532: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore' Title, Release Date Analysis
On this week's special episode of MuggleCast, we finally have some Fantastic Beasts 3 news to discuss! The third entry in the Fantastic Beasts series will be titled, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore! Also, a plot synopsis and new release date (April 15, 2022) are out! Join Andrew, Eric, Micah and Laura as they discuss their first impressions of the title, what specific "secrets" the title may be hinting at, and we hear from Slug Club-level Patrons listening live who have some great theories as well!
Fantastic Beasts 3 will be titled, The Secrets of Dumbledore.
The hosts all owe Andrew money. He has heavily speculated that "Dumbledore" would be in the title!
Back on MuggleCast 442, the hosts each predicted the title of the movie in 2019, and some came close!
What do we make of the title? Is this anything other than a money-motivated decision to get people to see the movie because it is called something "Dumbledore"?
What does this mean for how prominent Dumbledore will be versus the Core Four and Grindelwald from previous movies?
What could the "secrets" of Dumbledore be? Will it have to do with the Blood Pact, or Ariana perhaps?
Will the secrets of Dumbledore be better explained than the crimes of Grindelwald in Crimes of Grindelwald?
We discover that the film title shares a word with another Harry Potter movie! Will this be a trend?
Andrew points out the huge visual difference in the size of both series titles on their respective title cards. It's huge!
The movie's synopsis includes phrases like "intrepid explorers" and "Muggle baker" - but otherwise is pretty vague.
Are we still going to visit Rio de Janeiro in this movie?! Was the Brazil setting filmed exclusively at Leavesden?
Quizzitch: Who is the main character of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? WRONG answers only! Submit your answer!
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531: The Vibrating Broomstick, Hogwarts House Analysis Wrap Up, How Did Harry Know Lily's Patronus?
On this week's episode of MuggleCast, Andrew has some news that's been 14 years in the making! Plus, we open up our Muggle mailbag to hear from listeners about our most recent Hogwarts House discussions (don't forget, you can find them all here: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw & Slytherin). And on Bonus MuggleCast, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, we review deleted and unreleased scenes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!
Andrew's long-awaited Harry Potter Vibrating Broomstick review is here!
Did Slytherins have collective guilt about leaving the Battle of Hogwarts?
Was J.K. Rowling really trying to course correct for the lack of love for other Hogwarts Houses?
Snapping the Elder Wand?!?! Why one listener thinks the movie got it right!
Pickett The Ring Bearer
Cuteness Alert! We hear from one of our youngest Hufflepuff listeners!
Did J.K. Rowling subtly rank the Houses based on their colors?
Do fans' perceptions of their House common rooms differ based on personality?
We read several strong defenses of Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff Houses.
What if... Tom Riddle was in Gryffindor?
A 2007 throwback emails asks how Harry could recognize Lily's patronus?
Quizzitch: What form does Cho Chang’s Patronus take? Submit your answer!
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Coming up later this week on Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon), the hosts discuss the deleted scenes from Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone, to celebrate 20 years since the movie was released! Did you know they filmed the Professors singing the Hogwarts school song?
530: Celebrating and Criticizing Gryffindor House
This week, the MuggleCasters tackle the fiercest Hogwarts house of them all with their main discussion centered on Gryffindor! Joining the discussion is long-time friend of the show and boyfriend of Andrew, Pat! The panel of current and former Gryffindors talk about the good and the bad traits of Gryffindor, like why being bold can be a bad thing, and how being "daring" can mean you like to get into trouble. The hosts also examine Gryffindor's security system, ask why it is so insecure, and how famous Gryffindors like Minerva McGonagall and Peter Pettigrew fit into their house assignments!
On this episode we conclude our epic House-themed discussions with Gryffindor House!
What do daring, nerve and chivalry have to do with the panel's own experiences as former/current Gryffindors?
Is the Sorting Hat's description of Gryffindors the complete picture? Why is Pottermore's welcome letter for Gryffindors so hilariously short?
We examine the good and bad of Gryffindor, including their readiness to admit fault once they've been proven wrong, their hot-headedness and ill temper, and loyalty to one another.
Is everything Snape said about Gryffindors true? We examine moments between he and the Marauders.
What does it mean that Gryffindor House has had two pairs of troublemakers that we know of across two generations?
What happens when Gryffindors fight each other? Seamus and Harry's argument in Book Five may give us insight into the personalities of Gryffindor.
The Fat Lady's password system STINKS! It's a security nightmare!
Notable Gryffindors include Dumbledore, McGonagall and... Peter Pettigrew? The hosts discuss who fits in and who doesn't.
Quizzitch: The Sorting Hat tells us that Hufflepuff came from Valley Broad, Slytherin from Fen, and Ravenclaw from Glen, but from where did Godric hail?
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Coming up later this week on Bonus MuggleCast, available on Patreon, the hosts discuss HBO Max's new Harry Potter Hub, where the platform makes TV and Movie suggestions based on what Hogwarts House you're in. Do we agree with HBO Max's choices? Definitely not -- Laura is hurt by the Ravenclaw picks.
529: Celebrating and Criticizing Ravenclaw House
Intelligence. Wisdom. Learning. Wit. Our four-part series on the Houses of Hogwarts continues this week with Ravenclaw (be sure to check out our Slytherin and Hufflepuff episodes)! Andrew and Eric are surprised with just how critical Micah and Laura are of their own house (but, honestly, would you expect anything less of Ravenclaws?). Join us as we "look down" upon the Hogwarts grounds from high atop Ravenclaw Tower and discuss some of the House's most notable members!
Main Discussion: Ravenclaw House
Could Ravenclaw be the house we know the least about?
Does the Sorting Hat group Ravenclaws together based on academic prowess, regardless of their intent?
Why was Hermione not sorted into Ravenclaw?
What makes Micah and Laura Ravenclaws... Andrew and Eric have some ideas!
Do certain descriptions of Ravenclaws, especially that of their common room, make them come across as elitist?
What sort of students were the hosts during their younger years?
What does it mean for Ravenclaw House that Luna was the character most often referred to as being authentically herself?
What do we make of Cho Chang, a Ravenclaw, being Harry’s first love interest?
Would the reader's perspective have changed at all knowing the first two Defense Against the Dark Arts professors/frauds were both Ravenclaws?
We discuss other notable Ravenclaws, including Garrick Ollivander, Sybill Trelawney, Filus Flitwick, The Grey Lady and more !
Quizzitch: On which floor at Hogwarts can you find the staircase that leads directly to the door to Ravenclaw’s common room? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
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528: We're Going Back to Hogwarts!
CHOO CHOO! Join us as we head back to Hogwarts on this week's episode of MuggleCast! Andrew, Eric, Micah and Meg as they play a few games and discuss the school's prime locations for first kisses, homework, parties and more! Plus, with David Yates beginning a new project, could the latest Fantastic Beasts news spell more trouble for the five-part movie franchise?
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With so much time having already elapsed between Crimes of Grindelwald and Fantastic Beasts 3, what do we make of the news that there will be a "break" between Fantastic Beasts 3 and 4?
Could the Fantastic Beasts franchise rest on the success of the third film? Andrew has a theory for what this break really means!
Main Discussion: It's time to go Back to Hogwarts!
Where would each of the hosts sit on the Hogwarts Express? What would be the first thing each of us did upon return to Hogwarts?
"What Would You Do?" & Guess That Book (Back to Hogwarts Edition)
Where at Hogwarts would you: have your first kiss? Do your homework? Have some "me" time? Hold secret parties?
Quizzitch: In what books does Harry not directly interact with Draco Malfoy while on the Hogwarts Express? Visit MuggleCast.com/Quizzitch to submit your answer!
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