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Jan 23, 2022
  • Shannen is having prophetic dreams.
  • Thanks to our Patreon supporter of the week, Colleen S.!
  • Phoenix Register: Release date update! It’s … a lot!
  • We have our first official still from Secrets of Dumbledore.
  • Why does Theseus have a lantern??
  • Welcome Promptly Potter to the MuggleNet podcast family! Check it out – you might catch some familiar voices amongst the hosts.
  • Owl Post: our Common Room denizens reflect on the role of the qirin.
  • Wait, the Desperate Housewives are making a cameo too?
  • Geoff can’t be Mads Mikkelsen.
  • Main Discussion: The International Confederation of Wizards
  • “Okay, guys, we’re all gonna agree not to commit war crimes.”
  • Grindlewald’s managing to pull some serious “not getting arrested” strings.
  • The French love trolls.
  • The greatest crime is not texting back.
  • Quidditch would be great if it weren’t for the spectators.
  • Are they really just called the wizard police?
  • Battle of the Beasts: Geoff! vs! Shannen!
  • This has all been an adorable misunderstanding.
Podcast question: Do you think the International Statute of Secrecy is worth protecting or should it be dissolved?
Jan 9, 2022
  • Happy 2022, Beasties!
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon sponsor, Alex L.!
  • Another normal day at the SpeakBeasty office: crying and dad jokes
  • Phoenix Register: more news!?
  • We have a poster
  • There's also a new cast member, Ramona Kunze-Libnow as "Edith"
  • The cover for Secrets of Dumbledore: Film Wizardry leaked 
  • Owl Post: we have some!
  • Hadley suggests that Jacob's wand might be the one thing to destroy the blood pact
  • Albert asks us what our dream Wizarding World MMORPG would be
  • Amy reveals her shameful love of RuneScape
  • Send us your video game ideas! 
  • Or were you a turbo-nerd like Lizzie doing HOMEWORK on VACATION? 
  • Newtcase: the qirin! 
  • It's always a good omen
  • They've also shown up in My Little Pony and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • "It's fine."
  • Main Discussion: also the qirin!
  • He's a little guy 
  • Is it a rescue mission or a game of keep-away?
  • "You're miserable, here's some cursed blood"
  • Grasping at straws, as usual

Podcast Question: What role do you think the qirin will play in the plot?

Dec 26, 2021
  • It's Ann's birthday! Happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday as well to Alison Sudol (12/23) and Jude Law (12/29).
  • Thanks to our Patreon sponsor for this week, Robert! 
  • Phoenix Register: we have a trailer!! There's a bonus episode with a shot-by-shot breakdown!
  • There was also a teaser trailer for the trailer.
  • Amy can't be expected to know EVERY bridge.
  • We also have two new cast members on IMDb!
  • Wizards have elections!
  • Owl Post: Albert writes to us about the mysterious kingdom of Bhutan.
  • Main Discussion: Aberforth Dumbledore!
  • There is a deeply uncomfortable mutual thirst for Aberforth.
  • Ann reveals her Dumbledore dream cast.
  • Could Aberforth be the avenger with wings from the water?
  • He's got those younger sibling vibes.
  • Maybe teenagers shouldn't have wands.
  • There are so many secret passages in Hogsmeade.
  • Finding Albus is not Aberforth's job.
  • Newtcase: the Snallygaster.
  • "That's not a legend, we know that guy!"

Podcast Question: Why do you think the squad is meeting at the Hog’s Head?

Dec 13, 2021
  • Amy, Ann, Marjolaine, and Shannen break down the trailer shot-by-shot.
  • All the Dumbledores have style. 
  • We totally saw that coming and we're here for it. 
  • Eulalie is so much more than a "school teacher."
  • Mustaches are great disguises.
  • Pickett, Pastries, and beasts we don't know yet!
  • Erumpent Dance Part 2
  • Credence is still angry.
  • Is it April yet?
Dec 12, 2021
  • Doing that Geoff shuffle.
  • Our Patreon sponsor this week is Roger B! Thanks, Roger!
  • Phoenix Register: WB holds a Fantastic Beasts fan event in Japan.
  • Can one of Dumbledore's secrets really be the biggest in the Wizarding world?
  • Marjolaine is our Japan cub reporter.
  • We're getting a Harry Potter reunion special on HBO! 
  • MuggleNet sources confirm there will be a Fantastic Beasts area in Epic Universe at Universal Orlando!
  • "Avatar as in the blue people, not the good cartoon."
  • Eddie Redmayne admits he wouldn't take on the role of Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl again.
  • Owl Post: our Common Room suggests what kind of adventures they'd like to see Newt get up to in Bhutan.
  • Someone definitely said a thing.
  • Main Discussion: Who Interacts With Who?
  • We love Dan Fogler because he gives us so much information. 
  • At the 7:07:37 mark, you can hear Mads and Dan chatting about Jacob and Grindelwald here. 
  • Tina or Theseus don't appear in any of the confirmed scenes!
  • "Why do all these boys want to kill me?!"
  • Grindelwald can't be EVERYONE'S friend.
  • The battles could potentially just get more and more epic!
  • We hope people slip up soon so we have more information. 
  • The Secrets of Dumbledore Santa Gift Exchange! 
  • Geoff pulls character names out of a hat and we give them gifts.
  • "The holidays are a good fun time. Talkin' 'bout dead fiancées."

Podcast Question: Which characters would you like to see have scenes together in Secrets of Dumbledore?

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

Nov 28, 2021
  • Aureo and Marjolaine are #squadgoals
  • Phoenix Register: Scorbus is canon?? Twitter thread here.
  • The subtext is finally text!
  • As one game falls, another rises.
  • The Harry Potter Exhibition is returning to the Franklin Institute in February 2022.
  • Owl Post: All the owls in the whole world have disappeared. Help us find them by sending us your thoughts at!
  • What’s Theseus and Leta’s ship name?
  • Main Discussion: Bhutan!
  • Bhutan is NOT Brazil.
  • The flag is also very rad.
  • A secret, isolated place is the perfect place for a magical adventure!
  • More raven symbolism! What does it mean?
  • Amy demands a real-life Battle of the Beasts.
  • No-Maj Movie Magic: Fae Hammond, hair and makeup design!
  • Makeup is both a technical and psychological job.
  • Kowalski’s Half-Baked Theories: Is Queenie Snape’s grandmother?
  • There are a lot of surprising links between them!
  • Queenie is one-of-a-kind ❤
  • “A scene of Snape standing there staring at Harry would be very boring.” “...and awkward.”

Podcast Question: What kind of adventure would you like to see Newt get up to in Bhutan?

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

Nov 14, 2021
  • We’re still workshopping festive titles.
  • Thanks to our Patreon supporter for this episode, JY!
  • Phoenix Register: Chris Columbus is interested in making a Cursed Child movie with the original cast.
  • “He’s made some bad movies. Who hasn’t?”
  • Keep an eye out for Geoff on TV Trivia Pod, dropping in December!
  • No owls ☹ send us some at or any of our social outlets!
  • Main Discussion: The new squad!
  • Theseus is “Mr. Steal-Yo-Person-in-General.”
  • You GOTTA have a Dumbledore on the roof.
  • The Wizarding world is a security nightmare.
  • Geoff is a snake and graduated snake school.
  • “You said Civil War but my brain heard Winter Soldier??”
  • Tina wants to fight.
  • Newtcase: Doxys!
  • Don’t Google them without SafeSearch on.
  • Flouncing is to be encouraged, flailing is never advisable.

Podcast question: Which member of the new squad is your favorite?

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

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Oct 31, 2021
  • It's the spookiest episode of all!!
  • Thanks to our Patreon sponsor this week, Lou (aka Boo)!
  • Phoenix Register: more news! We're on a hot streak!
  • Earlier this month, a MuggleNet staff member attended a screening of Secrets of Dumbledore. (Don't worry, the main feed will be spoiler-free.)
  • There is so much to unpack in the phrase "magical train person."
  • Main Discussion: Ghosts! (Not the spooky kind. The psychological kind.)
  • There are no actual ghosts in Fantastic Beasts. Just people haunted by trauma. 
  • Knowing what everyone is thinking about you in school would scare anyone. 
  • Pondering the ghosts of lost plotlines.
  • Plot twist: Jacob's nana is alive?!
  • Yusuf's Tinder profile: Seeking vengeance. 
  • Helene (and all of us tbh) want Graves back 
  • Newtcase: Ghosts! (Are you sensing a theme yet?)
  • Can ghosts vote?
  • The hosts share local ghost stories! Hear spooky tales from Minneapolis, Orlando, Owego, and Chicago! 

Podcast Question: Who would you like to see as a ghost in the Fantastic Beasts series?

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

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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?

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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?
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