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Episode 180: September 15th, 2009

  • In an impromptu mini episode, we discuss the news from the recent press conference at the Wizarding World.
  • Andrew is still live in Orlando with plenty of interesting info.
  • Park to open in Spring 2010: we're not surprised there's no date yet.
  • The three main rides: our thoughts and fan reaction.
  • We offer our theories on the mystery surrounding Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
  • Just what is up with that lake?
  • The attention to detail of the shops and stores in Hogsmeade is unreal.
  • Plus John Williams, park characters and much more.

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Episode 179: September 9th, 2009

  • We're back with a worldwide panel this week!
  • News: Half-Blood Prince box office update, Deathly Hallows filming continues, theme park updates, John Williams performs Potter at the Hollywood Bowl.
  • Registration for Infinitus 2010 is now open!
  • ESPN's Fantasy Focus podcast challenges MuggleCast.
  • MuggleMail addresses Episode 178's hot topics.
  • For our main discussion, we go in-depth on several different topics submitted by listeners:
  • Could Dumbledore have stopped Voldemort from becoming what he did?
  • Why did JK Rowling get rid of Harry's father figures?
  • Who that died in Deathly Hallows would have become a ghost?
  • How does Harry get away with so many crimes?
  • How will kids discover Potter in 20 - 30 years?
  • Chicken Soup: Back to School Edition!

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Episode 178: August 20th, 2009

  • HBP continues to make money at the box office while DH filming surges on.
  • Potter Exhibition is heading to Boston, but where will it go next?
  • Jamie Waylett isn't returning for DH and Joshua Herdman reveals where the split will be.
  • What happened with HBP IMAX 3D? Andrew explains how it was a rip off.
  • Happy Birthday, Micah!
  • Micah and Andrew discuss the HBP video game.
  • MuggleCast turns 4; the listeners and hosts celebrate!
  • This Week in MuggleCast History, Make the Music Connection, Jamie's British Joke of the Week, and Chicken Soup!

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Episode 177: July 30th, 2009

  • MuggleCast is back in a pre-recorded format and we're all about Half-Blood Prince today!
  • Micah gets us up to date with all the news over the past few weeks.
  • How'd Half-Blood Prince perform in the box office? Why did hamsters beat wizards in the second week?
  • Ultimate Collector's Edition DVDs... is it too soon?
  • Theme Park news and Half-Blood Prince give us a new idea for a ride at the upcoming theme park.
  • Azkatraz recap! We had a ton of fun meeting and hanging with the listeners!
  • Our 4 year anniversary is coming up very soon. We discuss how we'll celebrate.
  • MuggleMail addresses listener reaction to Half-Blood Prince.
  • The rest of our show goes through lots of Half-Blood Prince talk. Best film? Best acting? Scariest scenes? What did WB miss? We talk about it ALL!

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Episode 176: July 12th, 2009

  • MuggleCast is LIVE in New York City the day after the premiere to discuss what happened!
  • Andrew and Emerson conducted interviews from the red carpet and have some juicy details to share.
  • Having all the seen the film, we try to give our best spoiler-free review.
  • Fans ask us questions about the film one by one!
  • Emerson and Ben discuss their new book, MuggleNet.com's Harry Potter Should Have Died.

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Episode 175: June 16th, 2009

  • We're kickin' it old school this episode with a traditional hosting panel.
  • We cover Deathly Hallows casting and Presidential set visits.
  • So much Half-Blood Prince news we don't even know where to begin.
  • Will IMAX regret its contractual obligations?
  • Should the MPAA take notice of the BBFC's 12A rating?
  • Does anyone care about the run-time with a two-part series finale?
  • MuggleMail on e-books and movie splits.
  • We introduce two brand-new segments you do not want to miss!
  • AudioFiction and Chicken Soup return.
  • Plus, Azkatraz is less than one month away!

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Episode 174: May 8th, 2009

  • It's MuggleCast May, and Jamie has returned!
  • We catch up on all the latest Potter news stories.
  • Eric visited the Harry Potter Exhibition and he provides a review.
  • Deathly Hallows is filming on location and Jamie wonders if it's arrogant.
  • Premiere dates are set, why are they three days in a row?
  • New segment: Twitter Question Mailbag!
  • We take your questions about all Potter subjects as submitted through Twitter and answer 'em.
  • Topics like why'd Jo kill Fred instead of George, what's with Harry's potion skills, and many more.
  • Another new segment: AudioFic!
  • ... where MuggleNet FanFiction provides you with a reading of their best Fan Fiction.
  • Jamie's British Joke of the Day is back with three jokes!
  • Chicken Soup for the MuggleCast Soul.

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Episode 173: April 16th, 2009

  • The best trailer yet? If not, where does it rank?
  • The hosts breakdown the trailer and analyze the new scenes.
  • The Unbreakable Vow, the Quidditch Pitch and the Dark Mark.
  • Harry and Ginny get closer while Ron takes a beating from Hermione.
  • There's a lady in a London scene who looks absolutely petrified.
  • Slughorn yelling, Katie Bell attacked and a wand tribute.
  • Draco gets some airtime: what's with the whiny voice?
  • Snape's story finally exposed! "It's over!"
  • Does WB President Alan Horn sing the hit song 'Circus'?
  • We take your live calls and Tweets.
  • Other news covers the release date change, Jamie Waylett, J.K. Rowling, Jamie Campbell Bower, HBP posters and the DH Epilogue.

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Episode 172: March 7th, 2009

  • Prior to the interview, we catch up on the latest news and more.
  • Mary explains the process of designing the covers.
  • Which cover gave her the most difficulty? Who is her favorite character to draw?
  • What is her favorite book in the series?
  • She breaks down the curtain comparison between the first and last novels.
  • How much communication does she have with Jo? International illustrators?
  • She discusses future anniversary covers and the HP encyclopedia.
  • How difficult was it for her knowing the end of Deathly Hallows?
  • To wrap up the show, Make The Music Connection returns.

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Episode 171: March 5th, 2009

  • We're live on Ustream to discuss the newly released Half-Blood Prince trailer!
  • Darkest yet? Darkest film yet?
  • We go through some of the new things that stood out.
  • Eric, having seen the film already, gives his (spoiler free) input.
  • Live calls come in from around the world, asking questions about the trailer.
  • We announce a special guest coming on a new MuggleCast episode this weeekend: Mary GrandPre!

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Episode 170: February 16th, 2009

  • We discuss the latest Harry Potter news stories.
  • Emma and Rupert are both afraid to kiss each other?
  • Our thoughts on the recently released HBP posters.
  • A podcast competition at Azkatraz 2009!
  • A new MuggleCast.com coming soon!
  • Matt and Micah interview Goblet of Fire film composer Patrick Doyle.
  • Patrick Doyle dishes on Syracuse University, Goblet of Fire, and his other works.
  • We learn that the waltz in Goblet was actually improvised.
  • Valentine's Day discussion: Who would we date in the Potter series?
  • The boys get a little immature.
  • Chicken Soup: bad economy edition.

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Episode 169: January 23rd, 2009

  • We're live to discuss the Japanese Half-Blood Prince trailer!
  • We attempt to hit 10,000 members on MuggleSpace while on the air.
  • Have Michael Gambon and Emma Watson changed their tune for this film?
  • And why again is this rated PG?
  • Live callers tell us what their favorite parts of the trailer are.
  • Are there any scenes we'd like to see cut?
  • What are they doing instead of Dumbledore's funeral?
  • We give the MPAA a call to see why it was rated PG.
  • Hagrid calls in to ask Laura a serious question.
  • When will the next trailer be out? Ben has a vision.

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Episode 168: January 15th, 2009

  • We're live to usher in the new year!
  • MuggleNet staff member Nick joins us!
  • A nice big panel of hosts to discuss the hot topics.
  • HBP is rated PG - wtf?
  • Eric, having already seen the film, tells us if the rating is justified.
  • Nick points out that the trailers in the UK are rated 12A. What does this mean for the UK rating?
  • The other hot news topics, analyzed.
  • Main discussion: What to expect for 2009?
  • Will we see Jo's encyclopedia or at least get news on it?
  • Are COS and POA anniversary editions coming this year?
  • Live calls!
  • And finally, extremely sad news about a MuggleCast listener.

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Episode 167: December 28th, 2008

  • It's time for our annual Year in Review show!
  • But first, the latest news. Or lack of it.
  • MuggleMail addresses last week's hot topics.
  • MuggleSpace is now open for business!
  • We countdown the top seven stories of 2008.
  • Twitter responses: What did YOU think was the top story?
  • The 1st Annual MuggleCasties Awards!
  • ... all while looking at the best show moments from this year.
  • Chicken Soup: Surgery Edition!

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Episode 166: December 19th, 2008

  • The latest Movie, Beedle, and Exhibition news.
  • Happy Birthday, Laura!
  • MuggleMail addresses our Beedle show.
  • Book Discussion: Was the final battle between Harry and Voldemort a disappointment?
  • We look at why some people were hoping for more.
  • We discuss the reasons why the battle was short, Harry's signature spell, and much more.
  • A cool parallel between Snape's lessons to Harry and the final battle.
  • Lupin's influence on Harry throughout Deathly Hallows.
  • Holiday Discussion! Questions sent in via Twitter.
  • Voicemails address various topics.
  • Chicken Soup: Finals Edition.
  • What do with the MuggleCast Australia voicemail number?

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Episode 165: December 7th, 2008

  • MuggleCast reviews Beedle the Bard!
  • But first, the latest news.
  • We start the discussion off with our general thoughts.
  • What was our favorite tale?
  • Would Laura Mallory approve of the tales?
  • Our thought's on Dumbledore's commentary.
  • We go Tale by Tale through the book, pointing out the most interesting tidbits.
  • Interesting parallels between Beedle tales and the Potter books.
  • We discuss the timing of when Dumbledore wrote these notes and their significance.
  • New MuggleCast interaction: we read questions sent in via Twitter!

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Episode 164: December 4th, 2008

  • MuggleCast is LIVE in London for Waterstone's Beedle the Bard release party!
  • What are our general expecations for the book?
  • Will Dumbledore's notes be our favorite part?
  • Which story are we looking forward to the most?
  • Beedle the Bard trivia, with prizes sponsored by Alivans.com!
  • Audience questions ranging from the books, to the films, and more.

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Episode 163: November 14th, 2008

  • We're live on Ustream 30 minutes after the new HBP trailer is released!
  • Matt and Andrew provide their initial reactions.
  • Joining us is Penny Gershman from HP Prognostications!
  • Hermione... has... BUSHY HAIR FINALLY!!!
  • We take lots of live calls from our audience to see what everyone else thinks.
  • Does Michael Gambon finally GET it?
  • What were some of the best scenes?
  • Eric joins in with his thoughts and compares it to the film as a whole.

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Episode 162: November 5th, 2008

  • We're back for our 3rd new episode in 10 days!
  • Micah updates us on the latest news stories.
  • David Heyman's thoughts on the film delay.
  • Jo's Beedle the Bard plans and our Beedle the Bard plans.
  • MuggleMail addresses last week's hot topics.
  • Main Discussion: Potter politics.
  • We draw several comparisons between the politics of the real world and the wizarding world.
  • Racism, Ethnic Cleansing, Nazism, Evils, Corruption, Biased Media, Education Reform, oh my!
  • Make the Music Connection, This Week in MuggleCast History, Chicken Soup.

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Episode 161: October 31st, 2008

  • It's time for our annual Halloween show, and Ben is back!
  • Micah is now a Senior Staff Member of MuggleNet.
  • We talk about our upcoming show at Azktraz 2009.
  • MuggleMail addresses Episode 159's hot topics.
  • Our main discussion is Halloween in the books.
  • Analyzing Episode 61: did we have anything right about ghosts pre-DH?
  • If you had to decide which house to be in based on the ghost, which would you chose?
  • Were there enough of the traditional Halloween characters in the series?
  • We discuss Snape's vampire-like qualities.
  • What if: JK Rowling were a man? It's a serious question.
  • Debate: The Potter series should be made mandatory reading in US public schools.
  • Bloopers!

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#244 (November 20th, 2011): For the first time ever, MuggleCast has a DVD commentary! Watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 on DVD with us. We'll comment on each and every scene - it's as if we're in your living room watching alongside you!

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