* Slug Club member Sara joins the show!
* Muggle Mail covers Bunty The Spy, Snape The Protector and Snape The Bully
* Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 22 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, After The Burial
* 7-Word Summary: Aragog causes Harry no issues with Slughorn
* Despite its dark undertones, is this one of the funniest chapters of the series?
* Eric tells us why Hagrid's letter defined his Potter reading experience
* Aragog is one of our biggest (literally) connecting threads between Half-Blood Prince and Chamber of Secrets
* Will we see Aragog make an appearance in the Fantastic Beasts series?
* Thanks to Ron... it's time for Harry to GET LUCKY!
* Thoughts of Ginny... are they romantic or a bit disgusting?
* If the placebo Felix Felicis effect worked on Ron, do we think it could have done the same for Harry?
* Is Slughorn so elusive because he considered Harry would eventually use Felix Felicis?
* Venomous tentacula, acromantula venom, unicorn hair... Slughorn has a side-hussle!
* House-Elves as poison taste-testers! What does this reveal about Slughorn's character?
* I Will Remember You: our patrons pay tribute to Aragog
* Let's get drunk! Is this becoming a recurring theme in Half-Blood Prince?
* Does Slughorn feel guilty, maybe even responsible, for what happened to Lily?
* Francis The Fish is possibly the best addition the filmmakers made to the series
* Rename The Chapter and MVP of the Week
* Quizzitch: Who tells Nearly-Headless Nick about Dumbledore's whereabouts?
#412: Determinedly (HBP 21, The Unknowable Room)
* The latest on JKR's assistant's credit card fraud
* Quidditch Through The Ages is getting an illustrated edition!
* Team StarKid is turning 10 and they're planning an event in LA!
* Muggle Mail covers the cursed DADA position, Dumbledore lecturing Harry and the powers of Hufflepuff's Cup
* Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 21 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Unknowable Room
* 7-Word Summary: Harry searches for Draco unsuccessfully but determinedly
* JKR drops yet another subtle hint to the identity of the Half-Blood Prince
* Dobby and Kreacher report back their findings on Malfoy!
* Despite the result, should Harry have been more explicit with his instructions?
* Why does Harry never consider that Draco could be entering the Room of Requirement?
* What combination of words would we use to try and enter the room?
* Given her persistence, should Hermione have offered Harry suggestions on how to acquire the Slughorn's memory?
* Snape is having a really bad day (again), but should he be taking it out on his students?
* Why was Tonks in this chapter? What did she need to see Dumbledore about?
* We draw connections between Moaning Myrtle, Draco and Tom Riddle
* The hosts Rename The Chapter and give their MVPs of the Week!
* Quizzitch: When Professor Slughorn gets plant leaves from Professor Sprout, what group of students does he say they are for?
* In Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon): The creators of the amazing graphic art within the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film series visit Chicago, and Eric recaps their event.
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#411: RiddleGin (HBP 20, Lord Voldemort's Request)
* We're now on Instagram! Follow us: @MuggleCastPod!
* A first edition Potter book sells for $90,000! Have any hosts ever been tempted to buy a rare piece of Potter memorabilia?
* Patreon update: Get ready! Signed album art and our 2019 gift are coming! Pledge now to become eligible to receive the goods.
* We take feedback on last week's J.K. Rowling discussion
* Voicemails cover a listener who doesn't like JKR (but is nice about it), Fawkes, Horcruxes and Cursed Child San Francisco
* Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 20 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Lord Voldemort's Request
* 7-Word Summary: Voldemort tries again to obtain Dumbledore’s allowance
* Just how is Draco getting the "ingredients" he needs for Polyjuice Potion?
* Hogwarts staffing problem: what's the deal with Trelawney and Firenze?
* Dumbledore calmly shames Harry for not retrieving Slughorn's memory. Have we ever experienced anything like this in real life?
* Given everything Harry has been through recently, is this a fair request? Why doesn't Dumbledore get off his ass and do it himself?
* How might the course of history have changed if Tom Riddle had been allowed to teach at Hogwarts?
* Hepzibah, Hokey and Horcruxes
* What was Voldemort truly after in Dumbledore's office?
* It is clear Dumbledore had inside information on Voldemort early on. Why didn't he do more to stop him?
* From tour guide to caretaker, the hosts give Voldemort a job at Hogwarts!
* Rename The Chapter and MVP of the Week return!
* We make several connections between this chapter and Order of the Phoenix
* Quizzitch: How many points does Harry lose for being later to DADA class?
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#410: What Happened To This Fandom?
- Welcome Slug Club member Kayla!
- The cover for Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition is here -- could it be the best one yet?
- Micah may've discovered a Cursed Child reference on the cover....
- Details concerning Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure are revealed. Micah was on the scene for an event.
- What mysterious beast will we encounter that never made it into the films?
- The man behind Fantastic Beasts is out at Warner Brothers -- will JKR say anything?
- Main Discussion: J.K. Rowling and The Fans Who Now Attack Her
- The hosts react to the recent misleading headlines about Dumbledore and Grindelwald's "intense sexual" relationship
- How far apart are the headlines from what J.K. Rowling actually said?
- Do fans of the Potter series owe it to themselves to fact check before reacting?
- The Complex History of JKR and Controversy: outing Dumbledore, Ron and Hermione's relationship, Cursed Child, Native Americans and more
- Is there a very real possibility that we have burned our bridge to JKR as a fandom?
- The hosts and patrons share what they would like to see from JKR in the future. Everyone's responses are available to read on Patreon.
- Quizzitch: In her first memory, what time does Tom Riddle come calling for Hepzibah Smith?
- Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon): we discuss the latest news on the upcoming iOS and Android game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite!
#409: 'Crimes of Grindelwald' Commentary Track
Join the MuggleCasters as they watch Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald together! This is a commentary track in which we watch the entire movie and discuss everything that's going on. Don't stop once the credits start rolling -- we end up talking all the way through them, and after. We're those people in the theater who refuse to leave!
This is a movie commentary track meant to be played in sync with your own copy of the film. This commentary is designed to work with American DVDs (which are in NTSC format) and all digital and Blu-ray copies of the movie.
At the beginning of the commentary we help you sync up with us. ENJOY!