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[Intro music plays]

Andrew: Because a full year of MuggleCast-ing is now behind us, this is MuggleCast Episode 70 for December 30th, 2006, our very special New Year's Eve show.

[Music continues to play]

Andrew: Happy New Year!

[Everyone cheers]

[Eric whistles]

Andrew: Party going on in the MuggleCast studio. Welcome back, everyone, to the first MuggleCast of 2007. Dare I say, the first podcast of 2007? Probably not. This probably - this show is probably going to go out early. Welcome everyone to our New Year's show. We have a fun show planned for everyone. I'm glad everyone could join us once again back at the MuggleCast studio this week.

Eric: Yep.

Andrew: Eric, Jamie, Laura, Micah; you're all here.

Jamie: Apparently.

Andrew: Those MuggleCast t-shirts, they've been selling so well. We actually built a studio outside of my house now, and we actually have a private airport. So, you guys just fly right in, no problem.

Laura: Yeah.

Micah: The tree house doesn't count, Andrew.

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: Sims International.

Andrew: Yes. It's a...

Jamie: It serves four million passengers a year, and that's just us flying back and forth to do the show.

Andrew: [laughs] Yeah. Flight code S-I-M.

Jamie: Yeah.

Andrew: For anyone who is looking to book a flight on Sims International Airlines.

Eric: I thought it was S-M-Z. I book my flights on S-M-Z. Where's that?

Jamie: No, that's...

Andrew: That's New Zealand. [laughs]

Jamie: Yeah, that is New Zealand. [laughs] Yeah. Oh, well, that's okay then. Anyway.

Eric: Yeah, I'm going.

Andrew: [laughs] Yeah. We have a fun show for everyone today; all about the upcoming New Year, and looking back at last year in the Harry Potter world. Quite a busy one. So, I'm Andrew Sims.

Jamie: I'm Jamie Lawrence.

Eric: I'm Eric Scull.

Laura: I'm Laura Thompson.

Micah: And I'm Micah Tannenbaum.


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Micah: HarryLatino uncovered some interesting details earlier this week concerning recent trademarks filed by a company named Field Fisher Waterhouse. Along with registering Deathly Hallows on December 5th, they also registered two more titles: Heart of Ravenclaw and Deadly Veil. A representative for Jo said that the titles were "never contenders" for Book 7. The representative went on to say, "We often registered a few spares to keep people guessing! Whether Jo reveals what her two other favorites were, I don't know."

We've received several tentative foreign titles for Book 7 that I won't even attempt to pronounce, but there are some very interesting translations.

And although no release date has been announced, the UK's Royal Mail is already undergoing preparation for the task of delivering Deathly Hallows. Planning will commence with online retailers next month, and pre-orders are expected to be just as high as the 500,000 for Book 6. A Royal spokesman said, "This kind of operation takes a lot of planning."

British bookmakers are taking bets on which characters will bite it in Deathly Hallows. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Draco Malfoy are the current front-runners with 6-1 odds - after Voldemort, that is, who remains the odds-on favorite at 4-5.

The Internet Movie Database has released their top 25 stars for 2006. Among them were Dan Radcliffe and Emma Watson, who came in at 22nd and 16th, respectively. These rankings were not based upon critical assessments or box-office performance, but the actual search behavior of over 42 million users of

Alan Rickman, the actor who plays Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films spoke recently in an interview about his new movie, Snow Cake, and a little about Order of the Phoenix. You can see a video of this over on

Amazon has recently released a list of the most reviewed and requested items of 2006. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone topped their list as the book with the most positive reviews by customers for the year.

HPEF has announced two new Potter conferences. The first is Portus 2008 from July 10-13 in Dallas, Texas. With its theme, "Opening the door to the Department of Mysteries," Portus will explore all the metaphysical aspects of the Wizarding World.

And the Ministry of Magic will be scrutinized even more in-depth at "Level Two 2009," which will be held July 23-26 2009, in San Jose, California. The theme for this conference will focus on Defense Against the Dark Arts.

Registration for both these conferences has not yet opened, and websites are expected to be launched in the spring.

Just a reminder, two other Harry Potter symposiums will take place this summer: Enlightening 2007 from July 12-15 in Philadelphia and Prophecy 2007 from August 2-5 in Toronto.

Finally, in what could be argued was not the best holiday gift for her, Laura Mallory, the Georgian mother who is fighting to have the Potter series banned from local schools, has been named Idiot of the Year by the Washington Post. The paper reads:

"This vigilant mother of four has demanded local schools remove Harry Potter from their libraries because, in her analysis, the books are an "evil" attempt to indoctrinate children in Wicca religion. Congratulations Laura, and good luck on your quest to eradicate the dark forces which pollute children's literature."

That's all the news for this December 30th, 2006 edition of MuggleCast. Happy New Year and see you all in 2007!

Andrew: All right. Thank you, Micah.

Micah: Wasn't that a great news segment?

Andrew: I enjoyed it.

Jamie: Yeah.

Andrew: I do enjoy them from week to week.

Jamie: I do as well.

Andrew: I enjoy listening to them. Mainly because I have to, but I do enjoy them nonetheless.

[Eric laughs]

Micah: Well, thanks, Andrew. I have to listen to you every week when I transcribe, so.

[Andrew and Laura laugh]

Jamie: Ooh, ooh.

Andrew: Well, I guess we're even, aren't we?

Happy New Year

Jamie: Here's a question for everyone, and I want serious answers. Okay? Okay, should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?

Andrew: I don't know, but I think you should sing something like that.

Jamie: No, I think you should answer the question.

Andrew: Yes. Everyone sings it, why not?

Jamie: I was looking for something slightly more substantial.

Andrew: I got nothing.

Jamie: Fair enough. Okay. Anyone?

Laura: It's New Year's Eve. We're useless, we're not going to give you anything substantial.

Eric: [sings] Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne...

Andrew: Okay, but yet another year and Eric is still just as annoying as he was, 2006 and 2005.

Jamie: [sings] Should auld acquaintance be... [hums]


Andrew: We'd like to remind everyone that it is a new month over at Podcast Alley, which means you should place your vote for us so that we can be in the top of the charts. We like being in the top of the charts because that helps spread the word about the show, and we want more Harry Potter fans to listen to the show. And, oh, I had dreaded this day. I didn't think that it would be coming this soon. MuggleCast t-shirts are no longer for sale. They are done. We can't sell anymore.

Eric: So...

Andrew: We'll probably give some away in contests, but this is it.

Jamie: Yeah.

Andrew: You can no longer support the show...

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: ..via a t-shirt.

Laura: We're all going to starve now. [laughs]

Andrew: Yeah, we're going to starve. There is no way of hibernating now. A lot of people have been asking us why we had to stop selling t-shirts. We did clarify, Episode 64 or 65, I can't remember which.

Eric: A couple more times.

Andrew: WB... Yeah. WB asked us for licensing legality issues just to stop, and of course we are going to respect their request. So, they are no longer for sale, but we will probably be giving some away in contests and such and live events. So, look forward to that.

Jamie: Yeah.

2006 Reflections

Andrew: So, it is our New Years show. We're going to take a step outside of the regular discussions that we do normally every week. And, of course, the big news within the past couple weeks, the release of the title of Book Seven. If you didn't catch Episode 69 that's where it is all at, and we'll be discussing...

Jamie: So listen.

Andrew: We'll be discussing it more on Episode 71, but for now it's the New Year's show and we're going to have some fun. I thought we would start it off by talking about the best 2006 moments, because this was a big year for Harry Potter fans.

Jamie: When I found out I was pregnant.

Andrew: Even a bigger year for us. Yeah.

Laura: Yeah, it really was.

Andrew: Specifically for those of us who do co-host the show. We really all met each other this year.

Jamie: Yeah.

Andrew: Except for me and Ben.

Laura: That was...

Jamie: It was surreal.

Andrew: Yeah. And Eric.

Eric: Yeah.

Andrew: And Kevin. [laughs]

Eric: Well, we had...

Andrew: And Micah. [laughing] Okay, so not everyone.

Eric: Well, who had I... Last November, 2005...

Laura: I was the only one that hadn't met anybody. [laughs]

Eric: Right.

Laura: Basically.

Andrew: And Jamie.

Laura: Yeah, Jamie.

Andrew: Well, Jamie knew Emerson.

Jamie: I'd met Eric.

Eric: Yeah. He met me. Yeah.

Jamie: Yeah, I'd met Eric.

Andrew: Oh, and Eric.

Eric: So he - yeah.

Jamie: So, in fact when you originally stated that this was the year where we met everyone, that couldn't have been further from the truth. Everyone has met everyone else.

[Micah laughs]

Andrew: No, I couldn't. I just wasted every one's time. [laughs] No, but...

Jamie: Yep.

Andrew: We had four big events - well, we had three big events. Lumos, July 26th through the 30th. New York City for JK Rowling's charity reading, "Harry, Carrie, and Garp," that was August 1st and 2nd. Los Angeles for the Podcast Awards and our LIVE podcast in L.A. which was in late September. Between those three we all hung out several times and it was a lot of fun.

Andrew's Best Moment of 2006

Andrew: And I wanted to go around the table with a "Best Of" moments. Laura and I came up with this idea because - it sort of stemmed from one story...

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: ...that Laura reminded me about.

Laura: Yeah. [laughing] Do you want to talk about that story, Andrew?

Andrew: Yeah, because I fricking love it.

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: I'm so proud of myself for what I did.

Laura: It was...

Andrew: You set it up, and then I'll - go ahead.

Laura: Okay, well, basically, we were all over at the JW, and Andrew had this iPod fan.

[Eric sighs]

Laura: And it was very, very cool, and he hit the button on it, and you know, it fanned you.

Andrew: Yeah.

Laura: And we were all pretty impressed with it, and he was informing us where we could get some, so, Andrew, why don't you tell people where they could get their iPod fans?

Andrew: Well, Eric came in, and asked me where he could get one of those, and we were in the JW Marriott, so I said to him, I decided to pull a prank on him, I said to him that I will - that they're available in the lobby for free. [laughs] So...

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: ...that was completely made up. It is funny. It's hilarious, Eric. So, I mean, that wasn't even the best part. When I told him that, he sprinted out of the room to go and grab one, because I think I told you there was only a few left, so you better hurry up. [laughs] And the rest of the night, you were so angry at me.

[Jamie laughs]

Laura: It was hilarious, though, because the second Eric went flying out the door...

Andrew: You hated me.

Laura: ...Andrew like does this - he does this little jig. He's like, all excited, he does this jig and slams the door to the room.

Andrew: Yeah.

Laura: And I'm like, "Oh, my god, that's so mean!" And then I'm like, you know, trying not to laugh.

Eric: Yeah, well, the untold part of that story is where I went down to the desk, asked the - one of the...

[Laura laughs]

Eric: This lady was mopping. There was nobody at the desk. I was like, you know, "A friend of mine said he got this iPod fan at the..."

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: "...desk," and, you know, she was like, "Que? Que?" You know, "What's going on?" So, I ran through the casino then...

Jamie: Then they called the boys in white coats.

Eric: the conference center front desk. I thought, you meant, you know, maybe that desk, and they were closed and locked up, and I was wandering the locked-doored halls of, of - until I finally, you know, came back and just looked at you with beady, red eyes...

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: ...and took your iPod fan, which now has kept me very cool and saved my life while we were waiting for JKR to emerge from the door, and actually... So, yeah, at "Harry, Carrie, and Garp" in New York City, on that hot day when we were all subjected to hot, hot heat, and sun, and sweat, and death.

Jamie: Hot Hot Heat!

Eric: You owe me an "I Owe You."

Jamie: [sings "Oh, Goddamnit" by Hot Hot Heat]

Regular exposure to insecticide
Has caused me to break out in hives
I'm losing weight, I cannot wait
Oh, Saturday...

Jamie's Best Moment of 2006

Andrew: So, that was that. Jamie, do you have any big memories about the past year? I guess at the live events we've spent together.

Jamie: I, I, okay, I don't want to sound like, you know, the bloody - sorry, I don't want to sound like the guy who's like, you know, "And I want to bring out a big thanks to everyone," but I, I really enjoyed this year because, you know, it was awesome to go to America and meet, you know, everyone who's hopefully listening now. And it was so nice to see everyone and to speak to you all and it was - it's been a surreal year, it really has been a surreal year, taking in, you know, Vegas for a podcast, California for a podcast.

Laura: [laughs] Yeah.

Jamie: And it's been surreal to meet all of my fellow co-hosts, as well. And it's clearly, you know, clearly they're all going to be lifelong friendships and my god, I'm going to cry.

Eric and Laura: Awww.

Eric: Jamie, sorry to tell you, you have become that guy who says the...

Jamie: Hmm? I have - I've just become the exact person I told myself...

[Eric sighs]

Jamie: ...I wasn't going to turn into.

Eric: You know, I hate it when that happens, but at least you're a decent guy.

Jamie: So, yeah. So, all of you and all the fans that we've met, I think everyone's been absolutely lovely. I have not met a single bad person yet, ever, and I won't say ever.

[Eric and Laura laugh]

Jamie: But in terms of Harry Potter fans, you know, and the people we've met, yeah. Everyone's been absolutely fantastic and I've had one of the best years of my life.

Andrew: Awww.

Jamie: So, thank you, everyone.

Andrew: I'd agree with that, yeah.

Eric: My moment of the year is going to be Jamie trying to hold the - you know, balance the seven boxes of Lucky Charms in Los Angeles.

Jamie: Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah, thank you for those. They were awesome.

Eric: [laughs] He had seven boxes. Just trying to, you know, carry all that stuff out with him, and the poor fans were still mobbing him for autographs and stuff.

Jamie: They...that was...we had an awesome breakfast the next day.

[Eric laughs]

Andrew: What breakfast? At my house?

Jamie: No, after the podcast in LA.

Andrew: Oh.

Jamie: We had all those Lucky Charms.

Andrew: Oh.

Jamie: Finished them all.

Eric: Yeah, they were seven unopened boxes [laughs] or, seven opened boxes, rather, the next day.

Andrew: Yeah.

Jamie: Oh.

Micah's Best Moment of 2006

Andrew: Micah, you got any stories you'd like to share?

Jamie: If you just say the same as me, then you can appear really, you know, thoughtful and emotional, you don't even have to say all the stuff that I said.

Micah: Well, I echo Jamie's sentiments. [laughs]

Jamie: There you go. You're fine, now, then. Now everyone will go, "Awww."

Micah: [laughs] No, I do have some funny moments.

Andrew: Give us your number one, and then I've got a question for you.

Micah: Oh, boy. I'd say, and I don't know if Andrew even remembers this, when we were at the second night of "Harry, Carrie, and Garp," he must have been pretty tired, because he slept through pretty much the ending...

Andrew: Micah, I don't know what you're talking about.

Micah: ...of Stephen King and John Irving..

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: That would be unprofessional and I would not...

Jamie: It would be unprofessional.

Micah: ...and I woke him up as JK Rowling was coming out...

Andrew: That is - okay...

Micah: ...onto the stage.

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: Okay, yes. Granted, I slept through one of the things, but I do not remember you waking me up. I'm pretty sure I woke myself up. [laughs]

Micah: [laughs] You magically woke up?

Andrew: Yeah. What do you mean, magically?

Micah: Do you know how many times I tried prodding you to get awake? [laughs]

Jamie: Although...

Andrew: Really?

Jamie: I can add to that story, because...

Andrew: Because you slept through one, too! [laughs]

Jamie: Hey, Andrew, who introduced, who introduced Stephen - what was him name, King, on the first night?

Laura: Stephen King?

Andrew: Okay, well, the only reason I know this...

Laura: Well, I know.

Eric: It was Kathy Bates.

Jamie: [laughs] Answer the question, Andrew. Answer the question.

Andrew: No, it was Jon Stewart, but the only reason I know that...

Jamie: Okay...

Andrew: because I know where you're going to go with that. I...

Jamie: Of course I am, of course I am. [laughs]

Andrew: I didn't know as a fact, I didn't know that as a fact, but go ahead. [laughs]

Jamie: Okay, what happened was, we were all sitting there, you know, pretty tired, you know, sort of slumped back a bit, waiting and they said, "And now, please welcome..." and then, introduced the name, you know, Jon Stewart, who's going to welcome, you know, Stephen King on. Andrew jumped out of his chair, practically silently screamed.

Andrew: No, I didn't!

Jamie: Okay, Andrew, you did! I saw you, okay. You didn't have a mirror in front of you.

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: I can see you now, the - your eyes lit up like a child at Christmas, opening his...

[Laura laughs]

Jamie: that he wishes...

Andrew: I thought it was cool. It was a nice surprise.

Jamie: It was more than cool. You thought it was, you thought it was synonymous with paradise.

Andrew: [laughs] No.

Jamie: That one moment that you were sitting there.

Laura: Hey, I'm all about that. Micah was sitting...

Micah: Wait, I'm confused.

Laura: ...beside me when he came out, and I screamed and probably scared him.

Eric: There's a historical inaccuracy.

Micah: Yeah.

Eric: Jon Stewart introduced JK Rowling, because he was talking about his child...

Andrew: Oh, yeah, he did.

Eric: ...and how you should. I don't know, about kicking the children or whatever.

Jamie: I'm sorry. Well, yeah, yeah.

Eric: Because JKR had attended The Daily Show the previous day.

Jamie: Ah, yes. Well, yeah. Andrew, yeah, couldn't contain his excitement. I had to calm him down for ages afterwards.

Andrew: Yeah.

Jamie: Oh my god. It was just a chore. It was just a chore.

Andrew: Yeah, I just kept shaking and - terrible.

Jamie: Yeah. Sweating, vomiting, uncontrollable, you know?

Andrew: Yeah.

Eric's Best Moment of 2006

Eric: Ugh. Well, my top moment was seeing Jon Stewart from row six. [laughs]

Laura: Okay.

Andrew: Via tickets you bought the day beforehand.

Eric: Via tickets an hour or two before. Now, I would've been perfectly fine with MuggleCast seats. I wanted a seat - I wanted to sit next to Kevin, Andrew, Jamie, Ben, all of them, but, you know, whatever. There just didn't happen to be a ticket for me, so I had to go on my own, fend for myself, get my own ticket, and I ended up in, one row in front of Emerson and Melissa, sitting...

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: ...directly in front of JKR for the whole reading.

Andrew: Their reserved seating. Go figure.

Eric: The first night, so I don't quite know how I got there, but Melissa put it best when she said, you know, "Someone up there must really like you." So, that was my moment. I got to see JKR from...

Micah's Live Podcast Experience

Andrew: Who else are we missing here?

Micah: You said you had a question, though, Andrew.

Andrew: I do have a question for you. You've done two - well, you introduced us for two of the live podcasts over the past year, or three, if you count the first podcast in New York City. What is it like, I've never asked you this, what is it like getting up in front of all those people, being the first one, to talk into the mic?

Micah: Ummm, I mean...

Andrew: Is it scary? I'd be scared.

Micah: I think there's definitely a little bit of nervousness going into it, particularly in LA, because I didn't think that I was going to be doing anything.

Andrew: Oh, yeah. Five minutes beforehand, I'm like, "Hey, Micah, by the way..."

Micah: Then sort of had to put something together.

Jamie: Yeah.

Micah: I mean, it's hard because you don't know, do you want to stand up there and talk for a couple minutes, do you want to just introduce the people and get it started? I mean, because I'm sure the audience knows that we're under time constraints in certain stores. So...

Andrew: Right.

Micah: know, we can't just sit there and have me talk and not get you guys up there, but you know, I mean, I think it's fun starting it off, and I think going into the future, if it's cool to still do it, I think, you know, it's expected that that's what happens, and you know, it's been a lot of fun doing that, and it kind of goes back to what Jamie said. You know, just meeting all those people and...

Jamie: Yeah, it's cool.

Micah: ...and meeting the fans of the show. It's really cool to go out there and have them sort of cheering like they do, and you sort of look at them like, you know, "Why are you cheering for me? I'm just, you know, another fan."

Eric: You do it so well, Micah, too.

[Laura and Micah laugh]

Eric: You have this - you do it so well. I mean, you may be nervous or whatever, but you go out there and you're like, "How's everybody doing tonight?" You know? And they scream, okay, you're just the shiznit.

[Micah laughs]

Eric: Because like watching - because technically I'm in - except for the Vegas panel, I've been in the audience some of the times, you know, watching, or even in Los Angeles, when I was the guy in the audience, talking to the people, it was great because I could get to watch you guys and watch you guys up on stage and see you guys develop. You know, not only did we develop the first year doing this, but, you know, the second year of doing this, we've developed even further, and developed, you know? Our ties with Leaky have become stronger and, you know, that's really developed. We've done the whole Leaky Mug thing...

New Year's Resolutions for 2006

Andrew: So, last year, as everyone should remember, we made New Year's resolutions, and I have them queued up now because I want to see if we all did them. We'll start with - Let's see. We'll start with me here.

[Cuts to 2006 New Year's Resolutions]

Andrew: My New Year's resolution is to have, by the end of 2006, 100,000 MuggleCast subscribers.

[Kevin laughs]

Andrew: Is that so much to ask? I don't think so.

[Laura laughs]

Ben: I don't know about that one.

Eric: There's 6.5 billion people in the world, so...

Andrew: Well we're almost there.

[Cuts back to Episode 70]

Andrew: I'm not going to lie; Didn't get to 100,000 this year. I'll be open about it. I didn't make my New Year's resolution. I can only blame that on the listeners.

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: Not myself. So in a way, I'm doing okay.

Laura: It was their New Year's resolution...

Andrew: Exactly.

Laura: ...which you assigned to them.

Andrew: I'll tell you one thing I did change: I sounded congested in all these episodes I listened to, the older ones. I sounded like a...I'm ready just sounds like I have the worst cold.

Laura: Really?

Andrew: Yeah!

Laura: I thought your voice had just changed.

Andrew: [In high pitched voice] Probably! [In deep voice] Do I sound like more of a radio professional now?

Jamie: Oh yeah.

Andrew: MuggleCast. Ummm, yeah, so mine didn't work out completely. By the way, that's my New Year's resolution for 2007. Here's Ben's. It didn't really work out for him either.

[Micah and Jamie laugh]

[Cuts to 2006 New Year's Resolutions]

Ben: Well first of all, is to stop eating so much Sonic.

Laura: [laughs] Awww!

Andrew: Why Ben?

Eric: Ben trying to cut back. Trying to cut back on that Sonic.

Ben: Because it's not good for my heart. My second New Year's resolution is to meet Emma Watson.

[Cuts back to Episode 70]

Andrew: Okay, well he did stop eating Sonic, and then he went to another fast food place with 'S'. It's called Subway [laughs], and did not meet Emma Watson, so that did not completely work out.

Laura: He saw her from a distance.

Andrew: He got close, yeah. Close but no cigar. Ah, let's see, and then Kevin's...

[Cuts to 2006 New Year's Resolutions]

Kevin: My New Year's resolution is, uh, get rich and take over the world.

Andrew: Hmmm.

Kevin: Yeah.

Ben: We know that's not going to happen.

Kevin: Or McDonald's.

[Cuts back to Episode 70]

Andrew: [laughs] Well, Ben called it right there.

Jamie: Doesn't everyone want to do that, though? It's like saying, "I want to be happy." Really? I thought you were actually hoping to be sad!

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: Then Eric came up with a very original New Year's resolution.

[Cuts to 2006 New Year's Resolutions]

Eric: My New Year's resolution is...

Ben: To stop talking.

[Everyone but Eric laughs]

Eric: No, but my New Year's resolution is to get rich and take over the world first.

[Cuts back to Episode 70]

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: Eric, any comment?

Eric: Uhhh...

Andrew: Did you do that?

Eric: Well, since Kevin still didn't, I am still able and technically capable fulfilling lat year's New Year's resolution.

[Andrew laughs]

Jamie: Yeah, that's very true.

Andrew: It's very true, good point.

Eric: I'm going to make that mine for next year.

Andrew: Alright, then Laura? You sort of came through with yours.

[Cuts to 2006 New Year's Resolutions]

Laura: My only New Year's resolution would be to write more.

Kevin: Write more?

Laura: Yeah, write more. I don't write as much as I should.

Kevin: So you're going to write a book?

Laura: I've been writing since I was a kid, so yeah.

Ben: So have I, actually.

Kevin: So she wants to publish. First one on MuggleCast.

Laura: Oh, yeah. I want to be a published author. Definitely. I do.

[Cuts back to Episode 70

Andrew: Laura, are you a published author now?

Laura: [Laughs] Sort of. I contributed to MuggleNet's What will Happen in Harry Potter 7.

Andrew: Technically you are.

Eric: With Ben and Jamie.

Laura: Yeah, not really what I thought would happen, but...

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: Ben fulfilled Laura's New Year's resolutions pretty much.

Laura: Sort of.

Eric: And Jamie. Jamie and Ben.

Laura: Yeah.

Andrew: And lastly, Micah.

[Cuts to 2006 New Year's Resolutions]

Micah: I would say to sweep out the transcript dungeon, there's a lot of stuff that's piled up down there.

[Cuts back to Episode 70

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: That was so cheesy!

Andrew: Micah, any comment on that one?

Micah: Who is that guy?

[Eric and Laura laugh]

Andrew: Who is that hottie?

Micah: No, joking aside, I mean I think that one of the great things we did do this past year was build a sort of transcript team.

Andrew: Mhm.

Micah: And not call them elves, because that's pretty demeaning.

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: So, now we call them slaves.

Jamie: Yeah.

Micah: No, no. I think it's great the work that they've done...

Andrew: Absolutely.

Micah: ...and they put a lot of hard work in each week, and I think they deserve to be recognized, too. So...

Andrew: Thank you, transcribers. Round of applause, ladies and gentlemen.

Eric: Ladies and gentlemen, the transcript dojo is...

Jamie: Yeah, with sensei Tannenbaum.

Eric: With sensei Tannenbaum.

[Micah laughs]

Jamie: He beats them with bamboo sticks if they don't get their segments in on time.

New Year's Resolutions for 2007

Andrew: New Year's resolutions this year. I've already said mine; 100,000 listeners by the end of the year. It probably will end up being 2008's resolution. Uh, Laura?

Laura: Oh, I don't know. Give me one. Give me a New Year's resolution.

Andrew: Become a published author outside of a Harry Potter theory book.

Laura: Okay, sure.

Andrew: Cool.

Laura: That sounds good to me.

Andrew: Jamie, how about you? You didn't do this last year.

Jamie: Um, God, I don't know. I'm going to...

Eric: Think of a New Year's resolution for 2008.

Jamie: Yeah. I'm going to start doing some proper university work. It's boring, but you know, it's true.

Andrew: Now are you really going to come through with that?

Jamie: No, yeah, definitely, yeah. These are you know, it's the start of a brand new year. You know? Actually, no. I probably will for the first two weeks and then I'll go back to my old habits.

[Andrew and Eric laugh]

Andrew: Micah, are you going to stick with last New Year's or what?

Micah: No, that's pretty boring.

Andrew: Yeah. [laughs]

Micah: Maybe to be more professional during show recordings?

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: Because you're not the most professional person on this show.

Laura: Oh, come on! That's fun.

Andrew: Yeah, you probably are. I think you are.

Book Seven

Andrew: Now we hadn't planned on a cover - not a cover, a title of Book Seven to be released, so we were going to talk about the possibility of Book Seven being released in 2007. If we did not get a title by the end of the year, I think it would have been fair to say we definitely wouldn't see the book by 2007.

Jamie: So true.

Eric: Yeah, true.

Laura: Yeah.

Andrew: Now that we are, like we said last week, we are sticking with that we're probably going to see it in 2007, right?

Jamie: See what?

Andrew: The book.

Jamie: Oh yeah.

Laura: Yeah, I mean maybe. If it does come out in 2007, it would have to be the summer time.

Eric: I'm still hoping for the book in 2008, and I'm definitely not hoping for summer 2007, because they've ruined that date forever, the Warner Bros. people.

Andrew: And of course the big event in 2007 that's sure to happen: Order of the Phoenix movie release, United States and United Kingdom premiere.

Jamie: Yep.

Andrew: Along with every other press event that's bound to be occurring.

Jamie: Prophecy.

Micah: You know what's interesting though? I'm just looking at this right now. I know how I mentioned on last week's show that I thought it was going to be Halloween of 2007, but Laura brought up that that's actually on a Wednesday, but you know what isn't on a Wednesday, and is actually on a Friday is the Winter Solstice.

Andrew: Hmmm, so exactly a year later?

Micah: Yeah. I don't know. Just throwing stuff out there.

Andrew: Right before Christmas, though, I don't know.

Micah: Yeah, that's true.

Andrew: Well we don't have to get into this all again, but...

Micah: Well hey, that's perfect for consumers.

Andrew: Yeah, no you're right.

Micah: Kids will be off from school.

Andrew: You're right but no kids - you're right, yeah, but no kids...

Micah: It will be cold outside to do a podcast though.

Andrew: No kid will want to wait until Christmas, though, to get the book. So, it defeats the purpose of, you know, selling it for the holidays sort of. So, without a doubt the next seven months are going to be very busy at MuggleNet, and of course we're looking forward to it. [laughs]

Prophecy 2007

Jamie: What about Prophecy?

Andrew: Oh, yeah, and then, of course, Prophecy.

Eric: Looking forward to that.

Laura: Are we even going?

Andrew: We're not going to officially announce, but put it this way: they want us to come, and...

Eric: We want to be there kind of maybe?

Jamie: Yeah, we do.

Andrew: And they're going to help us get there, so as for right now, yes, we'll probably be there.

Laura: So should I be getting my passport?

Jamie: No, Laura. If you just tell them you're going to a Harry Potter convention it will be fine. Yeah, you're good.

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: Yeah, they'll let you go.

Laura: [Laughs] Yeah, I'm sure they will.

Enlightening 2007

Andrew: And then, of course, Enlightening 2007, another convention that, at least, Jamie, Ben, and I are going to. We're going to be holding a seminar on podcasting. It's not going to be your typical seminar, trust me. It's going to be a fun, two days - not a full two days; we're going to be doing two sessions one day and two sessions the other day of podcasting, helping people learn how to do it. It's going to be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to that. Jamie, you too?

Jamie: Yeah, I think it will be awesome. Yeah.

Andrew: Yeah, so we're going to be doing a lot of work of course.

Micah: And you're doing a live show, right?

Andrew: Yeah, we're doing a live podcast there, too, on the day of the movie's US release, July 13th. So that will all be good stuff. And what else? Anything else coming up in 2007?

Micah: I think I'll be there.

Andrew: Will you? Okay, Micah's officially...

Micah: The night of the podcast. The night of the podcast.

Andrew: Okay.

Micah: After that I have work. So...

Andrew: [Laughs] Okay.

Eric: That sucks.

Work Visit

Micah: Hey Andrew.

Andrew: What?

Micah: Speaking of work, I thought it was fun when you guys stopped by.

Andrew: Oh yeah! I really enjoyed that. We never really brought that up. There are some pictures on Facebook. Eric and I visited Micah's office at the AFL. It's wonderful. I got to sit at his desk and answer a few phone calls as you can see by one picture. There's also photos of Eric and I in front of Micah's name tag. That was very nice.

Eric: Absolutely.

Andrew: That too. So, yeah, that was very good.

Andrew's Wizard Rock Single

Andrew: With that, ladies and gentlemen, we're going to cut to the variety part of our show. Of course, the big event that I've been hyping up so much - I'm going to let everyone's hopes down - it's the premiere of my first wizard rock single. I am so excited that I - no words can describe it. I'm about to play it for you all, and co-hosts, I want your reaction to it at the end, because you know, when you become an artist, and I talked to Bono about this and he agrees with me. When you become an artist, you become very proud of your work, so without further ado, I present to you my wizard rock single.

Wizard rock, what's up with that stuff?
Andrew Sims here to show you the fluff
Podcasting Sundays, late afternoon
Talking Harry Potter like a wolf howling at the moon
Theories, discussion, more pickles, please!
Fans in the stands screaming on their knees
Our show got big, nobody thought it would
It was like the little train, the engine that could
Now please, hereís the main event
Itís my first single, so give me time to vent
People Ďround the world listen to our show
We got many segments so letís give it a go

So I ask, whoís the best Potter podcast around?
M-U-double G-L-E-C-A-S-and a T
We got to stop selling T-shirts, weíre gonna sell underground
M-U-double G-L-E-C-A-S-and a T
Itís really pretty funny, the fans say weíre hot and smart
M-U-double G-L-E-C-A-S-and a T
Look out, you other podcasts, weíre about to climb the chart!
M-U-double G-L-E-C-A-S-and a T
M-U-double G-L-E-C-A-S-and a T

We will start with news each and every week
Micah Tan the anchorman, making all the girls shriek
With laughter, I mean, this guy is really funny
Donít be bugginí him, though, heíll kill some purple bunnies
The announcements, hold up, letís skip those
Iíll be the first to admit they should be disposed
Podcast Alley, vote once a month
There I said it once, now do it Ďtil your lifeís done
Letís get to the part we call the main discussion
Itís catchy and intriguing, as is percussion
Sometimes we screw up on a fact or two
Itís true, the fans knew, they often make a breakthrough
Speaking of fans we have listener rebuttals
Sent in via e-mail faster than the space shuttle
We love feedback, itís great to open and read
And now, let me ask you, are you ready to proceed?

So I ask, whoís the best Potter podcast around?
M-U-double G-L-E-C-A-S-and a T
We got to stop selling T-shirts, huh, weíre gonna sell underground
M-U-double G-L-E-C-A-S-and a T
Itís really pretty funny, the fans say weíre hot and smart
M-U-double G-L-E-C-A-S-and a T
Look out, you other podcasts, weíre about to climb the chart!
M-U-double G-L-E-C-A-S-and a T
M-U-double G-L-E-C-A-S-and a T

E-mail, send it off to us
The rebuttals, feedback, complaints come by the bus
Load, day after day
It makes my brain fry, so donít expect a reply
Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme a butterbeer
When Benís got an issue with Potter, you better stand clear
Christianity, Emma Watson, ugh, Laura Mallory
Give it a rest, itís just a good story
I hate to speak its name, chapter-by-chapter
Going page by page analyzing whatís after
Each and every letter, nothing is missed
Sadly, though, it made the MuggleCast reject list
Itís the number fans call with a question, donít make it tragic
Call right now, leave us a note
Donít make it something boring or weíll have your throat

So I ask, whoís the best Potter podcast around?
M-U-double G-L-E-C-A-S-and a T
We got to stop selling T-shirts, huh, weíre gonna sell underground
M-U-double G-L-E-C-A-S-and a T
Itís really pretty funny, the fans say weíre hot and smart
M-U-double G-L-E-C-A-S-and a T
Look out, you other podcasts, weíre about to climb the chart!
M-U-double G-L-E-C-A-S-and a T
M-U-double G-L-E-C-A-S-and a T

This concludes my very first single
Podcasting finally has a catchy jingle
Hopiní this song puts wizard rock to a new level
Iím just prayiní Harry and the Potters donít wish me on the devil
Another year of MuggleCast just around the corner
We hope youíll be there through every last mourner
Not to mention the final book to open and read
Watch out, you other podcasts, are you ready to proceed?

M-U-double G-L-E-C-A-S-and a T

Andrew: What do you all think?

[Eric and Laura laugh]

Jamie: I thought it was good, Andrew. Is that youíre first one?

Andrew: Yeah, that's my first one.

Jamie: Not a bad effort. Not a bad effort at all, in fact.

Andrew: Really?

Laura: Yeah, very...very...

Eric: Itís going to be the secret track...

Jamie: Entertaining.

Laura: ...powerful.

Eric: Itís going to be the secret track on the new U2 album.

Andrew: Do you think I have a possible career as a future rapper?

Eric: No, I mean yes, yes. Absolutely.

Andrew: Eric.

Eric: Oh, oh, well, future rapper? You were going to call me about the whole Frappr rap.

Andrew: Well, who said we canít do that still?

Laura: Donít quit your day job.

Andrew: Write the song and then weíll record it in New York.

[Laura laughs]

Andrew: But anyway, I hope everyone enjoyed my single and please provide me your feedback and Iíll probably be working on another one soon, maybe with Eric this time.

Variety Show

Andrew: Thatís that, and now weíre going to move on to the variety portion of our show featuring a few MuggleCast remixes and three listener-created segments that we received back in March of 2006 when we held the "Create Your Own MuggleCast Segment" Contest and these are three other people that we havenít aired yet. So, hereís how itís going to work: we are going to go to two MuggleCast remixes, then to a listener-created segment, another two remixes, another listener-created segment, another two remixes, another listener-created segment, another two remixes, then weíll be back with a MuggleCast year in review created with help by our transcribers. So, weíll see everyone in a little bit.

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