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Jim Dale: [as Professor McGonagall] This is Professor McGonagall welcoming you all to MuggleCast hoping you all enjoyed - Dobby! Dobby, come here! Here! Dobby! [as Dobby] Yes, I'd just like to say how very pleased I am to introduce MuggleCast to all of you! Thank you! Thank you!

[Show music begins]

Micah: Because the MuggleCast studios have officially closed, this is MuggleCast, Episode 146 from May 18th, 2008.

[Show music continues]

Andrew: All right, well, we were hoping to make this week our big teaser trailer show because it was wildly rumored to be coming out this week alongside Prince Caspian. And, Matt, you saw that this week, didn't you? Cause you were hoping to see the trailer.

Matt: Well, yeah, well, didn't everybody else see it?

Andrew: Nope.

Laura and Micah: No.

Matt: I'm the only one who saw it?

Andrew: In our little group here, yes.

Matt: Well, yeah - well, yeah, I did see it and, no, there was no trailer.

Andrew: So it was - we heard the rumors circulating saying, it's coming out, it's coming out this Friday. We were waiting all week for an e-mail, or some sort of confirmation from Warner Brothers to say, "yes, it is coming out," never got anything, screwed up our regular recording, and now here we are on a Saturday night. I personally - I had to cancel a lot of - I was invited to a lot of parties as I am every Saturday night, so...

Matt: Yes.

Andrew: So this is a big sacrifice.

Laura: Yeah, isn't Bedford, New Jersey like a hotbed of excitement and parties? I mean, just...

Andrew: Well, I'm the center of every party.

Matt: Well, see, Laura, if I was a betting man, and if I could predict how many parties Andrew gets invited to every Saturday night, I would say none.

Andrew: Lets just say it took about an hour to call everyone back and call all my invites back and let them know I couldn't make it.

Matt: What did your grandma say?

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: Oooo.

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: All right, well, we will discuss this...

Micah: She says, "I'm with Micah tonight."

Andrew: Wow. Weird.

Laura: Ooo.

Andrew: We will be discussing the trailer - the nonexistent trailer this week. We'll figure out when its going to be coming out. We have lots of other news to discuss. We have a whole amazing show planned. I'm so excited to get to it. So, let's get started. I'm Andrew Sims.

Laura: I'm Laura Thompson

Micah: I'm Micah Tannenbaum.

Matt: And I'm Matthew Britton.

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Andrew: You know, guys, not only was there no trailer this week, but this is the final recording in the MuggleCast Studios. We've told people that, we, you know - I guess it was a good year or so ago, we announced to everyone that we actually installed a - well, we got built a airport here so you guys could fly in every week and record here in the MuggleCast Studios here in sunny Medford, New Jersey, but I'm going to be moving out to California in a few days and this is the last recording here in Medford. It's kind of sad.

Laura: Yeah...

Matt: Aw, that's sad.

Laura: ...it is sad, but you've already got construction underway for the new airport in California, so...

Andrew: That's true, yeah. MuggleCast International Fullerton, California.

Matt: Just call it the OC.

Andrew: The OC? It's called - the flight code is MOC: Mugglecast Orange County. You can book your flights. It's actually - we're opening it up. You can go on Expedia and type in MOC and you can fly out here.

Matt: Yeah. Yeah, we got MuggleCast Relations on the line 24 hours a day, so you can call in. Toll-free number.

Andrew: Right. So it's kind of sad and I don't know - We will do a show next week if the trailer comes out. If it doesn't, we'll probably take the week off, because we've got to move the MuggleCast Studios. You're all going to be helping me move it out to California, so...

Micah: Really?

Laura: You know what? I have a thing, and...

Micah: Yeah, I work, and I don't think that's going to happen.

Andrew: Thanks, guys.

Matt: I just don't want to go.

[Andrew and Laura laugh]

Andrew: Thanks, guys. Thanks a lot. So, Micah, is there any other news this week? It's actually been a pretty busy week. I've been busy posting on MuggleNet.com

Micah: Yeah, surprisingly you're the only one.

Andrew: [laughs] Yeah. Ciaran has been too.

Micah: Occasionally.



News: No Trailer


Andrew: Yeah, like once a year, but go ahead. What's in the news, Micah?

Micah: What's in the news? Well, you mentioned we don't have a trailer. So, what do you guys think as far as movies that are coming out in the next couple weeks? When are we going to see this trailer?

Matt: Umm, well...

Micah: Matt.

Matt: What?

Micah: I'm saying...

[Andrew laughs]

Micah: ...you know a lot about movies. More than I do. So, I figured I'd throw it over to you as far as what's coming out in the next couple weeks.

Matt: If Warner Brothers wants to get a mass audience to see the trailer as it debuts, the best movie I could see in the future is Indiana Jones.

Laura: Yeah.

Matt: Because that's coming out in a week. However, that's still fairly close for them. So, if they were going to do Indiana Jones, in a couple days, we're going to get some kind of word on saying we're going to get a premiere of the teaser. But...

Andrew: I would say by Wednesday we would have a definite.

Matt: Yeah. By Wednesday at least.

Micah: This Wednesday.

Andrew: Well, I would think so, because the movie's coming out Friday. I was looking at IMDB, looking at the homecoming movies trying to figure out what other movies, and I think the only other one that would really fit is Kung-Fu Panda.

Matt: Yeah. Which does kind of make sense, too, because they premiered the teaser trailer for the movie Happy Feet. And Happy Feet and Kung-Fu Panda are kind of like the same kind of film.

Andrew: Yeah. And that is coming out June 6. So...

Laura: For some reason, I just feel like Indiana Jones would be a better movie to put in front of.

Andrew: Oh, yeah.

Laura: I know they used Happy Feet previously, but I just remember people writing in and talking about how bad it sucked to pay, like, eight dollars... [laughs] ...to go see Happy Feet just for the trailer.

Andrew: Yeah.

Matt: Well, I mean, Harry Potter - we all thought it was going to be Narnia because it was a fantasy film.

Micah: Well, how does that generally work? Does it work based on the company or does it work on - based upon the type of film?

Andrew: Well, Prince Caspian was a Disney film. I think it's the type of film. It's a kid's fantasy.

Matt: I think - well, it really depends on either the studio or the movie. I don't really know for sure, to give an honest answer. Because I know we have enough listeners out there who are legitimately skilled in this kind of area, so...[laughs]

Andrew: Yeah.

Matt: Because I have read some of the e-mails, and...

Andrew: Well...

Matt: [laughs] I'm almost afraid to say anything.

Andrew: I'll put my money down on Indiana Jones.

Matt: I think so, too.

Micah: Safe bet.

Andrew: No, I don't know anything. I wish I did.

Micah: You know what this reminds me of? When were trying to guess when Deathly Hallows was going to be released, and every...

Andrew: Yeah.

Micah: ...week we'd come up with a different date until it was finally revealed.

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: Yeah.

Micah: I have a feeling this is going to go on for a little bit.

Andrew: Well, one thing that is for certain, is that if the trailer comes out within the next few weeks, we're not going to be able to do a live show as soon as it is revealed online, because none of the equipment is going to be set up yet because of my move. But we will do one later on. I know I've been promising - I'm mentioning this because we've been promising doing a live show once the trailer comes out.

Matt: Well, whether or not it's a live show, we're not - we'll still have a full episode dedicated to the trailer.

Andrew: Yeah, definitely. So, in other news, Micah, what else is going on?



News: New Picture


Micah: Well, we don't have any trailer whatsoever, but we did get what people think are - a new picture - is a new picture, rather - from Half-Blood Prince. And it's a very exciting picture. It's of Harry looking into a desk drawer.

[Andrew and laura laugh]

Micah: See, this is what bothers me. People get all excited about these pictures from the movie. I just don't get it. I mean they're going to speculate, what is he doing? And it's just going to be the scene that will end up being cut from the movie.

Andrew: Yeah. Well, here's the thing: I think there's a conspiracy theory going on behind these - well, I have a conspiracy theory, which is that this picture - it's this little picture, it's like - let me look at the dimensions - it's 233 by 164 pickles - pixel - pickles - pixels! It's this little picture, and it's definitely from Half-Blood Prince, because if you look at the other one of Harry that was officially released, Harry is wearing the same thing. And, like, you have to wonder, where does this come from? So I'm thinking, my theory, is that WB planted this somewhere online, this sort of to do a little viral - stir some excitement in the fandom because where...

Matt: Do you think it may be...

Andrew: ...could this come from...

Laura: Yeah, that wouldn't surprise me.

Andrew: [laughs] besides WB?

Matt: Do you think it maybe like a little screenshot from the teaser?

Andrew: No.

Matt: Because it's obviously not an official pic.

Andrew: Yeah, it is.

Matt: If it was, wouldn't they have a better resolution of it?

Andrew: Well, yeah, no. It's an official pic but it somehow got leaked. So...

Matt: Well, that's - okay, well, that's what I meant, sorry.

Andrew: I thought you meant like a - like - I don't know.

Matt: Like someone took like a...

Andrew: I think WB just does this stuff...

Matt: ...Nokia picture of it.

Andrew: ...to get people going. I think it's very manipulative and I don't appreciate it.

Micah: I was actually going to say the same thing. I think it's just something that was thrown out there by Warner Brothers to get people excited for the fact that the trailer is going to be released sometime in the future. And it really - it's probably the most uninteresting photo I've ever seen in my life.

Andrew: [laughs] Right.

[Matt laughs]

Andrew: I do...

Laura: You know, I mean, Hermione's not even in it, so people can't argue about her hair in the comments.

Andrew: Right, yeah.

Matt: No.

Andrew: Well, my other thing with this picture, and we don't have to go into this, but Warner Brothers will usually complain when an unauthorized picture shows up online. And I was afraid to get conformation about WB about this picture 'cause I thought they would tell us to take it down right away. I didn't say a thing to them, they didn't say a thing to any of us, so I think it was planted. I think they're just screwing with us, and it's really...immature.

[Andrew and Matt laugh]

Andrew: I just think it's stupid how they try to mess with fans. They're being a tease about the teaser trailer and then this random picture just happens to show up.

Matt: The day that we were supposed to get the teaser trailer, nonetheless.

Andrew: Yeah, exactly. Well, the day everyone thought.

Matt: Yeah.

Andrew: Anyway, moving on from movie news.



News: Rowling Writing for Charity


Micah: A little bit of news about J.K Rowling. It was announced that she's going to be participating with thirteen - or twelve other authors writing a story card on one sheet of paper, and each of these story cards are going to be auctioned off to benefit charity. And she also picked up an award this week, and, I mean, she just keeps pulling all those in. I wonder if she has a room in her house that she just stores all these things in. Because this one was for "Children's Choice Author of the Year," as voted on by roughly 55,000 children, so just a little bit of news on Jo.

Andrew: Congrats to her.

Laura: Yeah.

Andrew: What's interesting about the story card is that she's going to be - all these authors are writing original stories. On one sheet of paper. So it'll be cool to see what Jo comes up with. I mean...

Micah: Yep.

Andrew: ...I sort of think it'll be sort of - a little Beedle the Bardish, like a little fairy tale, maybe?

Micah: Right. And they also mentioned that these stories will be on sale to the public later this summer, so...

Andrew: Yeah.

Micah: ...I'm sure a bunch of us will get our hands on them to discuss.

Andrew: Yeah, it's going to be in a postcard book and then, also - I posted an update to that news post - they - Waterstones is holding a contest where three winners of this contest will be published in this postcard book alongside Jo's entry, so that's pretty cool...

Laura: Wow.

Andrew: ...being published in the same book that Jo's in. Laura, you should write something.

Laura: Yeah, actually - I might consider doing that. That'd be pretty cool.



News: Movie 7 Filming Begins?


Micah: Yeah, go for it. A little bit of movie news related to Deathly Hallows: an article in the The Scotsman earlier this week said that filming is supposed to begin...

Andrew: Yay!

Micah: ...for the seventh movie. And actually, Andrew, you made this post, but you actually pointed out the fact that David Heyman revealed in an interview earlier this year that he thought filming wouldn't begin until February of 2009.

Andrew: Yeah. I think - I think The Scotsman was talking about some B-Roll filming.

Matt: Yeah.

Andrew: Because you know how they'll go out into the mountains and they'll just shoot scenic shots for transitions and stuff like that?

Micah: Right.

Andrew: I think that's all that filming later this year is just going to be - you know, who cares when filming starts as long as the movie doesn't get delayed or anything.

Laura: Yeah.

Matt: Yeah.



Tom Felton Sings


Micah: All right. And the last piece of news is related to Tom Felton, and, unfortunately, I have not listened to what this news post is about, so...

Andrew: You haven't?

Matt: Oh, Micah!

Micah: No I haven't.

Matt: That's a shame. This is like the most primary piece of news we've had all week.

[Andrew laughs]

Andrew: Well, okay. Hear me out: Tom Felton surprised me with his little musical performance. He's been putting his songs - he sings them acoustically, he plays the guitar while singing, and he's put these on YouTube, and it said on one of the videos that he's going to be having an album on iTunes soon. So here, let me just play you guys a little clip and I - you know, we can talk about our thoughts.

[Tom Felton's "Time Well Spent" plays]

Andrew: Now, how nice is that?

Laura: And it's actually quite good, I think.

Andrew: I know.

Matt: It's uncanny.

Micah: Wow.

Matt: When he sings, it's like you don't even know he's British.

Andrew: It's very - well, the funny line is [in a British accent] "the mobile phone."

Laura: Yeah.

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: Mobile phone.

Matt: That's good.

Andrew: I think it's very - it's very relaxing music. Don't you like it, Laura?

Matt: It is very nice.

Laura: Yeah.

Matt: Yeah.

Andrew: I'm impressed. Why can't people like him be on American Idol? I'd vote for him.

Laura: It's just - it's so unexpected because you don't look at Tom Felton...

Matt: Yeah.

Laura: ...and expect him to go from Harry Potter to musician.

Matt: Well, I was expected him to go from like, [sings] "I'm sitting with my girl for the summer, I sit upon a tree and yell, 'Why so tense, Potter?'" Or something, you know?

[Everyone laughs]

Micah: So, Matt, that was really you singing before, right?

Matt: Yeah, that was me.

Micah: Because you sounded exactly like him.

Andrew: Yeah, that was pretty good. That's that. I mean, nothing big there. He was featured on YouTube on Saturday, right on the main page, which was kind of cool. He calls his - he calls his musical - his musical alias is "Feltbeats," which I guess is okay.

Matt: Feltbeats. That's his nickname, too, it seems, because a lot of the other costars of Harry Potter call him "Feltbeats," too.

Andrew: Oh. [laughs] Why?

Matt: I don't know. It's just - I just know it.

Andrew: You stalked his Facebook?

Matt: [pause] No.

[Laura laughs]



Announcement: Mikey Graduates College


Andrew: Yes. [laughs] Anyway, let's move on to some announcements this week. One of our own has graduated while we're recording today, Saturday. Mikey Bouchereau graduated from college today. Round of applause for him. [claps] He was going to try to be on the show today. Am I the only one clapping?

Laura: No, I just did. [claps]

Andrew: Oh, sorry, I didn't hear it. [laughs]

Micah: I silent-clapped.

Andrew: Oh. Well, so congrats to him. That's good for him. He was going to try to come on the show today, but I was like, "Dude, you're graduating."

Micah: Well, that's great.

Andrew: Yeah, it's great. Good for him. Good for him.

Micah: He's got a degree.

Andrew: He's set.

Micah: He's set.

Andrew: He's got a good job. I don't know if he wants us to talk about it, but maybe he'll talk about it later.



Announcements: Vote on Podcast Alley and Listener Challenge


Andrew: Also, don't forget to vote for us on Podcast Alley. We are number one currently, so thank you to everyone who's been voting for us in MuggleCast May. And also, we posted this on MuggleCast.com earlier this week. If you are going to - say the trailer does come out with Indiana Jones and we announce - we let you know on MuggleNet - If it does so happen that the trailer's coming out and you're going to see Indiana Jones, I want to kick off a listener challenge that we did with the Order of the Phoenix trailer, which is that when you go to the theater, bring your video camera, and at the end of the Half-Blood Prince trailer, yell, "MuggleNet.com!" And then send it in, upload it on YouTube, send it to us, and then we'll post it on the site. It's a little fun thing, I think. A little cheesy way to promote MuggleNet, but it's so funny.

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: I have some examples on YouTube...

Matt: Is it illegal?

Andrew: ...from Order of the Phoenix. No, it's not illegal!

Matt: Oh.



Announcement: Portus 2008


Andrew: There's some video examples on MuggleCast.com from the Order of the Phoenix trailer, so definitely check those out. Lastly, Laura, I hear we're going to be somewhere this July.

Laura: Yeah! Well, first and foremost, it's the land of my childhood, so I'm really excited about that, but...

Micah: Oh!

[Laura and Matt laugh]

Matt: [singing] She's going to the motherland!

Laura: [laughs] But we're going to be at Portus 2008 this July in Dallas, and we're all pretty excited about that, I think.

Andrew: It's going to be fun!

Laura: Yeah!

Andrew: All of us here have been booking our flights and the hotels.

Matt: Yeah. I'm so stoked.

Andrew: It's going to be so much fun.

Laura: Yeah. If you haven't registered yet, please do, because it's going to be a blast, and...

Andrew: You're going to get the best in Harry Potter conventions this summer, I'll tell you what. None - no Harry Potter convention has ever had such a big show - celebrity as Jim Dale, who is going to be at Portus, he's going to be talking to everyone. He may, you know, maybe treat us to some audiobook readings, I don't know! But definitely check it out.

Matt: Yeah.

Andrew: Portus2008.org. We will be there doing a podcast on the night of the Podcast Palooza, so Portus2008.org. Sign up, come to the convention, hang out with us, it's going to be a great time. You guys excited or what? I am so pumped.

Laura: I'm pumped. It's...

Micah: Yeah.

Laura: ...going to be so fun. We always have such a good time at these conventions...

Andrew: Really. Yeah.

Matt: Yeah.

Laura: ...and on top of it, I mean, maybe I'm biased, but Texas is a great place. There's so much to do. Maybe not in Dallas but in neighboring Fortworth there's tons of...

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: [laughs] Well, there's going to be a lot to do in Dallas that weekend...

Laura: Exactly, exactly.

Andrew: ...in that hotel. We're not going to be leaving that hotel, there's no reason! There's so much going on!

Matt: And it's so huge!

Andrew: The hotel's big!

Laura: Yeah.

Andrew: Micah and Laura report that it's - it's like the biggest one? In the world?

Laura: Yeah. It's huge.

Matt: Well, everything's - everything's bigger in Texas!

Andrew: True. That's very true.

Laura: Yeah.



Muggle Mail: Knitting


Andrew: Anyway, let's move on to Muggle Mail for this week. I'll start off with the first e-mail because it was my - my bad last week. This e-mail comes from Paige, 20, of Chatham, Virginia. She writes:

"As an avid knitter I was thrilled that ya'll decided to discuss "Harry Potter" yarn on the show. I just wanted to clear up that yarn normally comes in what is called a skein, not a spool. Also, I thought you might be interested to know that "Harry Potter" related knitting is so popular that there's a book, "Charmed Knits," by Alison Hansel, devoted to it, where you can learn to knit House scarves, Dobby socks and more! Thanks for all the time that you guys devote to the show. I look forward to listening to MuggleCast every week. Love, Paige."

Thank you, Paige, for clearing that up.

Matt: That's pretty cool!

Andrew: A lot of people did e-mail in. That technically wasn't my fault because I was looking for the word and then someone answered it for me; I forget who it was.



Muggle Mail: Diadem of Ravenclaw


Laura: Our next Muggle Mail comes from Jeffery, age 14, of Richmond Hill, Ontario. He says:

"Dear MuggleCasters, while listening to MuggleCast Episode 144, I would just like to say, while you were discussing Voldemort's Horcrux at Hogwarts, Harry saw this, and I quote, "chipped bust of an ugly old warlock from on top of a nearby crate. He stood it on the cupboard where the book was now hidden, perched a dusty old wig and a tarnished tiara on the statue's head to make it more distinctive." This is on page 493 (U.K.) of "Half-Blood Prince," Chapter "Sectumsempra."

Micah: This is in response to - I remember, on this episode, we were trying to figure out, had the diadem of Ravenclaw ever been seen prior to Deathly Hallows? And clearly, it had.

Andrew: Oh, right, right, okay.

Micah: So...

Andrew: Cool.

Micah: ...that was the whole point of that, so...

Andrew: Micah, as a reward, why don't you take the next e-mail.

Micah: Oh, thank you so much.

Andrew: You're welcome.



Muggle Mail: Slytherin House Password


Micah: The next e-mail comes from Sarah...

Andrew: Scertick!

Micah: ...Scertick...

Andrew: That's a cool name, Sarah Scertick.

Micah: ...16, of Munster, Indiana. She says:

"Hey everyone, I love the show and I just wanted to comment on last week's Chapter-by-Chapter discussion. When you were talking about the passwords for the different House common rooms, you mentioned that they were able to get into the Slytherin common room only because they were Slytherin. Actually, when they were walking in with Malfoy, Malfoy turned to Harry and asks him what the new password is. Then he remembers it and turns around and says, 'pureblood.' The line is on page 221 of the American paperback edition. Just wanted to clear that up. I love the show and look forward to listening to it every week. Thanks for all the work you guys put in. Sarah."

Matt: Thank you, Sarah.

Micah: Thanks for correcting our mistake.

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