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!
'Philosopher's Stone' Illustrator Thomas Taylor Reveals the Secrets Behind the Cover
On this week's episode of MuggleCast, we're joined by a very special guest, Mr. Thomas Taylor, who originally illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1996! He talks about what it was like to land the job and all that ensued! Join us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the book that began a phenomenon!
Welcome Thomas Taylor, illustrator of the very first Harry Potter book in the UK!
Thomas shares what it was like to get the job at just 23-years-old!
How did he decide to illustrate the iconic Hogwarts Express scene?
Did he ever speak with J.K. Rowling?
What was it like to be one of the first people to ever read Harry Potter?
Was he ever asked to work on the remainder of the series?
Who is the mysterious gentleman on the original back cover, and what's in his pocket?
Did you know there is a connection between Dumbledore and The Hobbit?
Thomas shares his thoughts on the first Harry Potter movie, his favorite characters and his Hogwarts House!
What was it like for him to transition from illustrator to author?
Be sure to check out Taylor's other works, including The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea and follow him on Twitter and Instagram!
Quizzitch: Dumbledore’s nose appeared as though it had been broken how many times, according to the first chapter of Philosopher’s Stone?
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Bonus MuggleCast, available later this week: In celebration of Pride Month, we had fun whipping up some gay Harry Potter pick-ups lines (parental advisory warning: these pick-up lines are of an adult nature and not suitable for children). Become a supporter of the show today at Patreon.com/MuggleCast!
WB is Planning HBO Max Harry Potter Shows -- We Pitch Lots of New Ideas!
A merger of Warner Bros and Discovery, Inc. has led Andrew to speculate as to what the future of the Wizarding World may look like on film and TV. And he's prepared a presentation about it! Hosts Eric, Micah, Laura and special Slug Club guest Neil join in and speculate as to the future of Fantastic Beasts, and what - if any - television series set within the Wizarding World we might see from Discovery Time Warner. It's a jam-packed episode with lots of laughs and really cool ideas!
Welcome Slug Club guest Neil, who's joining us from South Korea in the middle of the night.
What CEO David Zaslav might do with Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter, and his upcoming meeting with JKR.
While Secrets of Dumbledore is the lowest performing Wizarding World film of all time, it still technically has broken even, reaching $400M globally. Is the future secure for its remaining announced sequels?
Hypothetically, what scripted Harry Potter TV shows could we see coming if not a direct reboot of the original Potter books?
The hosts all provide an idea for a television series that fills in canon and explores plot holes from the series.
Laura wants an episode dedicated to "The Missing 24 Hours", while Micah wants a series focused on Tom Riddle's ascent to power.
Is a Marauders series anybody's second choice for new TV content? How about one that shows the events of Deathly Hallows from the students' perspective in Hogwarts? And finally, Andrew's idea for an Auror Dept. police procedural is intriguing!
Next, the hosts "Star Wars-ify" a Wizarding World story, pairing an adult and child character together in the style of Disney+'s The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Would Salazar Slytherin look good boasting a gray area? Are outcasts Hagrid and Luna the perfect pair for an exploration of Wizarding World secrets? Would Tonks and Mad-Eye see eye to eye if placed together for long? How about Snape and Draco? And would a time-traveling Neville Longbottom learn a few things from Professor Sprout?
Finally, falling in line with Discovery Channel's past offerings, the hosts predict which educational and/or questionable reality programming we might get from the content creators.
Ideas include space-faring wizards, Charms disasters, a travel show, and "Trelawney Truckers"!
Quizzitch: Who illustrated the first book cover for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, published in 1997 by Bloomsbury in UK?
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'Secrets of Dumbledore' 🧙♂️ Movie Commentary Track
Watch Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore with the MuggleCasters in our movie commentary track! We had a ton of fun watching the movie together and making sense of everything that's going on. What are each character's motives? What are we noticing now that we're watching in the comfort of our own homes? Even the credits had a surprise that a couple of us weren't aware of! We discuss every moment of the movie as we watch it together!
The Secrets of Dumbledore was just released on HBO Max, and now you can watch the movie in real time with your Harry Potter friends (Us). You will need to bring your own copy of the movie to get the full experience. Currently it's available on HBO Max and will be released on DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital at the end of June.
At the beginning of the episode we help you sync up with us. Our sync point is just after the WB logo flies past the camera. For us, this was 53 seconds into the movie, but your timecode may differ if you don't have a HBO ad at the beginning.
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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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