* We're live from Andrew's living room in Chicago!
* The new WizardingWorld.com website (sort of) goes live and we get our official passports!
* Question is… what do we do with them?
* Wizarding World Gold: what is it and how much is it going to cost fans?
* Following Crimes of Grindelwald and a Fantastic Beasts 3 delay, is this news breaking at the wrong time?
* What benefits would we like to see from a premium Wizarding World service?
* Muggle Mail covers where people listen, politics, The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, security at Hogwarts and "good" Horcruxes
* Why did Voldemort put so little protection around his other Horcruxes?
* Did Dumbledore experience a "surge" before his inevitable fate on the Lightening-Struck Tower?
* Why didn't we talk more about the fact that Draco was crying when Harry found him in the bathroom?
* Did Snape create Sectumsempra for James Potter and Sirius Black?
* Quizzitch: Where do Harry and Dumbledore apparate to upon their return from The Cave?
* We're off next week!
* Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon): What if… Dumbledore had told Harry the truth about Snape in that moment of hesitation?
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#417: Next Level Magic (HBP 26, The Cave)
* Welcome Slug Club member Natalie!
* News: we get our first look at animatronic Hagrid and discuss the changes coming to Pottermore!
* Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Chapter 26, The Cave
* 7-Word Summary: Together they enter the mysterious boat ride
* The perfect breaststroke: what do we make of Dumbledore's new-found agility? Is it pure adrenaline? His eagerness to find the Horcrux?
* Next level magic: it leaves traces and can be felt! Might J.K. Rowling explain this further in the Fantastic Beasts series?
* Why does this Horcrux have the highest level of protection? Is it because it once belonged to Voldemort's mother?
* Has Voldemort visited the cave since he placed the Horcrux here?
* Why is Harry's blood more valuable upon entering the cave but not for exiting?
* The simple approach: even in the most dangerous of situations, Dumbledore is still teaching Harry
* Is it possible that because part of Voldemort resides within Harry, that the magic within the cave is mistaking him for Voldemort?
* Magical weight vs. human weight and how Voldemort's tends to overlook those he considers to be "less than himself"
* Does Dumbledore's reaction to the bodies in the lake reflect the fact that he's resigned himself to his fate?
* What do we think Dumbledore is seeing when he drinks the potion? We recall we didn't have the context of Ariana when we first theorized about this in 2005!
* Dumbledore's Ring of Fire: what spell does he cast to ward off the Inferi?
* Despite her absence Laura does an amazing job Connecting The Threads (and planning the discussion)!
* The hosts reveal their Horcrux Hidey Hole, MVPs of the Week and Rename The Chapter!
* Quizzitch: Which Death Eater calls Dumbledore "Dumby"?
* We've finally got @mugglecast on Instagram! Thanks for the help, Amy and Amanda!
* This week's episode is sponsored by AWAY. Get $20 off a suitcase by going to AwayTravel.com/mugglecast20 and using promo code MUGGLECAST20.
#416: Not Sorry (HBP 25, The Seer Overheard)
* For the first time in five years, J.K. Rowling stays quiet on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts
* Fantastic Beasts 3 filming is delayed until 2021! How will this impact the fandom? Will people lose interest in the series?
* This Week in MuggleCast History returns!
* Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 25 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Seer Overheard
* 7-Word Summary: Harry discovers who listened to the prophecy
* Harry and Ginny: why did Rowling gloss over some of the happiest moments of Harry's life?
* Hermione begins to unravel the identity of the Half-Blood Prince... and Harry "just knows" it isn't a woman! Is he being sexist?
* Why is Harry still so defensive of the Half-Blood Prince? Truth is, we've seen him behave this way before!
* The Room of Requirement: easier to access than previously thought - you just need to be drunk!
* Why has Dumbledore been so reluctant to see Trelawney lately?
* Harry learns Snape was the one who overheard the prophecy! Would Dumbledore have ever told him?
* What does it say about Snape's character that despite playing a role in Harry's father's death, he still continues to insult James?
* Is Albus and Aberforth's relationship as contentious as we're led to believe in Deathly Hallows?
* Lax security: is there any reason to think the school will be safe with Harry and Dumbledore headed to The Cave?
* The hosts Rename The Chapter and give their MVPs of the Week
* Quizzitch: What is the first spell Harry casts at the Inferi?
* Bonus MuggleCast (available on Patreon): what if Hermione had discovered the identity of the Half-Blood Prince in this chapter? Would it have been too much for Harry to deal with?
#415: The Worst at Everything He Does (HBP 24, Sectumsempra)
* Which character, if any, will JKR pay tribute to on May 2?
* MuggleMail covers the power of love, Felix Felicis and interesting listening locations
* Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 24 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Sectumsempra
* 7-Word Summary: Harry almost gets discovered by Snape bathroom
* Breakup Central: Ron and Lavender and Dean and Ginny are splitsville!
* Charms Class and Quidditch: we reflect on how Harry's time at Hogwarts is coming to an end
* Katie Bell has finally returned and Harry remains convinced Draco was behind her attack
* Harry is hung up on Felix Felicis and Hermione draws an interesting conclusion about the effects on the potion
* Ravenclaws and Gryffindors: how Quidditch championship matches bring out their wild side!
* Let's go to the bathroom… because it's where all the important shi*t happens in the Potter series
* Sectumsempra: Why would Harry use a spell on Draco when he has no clue of its effect?
* Why doesn't Harry argue that he was defending himself against an Unforgivable Curse?
* Was Snape also keeping tabs on Draco? Was Moaning Myrtle assisting him?
* Should a professor be able to use Legilimency on a student to find out the truth?
* Does Harry's punishment fit the crime? Shouldn't it have been more severe?
* The Room of Requirement: we get brief glimpses of the Vanishing Cabinet and the Diadem Horcrux
* The Half-Blood Prince's book has done a lot of good for Harry and he lets Hermione know it!
* Ginny rushes to Harry's defense and SLAMS Hermione not once, but twice!
* Snape detention has an interesting twist to it!The hosts believe it's important that Gryffindor wins the Quidditch Cup without Harry
* Harry and Ginny: did it feel rushed? Forced? Or about damn time?!?!
* We Rename The Chapter and give our MVPs of the Week!
* Quizzitch: What unlikely companion does Harry find outside the Room of Requirement?
* This week's episode is brought to you by OpenFit! Text MuggleCast to 303030 to receive full access to all the workouts and nutrition info for a month!
* In Bonus MuggleCast, available exclusively on Patreon, we discuss what would have happened if Draco had died as a result of the Sectumsempra attack!
#414: Secrets Discovered (HBP 23, Horcruxes)
* Universal reveals the beasts we can expect to see on Hagrid's motorbike adventure including one never seen in the films!
* We take voicemails in defense of Slughorn, on the Room of Requirement, Harry's daydreaming and Hufflepuffs ability to find things
* Chapter-by-Chapter continues with Chapter 23 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Horcruxes
* 7-Word Summary: Secrets are discovered inside the Slughorn office
* Compromised security: what's up with the Fat Lady denying Harry entrance to Gryffindor Tower? Could Felix have still been at work?
* Dumbledore is initially shocked that Harry has acquired the memory. Did he really think Harry could do it?
* Do we actually know where Tom first learned about Horcruxes?
* We contrast Tom and Harry's approach to extracting information from Slughorn
* Wizards of a certain caliber have always been drawn to Horcruxes... really?!?! Like who?
* We learn Dumbledore is particularly fierce about Horcruxes. Why is that? Could Grindelwald have made one?
* Horcrux Breakdown: the diary, the ring, the locket, the cup, Nagini and something of either Gryffindor's or Ravenclaw's
* Did part of Dumbledore's prophecy explanation reveal that Harry is a Horcrux?
* Can Voldemort feel when one of his Horcruxes is destroyed? Not in the books, but it works in the films!
* Does Dumbledore's rant about tyrants creating self-fulfilling prophecies mean even more now that we know more about Grindelwald?
* The hosts rename the chapter and give their MVPs
* Quizzitch: How long does it take to make Felix Felicis?
* In celebration of recording on 4/20, we offer thoughts on which characters in the wizarding world like the ganga!