Episode #376: Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 1MuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* Slug Club member Chris joins the show
* David Heyman says Grindelwald is scarier than Voldemort!
* Why is Dumbledore teaching a young Newt Defense Against the Dark Arts?
* "After all this time," Chapter-by-Chapter returns! And just in time for HBP's birthday!
* We analyze the chapter that had been brewing in JKR's mind for more than 13 years
* Would The Other Minister have worked earlier in the series?
* Where's Harry? Our first Potter book that doesn't begin with the boy wizard!
* Voldemort is on the rise and its clear the tone of the series has shifted
* Fireplace entrances, shady portraits, secret staff - do wizards have a superiority complex?
* Should the Ministry have considered lifting the International Statute of Secrecy?
* Does Fudge ever consider enlisting the help of the Muggle Prime Minister?
* Do other heads of state have similar relationships with their Muggle counterparts?
* Rufus Scrimgeour: our thoughts on the new Minister and do we have cause to trust him?
* Kingsley Shacklebolt "Undercover Secretary"
* Whatever came of the Ministry's inquiry into the death of Sirius Black?
* How much control do magical governments have over their Muggle counterparts?
* Two new segments debut with Character MVP and Rename The Chapter!
* Patrons weigh in with their thoughts on the first chapter of Half-Blood Prince!
* Quizzitch: What is the name of the bridge that gets destroyed by Death Eaters?
Episode #375: 13 Years LaterMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* Cursed Child is coming to two new cities... San Francisco (2019) and Hamburg, Germany (2020). Could a Midwest location be next?
* Chamber of Secrets turns 20 years old!
* We begin our Half-Blood Prince discussion looking back at some popular fan theories
* Patrons share their midnight release party memories!
* We discuss how parts of Half-Blood Prince were originally written for Chamber of Secrets and that it was Book 2’s working title
* The hosts revisit some of MuggleCast’s theories following the release of the sixth book
* Who is the Half-Blood Prince? Harry? Voldemort? Felix Felicis?
* We dive deep into The Underground Lake, one of MuggleNet’s notorious series of editorials
* What did Dumbledore mean by Remember My Last, Petunia?
* Who will take over the DADA vacancy?
* Why does Dumbledore trust Snape?
* Voicemails cover a Deathly Hallows symbol in Goblet of Fire, deluminators, Cho Chang and more!
* Quizzitch: What two Order members does Harry bump into (in order) in the HBP chapter, "Silver and Opals"?
Episode #374: The Department of MysteriesMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* Slug Club member Sarah joins the show!
* Warner Brothers cracks down on unofficial fan events
* Main Discussion: The Department of Mysteries & The Prophecy
* Who are The Unspeakables?
* The Brain Room: just what are they studying in there?
* What does each of us think is beyond The Veil?
* Does the Veil have magical properties to draw one in?
* Was the Ministry built around the amphitheater that houses the Veil?
* How is security so lax around such a dangerous room?
* The Love Room: why is it locked?
* The Planet Room: what can you do in here that makes it worthy of the Department of Mysteries?
* Are there alien wizards?
* The Time Room: do we believe this is where Time Turners were invented?
* The Hall of Prophecies: why are they kept locked away?
* Should who the Prophecy concerns be able to hold onto the prophecy?
* Do we forgive Dumbledore for withholding this information until now?
* Patreon Question of the Week: What other rooms could be within the Department of Mysteries?
* Quizzitch: What is the spell that Hermione uses to mark the doors in the revolving room?
* Coming this July... chapter-by-chapter for Half-Blood Prince!
Episode #373: Burned By GobletMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* Slug Club member Karen joins the show
* Listeners share their Order of the Phoenix release party memories
* Cursed Child cleans up at the Tony Awards
* Universal Orlando adds Harry Potter to their nighttime water show
* Main Discussion: Major Events of the Phoenix
* Grimmauld Place: Was this truly the safest place for the Order to be headquartered?
* Do Sirius and the Order underestimate the threats within the Black Family home?
* Ministry Interference at Hogwarts: What are Umbridge's credentials for becoming DADA professor?
* Was it always Fudge's intention for Umbridge to become Headmistress?
* Do the Educational Decrees expose weaknesses in Dumbledore's leadership?
* The Formation of Dumbledore's Army: we discuss the Hog's Head, the Room of Requirement and the importance of unifying (almost) all of the Houses
* Welcome to St. Mungo's: why was it cut from the film?
* Augusta Longbottom, Neville's parents, Lockhart and Harry's connection to Nagini
* We reminisce on those gum wrapper theories!
* Patrons share their top 5 moments from Order of the Phoenix
* Don't worry, we'll spend Episode 374 inside the Department of Mysteries and discussing The Prophecy
* Quizzitch: Who was the last member of the Dumbledore's Army to sign up in the Hog's Head?
* Bonus MuggleCast ([available on Patreon](http://www.patreon.com/mugglecast)) includes memorable lines from the fifth book and Crimes of Grindelwald trailer speculation
Episode #372: Faces Of The PhoenixMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* Paris, London, New York: Pottermore offers fans the chance to attend the Fantastic Beasts 2 premieres for charity
* Cursed Child is up for 10 Tony Awards
* Main Discussion: Fresh Faces of the Phoenix
* What would have happened to Harry without the support of Luna and her father?
* We discuss Bellatrix exposing Harry's ignorance and her unwavering loyalty to Voldemort
* Does Tonks make the Order of the Phoenix cool?
* Dolores Umbridge has one redeeming quality - she's the reason for Dumbledore's Army!
* Do we overlook the importance of Ms. Figg? Was she best equipped to keep Harry safe?
* What's up with the relationship between Squibs and cats?
* Mundungus Fletcher... enough said!
* What if these characters were introduced earlier in the series? What if they never were?
* This episode's lone voicemail asks about a Hermione-based movie with Emma Watson
* Quizzitch: Who did JKR say would win in a fight: Crookshanks or Mrs. Norris?
* MuggleCast Vault: [Luna Lovegood](http://mugglecast.com/episode-62/) and [Dolores Umbridge](http://mugglecast.com/episode-27/) character discussions
Episode #371: Nancy Figg?MuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* Slug Club member Amy joins the show!
* The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay cover is revealed...
* And we analyze every beast, symbol and little detail
* Did Alan Rickman feel Snape was an underutilized character in the films?
* JKR reveals her next project will be a children's book!
* We start June off with our first Order of the Phoenix discussion
* What were the biggest theories prior to Order of the Phoenix being released?
* Like: What exactly is the Order of the Phoenix? Will Snape ever teach DADA? Is he a spy? Is Lupin really James Potter in disguise? What is the gleam of triumph and what does it mean? What's up with Ms. Figg? Which character(s) won't make it through Book 5?
* Quizzitch: A witch or wizard who is gifted at reading minds is called a what?
Episode #370: OriginsMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* Summer is here - we reflect on some favorite Potter memories
* J.K. Rowling reveals the toughest chapter for her to write in the Potter series
* Main Discussion: Whose origin story would we like to see brought to life on the big screen?
* Aren't Potter fans already getting that with Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts?
* Quirrell, McGonagall, Slughorn, Hagrid… who has the best backstory and who would end up on Lifetime?
* Patrons give their top choices: Helena & Rowena Ravenclaw, Molly Weasley, Tom Riddle, Remus Lupin and Kingsley Shacklebolt
* Voicemails cover Cursed Child, Percy being sorted into Gryffindor and the hosts roles at MuggleNet and in the fan community overall
* We'll be celebrating the 15th anniversary of Order of the Phoenix in June with some Book 5-themed discussions
* And don't forget we'll see you in Dallas this summer for LeakyCon 2018!
* Quizzitch: What is the form of Kingsley Shacklebolt’s Patronus?
* Bonus MuggleCast, [available on Patreon](https://www.patreon.com/posts/19083971/): The Elder Wand's Allegiance in Fantastic Beasts
Episode #369: The Battle of HogwartsMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
- With Micah out for the week, MuggleCast welcomes our friend Nasim and one of our Patreon supporters Andy to the show!
- The MuggleCast community lost a listener and friend this week. Hug your loved ones.
- The Beedle the Bard Illustrated Edition covers are out now, and they're gorgeous!
- We forgot to discuss Tonks on last week's Mother's Day episode, so this week we share some thoughts about her decision to head to the Battle of Hogwarts as newborn Teddy stayed at home.
- Annnd that leads perfectly into our main discussion this week: The Battle of Hogwarts turns 20 (fictional) years old!
- We share our feelings reading the iconic scenes again 11 years after it was originally published. Do our feelings on it change now that we're adults?
- Was it responsible to allow students who were 'of age' to fight? What role would we have taken in defending the school? What GOOD came out of the battle (besides Voldemort's downfall)?
- Eric quizzes us on the Battle of Hogwarts. And of course, Quizzitch wraps up the show.
Episode #368: Growin' UpMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* Slug Club member and mom Cherise returns for a Mother's Day discussion
* How would raising a young witch/wizard differ from raising a child in the Muggle world?
* What would be the most difficult part of parenting?
* No schooling until Hogwarts? What do working parents do?
* What happens when your child begins exhibiting signs of magic?
* Would you be comfortable sending your child off to boarding school?
* We discuss notable mothers and mother-like figures in the Potter series
* From Lily and Molly to Narcissa and Petunia
* Patrons vote on who they think is the best mother in the wizarding world
* Listeners tweet their thoughts on the biggest parenting challenges
* Quizzitch: Which mother in the Harry Potter series is named after a Roman Catholic saint, whose Feast Day is famously preceded by a gathering of Witches?
Episode #367: Sorry, DobbyMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* Cursed Child wrap up: Andrew sees it again, Hogwarts merch and Tony nominations
* JKR confirms Jessica Williams will play Ilvermorny professor Eulalie Hicks
* What's up with Dumbledore teaching DADA in a recent Crimes of Grindelwald clip?
* On the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, JKR apologies for killing Dobby
* Main Discussion: Hogwarts Mystery
* The hosts give their initial reactions to the new Potter mobile game
* How far have we each advanced? Are we sold on the story?
* Do stories differ depending on which House your were sorted into?
* Is Merula the antagonist even if you were sorted into Slytherin?
* Time and energy issues! Patrons shared their mixed reactions to the game.
* Voicemails cover Hogwarts memorials, Teddy Lupin in Cursed Child, Puffs The Movie and more
* Quizzitch: In the trio's third year, what is the Care of Magical Creatures exam?
Episode #366: Cursed Child on Broadway ReviewMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
Moments after seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway, Andrew, Micah, and Eric are back in their hotel room to share their thoughts on the show. Have Micah and Eric changed their stances on Cursed Child? Did Andrew notice anything different? Did Micah buy an owl? This and more is discussed in this week's episode!
Episode #365: Predicting The Cursed ChildMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* Slug Club member Molly joins the show!
* The votes are in for the most evil character in the Potter series (besides Voldemort)!
* Main Discussion: Predicting Cursed Child
* JKR checks out the newly refurbished Lyric Theatre
* What character are the hosts most looking forward to seeing? What scene?
* Will Part 1 or Part 2 be better?
* How much will be spent on merchandise?
* Will we keep an open mind about seeing the show despite our thoughts on the plot?
* Check out Episodes 295, 298 and 299 for prior Cursed Child discussions
* If there were to be an eighth Potter story, what would we want it to be about?
* Quizzitch: Where in Britain is the Railview Hotel?
* Don't forget Hogwarts Mystery hits your mobile phones this week!
* We'll be live on Patreon from NYC this Wednesday with our initial thoughts on Cursed Child!
Episode #364: Goblet / Of FireMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* Slug Club member Stephen joins the show
* The Quidditch World Cup is underway in Round Rock, Texas
* The hosts share their Quidditch World Cup experiences
* We get our first look at the Tales of Beedle the Bard Illustrated Edition
* The [Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition](https://www.hypable.com/goblet-of-fire-illustrated-edition-release-date/) won't hit bookstores until 2019\. Can we expect it to be published in two parts?
* The Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Edition covers get mixed reactions from the hosts
* Cursed Child sets a Broadway sales record
* Main Discussion: Who, besides Voldemort, is the most evil character in the series?
* Each host makes and defends their pick: Rita Skeeter, Bellatrix, Umbridge or Fudge?
* Patrons weigh in with their thoughts from the Dursleys to Peter Pettigrew to Salazar Slytherin
* MuggleMail covers wand allegiance and Voldemort and Bellatrix's relationship
* Quizzitch: What is Professor Quirrell's first name?
Episode #363: Muggle Mail BagMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* Welcome Slug Club member Laura!
* Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Warwick Davis lend voices to Hogwarts Mystery
* Main Discussion: Did Dumbledore & Grindelwald make an unbreakable vow?
* Since Voldemort is incapable of love, how was he able to father a child?
* Does Moody know what a boggart looks like because of his magical eye?
* How do wizards watch Quidditch matches?
* Do all the professors have permanent residences at Hogwarts? What about their families?
* Did the Shrieking Shack exists prior to Remus Lupin coming to school?
* How come Hermione's parents are cool with her never being home for the holidays?
* How did Voldemort acquire a rudimentary body?
* What happened to the chambers connected to Fluffy's bedroom?
* Did Credence ever get an Ilvermorny acceptance letter?
* Plus, plenty more emails, voicemails and text messages
* PO BOX Update!
* Quizzitch: For Harry's 17th birthday, what color did Hermione turn the leaves of the Weasley's crabapple tree?
Episode #362: An interview with the Harry Potter Film Concert Series TeamMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* With Micah and Eric both out for the weekend, Andrew welcomes Hypable writer Nasim to the show!
* Andrew's April Fools Day article hits a little too close to home for some readers.
* Andrew visited The Cursed Child NYC giftshop and spent a little too much money.
* We discuss Nasim's recent article "The Problem With Pottermore"
* What would we like to see Pottermore become?
* Micah and Eric interview the team behind the Harry Potter Film Concert Series
* Voicemails address the Pottermore news, the Fantastic Beasts trailer, and the new Wizarding World logo.
* Quizzitch: What does Imposter Moody make Lavender Brown do under the Imperius Curse, in the classroom scene from Goblet of Fire?
Episode #361: Uncle YusufMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* Pottermore makes some staffing changes- Scholastic confirms release of Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay
* The mystery behind Hogwarts Mystery is revealed!
* Main Discussion: Crimes of Grindewald trailer roundup
* We breakdown the Lestrange family tree in more detail
* What does it mean that Leta and Credence are half-siblings? Will this test allegiances?
* Who is Yusuf Kama? Could it have been him staring at the family tree?
* Listeners fact check us on the Minister for Magic, DADA professor and headmaster during the late 1920s
* Did Dumbledore's comment about Newt not following directions mean Newt really isn't supposed to be in Paris?
* Could Grindelwald been standing before a group of peers presenting his crimes?
* Could the dance Leta attended be her own wedding or engagement party?
* What role does Leta have in all of this? Is she a casual observer to the unfolding events or does she pick a side?
* J.K. Rowling Sez covers Lethal White, Newt & Kennilworthy Whisp's friendship and 85-year-old grandmothers
* We respond to tweets on Grindelwald's cell, Dumbledore's put-outer, the DADA classroom and the history of transport to Hogwarts
* Quizzitch: In Chamber of Secrets, what three nonsense spells does Harry aim at the bush before Dudley calls for his mother?
Episode #360: More Crimes of Grindelwald Secrets RevealMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* Trailer recap: is Credence able to separate himself from the Obscurus now?
* Why is the circus scene outdoors? Are the French more lackadaisical with secrecy?
* Andrew hates on Hedwig's Theme (really)
* Voicemails touch on ground pounds, Apparition at Hogwarts, Jacob's memory, Corvus Lestrange, and why nobody's dressed like a wizard!
* The hosts pick a favorite trailer moment
* Main Discussion: JK Rowling's Wizarding World gets a dedicated logo for the first time!
* Whose wands are represented in this 'book' design?
* Is JK Rowling being removed from the equation?
* We play Quizzitch and thank our Patrons for helping us reach the 777 Challenge!
Episode #359: Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald trailer analysisMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* The first Crimes of Grindelwald trailer is here!
* The hosts give their initial thoughts and break things down scene-by-scene
* It's good to see you again, Hogwarts
* You can apparate on the grounds of Hogwarts?
* Our first look at Jude Law as Dumbledore. Is he never not having run-ins with the Ministry?
* Why was Dumbledore being confronted in the DADA classroom?
* Why did he send Newt to Paris?
* Grindelwald and Rosier: who are they speaking to?
* Credence and the Maledictus: how did he learn to channel his inner obscurus?
* Inside the French Ministry of Magic: what's with all the beasts on the ceiling?
* Ride that Kelpie, Newt!
* Just who is checking out cryptic messages on walls in underground rooms?
* Credence and Leta... long lost siblings?
* The circus is finally in town! Is this how Credence made his way from New York to Paris?
* Grindelwald's escape - did LEGO spoil a major plot point?
* Why can't Dumbledore move again Grindelwald? Why does it have to be Newt?
* The brothers Scamander battle in a graveyard
Episode #358: Are Voldemort, Snape, Harry The Three Brothers?MuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* Slug Club member Alex joins the show
* Cursed Child surprises fans with preview tickets - can we expect more of this in the future?
* Andrew shares a letter from his 11-year-old self
* The 777 Challenge is officially underway through March 31!
* Main Discussion: Were Harry, Snape & Voldemort modern-day versions of The Three Brothers?
* Did Dumbledore represent Death? JKR likes this theory!
* We break down Voldemort as Antioch (the one who died for power), Snape as Cadmus (the one who died for love) and Harry as Ignotus (the one who greeted Death as an old friend)
* Does Dumbledore actually fit better as the second brother? Or could he be representative of all three brothers at different stages of his life? We discuss.
* Did we ever consider these possibilities after reading Deathly Hallows?
* Patrons share their thoughts
* Owl Post covers potion regulations, boggarts and video games
* Quizzitch: What is the name of the goblin (besides Griphook) that Harry encounters with the Potterwatch crew?
* Bonus MuggleCast: Crookshanks and The Potters
Episode #357: PotionsMuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast add
* Slug Club member Greg joins the show all the way from Singapore
* A new Hogwarts Mystery trailer has been released
* Cursed Child announces their Friday Forty program
* We reveal our plans for the 777 Challenge! Learn more and see the mug design at MuggleCast.com
* Main Discussion: Potions in the Wizarding World
* We react to JKR stating that muggles can't properly brew potions
* From Ageing Potions to the Elixir of Life to Mandrake Draught we run down the list of different types of potions
* Would the hosts be good at making them? Are we patient enough? Careful with instructions?
* Which potion does each host wish they could have in real life?
* Is there a time we wish we could have used Veritaserum? Felix Felicis?
* Over/under: How many times will Polyjuice Potion be used in Fantastic Beasts?
* The hosts create their own potions (assuming we're wizards of course)
* Patreon Question of the Week: If you could take Polyjuice Potion for an hour, who would you turn into and why?
* Voicemails cover Cedric Diggory, Mrs. Black, and feedback on our Fudge episode
* Quizzitch: Name the members of The Advance Guard that come to Privet Drive to pick up Harry in Order of the Phoenix
* Bonus MuggleCast: We explore the theory that the Dursleys' feelings towards Harry were magnified by the presence of a horcrux!