surprises await Harry in his bedroom tonight
We analyze the Mystery of Dobby's Ownership
When would Lucius Malfoy have begun planning to unleash the Diary Horcrux?
Connecting the Threads: we compare the behavior of Dobby in this book to Kreacher in Order of the Phoenix
What is our general consensus on Dobby? Helpful or super, super annoying?
Harry and Dobby: both are servants in their respective households, both are bound by magical contracts and both are treated horribly!
Next week: we're off for Thanksgiving... (or are we)?
Quizzitch: In Chapter 3 of Chamber of Secrets, what is the last of Harry's possessions to leave Privet Drive?
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Another Dangerous Year Gone (Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 17)
On this week's episode of MuggleCast, we dive deep into the final chapter of Sorcerer's Stone, connect some serious threads to Deathly Hallows and get after everyone's favorite headmaster. Dumbledore apologists beware!
News: Leslie Phillips, voice of the Sorting Hat passes away at 98
The 6th Annual MuggleCast Patreon Holiday Gift Exchange is now live!
Chapter-by-Chapter for Sorcerer's Stone concludes with Chapter 17: The Man With Two Faces
7-Word Summary: Dumbledore comes at the situation with lies
Main Discussion 1: Dumbledore’s Task - we draw some strong parallels between Sorcerer's Stone and Deathly Hallows
Does Voldemort read Harry’s mind, is it the Horcrux connection or just a lucky guess?
What made Dumbledore initially move the stone from Gringotts? What tipped him off? Do we know how Quirrell found out about its location?
Could Dumbledore not trust himself enough to keep the Stone in his own possession?
We analyze Snape's "protection" of Harry throughout his first year
Main Discussion #2: YOU LIAR!
We dissect the conversation Harry and Dumbledore have in the hospital wing
“Humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.” How much is Dumbledore referring to himself in this moment?
Does Dumbledore's refuse to tell Harry the truth for his own protection or to serve Dumbledore's own selfish purposes?
How much is Dumbledore himself a Security Nightmare?
Odds & Ends cover iconic quotes, Quirrell's twitching, Hagrid's drinking and more
The Dumbledore Liar count finishes Sorcerer's Stone at 8 while we revisit all of our 7-Word Summaries
Next Week: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets begins!
Quizzitch: What color are Dobby the House-Elf’s eyes?
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The Forest of Destiny (Sorcerer's Stone, Chapters 15 - 16)
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This week the hosts are joined by Slug Club guest Michele, and Chapter by Chapter continues with chapters 15 and 16 of Sorcerer's Stone. Listen as we discuss how the Centaurs may have been right all along, while Harry serves detention in "The Forbidden Forest." After that, follow along as the trio go "Through the Trapdoor"! And we analyze each of the obstacles designed to protect the Sorcerer's Stone. All this and more, including:
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News: New Warner CEO David Zaslav wants "More Harry Potter movies!" What does that mean?!
Main Discussion #1: Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 15: The Forbidden Forest
7-Word Summary: Mars might tell of future conflicts forthcoming
Harry experiences exclusion like never before, after Gryffindor is down so many points. Have we ever disappointed our classmates in this way?
What If? Harry told McGonagall the truth about Hagrid and the dragon. Would things have turned out the same?
This detention in the Forbidden Forest is WAY too dangerous! And Hagrid even wants to split up!
What are the Centaurs seeing in the sky, and why are they so hesitant to interfere?
Main Discussion #2: Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 16: Through the Trapdoor
7-Word Summary: Voldemort is hiding behind Quirrell’s incompetence – keys
Would it have made more sense for Ron to impersonate the Bloody Baron? Still, props to Harry for pulling it off!
Hermione has a tendency to freeze up under pressure. When else has this occurred?
Why wasn't Snape's logic puzzle included in the movie?
We close out the chapter with our MVPs of the Week
Next Week: we finish our Chapter by Chapter re-read of Book One!
Quizzitch: What does Voldemort tell Harry that he will do once he has the Elixir of Life?
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Does the Sorting Hat Divide Students Equally Across Hogwarts Houses? And More MuggleMail
On this week's episode we dig deep into our MuggleMail bag as listeners weigh in on our latest chapter-by-chapter discussions. One voicemail leads the hosts to take sides in a Harry Potter date debate! Plus, we have fun paging through the beautifully illustrated Order of the Phoenix by Jim Kay.
We review the Order of the Phoenix Illustrated Illustrated Edition. There's SO much to love in this one!
Speaking of books, don't forget to check out The Magic of MinaLima, which is an exhaustive look at MinaLima's work for the Harry Potter movies.
Voicemails cover magic's origin, a Harry Potter first date, a Draco-focused Harry Potter TV show and more
Several listeners write in about Christmas gifts and Quidditch rules
Why doesn’t Hermione use her own wand to stop the troll?
Why did Hagrid really go to get Harry from the Dursleys?
Should Ron be allowed to have a rat at Hogwarts?
Is it the job of the Sorting Hat to equally divide the first year students?
One listener presents a strong defense of Petunia Dursley
Is the Hogwarts Express super inconvenient for students who already live close to Hogwarts?
Troll in the Dungeon: is Dumbledore sending the Slytherins to their doom?
Quizzitch: When McGonagall gives detentions to the trio and Neville in Book 1, she says she's "never heard of such a thing before." What is the "thing" to which she is referring?
Next week: Chapter-by-Chapter returns with Chapters 15 (The Forbidden Forest) & 16 (Through The Trapdoor) of Sorcerer's Stone
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Harry Potter and the Hotly Debated Book Title (Sorcerer's Stone, Chapters 13 - 14)
This week the hosts are joined by Andy of Harry Potter Fan Zone, and Chapter by Chapter continues with chapters 13 and 14 of Sorcerer's Stone. Listen as we discuss the real-life origins of Nicolas Flamel, debate whether 'Sorcerer's Stone' or 'Philosopher's Stone' is a better title, and revisit a fan theory about what Dumbledore did with alchemy. Then, the trio visit Hagrid's Hut and Harry uses his powers of persuasion that he may or may not have inherited from Voldemort?! All this and more, including:
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News: Many new books are now available including Tom Felton's autobiography, Alan Rickman's posthumous diary, and Order of the Phoenix illustrated by Jim Kay. The hosts discuss which ones they'll be checking out.
Main Discussion #1: Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 13: Nicolas Flamel
7-Word Summary: Secrets are revealed when chocolate is eaten.
We never did find out what work Dumbledore and Nicolas did on alchemy. Did Fantastic Beasts reveal more?
We review an old fan theory that we love about Credence's origins.
In talking about the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone, Andrew explains who was responsible for the title change.
Which is better, saying "Sorcerer's Stone" (snappy, alliterative) or "Philosopher's Stone" (boring)? Andy and the American hosts all debate.
The hosts review some early Mary GrandPré artwork including an alternate cover that Andy shares with the title "Harry Potter and the School of Magic".
In fact, Harry Potter Fan Zone has the most impressive gallery of official artwork, exhaustingly sourced and categorized by Andy. Worth your time to check out!
Main Discussion #2: Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 14: Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback
7-Word Summary: Hagrid reveals illegal practices inside his hut
This rare chapter is, in many ways, completely self-contained. The conflict presented is resolved at the end.
Life lessons from HP #???: Flattery will get you ev-erywhere!
Andrew's new proposal of an HBO Max television show features Hagrid and his pet dragon. We're in love.
Hagrid clearly has a soft spot for clearly dangerous creatures. Is this intentional foreshadowing to his plotline in Chamber of Secrets?
Is it reckless for Ron not to be honest with Madame Pomfrey about his bite? What if it's magically infected?
The scene with Charlie's friends is unspoilt by adaptation. What do we see when we see it in our heads?
We close out the chapter with our MVPs of the Week
Next Week: It's a MuggleMail episode! Send us your thoughts on our recent chapters or tell us what's on your mind!
Quizzitch: Which real-life Wizard Rock artist wrote a classic spurned love ballad titled "1991 - Charlie Weasley"
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