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Senior Editor

Birthday: May 10
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Email: tracey at staff dot mugglenet dot com
About Me: I have been a member of the MuggleCast transcription team since early 2009 - working as a transcriber since February 2009, transcript editor since February 2010, and senior transcript editor since October 2011. I became a regular listener of MuggleCast in late 2007 and would have started listening a lot earlier if I hadn't naively thought you needed an iPod to listen, something I didn't have then (and still don't have...). I enjoy reading immensely, so it wasn't long before I picked up a Harry Potter book around 1999/2000. I did not discover the online fan community until much later, but I am glad that I did in the end; listening to the show and my daily visits to MuggleNet have definitely fuelled my Harry Potter obsession.


Birthday: September 9
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Email: elisede2008 at gmail dot com
Favorite Movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Illusionist, Closer, Gattaca, The Philadelphia Story
Favorite Music: The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Jimmy Eat World, Matchbox Twenty, Phantom Planet
Favorite TV Shows: House, Doctor Who, Spooks (aka MI-5), Torchwood, Britain's Got Talent
About Me: I'm a journalism and history major at Northwestern University. I discovered Harry Potter when I was in third grade, and everything just snowballed from there. I read fan fiction, wrote fan fiction, attended midnight book release parties, bought movie tickets weeks in advance, collected numerous and mostly useless Harry Potter memorabilia, and developed a huge crush on Dan Radcliffe. MuggleCast is the reason I survived the years between Books 6 and 7, so I'm absolutely thrilled to be helping out in any capacity. When I'm procrastinating doing homework, I like to watch the latest BBC mini-series, catch up on the latest breaking entertainment news, and mess around on my blog.

Birthday: October 20
Location: Dublin, California
Email: ericrrakestraw at gmail dot com
Favorite Authors: J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkein, Stephen King
Favorite Movies: School of Rock, Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption, Rain Man, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, The Goonies, Gremlins, A Christmas Story, E.T., Fantasia, The Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter, of course!
Favorite Music: Bach, Beethoven, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and "Weird Al" Yankovic
Favorite TV Shows: The Simpsons, Beavis and Butt-head, South Park, Lost, The Sopranos, Survivor, Jeopardy!, and Monk
Hobbies: Reading, drawing, playing the piano, riding my bike, and online poker
About Me: My aunt introduced me to the Harry Potter books in 2000 and I finished reading the first book on May 3rd. A month later, I had finished the first three books and was ready to buy the fourth book the day it came out. I happened upon MuggleNet in the summer of 2003 after I finished reading the fifth book and was immediately drawn to the editorials. I am quite a bit older than most of you people here, but I still consider myself a devoted Harry Potter fan. Keep up the great work, and don't stop with the MuggleCast episodes!

Birthday: March 16
Location: New York
Email: weirdsisters87 at gmail dot com
Favorite TV Shows: Lost, Battlestar Galactica, House, The Simpsons, and Prison Break
About Me: My love for the Potter series began shortly after the release of Goblet of Fire. After I was done reading the first four books about a dozen times each and leaving their covers the worse for wear, I stumbled across the fan site awards on Jo's site. MuggleNet --> Click --> And the rest as they say was history ;). I've been an ardent listener of MuggleCast for about a year now and have gotten hooked onto the Twilight series as a result ;). I've been a MuggleCast transcriber since February 2009. When not scouring MuggleNet to fulfill my craving for more Harry Potter related news or transcribing, I spend my time reading mangas like Naruto, Bleach and Vampire Knight to name a few.

Laura B
Birthday: January 22
Location: South Dakota
Email: laura.l.beall at gmail dot com
Favorite Movies: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, tons of old Westerns, and generally Science Fiction/Action movies as well
Favorite Music: Country, classic or modern; Celtic and folk
About Me: I started as a transcriber for MuggleCast in February 2007. Eventually I moved into being an editor and have been ever since! I recently finished my undergraduate education at the University of South Dakota, holding degrees in Biology and Anthropology. Besides Harry Potter, I am also interested in American pottery, geology, and being outdoors. I started listening to MuggleCast when it began and became hooked right away. Being a transcriber/editor has given me a great opportunity to meet other Potter fans and given my family an opportunity to quit being forced to listen to all my theories and speculations.

Birthday: January 6
Location: Sacramento, California
Email: oliviamnotter at gmail dot com
About Me: I'm a film fanatic, avid reader, tea drinker, and occasional knitter. I've been transcribing for quite a few years now, and have loved being a part of the transcribing team! The Harry Potter fan community is just one of those I love to be embedded in. In my day to day, I'm a graphic design and art history student at my state university, and have aspirations to go to grad school for art conservation and restoration on the east coast. I spend most of my time designing, working (which coincidentally is also transcribing), and watching films.

Birthday: November 8
Location: Michigan
Favorite Books: Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Hunger Games, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Raven Boys, The Book Thief, Little Brother, Nineteen Minutes, Never Let Me Go, To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite Movies: The Social Network, Fight Club, The Ides of March, Dead Poets Society, Inception, The Dark Knight, Romeo + Juliet
Favorite TV Shows: Game of Thrones, Suits, The Newsroom, The West Wing, LOST, Doctor Who, Once Upon A Time, Teen Wolf, The Vampire Diaries
About Me: I was introduced to Harry Potter when I was about six years old by my older brother, who was reading it at the time. He took me with him to see Philosopher's Stone in theaters when it came out in November 2001. A few months later, I read the first four books and fell in love with them. I discovered MuggleNet in Summer 2005 after Googling 'Harry Potter fansites' and I never looked back. I became a MuggleCast transcriber in October 2009 and editor in November 2010. I'm also a transcriber for MuggleNet Academia and an editor for Alohomora! In my spare time, I love writing, watching movies, and playing soccer.


Birthday: September 23
Location: Sydney, Australia
Favorite Books: Chinese Cinderella, Falling Leaves, Looking For Alibrandi, The Hunger Games series and last but not at all the least, Harry Potter!
Favorite Movies: Take the Lead, Centre Stage, Centre Stage: Turn It Up, Wild Child, Looking for Alibrandi, Harry Potter, and the Sex and the City movies
Favorite TV Shows: NCIS, Glee, Grey's Anatomy, Bones, Castle, and (how nerdy) the news
About Me: It took me a few tries to really appreciate the Harry Potter books, having always loved the movies, but it was between the 5th and 6th movies that I truly became obsessed. I'm a proud Ravenclaw and a huge fan of StarKid, The Hunger Games, and Glee. I've recently acquired a love for traveling and my favorite destination so far is London (and the Wizarding World of course!). This year I start university where I'll be studying Bachelor of Business and Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Sydney. MuggleCast, Hypable's Glee Chat, and Hype are my favourite podcasts and it's a pleasure to be transcribing for MuggleCast!

Birthday: December 20
Location: Illinois
Favorite Authors: J.K. Rowling, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Richard Dawkins, Cormac McCarthy, etc.
Favorite Movies: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Forrest Gump, Pan's Labyrinth, Pirates of the Caribbean, Shutter Island, Titanic, Avatar, The Sixth Sense, Toy Story 3, The Exorcist, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, Gladiator, Schindler's List, The Dark Knight
Favorite Music: Linkin Park, The Devil Wears Prada, Underoath, 30 Seconds to Mars, Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Li'l Wayne, Switchfoot, Mozart, etc.
Favorite TV Shows: The Big Bang Theory, Lost, House, South Park, The Andy Griffith Show
About Me: I started reading Harry Potter the summer after Deathly Hallows came out so I'm a relatively new fan, but now I love everything that has to do with Harry Potter! I love MuggleCast and am excited to be a transcriber for the show! Some of the things I enjoy doing are: reading, listening to music, watching movies, playing the piano, and hanging out with friends.

Birthday: May 4
Location: New Jersey
Favorite Books: Harry Potter (once again, duh), Maximum Ride, Hunger Games, Alex Rider, The Way of Shadows, Artemis Fowl, Eragon, and anything by John Green, Cassandra Clare, or Libba Bray. And lots and lots of MANGA!
Favorite Movies: Harry Potter (duh), Lord of the Rings, Phantom of the Opera, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Avatar, the Hayao Miyazaki movies (like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, etc.)
Favorite Music: Michael Jackson, Celtic Thunder, Josh Groban, Bob Marley, Weird Al Yankovic, Tokio Hotel, anything Broadway (especially Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Hairspray)
Favorite TV shows: Star Trek, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Fawlty Towers, Keeping Up Appearances, and way too much anime...
About Me: I actually saw the first Harry Potter movie in 3rd grade before I read any of the books, but of course right afterwards I proceeded to read all of them very quickly. My friends and I became so obsessed that we used to have "wizard duels" with "wands" procured from the woods. Naturally, I was disappointed when I didn't get my Hogwarts letter (come on, who wasn't?), but I got over it. I just discovered MuggleCast this summer around Episode 200 or so and now I can't live without it. I am also a brown belt in karate and love all things theatre.

Birthday: April 3
Location: Dorset, England
Email: elvendorkpotter at hotmail dot co uk
Favorite Books: The Host, The Hunger Games, His Dark Materials, Artemis Fowl, The Inheritance Cycle, Lord of the Rings and there's this Harry Potter series which I've heard good things about!
Favorite Music: Muse, Green day, Incubus, Blue October, Phoenix, Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab For Cutie, Biffy Clyro, U2, Editors, Paramore
About Me: Obsessed with Harry Potter from a young age after seeing the first film (despite my mother's protests that it would be too "boyish" and "scary" for me), I've grown up an avid fan of the series and consequently the amazing MuggleNet and MuggleCast! I'm currently in my final year at school and will hopefully be starting university in September undertaking a degree in Psychology.

Birthday: February 15
Location: Virginia
Favorite Potter Book: Goblet of Fire
About Me: I started reading Harry Potter in 2000 in Turkey and have read the first book eight times as with each new book I would reread the series up to that point in preparation. I became a fan of the podcast in 2006 as a way to laugh through my exercise in Germany. My favorite thing is knowing that no matter where I am in the world the MuggleCast Crew is going to be there with a great podcast.

Birthday: August 11
Location: New Jersey
Email: jean at bachen dot com
Favorite Books: All the Harry Potter books; all the Twilight Saga books; City of Glass, City of Bones and City of Ashes; and the Marked series
Favorite Movies: All the Harry Potter films, all the Twilight Saga films, and a few older ones, like The Princess Bride, Fried Green Tomatoes, Labyrinth and Steel Magnolias
Favorite Music: 100 Monkeys, 80s Stuff (what did I mention about old enough to be your mother??)
Favorite TV Shows: True Blood, CSI, Criminal Minds
About Me: I started reading the Harry Potter books sometime between the releases of Books 3 and 4, and never looked back. We are such fans in my house that when Book 6 came out, each adult in the house had to get his/her own copy. See, it was released right before I gave birth to twins, and my Mother-in-Law, who was staying with us to help out, made a comment about how she was going to get to read my book before me because I would be busy giving birth. And I said, "No way, get your own." So she did. And then my husband tried to steal my copy, and I threatened him as well, so he ended up buying yet another copy. What can I say - except don't mess with a hormonal woman and her Harry Potter books! Anyway, now the twins are five and a half, and I am mostly a stay home mom to them. I am really excited to be a transcriber for MuggleCast, as it gives me an excuse to ignore the dirty dishes and listen to the podcast instead!

Birthday: August 24
Location: New York
Email: kristinbackert at gmail dot com
Favorite Books: Harry Potter, A Clockwork Orange, I Am the Messenger, Flowers in the Attic, and It's Kind of a Funny Story
Favorite Movies: In Bruges, Tremors, Pride and Glory, Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd, Sherlock Holmes, and The Lord of the Rings
Favorite Music: R.E.M., The Who, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mumford and Sons, and the Goo Goo Dolls
Favorite TV Shows: Lost, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Degrassi, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Friends
About Me: I first read Harry Potter in 1998, and I've been obsessed with it ever since. From the midnight book releases and movie premieres to the crazy Book 7 theories and the Quidditch World Cup, this fandom has made the series an unforgettable part of my life. I discovered MuggleCast around Episode 25, and that only solidified my love of the series and the fandom. I work as a Writing Tutor in my university, and I hope to one day be a published author. When I'm not studying or working, I enjoy reading, writing, and cheering for the NY Yankees.

Birthday: August 1
Location: New Jersey
Favorite Books: Harry Potter series!, To Kill A Mockingbird, Holes, Da Vinci Code, Janet Evanovich novels
Favorite Movies: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Paper Moon, The Sting, old school Disney
Favorite Music: Anything I can dance to!
Favorite TV Shows: NCIS, Bones, Big Bang Theory, That 70s Show, Once Upon a Time
About Me: I started reading Harry Potter over 12 years ago when my parents bought the first book for my sister and she showed no interest. I picked it up instead, and I was hooked from the first page! I've been a listener of MuggleCast since 2006 and a fan of MuggleNet since way before that. It's so awesome to be a part of an amazing community. When I'm not transcribing, I teach high school math! In my spare time, I knit, read, and watch the NY Yankees and NY Jets beat some other mediocre team. Go MULES!

Birthday: September 2
Location: Texas
Email: mariamfahmed at yahoo dot com
Favorite Music: Nightwish, Snow Patrol, Imogen Heap, Florence + the Machine, Taylor Swift, La Roux, and many others
Favorite TV Shows: Doctor Who, Sherlock, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The West Wing, Scrubs
About Me: I became a Harry Potter fan when I received Chamber of Secrets for my seventh birthday. Since then, the series and its fandom have made a huge impact on my life. I started listening to MuggleCast in 2006, and I am so thrilled to be a transcriber now.

Birthday: April 11
Location: Roscoe, Illinois
Email: eyeguy759 at yahoo dot com
Favorite Movies: Lord of the Rings, Mrs. Doubtfire, Star Wars, Dragonheart, She's the Man, The Dark Knight, Aladdin, Harry Potter
Favorite Music: Anything by Mariah Carey. I'm not ashamed to admit it. Other than that, I listen to almost anything, except maybe rap. Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Glee, Charlotte Church, Leona Lewis Anthony Callea, Boys Like Girls. But honestly, my iPod has everything from Lady Gaga to Metallica.
Favorite TV Shows: 24, American Idol, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glee!!, Lost, The O.C., Roswell, True Blood, Weeds, and many more
About Me: I started reading Harry Potter right before Goblet of Fire came out, and was hooked instantly. I tried to get all of my friends to read it, and was even successful in some cases. I started listening to MuggleCast at Episode 100, almost three years ago, and have been addicted since. I became a member of the transcription team in February 2009, which I enjoy profusely. Being even a small part of something that so many people (including me) enjoy so much is a real honor. I'm really just a huge nerd. I love to read, and it startles me that more people don't. I also love to sing, though I am my own worst critic.

Rachel P.
Birthday: June 30
Location: Singapore / California (during the school term!)
Email: auwan2995 at hotmail dot com
Favorite Books: Incarceron, On the Jellicoe Road, Artemis Fowl, His Dark Materials, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Favorite Music: Mayday

Rachel R.
Birthday: August 15
Location: New Jersey
Favorite Music: Too many bands to name, but I particularly like The Beatles, U2, and Weezer, though my favorites arealways changing.
About Me: I've been a big Harry Potter fan for so long that I finally decided to get more involved in the fandom and become a transcriber. I enjoy reading, especially Harry Potter (of course) and Twilight. I also love Disney movies, listening to music, playing various instruments, being with my wonderful friends, and trying to avoid boredom by finding new things to do (the latest being trying to create my own video game, though I'm not having very much success at the moment).

Birthday: August 10
Location: Los Angeles, California
About Me: I'm a college freshman and I absolutely love my life. I've been a transcriber for MuggleCast for over three years and am glad to still be a part of this wonderful show in this way. In my free time, I enjoy playing board games, learning new languages, hip hop dancing, making fudge, watching The Office, writing poetry, eating peanut butter and rereading the Harry Potter series. I have great friends and family who support my wacky interests and keep me motivated in all that I do!

Birthday: December 25
Location: Earth
About Me: I was born in Alaska, on Christmas. Weird, right? I enjoy the cold too much, that by the time I'm in the car, the rest of my family are still putting on their heavy duty coats.

Birthday: June 19
Location: Ontario
Favorite Books: Harry Potter, Looking for Alibrandi, the works of Jane Austen, A Tale of Two Cities, manga series (i.e. Red River, Hana Kimi), Time Traveller's Wife, anything by Maggie Stiefvater
Favorite Movies: Harry Potter, Love Actually, Finding Neverland, Atonement, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 1 and 2, Shattered Glass, Strictly Ballroom, Totoro, Kiki's Flying Delivery Service, You've Got Mail, Runaway Jury, The Young Victoria, Life is Beautiful
Favorite Music: Poets of the Fall, Taylor Swift, The Cranberries, Kellie Pickler, Within Temptation, U2, the Beatles, Reindeer Section, big band music, soundtracks, uplifting and emotional trance
Favorite TV Shows: Gilmore Girls, Doctor Who, The Good Wife, As Time Goes By, E.R., Numb3rs, Mad About You, New Tricks, Torchwood, Game of Thrones
About Me: Loves dressing up like Tonks, dancing (blues, swing, Melbourne Shuffle), photography, walking in the rain, gaming, writing, coaching, listening to music, reading, watching movies, debating the psychology of fictional characters, knitting and crocheting, baking scones at 2 in the morning, listening, talking, and laughing.

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