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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? 

May 31, 2020

This time on SpeakBeasty...

  • Hot take: F*** COVID.
  • It pays to make friends with your local bodega folk.
  • We at SpeakBeasty are pro-mask-wearing.
  • Phoenix Register: Hurry up and stream Puffs! Also, a new children's book from JKR is coming soon.
  • Owl Post: Credence is more powerful than your average wizard.
  • Krall = a Hot Topic emo kid from the early 2000's.
  • "Counterpoint: who are you?"
  • Ann's husband is the local Avatar: The Last Airbender expert.
  • "He's just a crotchety guy who's wearing a silly hat."
  • "It is very on-brand for Newt to know a bunch of sketchy travel options."
  • How do you train a Niffler?
  • The dirt licking scene hits different during a global pandemic.

Podcast Question: Why is it important that Credence comes to Grindelwald freely? Is it so he can tell himself that this plan is fated to work, or some illusion of consent?



May 17, 2020

This time on SpeakBeasty...

  • The world is ending!
  • Phoenix Register: Wholesome actors reading things to us is our favorite.
  • Helene is a small boi. 
  • "Credence Barebone Lestrange Scamander Dumbledore." 
  • Owl Post: Is Dumbledore a coward? 
  • Queenie and Jacob make questionable decisions out of love. 
  • A mini Time Turner about hair dryers! You're welcome. 
  • Newt is the original hipster. 
  • Circus Arcanus vibes vs. Diagon Alley vibes
  • Would you have felt differently about the Nagini storyline if you hadn't known about it beforehand? 
  • Is Credence a circus janitor? 
  • "The circus packs up and turns into a frisbee." 
  • "I would mace that guy for sure." 
  • Tycho Dodonus is Megan's boyfriend. 

Podcast Question: Why do you think Credence is the key to victory? 

May 3, 2020

This time on SpeakBeasty...

  • The new Golden Trio is back! 
  • The Phoenix Register: July 2022 seems cleared for a big theatrical release...
  • “She and Steve can Zoom.”
  • Owl Post: How much did Dumbledore know about Nagini? Plus, some evidence that JKR really has been planning this twist for a long time. 
  • We dig into Part 3 of our Crimes of Grindelwald movie breakdown!
  • “I wonder if strange people are going to come by today.” 
  • “I just wanna travel.” 
  • “He also sent Newt to New York in the most roundabout way possible.” 
  • However Aureo says “Grindelwald” is the right way to say it. 
  • “Why does this man own champagne?” 
  • “When has taking the Nifflers with you ever been a good idea?”
  • “Take a drink of water, Bunty.”

Podcast Question: Why do you think it “has to be Newt” against Grindelwald? 

Apr 19, 2020

This time on SpeakBeasty...

  • Tales from Quarantine!
  • Phoenix Register: New Wizards Unite game features, new audiobooks narrated by Jude Law, and sneak peeks of the MinaLima illustrated edition of Sorcerer's Stone.
  • "I haven't touched his face, my bad." 
  • Owl Post: Fancy creative Grindelwald magic!
  • We continue our Crimes of Grindelwald movie breakdown.
  • Who are these people?
  • "It wasn't half of New York, I measured it." 
  • "Smells like a teenager!" 
  • "Who is this guy and why is he allowed to lurk at ministry hearings?" 
  • "Are they going to kiss?" 
  • Petition for a Ministry section of UO!
  • "Also, he kills babies! He's the worst!" 
  • This is Amy's favorite scene in the entire movie.
  • "Aha, I would love a body-less handshake." 

Podcast Question: Do you think that knowing a minor character’s name in a movie is important? If so, how do you think they should have been introduced?

Apr 5, 2020
  • We hope you’re all staying safe and staying inside! 
  • Phoenix Register: We are sending our love to Alison Sudol. Plus, we got some tidbits from Dan Fogler about the script of FB3! 
  • “It’s been 84 years...and we’re still stuck in 1927.” 
  • “Tweets are the owl post of the future.”
  • We begin our deep dive rewatch of Crimes of Grindelwald, starting with the first ten minutes of the film. 
  • “When we did this before, Michael and I did a 3 hour episode.”
  • “And also we don’t want to have copyright battles with Warner Bros.”
  • “What sort of magic is that?” 
  • “Nice going, Americans!” 
  • “He’s an old white dude, and I will instantly forget what he looks like.” 
  • “If you ever wondered how many Thestrals you need for a carriage...”
  • #JusticeForThestrals
  • “Kids, wear your seatbelts.”

Podcast Question: What do you think about the magic that Grindelwald uses? Is it just advanced creative magic on his part, or is due to the Elder Wand ?

Mar 29, 2020
  • Thank you for your questions! We have the best listeners.
  • Special shout-out to Lizzie G. and Julianna for their work in healthcare during this time. (And to all of our listeners who are on the front lines of this pandemic. We appreciate you!) 
  • "I want to say Crimes of Grindelwald because someone has to." 
  • "And Nick Fury comes in..." 
  • "Relationships shouldn't be about changing people." 
  • "I would like a cat that can stand on its hind legs and speak English." 
Mar 22, 2020
  • Brains are melting (but hopefully everyone is staying safe).
  • Phoenix Register: Fantastic Beasts 3 production has been paused. (The universe doesn't want us to get this movie.)
  • Stay tuned for a discussion on Queenie's buttons.
  • Owl Post: What constitutes a Newtina spoiler?
  • "The spoiler is that Patronuses can be people."
  • We have become a Pokemon podcast.
  • Main Discussion: What are the challenging aspects of making a prequel or film against a historical backdrop, when the audience knows how the story will end?
  • If something is a prequel or a "bridge movie," does that make it a bad movie?
  • "Poor Martin Freeman." 
  • Okay here it is, but we're not happy about it." 
  • Is it okay to humanize a villain?
  • Is the Fantastic Beasts series a good prequel?
  • Time Turner: Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle!

Podcast Question: Do you think Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them constitutes a prequel? Why or why not?

Mar 8, 2020
  • “Isn’t that fancy?”
  • Phoenix Register: Filming seems to be on and poppin'!
  • “We could just ask Marjo to help us like we always do.”
  • “She’s born to run but lacks confidence.”
  • Some owl post from our official Tina correspondent.
  • Main Discussion: New theories about the origin of Credence/Aurelius.
  • “Just because people aren’t alive yet doesn’t mean they can’t be alchemists.”
  • Could the Sorcerer's Stone be used to create a body?
  • Turning silver into gold
  • “I’ve dropped the Voldemort. I’m just Lorde now.”
  • “Man, that is a whole entire question.”
  • “He’s a neat guy.”
  • Newt Case: Thestrals!
  • We bid a very sad farewell to our OG host, Ariel. 

Podcast Question: What is your favorite Credence origin theory?

Feb 23, 2020

This time on SpeakBeasty...

  • Surprise guest host: Lizzie's cat
  • “We love our time traveling on this show.”
  • Phoenix Register: FILMING HAS MAYBE BEGUN? and Callum Turner is officially back for FB3!
  • Owl Post: “We don’t like fan service, but we love baby niffler fan service.”
  • Are timeline continuity issues even relevant to theorizing about overall themes?
  • Main Discussion: Cinematography in Fantastic Beasts!
  • “I feel like I’ve been watching movies wrong for years.”
  • Why do films have more close-ups now than they used to?
  • “He’s like a little ray of sunshine.”
  • “Very dramatic. I love it.”
  • “Special skills: Knows how to wear a hat.”
  • Time Turner: Jean Renoir in the 1920's and 30's! 

Podcast Question: What is your favorite scene in Crimes of Grindelwald in terms of how it was filmed?

Feb 9, 2020

This time on SpeakBeasty:

  • "It's just brain damage"
  • Phoenix Register: Johnny Depp is revealed as a victim of abuse / Jude Law is growing his Dumbledore beard back / Cooper Andrews might be in Fantastic Beasts 3
  • Katherine Waterstone should have had her baby by now according to math and her baby will be a baby Brazilian wizard in the upcoming movie
  • Owl Post: There were a lot more people involved in the magic of the Harry Potter films than J.K. Rowling
  • Continuity errors in Sherlock Holmes and how that terminology is relevant to media nowadays
  • "McGonagall was baby Yoda all along"
  • "I'm starting to think this school doesn't make sense. There are some continuity errors in Hogwarts."
  • "I did my waiting. 13 episodes of it. In my living room."
  • "It's a white lie - because they are white people."
  • Dan Fogler revealed title 4 of the Fantastic Beasts films and Molly Weasley was part of the final battle against Grindelwald
  • Newt Case: Boggarts
  • Do vanished objects become Boggarts?
  • "Magical Mold and Where to Find Them"

Podcast Question: How do you feel about these continuity errors at this point? Are you still feeling furious? Or are you able to laugh them off as time goes on between films? If it is the former, which makes you the angriest? 

Jan 26, 2020

This time on SpeakBeasty...

  • "Look at us. Who would've thought."
  • We are officially announcing our 2030 retirement.
  • Phoenix Register: RIP Danielle Hugues. /* Plus, we now have dates for the Fantastic Beasts exhibit at the Natural History Museum in London.
  • "I always hope Warner Bros. is not listening." 
  • Owl Post: "It's out of her hands now." 
  • "But also, I just shouldn't be spending money anyways because I'm poor."
  • We discuss WWI veterans in Fantastic Beasts and what their experiences would've been like.
  • "They came to Europe and then...what did they do for a year?" 
  • "It was less than 50 but more than 14." 
  • "I don't care which side I'm on, I only care where the dragons are."
  • "I forgot the law existed." - Newt
  • "More like EverMORON." 
  • Time Turner: Chinese New Year!
  • "Just don't set things on fire." 

Podcast Question: Do you think wizards were involved in WWI? If so, how do you think they participated?

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