MuggleCast 53 Transcript (continued)



Voicemail - Micah's Theory


Andrew: Voicemails this week. First one comes from, I don't know. First voicemail this week comes from someone who has a question about Micah's theory that Jamie posed last week.

[Audio]: Hey, guys! This is Mindy from Iowa calling about Episode 52 of MuggleCast. In it, Jamie talks about Micah's theory of Harry's dream in Sorcerer's Stone being connected to Dumbledore's murder. Couldn't it be possible the dream was referring to the night Harry's parents were killed. In it, it talks about seeing Snape and Harry hearing a laugh, a high-pitched laugh. Couldn't it be connected to the theory that Snape was at Godric's Hollow when Voldemort killed Harry's parents and then laughed afterwards?

Jamie: I think it definitely could, but that wouldn't explain why Draco was there. And I think it follows so well that it's Draco and then he turns into Snape and then he kills Dumbledore.

Laura: If this is the case though, does this mean that Harry is a seer?

Eric: No, it just means he's really gifted.

Andrew: No.

Jamie: No, no. Laura, Laura, Laura, Laura. "See"ker. Almost there.

Laura: [laughs] Oh, Jamie. You're so funny.

Jamie: It has a "k". It has a "k".

Laura: There's that British humor again.

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: Keep practicing and next week you may just have it.



Voicemail - Lockhart


Andrew: Next rebuttal is about hiring Lockhart as we discussed last week.

[Audio]: Hi, MuggleCast! This is Seth from Venice, California with a listener rebuttal. I think the reason that Dumbledore hired Gilderoy Lockhart was partly because he needed a Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher and Gilderoy was the only one willing for the job, but also Jo said in an interview somewhere, and I can't quote chapter and verse, but Dumbledore sometimes hires teachers even if they are incompetent or nasty or otherwise undesirable just because he wants students to have the life experience of dealing with the less savory side of human nature. So, I think that's another reason he hired him. Thanks! And love the show. Bye!

Andrew: That is a good point.

Jamie: I agree, actually.

Laura: I think what you guys are also forgetting is that Hagrid said in Chamber of Secrets that Lockhart was the only one... Andrew Yeah.

Jamie: Yeah.

Laura: ...who was qualified for the job.

Jamie: That's what I was going to say.

Eric: Anyway, this guy couldn't quote chapter or verse, I don't know what his deal is, but he just somehow couldn't.

Jamie: Or series.

Eric: I know right? [laughs] Anyway. Yeah, I agree with him. But it was... Lockhart was one of those... You know, I agree Dumbledore kind of presented... It was kind of what Harry could have used at that time...

Jamie: You're doing well so far Eric, I must admit.

[Everyone laughs]

Eric: Oh my god! No, it's kind of what Harry needed. You know? This whole clearly-famous guy who knew nothing and it gave Harry the opportunity to really shine forward with his own - at least in the Chamber of Secrets thing if they had somebody like Moody, it would have maybe been taken... I don't know. It's just the way the books worked. I think Lockhart came at an important time in the series. You know? It showed Harry - definitely I think it was for Harry's first view of something that the public would have liked or though or supported that he was in contrast with.

Jamie: I agree. That sounds pretty reasonable.



Voicemail - Fred And George At The Quidditch World Cup


Andrew: Next rebuttal is about Fred and George and their scheming at the Quidditch World Cup

[Audio]: Hi, y'all! This is Marie Pat from Queens. I listen to y'all on the subway. It makes my commute go faster. I just listened to Episode 52 and I wanted to comment on Fred and George's bet and the Quidditch World Cup. I don't think they cheated or time-traveled or anything. I think this is an indication of what shrewd businessmen Fred and George are going to be. First off, if you listen to, I think it was Harry, after the game is over, he does a little analysis of the game - the Irish Chasers Troy, Mullet, and Moran, I think their names, were so good. There was no way Bulgaria was ever going to catch up once they started to lead. And Krum was, of course, the best Seeker ever. So, it was probably a pretty good chance that Krum would get the Snitch and a very good chance that the Irish would win the match. The combination, of course, is not as likely, but they needed to take the risk. And that is part of being a shrewd businessman, is knowing when take a big risk in order to get a big payoff. And you start to see that... Whoops, excuse me! You start to see that when they open their shop and also the way they leave the school. They have to take big risks in order to be successful. And they just happen to be smart and shrewd enough to make it work. And that is my theory on their bet. Too bad the bookmaker they placed their bet with wasn't an honest dealer. Anyway, love the show and hope to hear the next one! Thank you! Bye bye!

Eric: Zoh my god! Goodnight!

Andrew: Good, nice and long, right?

Eric: I love how she is from Queens and says y'all. I like it when they say "y'all," especially when they are from Queens, but this has got to be one of my favorite voicemails because thinking about it, she said it wasn't exactly that far off or far-fetched idea for the kind of scenario that played out to actually happen. I think the way she did that, it was done very well. I think it seems a lot less necessary that Fred and George would have had to use time-travel.

Laura: I agree.

Andrew: It's just a bunch of agreeing today.

Jamie: It is! I know! It's...

Laura: We're all so passive.

Jamie: [laughs] Yeah, we are. I couldn't feel more passive today.



Voicemail - Odd Wizard Out


[Audio]: Hi this is Amanda. I'm from Michigan. I wanted to know what you guys would think, how it would feel like if you were the only non-magical person in a whole family of wizards. Like, how Ron would feel if he was the only non-magical person in his family. Thanks! Bye!

Jamie: I would feel left out and I would feel ashamed. I'd kind of be annoyed as well that all of my friends or my friends could conjure computers and stuff.

Laura: But what you don't know is Jamie is the only non-magical person in his family.

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: I am. Yeah. [laughs] I am.

Laura: That's why Andrew's dad gave him the Lucky Charms.

Andrew: Yeah. [laughs]

Jamie: Yeah, exactly! {laughs]

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: He's speaking from the heart.

Jamie: I was crying to Andrew's dad all night that I didn't have any magical powers.

[Andrew and Eric laugh]

Jamie: So, he gave them to me in the hope that they ignite my magical powers or something.

Andrew: Make you feel [in leprechaun voice] "magically delicious!"

Jamie: Exactly! [laughs]

Eric: Jamie, are those Lucky Charms magically replenishing themselves or...?

Jamie: Yes, they are.

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: Oh my gosh!

Jamie: They've turned into 18 boxes so far.

[Everyone laughs]

Eric: They're reproducing in your cupboard.

Jamie: No, they are.

Andrew: So, I'm not sure why the person asks this question, but I guess she just wants our feelings on it. And we'd be sad.

Eric: Well...

Andrew: Of course we'd be sad. It would be like - insert something funny here.

Jamie: It would be like everybody in your family being amazing musicians and you being useless.

Andrew: Yeah, right.

Laura: Yeah.

Jamie: Yeah.

Andrew: It would be like being the Ugly Duckling.

Eric: You'd get pissed about it all the time.

Laura: Or it would be like being the only person in your family who liked talking about Harry Potter all day.

Andrew: Yeah.

Jamie: Yeah.

Laura: Can you imagine what that would be like?

Andrew: That is why people listen to this show because we connect with them and that's it. That's why.



Voicemail - That Night In Godric's Hollow Revisited


Andrew: Next voicemail could possibly reveal why Harry could not be killed when he was a kid in Godric's Hollow.

Eric: We already know why he couldn't kill him.

Andrew: Are you ready for this? No, you're... Not until you hear this.

[Audio]: Hi, this is Sarah from Maryland. I just rereading Order of the Phoenix and I was wondering what you guys thought about this passage. It's on pg. 791, Chapter 35 of "Beyond The Veil".

"The Death Eater had pulled his head out of the bell jar. His appearance was utterly bizarre, his tiny baby's head bawling loudly while his thick arms flailed dangerously in all directions, narrowly missing Harry, who ducked, Harry raised his want but to his amazement Hermione seized his arm."

"'You can't hurt a baby.'"

Now are we all know, Hermione usually speaks truth. And if this is true, could Voldemort have hurt Harry as a baby. Just wanted to know what you guys thought. Bye!

Jamie: I think she was speaking figuratively when she said you can't hurt a baby. Like, it would be wrong to hurt a baby.

Laura: Yeah, I think that was kind of Hermione reacting in horror that...

Jamie: Yeah.

Laura: ...Harry would try and curse a baby.

Andrew: Hurt a baby. But that does bring up another point we got an e-mail about a while ago and I wanted to bring it to the show. But... Or maybe we did talk about this on the show - Hermione is always right.

Eric: Well, no. She wasn't... But this isn't her...

Laura: Not always.

Jamie: Except...

Eric: This is not Hermione...

Jamie: Except when she gets emotional.

Andrew: Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.

Eric: That, but also this isn't her matter-of-factly speaking. You canít hurt a baby Harry! This is her saying...

Jamie: [in an American accent] Zoh my god, Harry! You can't do that, man.

Eric: You can't hurt a baby! Hermione sees his arm and she's like, "What are you doing, Harry? You can't hurt a baby!" And Harry could have retorted, you know, "Oh, but it's really a Death Eater." But she was just using, it was her mother instinct a girl. They already got the Death Eater, he's got a baby for a head.

[Jamie laughs]

Eric: He's got this baby-faced Death Eater. They've got him. You don't need to fire another curse. It was just Hermione - her mother instinct saying, "You can't hurt a baby" not factually speaking. "Harry, you can't hurt a baby..."

Jamie: Yeah.

Eric: ...so don't even bother trying - don't waste a spell. That's not what she's saying.

Laura: And where would you draw the distinction? I mean saying you can't hurt a baby, but you can hurt a 10-year old? Because there - wasn't it in Half-Blood Prince, the Montgomery sisters, their little brother was killed?

Jamie: Yeah, yeah!

Laura: He was like, killed. So, I just don't see where that distinction could be drawn because most parents view children as their babies forever.

Jamie: Well, no, no, it depends which side you're on. I mean Greyback killed their brother, didn't he?

Laura: Yeah.

Eric: Greyback kills little kids.

Jamie: He doesn't care if you're a little baby or if you're... Yeah, exactly.

Laura: It doesn't matter if there is magical protection over a baby.

Andrew: Yeah.

Jamie: No, it's not. It's not.

Andrew: There isn't.

Eric: Yeah.

Laura: I don't think so either. That's what I am saying. I think it was just Hermione's maternal instinct.

Jamie: She's speaking... She's speaking figuratively.

Eric: Yeah. There can be magic that is triggered by age, like for instance the spells on Privet Drive that will have passed.

Jamie: That will go off when he's 17.

Eric: That will go off when he's 17, that kind of thing. But, I don't it's regularly, like an actual regular occurrence.

Laura: Is Toni leaving us?

Andrew: No, the photographer is leaving. Toni is going to stick around. I am going to talk with her after. It was a problem they came this week because I couldn't podcast naked like I normally do.

Eric: Yeah.

Jamie: Yeah, exactly. [laughs]

Andrew: I had to be clothed.

[Laura laughs]

Eric: Right? I know. So inconvenient. Put on some clothes.

Andrew: Yeah, it didn't work out.

[Jamie laughs]

Andrew: Okay, well that does it for voicemails this week.



Dumbledore-Norris Quotes


Jamie: Now, as I am sure quite a few people have noticed, with the Dumbledore quotes, I have just been taking Chuck Norris quotes and turning them to Dumbledore quotes, which is not difficult. You just take out the word "Chuck Norris" and put in the word "Dumbledore". So, but then I thought they aren't very original if you do that. So, starting now we're going to do some original Dumbledore quotes. And we've already been sent some in. And we're going to start doing them, you know, from now on. So, if somebody has some original ones, please do send them in. [laughs]

For example, [laughs] one person sent one in today that Dumbledore was made Head Boy while he was still on the train, on the Hogwarts Express, in his first year.

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: Also, that Dumbledore told the Sorting Hat which House he was going to be in at Hogwarts.

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: And my personal favorite of the week: When a basilisk looks into Dumbledoreís eyes it suffers an instant death.

[Andrew and Jamie laugh]

Jamie: That was hilarious. How could you not laugh at that?

Laura: I guess I am going to have to rent some Chuck Norris films because...

Eric: It's some of the British stuff, right? Wasn't that British? I...

Andrew: Yeah, I need to have a talk with Laura and Eric and Ben, if he was here. Why don't you guys think they are funny?

Laura: Hey, well if it helps, if it helps my dad worked on the set of a Chuck Norris film.

Jamie: Really? That's awesome!

Andrew: No way!

Laura: Yeah! Invasion USA.

Andrew: Did he get his autograph?

Laura: No, I don't think so.

Andrew: Was Chuck Norris as cocky as he seems on screen?

Laura: I don't know. This was back before I was born. So...

Andrew: Oh.

Eric: I don't think that Chuck Norris has anything to do with these Chuck Norris jokes. I think it's just his fans.

Jamie: Probably, yeah. How about...

Andrew: Because he's... Because he's a real tough guy on the show and so that's where these - they are sort of like the Jack Bauer jokes.

Jamie: Yeah, they are. Yeah.

Eric: Oh, Jack Bauer.

Jamie: There is no chin behind Dumbledore's beard, only another wand.

[Andrew and Jamie laugh]

Jamie: [laughs] What about if Jack Bauer and Chuck Norris had a fight, Dumbledore would win? I think that was good.

[Andrew and Jamie laugh]

Eric: That was good.

Jamie: Or when Dumbledore and Chuck Norris walked into a room, the room collapsed because that much awesomeness cannot be contained in one building.

[Jamie and Andrew laugh]



Andrew's Huh?! E-mail Of The Week


Andrew: It's now time for Andrew's Huh?! E-mail of the Week. No, that was bad. Huh?!

[Everyone laughs]

Jamie: There you go.

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: It concerns my Easy Button that sounds a little like this [press button] "That Was Easy!"

Jamie: You're fired!

Andrew: Alyssa, 13, of Massachusetts.

[Plays Trump sound "You're Fired!"]

Andrew: The battery is dying, it's getting quieter with every push. Alyssa, 13, of Massachusetts writes:

Hey, Andrew. When you mentioned the Easy Button and played it on the show, I immediately wanted one. I'm sure I'm not the only one and you should have Staples pay you because you brought them business. Love the show! Keep up the good work!

Alyssa, the reason why this my Huh?! E-mail of the Week is because the money from these go to charity and I am not the kind of person who would steal money from charity just by promoting the Easy Button.

Jamie: Nope.

Andrew: As a matter of fact, I have been working with Staples to promote the Easy Button and you can purchase these at your local Staples store for only $5.00 and it benefits the Boys and Girls Club of America. [pushes button] "That Was Easy!"

Jamie: That was quite easy, wasn't it?

[Everyone laughs]



Jamie's Back Hurts


Andrew: Jamie, I've noticed now - you've been a little moody for the past hour. What's going on? You have a story to tell us or something?

Jamie: Well, I haven't... I have a... I can't even think of the word.

Andrew: Story?

Jamie: Story, yeah. [laughs] Well...

Andrew: It's called a story. [laughs]

Jamie: Well, I have a half-confession, as well. I haven't got a joke this week. Now, normally, I'd apologize, but there's a story behind it, so I won't

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: I thought I would be an extremely nice person and clean the kitchen. And I brought the bin, the qui - sorry, the trash can, man. I got...

[Andrew and Laura laugh]

Jamie: I got the trash can, took it outside, and filled it up with water to clean it because it was dirty. Then, I bent down to pick it up, so I could move it to the drain and pour the water away. However, I didn't realize it - it was this heavy. So, I got down, put my hands on it, went to lift it up, and I didn't lift it because it was too heavy, and basically, to cut a long story short, I've torn all the muscles in my lower back, and it hurts. And it hurts so much.

Laura: [moans] I vaguely remember you telling me about that.

Jamie: Yeah. And I can hardly move, and it hurts to do absolutely everything. And they keep spasming and causing me to almost fall over, so that's why: a) I don't have a joke; and b) I feel moody this entire show; and, c) My jokes have been jokes but haven't really been jokes. So, yeah. [laughs]

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: How does he do that?

Andrew: Jamie, have you consulted a doctor?

Jamie: I have, yeah.

Andrew: Because, frankly, I'm worried about you.

Jamie: I have, yeah, yeah.

Andrew: Well, what'd the doctor say?

Jamie: That I've torn my muscles. [laughs]

Andrew: Oh. [laughs]

Jamie: Basically.

Laura: [laughs] Send Jamie some pain killers.

Andrew: Yeah... [laughs]

Jamie: Yeah, and hopefully...

Andrew: ...to the PO Box. [laughs]

Jamie: Yeah, and they'll get with me in 2015, so, I'll tear them again then just so I can use the pain killers.

[Andrew and Laura laugh]



New Segment: Crackpot Theory of the Week


Andrew: Okay, Eric? Are you going to do your e-mail?

Eric: Yeah, sure. You want to intro it, though, because...?

Andrew: Okay. Yeah. We're going to start a new segment this week. We're going to call it - you know, we've been kicking this one around for a while and, when thinking of who would be the best co-host to defend a theory down to the wire with his life depending on it, it would definitely be Eric. So, Eric is going to start a weekly segment, or attempt to make it weekly. It is going to be the Crackpot Theory of the Week. Eric?

Eric: [laughs] Okay. For this first Crackpot Theory of the Week, we go back to... You know, we go back in time a couple...

Andrew: No, wait, wait, wait. Let me explain this a little bit more, because I thought you were going to. Crackpot Theory of the Week: Where Eric will take a theory that he finds online, or maybe one that you send in, and he will defend it with all his might, as outrageous as it might sound, but it could very well be possible. So, go ahead, Eric.

Eric: You've completely crushed [laughs] - you've built up this sort of, you know, big, big tension for this really good, I don't know. All right.

So, for this first Crackpot Theory of the Week, we go back in time a couple of weeks to Lumos. Lumos 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now - oh, by the way, I have pictures of Lumos and Vegas and New York City on my private gallery: crownscull dot com slash gallery. Okay? That's just that for people who want to relive.

Now, okay, so going back to Lumos, there was a few panel discussions, and Steve VanderArk from HP-Lexicon.org was in one of his keynote speeches, I think, or one of his speeches, and at the very end, he fooled, or he surprised everybody with a strange theory as to why Dumbledore isn't dead, or, well, you know, later on in New York City, JKR confirmed this, so I can't really defend it to the T, but he suggested that Dumbledore couldn't be dead because Dumbledore and Professor Slughorn switched bodies before entering the cave.

If you pay close attention, and the reason this floored everybody - everybody went silent - was because in the cave, there are several instances where Dumbledore uses, "Oho" - O - H - O - as a kind of response to start his stories. And it's just - it's very awkward for Dumbledore to, all of a sudden, be saying, "Oho!" a lot, and he's waiting around in the cave. And people - so, the theory is, I guess, that Dumbledore and Slughorn switched bodies. That Slughorn used the Polyjuice Potion, and then that it was Slughorn who was killed, and that's why Dumbledore is still alive, and people were just floored and completely silent, and Steve VanderArk totally PWNed everybody, and everybody walked out, like, "Oh, my god." So, I guess I'm supposed to defend this to a T, but JKR kind of said that he died, and also, Mr. Weasley says, "Oho," once, I think, in Book Five, I was reading. So, Crackpot Theory - well, Crackpot Theory should also be theories that are completely crackpot.

Jamie: I've got a different idea.

Eric: Okay.

Jamie: Can we - can we put a spin on this? Basically, you don't know what the theory is before the show, and then we come up with a theory, and then we say it to you.

Laura: Oh, that's a good idea!

Jamie: And you have to say for five minutes just to defend it, and to come up with all the evidence, and just...

[Eric laughs]

Jamie: ...improvised - improvise.

Andrew: So, we're going to ask the listeners to send in theories that are crazy but could be true, and then we pose them to Eric on the show.

Jamie: Yeah, and he has to improvise, you know, and defend it for two or three minutes, completely improvised.

Andrew: Okay.

Eric: I like that, actually, a lot.

Jamie: Yeah, it'll be fun. It'll be fun.

Eric: I'm psyched for it.

Andrew: All right. So, listeners, subject line: Crackpot Theory. Pose a theory, pose your points, we'll read them to Eric. Eric will...

Jamie: Defend them to the death. Good, good.

Andrew: Yeah.

Eric: Oh, but no points. I almost want to ask no points, because they're...

Andrew: Okay. Then, just the theory.

Eric: Just the theory.

Andrew: All right.

Eric: Even if you have points for it, don't share them, and see if I bring them up.

Andrew: But, keep in mind that Eric has to defend it for a few minutes...

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: ...so, don't make it something that could be... Well, two or three minutes. So, make it a theory that it can last...

Eric: Yeah.

Andrew: You know, it's not stupid. It's discussion worthy.

Eric: Okay. Oh, by the way, Eric...

Andrew: mugglecast at staff dot mugglenet dot com



Eric's Exciting News!


Eric: You guys, you guys - Laura, Laura especially remembers Eric. You know, the wand checker, Eric, from Book Five?

Laura: Oh, yeah.

Andrew: Yeah, you brought him up on the show.

Laura: I remember that.

Eric: He has a last name! I was... As I said, I was reading Book Five, and he has - his last name is Munch.

Andrew: Oh.

Jamie: Yeah, yeah. It is. Yeah.

Eric: Yeah, it is. His name is Eric Munch, and he arrests Sturgis Podmore. He's on night duty in the Department of Mysteries, so, he must be important to have a job in the Department of Mysteries. Okay.

Andrew: Cool!

Eric: Okay. Cool.

Andrew: Well, I believe that does wrap up our show this week. [laughs] We hope you enjoyed our testing of Crackpot Theory.

[Laura laughs]

Eric: I did.

Andrew: And...

Eric: I think Jamie's idea was better.

Jamie: Thank you.



Last E-Mail: Where's Chapter-by-Chapter?


Andrew: One last e-mail comes from Sura...Suraimee...Surama...

Laura: Suriyama?

Jamie: So, yeah. This is from Suriyama, 21, from Bonn in Germany. Subject: Chapter-by-Chapter.

"I just wanted to ask if you are going to continue with the Chapter-by-Chapter segment. I really liked it and miss it a lot. I love your show and all you. It's by the far the best podcast. Regards, Suri."

Thank you, Suri.

Andrew: Yeah, we've been getting a lot of e-mails like this lately, wondering where Chapter-by-Chapter is, and, like we said, at the end of the last one, that we'd be taking a break off it, but we are going to bring it back very soon, but...

Eric: Yeah, I think I...

Andrew: But we're working on a new format for it...

Eric: Yeah.

Andrew: ...in order to make it better.

Eric: I guess I just have to send you a kind of reformed, revised outline about how to clearly state things, right, Andrew? So, shouldn't we - could we promise getting it on next week? Could we do that? Can everybody read, I think it would be the first two...

Jamie: Yeah, yeah.

Eric: First two chapters of Book Two?

Jamie: Two? Two?

Andrew: Yes.

Eric: Next week - I tell you, people - with this new Crackpot Theory of the Week; with this Chapter-by-Chapter Book Two starting up, next week is going to be Eric-tastic.

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: Oh, god. [laughs]

Laura: Oh, Jesus.

[Andrew and Laura laugh]

Eric: I am stoked. And, by the way, check out the gallery. eric scull dot com slash gallery.

Jamie: Yeah, yeah. Right.



Show Close


Andrew: If you cannot believe next week's show is going to be Eric-tastic, then please remember to call in with all your excitement to 1-218-20-MAGIC in the [says slowly] UK you can dial...

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: It's loading really slow. 020-8144-0677. In Australia you can use 02-8003-5668. We haven't been getting many calls from these places.

[Show close music plays]

Eric: It's because you say double four, double oh seven, double eight, acht, neun...

Andrew: I picked double numbers so it's catchy, sort of.

Eric: No, it sounds awesome, but I would hate to be the person who has to slow down your voice on the show and actually catch it.

Andrew: 020-8144-0677 UK. 02-8003-5668 in Australia. If you didn't catch that, just go to MuggleCast dot com, click on contact. Also, Skype the user name MuggleCast, e-mail mugglecast at staff dot mugglenet dot com with your dating uh, dating uh, dating uh, dating uh things.

Jamie: Yeah.

Andrew: If you like Michael or Allan, please e-mail Andrew at staff dot MuggleNet dot com and let us know.

Eric: If you like goats, send that in, too.

Andrew: Hopefully, we'll get you two together.

[Laura laughs]

Eric: About Aberforth's...

Andrew: Listener Rebuttals; you guys know how we do the show by now. Send everything in. And also check LeakyMug.com this week for more information on LeakyMug Live in California for the Podcast Awards. We'll all be out there. It's a par-tay, woo! That wraps up MuggleCast Episode 53 [laughs]. I'm Andrew Sims.

Eric: I am Eric-tastic.

Laura: I'm Laura Thompson.

Jamie: And I am Jam.

Laura: Jamie, you were supposed to...

Eric: [laughs] Jam. Jam.

Laura: ...fight me for that.

Jamie: No way. No way.

Laura: We were supposed to be fighting over that last place now...

Jamie: Laura.

Laura: ...like we were at the beginning of the show.

Jamie: Laura. Laura, I'm in so much pain now, you just have to poke me and I fall over and give in, seriously.

[Andrew and Laura laugh]

Andrew: We'll see everyone next week for Episode Fitty-four.

Laura: Adios!

Jamie: Fitty-four! Bye bye.

Eric: Ciao.



Micah's First News Segment

Andrew: In commemoration, now, of Micah Tannenbaum's one year of news podcasting here on MuggleCast, here is his very first news segment, which he is very, very embarrassed of.

Micah: Thanks, Andrew.

Let's begin with our top news story...

Start spreading the news (don't worry, I wont break out singing Frank Sinatra), but Warner Bros. announced Friday that the Big Apple will host the U.S. premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on November 12, 2005. The world premiere will take place a week earlier, on November 6th in London.

Speaking of Goblet of Fire, on Wednesday, Warner Bros. officially released the international trailer with amazing shots of the Quidditch World Cup and all three tasks in the Triwizard Tournament. Listeners can check out this new trailer by logging on to the film's official website at www.gobletoffire.com.

Staying with the topic of movie premieres, Katie Leung (who portrays Cho Chang) and Robert Pattinson (who portrays Cedric Diggory) both recently attended the Dukes of Hazzard premiere in Leicester Square, London. Hopefully, they weren't taking any acting lessons.

Finally, wrapping up our movie news for this week, Tom Felton (who portrays Draco Malfoy) will supposedly stay on through the filming of the seventh Harry Potter movie. He spoke about it while hosting the 3rd Annual Junior Carp Tournament, saying: "I'll keep doing it as long as they want me to."

In other news, a Dutch Harry Potter fan named Dennis just couldn't wait for the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, so he made his own rendition entitled Harry Potter and the Torch with Green Flames, which he started writing back in January of 2004. And while publishing of his creation was forbidden, it was uploaded onto the Internet (in Dutch for those who wish to read).

Moving from the Netherlands to France, the French cover of Half-Blood Prince was released on Tuesday, which is similar in style to the American deluxe edition. The book is due out in France on October 1st.

Finally, if you didn't have a chance to participate, on Thursday MuggleNet staffer Jamie Lawrence hosted a chat with Matthew Lewis (who portrays Neville Longbottom). You can log on to MuggleNet to check out the transcript.

Before we leave two birthday announcements to take make: one to Rupert Grint the actor who portrays Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films turned 17 and to MuggleNet senior staff member Ben Schoen who turned 16, both on Tuesday. Happy birthday to both of you. And I'd sing happy birthday, but I assume you want to keep your ratings up.

Of course you can get more in-depth news, pictures, videos, and audio clips of all the things mentioned by logging on to MuggleNet.

That's all the news for this August 28, 2005, edition of MuggleCast, back to you guys.



Bloopers


Jamie: [singing] They're coming to take him away, ha ha, they're coming to take him away, ho ho, hee hee, ha ha. To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time. And I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats.

Laura: [laughs] Thank you, Jamie.

Jamie: You're welcome.


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