MuggleNet’s “Fantastic Beasts” podcast recap

It seems like much longer than just 48 hours since J.K. Rowling dropped a bomb on the Harry Potter fandom and announced that she was writing the screenplay(s) for a new film series based in the wizarding world. MuggleNet responded immediately and within six hours had over three hours of very different discussion on the news.

If you didn’t know, MuggleNet has a huge family of podcasts, including old favorites such as MuggleCast, our most studious of shows, MuggleNet Academia, our global reread Alohomora!, a way for the magic to live beyond the books with AudioFictions, and our newest general entertainment show, Hogwarts Radio. Three of the five shows decided to put our very special episodes all revolving around Fantastic Beasts and its fictional author, Newt Scamander. In case you missed them, check out the recaps below.

Alohomora!, our global Potter reread, decided to stick with a strict angle of discussing the news as related to the material found in the textbook of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. On the show, the hosts discuss why they’re so happy the material is NOT being adapted from a novel, if the social and political undertones of Newt’s own writing will be present in the films, and which fantastic beasts they would most like to see on screen. Along with reading a lot of fan comments from social media, this is a unique conversation on the news that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Hogwarts Radio did a live show with many of the MuggleNet staff members to discuss the news. Joined by hundreds of fans on UStream, the panel discussed the potential expansion of the current Wizarding World of Harry Potter, whom they would want to see cast as Newt, whether or not the films might be animated (WHAT?), and the roaring ’20s of New York (where the film, and Newt’s story, is said to start off). It’s a lively, hilarious hour of fun that you should definitely check out.

Last, but certainly not least, is our eldest podcast, MuggleCast. They were the first to get their show out to the world, recording a jammed-pack show in just half an hour. They break down the press release, paragraph by paragraph, and discuss the important parts in detail. They also touch on Newt’s past and why they think J.K. Rowling decided to do this (besides the obvious fact that she just can’t quit Potter!). They also discuss potential release dates, exactly how long Jo will STAY involved in the project, and the future of their show – which recently just ended “for good.” It’s truly MuggleCast at its best.

Did you listen to all three of these shows? Is there a topic that we DIDN’T cover that you wish we had? Let us know in the comments below!

Kat Miller

I am a 40-something Ravenclaw/Slytherin from Massachusetts. I've been lucky in life and can attribute a lot of that to Harry Potter. Without it, I wouldn't have at least 80% of the things I do today, including my career & closest friends. I truly despise Sirius Black.