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!
Who's the Threat in 'Fantastic Beasts 4' if Grindelwald's Been Qilinized?
On this week's episode, Micah and Eric talk about what Fantastic Beasts 4 needs to do in order to keep fans interested in the franchise. Then open our Muggle Mailbag to take feedback on Secrets of Dumbledore. Plus... Alakazam! Can wizards and witches really use spoons to do magic?
Main Mini-Discussion: What does Fantastic Beasts 4 need to do in order to be a satisfying story for fans?
With where Secrets of Dumbledore left us, what more story is there to tell?
Can the franchise continue to hang its hooks on Potter nostalgia, but then fail to deliver?
Do we feel there is enough meat for five Fantastic Beasts films? Could a flashback movie work?
It's time to bust open the Muggle Mailbag!
What did Grindelwald know about Dumbledore's future when he said: "Who's going to love you now?"
Will Jude Law's Dumbledore ever reenact the Half-Blood Prince potion scene?
Is Secrets of Dumbledore too gay?
Did Dumbledore plan for Jacob to be an "assassin" all along?
Why did Leta choose Theseus? Is Newt to blame?
Which characters are the best examples from each Hogwarts House?
Can you use spoons to do magic?
Quizzitch: In Half-Blood Prince, during the cave scene, what does Dumbledore toast before drinking the potion?
On next week's episode: we're off for the Memorial Day Holiday, but back the following week with our Secrets of Dumbledore movie commentary!
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Analyzing Eulalie Hicks, Our Favorite New Character
In their first dedicated character discussion since the premiere of Secrets of Dumbledore, the hosts of MuggleCast turn the pages of their study guides to Professor Eulalie Hicks of Ilvermorny! "Lally" was a huge highlight of the third Beasts film, and we're here to say why that was. Join Andrew, Eric, Micah and Laura as they analyze the character through her words, attitude and relationships. It's a fun episode for sure.
Main Discussion: Professor Eulalie "Lally" Hicks in Secrets of Dumbledore
Going back to the first section he ever headed on MuggleNet, Micah starts us off with Lally's Name Origin
Jessica Williams, who portrays Lally, was herself a big Harry Potter fan, and even shares his birthday!
The announcement of Jessica's casting likely took place at the next table over from Andrew, Eric and Micah when they saw Cursed Child on Broadway.
What makes Eulalie a member of Thunderbird house? It's been a while since the hosts had a chance to talk about Ilvermorny canon.
As a Charms professor, Eulalie's surely competent in some of our favorite Charms, which we recap.
Lally, like Newt, wrote a book which is widely circulated. She also has a unique-looking wand.
Professor Hicks and Professor Hagrid both share a job title in common! But... what does it mean?
We received some insightful e-mails regarding Lally's "Transatlantic" accent, a relic of Old Hollywood in the 1930's and 40's.
Lally's friendhsip with Jacob is a reason to see the film, even if it got off to a rocky (problematic?) start. The hosts discuss.
What do we see happening between Theseus and Lally romantically, if anything, and why?
Andrew's idea for a Eulalie Hicks spinoff TV show will have you ready and waiting for the first season.
Quizzitch: What did students have to do in their end of year exam for Charms class in Harry’s year one?
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Answering Burning 'Secrets of Dumbledore' Questions With New Canon
On this week's episode, the fearless MuggleCasters take it upon themselves to answer Secrets of Dumbledore's biggest unanswered questions, using their extensive knowledge of the Wizarding World to provide plausible answers and put to bed the movie's most dangling plot threads. Join Andrew, Eric, Laura and Micah on this fun journey through the plot points and listen as they finally discuss whether their own prophecy about the movie came true!
Main Discussion: Can our knowledge of book canon help us explain the events of Fantastic Beasts 3?
In what YEAR is the third movie set? Some title cards would have been helpful! Are there clues in the props?
What became of Nagini? Andrew, Laura and Micah provide a tragic outcome while Eric imagines a spa day.
Where is Tina Goldstein, really? The "she's busy" explanation does not hold any giggle water for us!
Was Newt ever allowed back to Hogwarts after his expulsion, and did he complete his schooling there?
What makes Dumbledore "more than a teacher" to Newt, in his own words?
How and under what circumstances did Dumbledore and Eulalie Hicks first meet?
What is the little drop of "water" that Albus blew onto Credence? And is it connected with the Deluminator or an alternate dimension?
The Predictions of Tycho Dodonus... did they come true, and might they still? How about our predictions of Nostradamus?
Exactly when did Aberforth find out about Credence and when did they establish their mirror chats?
Regarding romances, where do Jacob and Queenie honeymoon, and is anything happening with Lally and Theseus?
The hosts wrap up discussing the most pressing questions that the next movie MUST answer.
Who Got it Right?! Laura and Micah sweep The Bunties (tm) with Price is Right rules applying, on our various FB3 guesses.
Next week, a character discussion on Eulalie Hicks! Submit your questions and thoughts on the character!
Quizzitch: Who was the headmaster of Hogwarts school immediately before Dumbledore?
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Why Did the Qilin Bow to Dumbledore? Listeners React to 'Fantastic Beasts 3'
On this week's episode, we bust open our Muggle Mailbag to answer your burning questions and take your feedback on Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore!
Twitter Polls Galore! Which host would the Qilin bow to? What was the best Secrets of Dumbledore ship? And overall, what did listeners think of the movie?
What did Yusuf Kama have to help fight Grindelwald?
The hosts celebrate Eulalie Hicks after leaving her hanging in our initial review!
Why did Grindelwald's followers not kill Theseus when they captured him?
Why did Theseus not question Queenie after her return to the good side?
Did Dumbledore and Grindelwald's fight scene fail to deliver?
Why did the Qilin bow to Dumbledore? Why not Newt? Or Jacob?
Did the producers tie up loose ends enough so that this could be the last film?
Where are Graves and Nagini?
How did Jacob and Queenie get permission to marry?
Prediction Time: Which host was closest to the box office number and what does this number mean for the future of the franchise?
On next week's episode: What questions should’ve Secrets of Dumbledore answered, and what questions must Fantastic Beasts 4 answer?
Quizzitch: What book hits Lucius Malloy in the eye during his tussle with Arthur Weasley in Flourish and Blotts?
Later this week on Bonus MuggleCast: Why has J.K. Rowling been completely silent about Fantastic Beasts 3? You can get Bonus MuggleCast and other great benefits by becoming a patron at Patreon.com/MuggleCast!
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The Best Characters, Scenes, and Beasts of 'Secrets of Dumbledore'
This week, we continue our review of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, this time focusing on the various odds and ends of the film! Plus, we hand out our "Bunty Awards," which are accolades for several aspects of the movie! Stay tuned for many, many more thoughts on the weeks and months ahead!
The "Bunty" award for our Favorite New Character, Favorite New Beast, etc
What was the one stand-out scene of the film?
Was the movie poster for the film misleading? (YES)
Eric took a stopwatch into his Secrets of Dumbledore screening... for a very specific experiment.
We, like Jacob, were confused by the plot to confuse Grindelwald.
What about Grindelwald's visions in the puddles and mirrors, what do they mean?
Was Credence made to sound more like Aberforth at the start of the film? And was anyone else thinking he would have a romance with Queenie from their early interaction?
The re-use of classic Harry Potter lines is scrutinized by Micah.
Was the Anton Vogel actor too similar in appearance to Mads as Grindelwald, and did that lead to confusion about the plot and characters?
Could Credence be conceivably written out of the franchise at this point? And why can't the phoenix intervene to save him from his condition? It's... right there.
How do we feel about all the Aberforth and goat stuff now after seeing this movie?
Why doesn't anyone in the film call the head of the International Confederation of Wizards by its book-given title?
Revisiting some 'Crackpot Theories,' could Leta still live?
Quizzitch: According to The Secrets of Dumbledore, What is Bunty’s given surname? Submit your answer!
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'Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore' Review!
On this week's episode, it's all about reviewing Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore! It's finally here, so just how many secrets were there, and did they live up to expectations? We touch on some of the film's biggest moments and discuss whether or not this could be the last installment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
Welcome Slug Club member, Jemima!
Main Discussion: Our review of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
The hosts given their spoiler-free initial reactions to the third Fantastic Beasts film before jumping into all the details and spoilers
Did this movie course-correct like we hoped it would?
The Top 7 Moments from The Secrets of Dumbledore...
Say what, kid?!? Aurelius is Aberforth's lovechild?!?
Ariana WAS an obscurus! Were we satisfied with the reveal?
Tea time with Albus and Gellert
Is Mads the Grindelwald we've been waiting for?
The Brothers Scamander take on the Manticore
Could any of us make sense of The Election?
The Blood Pact: Explained & Destroyed
Queenie & Jacob: Going to the bakery andddd gonna get marrrried!
Next week: More on The Secrets of Dumbledore, including our favorite characters, scenes, and beasts
Be sure to check out Micah on Everyone's A Reel Critic (where they discuss movies with at least a 20% differential between the critic and audience rating) to talk about Crimes of Grindelwald!
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I love this podcast. It makes my day listening to you guys you are my hero's. And I LOVE you opinions in this show and how each episode is fun and new. I love hearing you guys. Thanks for always being there
A Ravenclaw Nerd
Ok, so 100000/10 recommend, but also, I’d like to point out Hufflepuff has one of the most secure common rooms. It’s the only one with a defense mechanism, because if you tap on the barrels wrong or the wrong barrel, you would get covered in vinegar. I’m very angry you called the entrance to my common room weak, but otherwise think this show is simply amazing!
Insightful and minimal diversions
After listening to several different podcasts, I appreciate how tightly this is edited to stay on topic with interesting and in depth discussion about theories, story cannon and plot line connections to deep dive into how magical this world really is. Structured well, fun and easy to listen to.