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In Memoriam: Jeannie Barresi

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Jeannie Barresi, co-owner of Beyond Boundaries Travel and founder of HP Fan Trips, has passed away. MuggleNet commemorates her contribution to "Harry Potter" fans everywhere in a recollection of her achievements from those who knew her and attended her tours. Read More »

“MuggleCast” Episode 287: “Always” Now Available!

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The beginning of 2016 was a difficult time for "Harry Potter" fans as they were confronted with news of the passing of the great Alan Rickman. Join your hosts Andrew, Eric, and Micah as they pay their respects as well as discuss the last month in "Harry Potter" news, all on this brand new episode of "MuggleCast". Read More »

CC #397: Week of December 27, 2015

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In this week's Caption Contest, Newt Scamander realizes that something kept inside his suitcase *may* have gotten out.... Read all of the winning captions, submitted by YOU, on this page! Read More »

CC #396: Week of December 15, 2015

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In this week's Caption Contest... the Auror Graves stands before a gaping hole in a building wall... and it appears as though something very large has exited through it. Read all of the winning captions, submitted by YOU, on this page! Read More »

MuggleCast Episode 286: “Newt’s Theme” Now Available!

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The wizarding world is returning to the screen, and we've finally got our first immersive look thanks to Warner Bros.' announcement trailer for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!" Join Andrew, Eric, Micah, and special returning guest Mikey Bouchereau as they discuss an exciting fresh trailer in-depth, for the first time in 4.5 years! Read More »

“MuggleCast” Episode 285: “Newtcase” Now Available!

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Journey into the Newtcase with the hosts of your favorite "Potter" news podcast. The first photos and information on "Fantastic Beasts" have been released! Beginning with an "Entertainment Weekly" feature and continuing across the web, details on next year's film trilogy starter are coming in. Join hosts Andrew, Eric, and Micah as they review all the latest material and as always, speculate on what it may mean! Read More »

CharacTour Brings “Potter” Personality Quiz to the Main Page!

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MuggleNet has unveiled a new addition to our main page in the form of a "Potter" personality quiz, powered by CharacTour! While some quizzes may ask, "Do you feel snakey?" or have a degree of randomization to them, our quiz assesses readers using CharacTour's 5-point, 52-trait system, which you simply must experience for yourself. Read More »

“MuggleCast” Episode 284: “The Cursed Podcast” Now Available!

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Following last week's breaking news that occurred during our last episode, join us as we once again speculate about what it all means! Andrew, Micah, Eric and special return guest Laura Thompson talk Cursed Child with a bit more clarity (and no less skepticism). Read More »

“MuggleCast” Episode 283: “Snitch Egg” Now Available!

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Breaking news occurs right in the middle of this brand new episode of "MuggleCast", the original "Harry Potter" podcast. Micah, Andrew, and Eric speculate what the latest "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" information may mean, just when - surprise, surprise! - a journalist on Twitter shines a guiding light. JKR is up to her usual tricks of misdirection, and your hosts tackle some of the "biggest questions never asked" and play some Make the Music Connection! All that and more on our latest episode! Read More »

NYCC Interview with “Superherologist” Dr. Travis Langley

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MuggleNet sat down with "Superherologist" Dr. Travis Langley at New York Comic Con, as he revealed some of his feelings on popular culture today, including "Game of Thrones" and "Star Trek", while also providing insight into his writing and research process. Read More »

“MuggleCast” Episode 282: “Back to Hogwarts” now available!

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Your original "Harry Potter" podcast celebrates the month of September in the usual way: by welcoming new Hogwarts students (such as James Sirius Potter), by speculating on fan-submitted theories, and by commiserating on the many failures of Pottermore. Do not fret! - sharing in the experience with friends makes all of the difference. Read More »

ICYMI: The “T” in “Voldemort” Is Silent, Says JKR

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In what was more of a reminder to fans than completely new information, "Harry Potter" series author J.K. Rowling took to Twitter last night to address a common pronunciation error when dealing with the characters. It would seem that Lord Voldemort, the series' primary villain, should be pronounced with a silent 'T.' The issue was raised most recently by College of Charleston English major Michael Lucero. Read More »

The Cosplay Minute: Wizard World Chicago 2015!

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This past weekend, MuggleNet again had the opportunity to attend Wizard World's Chicago Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Just as we have done last year, we scoured the convention floor in search of those fan attendees who were dressed as characters from Harry Potter's world. See all of their fabulous costumes here! Read More »

“MuggleCast” Episode 281, “Fishy,” now available!

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The original "Harry Potter" podcast has now reached its tenth anniversary. On August 7, 2005, MuggleNet was the first "Harry Potter" fan site to launch a companion discussion podcast, and a decade later its hosts are still competently discussing the series. This very special anniversary episode ranges from discussion of long-lost theories, to the delightful inclusion of listener voicemails. It is a can't-miss episode for all who have joined the podcast on its journey thus far. Read More »

“MuggleCast” Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary

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On August 7, 2005, a new medium was born. "Harry Potter" literary discussion, which was then taking place on a multitude of Internet forums, chat rooms, and website comments sections, first hit the airwaves of the iTunes podcast directory in the form of "MuggleCast". On that first episode, the trio of hosts, which included MuggleNet staff members Andrew Sims, Ben Schoen, and Kevin Steck, discussed recently released promotional stills from the fourth "Harry Potter" film, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire". Read More »

Introducing CharacTour, a Matchmaking Site for Books, TV, and Film!

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If you're familiar with MuggleNet's book review blog, you will know that we often recommend literature outside of the "Harry Potter" series. Reading frequently and critically is a great way to expand the mind, nurture the imagination, or escape the humdrum of everyday life. The act of reading a book for the first time can even be a bit like falling in love, and it is with this in mind that we are proud to introduce CharacTour, an online matchmaking website pairing you, the user, with fictional characters. Read More »

“MuggleCast” Episode 279, “Hogwarts, USA,” now available!

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As the North American continent heats up, so too, does "Fantastic Beasts" casting news. With Eddie Redmayne now confirmed in the lead role, and other casting announced, the "MuggleCast" hosts speculate on all things to do with J.K. Rowling's screenwriting breakthrough film. Also of note are recent Twitter revelations from JKR and Robert Galbraith, one of our Hall of Fame episodes turning five years old, and more! Read More »

Tribute to the Magic Tree Bookstore

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Ownership of the Magic Tree, an independent bookstore in the western Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, is changing hands. MuggleNet held two "Harry Potter" book release parties in coordination with the Magic Tree and has compiled stories and details of the Magic Tree's impressive 30-year existence. Read More »

MuggleCast, Episode 278: “Hogwarts Goes Hollywood” now available!

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Construction on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Los Angeles park continues as our MuggleCast hosts eagerly await its completion. An offer is reportedly officially on the table for actor Eddie Redmayne to play Newt Scamander. As usual, there are plenty of J.K. Rowling tweets to sort through, and your hosts wax nostalgic for the first time in a special segment called "Magical Memories." All of that and more on this, episode 278 of MuggleCast. Read More »

“MuggleCast”: Episode 277, “On That Newt…” now available!

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Hot on the heels of new "Fantastic Beasts" casting updates, your "MuggleCast" hosts have assembled, with special guest returning host Matt Britton, to discuss actor Eddie Redmayne, whom "Variety" reports is the "favorite" choice for the role of Newt Scamander. Fun segments and J.K. Rowling Twitter recaps abound in this, the 277th episode of "MuggleCast". Read More »