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Jul 14, 2019

Join hosts Amy, Lizzie, and Michael, as well as special guest, Mike Schubert of Potterless

→ Check out Potterless for a non-rose-tinted-glasses approach to the Potter series with no previous nostalgia.
→ Don’t be racist! 
Phoenix Register: Amy and Lizzie waited 8 hours to ride the new Hagrid coaster. 
Owl Post: Representation, it’s not that hard! 
→ Idris Elba as Grindelwald? Yes please. 
Main Discussion: Has Fantastic Beasts enticed an new generation of people to explore Potter? What are some similarities and differences between the characters?
→ “The real beasts are the friends we made along the way”
→ “Oh no - he hasn’t seen the sequel.”
→ Is Filch Gunther or Mr. Heckles?
→ “Hagrid is gorgeous, how dare you.”
→ Does Fantastic Beasts stand alone as a series or can you only enjoy it after you’ve read Harry Potter?
Time Turner: The Potter family! 
→ “Sorry Grandma, your last name is Fleamont, so...”
→ “The Confundables are so confounding.”
→ What’s on the horizon for Potterless
→ We say goodbye to our dear friend and host, Michael, as he moves on to pursue other adventures. 

Podcast question: Is Fantastic Beasts using Harry Potter to keep its audience captivated, and if so, how?

Jul 1, 2019

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ Welcome to two special guests, Marjolaine and Julianna!
The Phoenix Register: Wizards Unite has arrived!
→ The non-English speaking countries deserve better.
→ What is the correct character count for roller coaster names?
→ "Drunk Seraphina" is our newest regular segment. 
→ We gave the owls a lot of water to drink because it's stupid hot everywhere. 
Main Discussion: Beasts vs. Magical Plants (a very Ravenclaw topic) 
→ Do Dementors poop? 
Newt Case: The Boobrie!
→ Scotland used to have penguins. 

Podcast Question: How do you think Beasts should be classified, and what kinds of magical plants would you like to see? (To poop, or not to poop?)

 

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?

 

Dec 30, 2018

Join Amy and Ariel as they discuss our favorite 'Puff with special guest Peyton Kennedy!

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ You probably know Peyton from her role as Kate Messner on Everything Sucks!, or as Betty on Grey's Anatomy. But most importantly, she's a huge Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts fan.
→ It's the Puffiest episode ever.
→ A lot of controversy over hoots and flapping.
Owl Post: Responses to Episode 75’s podcast question! Why do fans say they liked this movie even though they had major problems with it? 
→ Movie 3: Return of the Shaws
→ Just make another movie that shows their daily lives together. 
→ We are still angry about Queenie. 
→ Do Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts have two different audiences?
Main Discussion: Our deep dive into Newt's character!
→ “He’s so awkward. It’s fantastic.” 
→ It’s great to see a male character who is able to be vulnerable.
→ “You're doing amazing, sweetie."
→ Will the movies stay focused on Newt and "the quartet?"
→ "If Newt leaves, we riot."
→ "The goodest person ever."
Time Turner: History of the Times Square ball drop!

Podcast Question: What do you think is in store for Newt's character in the upcoming films?

Dec 16, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→We discuss the filming process with special guest, James Payton!
→James played Frank Longbottom in Order of the Phoenix and Adolf Hitler in Captain America: The First Avenger. He was also a stand-in in Fantastic Beasts 1 and 2!
→ The Phoenix Register: Check out our crossover episode with Hogwarts Radio! Plus, Lizzie got to attend the Paris premiere of Crimes of Grindelwald
→ These actors are all about the fans. 
Owl Post: Come to Pittsburgh for French fry sandwiches. Is it hard to #ProtectTheSecrets? Is the skull hookah a real skull? Plus, James will fight you if you try to take his right arm.
→ What is the work of a stand-in like?
→ “He could light a brick and make it look like Audrey Hepburn.” 
→ What’s the difference between working on the “Potter” universe and the “Marvel” universe? 
→ Eddie is a lovely, hardworking man. (We are shocked.) 
→ Take any stories you hear from set with a pinch of salt. 
→ “The important thing is to have adventures.” 
→ We have collectively lost our minds. 
→ In conclusion, everyone loves Ezra. 

Podcast Question: What does the Wizarding World mean to you?

Dec 7, 2018

On this special crossover episode between SpeakBeasty and Hogwarts Radio:

 

  • What were our takeaways from Crimes of Grindelwald.
  • Would this story have been better as books first, films second?
  • Big reasons why people liked/disliked the movie
  • How did we manage to appreciate the film the first and second time around? Were we able to catch more details after multiple viewings or were we still confused?
  •  Why all the negativity? Are the fans concerned with J.K. Rowling’s ability to tell a story?
  • There is a clear division in the fandom and some fans are scared that will drive us apart.
  • We pick out some of the top moments in the screenplay that highlight and accent the film.
  • The hosts agree, the screenplay provided a good amount of context for certain scenes. 
  • Is Baby Corvus still alive and if so have we already been introduced to him?
  • Segments from each podcast make it into this week’s show. We go into “The Newt Case” and play “Amortentia, Avada Kedavra, Imperio.”

 

Dec 2, 2018

Join Aureo, Michael, and Shannen as they share their reactions to Crimes of Grindelwald!

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ Aurelia may or may not be happy about her name finally being in the Potterverse.
→ The Kelpie’s name is Ariel
→ Phoenix Register: Newt Scamander is autistic! We are excited!
→ This is THAT episode, listeners.
→ Owl Post: Grindelwald lies!!!
→ Will the Credence missing identity thread continue?
→ “One of these things is not like the other.”
→ Aurelia did not feel sad when Leta died.
→ DID JACOB EVER GET TO EAT??
→ Calamari!
→ This film failed women and people of color.
→ Could it be possible that Leta’s not dead?
→ Moral Event Horizons
→ This is an Infinity War podcast.
→ “I know he kills a baby, but the Chupacabra!”
→ “We’re Americans. Sometimes we clap at movies.”
→ Why we as fans are so reluctant to admit that we didn’t like this movie.
→ “Rowling is not the auteur of this film - Yates is.”
→ “Don’t let the corporation behind the Wizarding World tell you how to be a fan.”

Podcast Question: Why do fans who have legitimate complaints about the film still say they liked it? 

Nov 18, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ We waited two years for this movie!
→ Major spoilers ahead!
→ We were STUNNED AND CONFUSED.
→ It’s a new feeling, not knowing what’s going on. 
→ Does Crimes of Grindelwald have “Movie 2 Syndrome?” 
→ OWL POST IS BACK!
→ Johnny Depp’s performance validated a lot of our 15-year-old selves.
→ Depp’s performance helped differentiate Grindelwald even further from Voldemort.
→ Can Theseus become part of the Squad™? 
→ Young Newt and young Leta were actual perfection.
→ “You know, Dumbledore really didn’t tell Harry anything.”
→ Dumbledore sent Newt to New York. Anyway, moving on. 
→ “To quote the Backstreet Boys, ‘Tell me why.’”
→ That thing. You know what thing.

Nov 4, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ It's our last episode before Crimes of Grindelwald comes out! (We did our waiting! Two years of it!
→ We goin' to Brazil?
→ Is this the beginnings of Credence gaining some control over the Obscurus?
→ We really want to like Seraphina, but like...come on, woman.
→ Classic Rowling, showing us that the world is not black and white.
→ And then Colin Farrell goes away. Insert sad face.
→ "Can you imagine if Grindelwald had a Twitter?"
→ "A flicker of memory..."
→ Does the fact that the story ends with Jacob have any ramifications for the greater story-line?
→ And now we'll never talk about the first movie again.
→ Quick recap and outlining our favorite theories: WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN COG?!

Oct 21, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ Where are you seeing Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald?
→ The Phoenix Register: Check out the Special Fantastic Beasts "Newsweek" edition! In stores on October 30th!
→ Movie Breakdown #6: 01:20:01 to 01:45:00
→ Was Dougal used properly and will he be used in the future?
→ "Tina, are you a witch or what?"
→ RIP Ilvermorny school song.
→ Arbitrary traits and where to find them. 
→ Was Credence's character moment too late?
→ "The finale has pacing issues."
→ "We want more awesome wand moves."
→ Depp is the equivalent of 3 grapes.        


Podcast Question: What do you think about the deleted scenes and how they could have affected the movie?

Sep 27, 2018

On this special bonus episode of SpeakBeasty:

It's #ThmagicalThursday once again as our hosts breakdown the final Crimes of Grindelwald trailer.

→ New posters! 
→ Final trailer breakdown.
→ "Why would I need a safe house in Paris?"
→ Fandom: NAGINI???
→ Again, with the secrets Albus.
→ Nicholas Flamel looking like maybe it's Maybelline.

Podcast Question: What are your thoughts on the trailer? Let us know on social media!

 

Sep 23, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ Resuming our film analysis from 1:05:00 to 1:25:00.
→ Let the Thestrals rest! (At a mid-Atlantic rest stop)
→ Parallels between the death room and methods of torture used on accused witches.
→ We don’t recommend dropping babies out of windows.
→ LADIES THINGS. Just say you have cramps.
→ Is Queenie the key to how Abernathy joins the Dark Side?
→ “Everyone’s shrieking, we don’t really know why.”
→ Grindelwald knows how to get what he wants from people without having to use his wand. 
→ What is it with these films and rooftops?
→ The Blind Pig = sensory overload.
→ “Well I cant do anything, might as well take another shot.” - Jacob.
→ Is Chastity obsessed with flyers? 
→ We want to know more about the relationship between Credence and Modesty please. 
→ Mary Lou is dead - this feels like the end of Act III. Everything takes a very dramatic turn from here on out.

Podcast Question: Who is coming to hang out with the SpeakBeasty/MuggleNet team at NYCC?

Sep 9, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ Movie breakdown #4: 00:45:01 to 01:05:00
→ "I did my waiting! 2 years of it! On SpeakBeasty!"
→ Newt manipulates Jacob into going with him.
→ Why is the Erumpent under the ice?
→ Newt is the only one happy about the lion.
→ "We ran out of music. Put in Hedwig's Theme."
→ Newt doesn't differentiate between animals and magical beasts.
→ The importance of alcohol at the Shaw event.
→ "Everything can be broken down to the Wizard of Oz."
→ The British minister is not fooled by Newt.

Podcast Question: Any of you Beasties attending New York Comic Con in a few weeks? Let's hang out! 

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