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Sep 17, 2023
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, Robert P.! We couldn't do it without you!
  • Phoenix Register: some news!
  • Congratulations to Alison Sudol on her new baby! Alison's Instagram post is here
  • Harry Potter: Magic at Play reopens in November in Seattle
  • Harry Potter: Visions of Magic opens in Germany in December. Check out the teaser here.
  • Cursed Child is licensed for high schools! 
  • Ann and Geoff share their high school theater horror stories. 
  • No owl post as of the time of recording 
  • Main Discussion: Frantic Fanfic! Ann, Geoff, and Amy write the Fantastic Beasts fanfics of their dreams. 
  • If you also want to write the fanfics of your dreams, you and your friends can do it here.
  • We're, like, really good at writing.
  • Everything is made up and the points don't matter!
  • If you want to read the fics featured in the show, as well as our practice stories, you can check out our AO3 account here.
  • Time-Turner: the origins of fanfiction!
  • The Atlantic article Amy references is here

Podcast Question: Which fic was your favorite?

Sep 3, 2023
  • Welcome to our special guest, Dag!
  • Ambition + intelligence = world-conquering 
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, Roger B.!
  • Phoenix Register: Leaky was great and we made so many cool friends!
  • Happy Back to Hogwarts Day! (Did Warner Brothers announce anything cool?)
  • MinaLima opened a store in Seoul! If you're there, check it out and tell us how cool it is.
  • Owl Post: MissElphabaKayenta and Carolyn write in with their unanswered questions about the Beasts movies.
  • Main Discussion: Obscurials, and obscuruses vs patronuses!
  • Patronuses = yoga girlies
  • Is casting a Patronus really THAT hard?
  • "We all know guilt is one of Dumbledore's many middle names."
  • It seems Patronuses are born from happiness and Obscuruses are born from rage. 
  • "Umbridge can cast a Patronus, which is freaking stupid - "
  • This theory makes us want the ending of Credence's story EVEN MORE
  • Newtcase: The cat sith!
  • Sources: Timberbush Tours, Biddy's - Ireland's Lore and Tales, and Katethulu's Cave of Mysteries 
  • If you liked Dag and want more content, find them on Gmail, Instagram, Tumblr, or YouTube at @wrockingwriter!

Podcast Question: Do you think Credence could be saved? If so, how? Also, what is your Patronus?

Aug 20, 2023
  • We're live from LeakyCon!
  • Who's Geoff's favorite character? The answer might surprise you!
  • Dumbledougal > Dumbleron
  • The hosts each bring a theory, rank them, and the audience ranks them!
  • "I'm just typing so it looks like I'm doing something."
  • During Carolyn's theory, the audience member is suggesting an additional theory of two separate people's magic fighting for dominance. 
  • Marjolaine has PAGES of notes.
  • Read Ann's theory here.
  • Truly the Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt of the wizarding world.
  • Once the theories are out, we build the fourth movie!
  • We really build THREE movies, but there's so much story.
  • Geoff's kefta can be found here.
Aug 6, 2023
  • No news :(
  • Marjolaine truly is a witch - you can catch her on here, and, if you're in Chicago, at LeakyCon! 
  • Owl Post: Liz, Sal, and Jerri send in their thoughts about why Dumbledore didn't attend Queenie and Jacob's wedding 
  • Main Discussion: Threads that were (and weren't) resolved through the series 
  • Grindelwald, Jacob and Queenie, Credence got their plots resolved…
  • …but we still have questions about Theseus, Nagini, and the Obscurus

Podcast Question: What unanswered questions do you have from the Fantastic Beasts series?

Jul 23, 2023
  • Happy Barbenheimer weekend to all who celebrate!
  • Also happy birthday to Shannen!
  • Thanks to this week’s Patreon supporter, JY! We appreciate you!
  • Phoenix Register: The SAG-Aftra and WGA strikes won’t affect Fantastic Beasts! Ha ha ha … ha ha … ha …
  • SpeakBeasty DOES stand with the writers and actors!
  • Last reminder: Come see Marjolaine, Ann, Geoff, and Carolyn at LeakyCon! Sunday 8/6, at 2:30 PM. We’ll have ribbons! More info here.
  • We’ll get the last two movies done even if we have to do it ourselves.
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 96-100 of the screenplay
  • It’s the end of the movie :(
  • Shout-out to Liz who should have been on the episode!!
  • We discuss all the delicious Polish foods at Jacob and Queenie’s wedding.
  • Check out Dan’s adorable Instagram post here.
  • “The focus is solely on Tina, as it should be.”
  • We are here for empowered women empowering women
  • Once again, there are issues with the timeline.
  • “Who are you, Santa Claus?”
  • Shannen builds the Tangled/Frozen/Fantastic Beasts crossover we’re all secretly dreaming of.
  • Bunty IS part of the squad.
  • Shannen finds a surprising synchronicity with Philosopher’s Stone.
  • Battle of the Beasts: Shannen! Vs! Marjolaine! Who will win??

Podcast Question: Why do you think Dumbledore didn’t attend the wedding?

Jul 9, 2023
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, Lou K.! 
  • Come catch Ann, Marjolaine, Geoff, and Carolyn on Sunday, 8/6, at 2:30! More info here.
  • Send us your best theories for our Leaky panel! 
  • Geoff will also be appearing on multiple other panels as well as playing wizard rock as DreamQuaffle! More info on their schedule here.
  • The Studio Tour in Tokyo is officially open and hosts the Great Wizarding Express!
  • Warner Brothers has announced a new Wizarding World experience: Visions of Magic. It will tour worldwide and starts in Europe.
  • Main Discussion: Scene 95, Part 2
  • Mads looks mad and we're here for it.
  • Marjolaine finds a connection to Hogwarts Legacy.
  • Who shot first, Han or Gree - uh, Albus or Gellert?
  • "Their statuses just got updated from 'it's complicated' to 'single.'"
  • Grindelwald busts out his most iconic line.
  • Wizards are not exempt from mob mentality.
  • "Oh, Bunty."
  • From one Dark wizard right to the next. Can Dumbledore get a break??
  • This scene literally nearly killed Marjolaine. 
  • No-Maj Movie Magic: The Best Duels in Movies of All Time!
  • …including an entry from Harry Potter!
  • Rob Roy IS real.

Podcast Question: Were you satisfied with the Grindelwald vs Dumbledore duel? Why or why not?

Jun 25, 2023
  • Happy Pride month!!
  • Thanks to this week's Patreon supporter, Sam S.!
  • Phoenix Register: Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature opened in Melbourne. Lucy from MuggleNet went - check it out here.
  • An additional video has leaked from Epic Universe.
  • The Studio Tour in Tokyo has opened as well.
  • No owl Post. Please write in!
  • Main Discussion: Scene 95, part 1
  • The gang goes bowling.
  • More of the Wizarding world added to Epic Universe, please
  • Fischer has no bothers left to give
  • Even Grindelwald's fireworks are bullies.
  • We speculate on what could change Grindelwald's mind about Muggles.
  • How long is Jacob under the Cruciatus curse? Find out!
  • "Hey b, I bet you thought you'd seen the last of me."
  • Bunty saves the day!
  • Shannen doesn't like it and neither does Dumbledore.
  • Newtcase: The catawumpus from Knott's Berry Farm! Read about it here.

Podcast Question: Why do you think the spell cast on the dead qilin failed?

Jun 11, 2023
  • Welcome back to Carolyn, our graphic designer!
  • Thanks to this week’s Patreon supporter, Katy C.!
  • Phoenix Register: MinaLima presents new sketches from Newt’s field notebook. There are a total of eight postcard designs, including two mystery designs.
  • “They’re upcharging for cuteness and mystery.”
  • Owl Post: TinasHotDog on IG writes in about how she would have liked Jacob and Queenie’s reunion to go.
  • Main Discussion: Scenes 91-94 of the screenplay
  • So. Many. Stairs.
  • Confidence is Henrietta’s best accessory.
  • Please make Kama make sense!
  • “Insert ridiculous fan theory: GALLEONS.”
  • No speeches = mad Marjo.
  • “Vogel isn’t running because nobody likes him.”
  • Did Grindelwald love Dumbledore, or just what he represented?
  • Time-Turner: the suitcase!
  • How do you test if a suitcase is waterproof?
  • Someone write in and tell Carolyn why she’s wrong about Extension Charms.

Podcast Question: What do you think the candidate’s platforms were? (For our takes on it, check out Episode 154, “Ominous Vibes.”)

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?