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Jun 16, 2019

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ Happy Father’s Day!
→ Phoenix Register: No FaBe related news, but Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure ride is open!
→ Owl Post: Two posts courtesy of our SpeakBeasty Common Room! Fantastic Beasts in Frozen 2? Frozen and Indiana Jones connections
→ Main Discussion: Characters of Color in the Fantastic Beasts series → We explore representation in FaBe, HP, and even Hunger Games!
→ Some say Rowling is the champion of all people of color. Is that really true?
→ Could/should Newt have been cast as a person of color? (Based on Rita Skeeter’s description of his grandson, Rolf?)
→ Analysis of Rowling’s Native American appropriation.
→ Seraphina Picquery mystery SOLVED!!!
→ Time Turner: The origin of coffee!

Podcast Question: How can future Fantastic Beasts installments learn from the missteps and lack of representation in previous wizarding world media, and better serve their characters of color?

Jun 3, 2019

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ Happy summer! Only six more months 'til Christmas.
→ Your feet being uncomfortable can drastically affect your decisions.
→ "Fashion, but make it comfort." 
→ Blood pacts and marriages go hand in hand (wink).
→ “It would be really nice if something made sense for once.”
→ “Queenie isn’t evil, but she drank the Kool-Aid.”
→ Did she drink the tea? And does it matter?
→ “I was rooting for you - we were all rooting for you!”
The Newt Case: Amazon River Dolphins!
→ #SaveThePinkDolphins

Podcast Question: Do you think Queenie's character development between films makes sense, or do you think that we are missing information?

May 19, 2019

This time on SpeakBeasty...  

→ Join hosts Ariel, Megan, and special guest, Craig!
The Phoenix Register: Fantastic Beasts 3 gets a release date of November 2021. Also, Wizarding World Gold is now a thing.
→ What could they possibly give us that we don’t already have and do we want it?
→ Percies of the world, unite.
→ Could Queenie have been under Grindelwald’s control for longer than we thought?
→ “It’s SpeakBeasty canon, thank you for your time.”
→ What’s the deal with the blood pact?
→ “You know that thing where you touch bloody hands?”
→ “Who knew that Summergirls by LFO was about Dumbledore and Grindelwald the whole time?”
→ Newt is the real mother of dragons.
→ “Oh, you did a blood pact? We do Unbreakable Vows now.”
→ “Let’s just Time Turrner this ish.” This time, we examine what happened on this day in history. 

Podcast Question: How do you think Dumbledore will ultimately break the blood pact? 

May 5, 2019

This time on SpeakBeasty...

→ Hosts Amy and Elayna are joined by special guest, Chris Rankin!
Harry Potter drag videos, coming soon!
Phoenix Register: You can now tour the subway station from Fantastic Beasts!
→ The New York subway is a terrifying place of mysteries.
→ All birds are valid on this show.
Owl Post: Did Corvus Lestrange live? Also, Jacob is too good for this world.
→ King Aegeus got Aretha Franklin pregnant.
→ Who has the better sibling relationship, Percy or Theseus?
→ Are Percy and Theseus both ambitious in the same way?
→ “Corrupt politicians, what are those?”
→ “They’re both very well dressed.”
The Newt Case: The Gorgons!
→ “Ancient Greek Ancestry.com for the gods.”

Podcast Question: Do you think Theseus will have to make a choice when it comes to his loyalty?

Apr 21, 2019

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ The rainbow pinwheel of death is very misleading.
→ Happy Easter!
→ Could Queenie be believing that Jacob is an exception to the “wizards first” rule?
→ To kill Jacob, or not to kill Jacob?
→ Are the words “coward” and “crazy” gendered (and not in a good way)?
→ We love you, Paris! And we love your Notre Dame.
→ Marjolaine is going to have a coronary when she hears our French. (Sorry, girl.)
→ What parts of Paris featured heavily in the film? What role does Paris play in Crimes of Grindelwald?
→ “And then we all got confused.”
→ How do the first and second films compare in terms of how they use their setting as a part of their story?
→ Do any of these intricate details inform the story of the film? Does it work for an audience uneducated in Paris locales and their history?
→ The Time Turner: Rio de Janeiro in the 1920's!

Podcast Question: What was missing from Paris as a setting? How could the city have been better utilized in the story?

Apr 7, 2019

This time on SpeakBeasty...

→ Aureo, Megan, and Michael are here!
→ “Sit there and think about what you’ve done.”
→ Pops are a controversial topic,
The Phoenix Register: The COG DVD is killing it. Also, we gotta watch Emma.
Owl Post: Physical cowards vs. moral cowards
→ The world wars and their influence!
→ Nationalism is making everyone nervous.
→ How does Grindelwald’s vision impact our views of “The Greater Good?”
→ Wizards vs. Muggles during WWI and WWII - who has the upper hand?
→ “It amuses me to make allusions to things that are happening in the Muggle world.” - JKR, 2005
→ “He was thwarted again and again by a teenager.”
→ The Deathly Hallows symbol vs. the swastika.
→ “Don’t be racist.”
→ “Dear UK listeners, prevent Brexit.”
The Newt Case: the Taniwha!

Podcast question: What do you think is Rowling’s overall goal with the Fantastic Beasts series as far as it parallels WWII? What messages do you think she’s trying to convey that are different from or build upon Harry Potter

Mar 24, 2019

This time on SpeakBeasty:

Dumbledore sucks. Just kidding...he’s just a master manipulator.
Was Dumbledore’s level of trust with Newt comparable to that of Tom Riddle and/or Harry?
Discussing how we’d feel if an old school teacher hit you up for a favor...
When the last movie comes out (in a hundred years), how old will we be? Best answer- 30, flirty, and thriving!
Discussing Dumbledore’s use of and desire for Newt’s “Cinnamon Roll Energy”.
Is Dumbledore the cool dad? Is he still capable of love? Or was he ever truly?
Were Dumbledore and Grindy changed for good...or just The Greater Good?!
Delving into HP/FaBe cross theories of “what if’s” and evil alternate universes.
Bring on Rita Skeeter! She’ll find the necessary “behind the scenes info” we crave!
Newt Case: Leprechauns! Naughty naughty leprechauns...or should it be Leprecorn?
→ Who would win the gold...leprechauns or nifflers?

Podcast Question: Is Dumbledore’s constant manipulation justified?

Mar 12, 2019

An exciting bonus tidbit in which Shannen and Megan break down the deleted scenes that came with the Crimes of Grindelwald DVD and digital download, and discuss whether they affect the film canon.

 

Mar 10, 2019

This time on SpeakBeasty...

→ Laine is back!
→ Shameless plug for our social media team. 
→ Aureo does street fighting now. 
→ The Phoenix Register: If you're not listening to our bonus episodes, what are you even doing with your life? Also, FB3 is most likely being pushed to 2021. 
Owl Post: We tend to trust Newt, but is he wrong in some ways about Queenie? Plus, listener Matthew has a theory that Leta isn't dead. 
"The series is getting darker, and so is the podcast." 
→ Our new theme song will be a funeral dirge.
Introducing Hana Walker-Brown and Ravina Bajwar, who came to talk to us about the behind-the-scenes audiobook from Audible and Pottermore!
It's disappointing that Dan isn't actually narrating our lives. 
"The audiobook is meant to be a window into filmmaking." 
We'll get the Beasties on it!
The Time Turner: Nobel Prize winners in 1927!
"We just like to live in the now."
Lizzie is collecting tomatoes and fresh produce, both for Brexit and for throwing. 

Podcast Question: If you could be a pigeon in the rafters on the Fantastic Beasts set, what would you most like to see or overhear?

Feb 24, 2019

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ Happy Palentine’s Day!
→ Listen to our show and forget about the Oscars. 
→ Bonus episode where Amy talks about her day at work. 
→ Owl Post: Sibling guilt is so real. 
→ The power of words!
→ “Coward” has to be a theme for a reason.
→ Queenie being called “crazy” seems to be what pushes her over the edge.
→ “Why couldn’t you have just stayed calm for once, instead of flying off the handle?” 
→ Are there similarities between Snape and Jacob?
→ “HBD to my fave coward, MK.” 
→ “Sign me up for 100 years of therapy.” 
→ “I’d rather be loca than crazy.” 
→ “To quote Hercules…” 
→ The Newt Case: The Chupacabra! #JusticeForAntonio
→ “And there’s your Hamilton connection for today.” 

Podcast Question: What do you think the importance is behind the themes of words like “crazy” and “coward” and their effects in the Wizarding World? 

Feb 10, 2019

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ We’re so international!
→ Phoenix Register: There will be new beasts in FB3!!!
→ Owl Post: Credence’s queer coding, thanks to our pal Ezra. Plus, MACUSA needs to sort out their priorities.
→ Lizzie’s sister used to flush her head down the loo.
→ Exploring Newt and Theseus’s relationship!
→ Are they hiring for the position of putting freckles on Callum’s face?
→ “Who doesn’t like goats?”
→ “Sometimes you need to go far away from your family.”
→ Will we see more of Theseus?
→ “I killed my brother in the womb.” - Grindelwald
→ Newt Case: The Poukai! (Basically a bird-lion. King of the jungle.)

Podcast Question: How do you think the Goldstein sisters’ relationship is going to change?

Jan 27, 2019

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ Introducing Jennifer! Plus, Elayna and Shannen are back. 
→ "It's been 84 years..." 
The Phoenix Register: Filming for FB3 has been pushed back and we are curious as heck. Also, Crimes of Grindelwald will be released digitally very soon, including an extended edition.  
Owl Post: Did the whole Queenie situation need more explanation?
→ "Talk about failing the Bechdel test." 
→ What is "coding?"  
→ Queenie is "Stressed with a trademark symbol."
→ "I love to get dressed up and look nice and sit in my home." 
→ Do Rosier and Grindelwald know Occlumency and Legilimency? 
→ "I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed." 
→ "We could've flown here on a chupacabra the whole time?!" 
→ "Everything you love is problematic, there is no ethical consumption under capitalism." 
→ "I killed an animal, I killed a baby, and I'll kill you too." 
→ "If I was going to smile at anything, it would be Pickett the bowtruckle." 
 The Time Turner: Revisiting War of the Worlds, because it's hilarious. 
Kowalski's Korner: A distinct lack of jumpers. 

Podcast Question: What conditions do you find in the characters of the Fantastic Beasts series that you relate to? 

Jan 13, 2019

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ It’s our first episode of 2019!

→ Michael is slowly becoming Ariel.

→ The Phoenix Register: Crimes of Grindelwald has been nominated for a few awards. (It’s awards season, after all.)

→ Lizzie has never seen the original Mary Poppins.

→ Owl Post: We review your responses to last episode’s podcast question: "What do you think is in store for Newt in future films?"

→ “New year, new threats from Megan Kelly.”

→ How successful was Crimes of Grindelwald in the box offices?

→ What does the marketing strategy say about the film, and what we can expect in future films?

→ “They were pulling on the heartstrings of Potter and tying it into Fantastic Beasts.”

→ Hashtag hashtag hashtag

→ Why do so many people want to read a script?

→ Is it possible to easily remedy issues?

→ Newt Case: The ZouWou!

Podcast Question: What do you think it would take for the Fantastic Beasts franchise to be overall successful?

 

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