MuggleCast 181 Transcript



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Micah: Because after careful analysis, we have determined all you really need is disc four for new content in the Ultimate Editions, this is MuggleCast Episode 181 for September the 26th, 2009.

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Andrew: Welcome to MuggleCast Episode 181. We're back with a fabulous panel this week. The lovely Laura Thompson is back on the show. Hello, Laura.

Laura: Hey, Andrew. How are you?

Andrew: I'm great. How are you?

Laura: I'm awesome.

Andrew: Laura, I have lots to talk to you about, because now I've been to Universal, too.

Laura: [gasps] Really?

Andrew: Now we can talk together about it.

Laura: Oh my God. That's so exciting.

Andrew: Yes! Did you eat at this restaurant? So did I!

Laura: Yay!

Andrew: And Eric and Micah are here, too. Hey, guys.

Eric: Hey, everybody.

Micah: Hey, how are you doing?

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: And Nick's going to be joining us shortly. Nick was on last week, and he'll be on shortly. He's just running a little late. So, we have a good show for everyone today, we're going to talk about - there's been a lot of DVD news and stuff, and we're going to take more of your Twitter questions and all that. I'm Andrew Sims.

Eric: I'm Eric Scull.

Laura: I'm Laura Thompson.

Micah: And I'm Micah Tannenbaum.

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Andrew: Micah, you know, I've been listening - I listened to an old episode of MuggleCast in preparation for, you know, the "This Week in MuggleCast" segment on today's show, and I miss the days when you would be like - or I would throw it over to you in a cool way, and then you would throw it back to me in a cool way. You know what I'm saying?

Micah: Yeah, when I used to pre-record the news.

Andrew: Yeah, yeah, yeah. So, I would go like this: "Micah Tannenbaum standing by in the MuggleCast News Center with the latest Harry Potter news stories. Micah!"

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: And then you.

Micah: "Thanks, Andrew."

Laura: I remember that.

Andrew: There you go, yeah.

Eric: Yeah.

Andrew: Make sure you wrap it up the same way, too, at the end of the news.

Eric: You know, I was just thinking that, you know, we used to start the show and just talk randomly about something, and then get into the whole "We got something cool for you."

Andrew: Right.

Eric: Like we used to say like, "Pick a topic," and we'd like pick a topic.

Andrew: Yeah.

Eric: That was cool.

Andrew: I used to like - every week, I'd be - nonstop throughout the week in between shows, I would be thinking about what topic we'd open with.

Eric: Just random, yeah.

Andrew: Because it is kind of hard. Like how do you start talking out of nowhere? You know what I mean? So...

Eric: And it worked, too, I mean, because you know, like us, you know, our listeners were - come from all walks of life, and always have something other than Harry Potter on their minds as well.

Micah: We're giving away these show secrets here. We never plan the intros, the news is pre-recorded.

[Everyone laughs]

Micah: People are going to stop listening to the show now.

Laura: I know. Just wait until we tell them that our documents were never done until five minutes before we started recording.

[Andrew and Micah laugh]

Andrew: Well, you know.

Eric: And even then, sometimes during recording.

[Andrew and Laura laugh]

Andrew: I just moved a couple things around two seconds ago. It's always changing. Anyway, Micah, what's going on in the news?



News: Half-Blood Prince DVD


Micah: The DVD news. You just talked about that a little bit, but Half-Blood Prince is set to be released here in the U.S. on December the 8th. The UK gets it a day earlier on December the 7th, and then it's going to come out in Australia on November the 18th. So they get it - a couple weeks earlier.

Andrew: Right.

Micah: And there's - at least here in the U.S. there's going to be a one-disc DVD, a two-disc DVD, and a three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo.

Andrew: Ooh! [laughs] And that...

Micah: I can't keep track of all of this.

Andrew: [laughs] The third disc includes - the third disc of the Blu-ray set includes a regular DVD? Is that right? I honestly don't know.

Eric: They sometimes do that.

Andrew: Yeah, they do.

Eric: Well, I mean, I know that a whole disc is devoted to the digital copy that they do.

Andrew: Right.

Eric: I mean, a lot of times with the box sets they advertise, you know, a whole disc. I know with the Ultimate Edition one disc is like the digital copy of the film that you can put on your computer and never on any other computer, and you can't edit it or touch it.

Andrew: Yeah.

Eric: But it's there on your computer and taking up your hard drive space. You've already bought the DVD, but you know, if you want it on your computer...

Andrew: Right.

Eric: ...if that kind of thing interests you, get the Ultimate Edition.

Andrew: Eric, do you have any insight on why the DVD would be released, like, three weeks earlier in Australia, since you used to live in New Zealand?

Eric: No, usually, Andrew, usually everything in Australia comes out either later, like, I mean movies months later, but all the hit movies come out more or less at the same time as the U.S. And in fact, that allows it to be a few hours early even. Like, for instance, I mean they got it at - Book 7 came out at, like, eleven in the morning, as opposed to midnight. But that was the same time. I mean, that was the same exact time we were getting our books in London.

Andrew: Right. But it just - I wonder if it's like a holiday thing or, whatever. I guess...

Eric: Yeah, it's - it's probably because school's out.

Andrew: Oh.

Eric: I think we're actually - I'm trying to think...

Andrew: I think I saw somebody comment something like that. Like, "Oh my gosh, it's going to be summertime! Perfect!"

Eric: That's the summer release...

Andrew: Oh, okay.

Eric: ...and I guess it happens sooner. So it's probably just...

Andrew: God, Australia's so weird. Summer in November? I mean, what are they doing down there?

Laura: God, why are you south of the equator?

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: Oh, that's why. Oh, I see. So what kind of features is it including?

Micah: Well...

Eric: Micah?

Andrew: Micah?

Micah: Oh, features. Yeah, forgot about those.

[Laura laughs]

Micah: Well, we have the J.K. Rowling documentary, "A Year in the Life". That's going to be on the DVD.

Andrew: That's good. I'm glad to hear that's going to be on there. Because now everybody can see it legally in the U.S. because, like it...

Micah: Well, it was on here a couple of months ago, during the summer.

Andrew: Yeah...

Micah: On ABC, I think it was.

Andrew: Yeah, you're right.

Micah: But all the other countries can see it legally? Is that what you're saying?

Andrew: Yeah. Well, it will be nice for everyone to have a hard copy of it. I'll watch it again. It should be cool.

Micah: And then, also eleven and a half minute segment, or something like that, for the Wizarding World Theme Park.

Andrew: Right. That will be cool.

Micah: And that's going to be new stuff, right?

Andrew: Yeah. That's what they're saying. At the press event I was at last week they, [laughs] they were like, "We're going to have this eleven minute look at the theme park on the DVD. Here, you guys get a sneak peak". And then they played the clips that they played. It was literally like a five second montage. And they were like, "Wasn't that cool?" And it was like, "No. It was five seconds." [laughs]

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: It looks like the theme park look is - based on the clips they showed at this press event, it's going to have - they showed this very quick clip of the trio filming something for the theme park. We don't know what it is yet, obviously, but I'm going to guess it's for whatever was - whatever is going to be in Hogwarts Castle, the "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" ride that they revealed. And - we'll talk about this later on - but what I learned by checking out a lot of rides at Universal, is that they really love to include people in - from the movies that the rides are based on. So I'm sure we can expect a lot of cast involvement in these rides as well.

Micah: Right. And then - I think you had a list of some of the deleted scenes from the movie that were going to appear on this DVD, and then there was also, possibly, a look into Deathly Hallows? Is that true, or am I making that up?

Andrew: No. I think that was rumored, I think that was rumored. But the deleted scenes came out. They were kind of leaked by the British Board of Film Classification people - dudes. And - did we talk about this?

Eric: The scenes, or just the titles?

Andrew: The titles, the titles.

Eric: Okay. Oh.

Andrew: Yeah, sorry, I screwed that up when I wrote the news post, too. I was like, "Check out the scenes." But I didn't mean that. I meant just the titles. But I'm trying to find them right now. If you'll excuse me for one minute - here we go. The scenes - the deleted scenes on the Half Blood Prince disc. I think we haven't - we forgot to talk about these. "Harry and Hermione walk through Hogwarts Hall," "Harry and Hermione discuss the Marauders Map," "Harry, Ron and Hermione discuss the Vanishing Cabinet," "Harry and Dumbledore arrive at the cave entrance," "Harry and Dumbledore leave the cave," "Clouds gather over Hogwarts as Flitwick conducts choir," "Harry joins Ron, Hermione, and Ginny in the Common Room," and "Harry and Hermione discuss Ron at the Astronomy Tower."

Eric: They're waiting for the ultimate edition of Half Blood Prince to add the scenes like, "Harry and Dumbledore talk about the locket", "Harry and Dumbledore talk about the cup". [laughs]

Andrew: [laughs] Yeah.

[Laura laughs]

Eric: Harry and Dumbledore talk about Horcruxes and figure out what he's supposed to next. [laughs]

Andrew: A lot of discussion going on in these deleted scenes, but - yeah.

Micah: Yeah, they don't seem too interesting; I'm not going to lie.

[Dog barks]

Andrew: No. Yeah, I got to be honest...

Micah: And the dog agrees, too.

Andrew: Yeah. That dog...

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: ...he's always chiming in. Anyway, go ahead, Micah.



News: Ultimate Edition DVDs


Micah: Well, to kind of go along with Half-Blood Prince, there's going to be two ultimate editions that are going to be released on the exact same day. So if...

Andrew: Right.

Micah: ...you're in the U.S. it's December eighth, the U.K. December seventh, or if you're in Australia, it's November eighteenth. For Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets - and Eric, you started talking a little bit about the features. I guess we can begin with Sorcerer's Stone and then move on to Chamber of Secrets, but is this a little bit too early, though?

[Andrew laughs]

Micah: Do you guys think they should have waited for the movies to all be completed and then gone with this Ultimate Edition idea?

Eric: No, what I don't like is them putting - them having a box set of the Harry Potter films. I hate that, I freaking absolutely hate that more than anything in the world.

Andrew: Why?

Eric: Because you know there's going to be seven or eight movies and so buying - they have that collection of movies one through five, and it's just absolutely ridiculous because that's not even - I mean, that's like half the - half as many movies as there will be, so you get like this - the first five movies on DVD so you have the - I just don't like the way it's packaged, you know? You just have the - instead of having the DVDs together, you have this box, and the box doesn't fit where regular DVDs are supposed to fit on the shelf...

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: ...because it's a box.

Andrew: That's true.

Eric: And it's not the whole - I mean, it is! It's absolutely - I mean, it's like, it's just doesn't - it's not for me. It's just not for me. But the - as for Micah's question, the Ultimate Editions, in my opinion, are great, and I don't think it's too soon because, what I like most about it is the feature that they have that's going to be the progressive, eight part documentary. And I think it's about time. I mean, what they've done by releasing the first two - I mean, they've released the first two at the same time. And I guess the next six will be, you know, over - what they've done is they've given themselves time to - every season, every holiday season, to - to release the next set of Ultimate Edition movies, you know, with all these new feature that we've never seen before. And they're not a box set, so that way it doesn't matter how many there will be because they're each five discs of their own and they just focus on one movie and it's all pretty.

Micah: Well let me just go through them. Is that okay?

Andrew: Yeah, yeah. Go through the features.

Micah: Just to mention them real quickly. I know Andrew, you kind of hand-selected these ones. There's a lot more than just these, but...

Andrew: But these are the big things.

Micah: Right. There's an introduction by Dan Radcliffe to the many special features for the Harry Potter films.

Andrew: Ooh!

Micah: "Creating the World of Harry Potter Part One: The Magic Begins." Discover the story of how one vision for the Harry Potter films came together out of limitless possibilities to create the visual world we have come to know and love." An "in-movie experience with director Chris Columbus," and "W.B. maximum mode movie picture in picture programming"...

Andrew: Ooh.

Micah: ..."cast walk-ons, focus points, graphics, and more."

Andrew: Maximum mode! What does that mean, "maximum mode?"

Micah: I have no idea.

Andrew: [laughs] Maximum mode.

Eric: It means Sean Biggerstaff just shows up.

[Andrew and Laura laugh]

Eric: That's massive mode. It's like you're watching the movie and he's like, "Hello."

Andrew: So that's on Sorcerer's Stone? Or...

Micah: That is on Sorcerer's Stone.

Andrew: And what's on Chamber of Secrets? But that's maximum for me. I can't take it anymore.

Micah: Chamber of Secrets - "Creating the World of Harry Potter Part Two: Characters; Explore how the cast and creative team of directors and designers take the characters' descriptions on the page to the actors' performances on film."

Andrew: Hmm.

Micah: And you also get screen tests of Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, which I'm sure a lot of people are looking forward to. And then the "First Look" special from HBO that was aired back in 2002.

Andrew: Now, I think the first...

Micah: Who cares about that?

Andrew: Well, I think that's cool. I mean, I don't even remember that "First Look" special back in 2002. The screen tests are going to be very cool, I think. And there was a trailer for these Ultimate Editions that was released like last week, a few days ago. That we posted on MuggleNet, as well. And you see a quick clip of the screen tests, and it looks pretty cute, the way, you know - Dan, Emma, and Rupert, very young, before they even started filming Sorcerer's Stone, and they're like - I can't remember what scene they were screen testing, but obviously magic was happening, because they were really impressed with all the kids.

Eric: The question I have for you guys, and Laura, is, why do you think the screen tests are on the Chamber of Secrets Ultimate Edition, as opposed to the Sorcerer's Stone? I mean, things like this HBO special, which will be cool, it seems like they were kind of pulling pretty hard to get these five discs worth of special features on the Chamber...

Andrew: Well...

Eric: And what they five discs, one of them is the digital copy disc, but it seems like - it just makes sense to me that the screen tests would be on the Sorcerer's Stone Ultimate Edition.

Laura: Yeah, I agree. I don't really understand why it's on Chamber of Secrets.

Andrew: Well, I think they're trying to - they have seven - well, I guess they may have to put out eight ultimate editions. So they have a lot of space to fill on all these discs. And really, I think it's a cool idea to archive all these documentaries and everything. I mean, I think it's nice to have this first look...

Eric: I agree.

Andrew: This is an easy way to archive all this great Potter stuff.

Eric: But why have it on the Chamber of Secrets DVD and not the Sorcerer's Stone DVD?

Andrew: Well maybe they filled up the Sorcerer's Stone one, and they're like, "Okay, we'll stick this on Chamber." Nonetheless, they're coming out at the same time, so...

Eric: Yeah, I know.

Andrew: I do understand what you're saying though. It is kind of...

Eric: Yeah.

Andrew: ...odd. And by the way, Nick is joining us now. Hello, Nick!

Nick: Hey, guys! How're you doing?

Andrew: Pretty good, how about you?

Nick: Not too bad. Sorry I'm late.



News: Ultimate Edition Prices


Andrew: No problem, no problem. Just one last thing to say about the Ultimate Edition; I think these - at first I was like - we talked about these on a previous episode when the covers were revealed and I wasn't too thrilled about them, but now I think that they are pretty cool. And the prices are okay. And my other question...

Micah: How much are they?

Andrew: Well, they're $39.92 on DVD...

Laura: Ah!

Andrew: And $49.99 on Blu-ray. I guess it is a lot. [laughs]

Eric: I mean I need a new Sorcerer's Stone...

Andrew: You need new discs.

Eric: ...and Chamber of Secrets anyway.

Andrew: There you go.

Laura: I don't want one that bad.

[Andrew laughs]

Nick: It is expensive when you factor in the fact that you already bought the DVDs once.

Andrew: Right.

Laura: [laughs] Yeah, exactly.

Andrew: They should do a...

Eric: Well do you still have your receipt of your original...

Andrew: [laughs] Return it.

Eric: DVD? Because they could offer discounts, but who still has that, really?

Andrew: Right, yeah, that's one issue.

Laura: There's probably one crazy person out there who hoards every receipt they ever get.

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: We'll get e-mails...

Andrew: My mother...

[Andrew and Laura laugh]



Future Ultimate Editions


Andrew: All of our mothers. When do you guys think Prisoner of Azkaban will come out? Because we've got these two, and they confirmed that they are going to release other ones.

Laura: I don't know. I mean...

Andrew: Maybe around the time D.H. Part One is out?

Laura: Yeah, possibly.

Nick: It makes sense too.

Andrew: Yeah.

Eric: I'll tell you - when is D.H. Part Two in theaters? Is that...

Andrew: July...

Eric: June?

Andrew: ...eleven.

Eric: July eleven?

Andrew: 2011.

Eric: So you think that maybe if they are doing these Ultimate Editions that they'll be completed by Christmas '11? Or...

Andrew: Yeah.

Eric: Maybe later actually, because if you think about the final movie coming to regular DVD before it hits Ultimate Edition. But regardless, I mean, that gives us about - what? - only two years for six sets of DVDs to come out.

Andrew: Yeah. And let's remember, Warner Bros., 'ultimate' means ultimate.

[Micah laughs]

Andrew: And the definition according to Google is...

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: ..."the finest or most superior quality of its kind."

[Nick laughs]

Andrew: Meaning, in ten years, don't release an ultimate-mega-super-star edition! Ultimate is as far as you can go.

Laura: Yes, ultimate also - the definition says, "being or happening at the end of a process; final."

[Andrew laughs]

Nick: This is why I doubt we'll get the ultimate edition at the same time Part Two - Deathly Hallows Part Two - comes out because they're going to lose money if they release the Ultimate Edition straight away rather than release...

Andrew: Right.

Nick: ...the single editions, double editions, or whatever other editions they've got.

Andrew: Absolutely. That's very true, yeah.

Eric: You guys are forgetting the ten year anniversary, the twenty-five year anniversary...

Andrew: That's what I'm saying! Ultimate means...

Eric: ...DVDs.

Andrew: ...you can't do any better, so...

Eric: Director's cut!

Andrew: Oh, stop, stop, I'm puking.



Ultimate, Theatrical and Extended Editions


Eric: But that's one thing you didn't mention, Micah, is that they're actually releasing theatrical and extended versions. I mean, what it is, is those - all the deleted scenes of Chamber of Secrets...

Andrew: Right.

Eric: ...and Sorcerer's Stone that you see on ABC Family when they do the "uncut," is actually put back into the film where it belongs, and that's actually another whole disc of each of these. They have five discs. The first disc - I'm looking at the extended press release here - the first disc is the theatrical version, the second disc is the extended version.

Andrew: Mhm.

Eric: Now I know for a fact, guys - and this is not just devil's advocate - maybe it is. I know for a fact that - I mean, I have the Terminator 2 Ultimate Edition DVD that they came with, and it's like - actually, it's like twenty minutes extra footage, but...

Andrew: Yeah.

Eric: ...you have a choice. I mean, it's just one disc - one side of one disc - and you have the option of viewing the theatrical or extended and it just puts the scenes in where they initially belonged. There's no need to do two separate DVDs here. This is kind of cheap in my mind because they have a separate disc for the extended version of the film. And it says right here on the press release for Sorcerer's Stone that it's only seven minutes of extra footage.

Andrew: Right. Well, it's what we saw on ABC when they re-released the...

Eric: Right, and it's not new. It's not...

Andrew: Right.

Eric: ...new footage. So it's...

Andrew: No, but in the trailer, they do say the first time on disc. So, they're not totally fooling anyone. [laughs]

Eric: Well...

[Laura laughs]

Eric: Yeah. Well - I mean, they could do - like I said, they could do that in one disc and just have that extra seven minutes.

Andrew: Yeah!

Eric: And they have that - DVDs have that technology. They've had it for five years.

Andrew: But it's ultimate. They - it's ultimate. You know what I mean?

Eric: So...

Andrew: You have to give everyone any version they prefer because it's ultimate.

Eric: Well, in the end, I mean, if you look at the disc breakdown. Disc One: Theatrical Version. Disc Two: Extended Version. Disc Three is the same as - or looks to be the same as the original Disc Twos of the Harry Potter DVDs with, you know, all the little interactive DVD games. And then Disc Five is the digital copy. Disc Four is the only disc with new stuff on it if you exclude the second disc, which is the Extended Version. That's the one with the introductions - with the special documentary. So, actually, I mean, I'm thinking if you just Netflix the Disc Four of this Ultimate Edition when it comes out, and keep it...

Andrew: You'll have everything else.

Eric: You'll have...

Andrew: I get what you're saying.

Eric: You'll have everything else.

Andrew: Well...

Eric: And, you know...

Andrew: ...they're trying to sell people by also including the book. And you get pictures and stuff like that, but you know.

Eric: I know. It's just I'm trying to think of how they could have better arranged this.

Andrew: I think it's good. It's ultimate. You can't - they're including everything. They're putting in these nice extra features. I think it's good. That's my opinion though.

Eric: I think they could have done it three discs personally.

Andrew: I think in order for it to be ultimate, it has to be at least four.

[Eric and Laura laugh]

Andrew: And they went five, so we should not complain. Go ahead, Micah. What else is going on? For the love of god.



News: Millennium Bridge Balloon Launch


Micah: To wrap up the DVD discussion, there was a little bit of a launch party that went on today.

Andrew: Woohoo!

Micah: With...

[Andrew laughs]

Micah: Evanna Lynch and...

Andrew: This was funny.

Micah: ...Matt Lewis. They released a thousand balloons off of Millennium Bridge in London, as I said, to celebrate the upcoming Half-Blood Prince DVD release, and they also kicked off a new contest.

Andrew: Yeah.

Micah: And just briefly to let our listeners know about that, the contest that's open to anyone eighteen or older in the U.K. is pretty straightforward. Find one of these black balloons, hopefully not tied around a bird's neck...

[Everyone laughs]

Micah: ...that they launched today, and follow the instructions on the attached card.

Andrew: Oh God! I wonder if...

Micah: You'll then be entered into a contest where the winner will receive a trip to the... [laughs] Deathly Hallows set, where they will be turned into a painting.

Andrew: Yeah, you're going to be in the film in picture form. That's pretty cool.

Laura: So wait, they released these off what? The Millennium Bridge?

Andrew: Yeah.

Laura: Isn't that over water?

Andrew: Yes.

[Andrew and Micah laugh]

Laura: So I'm wondering how many of these balloons got high enough in the atmosphere that they popped and then fell into the water.

Andrew: And then...

Micah: So if you're a fisherman...

[Andrew laughs]

Micah: Then you have a...

Laura: Yeah.

Micah: ...good chance of...

Laura: [laughs] I hope these were eco-friendly balloons.

Andrew: Right.

Laura: That's all I have to say.

Andrew: That's what I'm wondering. Didn't the environmentalists go - Nick, did you turn on the BBC today and see any stories about this? [laughs] Like protesters?

Nick: I didn't, unfortunately.

Andrew: I just wonder - I'm sure W.B. tried to keep them eco-friendly. But it's a cute idea. And I wonder if any of our listeners or MuggleNet visitors found one of the balloons. It's pretty exciting.

Laura: You know, I'd like to - I think it'd be funny to go release some black balloons with these crazy instructions on them.

[Andrew laughs]

Laura: And see if people do it.

[Andrew and Nick laugh]

Andrew: Yeah. Nick, run up to London, throw - get a couple of balloons in the air. And write, "Visit MuggleNet to win your name on the site." I don't know.

Nick: Sounds like a plan.

Eric: This is - I just think - what if they released - like what if you get a black balloon, but the card is ripped off? Is there anywhere you go? Like...

Andrew: I'm sure they made sure...

Eric: ...the card is weathered.

Andrew: ...the cards were on there tight.

Eric: I mean, they have to be waterproof too.

Nick: You go to the toilet to...

Andrew: I wish I was in London like this. I would have studied the wind projections for the day.

[Eric laughs]

Eric: And found out exactly where...

Andrew: I'd be ten miles down - I'd be on the top of the Big Ben with a giant net just ready to catch one of these babies.

[Micah laughs]

Andrew: And...

Nick: Shooting them down.

Andrew: Yeah. Just shoot - yeah. Shooting 'em down. [laughs]

[Laura laughs]

Micah: Just wait...

Eric: Yeah. Take a black balloon and shoot the others.

Andrew: The moment Matt Lewis and Evanna let go of that whole thing of balloons, I would just take an AK 47 and burst all of them.

[Nick laughs]

Andrew: And I'd go run and pick up twenty. That's just me.

Eric: Or just...

Micah: Do all of them have this on it?

Andrew: Yeah. They all got a card. And people would go to the website, fill out their info. I guess put the number in - or whatever the card had that was unique on it. And...

Micah: They probably needed a thousand just to have the probability that a person would be able to get...

Eric: Would...

Micah: ...one of these.

Eric: ...catch it.

Andrew: Yeah.

Eric: Yeah.

Andrew: Yeah, I wonder how many are going to actually be turned in. But - well, yeah they probably won't release that or anything.

Eric: You should have just tackled them. As soon as they let go of the balloons, just tackle them and jump over them and grab them all...

Andrew: Noooo!

[Eric laughs]

Eric: See if you can like...

Andrew: Give me those balloons! But also of interest is a newspaper over there called, This Is London. They did a little video interview with Matt and Evanna and they talked about Movie 7 filming and they said it's going very well and they're keeping it very loyal to the book. And normally I'd kind of rub this - or push this off, like "Who cares?" But the fact that Evanna's saying it - she's very happy with how it's going, we know she's a very true fan. She loves the books to death and she tries to protect them on set. I mean, she said that herself. She's tried to put her input in as they film. And she says it's going great, it's very loyal to Book 7. And they said they're putting a big focus on the Battle of Hogwarts, which was an interesting little tidbit.

Eric: Yeah.

Micah: Well, speaking of...

Laura: Excellent.

Micah: ...Deathly Hallows filming...

Andrew: Yes?



News: Deathly Hallows Filming Updates - Brendan Gleeson


Micah: Just a couple more updates. Brendan Gleeson mentioned that he is done filming Mad-Eye Moody's role, so good old Mad-Eye has been killed off.

Andrew: Aw. And he won - an Emmy the other night!

Micah: He did. Not for Mad-Eye Moody, though.

Andrew: No. That's where he revealed that, so congratulations to him.

Laura: It kind of sucks for the character. I'm sure he's got like five minutes of screen time or less...

Andrew: Right...

Laura: [laughs] And then he dies.

Andrew: [laughs] Just went on really quick, died and then left.

[Andrew and Laura laugh]

Andrew: Well, hopefully they gave him a good lunch.



News: Deathly Hallows Filming Updates - David Thewlis


Micah: And David Thewlis, who plays Professor Lupin, he'll be there through March of 2010, which is kind of around the time filming is supposed to wrap up, right? They're...

Andrew: Right.

Micah: ...expecting Spring 2010 to be the end of filming for this movie.

Andrew: Yeah, somewhere in spring. I mean, there may be some push-backs because filming problems or whatever. But it looks like it's all going to be over in just six more months or so, which is sad.

Laura: It's crazy.

Andrew: I feel bad. I wonder if - I mean, what kind of party do you have to wrap up filming...?

Eric: For Harry Potter?

Andrew: For one of the greatest movie franchises of all time? I hope they do it in the Great Hall.

Eric: Well, they're all of age now, so... [laughs] Hey, that could be quite a party.

Andrew: But they're classy. I mean, come on. The Brits are classy. They'll do something that's fine, that's of the utmostÖ

Laura: I think it's crazy when you think about the fact that Sorcerer's Stone came out in 2001, and we're going to have Deathly Hallows wrapping up exactly 10 years later. Like...

Andrew: Right.

Laura: That's just insane. I was twelve when this movie came out!

Eric: Eight movies, ten years.

Laura: I'm going to be a college graduate by the time they're done!



News: MuggleNet's Tenth Anniversary


Andrew: Well, speaking of that...

Laura: It's insane.

Andrew: ...in October - this month, MuggleNet will be celebrating ten years online!

Eric: Woo!

Andrew: And we have a few things planned for that...

Eric: What month was that?

Andrew: October!

Eric: Oh.

Andrew: Emerson doesn't have an exact date, but he knows its October. It was October 1999. So, throughout the whole month we're going to do some things to commemorate the ten years, so look forward to that on the site. I want to have Emerson on MuggleCast to do a little interview with him...

Laura: For the first time ever! [laughs]

Andrew: Because he's never been on the show! Yeah, for his first time ever! [laughs]

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: Maybe he'll be, like, "Hey, wait a second - I actually like this!" [laughs] "Where was I five years ago?"

Eric: He's done live shows, hasn't he, with us?

Andrew: Yeah, but you know, they're not the same as a recorded show.

Micah: And you've spied on him from time to time.

Andrew and Eric: Yes.

Micah: But that doesn't count.

Andrew: We'll have to bring that back.

Eric: Where is Emerson, Andrew? Are we going to do "Spy on Spartz"?

Andrew: I'm far away from him. I don't know. I can't tell you.

Eric: Oh.

Andrew: Go on, Micah.

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