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Biggest Impact on the Fandom in 2009


Andrew: Okay, well, it's time now for our next category, "Biggest Impact on the Fandom." The nominees: Warner Brothers announces an end date to the movie series. Deathly Hallows Part II will be in theaters July 15, 2011. Next story, the IMAX release of Harry Potter 6 is pushed back two weeks due to an existing agreement with IMAX to show Transformers. Fans everywhere were confused and angry that W.B. did not think before rescheduling the date. We discussed that on the show a lot, I remember.

Matt: Mhm.

Andrew: June 21, an acting troupe - next category - an acting troupe produces and releases a Harry Potter musical on YouTube. It goes viral for several months. It is removed citing infringement by Warner Brothers and is a huge hit with Harry Potter fans for its great music and funny dialogue. And the final nominee in the Biggest Impact Story on the Fandom for 2009, Azkatraz, a Harry Potter conference held by "Harry Potter Education Fanon," takes place in San Francisco, California. That night Wizard Rock bands play a concert on a four hour dinner cruise circling Azkatraz - Alcatraz Island. Or Az...

Eric: Alcatraz Island. Sorry.

Andrew: Yeah, somebody wrote Azkatraz Island.

[Mikey laughs]

Andrew: I was like, "What?"

Eric: That was me, my bad.

Andrew: Alright, well let's...

Eric: It was July 17th of this year.

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Andrew: All right, the poll is now open. Results are coming in by the second.

Matt: I'm going to vote myself.

Andrew: No, you can't vote! It's against the rules.

Matt: No, no, I'm doing it.

Micah: I've voted every poll so far.

Mikey: I've been voting, Andrew.

Andrew: Oh, well, then we have to...

Mikey: So am I. Come on, how do you think we got two percent for Warwick Davis? Come on.

Andrew: We have to...

Eric: Yeah, you were one of the five people.

Matt: He was the one vote.

[Andrew and Matt laugh]

Mikey: Hey!

Andrew: Mikey has like ten computers around him to make sure he gets his - to make sure he bumps up Warwick's category - nominee.

Mikey: Hey, I've also got my iPhone going. You know, I'm all over the place with Warwick Davis here.

Andrew: All right, the results are in. The winner of the "Biggest Impact on the Fandom!"

[Drum roll sounds]

Andrew: Warner Brothers announces the Deathly Hallows Part II release dates. I guess that makes sense.

Mikey: Wow.

Matt: I'm surprised it wasn't like, a landslide.

Laura: Yeah, it does.

Andrew: For what?

Matt: For all the voting.

Eric: Yeah.

Matt: I mean, really?

Eric: Really?

Matt: Oh, sorry.

Andrew: I thought that - I guess that makes sense. Honestly, I was sad when they released that date. I was like, "It's the end. It's the end of the world! It's the beginning of the end. What are we going to do?" What's everyone else think?

Matt: Well, I mean, I can't share my excitement that you did, but yeah, I believe I'm on your side.

Laura: I think it's bittersweet because of course we really do want to see the final movie, and it will be nice to sort of, have the whole thing wrapped up so we can kind of like, look back on it and reminisce, but at the same time, it does feel very, very soon. [laughs] So...

Andrew: You're right, which does make it very sad.

Eric: I looked at this news, and I said, "You know what? That's awesome because its two years ahead I don't need to worry about it." [laughs] Living life day to day, as one does, it's two years ahead.

Matt: I could just see you saying it Eric too. I could just see you looking at your email going, "You know what? That's great."

Andrew: [laughs] That's great news.

Matt: Just saying it out loud.

[Andrew and Laura laugh]

Eric: That's two years from now, you know? You don't need to worry about it.

Andrew: Good stuff. Okay, well it's time for our next category...

Mikey: I was excited.

Andrew: Mikey I didn't ask for your opinion.

Mikey: I know you didn't.

[Laura laughs]

Mikey: I was like, "Okay. I'll wait. I'll wait. I'll wait here. It's fine. Andrew doesn't like me today. That's fine."

Eric: Still waiting. Still waiting.

Mikey: I was just excited. I feel like Eric here, you know? I saw it, and we already went through the end of everything with the books and we realized it wasn't the end.

Andrew: Right.

Mikey: I'm just excited to see the movies and I know when they're all said and done, I think it will be like Laura said. We will reminisce. Again, bringing you back to my Star Wars and Warwick Davis here, I watch those movies all the time still, and I still watch them, and come on, I'm talking about it now. So I'm still going to reminisce about Harry Potter, even when it's all said and done.

Andrew: Of course! Well it's time now for our next category. Best...

Eric: Andrew, we should have guest presenters. We should have guest presenters.

Andrew: Like who?

Eric: We should invite people. Well, you know like real award shows have...

Matt: Warwick Davis!

Eric: ...Hollywood actors. Exactly! Warwick Davis should tweet the nominees of this weeks - of the next category.

Andrew: I'll tell you what...

Mikey: I'm doing an "at" tweet right now.



Best Returning Half-Blood Prince Actor


Andrew: Yeah, ask him right now. If you can get him to do it, I think we still have his Skype name from the interview that we did with him many years ago, so we can bring him in here. Anyway, our next category - these next few categories are Half-Blood Prince oriented because as everybody knows, Half-Blood Prince came out this year. So, we wanted to reflect on the movie as a whole, and we got some good general categories or, yeah, general categories. Yeah, so this first category is "Best Returning Half-Blood Prince Actor, Returning Half-Blood Prince Actor."

Matt: What's the logic in this?

Andrew: What do you mean?

Matt: "Returning Half-Blood Prince Actor." What is...

Andrew: As in "not new."

Matt: You mean someone who hasn't died yet?

Andrew: No, no, no. New, as in "not new." "Best Returning Half-Blood Prince Actor."

Matt: Okay.

Andrew: The nominees are: Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, and Tom Felton. Polls are now open. Ladies and gentlemen, please start voting.

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Mikey: Wait, wait. I missed this. What is this one? I'm sorry, I was tweeting Warwick Davis right now.

Andrew: "Best Returning Half-Blood Prince Actor."

Matt: "Best Not New Actor"

Eric: "Actors that You Enjoyed in Half-Blood Prince." Yeah, but who are from previous films.

Andrew: Exactly. We wanted to separate them because they've done six films now, for God's sake, with the exception of Michael Gambon. So, who's really the best? Who's really learned their role?

Mikey: Why is Michael...?

Andrew: What's that, Mikey?

Eric: Yeah! I highly disapprove of these results so far.

Mikey: You know how much I hate Michael Gambon, and it's not that I hate him, it's just he makes me sad.

["Jeopardy" countdown ends]

Matt: You just said hate.

[Drum roll sounds]

Andrew: So, nominees are in.

Mikey: I know, sorry.

Andrew: Winners are in. The winner is - oh man, this is close - Tom Felton with 235 votes, Alan Rickman coming in a very close second with 226. Only a ten vote difference there. Rupert Grint comes in with 167 votes, and Michael Gambon in last place with only 70 votes.

Matt: Huh.

Eric: I'm shocked. I am absolutely, utterly shocked. Like I don't like Michael Gambon's role in the Harry Potter series at all either, with the exception of Harry - with Half-Blood Prince. With Half-Blood Prince, that was what was most shocking about Movie 6 to me, was how well Michael Gambon did. So, I am surprised that he did not win over more...

Matt: Well...

Eric: ...of our MuggleCast listeners than I thought, than - you know, because he's the last - least voted for.

Matt: Well, you know what, Eric? You and I can vote for Michael Gambon being the best improved out of the franchise.

Mikey: All right...

Eric: Most improved?

Matt: Yeah.

Mikey: ...he is the best improved. I will say he is the most improved. He gets that little star. He is the most improved...

Matt: [as Mikey] But I hate him.

Mikey: ...out of the franchise. No, no, no. I was going to say, both Alan...

Laura: I don't know. I thought Tom Felton improved a lot.

Mikey: Oh no, he did, and I was going to say, that's actually who I was thinking it was.

Laura: I see why Tom won the poll.

Mikey: Yeah, Tom and Alan Rickman both did an amazing job in this film. That's just me.

Andrew: Micah, what do you think?

Matt: Michael?

Micah: I think that since Tom Felton won this award and the Twitter award, that people should tweet Tom Felton that he just won this award.

Andrew: There you go. Yeah, he tweets about winning other awards.

Laura: There you go, yeah.

Matt: Say, "You're welcome."

Andrew: Laura, you never revealed who the one person you follow is.

Eric: Yeah.

Andrew: Who was that?

Laura: Oh right. J.K. Rowling.

Andrew: Oh. Well, I've got to say here's the other thing about Tom. He was hot this year. We discussed MuggleCast - we've discussed this on MuggleCast before, he was very attractive this year. No. That's not what I meant.

Matt: His abs were amazing.

Laura: Sure.

Andrew: What I meant was Half Blood Prince - Warner Brothers was really pushing him on the Half Blood Prince promo campaign. I mean, he was all over America doing interviews.

Laura: Yeah.

Andrew: When the DVD came out he was doing it again. They were really pushing him this film.

Eric: And the film itself, you know, really made time for him. He's the villain; he's the one who has to kill Dumbledore. But, you know, the way the film was made really focused on Tom Felton skulking around Hogwarts and kind of paid more attention to his character then as in previous instalments.

Andrew: Right.

Eric: Installments.

Matt: Installments.



Best Returning Half-Blood Prince Actress


Andrew: Okay it's time now for our next category: "Best Returning Half Blood Prince Actress."

Matt: Oh.

Andrew: And we have some great nominees here. They are Bonnie Wright who plays Ginny Weasley, Maggie Smith who plays Professor McGonagall, Emma Watson who plays Hermione Granger, and Helena Bonham Carter who plays Bellatrix Lestrange. Starting the poll now, and here we go.

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Matt: Hm. Tom Felton's not part of the list?

Andrew: No, Tom Felton did not make this list.

[Laura laughs]

Mikey: I vote for Tom Felton.

Laura: He'll win, don't worry.

Andrew: Yeah, it's a shame we can't have a write-in box. Laura I would nominate you for this category. I would vote for you if you were an actress.

Laura: Oh, thank you!

Andrew: You're welcome.

Laura: I know, I think I really...

Mikey: Again, the person I vote for is last.

Matt: Oh I'm winning! Go! Go! Go!

[Everyone laughs]

Mikey: I'm losing, again.

Andrew: All right. The winner is...

Mikey: Always. Always.

Andrew: Oh wait I need a drum roll. The winner is...

Mikey: Oh wait, actually I'm not last!

[Drum roll sounds]

Matt: My wife!

Andrew: Helena Bonham Carter with 43% of the vote.

Laura: Woo!

Andrew: Emma Watson coming in second, I guess that's pretty surprising, with thirty two percent of the vote.

Matt: [as Emma] "What?"

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: [laughs] Maggie Smith comes in with twelve percent, and Bonnie Wright comes in with eleven percent. So interesting results there. Helena's great, I mean you can't argue with that.

Matt: Oh man.

Eric: Oh, Maggie Smith's birthday was just the other day. Yeah Maggie Smith and Bonnie Wright were kind of neck and neck in this poll, and I just wanted to say that that's awesome. But it also shows how many people didn't really like Ginny in this film.

Andrew: Yeah. Well, I've never really been impressed with her.

Matt: Who?

Andrew: Ginny. Bonnie.

Matt: Oh, yeah.

Laura: I mean, she was okay. But I just - I found her to be kind of flat, in terms of her acting.

Mikey: Yeah. And she's - just like in Goblet of Fire like her one thing when she comes up to Harry sitting down and stuff like that. Like that's as much as I see her in any of them, even though she was featured more in this movie. I don't know. Bonnie Wright really just hasn't brought the essence of Ginny to me, at all.

Matt: Yeah...

Andrew: And when you watch her in interviews, she's just sort of like [snores]. It's just a bore. I'm sorry, Bonnie.

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: [sighs] Anyway...

Mikey: I was disappointed Maggie Smith didn't get as many.

Matt: Yeah, well she wasn't really in the film as much though. I think that's the main reason why she didn't have so many votes.

Mikey: Yeah.



Best New Potter Actor


Andrew: Okay, well it's time now for our next category: "Best New Potter Actor." And the nominees are: Jim Broadbent for his portrayal as Horace Slughorn. I wish we had a giant audience applauding for each nominee. You know how at the Oscars, it's like "Jim Broadbent, Horace Slughorn."

[Mikey screams and claps]

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: Jessie Cave, Lavender Brown.

[Mikey claps]

Andrew: Oh my God! Helen McCrory, Narcissa Malfoy.

Matt: Boo...

[Andrew and Laura laugh]

Andrew: Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, young Tom Riddle. Okay. So I'm going to start the poll and here we go.

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Andrew: By the way, while the results are coming in, we also have to give a few honorable mentions because there was a few great new actors. David Legeno - Legano - Legeno - something like that, who played Fenrir Greyback. Freddie Stroma...

Laura: He was really great at snarling.

Andrew: Yes, he was. But he was also looked...

Eric: Yes.

Andrew: Freddie Stroma as Cormac McLaggen, and Elarica Gallacher as the waitress. [laughs]

Mikey: Freddie Stroma was not my Cormac McLaggen, at least not in my head, but man, he came across as annoying as Cormac McLaggen was supposed to be.

Andrew: Yeah.

Mikey: He did a great job.

Andrew: Laura, your analysis on this?

Laura: Yeah. I have to say that I agree with Mikey on that. I mean, when I read Cormac in the books, I sort of read him as kind of an unattractive, kind of dense sort of guy...

Mikey: Kind of squat.

Laura: Yeah. I really enjoyed the way that Freddie Stroma played him in the film.

Andrew: Mmm. Okay. Well, the results are in, and the winner is...

[Drum roll sounds]

Andrew: Jim Broadbent with forty one percent of the vote.

Eric: Woo!

Matt: Yeah.

Andrew: I agree with that.

Matt: I agree.

Laura: I agree totally.

Andrew: Yeah. He looked great. He played the role great. No doubt about that.

Matt: He was great.

Eric: And people weren't expecting it, were they? Or was I?

Andrew: What do you mean?

Eric: I don't think I was. Well, just Jim Broadbent, we had no - he didn't have the moustache walrus look in the book, so we didn't know what to expect until after we started seeing him in trailers, etc. And it turns out he's awesome in the movie.

Andrew: Yeah. Yeah, he was good. Yep. Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, I mean, he didn't have - it's hard to say, he was really disturbing.

Eric: Impact.

Andrew: Hmm?

Eric: Impact.

Andrew: What do you mean?

Eric: And he's got second place.

Andrew: Right.

Eric: Hero Fiennes-Tiffin had a big impact. Not that big of a scene in the movie, but people gave him this second place award here.

Andrew: Yeah. You just look at him and you go, "Oh..."

Matt: You know, I think...

Laura: He was creepy.

Mikey: Evil!

Matt: Every single one of these actresses - or actors did a really good job. I mean, because...

Laura: I agree.

Eric: Oh yeah.

Matt: Helen McCrory got only four percent of the votes, but she still did an amazing job playing Mrs. Malfoy.

Andrew: Yeah.

Laura: Well, she was in it for like two seconds.

Matt: But those two seconds...

Laura: But...

Matt: Were awesome.

[Mikey laughs]

Laura: Were the best two seconds of your life!

Mikey: Wow.

Laura: Yeah, I have to say, you know, Jessie Cave - I think she deserves some kudos too. Because she was awesome.

Andrew: Oh yeah.

Matt: Oh yeah.

Matt and Andrew: She was hilarious.

Andrew: Oh my God, Matt! Oh my God!

Matt: Like, O-M-G!

Eric: She was so close to being second place, it was a very close percentage. We didn't read the percentages on this one, but she came very close.

Andrew: Yeah.

Eric: It was within ten votes.



Best Half-Blood Prince Scene


Andrew: Okay, time now for the next category - Best Half-Blood Prince Scene. The nominees are: The Burrow attack...

[Someone applauds]

Andrew: Dumbledore's death; Ron's friends visit him in the hospital, where, as Laura just mentioned, Jessie Cave shined; and Slughorn's ditter - Dinner. [laughs] Poll is now open for everybody to vote.

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Mikey: You know, I was surprised there was no clapping after "Dumbledore's Death," you know, we just missed it...

[Laura laughs]

Mikey: I was like, there was clapping after, you know, "Burrow Attack," and then I was like, uh oh, is anyone going to clap after "Dumbledore's Death"? Because it's sad.

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: No, no clapping. Just tears. Silent tears.

Mikey: That's why we were all - it was all silent. It was just like, aw.

Laura: Andrew clapped in theaters, though.

Andrew: I did not clap in theaters!

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: But, I was laughing, because I was sitting next to Laura when she was watching it for the first time, and... [laughs]

Eric: Oh no...

Andrew: You and Elysa were just bawling, weren't you!

Laura: I wasn't bawling, Elysa was!

Eric: We have a tie, Andrew.

Andrew: Do we? No, we don't have a tie. Well, close.

Eric: We have a tie. Yes, it's within one vote, it's definitely a tie.

Andrew: Yeah. Okay, yeah, this is very close. It's not going to change. Number one is "Ron's friends visit him in the hospital." Sorry, I forgot to drum roll this time.

Laura: Really?

Andrew: But coming in at a very close second is "Dumbledore's Death." There's only a difference of about ten votes at this very moment.

Matt: Oh, wow.

Andrew: Interesting stuff.

Matt: Well, that scene in the hospital is probably one of the funniest scenes in the entire film.

Andrew: Yeah.

Matt: I think Michael Gambon's part made it the funniest for me.

Eric: Yeah. Definitely the adults. The way the adults...

Matt: Just stand there.

Eric: You know, through that. They're just quiet the whole time, and you're aware of them being there, and then...

Andrew: Exactly. I...

Eric: They just watch. Yeah. Sorry, go ahead.

Andrew: As I think I said on an old episode of MuggleCast, it's so funny watching these big-time actors in this scene, and they just have to watch this teenage nonsense. It's just hilarious.

Matt: Mhm. I'm surprised you didn't put the Felix Felicis scene in here.

Andrew: The Felix Felicis scene? Oh.

Matt: Yeah, with him and Slughorn.

Andrew: Yeah, that was good.

Eric: We completely forgot that scene.

Laura: Yeah, I was surprised The Cave wasn't in here, either.

Andrew: Guys, we...

Matt: Yeah, I'm sur - oh, sorry.

Andrew: We can only put in four, so we had to narrow it down.

Eric: But did you expect the "Burrow Attack" to win best Half-Blood Prince scene?

Andrew: No.

Eric: You should...

Andrew: I guess not.

Eric: You should apologize now. There was no purpose.

Andrew: I blame Micah for that one. Micah, any rebuttal?

[Mikey laughs]

Micah: What? You put it in there.

[Laura and Matt laugh]

Andrew: I didn't put the Burrow attack in.

Micah: Maybe as best pyro Half-Blood Prince scene after Hagrid's hut.

Eric: It had the most fire. But even the cave beats that out.

Andrew: You know what that wins? That wins most over-hyped scene. And we'll have...

Laura: Yes. [laughs]

Andrew: ...that category next year. Everyone was like, "Oh my God, this new scene is going to be in Half-Blood Prince." And it was...

Matt: That was you, Andrew.

Andrew: ...the worst thing I've ever seen.

Matt: You were saying that. "Oh my God, this new scene!"

[Eric and Laura laugh]

Andrew: No, but the press were doing that, too.

Mikey: I was excited. I was excited for it.

Matt: Yeah.

Mikey: And then I was let down, just a bit.

Matt: Oh, well I stand corrected.

Andrew: The press were like, "There's this new scene that J.K. Rowling did not write." And at the time it was interesting, because it was the first time that it was happening, that they were adding a scene. And it looked cool in pictures, and then you see it. I just didn't think it was that well done.

Matt: Yeah.

Andrew: I don't know. I don't know, guys. I'm so confused. But anyway...

Eric: That poor old BobFails.

Andrew: ...it's time for our next category. This is our final Half-Blood Prince category, and then we're going to have the second annual J.K. Rowling award, okay? And last year, we remember, that went to J.K. Rowling, so I'm very excited to see who it goes to this year.

[Matt laughs]

Andrew: Much has changed in the Harry Potter fandom over the past year, so who knows who will win.

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: So the nominees for...

[Mikey laughs]

Andrew: ...this final Half-Blood Prince category, like I said, best Half-Blood Prince scene - or maybe I didn't say that, I don't know. There's a lot going on in my head right now.

Eric: We just did that.

Matt: We just did that one.

Laura: We just did that.

Andrew: Oh. So we're done?

Mikey: Andrew, you screwed that up.

Andrew: Oh, okay, we're done. Sorry! [laughs]

Mikey: Remember it was Ron's friends visit him in the hospital?

Matt: We just have the J.K. Rowling award.

Eric: Well you omitted it. You omitted a challenge for one of these things.

Laura: I thought I was having some serious d'ˆj‡ vu there for a second.

Andrew: I guess I just suffered from some serious - I don't know.

Matt: Memory failure.

Micah: Brain fart.

Andrew: Yeah.

Mikey: BobFail.

Andrew: Yeah. All right.

Matt: Oh God, Mikey.

Andrew: Yeah, I just had a BobFail. [laughs]

Mikey: There you go.

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: We're going to start - that's going to be - we're going to sell that on a shirt. We're going to make that big. All right...

Eric: You're the guy who might - people are asking who Bob is. Latecomers to the show, Bob is the man that Micah reamed...

[Mikey laughs]

Eric: ...for stating the facts incorrectly...

[Laura laughs]

Eric: ...in print, at the beginning of this episode.

Laura: Micah reams people.

Andrew: Okay...

Mikey: Is he from...

Andrew: ...well now that I have...

Mikey: USA Today, right?

Andrew: Yeah

Matt: Is that who he's for?

Mikey: Yeah. BobFail from USA Today.

Matt: Huh.



The J.K. Rowling Award for 2009


Andrew: Now that I have my head on straight, it's time for the final category - [laughs] - which is the J.K. Rowling award. And like I said, last year the award went to J.K. Rowling, so it's very exciting to see who it goes to this year. We'll start the voting now.

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Andrew: The nominees are: J.K. Rowling...

Matt: Oh. [laughs]

Andrew: ...J.K. Rowling...

Laura: And Tom Felton.

[Andrew and Mikey laugh]

Andrew: ...J.K. Rowling, and J.K. Rowling. All four categories are J.K. Rowling, because, after all, it is the J.K. Rowling award. Very close results, it's looking like right now.

Matt: [laughs] It's all even.

[Laura laughs]

Eric: It's neck and neck.

Mikey: Except the bottom one. The bottom one's like way behind. 63, 64.

Matt: All right. And the lead is J.K. Rowling, followed by J.K. Rowling. Next is J.K. - oh here comes J.K Rowling coming up to second place.

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: Yeah, J.K Rowling number four is failing very - J.K Rowling number four is suffering from what we like to call a BobFail.

Mikey: You know, that's also the one I voted for, so it makes sense, you know? [laughs]

Andrew: All right, the winner is in. The winner of the J.K. Rowling Award goes to J.K. Rowling number two. [laughs] Congratulations, J.K Rowling.

Eric: Yes.

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: J.K. Rowling, would you like to make a speech?

Eric: That's the one you said was...

Andrew: No, okay, maybe next year. What'd you say, Eric?

Eric: Number two was the one that Laura said also was Tom Felton.



Best Moments in MuggleCast History: Mary GrandPre


Andrew: Okay, well that does it for the Second Annual MuggleCasties Awards. That was fun. That was a good way of looking back at the top stories of the year. We're actually going to have one more poll thing, but first we're going to look at another "Best of MuggleCast" moment. This next one is from Episode 172 where we interviewed Mary GrandPre. Of course, as everyone knows, she's the illustrator of the Harry Potter books in the United States. And here's that clip now... [time-travelling noises]

[Andrew plays a clip from Episode 172. To view the transcript for this interview, click here.]

[Andrew stops the clip]

Andrew: Sorry, I trimmed this clip wrong. The question I was asking was, "What was the most challenging? Was there any challenges that you encountered?"

[Andrew starts the clip again]

Andrew: And there you go, well, she goes on and on...

Matt: Yeah, she really does.

Andrew: ...but it was a very good interview, and we did learn a lot from her, and thanks again to Mary GrandPre for coming on the show.

Micah: Yeah.

Matt: Yay.

Andrew: Anything to say about that, Micah?

Micah: No, I thought it was cool how she didn't go see the movies because she didn't want them influencing the characters that she had to draw.

Andrew: Yeah, exactly. Any of the laser beam stuff or whatever she said.

[Everybody laughs]

Eric: Laser beams? That's very cool.

Andrew: Yeah. Okay, so...

Eric: She was right, though. But, it took a while to get to that answer.



Top Seven Stories of 2009


Andrew: Now it's time for - we're going to look at the top seven stories of the year and sort of order them. What we're going to do - we have already ordered stories seven through five but we're going to let the listeners, listening right now on Ustream, vote to decide how the top four stories rank.



Number 7: Ultimate Edition DVDs


Andrew: So, we'll start with story number seven in our opinion. Warner Brothers releases the Ultimate Edition DVDs for Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets, providing hours of never-before-seen material. Have any of you guys gotten any of these DVDs yet?

Eric: No.

Mikey: I got the Blu-ray versions for Christmas.

Micah: No.

Mikey: I'm very, very excited.

Andrew: Oh, you haven't watched them yet, Mikey?

Eric: That'­s very cool.

Mikey: Yeah, I got them - well I thumbed through the book, I haven't had time to watch them. I actually just got them today because it missed Christmas.

Andrew: Oh, okay.

Mikey: But I opened them up, looked through the books that come with it, and I am thoroughly impressed! I am so excited.

Andrew: Yeah.

Mikey: So much so that I feel bad that I bought Half-Blood Prince already, the three-disc one, because I really want to get all of them in a - you know - Ultimate Edition.

Eric: As excited as you are, you cannot prepare yourself for the awesomeness of those DVDs.

Mikey: I really can't! I know I can't. I'm so excited. I saw it today and I was like, "Oh my God, oh my God!", and I kind of didn't want to come on the show because I wanted to watch them but then I said, you know what, I have to come on the show and talk about how awesome these DVDs look. Did you see that they have the little insert - has actually the picture of all eight of the DVD Ultimate Collector's - the colors of them and everything?

Andrew: Yeah! Yeah, that's really cool! I mean, it's just going to be really exciting to have these all on your shelf, just all complete. Here are the movies, here are the past ten years of my life sitting on a shelf.

Eric: Yeah.

Mikey: It's going to take up a whole shelf! They're wide discs, they're wide boxes.

[Andrew and Eric laugh]

Mikey: It's like an inch and half thick! I am super excited!

Matt: You're going to need a bigger shelf.

Mikey: Exactly.

[Eric laughs]

Mikey: One thing I will say is the Ultimate Editions - you want to make sure you buy them sooner rather than later because the digital copy is only good until the end of 2010.

Andrew: That's right.

Eric: Oh digital copy!

Matt: You got a full year.

Mikey: I know, yeah I know, but still. It's one of those things where you're not going to get the full Ultimate Edition experience.

Eric: Experience.

[Matt laughs]

Mikey: Not being able to take it with you in your iPod and your Zune and everything else because that's part of the Ultimate Edition.



Number 6: Harry Potter Exhibition


Andrew: Again, we are looking at the top seven stories of the year right now. Story number six is the Harry Potter Exhibition. To the delight of fans everywhere, Harry Potter: the Exhibition debuted in Chicago, giving them - giving the fans - the unique opportunity to experience the movies firsthand. It then moved onto Boston, and its next stop will be Canada in Toronto. Eric, I know you've been there. I think you're the only one in our little posse here that's been there.

Eric: I've been there three times.

Andrew: Ah, show off! Tell us about it.

[Eric laughs]

Eric: It was cool! Seriously, one of the most exciting parts of the Harry Potter tour exhibition was actually the end. They had positioned the Bloody Baron costume.

Andrew: Oh.

Eric: If you can imagine that far back, way back in Sorcerer's Stone for that little scene where he's flying across the Slytherin table in the Great Hall. The outfit for that - and pretty much the whole exhibition went like this: it was a showcase of the craftiness and immense detail that went into these movies, and of course there were interactive games like the Quaffle toss and things like that, which are still touring, and I won't say too much about it - you know, we did a report...

Andrew: Yeah.

Eric: ...but it was awesome. It was just really awesome to see these items that were in the films, you know, set up somewhere set up from the films, not seeing them on screen, and my God. The costumes from - Prisoner of Azkaban were so small.

Andrew: Aw.

Eric: The trio was ridiculously small.

Andrew: Yeah. Overall...

Eric: Yeah, so it was really cool.



Number 5: Half-Blood Prince Trailers


Andrew: I - really great idea for Warner Brothers to do, and it will be moving into Toronto next year and who knows where it will move on to next year. Number five in our list of the top seven stories of the year, the Half-Blood Prince trailers. All 450 million of them, as Micah writes in our Google Doc. There were a lot of Half-Blood Prince trailers, and I think the best one was the one that we put in the award show. Half-Blood Prince - excuse me - Half-Blood Prince trailer number four, just really good stuff, and the reason why it's in this list is because - the fandom, you know, whenever a new trailer goes out, the fandom just goes crazy. Everybody's really excited by the trailers because there's suddenly all this new material. So what else? Anyone have anything else to say about the trailers? All our live shows...

Laura: Now, I can't remember...

Andrew: Hm?

Laura: I can't remember if this was the fourth trailer, but the one that wasn't completely finished, but the one with McGonagall'­s lightning bolt aimed at the sky.

Andrew: That one.

Laura: Do you guys remember talking about that?

Andrew: That wasn't the fourth one; that was the one that leaked.

Eric: The fire - that was the fire trailer, I believe.

[Eric laughs]

Laura: Yeah. Okay.

Matt: Yeah, it was the fire-themed trailer, when everything was on fire.

Andrew: Yeah, that was the one that leaked. According to Warner Brothers - it leaked in Japan - according to Warner Brothers, it wasn't finished, so that effect when the wand goes off - and every time I see that scene in the movie now, I think of that corny little...

Laura: [laughs] Me too!

Andrew: ...like lightning - Windows Movie Maker lightning bolt they inserted on the thing.

[Andrew and Eric laugh]

Andrew: Yeah, it's very funny. Hopefully no more of that nonsense with the next film, with the trailers. Okay. Story number four. Here's how it's going to work now...

Micah: No.

Andrew: What? Oh, you're correcting it...

Micah: No, I was trying to stop you from saying what story number four was.

Andrew: Okay, so here's what's going to happen - and Micah you can read the nominees while I'm creating this poll. To select the final four stories, you know, ordered from least to best, the best stories - I'm wording this terribly - we're going to let everybody on Ustream right now vote. And Micah, why don't you read each of those stories and the poll will begin once you finish.

Micah: All right, so these are in no particular order, but the four stories are: In one of the most debated topics of the year, Half-Blood Prince receives a PG rating; Universal Studios Orlando announces the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open in the spring of 2010 and releases concept art of three park rides and various other stores and shops. With the release of the Half-Blood Prince DVD, we get our first glimpse at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; and the final one that you can vote on is after waiting an additional eight months, Half-Blood Prince is released worldwide. It makes $58.4 million in the first twenty-four hours and finishes as the number eight highest grossing film of all time.

Eric: Wow.

Andrew: So there we go, and how - how this is going to work is, we're going to order the stories based on how many each story gets. So the story that receives the most votes will be deemed the top story of 2010 - or 2009, so on and so on. Voting is now open. I'm excited for this. Let's get the music up, here we go.

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Andrew: You know - oh boy, results are coming in. It seems to be almost unanimous at the - unanimous...

Matt: [Pretends to stumble over word "unanimous"]

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: Nomi-nomi-nomony...

Mikey: You know, I'm surprised that the Deathly Hallows trailer is like, in the end.

Andrew: It's not even in here.

Mikey: Well, no it is - Half-Blood Prince DVD release with the Half-Blood Prince trailer.

Andrew: Oh right, right.

Mikey: Or not the Half-Blood Prince, the Deathly Hallows trailer.

Andrew: Right.

Mikey: And that's like losing, by a lot. I was excited about that!

[Everyone laughs]

["Jeopardy" countdown stops]

Mikey: Again, I picked another losing one!

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: Mikey, you're just a loser, what can I tell you?

[Matt laughs]

Mikey: Aw.

Matt: I think they're doing this on purpose to you, Mikey.

Andrew: Okay.

Laura: That was Warwick Davis's favorite, though.

Andrew: Yeah, he voted with you.

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: Okay, the stories - or the results are in.

[Drum roll sounds]

Andrew: And the top story of - oh wait, how should I do this? Should we go four to one? I guess we have to.

Mikey: No, start from...

Eric: Four to one?

Mikey: Four to one.

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