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Show Intro

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[Intro music begins]

Hagrid: Are you ready?

Dumbledore: Yes.

Hagrid: Is everybody ready?

[Audience cheers]

Dumbledore: Oh, they don't sound ready, Hagrid. They might as well go home if they don't sound more enthusiastic than that. Hagrid said, "Are you ready?"

[Audience cheers louder]

Dumbledore: That's more like it.

Hagrid: Right, Professor...

Dumbledore: Yes?

Hagrid: ...I think we need to pave the way for our dear friends to come straight down here in all this cheering and clapping and screaming. So ladies and folks, will you please give a great big round of applause for our first guy, Mr. Andrew Sims!

[Audience cheers]

Dumbledore: Oh! There he is! Andrew, oh, you look as if you're ready to be in the sixth form, yes.

Hagrid: As you can see - aww...

Dumbledore: Andrew, when you hug Hagrid, could you stand up? Oh, sorry, you were standing. I thought he was kneeling.

[Audience laughs]

Hagrid: Yeah, he's a midget, so it's all right. Right! Mental or mad, I don't think that was loud enough cheers so this time when you go even worse - oh, careful tiger.

Dumbledore: Oh, healthy feet.

Hagrid: The even wilder Jamie Lawrence!

[Audience cheers]

Dumbledore: Oh, Jamie, oh. And have you finished that essay on the 12th century properties?

Jamie: I have.

Dumbledore: You have? Oh, I'll take it then. Oh no, that's not an essay, it's a jumble. All right, carry on, carry on, good to have you. Give him a kiss - ah! I didn't realise it was like that Hagrid!

[Audience laughs]

Hagrid: Okay, go sit yourself down there, young man. Oh, he's got some special artifacts over there.

Dumbledore: Yes.

Hagrid: What's that all about then? Okay then, I think it will get ever wilder now, as we're going to bring out the wonderful Matt Britton!

[Audience cheers]

Hagrid: Oh, Matt! And you come in a tie. But what happened to the hair?

[Audience laughs]

Hagrid: Oh, no! He's one of these other half-breeds - half boy, half porcupine.

[Audience laughs]

Hagrid: Yes, come through, come through.

Dumbledore: They're what they call troll bogies, Professor.

Hagrid: Oh. Eeeaugh!

Dumbledore: These people call it gel or something disgusting.

[Audience laughs]

Dumbledore: Let me just wipe it on there.

Hagrid: Go on, give another round of applause. Go on, Matt.

[Audience cheers]

Dumbledore: I'm glad you came in old clothes.

Hagrid: And then, who's left? Ah, we're a bit unbalanced with the sexes at the moment.

[Audience laughs]

Dumbledore: Shall we bring her out, shall we? Elysa? Shall we bring her out, yes?

Hagrid: Would you like her to come down the aisle now?

[Audience cheers]

Hagrid: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Elysa Montfort!

[Audience cheers]

Hagrid: Oh, golly! Good to see you. Yes. I'm sure you have problems in the airport with the metal detectors.

[Audience laughs]

Dumbledore: Right, Hagrid. Are we going to hand it over to them?

Hagrid: Absolutely. One more round of applause for all the guys here!

Dumbledore: It's a very, very special night tonight.

[Audience cheers]

Dumbledore: LET'S MAKE SOME MAGIC!!!

[Audience cheers]

Andrew: Thank you, Hagrid! Thank you, Dumbledore! Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to MuggleCast Live in London 2!

[Audience cheers]

Andrew: Three, this is three. We're all very excited. Is everyone excited for Beedle the Bard?

[Audience cheers]

Andrew: Who was here when we were here for Book 7?

[Audience cheers]

Andrew: A few people in the audience raising their hands. Of course, we're all here. We're all very excited for Beedle the Bard. General... what we're going to do, we're going to treat this like a normal MuggleCast. We're going to be talking about the latest news and then we'll get into some Beedle discussion. Then we have some really cool prizes brought to you by Alivans. So we'll get to those later on. But first, there's been a lot of - besides Beedle the Bard, what has been the other big story?

[Audience member shouts something]

Matt: Yeah!

[Elysa laughs]

Half-Blood Prince Trailer Discussion

Andrew: No, I'm not talking about that. No, Harry Potter wise, the Half-Blood Prince trailer that just came out a few weeks ago. What did everyone think of it?

[Audience cheers]

Andrew: Some lost hesitation. We still haven't gotten the thoughts of Matt and Elysa yet so I want to get them now.

Matt: Yeah you did.

Jamie: No actually it's me.

Andrew: Oh no, sorry. Jamie and Elysa. Yeah. Jamie, what did you think about this trailer?

Jamie: I really...

Andrew: While I sip this beautiful looking water.

[Audience laughs]

Jamie: Oh yeah okay. I really liked it actually. I thought - I think starting with movie three, Harry Potter has taken on like a - they look more like proper films. Not to say one and two aren't very good because I've realized I've just said they are bit...

[Audience laughs]

Jamie: I just think they started to look like proper movie trailers. I think quite a few movies like the first year Harry Potter ones, you watch them and you think, well, they look very fantasy. They look very Harry Potter-ish. But starting at three, I feel they started to take on that darker tone that Cuarón brought out and I think Half-Blood Prince looks awesome in that light. You know, I think it's really going to be dark. It's going to be a good film and it's going to be scary which is good and they're probably still going to give it a 12A rating.

[Audience laughs]

Jamie: So everyone can go and see it because that would be unfair if they couldn't, so yeah, I'm really looking forward to it.

Andrew: And Elysa, your thoughts?

Elysa: Yeah, I agree completely. I mean, my favorite part about it was probably the opening line where Harry's just like, "I've just sort of learned to go with it at this point." I really liked that. I like that it was sort of coalescing humor and like the darker sides of it at the same time which I really thought Half-Blood Prince was all about. But, so far, definitely my favorite trailer.

Jamie: Harry wouldn't say a line like that though, would he?

Elysa: What?

Jamie: "Well, I'm just going to roll with it."

Elysa: Well, maybe not, okay, maybe not like out loud in the book, but I think he'd say...

Jamie: He doesn't have the personality for it really though does he?

[Audience laughs]

Elysa: I think he's learned to roll with it though. He's had to.

Andrew: Can you guys believe the film would have been out for two or three weeks now...

Elysa: I know.

Andrew: ...if it weren't for the delay.

[Audience groans]

Andrew: I hate to get everyone down. But it's almost surreal that it would be over and done with at this point. But, yeah, so and we made that big post on MuggleNet. I'm sure Warner Bros. didn't appreciate us reminding people but...

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: Yeah. Whatever.

Jamie: How many of you guys think Twilight is a poor like...

[Audience boos]

Andrew: [laughs] This is the wrong crowd bring it up in front of. Boo. Get out of here.

Jamie: I know. I just alienated everyone.

Andrew: What do you know?

Matt: Jamie just shut up.

Jamie: Oops. Oops.

Andrew's Encounter with Twilight Cast/Crew

Andrew: We'll say real quick, I'm sure some of you heard about this now, Matt and I, on our flight over here from L.A., the director of Twilight, Catherine Hardwicke and the lead Kristin Stewart who plays Bella were both on our flight.

Matt: Yeah.

[Audience murmurs]

Andrew: When we saw them I turned into the biggest fan girl you would imagine.

[Audience and Matt laughs]

Andrew: I never reacted like that before, but just something about them - actually, like, seeing them. I don't know.

Matt: No, it was funny because we were just sitting there and you were playing with your iPhone or something...

[Audience laughs]

Matt: ...and I was looking somewhere off and I saw this woman just walk by me and I said, "Catherine Hardwicke!" And then you were like, "What are you talking about?" And then he just starts screaming.

[Audience laughs]

Matt: Like, "Oh my god, Oh my god! Oh my god!"

Andrew: Yeah, I really was. It was really exciting, but then - sort of a funny story and then we'll move on - we got to baggage claim in London, and I was like, "Okay, some people aren't going to believe this, so I have to take a picture," and we couldn't find Kristen, but Catherine was there waiting by us. So I had a magazine or something, and I just sort of stood up, and I just went like this. [demonstrates]

[Audience laughs]

New Half-Blood Prince Release Date

Andrew: I got like three takes just in case, you know, one of them turned out bad, and that's on my Facebook now so - but anyway, that's what happened. Back to Beedle, before I start fan girling again. Is everyone okay with the July release date now for Half-Blood Prince?

Audience: No!

Andrew: No? But isn't it good now, there's something to look forward to this year?

[Indecisive responses from audience]

Andrew: And it's all because of that DVD that's coming out Monday, Dark Knight.

Jamie: Oh that is true.

Andrew: Oh well.

Audience Member: And James Bond.

Andrew: And James Bond.

Jamie: On that note, did people like the new James Bond film?

[Negative responses from audience]

Matt: Yeah, I didn't like it either.

Jamie: It did suck.

Beedle the Bard Discussion

Andrew: And one other bit of news today. The AP - Associated Press reported that eight million copies of Beedle the Bard are being printed today, or will be - the initial print run. 3.5 million in the U.S., and I don't think they announced the U.K. Does anyone know how many books are in the U.K. for Beedle? A lot?

[Audience Member responds]

Andrew: Seven million? Okay, well that math doesn't add up. Maybe - I dont know, maybe that was just...

Jamie: Did she say seven billion?

Andrew: No, million. I thought she said billion.

Jamie: Two for every person who lives in the world.

Andrew: Yeah, that's what I'm talking about, yeah. Yeah. So you guys got a few copies. All of them are here, actually, because - anyways. Let's move on to the Beedle discussion. What's everyone's general expectation of the book? Because we know we're all excited, and they've added things that weren't exactly in the original - book that J.K. Rowling wrote. Matt, why don't we start with you? What are your general expectations of this book? Are you hoping to be enthralled?

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: You can't put it down?

Matt: I don't - What is it about?

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: It's the Tales of Beedle the Bard. Actually, well one of...

[Andrew knocks his mic]

Andrew: Oh, I'm sorry. One of Elysa's friends saw the books already. They're about the size of like the Fantastic Beasts and the Quidditch through the Ages books, so...

Matt: I'm hoping it's going to be a good read. I mean, I don't know how many times I'm going to re-read it like I do with the Harry Potter books but...

Andrew: Yeah. Well, what's going to keep me interested, and we'll get to this in a second, but what's really going to keep me interested are the notes from Dumbledore...

Elysa and Matt: Yeah.

Andrew: Because when I read the descriptions of those I got really excited. Elysa, how about you? What are you looking forward to?

Elysa: Um, I don't know. Well, I'm sort of hoping that we see some other sort of direct relevance to the series, like obviously we know with the one story and the Peverell Brothers that's you know, hugely significant but I'm hoping that some of the other tales in there, we're going to be able to spot some sort of - red herrings or symbology in there as well. That'd be really neat.

Matt: Yeah, are there really going to be that many red herrings or something in the book?

[Prolonged silence]

Elysa: What?

[Audience laughs]

Matt: Are there...

Elysa: A little slower if you don't mind actually.

Matt: Yeah.

[Elysa laughs]

Matt: I forgot what I said.

Andrew: And Jamie, how about you? I mean, are you excited for the Dumbledore stuff mostly or what?

Jamie: I'm looking forward to it but I worry it's going to be kind of like Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts which I did enjoy but I thought they were written kind of away from the books so you could read them but it's not like reading a Harry Potter book, so I'd like to see some direct references to what happened in Book 7. I'd like to see her answer some questions that people are still wondering about but I don't know if she's going to. And like, I thought in Fantastic Beasts, I think it was when it said like "This book is the property of Harry Potter." I thought that was kind of bad to be honest.

Andrew: Wait - that was like a little library book, right? From the...

Jamie: Yeah, and it was like hangman stuff. I thought that was a bit unnecessary.

Andrew: Maybe he got bored of reading it. Are you sure that wasn't you who drew that in there when you were bored?

Jamie: No because I wouldn't put "This book is the property of Harry Potter."

Andrew: Oh, okay.

[Matt laughs]

Andrew: So, let me quote what Amazon said about the Dumbledore description because I think this is going to be one of the most interesting things. "Enlightening and comprehensive commentary including extensive footnotes by Dumbledore who brings his unique wizardised perceptive to the collection." Do you think Jo and the publishers decided to add this to maybe sell the book more? Because do you think it would sell as well if this book would have been published just how it was?

Jamie: It sounds like it's written to sell. Like, "enlightening and comprehensive commentary, including extensive footnotes," and stuff. I don't know.

Andrew: Right, yeah. I don't know. Do you guys think, would you guys be as excited if it didn't have the Dumbledore stuff because personally that's what I'm most excited about. You are?

Matt: It's a Harry Potter book!

Andrew: Just go with me, come on. I know, yeah. And – also "Professor Dumbledore also includes fascinating historical background including tid bits such as 'The History Pursuit of Magic Wands'"? What could that be about?

Matt: Probably the historical pursuit of magic wands.

Andrew: Yeah I know, jokes aside.

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: What could it really be about? Would he go really in-depth like this? Because I know how Jo can't resist you know being about to go in-depth in something like this.

Matt: Sorry, go on.

Jamie: Go on Matt...

Matt: I had nothing to say.

Jamie: I can't remember what I was going to say really.

[Audience laughs]

Jamie: Andrew, you're the host, you can save us now.

Andrew: Okay, thank you. And what else was there? And a brief comment on the Dark Arts and its practitioners, which is also pretty cool.

Jamie: Is that going to be from Dumbledore? Like him talking...

Andrew: That's him writing, yeah.

Jamie: That would probably be quite interesting.

Matt: That would be kind of cool.

Jamie: Yeah, because he kind of dabbled in it well you know, sort of with Grindelwald - so I think it is going to be interesting to hear his view on it because so far we've seen everyone say the Dark Arts are really, really bad, and we've seen it from Voldemort's point of view where he loves them, and the good people's point of view where they hate them, the Order of the Phoenix. But if we have it from Dumbledore I think him – like he has experienced it and he is not - doesn't really think good and bad, black and white.

Matt: Yeah.

Jamie: So I think it would be interesting to hear what he says.

Matt: Yeah, it would be interesting to hear Dumbledore's view points on Dark Arts through his point of view and not him like telling Harry or something.

Jamie: Is he going to feature Grindelwald though? Is he going to talk about him?

Matt: I don't know, I haven't read the book.

Andrew: I would think so because that...

[Everybody laughs]

Andrew: Grindelwald is Dark Arts, I mean.

Elysa: Yeah.

Andrew: You could argue.

Jamie: One of the worst wizards ever.

Andrew: Yeah, yeah. And then the other question that I thought would be fun to discuss was, we know there were seven copies, handwritten by Jo, one was auctioned off to Amazon and then we know one went to Arthur Levine, Scholastic editor, and a second copy went off to Barry Cunningham, the Bloomsbury editor. And there are four other copies - so who do you think the other four could have gone to?

[Audience Member responds]

Andrew: Her sister? But how about someone in the movie, like David Heyman...

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: Fiddy, her assistant, definitely.

[Answers from the audience]

Andrew: Daniel Radcliffe? No.

Matt: Yeah, doesn't he have everything though, else?

Andrew: Yeah, he doesn't need anything else, he has enough.

Matt: Yeah.

Andrew: Didn't you get a copy? You were influential.

Jamie: Uh, well I don't know about that influential. I think it worked like a Willy Wonka type thing where she hid them...

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: Five bars of the chocolate.

[Everybody laughs]

Jamie: Someone is going to find them.

Andrew: Yeah, Arthur and Berry got very lucky.

Jamie: Yeah, that's so lucky, the two editors who do the books.

Andrew: Who knew? What were the chances? Elysa, what do you think?

Elysa: Um, God, I don't know.

Andrew: I think Fiddy definitely. It's people who were very involved in the book series.

Jamie: She probably gave her something a bit nicer, though. It's nice, a handwritten copy, but since she's been working with her for so long you'd think, like - she'd, like...

Andrew: Something nicer? Bought her a house? Yeah.

Jamie: Something like that.

Andrew: Yeah. All right. So, what we're going to do now, if - does anyone else have any other thoughts about that, before we move on?

Audience Member: Didn't she have a friend she based Ron off of?

Andrew: She had a friend she based Ron off of?

Jamie: The guy who drove her around all...

Audience Member: Yeah.

Jamie: Yeah. She might've given him...

Matt: Didn't he sue her, or something?

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: No, that was her brother?

Audience Member: Cousin.

Andrew: Cousin.

Matt: Oh.

Andrew: Yeah. On that lie detector show. That was dumb. That was probably fake. But yeah I don't know. So I think it would be interesting. I don't see why it might - like - okay obviously those four remaining people aren't going to boast about it, but I feel like - you know - we should know. We have the right to know.

[Matt laughs]

Elysa: Human rights.

Andrew: Did anyone see the - did anyone get the Amazon Collector's Edition?

Audience Member: Yeah!

Andrew: A few people? I really want to get it, but...

Matt: Oh the...

Andrew: The Special Edition that costs one hundred dollars.

Matt: Yeah that one looked really nice.

Jamie: It's one hundred dollars?

Andrew: Yeah.

Jamie: What extra do you get with it?

Andrew: You get a lot of stuff.

Matt: You get a really nice cover.

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: No, but you get like ten special drawings from Jo, what else does anyone remember? It's a lot. It's well worth the extra money.

Audience Member: It's got, like, the proper fake cover.

Andrew: It's got the proper fake cover, yeah.

Matt: Yeah.

[Audience Member says something]

Andrew: The what, sorry?

Audience Member: The gems.

Andrew: Oh yeah it's got the gems in it, yeah. But when that first came out, I think I first said this on MuggleCast, I was so amazed at the price difference. It went from ten to one hundred dollars. It's like, what's that ninety really giving you?

Matt: Well, I mean, come on...

Andrew: It's worth it.

Matt: Yeah it's worth it.

Jamie: Can she draw, though?

Andrew: Yeah.

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: Have you seen the pictures? She has drawn - they're not, you know - insert good artist here. Picasso. They're actually kind of like Picasso.

Audience Member: They're still by JK Rowling.

Andrew: Yeah, they're still by JK Rowling.

Jamie: That is a fair point.

Beedle the Bard Trivia

Andrew: We're going to do some Beedle trivia right now. What we're going to do - we're going to pick specific people in the audience and I think we have people standing in the wings with microphones. Where are they? Do we have our wing people? Okay there's one mic. That's all we need. Oh theres two. Okay so raise your hand if you want to participate. These are Beedle related questions, and you'll win a fabulous prize sponsored by Alivans. That's, master wand makers. Raise your hand. Okay we'll start with this girl right here.

[Audience murmurs]

Andrew: Yeah, go ahead stand up. No no, no! Back two. There you go. Hello? What's your name? Hold on, wait a second.

Jamie: This works kind of differently, in that you have to give the answer before he asks the question.

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: Oh, yeah - check? Do it again. Good?

[Mic fails to work]

Andrew: Okay, well we'll - so where are you from?

Audience Member: I live in London but I'm originally from a place called Blackpool.

Andrew: Oh, okay, cool.

Elysa: Ooh, very nice.

Andrew: Yeah, woo, Blackpool! Yeah, I haven't been there.

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: Ok [laughs]. Here's your question, okay, and you're going to be able to pick from - we have a few things up here. We have scarves from Alivans...

Matt: No, it's a secret, it's a secret!

Andrew: Wands, sweaters, and tattoos...

Matt: Never mind.

Andrew: You can just take the tattoos, too.

Andrew: Ok, the question is - and don't yell it out, unless you want her to get it, of course.

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: Actually, don't yell it out. What was the final selling price for the seventh copy of the handwritten book?

Matt: [gasps] Oh my gosh...

Andrew: This was, of course, purchased by Amazon, it was a lot of money. You can ballpark it, I mean, if...

Audience Member: Is this in pounds or dollars?

Andrew: Ah, either.

Audience Member: Um, four million dollars?

Andrew: Yeah! 3.98 million. There you go!

[Audience cheers]

Andrew: Everyone's like, How'd she know that!?

Matt: I know! How did you know that?

Elysa: I didn't know that.

Andrew: No, that's good. Come collect your prize at the end - no, you can come up now.

Matt: Yeah.

Andrew: What do you want? You want a Harry Potter scarf?

Audience Member: Yes, please.

Andrew: Okay, perfect.

Matt: Well she's got a Slytherin shirt.

Andrew: Where's the other stuff? Elysa, do you have it?

Elysa: Yeah.

Andrew: Can you just put it on the table? Okay.

Jamie: Andrew, while you're doing that, do you think I could just throw a t-shirt into the audience? I've always wanted to do that.

Andrew: Yeah, sure, go ahead.

[Audience laughs and cheers]

Andrew: These are the wonderful - a lot of you can get them, we have a lot of extras that we're going to be giving away at the end, too.

Jamie: That was so cool, I'm going to have to do that again.

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: I've waited my life for this! I've waited all my life...All right, one more, go ahead. Make your dreams come true.

[Audience cheers as Jamie throws]

Andrew: You feel better now?

Jamie: No, I'm going to have to do it again.

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: All right, hold on.

Jamie: I'll see if I can...

Andrew: Ok, next question - who wants to - how about this girl right here. Saw her hand up first. Okay, what's your name?

Audience Member: Beth.

Andrew: Where are you from?

Audience Member: Iowa City, Iowa.

Andrew: Oh, wow. Why are you here?

Audience Member: I'm studying abroad for the semester.

[Audience cheers]

Matt: Oh, cool. Yeah.

Andrew: Where at?

Audience Member: With my program for Purnell College.

Andrew: Cool, cool. Okay, nobody be thrown off by her American accent. It's normal.

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: Okay. On what day was it announced that Beedle the Bard would be published in the U.K. and the U.S.? What day - it had special significance.

Jamie: It's quite significant, yeah.

Matt: Very.

Audience Member: July 31st?

Andrew: Yes, Harry's birthday. There you go. You win a fabulous prize from

[Audience cheers]

Andrew: Come up here. You can pick a prize.

Matt: Do they get to pick? Do they get to pick?

Andrew: Yeah you guys can pick. There is a variety of wands up here. Next question, how about this guy right here? I've got to get a guy. What's your name dude?

Audience Member: Steven.

Andrew: Steven where you from?

Audience Member: London.

Andrew: London, awesome.

[Audience cheers]

Andrew: Are you - Are you good with your Beedle the Bard knowledge? Have you brushed up?

Audience Member: Maybe.

Andrew: Maybe? Okay. Let's see.

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: Okay. Well this could be challenging. I don't know. Name three of the five stories found in Beedle the Bard.

Matt: Oh. Oh.

Andrew: You can pass it off to someone if - if you feel like this maybe...

Matt: I know that one.

Andrew: ...too difficult a question. He's thinking hard.

Audience Member: The Tale of Babbitty Rabbit or something.

Andrew: Close enough.

Matt: Yeah that's...

[Audience laughs]

Audience Member: The Tale of the Three Brothers.

Andrew: Yes.

Audience Member: And the Wishing Pot?

Andrew: Close enough.

[Audience laughs and cheers]

Andrew: That was like a combination of two titles, but whatever. So you got like two and a half, two fourths of each. All right...

[Matt laughs]

Andrew: Trying desperately for him to win something. All right, thank you. You won an awesome prize from Alivans. Okay question four - what are we at? Four, let's see. How about - You're too close to the other girl who - sorry no. Okay fine right here - right here. And then we'll get someone from over this side and then one more. What's your name?

Audience Member: Alex.

Andrew: Where you from, Alex?

Audience Member: Norway.

Andrew: Norway wow.

Matt: Wow!

Andrew: What are you here for?

Audience Member: To see you guys.

Andrew: Oh stop.

Matt: Awww.

Andrew: Why you win a prize just for that.

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: Okay here's the question. How many copies of Beedle the Bard did Scholastic say will be in the initial print run in the U.S.?

Jamie: Hasn't this already been said?

Matt: Yeah didn't we just say this?

Andrew: Did I say that?

Matt: Yeah you did.

Andrew: We're making sure she's listening. So go ahead.

[Long silence]

Andrew: See she wasn't listening! Okay.

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: You can ballpark it.

Audience Member: Eight?

Jamie: To the nearest ten million.

Andrew: Eight what?

Audience Member: Million?

Andrew: Oh million? I'm sorry that's not correct. But come up and get something anyway. We'll have someone else answer it. How about this guy right here?

Matt: What? I thought - I thought that was right.

Andrew: Well no, no, in the U.S. specifically.

Matt: Oh.

Andrew: But it's - it's, okay. That was good enough. This guy right here, in the Gryffindor scarf. What's your name?

Audience Member: James.

Andrew: James, what - How many copies was in the U.S.?

Audience Member: Was it 3.5 million?

Matt: Yeah.

Andrew: That's correct. You win a prize from

[Audience cheers]

Andrew: Actually, we have two more questions. Ah, look, we're getting contestant pictures, what is this? All right, microphone, over here. This girl right here.

Audience Member: Hi. I'm Ashley.

Andrew: Hi. Go ahead. Stand up.

Audience Member: Stand up?

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: What? You don't want to? Okay. What's your name? Ashley?

Audience Member: From Philadelphia.

Andrew: From Philly!

Matt: Wow!

Andrew: You two were at Enlightening!

[Audience Member responds]

Matt: Why are we picking Americans in London?

Audience Members: They're studying!

Andrew: Oh they're studying. Everyone is studying here.

Matt: Anyone here who is English?

[Audience cheers]

Andrew: Okay. How many people - are you listening? This is very important. How many pages is the original, handwritten copy of Beedle the Bard? How many pages?

Audience Member: Twenty-seven?

Andrew: Oh no! Oh, God. No, I'm sorry. This girl, right back here. Hold on, this girl in the blue.

Audience Member: One hundred?

Andrew: Close! This girl, right here, go on.

Audience Member: Isn't it ninety-six, or ninety-seven, or something like that?

Andrew: No! Unless I got the number wrong, but I'm pretty sure I have it right. Anyone else? This girl?

Audience Member: Is it one hundred and twenty-eight?

Andrew: No, closer. Higher. Go ahead.

Audience Member: One hundred and fifty!

Andrew: One-fifty-seven. Yeah. Did anyone know that? I hope I got the number right. I read it online. I got it off Wikipedia, so it must be right.

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: I didn't get it off Wikipedia. For the record. Yes, that is where we get all our information. Okay, and one last, final question. I hate to make you run around, but you - no, no, come over this side! This girl, right here, in the black cap. Here we go, she's going to win a fabulous prize. Oh, who guessed the one-fifty? You can come up here and get a thing.

[Audience Member responds]

Andrew: Yeah, if you want. Okay, last question, go ahead. This girl in the black cap. Are you ready, do you have the microphone? I can't see.

Audience Member: Yeah, yeah.

Andrew: Sorry, okay.

[Audience laughs]

Andrew: This is a recent news story. So, hopefully, you've been checking the fansites. What tale – what tales did Scholastic editor, Arthur Levine, recently compare the Tales of Beedle to?

Audience Member: Something to do with - Grimm!

Andrew: Yes, the Grimm Brothers, yes. There you go!

[Audience cheers]

Andrew: Yay! Thank you Alivans, for those – thank you Alivans for those wonderful prizes. And, now, what we're going to do do, we're going to open up the floor, and we want to take lots of questions from you guys, to ask you anything - if you want to talk about anything related to Beedle, or anything related to the movie, or JK Rowling's art...

Jamie: First, can we just check who's come the furthest today?

Audience Member: Me! Australia! Australia!

Jamie: Oh man, that's got to win...

Matt: Oh my god!

[Audience murmurs]

Jamie: Should I test my throwing arm, and see if I can get a t-shirt all the way back there?

Andrew: Don't hit the light!

Jamie: Oh yeah, the light's going to...

Andrew: And - hit the light! No, I'm just kidding.

Jamie: You can come up and get one.

Andrew: Yeah. We have lots of shirts back here, so once we're done, you guys can come up.

Matt: And every time you ask a question, you get a sheet of these awesome scar stickers.

Andrew: Oh, man! Cool!

Jamie: And a t-shirt.

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