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[Harry Potter theme plays]
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 Voldemort chose midnight by looking at his watch, this... Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort: You have proved yourself useful these past few months.
Micah: What did you just say? Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort: I confess myself disappointed.
Micah: Yeah. I bet you do. This is MuggleCast Episode 147, for June 1st, 2008.
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Andrew: All right, after taking a week off, we are back! Woohoo!
Andrew: We're going to start the show with an e-mail. It comes from Mike, 28, of Federal Way, Washington. He writes:
"Hi MuggleCast, I love your podcast and think you guys do a great job every week. I have an idea for an old segment that you can update for today's modern MuggleCaster: Spy on Schoen. We want to know what Ben Schoen is up to and why he is not on the show. Just like in the old days when you would bug Spartz, I think you should bug Ben. Maybe he can give us a Butterbeer. Again, you guys are awesome. Laura is my favorite, but Matt is becoming a close second." What?
Matt: What now, Laura? I'm coming up next to you.
Laura: Hey now!
[Andrew and Micah laugh]
Andrew: Matt just did a little dance too, while he said that. It was kind of creepy.
Micah: Well, I agree.
Laura: Wait, what's this person's name?
Laura: Mike? Mike, I'm very disappointed in you, Mike.
Micah: Ooh. Why?
Laura: How can you even compare Matt - I mean - just...
Matt: You should - you can't compare Matt, but you can compare Matt with someone else.
Andrew: So it's a good thing that Ben is joining us again this week. Hey, Ben.
Ben: Hey, guys.
Laura: Oh wow.
Matt: Oh! There he is.
Ben: After a - yet another long hiatus - I know I keep doing this - I say that I'm on and then I never am on, I'm sorry. Broken promises, broken hearts. Blame me.
Andrew: Broken dreams.
Ben: But, yeah, it's good to be back. It's good to talk to you guys again. You know, see what's up with this Harry Potter business.
Matt: A lot - a lot has gone on. No, a lot has gone on.
Andrew: Harry Potter is far from over. But any way, we got a great show today, so we'll get right to it. I'm Andrew Sims.
Ben: I'm Ben Schoen.
Laura: I'm Laura Thompson.
Micah: I'm Micah Tannenbaum.
Matt: And I'm Matthew B.
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Andrew: We took a week off, and we're back, and of course we have a lot of news to discuss. And Micah? You want to update us with what's been going on in the news?
Micah: Well, Ben, are you aware that we've completely changed the news? And I feel like you have to at least do an old version of how you used to make fun of me.
Ben: What? Oh yeah, you mean, [imitating Micah] "Thanks Andrew."
Ben: Was that it?
Micah: Yeah, that was it. Good job.
Ben: So - so is the biggest news item that Andrew moved to Southern California? 'Cause that's what I feel like is big news.
Andrew: Well, thanks, Ben, that's really sweet of you.
Matt: That's all he ever talks about, that's why.
Micah: Well, he's there now so he can stop talking about it, right? Andrew, Ben and
Ben: Finally. [laughs]
Andrew: Yeah, it was very exciting, very exciting though. Micah...
Ben: So how'd the news change? How is it different now?
Andrew: Well, now Micah will just talk about - well, instead of just reading all the news at once, he will introduce each item and then we'll discuss it.
Ben: Oh, I see.
Ben: So there's no longer - so what happened to the old MuggleCast news studio? The one in New York?
Andrew: It's still there, he's just - he's just - doesn't record all at once from it.
Ben: Oh okay, just checking. [laughs]
Andrew: Well, anyways. Unfortunately, we have to start with some sad news, Micah?
Micah: Yeah, very sad news. Last, I believe it was, Saturday, here the in the U.S., we got news that Rob Knox, who was set to play - or actually I believe - did record the part of Marcus Belby in Half-Blood Prince was fatally stabbed in a street fight in London. And this got a lot of press, both obviously in the U.K. and then here in the U.S. as well. And I see that you made the point here, Andrew, that a lot of the story headlines were misleading.
Laura: Yes, they were.
Micah: And I'm guessing that you're saying that because it made it to seem as if the - I don't know, what was the point of...
Andrew: Well, the headlines were "Young Potter Actor Stabbed to Death."
Andrew: And when you read that, it's like, "Young Potter Actor," young Harry Potter actor... [laughs] ...Dan Radcliffe! It's just - it's, you know, very misleading.
Laura: Yeah, I mean obviously the role that he played doesn't lessen the impact of this terrible incident, but you are definitely right. I remember when Micah actually linked the article to me and the top menu bar loaded before the rest of the page, I thought that something had happened to one of the main three.
Laura: So it definitely was really tricky the way they publicized it.
Matt: Well, they did that on purpose, Laura.
Laura: I think they did too.
Ben: They did a good job of it.
Andrew: So, I mean, it still doesn't take away from the fact this is very sad news obviously, and our thoughts are with his family.
Laura: Yeah, it's terrible.
Andrew: But, in happier news, Sorcerer's Stone is be rereleased.
Ben: Oh, wow.
Laura: Oh wow, that was a great transition.
Micah: Is this an attempt to cash in? I mean, you rereleasing Sorcerer's Stone, I understand it's the tenth anniversary, but I mean, really? Do we really need another version of Sorcerer's Stone? Is this just going to keep happening with all the other books? You know, okay, well, it's ten years since Chamber of Secrets was released, ten years since Prisoner of Azkaban was released. I mean, do we really need to do this? Are we that far removed from Book 7 already that we have to start creating special versions of all these books?
Andrew: Well, I think there's a good reason to recreate Sorcerer's Stone, 'cause it was the first one, but yeah, that's a good point. I don't know if they would actually recreate all seven, 'cause that would like - is Mary Grandpre going to recreate all seven covers? That'd be cool, but...
Ben: I mean, I don't see why not. Why not - why wouldn't they milk it for all its worth?
Laura: Yeah, I think they will. Though, I have to say, I wasn't overly impressed with the new cover art.
Matt: I wasn't either, Laura.
Andrew: You didn't? Oh, I love the - I loved the Sorcerer's Stone cover art, this new one. Harry's so cute! I'm sorry, but I have to say it. [laughs]
Ben: Oh man, oh my.
Matt: But it's just not exactly a new scene that Mary Grandpre has drawn.
Matt: She's drawn the same exact scene before.
Andrew: Matt actually pointed out - he linked me to it, and we'll link everyone to it in the show notes but - yeah, Mary Grandpre already created - drew this scene, it's just from a different angle. And like, Harry's in the same exact pose and everything. It's interesting.
Matt: Yeah, and he's wearing different clothes too. It's the same scene.
Andrew: The only difference is he's wearing clothes, right?
Andrew: And a different angle. But...
Matt: I kind of wish that she...
Andrew: I thought that was worth noting.
Matt: ...drew like a different kind of scene that she hasn't done before.
Matt: Maybe something new for the fans to kind of see a scene that they've never saw drawn before or something.
Laura: Well, the price on these books is very steep too. Didn't I see that it was going to be something like $30?
Andrew: I don't - thirty. Well, let's see. What does it come with? It has a - does it have a special introduction by J.K. Rowling or something, I believe?
Micah: It's going to be released on the 23rd, costs $30, and...
Andrew: September 23.
Micah: Yeah, September 23, sorry. I think you're right, Andrew. I think there was something - exclusive bonus material from J.K. Rowling, so...
Andrew: There it is, yeah. I think this is exciting. I'm a really big fan of the cover. I think Harry looks really cute... [laughs] ...I have to be honest. I don't know. I'm looking forward to it. Is everyone going to buy it? $30?
Andrew: No? Aww.
Laura: I know, I'm such a decenter. I just can't help it.
Matt: Well, I would probably buy it if they had like the whole series redrawn or something, but just for the one book that I already have like three copies of already?
Andrew: Yeah. Ben, will you buy it?
Ben: Probably - I mean - I really like - would like to know what the bonus material is that you're talking about. I'm sure it's something cool, but I don't know if its worth $30. I mean...
Laura: Well, now I have a question. Do any of the profits...
Ben: I'm just saying, it's the same book.
Laura: Do any of the profits go towards a charity, or anything?
Andrew: I don't think that's been said actually. I don't think so.
Laura: Because then I would be inclined to buy it if I thought that there was a certain amount of the profits going to a good cause.
Micah: It doesn't say anything about that in the news release, but you never know. Somewhere down the line it might, but to me this seems more like a move by Scholastic than it is by J.K. Rowling. And usually when it's by...
Andrew: Oh yeah.
Micah: ...J.K. Rowling it's for charity as opposed to the book company whose probably just looking to make some money off of it. You're right, 30 bucks is a lot of money to pay for this, but I don't think I'd be inclined to buy...
Andrew: Yeah. On the other - you do need to keep in mind though that J.K. Rowling is adding something to this book, so she can't be completely against it. You know?
Micah: Well, but it's also - it's a hard cover edition, right? So, maybe 30 bucks isn't that much.
Matt: Right. And basically, I think it's just sort of like a, you know, a little refresh from an old friend or something. Like from the first series of the books.
Andrew: What else is in the news, Micah?
Micah: Well, speaking of J.K. Rowling, we learned that she is going to be, or has already written, a little bit of a prequel to the Harry Potter series that's going to be auctioned off by WaterStones, and everybody got all excited because it's - everyone thought - or at least when you told me about it, Andrew, I thought that she actually wrote another story, but in fact, it's just an 800-word outline of something having to do with the Marauders. And I don't know. Again, is this really that exciting? I mean are people jumping up and down about this?
Andrew: Yeah, I don't know.
Ben: I mean at this point, I feel like - I feel like we're just kind of searching for stuff to talk about in terms of news. It's like searching for new news, you know?
Ben: I think Harry Potter fans get excited about trailers, get excited about everything. So, I'm sure a lot of people visiting the site, a lot of people listening to this definitely find this exciting.
Andrew: Yeah, I'm personally excited about this.
Laura: Yeah, me too.
Andrew: It's a new Harry Potter story. What's 800 words? That's like two pages. Right?
Micah: Well, they said it's the front and back of a...
Micah: Of a card, right? I mean...
Andrew: It's like A4 sized card. I think it's a pretty standard paper. 800 words is a good amount if you're typing that up. I mean we've all been there with the 800 word report, or the 1,000 word reports. Sometimes it can be a bit a stretch.
Matt: I think it's definitely going to be worth a read anyway, since...
Andrew: Well, yeah, of course.
Matt: ...J.K. Rowling has given the time to actually written a story...
Matt: ...from her series.
Ben: I mean, I think it's a good move. I think it's something that's going to be interesting, but I really don't how excited I'm going to be about it.
Andrew: Yeah. Well, it is a story of the Marauders, James and Sirius, I believe. So...
Andrew: Set three years before Harry's birth. Right, Laura?
Laura: Yeah, that's right.
Matt: Yeah, well, that would be kind of interesting to see. It's probably something they were in school with together just too see a little more of James and Sirius's relationship when they were younger.
Micah: It's all for charity, too. So...
Andrew: It's all for - yeah, there you go. And J.K. Rowling said herself that she knew that writing something related to Harry Potter would sell the best, so, smart move by her.
Matt: Good girl.
Micah: Yeah, and they're available...
Andrew: And she said...
Micah: ...aren't they?
Andrew: Yeah, you're going to be able to buy them online. You can pre-order them now and it comes with Jo's story and the stories of the twelve other authors all participating in the story card charity, sponsored by Waterstones.
Micah: So, will the money go to charity from the book purchases, as well? Or just from the auction of the actual...
Andrew: No, from the book purchase too.
Micah: Oh okay. So...
Andrew: Yeah. It's going to the English Pen at Dyslexia Action charities. So, there you go.
Ben: Good for them.
Andrew: Ooh, yeah, good for them is right. How exciting must that have been? That's going to sell like crazy. What else is going on?
Micah: You put this thing up here about SuperCon down in Florida this past week.
Micah: [laughs] So, a few of the Harry Potter actors were in attendance including Natalia Tena and Devon Murray, as well as a few others, and the big news out of SuperCon was that none of them have read Deathly Hallows.
Matt: Really? Wow.
Laura: Eh, is anyone really that shocked?
Andrew: Micah, I got to disagree with you. I don't even think that's the biggest news. The biggest news is that Hugh Mitchell has long wavy hair.
Andrew: ...and looks like a rock star now.
Andrew: He used to be innocent Colin Creevey and now...
Micah: I honestly - I didn't read that story, I just kind of took it off of what you put here so I apologize.
Andrew: Well if - it's Okay. If you look at the picture you'll see Hugh Mitchell - he's changed so much, it's kind of crazy! [laughs]
Matt: He's towering over everyone too.
Andrew: He's really tall, yeah, you know. A few years does a lot to you.
Ben: Dan read the last book. I think it's not the end of the world I think.
Ben: There do exist people who haven't read Harry Potter.
Ben: They missed out, obviously, they don't know what they're missing, but...
Andrew: Yeah. A lot of people in the comments have been saying, "Well, you know, you would expect them to have read the books that they're going to be in." I guess mostly Natalie Tena and Devon Murray. Hugh Mitchell is done with Potter it seems, although he does appear in the seventh book, so...
Matt: Yeah, well, he dies.
Andrew: Yeah, so, I don't know! What else is going on, Micah?
Micah: It was pretty busy. I mean it's only been busy because we've been...
Andrew and Micah: ...gone for two weeks...
Micah: John Hurt, who played Ollivander in the first Harry Potter movie, he spoke with The Sun earlier this week and he said that, although nothing was going on for Half-Blood Prince that he might be spending some more time around the Harry Potter set for the next one.
Andrew: What a tease.
Andrew: But, yeah, that's exciting, and Matt mentioned this a few weeks ago, I think we were talking about it on the show a few weeks ago that, wonder if John Hurt's going to be back, and here's a little thing from him.
Micah: Yeah, I thought that was really weird. You were - Matt was talking about it and then we got this article so I don't know...
Andrew: Well, he listens to the podcast. I didn't bring that up when we were talking about that?
Micah: Oh really?
Laura: Oh! That explains a lot. Cool.
Andrew: No, yeah he has a MuggleCast t-shirt. He told me he's wearing it for National MuggleCast T-Shirt Day, so..
Matt: Coming up on June 2.
Micah: Okay. Well...
Micah: That's good, hopefully he takes a picture and sends it in.
Andrew: Yeah. [laughs]
Matt: Well, I'm really excited that he actually announced that he will be back, which just, you know, confirms that they're going to have that big scene between Harry and Ollivander in Half-Blood...
Laura: Oh yeah, that's right.
Matt: Or in Deathly Hallows.
Micah: And then finally, you know I always love talking about this. This is my favorite news discussion topic.
[Andrew and Matt laugh]
Micah: From Half Blood Prince. Does anybody care? I mean...
Andrew: Yeah, why not? Why wouldn't you care?
Micah: I don't care! I want to see a trailer. I don't give a...
Ben: Oh come on, pictures used to be very exciting things. Back in the day. They're just not what they used to be.
Micah: Yeah, back in the 1950s maybe.
[Andrew and Matt laugh]
Ben: Oh, good one! They were exciting - they were exciting...a year ago.
Ben: The last film!
Laura: Well, the problem...
Ben: I still think they're exciting. Pictures can be definitely be exciting.
Matt: Micah, I think you would be excited for this picture if they already had the teaser out. I think you're just bitter because that they haven't released it yet.
Ben: They're keeping you in suspense.
Micah: I don't think we're getting it.
Matt: Oh, no. We'll get it about a week before the movie's released or something like that.
Andrew: Yeah, a teaser right before it comes out.
Andrew: No. Well, okay. Here's my thing with these leaked pictures. I've talked about this before. I won't spend more time on it again this week. But they've been coming out every Friday. For the past three weeks, there's been a new leaked - small, leaked Half-Blood Prince photo and it's just like, okay, stop, you know...
Laura: We're not stupid.
Andrew: It's kind of stupid.
Andrew: Who else would be behind...? Okay, maybe there's someone inside WB, you know, leaking these, and WB doesn't know about it. But then wouldn't WB ask us to take these pictures down? It just doesn't make sense. But this new one that just came up on Friday is a nice picture of Snape, Draco and Filch all sitting, or all standing, in Slughorn's party. And I think it's a nice picture.
Micah: It's a great picture.
Andrew: I'm going to tag him on Facebook. I like it. Sorry, Micah
Matt: It's kind of boring, though. How come we're getting all these pictures of where there's really nothing really going on? There's no action, they're all just standing there.
Andrew: Those are locked away in a vault, where someone can't actually leak the pictures.
Laura: Maybe that's why we don't have a trailer yet. Maybe something's gone terribly wrong with all the action scenes. The CGI..
Andrew: The special effects. Oh my God, Laura! That's a great theory! The Special Effects department is like on strike or something.
Laura: Yeah. [laughs] That would be terrible.
Andrew: [laughs] Okay. Well, that does it for news this week. Moving on to announcements, Matt was just checking Podcast Alley. And we're number one this week, right?
Matt: We are still number one.
Matt: Wait, just let me check.
Matt: I checked last night, but I didn't check today.
Andrew: So thank you for voting for us and, you know, it is MuggleCast May. Well, actually it's MuggleCast Mune. So make sure to get your vote in. Ben, what we've been doing is we encourage the listeners. We have to be number one on Podcast Alley each month that starts with M. So, you know, MuggleCast March, MuggleCast Mapril, MuggleCast Mune now.
Matt: No, it's like M-June. M-June.
Andrew: M-June. So, thank you, everyone, for voting for us.
Micah: Yeah. This is also the time that the other podcasts like to get voters to go out and vote right before the month ends, so it looks like they were up top for the entire month. Did you notice they did that to us last month?
Andrew and Laura: Yeah.
Matt: But they won us by like five votes the last hour.
Andrew: Not cool. And also, MuggleCast T-shirt Day is June 2. That is Monday. So, make sure you wear your MuggleCast t-shirt. If you don't have one, if you didn't buy one when we were selling them, unfortunately we can't sell them any more. But if you do have one, make sure you wear it. If you weren't able to buy one, create your own. Take a picture of yourself wearing it, somewhere out in public, and send it on in to andrew at staff dot mugglenet dot com, and put "T-Shirt Day" in the subject, and then, in the subject line, and we'll create a little gallery so everyone can see everyone showing their MuggleCast pride!
Micah: And we have to do that, right?
Matt: Well, you've got like five...
Andrew: Well, I hope you do.
Laura: We have to take the pictures?
Andrew: Of ourselves? Well, you know, have someone take a picture of you.
Matt: Unless you're a loser and don't have friends.
Laura: Well, yeah, but - but we already have pictures of ourselves in our shirts.
Andrew: [laughs] Okay, well...
Laura: Can't we just be lazy and pull them off Facebook?
Andrew: Sure, Laura, yeah...
Matt: No! No, no, no.
[Laura and Micah laugh]
Andrew: Take a new picture. Make Matt happy.
Ben: All I wear is MuggleCast t-shirts, so...
Andrew: Me too. All you wear is MuggleNet t-shirts, Ben.
Ben: I've been wearing the "No City Is Safe" t-shirt every day.
Ben: Seriously. I lived at Emerson's house, you know? And...
Ben: ...in the basement at Emerson's there would be just, like, boxes filled with those t-shirts we left there over the summer. And so whenever I ran out of laundry I would just go down there and I'd grab a huge stack of t-shirts...
Ben: ...and take it up to my room and I would just have a big pile of MuggleCast t-shirts in the corner.
Ben: They're so comfortable, though. I wish we could sell them because they're so comfortable.
Matt: It's very fashionable.
Ben: They're definitely worth buying.
Andrew: Word has it that if you attend Portus, you'll be treated to a new MuggleCast Portus t-shirt. Mhm....
Ben: MuggleCast what t-shirt?
Andrew: MuggleCast live at Portus.
Ben: That's nice!
Andrew: In the works now! Anyway, let's move on to Muggle Mail this week.
Ben: No city is safe!
Andrew: No city is safe, correct. Well, this one may have it better. I was thinking for the Portus shirts it could say, "theories," or, "every theory is bigger in Texas", or "each theory is bigger in Texas," something like that.
Laura: Oh yeah.
Andrew: I don't know. We'll talk about it later. Anyway, let's move on to Muggle Mail this week. Laura, you want to take the first one?
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