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Andrew: Because shampoo has somewhat surprising side-effects, this is MuggleCast Episode 77 for February 17th, 2007.

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Andrew: I thought we would start off the show this week by talking about the weather. Because we don't talk about...

Ben: The weather?

Andrew: Yeah, the weather.

Ben: All right.

Andrew: Ben, what's the weather like in Kansas?

Ben: It's cold. I was talking to Mikey last night and it was nine degrees here.

Andrew: Wow.

Ben: [laughs] Yep. Nine.

Andrew: Mikey, what's the weather like - where do you live, first of all?

[Ben clears throat]

Mikey: I live in Fullerton, California. Currently, I'm looking at my widget right now; it says it's 73 degrees. So, it's uh...

Andrew: Wow.

Mikey: Kind of warm.

Andrew: Yeah, come to think of it, we're all over the world here. Eric, what's the temperature like in New Zealand?

Eric: Well, it just happens right now to be a very chilly 66 degrees Fahrenheit.

Andrew: Hmm, darn.

Eric: Yeah.

Andrew: Kevin, how's the weather up in Connecticut?

Kevin: It's cold.

Andrew: Cold?

Kevin: Feels like negative one degree.

Andrew: Kevin, you sound like you have a cold.

Kevin: I...

Andrew: Do you have a cold?

Kevin: I do have a cold, quite a bad cold.

Andrew: Aw... Kevin under the weather. Kevin's got a blue screen of death.

Kevin: Yeah.

[Everyone laughs]

Mikey: [laughing] For Vista.

Andrew: Well, I got...

Mikey: It does that arrow effect with the blue screen, you know.

[Eric and Kevin laugh]

Andrew: Yeah.

Mikey: It says, "You fail, you fail! You lose! Restart!"

Andrew: [cheesy voice] Hee hee, yay, Vista! Well, I got news for everyone. It is about to heat up in here.

[Mikey laughs]

Eric: Whoa ho, ho, ho.

Andrew: Look out, here it comes...

[Ben laughs]

Andrew: I'm Andrew Sims.

Ben: I'm Ben Schoen.

Kevin: I'm Kevin Steck.

Eric: Hey, wait a minute, let me put on my swim trunks.

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: Oh, what, no. This is Eric Scull.

Mikey: And I'm Mikey Bouchereau.

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Andrew: Micah Tannenbaum is standing by in the MuggleCast news center with the past weeks top Harry Potter news stories. Micah!

Micah: Richard Griffiths, the actor who plays Vernon Dursley in the Potter movies and who last night started playing the psychiatrist in Equus, says his presence in the Order of the Phoenix film is fleeting. He also discussed his character's relationship with Harry. He said, "With this fifth film, Vernon is much more frightened of Harry than vice versa, and as it goes on, you see that it ends up with Harry as the master and Vernon as the shivering idiot, the shivering coward."

Jason Isaacs, the actor who plays Lucius Malfoy, is currently performing in the West End play The Dumb Waiter. In a new interview, he talks about the play and, of course, briefly discusses Harry Potter. He said, "It's absurd a man of my age doing that stuff. And then you get there and realize you're doing scenes with Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter. I look at the call sheet and they're going to be there today. I'm going to get to talk to them. Before you know it you're having lunch and sharing Harry Potter sauce. It's fantastic." He went on to say, "If you're someone like me who finds work enjoyably tortured - I'm constantly niggling away trying to make it better and realer and more three-dimensional - it's nice to leave all that at home and turn up at Harry Potter and just be unalloyed Nazi evil."

A new Order of the Phoenix photo has surfaced showing Aberforth, the Hog's Head barman. There are some high-res images from Newsweek and a new shot of Harry and Luna. For all the recently released photos from Order of the Phoenix, be sure to check out

Earlier this week Scholastic, the US Harry Potter publisher, released a Deathly Hallows poster, available for download. Bloomsbury had previously released a UK Deathly Hallows poster. Both can be accessed through

And in a new interview, Equus director Thea Sharrock expresses her thoughts on the seminal play, and also on Daniel Radcliffe playing the lead role, nude in some parts. She said, "The peculiar life Dan's led has prepared him for things that most people will never have to deal with. To watch the ease with which he deals with things is extraordinary and immediately gave me great faith in the fact that he had as good a chance as anybody of pulling it off, if not better." Previews of Equus in London's West End began last night.

Finally, Quidditch in outer space is a possibility. In an interview with the Times Online, a chief NASA scientist says that a micro-gravity sports competition is not out of the question when their first-ever space settlement arrives on the moon in 2024. The scientist said, "If you had a large, pressurised habitat, people could take advantage of the low-gravity environment by attaching wings to themselves and flying about." While the typical Harry Potter fan may never be able to get to the moon, NASA says the Quidditch-like area would be used to keep their space inhabitants in shape.

That's all the news for this February 17, 2007 edition of MuggleCast. Back to the show.

Dumbledore's Back?

Andrew: Okay, thank you, Micah. Hey, we've got some news to talk about this week. You guys want to talk some news?

Ben: Ah, sure.

Mikey: Sure.

Andrew: I want to talk some news. Earlier this week, interesting tidbit came out of an interview with Dan Radcliffe. He revealed that JK Rowling was on set, and this - probably a few weeks ago, a couple months ago, and he says, the story went, "Jo came down to the set at one point and I said, 'Oh, hello. Why are you here today?' And she said, 'Oh, I just needed a break from the book. Dumbledore is giving me a lot of trouble.' And Dan said, 'But isn't he dead?' And Jo replied, 'Well, yeah, but it's more complex.' I was, like, briskly, 'Okay, I'm not going to ask anything else.'" That's what Dan said. What do you guys think is up with that? Dumbledore back in Book 7 and causing complications there.

Mikey: It's his portrait. It's his portrait. We know that.

Andrew: You think so?

Kevin: Yeah. Either that, or...

Mikey: Something like that.

Kevin: ...something left behind that - something Harry's going to...

Ben: Yeah. Something, some...yeah. They got it. They covered it.

Andrew: Some extra tidbit that's really annoying.

Kevin: Yeah, something, some detail about where he was.

Mikey: Something he didn't say in previous books.

Kevin: Yeah.

Ben: Actually, if you, actually - oh, what's her name? Oh, yeah, JK Rowling. She said that...

[Everyone laughs]

Ben: ...we were going to learn something significant about...

Andrew: You've done that before, haven't you?

Ben: No, I don't think so. We're going to learn something significant about Dumbledore's past. She said that in an interview.

Andrew: Oh, okay.

Ben: So...

Andrew: So, maybe it's like a flashback or something? Not necessarily a...

Ben: Yeah, something.

Andrew: ...flashback, but something...

Ben: Something that - maybe a memory in a Pensieve.

Andrew: Yes, yes.

Ben: Something like that.

Andrew: We got an e-mail from Katie, Tara, and Shannon from Chicago, who suggested that - well, they wrote,

"When Jo mentioned that 'Dumbledore was giving her trouble' and Dan asked, 'But isn't he dead,' she responded that things were a bit more complicated. It seems like she was talking about Albus Dumbledore, but what if she meant Aberforth Dumbledore instead?"

Personally, I think when she refers to Dumbledore...

Kevin: Yeah, me, too.

Andrew: ...she's talking about Albus.

Ben: Yeah, because, "'Isn't he dead? Isn't he dead?' 'Well, yeah, but it's more complex.'"

Andrew: Oh, yeah.

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: Good point.

Ben: Well, yeah.

Andrew: Unless Aberforth dies, too, but that's stretching it. But yeah, that's kind of interesting, and a kind of cool little fact there that we know we're going to see a complicated part of Dumbledore book in Death - back in book Death [stumbles] - what am I saying?

Mikey: Deathly Hallows?

Emma Watson to Return?

Andrew: Another tidbit came out this week. This came from an interview with Rupert Grint, one of our...

Ben: The Saddle Club. [laughs]

Andrew: From The Saddle Club, yeah. Don't you guys subscribe? I subscribe to The Saddle Club.

Ben: Yeah, mhm.

Andrew: That's a - it's actually a magazine over in England. It's a girls' magazine over in England, so I'm sure Jamie's a...

[Kevin laughs]

Andrew: ...regular subscriber.

Ben: Yeah.

[Andrew and Kevin laugh]

Andrew: And the February/March issue featured a new interview with Rupert Grint where he talks about the sixth film and they ask him about rumors concerning Emma Watson staying around for the final two films. And from what we know, Emma Watson is going to be in Half-Blood Prince, but as for the seventh, apparently there's been more rumors than we think because Rupert seems to be pretty well aware of them. He said that - well, they asked Rupert, "I heard that Emma Watson might leave the series before it's over. Do you know the story there," and Rupert replied, "I'm not actually sure. I don't really know the details, but I have heard that. I don't know. It would be weird without her, and it would be sort of a shame if she didn't stick it out. It's not up to me because they do take up so much of your life. I don't know what she thinks, but I do hope that she doesn't leave." Also, they asked if, you know, she's ever been like, "Ah, I can't take this anymore!" and he said, "No, not really. She hasn't really talked about it. I know me and Dan are going to stick it out, so we'll just have to see, really. I hope she doesn't leave."

Ben, what would you do if she wasn't back for the seventh film?

Ben: I wouldn't see it. [laughs]

Andrew: [laughs] You wouldn't see it.

Ben: No, I'm just kidding. I really think she'll be back. I don't know. Maybe they'll twist her arm with it.

Kevin: Yeah, twist her arm with money.

Ben: Say, "Come on, please?" Because she has, I mean, it's...

Eric: Guys, seriously.

Ben: It's what made her so popular, you know? Throw a little bit of money at her, she'll come back.

Eric: Why would they not, though?

Andrew: Yeah.

Eric: Why would they not?

Mikey: She'll come back.

Eric: I mean, if they were given the chance, if it weren't the studio executives saying, "You guys are too old, we're not allowing you to be in this film," or whatever, why would they not do something like Harry Potter? I mean, there's an issue, of course, being tired of the thing, tired of how much of your life it takes up, but seriously, guys, this is, especially, you know, in - and I know they have other things to do and other movies to be in, but this would seem - it's such a great honor and you're the only person who gets to fill this role. Why would you give that up? Especially, you know...

Andrew: Yeah.

Ben: No, you're the Hermione.

Eric: It just doesn't make sense to me. If you don't like your character or how you're portrayed, talk to the writers about it. If you have an issue with that, but...

Ben: And the problem I see with her getting out of it is it's going to sort of...

Kevin: Destroy the trio, yeah.

Ben: ...destroy things, because in a way, the trio...

Kevin: It's going to be awkward.

Ben: Yeah, you know, when you think of the chemistry they've built over the past five films, when you put a new actress in there to fill the role of Hermione, it's going to be...

Kevin: Exactly.

Ben: ...completely different.

Andrew: Right. And plus, it's the last film, so couldn't you just stick it out...

Kevin: Yeah.

Eric: I know, really.

Andrew: Rupert says, for one more? That wouldn't really make sense.

Eric: If you committed to the sixth film, I mean...

Mikey: Yeah.

Eric: ...that's the thing. If it's only Emma who's leaving, you know, if all three of them leave, that would just be complete crap, but just one of them leaving would just be weird. Introduce this new Emma.

Ben: Right.

Kevin: It's not like she's putting her whole career on hold. I mean, look at what Dan and Rupert are doing.

Eric: [laughs] Yeah.

Kevin: You know, they're quite capable of...

Andrew: Yeah.

Kevin: ...doing movies aside from Harry Potter...

Andrew: Potter.

Mikey: Harry Potter.

Kevin: ...while doing Harry Potter. So...

Andrew: Yeah.

Mikey: Well, didn't she come out and say that she has other things on her mind besides just acting, and she's not sure if that's what she wants to do?

Andrew: Is that what she said?

Mikey: That's kind of why.

Ben: Well she probably wants to be a teenage girl.

Mikey: I think I read it somewhere a long time ago.

Eric: Even if you don't - even if you hate acting, even if it makes you terminally ill from acting, I would still do the seventh one. Do them all if you're going to make it through six.

Mikey: I agree with you there, but I don't know. I definitely think she'll be back. But she's done this before. Weren't there rumors that she wasn't going to be in the fourth film and stuff like that?

Andrew: Yeah. It's strange, and the only reason we're talking about it is because Rupert brought it up and said he had heard about it, which I assume, maybe there are rumors going around set. I'm not going to judge, but [Laughs] it's interesting, and even if she says, "Look guys, I'm not coming back," WB will be like, "Okay, here's an extra ten million - what do you say now?"

Ben: [Laughs] Yeah.

Kevin: We won't hear an announcement or anything official about it from WB until they sign a contract or she says, definitely, that she's not coming back.

Andrew: Yeah, and from what I heard from when I was on the set a few months ago, they were in the process of trying to sign them all on for the seventh film, and they said they were pretty close to that, so we'll see. It makes sense for her to stick around.

New OOTP Pictures

Andrew: Then also this week we got a few new pictures. The first one - probably the biggest one of the week - our first look at Aberforth. A blurry picture of him in the Hog's Head, and I feel like I've seen this before, but I also feel like that fits him perfectly.

Eric: Hmm.

Ben: The picture is too pixelated, I think.

Andrew: It is!

Kevin: Yeah.

Eric: It's just low resolution.

Mikey: Do you know here it actually came from? I don't know...

Andrew: No, it's weird. and have both been getting these new pictures first, and we're not sure where they're getting them from...

Kevin: It looks like a cell phone camera or something, doesn't it? Like the pixelation of it?

Mikey: Yeah, it looks really - the resolution is really low.

Eric: A smuggled image.

Kevin: It's quite possible. I mean, you've seen what happens...

Andrew: Yeah.

Kevin: When you let cellphones in stuff, so.

Eric: Yeah, it's true.

Andrew: But is anyone surprised by this picture of Aberforth? Did anyone expect him to appear a little different? To me he suits it perfectly.

Eric: Yeah, he looks...

Ben: He's exactly how I pictured him in my mind.

Eric: Pretty much. He's kind of a somewhat look-a-like to Dumbledore, but not entirely.

Andrew: I think he's got a little bit to him if he grew that beard in an extra two or three feet, I think he'd look just like him.

Mikey: Yeah, I actually like the shortness of his beard. It's kind of - I think it gives him his own character distinction right there.

Andrew: Yeah.

Mikey: It's like a six-inch beard; it's kind of cool.

Andrew: Mikey, you should grow one of those. You could if you wanted to.

Mikey: Should I? But it will be dark black, and I'll be like a Hagrid instead of a Aberforth, so...

Andrew: [laughs] Yeah.

Ben: [imitates Hagrid] Rubeus Hagrid!

[Andrew and Mikey laugh]

Andrew: Hi, Rubeus.

Mikey: Rubeus! Where are you coming from? I love that guy.

[Ben laughs]

Andrew: Another picture came from showing an emotional Harry with a cut on the left side of his forehead, looking pretty sad. He looks like he's a little teared up there.

Ben: This seems sort of - I don't know. Dan's just not very good at the emotional scenes, I don't think.

Andrew: I think that's one of the best.

Kevin: It's hard to tell.

Ben: What makes you think that? Let's see how it turns out on the film, because I was extremely disappointed with the scene in Prisoner of Azkaban...

Andrew: You killed my parents.

Ben: [Imitating Harry] "He was my friend!"

Eric: No, "he was their friend."

Ben: Their friend!

Eric: It's true.

Mikey: But he was good - He was better in Goblet of Fire. That was a huge improvement. He comes back. "He killed Cedric." That was just like - it wasn't that sad when Cedric died, but when he brought him back, that's when it was just like, "Oh my god."

Eric: Yes.

Ben: Did you cry, Mikey?

Mikey: You know, I may have shed a tear, but I'm not going to admit it.

Andrew: Dude, I'm tearing up just thinking about it. That scene was so depressing!

Mikey: Dude.

Andrew: In a beautiful way. It was just so well done.

Kevin: I remember sitting next to Ben, at the premiere, Ben turning to me and going, "The people next to me are crying! Hahahaha!"

Andrew: Didn't you guys cry?

[Everyone laughs]

Ben: Yeah, because they were bawling. They were shaken up.

Andrew: Any idea who they were or what their relation was to internal WB?

Kevin: Probably critics.

Ben: No, I don't know. They were by Melissa.

Kevin: I did originally, and then we moved - I switched seats.

Ben: No, you were sitting by Sue.

Kevin: Oh, yeah. That's right. And you were sitting by Melissa.

Ben: Not next to John.

Andrew: Didn't you say that Sue was bawling her eyes out? Wasn't Sue bawling her eyes out?

Ben: Yes she was.

[Andrew laughs]

Mikey: But come on, it is a sad scene.

Eric: Yeah. Goblet of Fire really improved Dan's emotions. I know the POA scene was shaky, but I thought Goblet of Fire was - Dan really got a lot better...

Andrew: Yeah, and I think Equus is going to do good for him for the final two films, because that really is going to challenge his acting abilities in an emotional sense, and I think that by the time the Half-Blood Prince comes around, he'll be ready to do some really emotional scenes in that film.

Then we also got a new picture of Dumbledore from again. My guess is that these pictures are from the upcoming Harry Potter Scene-it?, second edition.

Kevin: Oh, that's possible.

Eric: Oh, really? are they coming out with that for sure?

Andrew: They are coming out with that. I'm just looking at these and I just have a feeling that since that was announced recently, I'm thinking they might have gotten their hands on an early copy or something. And these pictures, they just look like stills that you would find in a Scene-it? game. I don't know why, but...

Kevin: It's either that, or WB is contacting them right now going, "Why the hell are you uploading these pictures?"

Andrew: Yeah, yeah. Then we saw a smaller one of Harry and Evanna this week from a Spanish magazine. That image was actually leaked, and we kept it up anyway. [Whispers] Don't tell anyone!

Eric: Shhh.

Andrew: And... what else did we have... oh! We had a nice look at the Atrium - the MSNBC article with the Order of the Phoenix preview. We got high-res images from Warner Brothers this week. What do you guys think of the Atrium? We've seen it in...

Kevin: Does...

Andrew: ...I think, just one video preview.

Kevin: It reminds me...

Andrew: Beautiful set.

Kevin: Yeah, it sort of reminds me of Chamber of Secrets but shrunk. Like...

Andrew: Well, the Atrium set was built on the same area where the Chamber of Secrets set...

Eric: Oh, really?

Kevin: And you can...

Andrew: ...was built.

Kevin: ...see... you can see why. I mean, the columns to the right and left are...

Eric: Yeah.

Andrew: It's not necessarily...

Mikey: It's very similar.

Kevin: ...the same set, yes, but it's very similar.

Andrew: Yeah, it is and in the article, they said that it's going to be digitally enhanced to make it look longer, but I was there when they were building that set and that is huge. And I'm wondering why... I don't know - Mikey, maybe you can put your thought in on this. This picture, it seems kind of low, it's not shot very high. Do you think they were trying to hide all the lights and stuff up top?

Mikey: I...

Andrew: Do you know what I mean?

Mikey: I think the lighting would probably be a lot higher, but I'm actually looking at the high resolution right now. I do like a lot of the lighting; it's very bright in the center... It is dark. It definitely - I don't think it's a finished product. Like you mentioned, they were probably going to take a little bit longer. This might be something along the lines of, like, his dream or something going towards there, because it doesn't look like it would be bright, you know...

Andrew: There's a lot of...

Mikey: when he meets up for the...

Andrew: Well, well right. I'm sure they just took this for an MSNBC article. I mean, this isn't a picture from the actual film.

Mikey: Yeah.

Andrew: This is just like the set, you know.

Mikey: I think the low, it would probably be stylized you know.

Andrew: Yeah.

Mikey: Again the dream, you know maybe the snake, maybe an eye view from the snake or something like that, you know what I mean?

Andrew: Yeah.

Mikey: So...

Andrew: And, by the way, the fireplaces on the right and left, those are where the wizards and witches enter.

Mikey: Yeah.

Andrew: If you guys didn't know that, so...

Kevin: Now what - what do you guys think about the scale?

Andrew: What do you mean?

Mikey: What do you mean?

Kevin: Well, I always imagined it slightly larger. Maybe it's just me.

Andrew: The set is pretty big. It's it is gigantic.

Kevin: Is it? Maybe I'm not getting a maybe I'm not getting a true...

Ben: I know, I know, Andrew, you've seen it, I mean...

Andrew: Well I'm not what do you want me to say, Ben? [Ben laughs]

Andrew: I'm sorry, I can't comment...

Kevin: Well how about...

Andrew: ...because I don't want Ben to, you know...

Kevin: Well, for example, how give us a...

Ben: You're grass marketing us.

Andrew: I'm not grass marketing, I'm just telling you.

Kevin: How big are the fireplaces in reference to you?

Andrew: Well, they're about...

Mikey: Are they full size?

Andrew: They're about normal size, I mean, if you stood up if you stood next to one of them, your head would be up to probably the mantel, or your head would be a little higher than the mantel.

Eric: Wait a second, is it Ben's head or Kevin's head, because there is...

Andrew: [laughs] Well, obviously Kevin's head. Kevin's head.

Eric: Oh right, right. Okay. Because I know...

Andrew: They sort of from what she told us, you sort of, like, slide out. They slide out...

Eric: That's kind of cool.

Andrew: ... from inside of them.

Eric: But...

Andrew: Yeah, and, I mean, the offices will be digitally enhanced too. So it goes up, like, a hundred stories.

Eric: Have you seen the offices? You mean, like, in the atrium, like the view of the offices?

Andrew: Yeah. See, there in the back with the red pillars.

Eric: Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Well, there's a lot of deep royal colors, like, on the walls and stuff and the tiles and stuff. It's all kind of royal...

Ben: Yeah, like green and...

Eric: ...purple, royal green, royal red.

Andrew: Yeah.

Eric: But they're darker.

Andrew: It's Christmassy. I like it.

Eric: Well, it's Christmassy. It reminds me of Willy Wonka, actually. I mean, if...

Andrew: I'm p...

Eric: If you want a comparison, I really think that's that those were my initial thoughts. It was very a little bit I don't know if it's too colorful, but I was thinking kind of crazy, Willy Wonka-y. I just there's a difference between showing...

Mikey: If...

Eric: ... that the Ministry is like a crazy form of government, but then actually believing it as a government building? It just seems like a in a way, a shiny new set [laughs] - and I like the colors - don't get me wrong - but the colors kind of threw me off a little bit.

Mikey: You're...

Eric: All those...

Mikey: ... comparing this to the Tim Burton "Willy Wonka," right? The really bright one with Johnny Depp?

Eric: Yeah, yeah, yeah. That's oh yeah, well, Tim Burton, yeah, sorry...

Mikey: Okay.

Eric: I should have specified, because I like Gene Wilder.

Andrew: All those offices are going to be filled with little wizards typing away at their magical typewriters and stuff like that, so that's going to be pretty cool. And then we saw, not as exciting, Dan, well, Harry, walking through a corridor of the Ministry of Magic, all black. That was kind of scary, I guess. And that was pretty much it, in terms of new photos, and I'm sure there's going to be some more coming out soon.


Andrew: We want to move on to a few announcements now. Ben, you and I, along with Jamie and Micah, will be at Enlightening 2007 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, this July 12th to the 15th...

Eric: That is...

Andrew: ... for the movie premiere.

Eric: Is that going to be the next Jamie episode we have? Where is Jamie?

Andrew: Oh, god, I don't know. Well, Eric, we cleared this up last week.

Eric: I know, I know. I heard you, but...

Andrew: Yeah, it's, you know, he's a busy guy.

Eric: I just realized, I was thinking I miss Jamie, so...

Andrew: He's uh oh, so - all of us do.

Mikey: I talked to him the other day but...

Eric: Really?

Mikey: ...he was sick still.

Eric: Oh.

Mikey: He's getting over a cold or whatever.

Andrew: He'll be back soon. Yeah... so anyway...

[Andrew and Eric laugh]

Eric: Sorry.

[Andrew and Eric laugh]

Andrew: We'll be doing a live podcast there and we're also going to be doing a workshop showing everyone how we create MuggleCast. Please e-mail Enlightening 07 at gmail dot com. Send in your RSVPs with - letting us know that you're going to be coming and how many people you plan on bringing with you, because the live podcast is going to be open up to the public, so even if you don't sign up for Enlightening - although we highly recommend it - if you don't sign up for Enlightening, you can still come to the live podcast, and then there's going to be a movie event too. We're not sure if that is going to be open to the public yet - they're still working out the details - but we'll fill you in as soon as we know more as well. Ben, you want to plug the book again?

Ben: Yeah. MuggleNet.Com's What Will Happen in Harry Potter Seven. It was reviewed last week in the New York Times, a very positive review, you can check that out. And thanks to all of you, it will be debuting in the February 25th edition of the New York Times as the number four children's best-seller. So...

Andrew: Wow!

Ben: ... thanks to all of you.

Mikey: Wow.

Andrew: Now, wait...

Mikey: Congratulations, Ben. [laughs]

Andrew: Tell me how that works. Why does that - why is it in the February 25th edition? Is it like a once-a-month thing? Or what?

Ben: I'm not entirely sure, but that's when it's going to go in.

Andrew: Oh, okay.

Ben: It'll stay on the list until - until it gets outsold or whatever, but it's going to be in there.

Andrew: And is your interview on the New York Times podcast feed? Do you know?

Ben: Yes, it is.

Andrew: Do you think you could put a link in the show notes or something...

Ben: I haven't listened to it.

Andrew: ... so people can take a listen?

Ben: Well, you have to actually - well you have to go to...

Andrew: A link to the iTunes.

Ben: You have to go to iTunes. Yeah.

Andrew: Yeah, a link to the iTunes thing or whatever.

Ben: Okay, I guess so.

Andrew: Yeah.

Mikey: Yeah.

Andrew: Just so people can listen.


Andrew: Also, thanks for everyone - thanks to everyone who sent in their feedback about the show. We asked for it last week. We got a lot of good feedback. We are reading all of it, and we do appreciate all of it. Biggest complaint was that, Eric, people don't like you.

Mikey: That's so mean.

[Everyone laughs]

Andrew: I'm just kidding. [laughs]

Mikey: [laughs] I'm like, "wow."

Eric: Well, I mean...

Andrew: I'm only kidding. I'm kidding! Nobody complained about us, I'm only kidding.

Eric: ... on the other hand, it's 75 episodes in...

[Ben laughs]

Andrew: No, nobody complained about the hosts. The biggest suggestion we got was - people recommend that we have our books with us, so when we can't remember an exact quote or something, we could just look it up quick. So, thanks to everyone who sent in their feedback, and you can send it in at anytime, we love to read it, and we want to improve the show, and make it as enjoyable as possible for the majority of the audience.

And also, I have an update on my wizard rock band. I'm hard at work on my new song. Eric, I gave you an opportunity to work with me.

Eric: I know, I know. I - what?

Andrew: And you didn't take it.

Eric: No, I said we had to collaborate. We were going to - you were going to call me.

Andrew: Okay, well, you never did. Well, I never called you because you moved.

Eric: I moved, I know. I'm...

Andrew: You didn't call me. That's why. And you moved, and you have a new phone number now. So...

Eric: I do. It'll just cost you like, 30 cents now.

Andrew: It's going to be to "Bye Bye Bye" by N'Sync. A lot of people liked it, and they suggested that I make it my next wizard rock single, so I'm working on it right now.

Eric: So, what? "Not in July?" Or whatever, you're just going to extend that and make it a full-length song?

Andrew: Yeah, right.

Eric: Okay, that's cool.

Andrew: Right, yeah, so it's pretty groovy, and that'll probably be - it won't be out for a while. I just got bored a couple days ago, so I figured I'd start working on it but it should be good.

Eric: By the way, while we're on announcements, I just got an e-mail - I do apologize in advance for portraying an Aussie. I did not mean to offend anybody.

[Andrew laughs]

Eric: Okay, just got an e-mail now. I just got to clear that up before the next episode. Didn't mean to do that.

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