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MuggleCast 188 Transcript

Show Intro

["How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" is ending]

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Andrew: Broadcasting live on Ustream to Potter fans across the world...

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Andrew: ...this is MuggleCast Episode 188 for December 29th, 2009.

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Andrew: Yes! Ladies and gentlemen, it's December 29th, 2009. We're just two days away from the New Year, and what better way to celebrate than by looking back at the past year? We're going to do that with you guys tonight, and by "we" I am referring to some of the greatest people in podcasting. First up, Laura Thompson. Hello, Miss Laura!

Laura: Hey Andrew, how are you?

Andrew: I'm great, how are you today?

Laura: I'm good.

Andrew: Oh, you're a lady of few words tonight.

Laura: I am. Sorry.

[Andrew laughs]

Laura: That's okay, I'm saving it for the show.

Andrew: I see. We're also joined by Eric. Hey, Eric.

Eric: Hey, Andrew. How are you doing?

Andrew: Good. Are you happy I put in that song that you requested tonight? You requested...

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Eric: Oh yes.

Andrew: ...that fine show tune. And also online: Micah Tannenbaum!

Micah: What's up?

Andrew: And last but not least - [laughs] - Mikey Bouchereau. What's up, Mikey?

Mikey: What's up, homey? [laughs]

Andrew: Yeah, I put a...

Mikey: What's so funny about my name?

Andrew: Nothing's funny about your name. I put a picture of you in the chat and you're wearing a Santa hat.

Mikey: No - I'm wearing my Santa hat. That was my Christmas card from last year.

Andrew: Yes, it was. Yes, I went on Facebook and I stalked you. So anyway, like I said, we have a great show planned for you guys tonight. We wanted to do a Year in Review show, but we also wanted to make it interesting and unique and different. So what we're going to do tonight is we're going to look back at the biggest stories of the year. But we're going to do it in a unique way. We're going to - we have different categories outlined, and we're going to let you guys decide which story in each category wins the Best of the Year award. And so we've got nine of those categories and we're going to go through those. And then we also are going to look at the best moments in MuggleCast history. And we're also going to have a fun little trivia giveaway. So all around, it sounds like an amazing time. Wouldn't you guys agree?

Mikey: That sounds kind of awesome.

Laura: Definitely, yeah.

Andrew: "Kind of awesome." I would...

Mikey: I'm kind of excited. I am excited - not even kind of!

Andrew: [laughs] But first, as always, Micah Tannenbaum is going to update us with the latest news in the Harry Potter world. Micah, what's been going on?

News: Deathly Hallows: Part I Cast List

Micah: Well, late last week, Warner Brothers released a list of Deathly Hallows: Part I cast members...

Andrew: Yes.

Micah: a little bit of a 2010 preview kit for members of the press. And being a member of the press, Andrew, I know you received this. And there were several new Potter cast members to note, many of whom were confirmed over the course of the last few months...

Andrew: Yeah.

Micah: ...including Bill Nighy, who will play Scrimgeour, Rhys Ifans who will play Xenophilius Lovegood, Ciaran Hinds who will play Aberforth Dumbledore, Jamie Campbell Bower who will play Grindelwald, and David O'Hara who will play Albert Runghorn - Runcorn, sorry. But the biggest name on the list was Miranda Richardson...

[Laura laughs]

Micah: ...who...

Andrew: Right.

Micah: ...of course, Order of the - or, not Order of the Phoenix, Goblet of Fire - why am I blanking on her name.

Eric: Wasn't she quoted as saying...

Andrew: She - yeah.

Eric: Yeah.

Andrew: She was...

Eric: She was quoted as saying...

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: "I will never have anything to do with the Harry Potter series again."

Micah: Yeah.

Eric: "It's childish..."

[Laura laughs]

Eric: ."..ridiculous and I don't want anything..."

[Everyone laughs]

Eric: " do with it."

Andrew: Is that why you were laughing...

Micah: I don't...

Andrew: ...Laura?

Micah: ...think it was that bad.

Laura: I don't - yeah, I don't think it was that bad. But it was definitely very weird what she said. I remember watching the interview.

Andrew: It was...

Laura: It was...

Andrew: ...our...

Laura: ...up on the website.

Andrew: Yeah, it was our...

Laura: Yeah!

Andrew: ...interview with her and we asked, are you - somebody asked, "Are you going to be back for Potter?" Or, "Are you going to be back again?" And she is, like, "No." And Emerson's, like, "Why?" [laughs] She gave this - here, let me read the quote real quick. Do we - oh, is it on the main page right now? Maybe not. But basically, it was just weird. She was talking out of her butt, to be quite frank.

Laura: Yeah, it was like she had no idea what she was talking about.

Andrew: Yeah.

Laura: Pretty much. I almost wonder if she was mid-negotiation, or if they had an issue...

Micah: Oh, here we...

Laura: ...with her on the Goblet of Fire. I have no idea.

Andrew: Yeah.

Micah: Yeah, here is the quote, Andrew. Did you find it?

Andrew: Yeah. She says...

Micah: Or - I have it.

Andrew: She says: "Why aren't I coming back? I don't know. Partly because it's always nice to see new people. And also because they'll have a different angle on the story. It's never going to be the book on film exactly. The book is one thing, the film is another. They'll take certain aspects from the book and, you know, make it something that they hope will be commercial and people will want to see."

Eric: What does that have to do with her being back?

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: I don't know. It...

Eric: Her giving a reason that it's always fun to see new people seems like a reason she would be back.

Andrew: I really think at the time she just didn't enjoy it. I hate to say that...

Eric: You know what this reminds me of?

Andrew: ...but - what?

Eric: This reminds me of - Laura, you know this - the Miss Teen U.S.A. of a few years ago who, was asked that one question about peace...

Laura: Oh, right!

Eric: ...I think it was.

Laura: Right.

Eric: And she...

Laura: Miss South Carolina...

Eric: Yeah, just kept talking.

Laura: ...wasn't it?

Andrew: Yeah.

Eric: Miss South Carolina, yes.

Andrew: And she starts...

Eric: Yeah.

Andrew: ...blabbering.

Eric: It was just...

Laura: Yeah.

Eric: The answer was so incoherent. It had nothing to do with the question. And she was trying her best, but - I'm happy to see Miranda Richardson back. I think it's going to be great.

Andrew: Yeah, I mean she played a great Rita Skeeter, there's no doubt about that.

Laura: Yeah I agree; she was awesome.

Micah: Yeah.

Andrew: So no reason to dwell on that. What else, Micah?

News: Trelawney's Role

Micah: Well going along with this Movie 7 news, we never posted this because it was never confirmed but there was a lot of talk about - with Emma Thompson not playing Professor Trelawney; that Nicolette Sheridan was going to take over the role...

Andrew: Yeah.

Micah: ...and that raises the sexiness level of Professor Trelawney...

[Andrew and Laura laugh]

Micah: I don't even know what. I don't know if - it goes off the scale.

Andrew: Well, we should probably first say, that's been a rumor, we never posted it. I don't think any fan sites posted it.

Micah: Right, that's what I said.

Andrew: Oh, okay. It showed up on this Nicolette Sheridan fan site, and it's weird because it wasn't even a fan site. It's just - it looks like a cheap way to make a quick buck off of her or something, but anyways, so this fan site said "She'll also be playing Trelawney in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," and we tried to confirm it and the agents didn't get back to us. I'm just going to go with no.

Micah: We just wanted to throw it out there, just in case.

Andrew: Right, right, just in case. Then we'll be like, "told you so." But in the mean time...

[Micah laughs]

Andrew: In the meantime, we wait to hear. So you think she'll look really sexy?

Micah: In more Movie 7 news...

Andrew: Hmm?

Micah: Well, I'm just saying, Trelawney in general, I don't think was ever a very attractive character...

Andrew: No.

Micah: ...but if you put Nicolette Sheridan and some of her attributes into the role of Professor Trelawney...

[Laura and Mikey laugh]

Micah: This is a PG podcast so I can't really go any further than that, but I'll leave it there.

Andrew: Emma Thompson's attractive though, and she was Trelawney.

Micah: She is.

Andrew: Yeah. I'm not sure what you're saying, Micah.

Micah: Not that...

Andrew: But I guess we...

[Laura and Mikey laugh]

Mikey: Micah, I'm - honestly, I think you're digging yourself a hole here my friend.

Andrew: Yeah, let's just leave it there.

Mikey: Let's continue, what else do we have from the news, Micah? What else do we have here?

News: Bill Nighy

Micah: Well Movie 7 news, we mentioned Bill Nighy earlier, he did an interview recently where he talked about playing the Minister of Magic in Movie 7. And a lot of people liked this interview because it seemed as if they were staying true to the books again, and that Nighy was really involved in this character and he was quoted as saying, "Scrimgeour is a tragic figure. He knows what's coming, it's a very moving thing to play. He's also very powerful and has had a very complicated progress to the top. And he has an interesting relationship with Harry, who views him initially with contempt, but then it's softened by subsequent events. There's a scene where he delivers Dumbledore's legacy to the three children. He gives them all the things Dumbledore has left them and that's when it's indicated that he may not be around for much longer."

Andrew: Right. So that's...

Mikey: Wow.

Andrew:'s good - it's good to hear from him.

Micah: So, it's good to see all these characters.

Laura: Yeah, I really liked that because it shows that he's invested in his character, and that he's really paying attention to the story which - sometimes I kind of get the idea from some of the adult actors when they sort of talk out of their butts about this, that they really have no clue what's going on so...

Andrew: Yeah.

Laura: ...I really enjoyed reading this.

Andrew: Yeah.

Eric: You hear him saying words like, "legacy"...

Laura: Yeah, he's awesome.

Eric: ...referring to Harry Potter. You know, shows that - also that - with the Deathly Hallows split that occurred, that Movie 7 they're able to show these little things, these little character things how Scrimgeour's character is tragic and may be portrayed as such on - the movie just gives me goose bumps.

Andrew: Right.

Eric: To see that they'll have that much time with - since they're doing two movies instead of trying to condense it into one, that they'll have time to show that.

Andrew: What else is in the news, Micah?

News: The Best of...

Micah: Well, if people have been checking out MuggleNet over the course of the last week or so, there's been a few lists that have come out related to the "Best of the Year" and the "Best of the Decade" - and in any newspaper I think if you pick it up or you go on any website, all these people are putting together the "Bests of the Decade" lists...

Andrew: Yeah.

Micah: ...and Half-Blood Prince - we'll start with "Best of the Year." Half-Blood Prince did pick up a couple of different titles and Yahoo! Movies actually, today, released their top ten trailers of 2009, but surprisingly Half-Blood Prince only came in at number five.

Andrew: Well - hold on, hold on. Most viewed, right? It was the most...

Micah: Most viewed, yeah.

Andrew: Top five most viewed.

Micah: Most viewed trailer of 2009.

Andrew: So, yeah. And so I think that plays a role in why Harry Potter wasn't number one. Or a little bit higher up the list. But all these lists, it's sort of just like, "Oh, we get it now." I mean, we have no room to talk because we're doing a list or two tonight, but [laughs] it's like, "Shut up already!" you know, and it really is...

Micah: It is interesting.

Andrew: It is interesting.

Micah: Number five is not exactly at the top though. And yeah, it's specific to Yahoo! Movies, on their website, but they're a pretty big website and for Half-Blood Prince to be all the way down at number five I think is - it's kind of surprising.

Mikey: I can tell you one thing...

Eric: Wasn't there - wasn't there another top ten list? Yeah, where Half-Blood Prince was like number ten? Twilight made number four, but Half-Blood Prince was like, bottom of the list.

Andrew: For what? What - what was that?

Eric: Did you guys - is that one of the lists we have listed here?

Andrew: What...

Eric: I have to research. I just heard about it today.

Andrew: Okay. Well, I mean...

Eric: Just one of those...

Andrew: Most viewed, that was the one Yahoo! was referring to. Transformers beat Harry Potter in the top ten box office movies of 2009 on Yahoo! Movies. You know, Micah...

Micah: That was domestically. I think we should - we should clear that up though, I mean...

Andrew: Right. Internationally it did better...

Micah: The Transformers made more money here in the United States than Half-Blood Prince did, but what was interesting was looking at the comments and everybody was ripping the American public for going to see Transformers...

[Everyone laughs]

Micah: ...more than they saw Harry Potter, and I think the thing is, is people are forgetting that America contributed a third of the 900 million dollars that went towards this movie being successful and being the number eight grossing movie of all time.

Andrew: Right. So, yeah.

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: Micah, you're very passionate about this. It's almost like you're getting angry. [laughs]

Micah: Well, it's funny when you read these comments of people. They're just - they've got a...

Mikey: Micah...

Micah: ...such venom that they're spewing.

Mikey: ...did you see Transformers?

Micah: I did not.

Mikey: That's why you don't understand. I saw that movie. Trust me, I understand where everyone else is coming from. That movie was...

Andrew: Oh, because it was bad?

Mikey: Oh, it was so bad.

Andrew: Yeah.

Eric: See, I heard that.

Mikey: And I love Transformers. I grew up with it, I grew up with the cartoon, and I was so disappointed. It was sad. Like, the movie was just...

Eric: I keep hearing that it was that horrible. Yeah.

Laura: Yeah.

Mikey: It was - it was sad.

Andrew: On the other hand, though...

Micah: These lists are so subjective.

Andrew: Yeah, exactly. On the other hand, though, Harry Potter did very well on USA Today's top books - Top Ten Books of the Decade, did very well with the list by the Telegraph, which called it - which called J.K. Rowling the author of the decade. In many, many reports, Harry Potter was the - who called - oh, Entertainment Weekly called Harry Potter the Entertainer of the Decade, and I think they're absolutely right. I mean, as we all can agree, Harry Potter definitely revolutionized the reading and entertainment and franchises. It's just unbelievable.

Eric: Many industries, yeah.

Micah: Well, with USA Today, and I hate to keep digging on people, but I'm going to continue to do it, the facts in this USA Today article were completely off.

Andrew: Right.

Micah: And...

Andrew: Name them. What...

Micah: ...they called Goblet of Fire the third book in the series...

[Everyone laughs]

Micah: ...which isn't true. And then they spelled the name of the seventh movie wrong, or the seventh book wrong...

Andrew: [laughs] And you emailed...

Micah: ...and so I decided - I e-mailed the guy who wrote the article...

Andrew: Mhm.

Eric: Oh, God, no.

Micah: ...and - because what happened was, he gave six of the top ten spots, six of the top ten spots on this list to Harry Potter books...

Andrew: Yeah.

Micah: ...but none of them came in higher than number 3. Order of the Phoenix came in at number 3.

Andrew: Which...

Micah: And I said, "So, hey, what's up?" Go ahead.

Andrew: Which is very weird, because number-wise, all-time number wise, Harry Potter is number one in the decade. What is it? I think 450 million worldwide according to...

Eric: Are you counting the whole series or what?

Andrew: I think so, yeah, which can't compare - I think that's according to Wikipedia or something. So, yeah, that article on USA Today was so - was way off, and he replied to you, right?

Micah: He did, and this guy, Bob Minzesheimer, he said on the last question first...

Laura: You fail at journalism, Bob. [laughs]

Micah: ...which was about how he put together the list, he said the list was based on all sales within the decade, regardless of when the book was published. For example, To Kill a Mockingbird came in at about 25 or so, and he said he would double-check the Potter facts that I said were wrong...

[Eric laughs]

Micah: ...and "Appreciate your close reading. Potter fans unite. Cheers."

Andrew: [laughs] Bob is getting attacked in the live Ustream chat right now, everybody who's listening in live. Bob fail. BobFail L-O-L.

[Everybody laughs]

Andrew: It's a BobFail. So anyways, that's very sad. But at least he learned his mistake, Micah. You know?

Micah: He did. But he didn't correct the article [laughs] so I don't know how much he actually learned.

Andrew: Well, anyway, what else is going on?

News: Half-Blood Prince Final Figures

Micah: Well, we talked a little about Half-Blood Prince earlier, the final numbers came out for the movie and it finished with 934.5 million dollars. And that solidifies that it is number 8, for right now, on the all time box-office list.

Andrew: Yeah. That is so impressive!

Mikey: Wow.

Andrew: But I guess there's not much else to say.

Mikey: That's a lot of money.

[Laura laughs]

Mikey: That's a big number.

Micah: It's a lot of money.

Andrew: And what else is in the news, Micah? [laughs]

News: How to Succeed Without Really Trying

Micah: You played the song earlier, Andrew. Dan Radcliffe participated in, last week I think it was, in a table reading of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Andrew: That's right.

Micah: And it's a musical. I don't honestly know much more about it.

Andrew: Well, here's the thing about it.

Micah: I know Eric does.

Andrew: Here's the thing about this story. This new report has revealed, like you said, that he participated in a table reading. And this guy who was there in the audience watching it said, he said that he was really impressed by Dan. And he said - there's some quote about his singing - but did anyone else picture Dan Radcliffe as a singer? Like I never knew he - [laughs] sung before. So...

Laura: Yeah, I knew that he played instruments and stuff, but I didn't know he sang.

Andrew: Yeah. What, Eric?

Eric: It'll be fun to watch. I wasn't - the lead role doesn't require that much musical, vocal talent. It's not that difficult, in other words, to do that. Because that was a role I picked up in high school and I had to have vocal training for it but I was allowed to keep some of my vocal faults, in other words, because the music wasn't that too challenging. So I'm sure Dan will do a great job, but as far as this story goes, of him participating in this table reading, before this news story came out I think it was just a rumor or something, but I know we'll be rating news stories throughout this show but in my opinion this is my favorite news story of this year.

Andrew: [laughs] I think you see potential to go and train him. Like you're going to write to him and be like, "Hey Dan, listen."

Eric: "Dude, I have to..."

Andrew: "...I'm very involved in the Harry Potter community..."

Eric: No, I just...

Andrew: "...and I feel that I can help you out. This could be very beneficial to both of us. Please Dan, please."

Eric: I'm just passionate about this musical when I heard that it was going to be revived and that Dan Radcliffe could be in the lead role. I just, I get excited.

Andrew: Good.

Eric: I will have the first ticket to see it. It's just...

Andrew: I'll be front row! Eric Scull. You heard it now. He'll be front row, opening night. Standing by the stage door after the show. Congratulating Eric Scull - or, Dan Radcliffe.

Eric: It's a great musical. It is a great musical.

Andrew: I'm glad you're happy.

Eric: And not enough people know about it. Which is why I was glad you played that song, so thank you.

Andrew: [laughs] You're the biggest fan boy for this upcoming thing going on here.

Eric: Of this production, yup.

Best Moments in MuggleCast History: Patrick Doyle

Andrew: Anyway, that does it for the news. We're going to, like I said at the beginning of the show, we're going to look at some of the best moments of 2009 in MuggleCast history and we're going to play them throughout the show. And we're going to play the first one now. First clip is from episode 170 where - when we interviewed the Goblet of Fire composer, Patrick Doyle. Matt and Micah conducted this interview, Micah, do you want to set this clip up?

Micah: No, this was just part of our interview with composer, Patrick Doyle. He was talking about how he really came up with the - what was it - the "Harry Potter Waltz" on a whim.

Andrew: Right.

Micah: It was kind of just out of nowhere.

Andrew: Yeah.

Micah: And obviously it went on to become a lot of people's favorite song from that film.

Andrew: Right. Okay. So let's go back in time and listen to it now. [time-travelling noise]

[Andrew plays a clip from Episode 170. To view the transcript for this interview, click here.]

Andrew: So, there you go. That's a little piece of MuggleNet's - he talked so fast, I don't know how you guys could've understood him. And speaking of that, Matt's going to join us now. Matt, hello. Are you on mic yet?

Matt: Yeah yeah, I'm fine.

Andrew: Hey!

Matt: Yeah, I'm here. Hey.

Andrew: Hi, Matt!

Matt: Hi!

Andrew: And that is one of the moments...

Eric: The chat exploded, Matt.

Andrew: MuggleCast history.

Micah: Well, how the transcribers could possibly understand what he was saying, I have no idea.

Andrew: Did they get it transcribed?

Micah: No, they did a pretty good job. Yeah.

MuggleCast Year in Review

Andrew: Oh, well, good job, transcribers. But that was very hard. So anyway - okay. This, I'm really excited for. We're about to start our Year In Review. This is actually the second time we're doing these MuggleCasties Awards, and...

[Dramatic award-type music plays]

Andrew: ...basically, it's a very exciting event. This is our second annual event, as I said before. And how it's going to work is, I'm going to place a poll live on Ustream right at this moment. We're going to do it for each category, and then listeners will be able to vote live and decide which item wins in that category. Sound fun?

Matt: Yeah.

Mikey: Sounds fun. Really fun.

Eric: Andrew! You got rid of the Emma Watson poll.

Laura: Sounds awesome.

Andrew: We did get rid of it because we had to leave it for Ben, but maybe we'll do it the next episode. I didn't have the stuff prepared.

Eric: Okay.

Andrew: So...

Laura: I don't think I want to know.

Best Potter Video of 2009

Andrew: [laughs] So our first category...

Mikey: Oh...

Andrew: ...for today is Best Harry Potter video, and the first option is going to be "A Very Potter Musical," which was that Harry Potter musical that that acting troupe created a few months ago. It really took the fandom by storm, because it was very well written. Then we also have the Deathly Hallows - the first Deathly Hallows trailer, of course, came out with the Half-Blood Prince DVD. And we also have Half-Blood Prince, the fourth trailer. And the final nominee is the "Wizarding World Fly Through" for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park.

[Music ends]

Andrew: I'm going to put the poll up now, and listeners, begin voting.

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Andrew: Now we wait.

Eric: Andrew.

Andrew: Yes?

Eric: I meant to ask you about this. Fourth - the fourth video had scenes in it that weren't in the movie like the black smoke Death Eaters were approaching Hogwarts and all that. I don't recall actually seeing this trailer in theatres or at all before the movie.

Andrew: Can you - hold - the Half-Blood Prince - the fourth trailer, you're referring to?

Eric: Yeah, yeah. The one you have listed on the Year in Review.

Andrew: Oh. It was in theatres. Trust me.

Matt: Yes.

Eric: Okay.

Andrew: Okay...

Eric: People can't see the poll.

Andrew: Well...

[Music ends]

Andrew: ...the results are in. Oh sorry. I guess I should have explained how. In the video window, there's a little poll button guys, and you click that, and then you can vote. Actually, these results are very surprising. 52% of the vote goes to - 52% of the audience has voted for "A Very Potter Musical," the Harry Potter Musical.

Matt: It's huge!

Mikey: I agree 100% for that.

Laura: I kind of figured.

Andrew: Really?

Matt: Yeah.

Laura: Yeah.

Andrew: Oh. Really?

Eric: Like I said, I had to convince you guys to keep that in the Impact category.

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: It's that big a deal. Ben: Well, think about it, Andrew. That shows the Potter community. Everything else was produced by Warner Bros. and this was made by Harry Potter fans, just like you and me.

Andrew: That's true. Just like us.

Mikey: And it's huge!

Laura: Not to mention...

Eric: And it was taken down by Warner Bros.

Mikey: Yeah!

Laura: I mean, this thing was huge. I know people who - I was sort of expecting, when I watched it, that it would be sort of just like a viral thing, within the Potter community, but I know people at my school who are not involved in Harry Potter at all, who had seen it.

Andrew: Yeah. I mean, it's big. It was well written, it was well designed, it was entertaining, the music was good. It was just all around good. What were you going to say, Mikey?

Mikey: I was going to say; didn't it also get picked up by a couple of news channels too? Like I remember...

Andrew: Probably.

Mikey: Maybe that's just - Yeah, no, I think it got picked up. So it was pretty big, not just in our community. But the fact that it was made by fans, I think makes it just that much more of an impact.

Andrew: Right.

Eric: It was a college group. It was a college theatre group.

Mikey: Yeah!

Eric: The University of Michigan's theatre department came up with this musical. And I know someone who...

Andrew: Yeah.

Eric: ...goes to that school, and some of those guys are still there, the rest graduated, but it's absolutely awesome. I haven't seen the video, but everyone tells me I should.

Andrew: 35% of the vote goes to the Deathly Hallows trailer 1 and 14% went to the Half-Blood Prince trailer. Only 2% went to the "Wizarding World Fly Through".

Matt: Aw.

Eric: Which I watched, and I thought it was cool.

Most Interesting Potter Star on Twitter

Andrew: Okay, our next categories in the second annual MuggleCasties Awards is "Most Interesting Potter Star On Twitter". As we all now, Twitter really exploded this year and a few big Harry Potter stars all started using the social networking service. Our first nominee tonight is Tom Felton. Arguably the most followed Potter star on Twitter.

Matt: Arguably, yes.

Andrew: Probably not arguably, probably statistically.

Eric: Can you summarize interesting things that he's done this year, that he's tweeted about?

Andrew: No.

[Everyone laughs]

Matt: Well, he toured the Half-Blood Prince set. Hello!

Andrew: But if you...

Micah: Well why don't you let people vote and then we can discuss.

Andrew: Very well. Okay, here we go. The poll has just begun.

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Andrew: Once again, the Most Interesting Potter Star on Twitter. Oh, the rest of the nominees!

Matt: Yeah, [laughs]

Andrew: Sorry. Tom Felton, Matt Lewis, Warwick Davis and J.K. Rowling. Now, J.K. Rowling hasn't tweeted much, but she's J.K. Rowling, so...

[Andrew and Laura laugh]

Mikey: Exactly. See...

Laura: I have to say, I only followed one of...

Andrew: Go ahead, Laura.

Laura: I was just going to say, I only follow one of these people.

Andrew: Which one is that?

Eric: Really?

Laura: Well I don't want to say it, because I don't want to influence the voting.

Eric: It's Warwick Davis, isn't it?

[Andrew laughs]

Mikey: Well you know what? I follow Warwick Davis, and honestly that's who my vote would go for. Just because he constantly - when he's bored, he'll just put questions. And I tweeted at him at couple of times and he's responded to my questions.

Laura: Oh, nice.

Matt: Wow.

Eric: Oh, wow.

Mikey: He's like, @mikeybouchereau.

Matt: [laughs] Well, that is you Twitter name, Mikey.

Mikey: And I, of course, asked him about Star Wars.

Andrew: All right, well, the results are in.

[Drum roll sounds]

Andrew: Like that drum roll? Wasn't it cool? Tom Felton wins...

Mikey: That was kind of cool.

Andrew: ...Most Interesting Potter Star on Twitter...

Matt: Aw.

Andrew: ...with 67% of the vote. J.K. Rowling...

Mikey: Yeah, that doesn't...

Andrew: ...received 21% of the vote, Matt Lewis received 9%, and Warwick Davis, Mikey's favorite, only received 3%.

Matt: Oh, so close, Mikey. I'm sorry.

[Andrew and Laura laugh]

Mikey: Well, see, hold on. I knew that was going to happen because I don't know how many people actually follow Warwick Davis that are Potter fans. Seriously, I knew Tom Felton was going to win but follow Warwick Davis. He is so interesting to follow. He posts some really weird stuff. And of course, he also posts stuff while on the set. He'll tweet in between takes in his trailer and he'll walk. He's like, "Today I'm dressed up as Flitwick." He actually plays a couple characters in the Potter universe.

Eric: Yeah. It's pretty cool.

Mikey: I like Warwick Davis.

Andrew: I think J.K. Rowling should have won.

Matt: Come on! The most interesting non-tweets of all time was J.K. Rowling.

Eric: Yeah, non-existent tweets? Yeah.

Matt: Did you see tweet she didn't tweet? It was amazing!

Eric: Yeah, I saw that tweet she didn't tweet every day.

[Mikey laughs]

Most Shocking News Story of 2009

Andrew: Okay, well it's time now for our next category. This is an interesting one. Most Shocking News Story. The nominees are: Jamie Waylett convicted of Cannabis possession, J.K. Rowling gets a Twitter account...

[Laura and Matt laugh]

Andrew: ...Dan Radcliffe to appear naked in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and a former Bush administrator official reveals J.K. Rowling did not receive the Presidential medal because the books promoted witchcraft. The poll is beginning now and the results are coming in.

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Andrew: I'm going to restart the Skype conversation, guys, so you can hopefully get this fixed. Matt, do you want to comment on these stories?

Matt: Well first of all, I thought when you said Jamie Waylett convicted of a cannabis possession, I thought you said Jamie Waylett converts to cannibalism at first.

Andrew: [laugh] No, I don't think he's eating his own yet.

[Matt laughs]

Andrew: So yes. The results are coming in.

Laura: Oh, wow. Sounds so much better now.

Andrew: It does? Well good.

Mikey: Yeah, it's clean.

Eric: Now, remember this is Most Shocking.

Matt: This is fun. It's like watching one of those carnival games with the horses.

Andrew: Okay...

Laura: I don't think the last one is very shocking.

Andrew: [laughs] Laura can't resist.

Laura: I'll shut up now.

Micah: Oh, you liberal.

Matt: Oh, you Democrat agenda.

Andrew: Okay, well the results are in, and the winner of the most shocking news story - [drum roll sounds] goes to - I almost had to stare at it for an extra second because the results are so close. Dan Radcliffe to appear naked in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

[Trumpets sound]

Matt: Really?

Andrew: Yeah, that received 36% of the vote.

Matt: This was shocking?

Andrew: Yes. Jamie Waylett convicted...

Eric: I don't think it was.

Matt: Yeah.

Andrew: ...of cannabis possession received 30% of the vote. Former Bush administrator blah, blah, blah received 25% of the vote, and J.K. Rowling getting a Twitter received 9% of the vote. Analysis, Micah Tannenbaum.

Micah: The cannabis... I think it was probably more shocking that he wasn't coming back for the final two films because of it than the fact that he got convicted of it.

Andrew: Right.

Micah: I still would expect that to be a lot higher.

Andrew: Eric, what'd you think?

Eric: Yeah.

Laura: Those pictures were pretty shocking.

Eric: It's roughly - what pictures? [laughs]

Laura: The pictures of him with his plant.

Eric: Are you joking? Were there pictures?

Laura: [laughs] Yes!

Eric: No!

Matt: Oh, I thought you were saying Daniel Radcliffe naked or something.

Laura: No.

Eric: No, it's roughly 30%. I mean...

Matt: Awkward silence.

Eric: Even the Bush administrator got 25% of the vote here. So I think that's pretty close. I mean, it's closer than it could be.

Matt: Mhm.

Eric: So, I don't know, just overall this was not as shocking - none of these stories are as shocking as Dumbledore being gay.

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: But some were close.

Andrew: Well, nothing...

[Laura laughs]

Eric: It didn't happen this year.

Andrew: Will anything ever be a more shocking story than Dumbledore being revealed as gay?

Matt: No.

Eric: No, in fact, I think that should have been a poll option even though it didn't happen this year.

[Andrew, Laura, and Matt laugh]

Eric: We should just have it run over...

Mikey: Wow.

Eric: It was that shocking that it could actually win a category that it doesn't even fit into.

Andrew: All right, well...

Eric: Oh, sorry, we spoiled people. People in the chat say that we spoiled them, that they didn't know Dumbledore was gay.

Matt: Oh God.

Andrew: Well, then you're severely behind in news.

Laura: Then why are you here?

Andrew: Yeah, exactly. Oh snap, Laura!

Eric: Yeah, we're reviewing news of 2009.

Mikey: Wow.

Matt: Oh man, Momma's going to crack the whip. [makes whipping noise]

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