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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.
→ 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!
→ It’s a new feeling, not knowing what’s going on. 
→ Does Crimes of Grindelwald have “Movie 2 Syndrome?” 
→ 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! 

Aug 26, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ The mighty triplet of Thunderbadgers
→ Movie Breakdown #3: 
00:30:01 to 00:45:00
→ We need more info about Legilimency
→ Was Pickett's reaction reversed?
→ "Credence's heart is not in the pamphlets"
→ Is Queenie good or bad? Join Team Ariel or Team Eric
→ "It's a future-off" or Doctor Strange meets Fantastic Beasts
→ Newt being grounded by the Goldsteins
→ Inside the case aka "a face full of CGI"
→ Physiology: differences between wizards and muggles
→ How compatible are the beasts inside the case?
→ Join Eric's Diricrawl fan club 

Podcast Question: What was your favorite beast introduced in this scene and why? Do you think it will show up in the next movie(s)? What significance will the beasts play in the next films?

Aug 12, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ The Phoenix Register: Augureys and baby Nifflers!
→ Augurey Post: Grindelwald vs Voldemort
→ Movie Breakdown #2: 
00:15:01 to 00:30:00
→ "There are a lot of fake beasts in MACUSA."
→ More newspaper headlines: YAY!
→ Truth time: "Journalists don't know how to spell." 
→ Newt's boggart come to live at MACUSA.
→ Megan's little bird study.
→ "And this is how invasive species happens."
→ "Invisibility? We gotta steal a lollipop!"
→ Is Langdon our muggle villain?

Podcast Question: What are your theories of the Shaws?

Jul 30, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

The Phoenix Register: All the news from San Diego Comic-Con!
→ Is WB trying to copy Marvel?
→ "Those lady's things, they really do get to you."
→ The trailer is so long, Megan is not allowed to be angry.
→ "Hogwarts just has the one wardrobe."
→ Both the film and the creatures get darker and scarier.
→ "Credence has 'a dark alleys' esthetic."
→ Stay tuned for "Megan on a T-Shirt."
→ "This is Dumbledore."
→ "Grindelwald's vision needs a narrator."
→ All about the Mirror of Erised - what does Dumbledore actually see?
→ "In that moment, Newt was all of us."
→  Igor is the boss.
→  Is Nicolas Flamel just a quip?

Podcast Question: Who is the man in the hat? What are your theories and ideas on the trailer?

Jul 15, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

The Phoenix Register: No News Wednesday - Michael is on, so the curse is back on too.
→ Gellert Grindelwald and how "being a German pays off".
→ New movie countdown segment! We discuss the first 15 minutes of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
→ The WB logo opening gave us all the feelings.
→ Visual callbacks to Order of the Phoenix are everywhere.
→ "Prepare for ALL the newspaper headlines".
→ MinaLima are awesome - a weekly reminder. 
→ "The hair-shot, because hair matters".
→ The fantastic actors in this film and their first performance.
→ Michael hates certain aspects of David Yates' movie style.
→ Life advice: "People who refuse food are not to be trusted".

Podcast Question: Do you think that Voldemort and Grindelwald would have been friends had they encountered each other at the height of their power?

Jul 1, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ Farewell Igor: "Here is your symbolic goodbye cake".
→ Welcome Catherine: Be prepared to hit the beep button a lot.
SpeakBeasty houses: Sasquatch, Augurey, Niffler, and Mooncalf.
The Phoenix Register: New MinaLima book, new Fantastic Beasts LEGO set.
→ "Michael couldn't be here, because he went to pet dinosaur bones".
→ Everything you need to know about Gellert Grindelwald.
→ "Getting kicked out of Durmstrang gives you some serious street cred!".
→ Grindelwald is a more dynamic villain than Voldemort.
→ Did Grindelwald reciprocate Dumbledore's feelings toward him?
→ "Fighting and then making out and then fighting again".
→ Grindelwald IS wizard Hitler.
→ The Greater Good vs Eternal Life.
The Newt Case: Jarveys and all that ferret business.

Podcast Question: What are your thoughts and theories on Grindelwald? Hopes of what to see in the future movies?

Jun 17, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ The Megan & Michael curse is NOT broken.
→ This episode is a Marvel crossover - spoiler warning for Infinity War.
The Phoenix Register: Awards, screenplays, and premieres.
→ "And that is how Ariel became Big Foot".
→ Please do not punch Johnny Depp in our name.
→ Casting news: "Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander".
→ Theseus is Dr. Seuss.
→ Count Olaf is in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
→ Hugh Jackman needs to be in this movie, please.
→ Grindelwald has "lady problems".
→ "Thanos is after the Falafel Stone" - Potter-Marvel-crossover.
The Time Turner: The Bee's Knees
Podcast Question: What theories do you have about the characters we have little information on?
Jun 3, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→The Megan & Michael curse is broken! There's news on recording day!
→The results are in: Constantine Mjolnir is a better name for a polar bear. Also, Michael IS better than a Marvel movie.
→The Phoenix Register: New screenplay cover and casting news.
→Pickett, Grindy's professional lock picker. 
→Mina Lima is once again brilliant.
→Travelling in the 1920s. Muggle vs wizard vs beast.
→Planes, trains and carpets, oh my!
→Igor sets the record straight.
→PSA: Don't travel by dragon. Unless you want to get eaten.
→The Newt Case: The Boo Hag of the Carolinas.

Podcast Question: What sort of travelling methods do you think we will see in the rest of the series?

May 20, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ Welcome guest host Melanie!
The Phoenix Register: We have shirts for sale! Oh, and Crimes of Grindelwald was nominated for a Golden Trailer award.
→ Newt, the dweeby child.
→ "Wave your jazz hands around, Flamel!"
→ Guess who's back, back again. It's Credence!
→ Poor Credence, can't catch a break in the name department.
→ Will Dumbledore take a special liking to Credence because of Ariana?
→ Is Credence set up to die? With a Dobby-esque sacrifice?
→ Time Turner: 1920s Slang
→ Kowalski's Korner: If you could write yourself into the storyline, as a brand new character, who and what would you be?

Podcast Question: Which character(s) do you think will die by the end of the film series and why? 



May 6, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ "Insert witty banter here..."
The Phoenix Register: Hogwarts Mystery!
→ "The purple hair-on."
→ Dumbledore is teaching the wrong class.
→ Let's talk about the Lestranges!
→ For the Sacred 28, they sure do get around.
→ "Delphi doesn't count..."
→ Are Credence and Leta half-siblings?
→ "Like Rodolphus, but more rad."
→ Can Newt and Leta please be #justfriends?
The Newt Case: The Melusine!
→ Newt would save them from Starbucks.
→ "I want some Veela..."

Podcast Question: What Hogwarts House do you think Leta will be in?
Apr 23, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ "We all need therapy now, it's fine..."
The Phoenix Register: In which Ezra is us.
→ "They are Hogwarts adjacent!"
→ So much Apparition hoopla.
→ "Oh, David..."
→ Who needs sound effects when we have Michael?
→ Talk about Tina at all costs.
→ Why this movie is going to be GREAT.
→ Heroes journeys for days.
→ Should they give in to fandom expectation?
→ Give us sassy, flawed Dumbledore.
→ Hogwarts is in our hearts.
The Newt Case: The Minotaur!
→ "Megan's into it..."
→ "This is why we need feminism!"

Podcast Question: How big of a role do you think Grindelwald will actually play in the second film?
Apr 8, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ Shortest intro ever.
The Phoenix Register: THAT TRAILER THOUGH.
→ "What are they hiding from the Americans?!"
→ Portkey travel hair's a thing.
→ "Thanks to Haley's mating call..."
→ "Witch things! It's fine!"
→ Is Queenie colluding with the Murtlap?
→ Coincidence? NEVER!
→ "It's marketing, people! Marketing!"
→ The Avengers are Hedwig.
→ Basically a Hogwarts travel ad.
→ "Serious business at Hogwarts."
→ Gryffindor's back in town.
The Time-Turner: WB's first talking film!
→ "Now we can't shut up!"
→ Oops, we're a Hamilton podcast again...

Podcast Question: How do you think apparation will play into the next film given all the hype surrounding it right now?









Mar 26, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ Welcome guest host Marjolaine!
The Phoenix Register: TRAILER'S HERE!
→ WB is scared of Megan. 
Fantastic Beasts 2: Newt Escapes His Babysitter
→ "Take my money, whatever..."
→ Hogwarts. Hogwarts! HOGWARTS!? 
→ March Madness: Apparition Edition.
→ "It has taken the name of Augurey in vain."
→ The Newt... shed?
→ Everyone's on a roof.
→ "Hi, I'm Jude Law, welcome to Fantastic Roofs..."
→ We're just here for the baby dragons.
The Time-Turner: History of Le Grand Palais!
→ Shannen is an Animagus.
Kowalski's Korner: Who's your BEAST friend? :P

Podcast Question: Where do YOU think the French Ministry is located?

Mar 11, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ Kat and Allison guest host!
→ The Phoenix Register: No news is annoying news.
→ How many editions is too many editions?
→ The Dark Arts in Fantastic Beasts.
→ Double agent Theseus?
→ "Other houses like to eat, too!"
→ Will Queenie get manipulated by Grindelwald?
→ We want the Leta, Queenie witch gang.
→ Wizarding Kardashians?
→ Let's hope Leta isn't evil.
→ What's up with the Lestranges?
The Newt Case: The Nain Rouge!
→ Detroit, you okay?
→ Kowalski's Korner: Wizard Moana. We're here for it.

Podcast Question: Out of the characters we discussed, who do you think is most likely to go to the dark side? (Also, we reiterate, Detroit, you okay?)

Feb 26, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ Welcome new host, Lizzie G.!
→ Guest host Mari is the Chosen One.
The Phoenix Register: Dan and Eddie's podcast!
→ Where. Is. The. Trailer. Though.
→ Is Graves even real?
→ Grindelwald's charmed his way to the top.
→ Barty Crouch Jr. was evil but had mad skillz.
→ What makes a great witch or wizard?
→ Fantastic points and how to lose them.
→ Just more Colin Farrell, please.
→ Kidnap Gnarlack and get all the answers
→ All the feels from all the franchises.
The Time-Turner: Women's Suffrage!
→ "This one goes out to all the ghosts."

Feb 12, 2018

This time on SpeakBeasty:

→ "But is it Skinny Eddie?"
The Phoenix Register: David Yates had some words...
→ Where's the trailer, though?
→ "Owl, well..."
→ Albus Grindelwald's teenage diary.
→ "He's okay now! Well, he's dead..."
→ Drink some water, kids.
→ We do not condone a lot of things.
→ Shout out to our FBI agent listeners.
→ Can Jo write outside of her own experiences?
→ Fact: Warner Bros needs Jo.
→ Please, no one give David Yates a Twitter.
The Time-Turner: The Matagot!
Shrek was the original Fantastic Beasts.

Podcast Question: How much creative control do you believe J.K. Rowling has over the Fantastic Beasts series?

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