With less than a week until Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is released around the world, Andrew, Eric, Micah, and guest John talk about the eighth story and Fantastic Beasts at San Diego Comic-Con! Plus, we have a spoiler-free early review of Fantastic Beasts from someone who attended a test screening!
Newt Scamander was expelled from Hogwarts?! This week, our hosts are teeming with excitement following the world premiere of the second “Fantastic Beasts” trailer during this year’s MTV Movie Awards and have LOTS of things to say about it! Andrew, Eric, Micah, and special guest Jeanna dissect the new trailer, read some listener theories, discuss the upcoming release of the illustrated edition of “Chamber of Secrets”, and bring back a fan-favorite classic segment of “MuggleCast”!
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!
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.
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.
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”.
MuggleNet’s global book club, “Alohomora!”, continues its re-read of the “Harry Potter” series. It’s time to return to Dumbledore’s office for the second lesson involving the story of Yyoung Tom Riddle! Join Kat, Rosie, Eric, and special guest author Melinda Salisbury as they discuss Dumbledore’s actions and meet the future Lord Voldemort for the first time, in a discussion covering Chapter 13 of “Half-Blood Prince”, “The Secret Riddle.”