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Show Intro

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Hello, everyone. Welcome back to the show, I'm Andrew Sims.

Ben: I am Ben Schoen.

Jamie: And I am Ja-mie Lawrence.

Andrew: And joining us this week, Claire O'Connor. Hi, Claire.

Claire: Hello.

Jamie: Hey, Claire.

Ben: [laughs] It's a US newscaster.

Claire: Thank you for having me on the show.

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: [laughs] Yeah.

Andrew: Jamie, what's your deal with these "O's" in front of last names?

Jamie: Ah, well, you see, my experience with US newscasters, which I have to say, is far from substantial...

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: ...has told me that every single newscaster is "Something O'Something." I mean, you've got Conan O'Brien, and I won't list any more since there are so many.

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: I could be here forever. So, yeah.

Claire: You don't know any more.

Andrew: There's really not many more. [laughs]

Jamie: Sure, sure, sure, sure. There's um...

Ben: Okay, and how is Conan O'Brien a US newscaster?

[Andrew laughs]

Ben: He's a late night talk show.

Andrew: [laughs] Yeah.

Jamie: Okay, a US TV person then, Ben. Stop picking holes in my flawless argument.

[Everyone laughs]

Jamie: It will get you nowhere, seriously. Absolutely nowhere.

Andrew: Speaking of flawless, awesome newscasters, Micah O'Tannenbaum is standing by in the MuggleCast news center with the past week's Harry O'Potter news stories.


Micah: Forbes magazine has named author JK Rowling the world's ninth-highest earning celebrity. Apparently, she makes a cool $145 per minute compared to the $77 per minute from last year. Hannah Clark of the magazine, said: "With the $145 she earns every minute, Harry Potter author JK Rowling could buy more than a few boxes of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, one of the young wizard's favourite sweets."

In a recent poll conducted among 1,213 US citizens, an interesting discovery was made: more people know about the Harry Potter than the British prime minister, Tony Blair. The Bleier Centre for Television and Popular Culture in New York said: "These results are not about how 'dumb' Americans are, but about how much more effectively popular culture information is communicated."

In a new interview with The Independent, Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the Potter films speaks about taking a role outside the wizard series. The article also asked him to answer some questions about his career.

In a separate brand new interview, Julie Walters, who plays Mrs. Weasley, talks about her current acting projects, Driving Lessons, the publication of her first tome, and much more. On Potter, she says she will film her scenes for Order of the Phoenix sometime this fall, and confesses to not being quite an avid reader of the books, although her daughter is. So, I guess that makes up for it.

Jo Rowling and husband Neil Murray attended the movie premiere of Snow Cake earlier today at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Some photos of their appearance can be seen in our galleries. Alan Rickman, who plays Professor Snape, stars as Alex Hughes in the film.

In movie news, the first ever photograph of Natalia Tena sporting purple hair and in full Nymphadora Tonks costume has surfaced online. The picture, which was taken on the set of the fifth film, can be seen over on

And has been told by Warner Bros. that Order of the Phoenix will be released in Spain on July 20th, 2007.

Additionally, Harry Potter Fan Zone reports that the movie distribution company who will be handling the movie in Australia has announced a change in the release date. The new date is July 12th, 2007, which would be several weeks earlier than the previously set date of September 6th. We are working to confirm this information.

Tom Felton (who plays Draco Malfoy) was in Pennsylvania past week for the annual Junior Carp Tournament. We now have several pictures of Tom up in our galleriesfrom the event!

And finally, the Encyclopedia and Movies Sections of our site have been revamped and there is now a transcript and video available from our live Leaky Mug New York City podcast. So be sure to check all of that out.

That's all the news for this August 20th, 2006 edition of MuggleCast. Back to the show!

Happy Birthday Micah!

Jamie: Can I just come in here and say a big, big, big happy birthday to Micah. Belated birthday greetings for the 17th, which was a few days ago. So, hope he...

Andrew: He turned 24.

Jamie: So, I'm going be extremely...

Claire: Happy birthday, Micah!

Jamie: I'm going to be extremely American here and say, have a great day, buddy.

[Andrew laughs]

Ben: He would have had a great day.

Recording Issues

Andrew: We were supposed to have Kevin on this week, but he's actually sleeping because we were recording earlier than normal and once again, he dropped the ball.

[Jamie laughs]

Andrew: We actually tried to record earlier this week, but [laughs] he was sleeping again. So...

Jamie: Yeah, this show has probably been the most put off show. We tried to record it, which day? Thursday?

Andrew: Mhm. No, Wednesday, I think.

Jamie: Wednesday, moved to Thursday...

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: ... moved to Friday.

Andrew: Moved to Saturday.

Jamie: Yeah, moved to Saturday.

Andrew: Oh yeah, moved to Saturday. [laughs]

Jamie: Moved Sunday - moved to today.

[Andrew still laughing]

Jamie: So, we're very committed, but it's just, you know?

Andrew: It's hard, it's hard.

Jamie: It is hard.

Nicknames For Micah

Andrew: It's hard work. So, anyway, moving right along... Oh, we have some nicknames for Micah. I think he put these in the Writely because he wanted us to see them.

Jamie: Bring them up?

Andrew: They just keep coming! They just don't stop! His name is so versatile. The "Micahwave."

Jamie: We've had that before, haven't we? I'm sure we've had that before.

[Claire laughs]

Andrew: Yeah, but I think we cut it out of the show. [laughs]

Jamie: Oh!

Andrew: So, we're doing them again. "Micah-Tan the Anchorman," "Mic Check." Yeah. If we did, sorry.


Andrew: Anyway, Listener... No, no, let's do some announcements first. Podcast Alley; don't forget to vote for us there. Podcast Awards - we're hoping that we did win at the Podcast Awards, and we are going to announce now that we will be in California.

Jamie: Really, Andrew?

Andrew: Yes.

Jamie: I was really hoping that we'd lose.

Ben: [laughs] That we lost.

[Everyone laughs]

Jamie: I've got my fingers crossed that...

Ben: That we lost.

Jamie: we come in last. Yeah.

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: Hopefully, hopefully.

Andrew: Anyway, [still laughing] we're announcing now that we are going to be in California the last week of September and we will be doing a live Podcast. However, we don't know when yet. It will probably be during the week of the 24th. The Podcast Awards are on the 29th. So, we'll have more details on that hopefully soon.

Claire: I want to go!

Ben: So, here's your challenge. Here's your challenge: [music plays in background] We've all heard the song by Phantom Planet called "California."

Claire: Awww!

Jamie: I haven't.

Ben: Your job...

Claire: The OC.

Ben and Claire: [singing] California...

Ben: [singing] Here we commmmmmmme...

Andrew: Yeah. Does it sound like this?

Jamie: Correction, then. I have.

[Claire laughs]

Ben: Your job is to write a LeakyMug/MuggleCast remix to that song and submit the lyrics to ben at staff dot mugglenet dot com.

Andrew: And then what?

Ben: Then the winner gets a free t-shirt.

Jamie: In California or now? Or...

Ben: A free LeakyMug t-shirt.

Jamie: After they're done, yes.

Ben: Yes, after they're done.

Andrew: Also, Jamie, I hate to put you on the spot for this but [laughs] do you have the name of the person who won our little mini-contest last week?

Jamie: Oh, yeah, I do. I don't know his last name, but Rob from... Now, I don't know how to pronounce this. It's one of the hardest things. That place in Florida that has about 18 Ss and 18 Is in it. Kiss-im-mee? Is that how you pronounce it?

Andrew: Laura sent me the pronunciation [laughs] earlier this week, but now I forget it because she knew we would butcher it. It's Kiss-ay-me?

Jamie: Kiss-ay-me. Well, yeah, Rob from there won a lovely...

Ben: Kiss me, Claire.

[Everyone laughs]

Jamie: Rob from Kiss-im-mee, Kissimmee, Kiss-ay-me, has won a lovely iPod Squares MuggleCast t-shirt. So, I hope you enjoy that, Rob.

Andrew: Speaking of MuggleCast t-shirts, the current designs - we only have a few of them left to sell and then they will be retired in favor of some brand new MuggleCast designs, which are nearing completion.

Jamie: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Andrew: They're all fantastic, and we cannot wait to release them.

Ben: So, it's just like when Disney will pull The Lion King off of the shelves and out of stores.

Andrew: "Go in the Disney Vault forever!"

Ben: Yeah, it goes in the Disney Vault, you know?

[Jamie laughs]

Ben: Well, these t-shirts are going to go in the MuggleCast Vault. So, you have to purchase one right now. It's your last chance to buy the MuggleCast squares t-shirt. So, if you were even on the fence about buying one before, hopefully this will put you back to the good side. You need to purchase a t-shirt.

Jamie: But don't worry because, we're going to cryogenically freeze them so we can bring them back in 50 years.

Ben: Yeah. [laughs]

Andrew: [laughs] Yeah.

Jamie: You can buy one then.

Andrew: You can file "Save As" in Photoshop.

Jamie: Yeah.

[Andrew and Jamie laugh]

Claire: Didn't Walt Disney freeze his head? Didn't he freeze his head? That was weird.

Jamie: Whose head?

Claire: That was really weird.

Jamie: Whose head are we freezing?

Claire: Walt Disney froze his own head.

Jamie: No way! Really?

Andrew: No, he didn't.

Claire: Seriously, like he did. He froze his own head. Honestly, I swear to God, yeah.

Jamie: Where's it kept now?

Claire: [laughs] In the Disney Vault.

Jamie: For talking points, you know, if you keep it in your living room.

[Andrew and Claire laugh]

Jamie: "What's that?" "Oh, don't worry, it's just Walt Disney's head. So, do you fancy a drink?"

[Andrew and Claire laugh]

Andrew: Yeah, well, the new t-shirts are really, really nice. They're made by Sam at again. One is designed specifically for all you girls out there because about 78% of our listening audience is girls. We should set up a dating service through MuggleCast...

[Jamie laughs]

Andrew: ... for all these guys that listen to the show.

Ben: If this is of interest for you, please e-mail in.

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: [laughs]Dating on MuggleCast.

Ben: Dating at staff dot MuggleNet... No, I'm just kidding.

[Andrew and Claire laugh]

Ben: That's not really - don't send emails there.

[Ben and Claire laugh]

Listener Rebuttal - James is Really Dead

Andrew: [sighs] Anyway, rebuttals this week; we have a lot of them. We have a few extra eye rebuttals because we asked for people's thoughts.

Our first one, not concerning eyes, comes from Claire of Australia. Claire from Australia, she writes:

"I was listening to Episode 51 when you were talking about there being a chance of James Potter still being alive. I definitely don't think that is possible because in The Goblet of Fire, in the battle scene between Harry and Voldemort, when their wands connect and the last people that Voldemort killed came out of his wand as memories, which is also known as [Mispronounces word] Pri - Pri - Pri - Prior - Prior... "

Claire: [Pronounces correctly] Priori Incantatem!

Andrew: " ...Incantatem." [laughs] "James did definitely come out of Voldemort's wand. So, if he wasn't dead, how would he be able to, just as Lily and other people Voldemort had killed, did?"

[Claire and Jamie laugh]

Claire: What?

Andrew: [laughs] The point is, a lot of people sent in this same point, that James came out of Voldemort's wand, so he must have been dead, because we were like, "Is James really dead?"

Jamie: [laughs]Oh, James came out of Voldemort's wand, what a line.

[Andrew and Claire laugh]

Listener Rebuttal - Eye Color

Andrew: Anyway, B.D. writes:

"The subject was brought up about JK Rowling describing someone's eyes as black or gray, and it is true that she does often refer to people as having them. It is also true to imagine those types of eyes. It is also true that she described Voldemort's eyes as red, and it is easy to imagine them as red. But, when it came time to reveal Voldemort to the world, the filmmakers took them out because the effect, while imaginable, was less believable. In a round about way, I think black and gray eyes is more of JK Rowling using a literary license. Also, black or dark eyes are historically a way of saying someone is handsome or brooding...

Jamie: Brooding. Brooding.

Andrew: Broding? Brooding. ...which is odd to me because these are two different things. Also, ask anyone who has had a black eye and they will tell you that is nothing to do with the pupil, iris..."

Jamie: And they'll punch you.

Claire: Yeah, you'll get punched.

[Andrew and Claire laugh]

Andrew: Well, right, that's what happens when someone hits you but, "To cap things off, eyes are not necessarily black, gray, blue, green, yellow, or red, but the writer is the master of their universe, and Rowling is the master of ours and if she calls them techno-colored eyes then they are." [laughs] "However, remember that red ferns don't always grow on graves and green eyes are not always greener when they came from your mother."

Jamie: That is a very poetic message.

Claire: It is indeed.

Jamie: I'm very touched by the, sort of, fluidity of it. Should we have a moment of silence; quiet contemplation now?

Andrew: For B.D. in Alabama?

Jamie: Yeah, okay.

Andrew: Right now. One, two, three.

[Moment of silence]

Ben: That was great. Great silence.

Claire: Fabulous.

Andrew: Jamie, would you like to read off the next rebuttal?[laughs]

Listener Rebuttal - Write a Book

Jamie: Oh, I thought that was extremely good. Extremely good. Okay, this is from Don't Know and Not Sure. Their ages combined, which is 28. I don't know if that's 28 each and we have to combine that or if its 28 in total. But they say:

"Hey, guys and Laura..."

And Claire - don't forget.

"This is Don't Know and Not Sure and we have an idea to solve your financial problems. Write a book together! All the real Harry Potter fans will buy it and then you can stop begging us to buy t-shirts and making excuses about how our other...

[Claire laughs]

Jamie: ...shirts will explode. Because they won't.

They will, they will. Your shirts will explode!

"We hope you take our brilliant advice. Love the show, bye!"

Ben: What irony!

Jamie: Yes, thank you, Don't Know and Not Sure. We are writing a book, making a film...

[Everyone laughs]

Jamie: ...going into the real estate business, building cruise liners...

Andrew: But, come on, seriously. Why on Earth would we write a book? That doesn't make sense.

Ben: That doesn't make any sense.

Jamie: That doesn't make any sense at all.

Ben: I would not want to be involved with that.

Jamie: No, I tell you why, because the effort - especially if there's a deadline or something, you know? Like, I mean, I just, I don't know.

Andrew: Like September 1st. That's just outrageous.

Jamie: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah that is stupid, that is stupid. But, thank you, Don't Know and Not Sure for caring about us.

Andrew: Well, I'm really glad they wrote in because, you know, remember last week we asked them to [laughs] write in.

Jamie: Oh, we did, didn't we? Yeah! Because their cousin once removed Can't Say wrote in, so it was only fair for Don't Know and Not Sure to write in, as well.

Listener Rebuttal - Lucky Charms

Andrew: Yeah, and our last rebuttal is specifically for Jamie - is from Deir.. Dei... Dedre...

Jamie: Deirdre.

Andrew: Dier... Dre... Deidre...

Claire: Deirdre!

Andrew: Fourteen! [laughs] Location: Books A Million, which is a bookstore I think. She writes:

"In Episode 51 Jamie was eating lucky charms. I was..."

Ben: No, they call her house Books A Million.

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: "In Episode 51 Jamie was eating Lucky Charms. I was just wondering, what do Lucky Charms taste like?! Love the show; Ben is hot!"

What?! What!?

[Jamie and Andrew laugh]

Andrew: So, Jamie, what do Lucky Charms taste like?

Jamie: Hey Dierdre, Lucky Charms ...

Ben: I'm pretty sure it's Dierdre [pronounces Dee - dra] not Dierdre. [pronounces Ded - dree]

Jamie: No it's not Dee-dra. It's Dierdre! [pronounces Deer-dree]

Claire: Ben's been watching too much Desperate Housewives.

Ben: How's it spelled?

Andrew: D-e-i-r-d-r-e.

[Jamie laughs]

Claire: It's...

Ben: It's Dee-dra!

Jamie: Okay, fine. No, it's Dr. Dre. That's how you pronounce it.

Andrew: Yeah. [laughs]

Ben: Okay, someone e-mail in. Is it Deirdre [pronounces Did-dree] or Deirdre? [pronounces Dee-dra]

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: Or if it's Dr. Dre.

Andrew: So, Jamie, what do Lucky Charms - what do they taste like?

Jamie: They are absolutely awesome. They have a swagger of Irish gold combined with a hint of magic and all summed up to absolute perfection and combined to create a beautiful breakfast cereal that, not only starts you off for the day, but keeps you going for weeks and weeks and weeks.

[Andrew laughs]

Andrew: Or as they say in the commercial ...

Jamie: Very, very nice.

Andrew: ...[in Irish accent] "Magically delicious!"

Jamie: Yeah, no, they taste extremely nice. They're my new favorite; if only I could buy them over here. So, now ...

Ben: Actually, you can. You can buy groceries on Amazon now.

Jamie: Oh.

Ben: I'm sure they would ship you a box of Lucky Charms.

Jamie: No, but it's fine. But, it's fine. Just, every time single I go into the U.S. I'll buy one box, come back, and then have one bowl every three weeks so they last me...

[Andrew and Ben laugh]

Jamie: ...until I can next go to the U.S.

Andrew: I thought you said they magically refill - the box is magically delicious.

Jamie: Well, they do, but I don't know if that was just the box that you gave me or every single box, so I didn't want to say anything.

[Claire laughs]

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