Ben [Show Intro with music in background]: This is MuggleCast - Episode 18 for December 04th, 2005. This week's show is sponsored in part by GoDaddy.com. Get your own piece of the Internet and save money along the way. For a limited time, GoDaddy.com is offering a new domain name, transfers or renewals for just $1.99 with every new non-domain product you buy. Choose from hosting, website builders, email accounts and much more! Plus take an additional 10% off any order simply by entering "Muggle." That's M-U-G-G-L-E in your cart at check-out. So, visit GoDaddy.com and save big.
Well, let's get to this week's show. Hey, everyone! We're back this week again for another episode of MuggleCast. I'm Ben...
Andrew: ...Schoen. I'm Andrew...
Kevin: ...Sims. I'm Kevin...
Laura: ...Steck. I'm Laura...
[Andrew and Laura laugh]
Micah: ...Thompson. I'm Micah... Somebody's got to do it.
Micah: There we go.
Kevin: Oh, that was interesting.
Andrew: I had no idea we were capable of producing such as fine intro.
Laura: [laughs] Yeah.
Andrew: Yeah. Great job guys! Wow!
Ben: That was just, that was unintentional.
Kevin: It was.
Ben: Well, before we go any further, Micah, take it away.
Sue: Hello, hello, hello from the House of Hufflepuff! Hello, Ben Schoen! Hello, Ben Schoen! Hello, Andrew Sims! Hello, everyone! Hi, Eric! Hi all!
Okay, here we go. [clears throat] Hello, everyone! Sue Upton here with your Harry Potter news recap for you. Author JK Rowling has revealed in an upcoming radio interview that she intends to write another children's novel when she finishes writing the Harry Potter series. This book would be aimed at younger children, and this is one of many things she is considering writing for in the future. You can hear this interview, which will be broadcast on Saturday, December 10th on BBC 4.
Our favorite author has also written a foreword to a new book where she discusses her life in poverty and as a single mother in Edinburgh, as she struggled to make ends meet before she was discovered, as it were, and she found new fame and fortune with her Harry Potter novels. She writes very movingly about her life as a single mom, and how things were very difficult for her and her daughter in those early days.
Turning to film news now, there are some high-resolution photos from the Entertainment Weekly photo shoot with the Trio of Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. You can also see a great video clip of Dan Radcliffe as he appears on Sunrise Program, where he talks about the "Bathroom Scene" and the filming in the movie. It's very good. It's very funny. So, be sure and check that out.
Also, we learned that Lucius Malfoy has now made the Forbes Fictional 15 of the fifteen richest fictional characters. Draco's dad comes in at No. 15 behind Santa Claus and Ebenezer Scrooge. It's a very funny article and you should be sure to read that one.
Finally, in book news, we've learned the Japanese and Finnish Half-Blood Prince release dates for the books. The Japanese one will be out on May 16, 2006, and the Finnish edition of the book will be out on March 16, 2006. So, for all your news and information, please be sure to check out the website daily for all your Potter news and needs.
Now...GO HUFFLEPUFF! No, just kidding. Now, on with the show. [laughs] Sorry, Ben. I couldn't resist! [laughs]
Okay, so for all your Potter news and needs be sure to check out the website, which is updated daily. And now, on with the show. How's that for a proper end? But, GO HUFFLEPUFF! YAY! [laughs]
Can't resist. Okay, okay, okay. I'm done. Bye, bye, love you. [blows a kiss]
Ben: Whoa, that didn't sound quite like you, Micah.
Ben: What's going on here?
Micah: Yeah, what was that?
Andrew: I don't know. So, let's see...
Ben: We were invaded by PotterCast.
Andrew: But, probably, people have no idea what the joke is about that because nobody listens to PotterCast.
Ben: That was low.
Kevin: That was a burn.
[Kevin and Micah laugh]
Andrew: So Micah, what happened there? You showed up on PotterCast last week for some reason, and then... It was funny because I was listening to PotterCast and I had no idea you'd done that with them. Melissa was on the show, Melissa was on the show and she was saying, "Oh no, oh no, oh no. The MuggleCast boys stole Sue." And, I was like, "Eh, I didn't know we stole Sue." Then you showed up. Good job.
Ben: Yeah. Well, actually...
Andrew: That's what? Your second appearance on there?
Ben: Guys, I have a surprise...
Micah: I appreciate it.
Ben: I have a secret.
Micah: I was in the holiday spirit and I figured they needed the ratings boost, so I figured what the heck?
Laura: Awww. That was so nice of you.
Kevin: Yeah. That was nice of you, definitely.
Ben: Micah, Micah, Micah. Guys, guys, guys, we have to be honest here. The truth is, I have to bail Micah- Micah out of jail last week...
[Laura and Kevin laughs]
Ben: ...because he broke into the PotterCast studios, kidnapped Sue. Yeah, Micah's in trouble. This is not looking good.
Andrew: Well, thanks Sue for doing the News for us.
Ben: Send your donations, send your donations to Micah Tannenbaum. Get him out of, get him off, get him off of such criminal charges.
Okay. Well Andrew, do we have any announcements this week? I'm in the dark here.
Andrew: Oh, Ben. It's not a new episode of MuggleCast without a few announcements. We're going to start keeping these announcement areas shorter because people are like, "Hey, it takes you forever to get to the actual Harry Potter content." But, you know what? I don't like Harry Potter. I like talking MuggleCast announcements. So...but, anyway... First of all, we'd like to make an announcement that we have been getting so many emails about birthday announcements because on one episode I wished two people a "Happy Birthday," and we would love to announcement "Happy Birthdays" to people, but we literally got over 300 birthday wishes. And I actually started writing them down when we got the first 20 or 30 and then I said, "We can't do this." So, I'm sorry to everyone who has emailed. I wish all of you a "Happy Birthday!" That's all I have to say. I'm sure we all do.
Ben: Oh, sorry about that Andrew, but I am going to do a Birthday Announcement right now.
[Andrew makes disgruntled noise]
Ben: Happy Birthday to Marlese, who turns 17. She was one of the first people at the LIVE podcast. She showed up there at 8:30 in the morning. She was there before we were. So, this is probably the last Birthday Announcement you'll hear on this show in a long time, but I just really had to say this because she's one of our devoted fans who showed up that early in the morning, and she was the first one to greet us.
Andrew: Yeah, she deserves it.
Ben: So, Happy Birthday!!!
Andrew: So, then, moving along, yeah, I've been getting a lot of emails about catching up on the challenge at staff dot mugglenet dot com stuff. We've been so busy with this podcasting, you know, in between having a life, it's really hard to keep up with all your challenge entries. We appreciate them all. And, I have been looking at them all, and I will turn all the Halloween ones into a gallery. I still haven't gotten that done. [laughing]
Ben: Yeah, I'm telling you guys. Every week it just seems like the show is getting closer and closer. We just...I finish editing and then the next day we're recording another one.
Andrew: Yeah, practically.
Ben: And it's great fun, but these weeks just keep speeding up.
Kevin: It's true. Yeah.
Andrew: I know.
Andrew: And then finally as promised, we finally have our demographic information. We actually got some cool stats. I am really happy how these turned out. Let's just run through a couple real quick. These are the people who filled out the "Listener Survey" and told them a little bit about ourselves.
Ben: Thank you. You can still do that by the way.
Ben: You can still fill out the Listener Survey.
Ben: If you wish.
Andrew: Yep. So, okay guys. Get this. Gender: 74% female, 26% male. A huge female majority.
Laura: Wow, I am totally shocked.
Laura: Absolutely astounded by that.
[Laura and Kevin laugh]
Andrew: Oh, I sense sarcasm there.
Andrew: I don't know. It's pretty interesting. I sort of pictured that too. I mean that was basically the same percentile at the LIVE in New York City Podcast.
Ben: Oh, and also, some of you who took the survey did "Listener Satisfaction" and you gave...
Andrew: Oooh! And you gave us some great grades!
Ben: ...overall, overall our podcast was rated 8.87 out of 10, which is pretty remarkable. So, we're pretty close to 9 out 10. Our highest rating was for, I believe it was for the hosts, we got 9.0...oh excuse me, "Overall Quality" was 9.12, but for the hosts we got a 9.09 rating. So, good job, guys!
Andrew: And the lowest, the lowest, ironically was website design. An 8.85. Hey guys, it's cool.
Ben: We're working on that.
Andrew: We're working on something that's going to fix that.
Andrew: I'll leave it at that. Wooo. Okay, and then another thing we found interesting, number of times listening to each podcast, 73% of you listen to it one time, but 20% of you listen to it two times, 3% of you listen to it three times, and 4% of you listen to it more than three times.
Laura: That's devotion!
Ben: That's pretty remarkable!
Ben: Oh, and also...
Kevin: That's pretty crazy.
Ben: And also most of you listen to the entire episode of the show. 88% listen to the entire episode, 10% listen to 75%, and 1% listen to at least half of it. So, this is really remarkable considering that it is an hour long and most of you are able to sit through what some people would consider a borefest.
Andrew: Yeah, we love getting these stats. So, if you guys could continue filling out the survey, that would be great. A total of 4,060 people filled it out, which is a good response! I'm feeling it.
Ben: So, I'm hoping that you guys feel the same way about, "Well, who else is listening to the show," and that type of stuff.
Andrew: Yeah. I think so. Oh, and then the age range. 55% of you were under 18, 31% of you were in between the ages of 18-24, 13% of you were in the ages between 25-34, 4% of you were in the ages between 35-44, and 1% of you were in the ages between 45-54, which makes me wonder - what about the people older than 54? Because I know we have a couple of listeners older than 54.
Ben: I guess they just didn't fill it out.
Laura: Pretty cool.
Andrew: Well, that was fun.
Ben: Well, is there any other announcements that we have?
Andrew: Yeah Kevin, you have a little announcement?
Kevin: Ummm yes, it's actually regarding the book reviews we promised to be doing.
Kevin: Laura and I will be reading a book by next episode, yes.
Kevin: By popular demand, His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass.
Laura: Yay, I'm really excited.
Laura: Phillip Pullman.
Kevin: Who is that by, Laura? Phillip Pullman. So, if you want to pick it up and...
Laura: Brilliant, brilliant author.
Kevin: Get a head start on us. Well we shall see, I haven't read any of his work so. [laughs]
Andrew: I've heard of that.
Kevin: So yeah, next episode we will have the review.
Ben: Oh and also Micah, are you here? Micah?
Micah: I'm here. I'm still here.
Ben: Okay. Micah don't you have an update about the transcription position too, before we move on?
Micah: Yeah, it has been filled.
Andrew: Has it?
Micah: I'd say about a hundred and...it has!
Micah: A hundred and fifty people or so sent in applications, so thanks to everyone who sent in. But Ally Pfohl is our new Transcription Assistant, I guess is the best way to put it.
Micah: And she's going to be working on...she actually worked on Episode 17 and did a good portion of it, so...
Andrew: Great. Maybe we'll get her on the show, too.
Micah: She's already doing a good job.
Micah: Actually, I have some very interesting things here. I'm just going to share real quick. There were two things that were really funny that came out when I got some emails for this position. And you know, because in the post thing, I said that you should be able to distinguish between people's voices. That's obviously something that's important.
Micah: And a lot of people emailed me back and they said, "Yeah you know, I'm really good at distinguishing between people's voices." And they were being very serious when they said this. "Particularly Laura and Jamie's."
Andrew: Laura and Jamie's, hmmm!
Micah: I wonder why that is.
Andrew: Girl American versus...
Laura: I have no clue.
Andrew: Boy British.
Ben: Oh speaking of Jamie by the way, people, everyone is wondering where Jamie is, and he will be back from December.
Kevin: He dropped off the face of the earth.
Ben: December 14th through about mid-January.
Andrew: Well he...
Ben: So, we'll be able to have Jamie back on the show.
Andrew: He...yeah, we're not giving...
Kevin: He said not to promise though.
Andrew: Any guarantees.
Kevin: He's trying his best.
Andrew: But, we know you all want him on, we keep getting emails. Frankly I'm a bit annoyed by them, of all the emails that we get asking for him back.
Kevin: You should be asking for more Kevin, you know?
[Andrew, Laura, Micah laugh]
Ben: Actually we get emails asking for you to go away.
[Andrew and Laura laugh]
Kevin: Oh thanks a lot Ben.
Andrew: Yeah. No but...
Ben: I'll cut that.
Andrew: Yeah, but Jamie will be back. He misses doing the show, he really does.
Andrew: College keeps him busy.
Ben: Okay, well I think it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty, about Ole Molly Weasley, right guys?
Ben: Oh I like your reaction.
Ben: Show me some real enthusiasm, geez!
Ben: Okay, so...
Andrew: Lay it on us.
Ben: What do we know about Molly? Okay, go ahead.
Andrew: A couple of facts we know about Molly Weasley. She is a pureblood. She has several children - Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and of course....Ginny. [said with hard "g" sound]
Ben: You mean Ginny.
Andrew: As we like to call her around the...
Laura: Ginny Whizzey.
Andrew: ...group here. Yeah, Ginny [hard "g" sound] Whizzey, Ginny whatever.
Kevin: Ginny [with hard "g"].
[Laura and Kevin laugh]
Andrew: The Weasley Family has the pet owl. Or the family owl, Errol.
Andrew: She did attend Hogwarts. Her first year was in 1961 and her House was Gryffindor.
Ben: No surprise there.
Andrew: Of course. The boggart...her...how do you pronounce it? Bogart?
Laura: Bogart I think. Boggart?
Ben: Boggart, boggart.
Kevin: Boggart, is how I pronounce it.
Andrew: Her boggart is her family all dead. We always hear about how she fears that the most. Her skills...
Ben: Well actually, what's...what's really ironic about, about when you see her boggart, the one person who isn't there is Ginny. Isn't that weird?
Andrew: Oh yeah....
Ben: Ginny doesn't show up in her boggart.
Laura: Yeah, it was still...
Kevin: Wasn't it still...
Laura: Yeah, it was still changing.
Kevin: Wasn't it still switching?
Ben: I know but Harry was dead before Ginny, and...I don't know! Hmmm, let's see.
Kevin: We'll get to that in a few moments.
Andrew: So, of course, those facts are brought to you by the HPLexicon.org. [laughs]
Ben: I assume that's HP hyphen Lexicon dot org.
Ben: And also Molly Weasley was particularly impressed by Gilderoy Rock...Gilderoy Lockhart. Bleurghlalala.
Ben: Say that five times fast. Yeah and she was a big Gilderoy...Gilderoy fan.
Laura: Quite smitten with him.
Ben: I'll never say that word again. But...is she...
Kevin: Well, I don't think she is anymore.
Laura: Eh, yeah.
Ben: Oh yeah, but...
[Laura and Kevin laugh]
Ben: And Molly is also a member of the Order Of The Phoenix. And I think that's basically all the information that we, that's pertinent about Molly. She has red hair, in case you didn't know.
Kevin: Really? [laughs]
Ben: Oh and her birthday is October 30th.
Andrew: So, here's the typical riddle question. What would her "Paytronus" be?
Ben: Her Patronus [pronounces it correctly].
Andrew: [laughs] So here's the typical question, what would her Patronus be?
Ben: I really don't know. That is a really good question though.
Kevin: That's a good question. I don't think we have enough information about her to really formulate, you know...
Laura: It would be something motherly.
Kevin: ...what it would be.
Laura: Something motherly, definitely.
Kevin: It would be, yeah.
Ben: Yeah, it would be a koala bear or a kangaroo.
Laura: A koala bear?
Kevin: A koala bear [laughs]
Laura: Koala bears are mean!
Ben: Yeah, a koala bear.
Kevin: Why did you...
Ben: What about a kangaroo though? A kangaroo carries around...
Kevin: [laughs] A kangaroo!
Ben: ...babies in the pouch and stuff.
Micah: How about just a bear?
Kevin: A bear?
Ben: Bears are mean, Micah.
Kevin: Oh that could...
Kevin: Possibly a bear, that's not bad.
Andrew: How about a fluffy pink bunny?
Laura: [laughs] No, that's Mr Weasley.
Kevin: I don't think...
Ben: Okay. Well...
Andrew: No, Mr. Weasley's definitely a rubber duck.
Ben: Yeah. Okay.
Kevin: A rubber duck!
Ben: Do you guys want to go to the voicemails now?
Andrew: No, we've got to have some discussion.
Laura: I think we have more questions. There's more questions.
Ben: Well what is there, what is there to talk about Molly Weasley?
Laura: No, there are more questions that we had sent in, weren't there? Yeah, there are more.
Kevin: There are.
Ben: Oh, they were sent to us.
Andrew: Oh here, Laura posted these ones, I'm sorry.
Kevin: Yes, yes.
Ben: Which side are the Weasleys on? That's staring you right in the face. It's pretty obvious that Molly Weasley is a member of The Order of the Phoenix. She's Dumbledore's Woman through and through. That's what I think.
Andrew: For sure.
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