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May 28, 2023
  • Happy Memorial Day weekend to our US weekend, or if you're in France, happy Pentecost!
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, the family of Mike McDonald. We miss you, Mike.
  • Phoenix Register: WB has released an anime-themed set of Harry Potter merch that includes Newt! Give it a look here
  • More theme park news courtesy of ✨️Shannen✨️!! Some of the contractors who worked on Forbidden Journey are back, including the creators of the Kuka arm! More info here.
  • Owl Post: Sal writes in about what might have been in Newt's case.
  • We question the composition of hippogriff, uh, 'leavings.'
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 87 - 90 of the screenplay 
  • "Oooh, ASMR, book pages."
  • Was Dumbledore a Seeker?
  • We really thought the Snitch was important. 
  • David Yates makes us EVEN SADDER
  • "It's giving Old Yeller."
  • Shannen declares their mortal enemy.
  • Credence's cause of death: too much cardio (#relatable)
  • Newtcase: MOTHMAN 
  • "That is. .. two pages. Eleven point font. Single spaced."
  • Marjolaine lands the single most solid burn on Ann EVER.
  • And his French twin, Night Butterfly Man
  • More about Mothman: the statue, the museum, the Other Mothman

Podcast Question: How would you have wanted Queenie and Jacob's reunion to go?

May 14, 2023
  • We’re here and we have four hosts AGAIN!
  • Happy belated anniversary to Secrets of Dumbledore and none of the news we predicted coming to fruition!
  • Thanks to this week’s Patreon supporter, Patricia K., aka Shannen’s mom!
  • Phoenix Register: updates from Universal’s Epic Universe!
  • The video Marjolaine refers to is here and the article Ann references is here.
  • Circus Arcanus and the British Ministry of Magic all in one place!
  • How do you balance what people know/want to see with authenticity to the films?
  • Bandai announced a Wizarding World Tamagotchi! It goes on sale in Japan in July, then worldwide in August.
  • “My Tamagotchi’s battery died and I felt the greatest feeling of relief.”
  • Marjolaine’s image is here.
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature is coming to Australia!
  • Owl Post: Jerri writes in about why the qilin doesn’t bow to Jacob or the other members of the squad.
  • We discuss the difference between a ruler and a leader.
  • Geoff is entering their ‘dad joke’ era.
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 83-86 of the screenplay
  • The one spell Jacob knows is VIOLENCE.
  • Come for the beasts, stay for the discussion of onomatopoeia in French and English.
  • “Maybe they’re Dark Aurors because nobody respects them on the job, HELMUT.”
  • It’s too much Harry Potter for Marjolaine.
  • No-Maj Movie Magic: Visual effects with Christian Manz
  • “We’re going to throw pastries at you!”
  • The interview Amy references is here.
  • We learn how the VFX team ‘builds’ such realistic sets.

Podcast Question: What do you think was the trap in Newt’s decoy case?

Apr 30, 2023
  • Four people?! Will wonders ever cease?!
  • Thanks to this week’s Patreon supporter, Megan!
  • Phoenix Register: no news is good news until you’re on a podcast that has to talk about the news
  • JUST KIDDING – there’s going to be a Harry Potter TV series on the new streaming service Max
  • The adaptation will be “faithful” to the books and is expected to last a decade
  • Owl Post: none on Sundays ☹ even on Easter ☹
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 76-82 of the screenplay
  • We were so young and had so much Tina hope
  • Walking with authority + clipboard = immediate cred
  • “Excuse me, I need to be discreet, can I have a robe?”
  • Lally knows if you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.
  • We are not affiliated with OrchardWorks Wands but Geoff loves them, so check them out here.
  • #Thally lives
  • We don’t normally bless David Yates, but for diricawls, we can make an exception
  • Is ducking a Muggle concept?
  • Time-Turner: The Great Emu War
  • “…and then 20,000 emus arrived.”
  • We previously referenced the Emu War in Episode 18, “Bits of Scoop.” Listen here!
  • Battle of the Beasts: Marjo! Vs! Geoff!

Podcast Question: Who did you think the figure in the green robe was?

Apr 16, 2023
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, Ash!
  • Phoenix Register: No news this week 
  • Owl Post: Carolyn and Sophie write in about Grindelwald's hatred of Muggles.
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 72-75 of the screenplay 
  • How much does Newt know about the Room of Requirement, anyway?
  • Shannen brings the prayer wheel knowledge 
  • "They don't need papyrus, they have paper!"
  • You can see a picture of the Tiger's Nest here
  • Aberforth's ultimate plan is to stairs Credence to death 
  • Bhutanese butterbeer at Universal when?
  • The local theatre troupe has a real problem with Grindelwald.
  • Dumbledore: you're great! Anyway, bye!
  • No-Maj Movie Magic: creating magical Bhutan
  • Tigers Nest Monastery looks a lot like what we see on screen in Bhutan.
  • What is a qilin doing in Brazil?

Podcast Question: How do you think the prayer wheel works?


Apr 2, 2023
  • It's April and that's no joke!
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, Pauline V.!
  • Phoenix Register: The Making of Harry Potter Tokyo is opening 6/16. The Great Wizarding Express will feature! (PRNewsWire)
  • Tickets are available now.
  • Please write in with your thoughts about why Fantastic Beasts is so big in Asia! We'd love to hear from you!
  • Owl Post: Jerri writes in with concerns about continuity and timing.
  • Poor Newt and Theseus only get a short rest. 
  • Owl-Bert lets us know about more word on a potential Wizarding World studio.
  • The Variety article is here.
  • Warner Brothers, we're ready to run the studio!
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 68-71 of the screenplay
  • Sum up the Fantastic Beasts movies in one sentence: "We see what Grindelwald is doing and it's weird."
  • When you're in the basement, you know you've gone too far.
  • We ponder Credence pondering the qilin.

Podcast Question: How do you think the qilin resurrection process works?

Mar 19, 2023
  • Happy (belated) St. Patrick's Day!
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon Supporter, McKenzi! 
  • Phoenix Register: The Harry Potter Wizarding Almanac will be available on October 10! It's available for pre-order now.
  • Universal Studios is now offering a vegan butterbeer and foam topper. Big congratulations to our friends at the Protego Foundation for their hard work.
  • Owl Post: Sal and Zoe write in with their thoughts in our Podcast Question from last episode. 
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 64-67 of the screenplay!
  • Aberforth is so cute with the qilin.
  • Bunty + Aberforth = awkward bffs 5ever
  • Marjolaine has a theory about stew.
  • "Just let her dance!"
  • We find connections between Credence, Voldemort, and … Harry?
  • Give us the flashbacks!!
  • Dumbledore is spilling everything to Newt.
  • Percival Dumbledore’s date of birth is unknowable. He is eternal.
  • Grindelwald is definitely running a cult, right?
  • Time-Turner: the history of St. Patrick's Day parades in the US!
  • Where did the first parade take place? The answer may surprise you!
  • Sources: Washington Post, Tenon Tours, ThoughtCo, City Experiences
  • The Chicago River dyed green (image courtesy of Parade)

Podcast Question: What happened to Grindelwald to make him hate Muggles?

Mar 5, 2023
  • We are joined again by Liz from our social media team!
  • Thanks to this week’s Patreon supporter, Jane S., aka Ann’s mom! Thanks Mom!
  • Phoenix Register: Magical creatures at Universal Osaka!
  • Visitors will encounter hippogriffs, nifflers, pygmy puffs, and dragons throughout the Wizarding World section of the park. MuggleNet article here.
  • Owl Post: Jeri writes in about the beasts in Osaka, and hoping that the experience comes to Orlando.
  • Jeri also wrote in about our podcast question from episode 171!
  • The main takeaway: the wizarding justice system is Not Great.
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 60-63 of the screenplay
  • Could scene 60 be the actual best scene of the movie?
  • “And by that I mean specifically us, because we would argue that.”
  • We get a lesson on mine safety!
  • How did the squid react to the manticore tentacle?
  • Shannen: I love you, Percy.
  • Do we have an exact date for the movie?
  • Penny Clearwater is here to sabotage and destroy.
  • You can watch the Hogwarts Great Hall scene on YouTube here!
  • Check out the Winged Victory of Dumbledore here.
  • Let Dumbledore wear purple!
  • Newtcase: BEES!!!!
  • Specifically, bees in mythology and folklore.
  • Shannen reads “Telling the Bees” by John Greenleaf Whittier. Full text here.

Podcast Question: Why do you think it took Newt and Theseus so long to get to Hogwarts?

Feb 19, 2023
  • We're all professionals and we're doing great :)
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, CritterKeeper! 
  • Phoenix Register: no news this week!
  • We also don't have Owl Post because everyone is too busy playing Hogwarts Legacy. 
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 55-59 of the screenplay 
  • We've got it all in these scenes! Action! Comedy! Intrigue! Dancing!
  • Shannen demonstrates their mastery of limbic mimicry.
  • "I like that the man is alive and screaming" - Marjolaine
  • Teddy and Pickett HBO Max series when?
  • What's Credence's purpose in regard to Dumbledore?
  • If everyone has a wand, why does Jacob get singled out as the assassin?
  • Lally gets the coolest magic!
  • Time Turner: the use of poison for political reasons throughout history (briefly)!
  • If you think your family is bad, at least you're not in Nero's!

Podcast Question: Which scene, between the prison break scene and the dinner party scene, did you think was more exciting?

Feb 5, 2023
  • Welcome Geoff and Lizzie to their first episode of 2023!
  • Thanks to this week’s Patreon supporter, Dani L.!
  • Lizzie’s just dying all over the place.
  • Phoenix Register: we’re NOT talking about the Oscar nominations
  • Eddie Redmayne spoke with NME and talked a little about Fantastic Beasts.
  • You can stream the Cabaret cast album (starring Eddie Redmayne) on Spotify, Apple Music, or Amazon Prime!
  • As of the time of release, the first two Fantastic Beasts movies have left HBO Max.
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 52-55 of the screenplay
  • Is this the first body-surf in history?
  • “Podcast Hosts Number 1, 2, 3, and Geoff…”
  • Victor: ??? ??? ???
  • “This guy is either evil or an idiot.”
  • Lizzie is blowing ALL OF OUR minds.
  • A theme park tangent? In my Fantastic Beasts podcast? It’s more likely than you think.
  • When do we get the magically-refilling cups?
  • No-Maj Movie Magic: Alexandra Reynolds, movement specialist/choreographer!
  • Check out her website here.
  • She’s worked with Eddie Redmayne on all but two of his movies.

Podcast Question: Do you think Vogel was on Grindelwald’s side the whole time? If not, when do you think he changed?

Jan 22, 2023
  • Marjo's back for 2023!
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, Livia!
  • Phoenix Register: voice actors have been announced for Hogwarts Legacy. 
  • The trailer we talk about is here.
  • "So anyway, moving on from my new thirst for Phineas Black…"
  • Adam O'Connor, write in and tell us all about yourself!
  • We hope we'll be getting more news soon.
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 48-51 of the screenplay 
  • Which came first, the prison or the U-Bahn?
  • We discover the mysterious connection between Marjolaine's job and the Erkstag!
  • The Erkstag: you can check in but you'll never check out.
  • We need more information on Grindelwald’s followers. Who are they??
  • Grindelwald LOVES a good car.
  • We debate who does Grindelwald’s graphic design.
  • Newtcase: The Tatzelwurm!
  • It's a kitty!!!
  • The photo is terrifying. (courtesy of the CryptidWiki
  • "And then he died. The end."
  • A solid German medieval rock bop: Tatzelwurm by Schandmaul

Podcast Question: why does Grindelwald smile when he sees Jacob with the wand?

Jan 8, 2023
    • Happy 2023, Beasties!
    • Thanks to our Patreon supporter this week, Alicia!
    • Phoenix Register: 
  • Secrets of Dumbledore was short-listed for an Oscar nomination for visual effects! Nominations are released on 1/24.
  • Harry Potter: The Exhibition is coming to Paris on 4/1. 
  • There's some new stuff in Harry Potter: Magic at Play too. 
  • Owl Post: Owl-bert sends good vibes for the new year! 
  • We're crossing time and space. 
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 45-47 for the screenplay 
  • Teenagers: always mirror-texting.
  • Kama: 🎶don't be suspicious🎶
  • What's the connection between Leta and Vinda?
  • Kama is grieving Leta. Theseus is fine.
  • Shannen finds a fascinating parallel for Leta and Kama.
  • "The man in the dapper hat fled across Berlin, and the Obscurial followed."
  • #GiveCredenceAScarf
  • Amy LOVES reflections.
  • "Do you know what it's like to not have your husband Aberforth know he's married to you?"
  • Shannen: And, like, they're good at acting?
  • Time Turner: Befana, the Christmas Witch!
  • "I gotta organize my sock drawer."

Podcast Question: What do you think happens between Kama and Queenie at Nurmengard?

Dec 25, 2022

It's our seventh anniversary! We're celebrating with our favorite memories from the last seven years. Thanks for being on the ride with us, and happy holidays!

Dec 11, 2022
  • Welcome to our VERY SPECIAL guest, Victoria Yeates! Victoria portrayed Bunty Broadacre in the Fantastic Beasts films!
  • We gladly welcome any opportunity to talk about Bunty.
  • Thanks to our Patreon sponsor this week, BellaBee!
  • Victoria talks her wild audition experience and who she auditioned with.
  • Which Fantastic Beasts movie does she like best?
  • She also reveals which set we'll likely never see at the Studio Tour.
  • "It was like Groundhog Day."
  • We love to see different archetypes represented on screen. 
  • #givebuntyalovestory2k23
  • Tweeds! Sleeves! Unexpected costuming challenges!
  • It's confirmed: Bunty is a Hufflepuff! 
  • Whose nonsense is Bunty completely over?
  • Victoria needs the guinea pig in the scene with her.
  • We discover an unused filming location.

Podcast Question: Which Fantastic Beasts film set would you like to see in the studio tour or the theme parks?

Nov 27, 2022
  • Unfortunately, we had to fire Shannen. 
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, Lix!
  • We've been spelling it Geoff, but it's actually Geoff with a W - but not where you'd expect!
  • Phoenix Register: everyone's saying Fantastic Beasts is over, but what did Zaslav actually say?
  • If we do get two more movies, there's gonna be some big time jumps.
  • Owl Post: who should be the new face of the Wizarding World franchise? 
  • Seems like the people just want Newtina.
  • As of the date of episode release, Rishi Sunak is still the PM of England.
  • "When am I not referring to Disney Descendants?"
  • Theseus is Zordon.
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 41 - 44 of the screenplay 
  • How secret can something be if you have to fill out a form to visit?
  • Jacob ponders the meaning of Dumbledore's words, and so do we.
  • "He's an enigma wrapped in a lie wrapped in trauma wrapped in a pumpkin pasty."
  • Amy is bringing back hats.
  • Bunty is just as irresponsible as Newt when it comes to tiny, winged creatures.
  • Ann reviews Harry Potter: Magic at Play!
  • Carolyn's article is here 
  • The occamy was in a Macy's … Magic at Play is in a Macy's… there has to be a connection!
  • Is a dragon skeleton in a mall THAT big of an ask?
  • Oliver Wood is so disappointed in Ann right now.
  • We found out what happened to Newt 😳
  • Podcast Question: how do you think Dumbledore's pocketwatch showing a vision of Credence works?
Nov 13, 2022
  • Welcome back to Liz from our social media team!
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, Adrien C.!
  • Phoenix Register: Ann's salty!
  • Variety: David Zaslav Open to Deal with J.K. Rowling for More Harry Potter Content
  • Time really has become meaningless. 
  • There's nothing actively in development for the Wizarding World at Warner Brothers - what does this mean for Fantastic Beasts?
  • Owl Post: Owl-bert (aka Albert from the Wizarding World Podcast) writes and asks us who we'd like to see running the Wizarding World franchise.
  • Fun fact: math wasn't invented until 2009
  • Amy should do it if we're all being honest with ourselves.
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 37 - 41 of the screenplay 
  • Credence is a Millennial, confirmed.
  • We try to figure out how Divination works. 
  • "Haven't seen any stray hotties around here, bye."
  • Jacob's back must be sore from carrying this movie.
  • Dumbledore definitely sneaks vapes to Hogwarts students. 
  • Time-Turner: Mirrors and magic!
  • We also offer useful hotel safety tips on how to avoid ghosts and ninjas.
  • John Dee's obsidian mirror (image courtesy of Wikipedia)
  • Someone please help Liz spiritually cleanse herself. 

Podcast Question: Who would you like to see as "the new face" of the Wizarding World branch of WB?

Oct 30, 2022
  • Welcome back to our graphic designer, Carolyn!
  • Happy birthday to Ann's dad, Ray!
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, Lauren S.!
  • Phoenix Register: we were on the BBC! Check it out here at the 34 minute mark.
  • Amy and Lizzie went to the Forbidden Forest Experience! Check out Amy's video of it here.
  • The giant wands are officially landing at the WB Studio Tour in Leavesden. 
  • What are lumens??
  • The second Wizarding World attraction at Epic Universe has been canceled.
  • Theme park chat from 13:00 - 20:45 if you want to go into Epic Universe completely unspoiled.
  • (Despite our best efforts, it DOES get too inside baseball.)
  • Raise a wand for Robbie Coltrane.
  • Owl Post: Jack writes in about … TRAINS! 
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 33-36 in the screenplay 
  • Aberforth needs to share his cleaning recommended with us, stat. 
  • As promised, "Do You Know What It's Like," from Zanna, Don't!
  • McGonagall can teach ANYTHING. 
  • Aberforth: YIKES.
  • Special Segment: Amy and Lizzie interview Heather McGill, producer and creative director of Unify, one of the companies behind the Forbidden Forest Experience.
  • Heather talks Easter eggs, exclusive merch, and Hogwarts treats!

Podcast Question: How do you think magical texting works?

Oct 16, 2022
  • Fall is here and we are LIVING for it.
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon, Ananda!
  • Phoenix Register: The giant touring wands might be coming to Leavesden!
  • We talk our dream Fantastic Beasts representation at the Studio Tour.
  • Marjolaine shares about a French FB-themed card game!
  • We also get some extremely spicy Disney parks takes from Ann.
  • Lizzie quits the pod fifteen minutes in.
  • The question still remains: WHERE IS TINA??
  • No owls this week :( send us your thoughts! 
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 29 - 32 of the screenplay 
  • Can you really describe the head of the International Confederation of Wizards as "benign?"
  • Theseus has Big James Potter Energy.
  • "If you don't have tea in your tea, it's not tea."
  • Please come on the show, MinaLima!
  • (Also, they have a new book about designing the Wizarding World, out 10/18!)
  • #Thally is back, baby!!
  • Albus "The Soup" Dumbledore. 
  • Battle of the Beasts: Lizzie! vs! Marjolaine!

Podcast Question: What do you think Dumbledore should have said to Vogel to change his mind?

Oct 2, 2022
  • It's SPOOKBEASTY season again!
  • Phoenix Register: new merch! Secrets of Dumbledore Loungefly collection. 
  • The Royal Ontario Museum is hosting a SPOOKTACULAR Fantastic Beasts-themed event on 10/28. Canadian listeners, go and report back!
  • Owl Post: Jeri writes in about Vogel's possible involvement in Grindelwald’s escape.
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 25-29 of the screenplay
  • Berlin = cold..
  • "I just … I just wanna go to the station where my friends Newt and Theseus were" 🥺
  • We discuss new ship names for Newt/Bunty. Maybe "Booooooo-t?" 
  • Vogel does not get to be benign in THAT coat.
  • Geoff breaches the Multiverse of Magic.
  • We need German Ministry of Magic merch, please!!
  • There's a brief discussion of vexillology.
  • Peaceful as in non-violent, not peaceful as in sleepy.
  • Theseus is notorious (and cute)
  • Time-Turner: the history of trick-or-treating! 
  • Children used to carry burning effigies. Trick-or-treating used to be so cool.
  • If you're gonna give out historically accurate treats, you're gonna get egged.

Podcast Question: What are your headcanons about the Wizarding World in Germany, or your hometown?

Sep 18, 2022
    • Does international Apparition cause jet lag?
    • Thanks to this week's Patreon sponsor, Aureo! 
    • Phoenix Register: mostly actor news!
    • Eddie Redmayne is receiving the Golden Eye Award at the Zurich Film Festival.
    • He also has a new thriller on Netflix, The Good Nurse, out now.
    • Samantha Morton (Mary Lou Barebone) will be in a Paramount+ show, The Burning Girls.
    • (Mary Lou WOULD know about burning people….)
    • Colin Farrell and Brandon Gleeson will be in a new Martin McDonagh movie, The Banshees of Inisherin.
    • WB is launching the Wizarding World Festival in 2023. We have no details now, but stay tuned!
    • Owl Post: Owl-bert suggests a timeline for a possible Dumbledore HBO Max show, and we give our own suggestions.
    • Pic of the Reddit exchange here.
    • Marjolaine had to Disapparate due to distinctly non-magical Internet issues.
    • Main Discussion: Scenes 20-24 in the screenplay.
    • “It’s a good thing we’re at a bus stop, ‘cause we’re on the struggle bus.”
    • Lally has no bothers left.
    • What’s Colonial Girl Flour? We don’t know, and Google is no help.
    • Keep an eye out for Frank’s Forget-About-It-Juice, coming summer 2023!
    • Ann has Feelings about Time and Watches and Calendars.
    • Geoff presents his own half-baked theory.
    • Please give us the Great Wizarding Express merch!
    • Newt is NOT a Thally shipper.
    • Kowalski’s Half-Baked Theories: Did Vogel help orchestrate Grindelwald’s transfer out of MACUSA and subsequent escape?
    • We adore a username like starbucksbasic.
  • Podcast Question: Do you agree or disagree with the theory that Vogel helped orchestrate Grindelwald’s prison break?
Sep 4, 2022
  • New segment idea: Shannen vs Geoff
  • Thanks to our Patreon sponsor this week, Lucy!
  • Phoenix Register: Mads Mikkelsen:  Johnny Depp "could" come back as Grindelwald?
  • Secrets of Dumbledore is out for home consumption in France! Finalmente!
  • WB has also launched a new website with information on where French people can stream the Potter movies… kinda
  • Owl Post: leslecturesdepopy comments on Instagram about their dream behind-the-scenes content, and Jerri shares amazing merch finds.
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 15 - 19 of the screenplay!
  • Fantastic Beasts: The men are sad and the ladies are aggressively competent.
  • Queenie is uncomfortable and Credence is unsurprised.
  • Like the cheese, the bride stands alone
  • Spicy take: Jacob Kowalski is ALSO sad!
  • “Make it work, Jacob Kowalski!”
  • Maybe Jacob's bakery is in trouble because he's charging TWO CENTS for a PĄCZKI.
  • No-Maj Movie Magic: Bryn Court, a sculptor! 
  • See his work at
  • His Potter work includes the chess pieces in Philosopher’s Stone and the Whomping Willow.
  • He’s also done much sculptural work at the Wizarding World theme parks!
  • Some possible hints for Queenie ended up on the cutting room floor.

Podcast Question: Which statue from the "Fantastic Beasts" films would you like to see in Epic Universe?

Aug 21, 2022
  • The Core Four are back!
  • Thank you to this week's iconic Patreon supporter, Sophie!
  • Phoenix Register: We're getting closer to having wizard duels at Universal!
  • Put it on the calendar: SpeakBeasty meet-up at Epic Universe, Ann and Amy are dueling.
  • Vegan Butterbeer is also available at Universal Orlando and Hollywood!
  • The Hogwarts Legacy release has been announced for February 10, 2023
  • Owl Post: DisKid gives an opinion on the Deathly Hallows video games (they're bad!) and Hadley sends in a trip report.
  • "We don't accept dollars, only Wizard Bucks."
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 10-14 in the screenplay. 
  • Credence is not subtle.
  • This is the shot of Neuschwanstein Castle Ann is inelegantly referring to. 
  • It's important that Aberforth has a beard.
  • Everyone's eyeing each other in this movie.
  • Where is the blood troth going??
  • We debate if Dumbledore is more Merlin or Vader.
  • Time-Turner: Nuremberg, Germany
  • Nuremberg post-bombing
  • Next meet-up location?

Podcast Question: Why do you think the blood troth flies away from Dumbledore?

Aug 7, 2022
  • Everything is fine 🙂
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, Bailey!
  • Harry Potter: Magic at Play is opening in Chicago on 11/11. 
  • It all sounds great but most importantly there's going to be BUTTERBEER.
  • Harry Potter: The Forbidden Forest Experience is also opening in Washington, D.C. on October 29. Tickets are on-sale now.
  • It's very spoopy. 
  • Rumors are flying about a possible Dumbledore series on HBO Max, produced by and starring Jude Law. 
  • "It's monster of the week but the monster is Pickett."
  • Owl Post: Friend of the pod Albert (n/k/a Owl-bert) sends us some info and speculation about Hogwarts Legacy and a possible sequel. 
  • It's all in the DLC.
  • leslecturesdepopy from Instagram writes in from about their dream deleted scenes - weddings and more politics! 
  • Jacob's wedding menu: fancy looks and bread.
  • Main Discussion: The Secrets of Dumbledore screenplay!
  • "Dangerous times favor dangerous men … and women… and Wizarding persons of indeterminate gender!"
  • (I'm not cross-stitching all that.)
  • Fix-It Steve!
  • New plan: we make Amy do it all. 
  • Chillin' like a Cillian?
  • Whoosh! Spells! Billowing! 
  • Newtcase: The Naga! 
  • Is there, perhaps, a connection to a character in Fantastic Beasts? Hmmm…

Podcast Question: Do you like the behind-the-scenes information we got in the screenplay or would you prefer the actual screenplay?

Jul 24, 2022
  • Titles: Release The Yates Cut
  • It's July! The screenplay is out!
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon sponsor, Lucinda!
  • Phoenix Register: Secrets of Dumbledore got its first award.
  • It's also #1 for Blu-Ray/DVD sales.
  • Owl Post: DisKid writes in regarding the qilin, and Jerri is all about the deleted scenes.
  • Main Discussion: deleted scenes!
  • YouTube link here.
  • "Why are you regulating the owl's diet??"
  • #LetTheseusBeAHugger
  • We love to see boys with baby animals.
  • Credence has a weird way of helping people.
  • "Grindelwald is using a mob as a form of intimidation…that's cool."
  • I Didn't Think This Through: The Anton Vogel Story

Podcast Question: What deleted scenes were you hoping to see, or what did you learn from what we did get?

Jul 10, 2022

Hosts Ann and Amy sat down for an exclusive interview with Robin Guiver, the Supervising Creature Puppeteer on the first two Fantastic Beasts films. Robin gives us behind-the-scenes information on how the team of puppeteers and movement actors gave the actors something tangible to interact with on set, and Ann continues her embarrassing string of D&D questions.

Podcast Question: Is there a creature from Secrets of Dumbledore that you would like to know the creative process behind?

Jun 26, 2022
  • Welcome to our special guest, Chris! 
  • Thanks to our Patreon Supporter this week, Jen M.! 
  • Phoenix Register: America is not the entire world. 
  • Secrets of Dumbledore is releasing on DVD/Blu-Ray in France on 8/24.
  • It's also performing very well on HBO Max!
  • A new Harry Potter experience, Harry Potter: Magic at Play is opening this fall, potentially in Chicago. 
  • The SDCC-exclusive Zouwu Loungefly backpack is very cute.
  • Owl post: no owls :( send us your thoughts!
  • Main Discussion: The election: what happened and how can we fix it?
  • "Wizards just perceive time differently."
  • What year is it?? Maybe we discover an answer.
  • We want all the lore, please.
  • Wizarding elections are extremely complicated. 
  • New theory about what happened in Florida in 2000 just dropped.
  • The German newspaper we use as reference can be seen here
  • Grindelwald’s playing 4-D chess and we're just trying keep up.
  • Do Tao and Dumbledore know each other? Can we have more of that?
  • You can't hate Muggles if you're wearing a sharp suit.
  • "And now, the fanfiction portion of the show."
  • Leave it to Marjolaine to come up with a gorgeous, cinematic magical voting system. 
  • SpeakBeasty officially endorses Santos.*
  • *according to Ann. This is not actually a dictatorship.
  • If you want more Chris content, you can follow him on Twitter @chrislysy, on Instagram @lysyc12 (cute dog pics!), or go to his website

Podcast Question: We created a magical voting system. How do you think wizards would vote?

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