“SpeakBeasty” Episode 133: “It’s the Aesthetic”

In this episode of SpeakBeasty, we discuss the workings of magical objects, talk about the fact that the Mirror of Erised doesn’t get talked about nearly enough, and skirt dangerously close to the secrets of the Illuminati. 



Many magical objects are seen throughout the Fantastic Beasts series, influencing plots, driving characters, and carrying key information for viewers. Hosts Amy, Ann, Geoff, and Shannen discuss how these objects work, their purpose, and any clues they might reveal about events still to come in future films. How exactly does the “Muggle Worthy” switch on Newt’s suitcase work? The items inside are tangible, so is it a mechanical shelf that slides into place or an illusion? Why can Jacob see Queenie in Nicolas Flamel’s crystal ball? What is the meaning of the year engraved on Grindelwald’s skull hookah? Join us as we try to answer these questions and more. 

In this episode’s Time-Turner segment, we discuss the Theramin, a unique instrument invented in the 1920s. Upon further research, it turns out the man behind the invention was up to more than just creating eerie music. 

This week’s podcast question is “What is your favorite magical object in the series and why?” Send us your theories at SpeakBeasty@gmail.com, or reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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Amy Hogan

I was 9 years old when I discovered the magic that is “Harry Potter.” I am a proud Hufflepuff and exceedingly good at eating, reading, being sarcastic, and over-thinking small tasks. Since I spent too much time worrying about the correct way to write this bio, this is all I was able to come up with before the deadline.