NewtCast: A Harry Potter Podcast

It’s a new era of Harry Potter, and we really, really want to explore it. With 'Cursed Child' and 'Fantastic Beasts' expanding our knowledge of the Wizarding World, we couldn’t resist diving in! A biweekly podcast covering Pottermore, Ilvermorny, J.K. Rowling, and the Harry Potter fandom. Be a part of it—discuss with us on Twitter @NewtCasts.
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Aug 15, 2017

Mallory and Alexis celebrate 1 year of podcasting on our boy Harry's own birthday! They discuss a good chunk of news alongside fun Potter party games.

  • Jack Thorne, the writer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will be rewriting Star Wars 9
  • Filming for Fantastic Beasts 2 is underway... and we know some new plot details!
  • Including a wizarding circus. Oh boy. Oh boy oh boy.
  • Are there new Harry Potter books being released?!?!?! (Saved you a click: not really, no)
  • Some wizarding world extensions and deletions...
  • The "Polyjuice Potion" game, where we try to guess characters the other has written down
  • Would you rather? Wizarding style.
  • Personal fandom experience kinda questions where we dive into some wizard rockery :)

We hope to be able to continue podcasting at least once a month (or until the news really ramps up!), so chuck us your ideas for episode themes!

Jul 17, 2017

Mallory and Alexis delve into the new edition of the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! Six new beasts give us some new canon to chew on while we receive updates on casting for the second film.


- In the last showing of the OG Cursed Child cast, there was a surprise kiss at the end… but no video proof

- Some nostalgia over the 20 year anniversary induced by your friendly neighborhood Pottermore

- Fantastic Beasts 2 is filling its cast and we know a few new tidbits…

- Mallory, our resident expert on magical beasts and creatures, takes us through what’s new and what’s missing (she’s not entirely overjoyed, but there are some goodies!)

- Head canons created

- We have a particular interest in the new information on three Ilvermorny mascots

- Where’s my jackalope

- House scarf drawing winners announced! Is it you??

May 3, 2017

Alexis and Mallory dig into the themes of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and find some nice gold nuggets after sifting away the obvious...

  • Misfits and Misunderstandings—how the universal theme of the Harry Potter series translates to Newt and company, and how deception is used as well
  • Friendships—the other Harry Potter theme that pervades within the film
  • Humanity—what does it mean to be human? How does that relate to being animal? How do Newt's goals to nurture, rescue, protect, and educate relate to how we should treat each other?
  • Repression—the punch-in-the-face theme of obscurials
  • Credence—okay, but who is he really?
Feb 18, 2017

Mallory and guest host Cate tackle the many, many plots (and plot holes) within Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. So much happened (and yet didn't happen), and these ladies have some beef with how it was all laid out.

  • In news, those house books could be really cool or really not
  • Bruce Springsteen: Wizard Rocker
  • Catching the creatures: do you all know anything..? Are you a witch or not??
  • Grindelwald: was his motive sufficiently explained? How did Newt catch on?
  • Second Salemers: DEFINITELY scourers, and a good inclusion against Grindelwald's "greater good" motives
  • The (improper) use of magic, the magical solution, and the magical death penalty
Jan 17, 2017

Mallory and Alexis discuss the characters in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. What's Newt's deal with his brother? How is he going to stay relevant to the broader Grindelwald/Dumbledore story that J.K. Rowling is trying to cover? Plus, we gush over our love for Queenie.

  • David Heyman is spreading false rumors on twitter, but at least Jo's clarified some things
  • Newt wasn't expelled! Or he kinda was! Or he was! We think we get some clarification but in this era of FALSE NEWS who actually knows
  • Newt Scamander is a sweet, irresponsible pumpkin
  • Grindelwald: a lying seer, which meaaaans....???
  • Tina: who is she, really?
  • Jacob the could-be Wampus
  • Queenie and a power of connection that alienates her from everyone :(
  • Other characters and how they may return in future films
  • Our wands on Pottermore!

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