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Third Annual MuggleCasties: Most Shocking News Story

Andrew: I'll send him a sticker. Okay, so our next category is "Most Shocking News Story." This is my favorite category, especially this year. We have some great stories. First one: the Mayor of London saying a theme park shouldn't be built in Orlando. If everyone remembers, I think he wrote an op-ed in The Times over the summer and he was saying that he was furious [laughs] how the theme park...

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: ...was opening up in Orlando when London doesn't even have one yet. So, that's our...

Micah: Didn't he say you're more likely to get shot in Orlando than in London?

Andrew: Yes! [laughs]

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: I think in the headline, I wrote, "Cites getting shot..." [laughs]

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: "...more likely." Okay, so that's our first contender. Second contender: MuggleCast - oh, come on! Who put this in here?

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: What...

Eric: You've got to go with it.

Andrew: No! No! I do not...

Eric: We didn't even mention this on the show!

Andrew: My story...

Eric: We didn't even mention this on the show. This is the show that we have to mention this on!

Matt: This is a - no, this is big. This is big, Andrew.

Andrew: Okay, well then, I need to get the Bieber story in here. This can't be replaced.

Eric: Oh, it's replacing The Biebs, Andrew!

Andrew: No.

Eric: I'm sorry.

Andrew: No.

Matt: No.

Eric: There can only be four, it needs to replace the...

Andrew: Do you know how many comments we got on that? On the thing? Okay, I - okay, so second story - because Eric replaced it without telling us. Thanks Eric! - [laughs] MuggleCast not nominated for a 2010 Podcast Award. We got snubbed.

[Matt laughs]

Andrew: Third - sorry, I'm typing these into the poll as we go. Third: Emma Watson cuts hair following Deathly Hallows wrapping. Everybody knows she now has a new haircut.

Eric: It's pretty shocking.

Andrew: And...

Jamie: It looks weird! [laughs]

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: Finally...

Micah: Oh, welcome back, Jamie!

Matt: [laughs] That's a nice little return.

Jamie: Oh, yeah. Sorry, sorry, my phone went. I had to go and pick up my phone.

Andrew: That's all right.

Jamie: Yeah.

Andrew: And fourth, Dan Radcliffe thinks Bieber is a girl. And we're going to start the poll now. See how...

[Trumpet sound plays]

Andrew: Oh.

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Andrew: See how people...

Micah: Who won?

Andrew: [laughs] Sorry, I got a little happy.

Matt: Come on, Bieber!

Andrew: Anyway, the results are tight. Emma Watson cutting hair seems to be taking an early lead. Honorable mention goes to John Williams not returning for Film 8. That's obviously a bit of a disappointment, but it's...

Matt: Yeah, that's the most depressing story.

Eric: Oh, come on, MuggleCast! Beat Bieber, beat Bieber, beat Bieber, beat Bieber! Come on, come on, come on, come on, come on, come on!

Andrew: As David Yates said at the premiere, their schedules just did not align.

[Music ends]

Andrew: David Yates would have had to give John Williams the film too early. Anyway, the winners are now in for the winner of "Most Shocking News Story." And the MuggleCastie goes to...

[Drum roll plays]

Andrew: ...Emma Watson cuts hair following movie wrap!

[Trumpet sound plays]

Matt: Whoo!

Andrew: Emma Watson, I've got to say, she looks beautiful with her new hairstyle.

Eric: Yeah.

Andrew: That won with...

Eric: Ha!

Andrew: ...40% of the vote. With 27% of the vote, [laughs] MuggleCast not nominated for 2010 Podcast Award.

Eric: Thank you.

Andrew: With 26%, Dan Radcliffe thinks Justin Bieber is a girl. And only 5% thought the Mayor of London story was shocking. I found the Bieber story to be most shocking because...

Matt: Yeah...

Jamie: I agree. I agree.

Matt: ...I thought it was, too. I thought that was the most controversial.

Jamie: It is controversial...

Eric: Is he being serious?

Jamie: ...isn't it, in saying that?

Matt: Yeah. Emma Watson cutting her hair, it's something that grows back.

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: Which everyone does as well! [laughs]

Matt: [laughs] Doesn't everyone...

Eric: In, like, ten years!

Matt: ...eventually cut their hair?

Andrew: But her hair was so radically short. I mean, she looks like a...

Eric: Yeah.

Andrew: ...pixie.

Jamie: It does look weird. I think it looks weird. I know some people like it, but I don't know. I don't know. I do think it looks a bit funny.

Matt: You don't have to date her, Jamie. Geez.

[Jamie and Micah laugh]

Eric: You could attend Brown University, though...

Matt: Thank God you're not her boyfriend! [laughs]

Eric: ...and you could tell her in person.

Jamie: What was that ten points to Gryffindor thing? I read that it wasn't true somewhere.

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: Oh, I don't know.

Jamie: That's such a shame.

Matt: That was hilarious.

Eric: I don't know.

Andrew: We don't know if that's true. Rumor has it that...

Jamie: No, no, no, she had an interview and she said it wasn't true. But she could just be saying that because it's so damn funny. [laughs]

Andrew: Oh.

[Eric and Matt laugh]

Andrew: Well, somebody is going to do it now, now that the story has gone out. [laughs]

Jamie: Yeah, someone will now.

Third Annual MuggleCasties: Best Returning Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Actor

Andrew: All right, our next category: Best Returning Actor in Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

Eric: Returning.

Matt: Wait, when you say "returning," does this mean an actor who was not...

Andrew: Who has been...

Matt: ...on prior to the film?

Andrew: No...

Matt: Well, then...

Andrew: ...who has been in...

Matt: ...that doesn't make sense.

Andrew: "Returning" meaning coming back for another film, who has been in it before or before who has been in them all before. Best actor! So, the nominees are: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes and Tom Felton.

Matt: Aww, you should have had Dobby in this.

Andrew: Start the poll now.

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Jamie: But he's not an actor, is he? He's a tennis ball on a stick.

[Eric and Micah laugh]

Matt: He had the best acting in the entire film.

Andrew: These are people who have been in every film, with the exception of Ralph Fiennes.

Matt: Oh, okay.

Andrew: He's in almost all of them.

Matt: I didn't read the fine print.

Andrew: Surprisingly, Rupert Grint seems to be taking an early lead with 56% of the vote. Everyone else is sort of lagging.

Eric: Man.

Andrew: I mean...

Micah: Wow, I'm surprised. I picked Ralph Fiennes, I thought his job as Voldemort in this film was really good.

[Music ends]

Andrew: Well, the results are now in. The winner of the best - of the MuggleCastie for the "Best Returning Actor" is...

[Drum roll plays]

Andrew: ...Rupert Grint!

Matt: Yay!

Eric: Woo!

Andrew: That drum roll was, like, a second too long. [laughs]

Matt: I think this is good, accurate voting.

Eric: I really don't think so.

Matt: I thought...

Eric: Everybody snubs Dan. What the hell? Okay, is it that Harry is your character reading the book? He's your - in person, you're in his head, and is that why nobody likes Dan?

Matt: No, it's not...

Jamie: You can't say that no one likes him.

Matt: No, it's not that no one likes Dan, it's just that Dan wasn't the best actor in the film.

Eric: Well, I mean, he got the least votes is what I'm saying...

Matt: Well...

Eric: ...on this poll...

Matt: Maybe everyone is just...

Eric: ...and I'm tired of that!

Matt: Well, I think the main reason why Ron won was because he was the stand-out actor, I think. I think he stood out more than he's done in the other films and that he had the biggest improvement. Also...

Eric: But that Tom Felton and Ralph Fiennes and Rupert Grint stood out more?

Matt: Well, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes and Rupert - yeah, Tom Felton and Ralph Fiennes all had maybe a collective five minutes in the film.

Eric: Mhm.

Third Annual MuggleCasties: Best Returning Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Actress

Andrew: Hmm. Okay. You know what, I agree with the voting. I thought Rupert Grint was great in this film and really a lot better, sort of unexpected, in terms of his performance, it exceeded my expectations. Sorry. Next category: Best Returning Deathly Hallows Actress. The nominees are: Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Imelda Staunton and Bonnie Wright. Start the polling now...

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Andrew: ...and the votes are coming in by the second.

Jamie: [imitates the "Jeopardy" countdown] This music...

Eric: Ooh.

Jamie: ...makes you sleep.

Matt: Hmm.

Jamie: It's like being hypnotized.

Andrew: [laughs] This song will be running through everyone's head all day, I'm sure...

[Matt imitates the "Jeopardy" countdown]

Andrew: ...after hearing it...

Jamie: Yeah.

Andrew: ...eight times.

Matt: Oh, we're going to hear this nine times?

Andrew: I'm sorry. Emma Watson seems to be taking the lead, 55% of the vote, but closely followed by Helena Bonham Carter with 36%. [laughs] Bonnie Wright...

Matt: [laughs] Guys...

Andrew: ...has a disappointing 2%.

[Music ends]

Matt: [laughs] Ten votes!

Jamie: [laughs] Yeah, that's not amazing, is it?

Andrew: No.

Jamie: I bet that's her.

Andrew: The winner of the MuggleCastie is...

[Drum roll plays]

Andrew: ...Emma Watson!

Matt: Yay!

Micah: Tweet her!

[Trumpet sound plays]

Matt: What do you think was her...

Andrew: [laughs] Tweet her.

Jamie: [laughs] Tweet her.

Matt: What do you think was her most notable scene, Emma Watson?

Andrew: I loved...

Jamie: Oh, the first scene! The first scene, the one when she's...

Micah: Yeah.

Jamie: ...erasing all her photos, it was such good filmmaking! It was a great choice to start that.

Matt: Oh, it's the best opening ever.

Jamie: It was so cool.

Andrew: I have to also say when Hermione is asking Harry for her wand back. She's, like, "Harry, where's my wand?" after Ron returns. "Where's my wand? Where's my wand?" [laughs] I thought that was really funny.

Matt: I liked when she had the Rita Skeeter book in her hand talking about her parents, in the forest.

Andrew: If everybody could please notify Emma Watson via Twitter - her Twitter handle is "EmWatson."

Matt: Mhm.

Andrew: So, E-M-Watson - that she won [laughs] a MuggleCastie award for "Best Returning Actress."

Jamie: [laughs] Yeah, but she also won the hair one. They're going to be, "We think your hair..."

Matt: Best hair.

Jamie: " the weirdest story!" [laughs]

Andrew: Oh yeah!

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: Tell her she also won for "Best Shocking News Story" and her stickers are in the mail.

Matt: [laughs] Her stickers.

Andrew: Or will be in the mail by the end of the day.

Matt: Are we sending them pickles?

Andrew: Yes...

[Jamie laughs]

Andrew: also get a commemorative pickle. [laughs]

Jamie: [laughs] A commemorative pickle!

[Everyone laughs]

Jamie: With a smiley face on it. How about we give her an exclusive membership to Pickle Pack?

[Everyone laughs]

Jamie: So we can re-open it. We can re-open it for her!

Andrew: Today's winners will receive prizes from Pickle Pack. Okay, great ideas. We have some great ideas. No, but seriously, let her know on Twitter. Maybe she will respond, maybe she will be, like, "Oh, thanks!" [laughs]

[Matt laughs]

Andrew: Okay...

Jamie: It will be like the Oscar that never was. [laughs]

Andrew: I mean, I figure if they get enough tweets - I'm going to do it once the show is over, I'm going to let them know, too, via Twitter. If they get enough tweets they will think it's something really big, [laughs] so they will have to respond!

Matt: Yeah...

Jamie: [laughs] Yeah!

Matt: ...if we get it trending...

Jamie: Yeah, if we get it trending!

[Everyone laughs]

Matt: We got to beat the Miley Cyrus trend.

Jamie: MuggleCastie hashtag.

Third Annual MuggleCasties: Best New Potter Actor

Andrew: All right, our next category is "Best New Potter Actor" and the nominees are - oh geez, [pronounces incorrectly] "Rise" Ifans... [laughs]

Eric: [pronounces incorrectly] "Riss." It's "Riss."

Jamie: [laughs] Both words are wrong there!

Andrew: Bill Nighy - got that one right? Good. Peter Mullan and Andy Linden. Now you might be saying, "Who do these people play?" Rhys plays Xenophilius Lovegood, Bill Nighy plays Rufus Scrimgeour, Peter Mullan plays Yaxley, and Andy Linden plays Mundungus Fletcher. I am starting the poll now and the results are coming in.

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Matt: Hmm.

Jamie: Can we still talk now? I can't remember.

Andrew: Yes, please. Yeah.

Jamie: Oh, right. No, I was going to say, Andy Linden was not the Mundungus Fletcher that I thought Mundungus Fletcher was going to be like.

Matt: Yeah.

Eric: Did you really think that?

Jamie: Oh yeah, yeah. He was supposed to be lanky and ginger, and this guy was Cockney, short and squat.

Andrew: [laughs] Cockney?

Matt: Yeah.

Eric: You mean to tell me that - [laughs] Cockney, short and squat. That should be the name of this episode.

[Jamie laughs]

Eric: Do you mean to tell me that when Jo writes, "lanky and ginger," that immediately your mind responds and says, "Oh, all right. I'm drawing a picture right now of a lanky ginger man" and that's...

Jamie: Yeah, that's what I do when I read. I thought that's what everyone did...

[Micah laughs]

Jamie: ...they visualize what's on the page. [laughs] What do you do?

Eric: No, I...

Micah: Well, wasn't he bald in the movie?

Andrew: He was, pretty much.

Eric: I base more on his personality, so I tend to form on their actions.

Jamie: Well, you're an arrogant reader! No, I do as well, I still visualize...

Eric: How is that? How am I an arrogant reader?

Jamie: Well, because you're saying, "I don't pay attention to her characterization."

Eric: No, it's just - she - hey, look, you have to agree that she uses colors as meaningful to represent certain things, so it's almost less realistic to go by what color a shirt was or a day was or the sky was because...

Jamie: Yeah, but what about a person, though? A person - if she says he's ginger and tall, then I'm going to imagine that. I'm not going to think, "Well, if she says that, I won't think that."

Matt: Right.

Eric: Maybe all the ginger actors were cast as Weasleys, [laughs] in Britain.

Jamie: Yeah, maybe. Yeah.

Andrew: Guys, this is fascinating, but we must announce the winner.

Micah: I have a question for Jamie, though, after you announce the winner.

Andrew: Okay. The...

[Trumpet sound plays]

Andrew: Oh. [laughs] The winner...

[Drum roll plays]

Andrew: ...of the MuggleCastie [laughs] for "Best New Actor" [pauses] goes to [pronounces incorrectly] "Rise" Ifans!

[Trumpet sound plays]

Jamie: And [pronounces correctly] Rhys Ifans as well.

Andrew: [laughs] Rhys Ifans!

[Everyone laughs]

Matt: Thank you.

Andrew: Listen, I'm not good at pronouncing English names, I'm sorry.

Micah: I like how you waited until...

Jamie: Or French ones. [laughs]

Micah: ...the very end to correct him, Jamie.

[Everyone laughs]

Jamie: [laughs] Yeah.

Micah: You could have said it right at the beginning.

[Jamie laughs]

Andrew: Is he back in Part 2? Because I hope to never say his name again.

Matt: Who?

[Everyone laughs]

Jamie: Yeah.

Andrew: The guy who won. No, but he won with 40% of the vote. Bill Nighy came in with 27% of the vote, Peter Mullan came in with 17%, and Andy Linden came in with 15%, so tight - or equally spread across the pie compared to other categories.

Micah: Yeah, I was going to say, though, we obviously left off some people.

Andrew: Mhm.

Micah: The guys who played Runcorn and Cattermole. We only have a certain number of options we can put in, right? On the poll, Andrew? So...

Andrew: That's correct.

Micah: What did you think of that scene, Jamie? Did you like it? How...

Jamie: What, the...

Micah: The Ministry scene.

Jamie: ...Tottenham Court Road one?

Micah: Yeah.

Jamie: Oh, oh, the Ministry one. Yeah, I did like it. I thought the bit where he is turning back into Harry and he brings his scars up was a great touch. It's really nice. But what I didn't like is how they transformed back when they were already inside the - sorry, when they were still inside the Ministry. I didn't think that was that good because I'm sure that many wizards could prevent them from leaving. The whole point was that they almost got there before they transformed and then they got out just as they were transforming back. It just seemed a bit - but yeah, it was funny as well with the Cattermole thing. But I wanted to say - actually, about that scene, you know in Lord of the Rings when you wear the ring and it affects you, and in Harry Potter you wear the Horcrux and it affects you? Well, since Umbridge was wearing the Horcrux, was she acting completely of her own accord? Or was the...

Eric: Right.

Jamie: ...Muggle-born Committee actually because she was wearing it, or what?

Matt: Well, it affects people more the other and I think Umbridge was just already at that point. She's a you-know-what anyways, so...

Jamie: Yeah, yeah.

Eric: You mean to say that it didn't affect her at all?

Matt: No, because she's just evil. She's an evil person.

Eric: Oh, geez. Well, look, I think it brings out the worst in you. I think she was absolutely affected by the locket Horcrux. Maybe not more...

Matt: Well, I think anything, the locket would only make her a nicer person.

Andrew: Was there anything you noticed...

[Eric and Matt laugh]

Andrew: Eric, was there anything you noticed that made you think she was - it was making her act stranger?

Eric: It...

Andrew: Or strange?

Eric: Just the particular malice with which she says, "You are not a witch," and, "Who did you steal it from?" I can understand a prejudice, but that seemed to be enhanced by the locket, to me.

Jamie: I agree. I agree. Well, I don't know. It's a tough one, but I think it probably did have an effect on her. I don't think there is evil and not evil, there's always...

Eric: Yeah.

Jamie: ...shades of grey, isn't there? Great scene though, Micah. Great scene. I did like it a lot, yeah.

Third Annual MuggleCasties: Best New Potter Actress

Andrew: Now we're moving on to "Best New Potter Actress." The nominees are: Matyelok Gibbs who plays Aunt Muriel, Sophie Thompson who plays Mafalda Hopkirk, Hazel Douglas who plays Bathilda Bagshot, and Kate Fleetwood who plays Mary Cattermole. The results - the polls...

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Jamie: I don't want to influence the poll...

Andrew: Go ahead

Jamie: ...but the first one, Aunt Muriel, was fantastic!

Andrew: Yeah.

Jamie: Especially that line when she said, "My boy, didn't you know him at all?" or whatever she said about Harry and Dumbledore, which was a great line. It was absolutely brilliant! It was a great way to dramatize how Harry was feeling towards Dumbledore at that point. Really...

Eric: What accent was that? Jamie, do you know? Do you recognize it?

Jamie: What, her accent?

Eric: Yeah.

Jamie: She was just English, I think.

Eric: Oh.

Jamie: Yeah, I think she was.

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: Her costume, too, was pretty incredible!

[Music ends]

Jamie: Yeah, yeah, it was. Yeah.

Andrew: Okay. Well, it was actually a very tight competition for this category.

[Drum roll plays]

Andrew: The winner is - geez, I can't - [laughs] I have to look closely - Matyelok Gibbs! So, Jamie, you did influence the vote. She plays...

Jamie: Or perhaps I didn't.

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: ...Aunt Muriel.

Matt: Or perhaps she was just good.

Jamie: Perhaps she's just good, yeah. Assume the worst, Andrew. [laughs]

[Matt laughs]

Andrew: [laughs] 27% of the vote. Coming in a close second, Hazel Douglas with 26% and...

Jamie: She was good as well.

Andrew: ...Sophie Thompson had 25%. Kate Fleetwood with 20%. So, mixed results. That was a...

Eric: I don't understand.

Micah: Go ahead...

Eric: Kate Fleetwood probably did...

Micah: ...and tweet Matyelok Gibbs.

Eric: Yeah.

[Andrew laughs]

Micah: I'm sure she has Twitter.

Matt: Wouldn't it be awesome if they had the...

[Everyone laughs]

Jamie: Send her a pickle.

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: Oh.

Eric: Oh, he said it. I don't get it, Kate Fleetwood had the most acting to do in this film.

Matt: Yeah, but Matyelok Gibbs...

Eric: But...

Matt: ...was the best.

Eric: But Hazel Douglas, Bathilda Bagshot, really?

Matt: Bathilda Bagshot wasn't even - she was dead!

Andrew: But...

Eric: Best new actress, really?

Andrew: Matyelok Gibbs also - now you get more from her in the book, I feel, but Aunt Muriel - with that short amount of time that she had, I feel like she played it off well, with the amount of time...

Jamie: She did a great job.

Andrew: She was limited, she didn't have much...

Matt: Mhm.

Jamie: Really great job, yeah.

Andrew: All right...

Jamie: Why wasn't he wearing the Invisibility Cloak, though? No, sorry, I don't mean that. I mean, why wasn't he transformed into the Weasley? And why...

Micah: Barney? Was it Barney?

Jamie: Yeah, yeah, Barney. And why didn't they wear the Invisibility Cloak when they went places? I know it's a visual medium...

Eric: So that you could see them! [laughs]

Jamie: Well, yeah. But - aww, that was annoying, but understandable.

Andrew: Well, especially because it does play a big role in terms of the Deathly Hallows, so you would think...

Eric: [imitating Harry] "I was born here, Hermione. I'm not coming back as someone else."

Matt: Yeah.

Jamie: Yeah.

Matt: That was a big...

Andrew: Or maybe you could have seen them take off the Invisibility Cloak as they approached their destination?

Eric: Well, I argued this before. Bathilda still knows it's Harry. Maybe it's the snake-Horcrux connection. But even though he's disguised as Barney, she knows it's him and they still make that connection. So, there's really no point to him being disguised to begin with. There's no example where him being disguised actually helps them out in the Godric's Hollow scene.

Matt: Mhm.

Third Annual MuggleCasties: Best Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Scene

Andrew: Out next category is "Best Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Scene."

Matt: Geez.

Andrew: Now, of course there is a ton of great scenes in this movie, so it was very...

Jamie: Tough, very tough.

Andrew: Very hard to pick four, but these were at the discretion of Micah, [laughs] so...

Micah: Yeah, put it all on my shoulders. That's all right.

Andrew: Micah...

Eric: Hey, I saw it too.

Andrew: And Eric. Micah and Eric...

Micah: Hey, people reviewed this document, all right? So, don't go...

[Eric laughs]

Micah: me hell if your favorite scene...

Eric: It was shared with five people.

Micah: ...doesn't make the cut.

Eric: Yeah.

Andrew: The nominees are: Seven Potters, The Ministry, The Locket Horcrux, and Malfoy Manor/Dobby's Death, we had to put those two together. And the voting...

Matt: Aww, that's not fair.

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Andrew: The voting has now begun. My vote, personally - [poorly imitating Jamie] I don't want to influence the vote, [normal voice] but my vote, personally, is...

[Jamie laughs]

Andrew: ...Malfoy Manor/Dobby's Death because Malfoy Manor - those scenes in general - there were a few throughout the movie and any time we were in Malfoy Manor, I loved it.

Matt: Yeah, I got to agree. Well, I agree strictly on Dobby's death.

Andrew: The early winner seems to be Malfoy Manor and Dobby's death with 43% of the vote.

Eric: Go banana!

[Music ends]

Jamie: Easily winning, aww!

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: The one I voted for...

Micah: Wow, I voted for the...

Jamie: dying a slow death.

Andrew: The winner...

[Drum roll plays]

Micah: Which one?


Jamie: The Seven Potters.

Andrew: Malfoy Manor and Dobby's Death with 43% of the vote!

[Trumpet sound plays]

Matt: Yay!

Andrew: Coming in a close second is The Ministry with 23%, The Locket Horcrux with 21%, and Seven Potters with 11%.

Jamie: Oh, by the way, that scene, Seven Potters, one more bad continuity error was that their voices didn't transfer over, but in Chamber of Secrets they did transfer over.

Andrew: Yes.

Eric: No, in Chamber of Secrets they...

Andrew: No, they...

Eric: What do you mean?

Andrew: No, they...

Jamie: When they use Polyjuice Potion.

Eric: Yeah, they kept film continuity. In Chamber of Secrets their voices don't change.

Matt: Yeah, their voices...

Jamie: Oh, I thought they did.

Matt: ...don't change at all.

Jamie: Right. Oh, right. Okay.

Andrew: They impersonate. They make...

Eric: So, it's a difference from the...

Matt: [in a deeper voice] They go like this.

Andrew: Yeah, they solved the...

Eric: So, they actually - yeah.

Jamie: Okay, sorry. Ignore. Ignore. Big fail. Ignore it.

Eric: But you're right, it is a book difference.

Jamie: It's a book difference, yeah. Oh, by the way, what I was going to say is in the locket scene when they're trying to curse it and it isn't dying, [laughs] I was expecting Elrond to come in and say, "The Ring cannot be destroyed."

Matt: "Cannot be destroyed!"

[Everyone laughs]

Jamie: "Gimli, son of Gloin." [laughs] That would be so cool if they had to go to Mount Doom and chuck it in there. [laughs]

[Matt laughs]

Third Annual MuggleCasties: J.K. Rowling Award

Andrew: Okay, we've arrived at our final category before determining the top seven stories of the year. This is the J.K. Rowling Award. Now in years past, J.K. Rowling has won the J.K. Rowling Award, but we've added some competitors [laughs] to make the competition tight. Now, in order to be nominated for the J.K. Rowling Award, you have to be female, you have to be an author or influential in the book community, and you also have to be sort of a somebody in the entertainment industry as well. So, we've picked four women who meet all of those criteria and the nominees are J.K. Rowling, J.K. Rowling - no, I'm kidding. Suzanne Collins, who is the author of The Hunger Games, Oprah Winfrey, we all know Oprah. [laughs]

[Matt laughs]

Andrew: And last but not least, or maybe least [laughs] depending on how this poll goes, Stephenie Meyer...

Jamie: Oh, this is going to be so interesting.

Andrew: ...who is the author of Twilight. So, the voting...

Eric: Now, if I may sway the poll here...

Andrew: ...has now begun.

["Jeopardy" countdown plays]

Eric: ...I'm going to say that there is only one J.K. Rowling.

[Andrew laughs]

Micah: It's... [laughs]

Jamie: Wow, that's not going to...

Andrew: So...

Matt: Wow, why was J.K. Rowling even on this? [laughs]

Andrew: Well, because she - to win the J.K. Rowling award you have to be...

Matt: J.K. Rowling? [laughs]

Andrew: ...a woman. Yes, basically.

Matt: You have to be J.K. Rowling to win the award.

Micah: So, Justin Bieber could potentially beat J.K. Rowling...

[Jamie laughs]

Micah: ...according to Dan.

Jamie: Well, they have to be female, yeah. [laughs]

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: Well, J.K. Rowling - in years past, we haven't put J.K. Rowling up against anybody else...

[Music ends]

Andrew: ...but this year we decided to try and do that. Anyway...

Matt: So, it's fair.

Andrew: ...the winner is now in and it's very clear.

[Drum roll plays]

Andrew: The winner of the J.K. Rowling Award goes to [pauses] J.K. Rowling!

[Trumpet sound plays]

Jamie: Tweet her! Tweet her! Tweet her! Tweet her! Tweet her!

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: Now, guys, you've got to tweet her. You've got to tweet her and tell her that she won the J.K. Rowling Award at the annual...

Jamie: Hundreds of millions of times! [laughs]

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: With an astounding 81% of the vote. Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games had 10% of the vote. With 5% of the vote, Stephenie Meyer. And with 2%, Oprah Winfrey. I thought for sure Oprah would beat Stephenie but not.

Eric: I thought so, too. Well, we didn't have Melissa Anelli on this poll and if we had...

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: ...she would have seriously been a contender, so...

Andrew: So, then J.K...

Jamie: Oh yeah - go on. No, I was going to say, Stephen King came out and said that Stephenie Meyer is not a good writer.

Andrew: Yes.

Eric: What?

Jamie: ...and Stephen King is a god, so...

Eric: No, actually, Stephen King - he'll put his name on anything these days. Do you notice that? Do you ever go to open up a book that looks interesting and then Stephen King gives his word of praise? And then you're, like, "Oh, I don't know if I should actually read this because..."

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: "...he's given words of praise for every other book I've picked up."

Jamie: No! No! I love him!

Eric: It's so true!

Jamie: He's such a good writer, though. He's so - read The Shining, it's so good. It is such a good book.

Matt: That's fifty years old, though.

Jamie: Oh, that - oh, well, that doesn't matter!

Micah: Timeless classic!

Jamie: Timeless classic, yeah! What about Lord of the Rings?

Matt: Oh, okay. Well, timeless classic, okay...

Jamie: What about Homer?

Eric: I'm saying the media has - I'm saying Stephen King's word of endorsement isn't what it used to be when he first endorsed the Harry Potter books.

Matt: Exactly.

Eric: That's all I'm saying. That's all I'm saying.

Matt: He's kind of lost...

Eric: He's still a good writer. I'll still read his books...

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: All right.

Eric: ...but I won't read the books that he says are good because these days...

Jamie: Oh, no.

Eric: ...I feel the publishers own his ass, you know? So...

Jamie: I don't know. He's powerful. I don't think they do. He can go to any publisher in the world and say, like, "I want to publish a book," and they'd be crawling all over him just to read his words. I just tried to get "MuggleCasties" trending by putting a tweet out, but instead of putting "trending" I put, "Let's get it trendy, people."

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: It is trendy, isn't it?

Eric: Let's get trendy?

Jamie: Oops.

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