SpeakBeasty: A Fantastic Beasts Podcast

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Oct 17, 2021
  • Lizzie's back!!
  • Lizzie is both a strong Ravenclaw and a fun fact.
  • Thanks to our Patreon sponsor this week, Sam! 
  • Phoenix Register: So much news.
  • The UK release is a WEEK ahead of the US release!
  • We're still working out WB's marketing strategy. 
  • The nine-wand display will be back in Leicester Square.
  • Promotional events are happening again! Nature is healing. 
  • Behind-the-scenes footage of Secrets of Dumbledore was screened at CineEurope in Barcelona. 
  • Main Discussion: Which secrets of which Dumbledore? 
  • One of Albus' secrets: Harry's entire life purpose. 
  • "Oh hi Aberforth."
  • Does Albus go to bars?
  • Percival: he's dead!
  • Amy isn't ready for an Ariana flashback. 
  • Kowalski's Half-Baked Theories: Credence ISN'T Aurelius...the phoenix is!
  • How much Grindelwald knows is critical. 
  • The theory suggests what could be the BIGGEST secret of all.
  • Ilvermorny theories are always more believable. 
  • There are other characters!!

Podcast Question: Is it possible that Credence is a descendant of Slytherin?

Theme Music: "Swing Has Swung," by Shane Ivers (

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Oct 3, 2021
  • It’s the official return of SpookBeasty!
  • Phoenix Register: IT’S ALL HAPPENING.
  • We have a title! A new release date!
  • Everyone asks “why is Aurelius?” but never “how is Aurelius?”
  • We try to figure out WB’s marketing game.
  • Geoff is unimpressed by the summary.
  • Even when he’s the worst villain, he’s still Mads Mikkelsen.
  • Owl Post: Is Bunty going to sacrifice herself for Newt?
  • We ship Aberforth/Bunty now too.
  • Main Discussion: James Newton Howard
  • Soundtracks tell their own story.
  • Ann reveals her embarrassing James Newton Howard faves.
  • There’s a surprising parallel between Sisu and Newt.
  • Is Tina musically underserved?
  • No-Maj Movie Magic: the history of film scores
  • Fantastic Film Scores and Where They Came From
  • Geoff will fight you and everyone he knows about the Star Wars score.


Theme Music: “Swing Has Swung,” by Shane Ivers (
Podcast Question: What do you think the ‘Secrets of Dumbledore’ are, or which Dumbledore’s secrets are they?
Sep 19, 2021
  • Meet our special guest, author and blogger Thea James! She wrote a cookbook!
  • Thanks to Michael McDonald's family for their continued support. We miss you, Mike.
  • Phoenix Register: It's been a slim news week, but Marjolaine found something! Eddie Redmayne is performing in Cabaret on the West End this fall.
  • Tickets are really expensive, but available!
  • Pouf, the French adaptation of Puffs, premiered in Paris and Marjolaine got to see it.
  • Owl Post: Twitter followers chime in on what they think the 1898 on Grindelwald's skull hookah means.
  • The tragic origins of Thea's website are revealed.
  • Main Discussion: Cooking for Wizards, Warriors, and Dragons, Thea's book! It combines everyone's two favorite things: books and food!
  • Rereading books and writing a cookbook - truly the perfect quarantine project.
  • While everyone else was playing the Game of Thrones, Marjolaine won the Game of Scones.
  • Food makes fantasy worlds seem more real.
  • Cooking = potion making
  • Thea reveals who would win the cake stand in a fantasy baking competition!
  • Battle of the Beasts: Amy! vs! Ann! WHO WILL WIN?
  • Buy Thea's book! Cooking for Wizards, Warriors, and Dragons, out 9/21. Available wherever books are sold.
Podcast question: What food would you like to try from a fantasy series?
Theme Music: "Swing Has Swung," by Shane Ivers (
Sep 5, 2021
  • Geoff's back!
  • Shannen is an A R T I S T E
  • Phoenix Register: Stuff is happening!!
  • Another break between movies?! What will Megan do?
  • This is not a podcast about David Yates' side hustles.
  • Main Discussion: Magical Objects
  • Is it Vanished or is it Memorex?
  • Dumbledougal has HANDS.
  • Grindlewald's graphic designer got paid in exposure.
  • We find out the real reason for the "1898" on the skull hookah.
  • Shannen thinks the Dumbledore family lore is sus.
  • Is it alive?
  • Fantastic Beasts: Friendship is American Magic.
  • Time-Turner: The theremin!
  • PepSI ... IlluminaTI ... it's all coming together.

Podcast question: What is your favorite magical object in Fantastic Beasts and why?


Theme Music: "Swing Has Swung," by Shane Ivers (

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Aug 22, 2021
  • Helene's back!! And keeping secrets?!
  • The Phoenix Register: An epic battle between Newt and Grindelwald, and streaming vs theatre release logistics
  • We're going to the CO-PA, CO-PA-CABANAAAAAA
  • The owls are back too, and bringing mustache-related speculation!
  • Everyone is Dougal. It's canon.
  • Main discussion: Bunty. She's #relatable.
  • Bunty = Ginny? (No, Bunty = Dougal.)
  • Can we rewrite the stars so Charlie gets together with Bunty? Time-Turners exist.
  • New segment! No-Maj Movie Magic: Puppeteers and the work of Robin Guiver!
  • The Newtcase: Imps are rude.
  • We know an uncomfortable amount about the breeding habits of fairies.

Podcast Question: How do you think Bunty's role will evolve in FB3?

Theme Music: "Swing Has Swung," by Shane Ivers (

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Aug 8, 2021
  • WE’RE BACK! Did you miss us? (You did. It’s okay. We missed you too.)
  • Phoenix Register: show changes! New theme music! New segments! Old hosts!
  • Main discussion: What do we know about FB3 so far?
  • Richard Coyle lacks a name on IMDb - interesting!
  • Leaked pictures might show the German Ministry of Magic
  • COVID is still the worst
  • New segment! Kowalski’s Half-Baked Theories
  • Dougal … Dumbledore … they both start with D! IT CAN’T BE A COINCIDENCE.
  • New segment! Battle of the Beasts!
  • AMY! VS! SHANNEN! Two hosts enter! And … uh … two hosts leave. 
  • Punching is truly the greatest weapon.

Podcast Question: Who do you think Richard Coyle will portray with his fabulous mustache?

Music: Swing Has Swung by Shane Ivers -

Feb 14, 2021

This time on SpeakBeasty…

  • Happy Valentine’s Day, Beasties!
  • The Phoenix Register: HBO and the Harry Potter Hoax.
  • Richard Coyle is in Fantastic Beasts 3.
  • Bigger and better things are on the way.
  • Main Discussion: The couples/pairings in the Fantastic Beasts Universe! 
  • Let the speculation begin!
  • The Newt Case: Veela (also spelled Vila in Slavic folklore)
  • The Time Turner: The Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Podcast Question: Do you think Jacob and Queenie will end up together at the end of the series?

Jan 31, 2021

This time on SpeakBeasty...

  • The SpeakBeasty team welcomes a new member to the family, a BABY! Congratulations, Lizzie G!
  • We’ve survived January. So far.
  • The Phoenix Register: Fogler’s Fiction Fest 2021 (and a small plot spoiler/confirmation!)
  • Owl Post: Nobody likes us. Please send us owls.
  • Main Discussion: We break down the making of Fantastic Beasts- the actors on set, the beasts and the sets.
  • The Newt Case: Salamanders! 

Podcast Question: If you were an extra in the Fantastic Beasts movies, what scene would you be in, and what would your character’s name be?

Jan 17, 2021

This time on SpeakBeasty

  • Owl Post: Welsh Corgis. Who could ask for more?
  • In real life, our highest classification for dangerous animals is just “Australia.”
  • “I wanna boop the snek on its snoot.”
  • Shannen’s husky is the heir of Slytherin.
  • Sending your kids out to eat other people’s kids is not cool.
  • Main Discussion: What if? We discuss six “What if” theories from the first Fantastic Beasts film that would've/could’ve played out differently.
  • “Wanna take a peek at Queenie’s ladies things?”
  • Sorry Mr. Abernathy, this case packs a real punch, honey!
  • The Time Turner: 101st anniversary of the date that the prohibition officially took effect in the U.S.A.

Podcast Question: What if? Send us your own or respond to our “What If” theories- we’d love to hear from you!

Jan 8, 2021

Happy 5th birthday to us! Couldn't make it to our birthday party on Facebook Live? No worries, we're bringing the party to you! 

Jan 3, 2021

This time on SpeakBeasty...

  • Congratulations on surviving 2020! 
  • The Phoenix Register: Aleksandr Kuznetsov
  • Owl Post: Happy Holiday wishes and positive reviews from kite3598!
  • We dive into the Fantastic Beasts textbook- the Hogwarts Library edition.
  • Do kids still write notes? Or do they all text now?
  • Time Turner: Presidential Inauguration- 1929, President Herbert Hoover
  • Rex and Herbert Hoover both went to the same McDonalds. Well, they would have if McDonalds was around during Herbert Hoover’s time...but basically.

Podcast Question: Do you think Aragog should be given a 4 or 5 X classification?

Dec 13, 2020

This time on SpeakBeasty:

  • The Phoenix Register: Mads Mikkelson is official! 
  • The new movie will be a “globe-trotting adventure.” Does this confirm Brazil?
  • Owl Post: Listeners comment on their opinions regarding Mikkelson replacing Depp, as well as the podcast questions from episodes 124 and 125.
  • One for our Ravenclaws!
  • Marjo and Aureo give us an inside scoop from the press release of “Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature” exhibition.
  • Geoff wants a Chinese alligator so he can feed him treats and tell him he’s a good boy. #Goals
  • Mummified Monkeyfish Mermaids. Say that 5x fast.
  • The Newt Case: The Ijiraq, a shapeshifting spirit found in Greenland, Canada, and Alaska.

Podcast Question: Which beast would you like to see included in the exhibition that was not mentioned?

Nov 29, 2020

This time on SpeakBeasty...

  • Happy Thanksgiving from Ann, Shannen, and Julianna!
  • The Phoenix Register: New HP merch and shops! City Walk is open and selling sweets at Wizarding World Sweets and Treats food cart.
  • At the time of recording, Mads Mikkelsen was not confirmed as the replacement for Grindelwald. This news has since been verified.
  • Owl Post: Thanksgiving Break for the owls!
  • Main Discussion: Mads Mikkelsen!
  • Well-established acting career...if not him, then who?
  • Hosts name their top picks (but unanimously agree Mads is the best option.)
  • Time Turner: Thanksgiving in the 1920’s!

Podcast Question: How do you think Queenie, Jacob, Tina, and Newt celebrate Thanksgiving?

Nov 15, 2020

This time on SpeakBeasty...

  • Aureo, Marjo, Lizzie G, and Geoff...a global podcast indeed!
  • Phoenix Register: (The only kindness was that it all happened in the days before recording.) Johnny Depp was asked to resign by Warner Brothers. The official release date was moved to July 15, 2022
  • Owl Post: What if Grindelwald created dementors based off of lethifolds? Do we have time to learn Portuguese?
  • Main Discussion: First reactions to the news about Johnny Depp!!
  • Seven stages of grief for some, excitement at the new prospective actors, excitement at simply having news to discuss, and questions of, “Why now?”
  • Will the franchise be able to bring in a big name? Will it be enough to bring interest back to the fandom after all the damage over the last few years?
  • Will Warner Brothers ask the same resignation of Amber Heard in Aquaman?
  • Newt Case: The Beast of Gevandan

Podcast Question: With the departure of Johnny Depp from the Fantastic Beasts series, who would you like to see take over the role of Gellert Grindewald?

Nov 1, 2020

This time on SpeakBeasty...

  • Episode 123: That’s more than 100!
  • Phoenix Register: Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature at London’s Natural History Museum. Tickets available Nov. 12
  • Owl Post: xoxo - Gossip Girl
  • Main Discussion: Deep dive into the film credits! (Just kidding!!)
  • Discussing possible locations in Brazil for FaBe 3 and possible “Beasty” appearances based on location.
  • Shannen’s next dog will be named “Loaf."
  • IMBD has named a new cast member- German Muggle #24
  • Dugbog- a log that’ll bite your head off
  • Clabbert- a monkey frog
  • Lethifold- sneaky shadows
  • Will pink dolphins make an appearance?
  • The Brazilian Revolution in 1930: Will this be FaBe 3’s political upheaval?
  • Time Turner: US and UK voting history!

Podcast Question: What is driving the films to Brazil?

Oct 19, 2020

This time on SpeakBeasty...

  • We welcome Common Room and social media team guest host, Geoff!
  • "If you can't have a good time saying 'Pukwudgie,' I don't know how to help you." 
  • Owl Post: How do you take something that is not a sentient being and give it some level of consciousness? Plus, DisKid makes us cry.
  • We wrap up our Crimes of Grindelwald breakdown with the very last section of the film.
  • "He should write a book about that!"
  • Where was the blood vial when Grindelwald was in prison?
  • Do we agree that Jacob cannot see Hogwarts?
  • Geoff has a sneaky theory about how Travers Jr. ends up on the dark side.
  • Loyalty tests are a lot like COVID tests.

Podcast Question: Now that we have finished watching the film, did your opinion about it change? What are your favorite theories?

Oct 4, 2020
This time on SpeakBeasty:
  • Welcome to SpeakBOOsty season!
  • The Phoenix Register: Filming has started. Sets being rebuilt and reused, and new COVID rules for filming.
  • Jude Law's beard is glorious! Could this be WB's way of showing a time gap between movies 2 and 3? Or is he simply becoming one with Dumbledore's character?
  • Humans can be a bunch of dumb herd animals.
  • Jack Sparrow vibes? Or "Johnny Depp plays yet another pale weirdo" vibes?
  • "Violence is not the answer." That is our new political statement. Is that a political statement? Welcome to 2020.
  • Why would you run if you could apparate? Wouldn't that come with some level of hollering while apparating?
  • Protego Diabolica. Are we just making up things now? 
  • Whose hug is creepier? Grindy with Credence, or Voldy with Draco?
  • There's a love triangle here. Read the room, Grindy.
  • Zoe Kravitz, a secret gateway between Batman filming and FaBe2?
  • Marjolaine gives us an awesome alchemy interpretation of the "finete" fire scene.
Podcast Question: Do you think that the fire or Grindewald determined who to save and who to destroy? If the fire, how do you think that was determined? If Grindelwald, how did he protect his followers?
Sep 29, 2020

SpeakBeasty is live from RoberCon 2020! 

Join hosts Amy, Ann, Julianna, Lizzie, Marjolaine and Rex as they theorize what we know and what we think will happen in the next Fantastic Beasts film.

  • We finally have news! Filming starts again!
  • What is the breakdown of times spent in Germany, Brazil, and England and how do we get there?
  • Who is Credence, what is Credence, why is Credence?
  • Does anything make sense?
  • Will we get closure on storylines already in progress or just more questions?
  • We didn't go over the 45 minute time limit! YAY US!
  • Pink dolphins and why they are the best. 
Sep 20, 2020
  • Good news! Rex is only 27.
  • Lizzie now works with Richard and Emily Gilmore.
  • “Let’s Register some Phoenixes!”
  • Thank you for your support for our Trans Rights Fundraiser! We raised over $6,000. Your merch should be arriving very soon, if it hasn’t already.
  • Owl Post: Who does Tycho Dodonus’s prophecy refer to? And why do wizards love roofs so much?
  • “You tryin’ to make a Bran joke right now?”
  • “If you have the three D’s, what else do you need?” “A boat.”
  • “This episode’s got everything! It’s got Disney conspiracies. It’s got Rugrats. It’s got Renesmee.”
  • “Wizard iTunes is a real thing, just like Wizard Starbucks.”
  • “That’s smart thinking, if you ever do a baby swap.”
  • Credence is Peter Parker.
  • *Attraction to Theseus intensifies*
  • Who would win? Wizards or guns?

Podcast Question: Do we think Nagini is a pureblood, and if so, would that have impacted Voldemort’s relationship with her? What do you think of her implying that she and Credence would be hunted for sport?

Aug 23, 2020

This time on SpeakBeasty...

  • None of us have anything to do!
  • Phoenix Register: Epic Universe is on hold indefinitely. Surprise! But on the plus side, FB3 filming may be starting soon.
  • Beasty meetup in Iceland!
  • Owl Post: Blood pacts, Unbreakable Vows, and scarring.
  • Finally, some good Newtina scenes!
  • There are too many entrances to the record room.
  • "She's gotta go caress a desk real quick." 
  • "These ministries are meant to be broken into."
  • Leta is still out here being impulsive.
  • "When you're chased by a cat, just bring out a bigger cat." 
  • "I don't know, man. Wish I could tell you." 
  • "She made up her own shipwreck, which is allowed."
  • "I guess women are fine-ish." 

Podcast Question: Do you think Corvus is somehow still alive, and if not, who do you think the prophecy is referring to?

Aug 9, 2020
  • The time zones in the United States don’t make a lot of sense.
  • Phoenix Register: We’re participating in a fandom-wide initiative for trans rights! It runs through midnight on 8/16, so get your merch while it’s available. Plus, new monthly perks for our Thunderbird Patrons!
  • If you need more room for stickers, you can always use your husband's laptop.
  • Owl Post: Does it seem likely that Dumbledore and Grindelwald have brought in a third person to help them create an Unbreakable Vow?
  • “Well, she only knows real birds.”
  • “Do he and Perenelle just Magic GrubHub everything?”
  • “If we were immortal, then we would know that we could cover every Fantastic Beasts movie.”
  • “Wizards should lock doors by piling stuff in front of them.”
  • Flamel needs more calcium.
  • “There are two things you need to know about Theseus Scamander: he is a cop, and he hugs people."
  • "You need to stand up straight, honey."

Podcast Question: Do you think Flamel’s book is for the original Order of the Phoenix or something else?

Jul 26, 2020
This time on SpeakBeasty...
  • Amy, Ann, and Shannen are back!
  • Phoenix Register: Stickers are coming your way, Thunderbird patrons!
  • Owl Post: Did Dumbledore drink the Elixir of Life in his early years...?
  • "They were kind of short on 600-year-old actors."
  • "it doesn't have to be a part of canon if I don't like it."
  • "He would've just sat there and been moody."
  • "I'm good, I want to be miserable."
  • A spin-off series in which Leta, Dumbledore, and Theseus team up to solve crimes - coming soon!
  • "Take the shot, Queenie!"
  • "He didn't eat MY face!"
  • "It's just fashion."
  • Was Dumbledore's actual greatest desire to get the blood pact?
  • "Unbreakable Vow Maxima!"
  • "Dumbledore has had a prosthetic hand this entire time."
  • "I would not brag via a sign outside my house that I may have gold."
Podcast Question: Do you think that Grindelwald and Dumbledore’s pact is an unbreakable vow? Why do we think some unbreakable vows leave scars, while others don’t?
Jul 12, 2020
  • Join hosts Helene, Rex, and guest host Kat from Alohomora! as they attempt to do math.
  • “Your site career is in eighth grade.”
  • Would Luna be a Thunderbird?
  • The Ilvermorny Quiz has been taken down from Pottermore. Does this mean they are preparing to give us new info?
  • “I think the world is cursed, I’m not sure it’s the movie.”
  • Phoenix Register: The shirts are here! Plus, new makeup sets to check out.
  • “I’ll just put any sh*t on my face.”
  • Owl Post: Could Tina be a skilled Occlumens?
  • We continue our scene-by-scene breakdown of Crimes of Grindelwald.
  • We’ve christened one of the Baby Nifflers “Pop Tart.”
  • “Well then, I hate that bridge.”
  • The McGonagall moment wasn’t in the original script and was added by production later on. 👀
  • Will Dumbledore become the anti-hero of the series?
  • “Maybe the DADA teacher was on maternity leave.”
  • “Unless she was the only 2-year-old at Hogwarts.”
  • Different timelines!
  • “I have been confused for so long now.”

Podcast Question: How do you recognize canon for yourself?

Jun 18, 2020

In light of J.K. Rowling's comments on transgender women, Shannen shares some thoughts on behalf of SpeakBeasty, including reasons why the concept of sex is more complex than a binary and why Rowling's comments are wrong and ill-informed.

"If you're saying that your feminist movement only includes women, then you're not making any movement." 

"Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts will always have magic for those who need it." 

Jun 14, 2020

This time on SpeakBeasty...

  • We welcome new host Rex to the show!
  • The Phoenix Register: Shannen reiterates SpeakBeasty's support for our trans family. 
  • Helene reiterates SpeakBeasty's support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, as well as shares our plans moving forward with donating Patreon funds towards helping our POC and trans communities. 
  • Owl Post: The Occamy. Do they have horns or not?!
  • We dive deep into our continuation of the Crimes of Grindelwald movie breakdown.
  • Cinematography- kinda like wearing a Go-Pro.
  • Nagini's senses when entering the house... are there spooky vibes or is it her snake senses?
  • AVADA KEDAVRA Maxima! Right?
  • Obscuriuses...Obscuri?
  • The fantastic beasts are the Hermiones of this movie. They are pivotal and nothing would have happened without them.
  • Rex realizes that Pickett's name is "pick-it" for a reason...
  • Kama has some super cool tricks.

Podcast Question: How did Mary Lou Barebone end up with Corvus/Credence? 

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