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Two real weird sisters break down the Harry Potter series chapter by chapter and delve into special topics related to the Harry Potter universe. Character studies are released every Monday. Special topics episodes are released periodically. Book club episodes for Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, and Half-Blood Prince, as well as special topics shows recorded from January 2017 through June 2019 can be listened to on the feed titled The Real Weird Sisters: The Archive.
 
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.
 
Vi är en Harry Potter-podcast på svenska och vi startar detta projekt inspirerade av MuggleCast, eftersom alla inte snackar engelska. Vi kommer att prata Harry Potter. Nästan bara Harry Potter. Observera att vi inte äger Harry Potter, alla rättigheter tillhör Jk Rowling och WB och denna podcast är inte godkänd av någon som har något att göra med Harry Potter. Vi älskar Jo och skulle aldrig drömma om att försöka sno hennes grejer. (We are a Harry Potter podcast in Swedish and MuggleCast inspi ...
 
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In this chapter, we get to see Professor Slughorn’s real memory. Helene and Adri talk about the politics of Morality and Intent vs. Outcome as it relates to Slughorn’s memory and Voldemort’s actions. Patrons get a bonus segment for this episode! This week, we’re talking about what it would look like if we gender-flipped Peter Pettigrew in our ongoi…
 
Official sisters Alice and Martha discuss the iconic "HE WAS THEIR FRIEND!" scene with recurring guest Shut Up Tim. There's plenty to pick apart in these five minutes, from the choppy editing of the Peter Pettigrew story to Harry's inability to run under the Invisibility Cloak without knocking into everything in his path. Please consider supporting…
 
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 …
 
In this chapter, Ron and Hermione have to take their apparition exams and Hermione passes but Ron fails by an eyebrow technicality. Harry finally uses some gulps of his Felix Felicis to get the memory from Slughorn and sets off to *checks notes* Hagrid’s. The way the potion works is not necessarily straightforward, as it confidently guides him to d…
 
Alice and Martha discuss the many mysteries surrounding Karkaroff: how exactly did he rise to his role of headmaster? Was he perhaps once a student at dear old Hogwarts? And why exactly does Alice think she can do a Moody impression? Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are released every Monday an…
 
Happy 2022 and welcome to season 17! This one was recorded a little bit ago, when we got the title of the next Potter movie, but it's chock full of theories and ideas about what could be coming in the third movie. More soon! We are still going through your emails for guest hosts! Also, we are still looking for editors so if that's you email us at s…
 
In this chapter, Ron can’t find a way to break up with Lavender, Harry is still trying to figure out what Draco is all about, and Hermione keeps reminding Harry that his priorities are all out of whack. With this in mind, we talk about the politics of surveillance and priorities, including a discussion on if a certain plot point of the chapter coul…
 
Take Five is back, along with all your favorite Take Five segments! Alice, Martha, and recurring guest Shut Up Tim analyze the thirteenth five minutes of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which includes plenty of (fake) snow and a trip to Hogsmeade. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are …
 
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 POTENTIAL SPOILERS FROM 10:20 - 18:05 Owl Pos…
 
Happy New Year, everybody! As we take on 2022, we talk all about how everyone is pursuing a goal (or rather, is being very ambitious in this chapter). Harry wants to find out what’s going on with Ginny and Dean, Dumbledore wants to find Slughorn’s real memory, Ron desperately wants to keep the status quo with Lavender, and we see a glint of Voldemo…
 
Alice and Martha round out their discussion of Hagrid, analyzing his arc in the seventh book as he flies Harry away from Privet Drive, crunches up some chairs at the Weasley wedding, and is bullied by Tom Riddle for the last time. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are released every Monday and s…
 
Harry gets hounded all over Hogwarts, ends up having a nasty head injury, and solves a plot hole all on his own! Helene talks all about theorizing and how it’s the main action that builds the chapter, while Adri talks about arrogance (and the lack thereof) in the chapter and how that trait in characters dictates what happens in the chapters. Patron…
 
The sixth book sees Hagrid as he reunites with Buckb-- er, Witherwings, makes a new "friend" in Slughorn, and is forced to say goodbye to two of his oldest companions, Aragog and Dumbledore. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are released every Monday and special topics shows are released periodi…
 
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 al…
 
As 2021 comes to a close, we are back to celebrate the holiday season Potter-style. First (00:04:03), Alice and Martha rank popular holiday songs and imagine a magical karaoke party / holiday album with music guru Aman Adwin (@AmanAdwin). Up second (01:00:00), the sisters compete in a rematch of last year's holiday game show, hosted by the Real Wei…
 
Happy Holidays! With the Christmas holiday upon us, we thought we should re-release our conversation about what it's like to be a Jewish person living in a majority Christian world with special guest Shoshana, who gives us glimpses of being Jewish in the UK, and with our own Helene, who gives us glimpses of growing up Jewish in the U.S. While these…
 
Alice and Martha are back to talk about our biggest friend--any guesses who that might be?? In the fifth book, Hagger endures more than the normal bumps an' bruises of his rough job, as he takes on teaching his little brother English, becomes one of Umbridge's main targets, and tangles with the centaurs in the Forbidden Forest. Please consider supp…
 
WE HAVE A TRAILER! 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…
 
Ron ate the wrong chocolates and got poisoned (twice!). Adri and Helene talk about the politics of Determination and Autonomy, respectively, as they dissect the events of the chapter through their specific lenses. We also read some of the answers we got to last episode’s question of the week: Do you think Slughorn was more ashamed of Voldemort’s ac…
 
It's time ter resume the Hagrid character studies! Don your hairiest brown suit, a yellow and orange checked tie, plenty of axle grease, and eau de cologne, and settle in to hear about Hagrid's arc in the fourth book. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are released every Monday and special topics…
 
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 …
 
In this crossover episode, The Real Weird Sisters (Alice and Martha) are joined by special guests Gia Worthy (@classicallygia), Sarah Carradine (@sarahcarradine), and the Sorting Buff to sort the contestants of Survivor 41 into Hogwarts houses. Be aware that the show contains spoilers from both Survivor 41 (through episode 11) and the Harry Potter …
 
We’re back at Hogwarts and Harry meets with Dumbledore to see two distinct memories that will help in understanding Voldemort’s ultimate plan. Helene and Adri talk about the politics of Shame, how it shapes our understanding of politics, and what happens in this chapter. We also read some of the answers we got to last episode’s question of the week…
 
CHARACTER STUDY: LUDOVIC BAGMAN! It's a pretty safe *bet* that you will enjoy this week's episode, as Alice and Martha analyze Bagman's motivations, relationship with Barty Crouch Sr., and the major conflict of interest in his role as a Triwizard Tournament judge. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episod…
 
Alice and Martha discuss Olympe, a fine, well-dressed woman who's not afraid of roughin' it. From insisting on treating the Beauxbatons horses like royalty to ensuring 'Ogwarts does not get two bites at ze apple, Madame Maxime is a force to be reckoned with! Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are…
 
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 a…
 
Alice and Martha school recurring guest Shut Up Tim on some important filmmaking secrets, including the importance of perspective and scene transitions, once again shedding a light Alfonso's brilliant, dark, twisted direction in the twelfth five minutes of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patre…
 
It’s Christmas time (in this chapter of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, at least)! We talk about the politics of optics and loyalty when it comes to the comings and goings in this chapter, specifically Harry’s run-in with Scrimgeour at the Burrow. We also discuss our listeners’ unanimous answers to last week’s question: Should love potions …
 
Spoiler alert: Mad-Eye's dead. So of course now it's time to properly eulogize his gnarled corpse. Alice and Martha discuss the real Mad-Eye in the fifth, sixth, and seventh books, where he turns out to be even gruffer and more socially awkward than the imposter Moody. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New e…
 
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 speakbeasty@gmail.co…
 
This week, we’re talking about exploitation and status. Harry is chased all over Hogwarts because the girls just can’t contain themselves, Hermione plans to make Ron jealous, and Draco is up to something shady (so of course Harry must investigate, right?). We also discuss our listener’s amazing answers to last week’s question: Was Hermione justifie…
 
Oh no you don't, laddie!! It's time for Alice and Martha to discuss all things Moody in the fourth book, and some things Barty Crouch, JUNIOR (though this is not a Barty Crouch character study). From his x-ray vision to his penchant for pushing the boundaries of what's appropriate to teach high school students, it's really a wonder that he made it …
 
This week, we talk about Hermione’s reaction to seeing Ron couple up with someone else, how Harry fake roofies Ron’s pumpkin juice to dramatic effect, and Harry’s realization that he feels more than brotherly love for one Ginny Weasley. This leads us to talk about the politics of Jealousy and Communication. The question of the week is: Was Hermione…
 
This week, Alice, Martha, and returning guest Shut Up Tim enter a world that is entirely their own as they discuss the eleventh five minutes of Alfonso's magnum opus. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are released every Monday and special topics shows are released periodically. Don’t forget to s…
 
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.…
 
Is who we are determined by our genes (nature) or our upbringing and culture (nurture)? This is one of the questions that we ask ourselves in this episode of this podcast, especially when it comes to the differences between Harry and Voldemort. We also talk about how knowledge can be used as a form of currency; this can be seen in social gains and …
 
The cards never lie, and our reading shows that this week's character study is not to be missed! Alice and Martha discuss Trelawney's arc in the fifth, sixth, and seventh books (with heavy emphasis on her extensive seventh book arc). Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are released every Monday an…
 
Due to scheduling conflicts, we couldn’t record a new episode of the show this week. We didn’t want the feed to go empty this week, so please enjoy this re-release of our episode from earlier this year plus a bonus segment that was only available for Patrons of the show until now. Become a Patron for as little as $2/month by heading over to www.pat…
 
This week's Take Five is all about that infamous bridge scene, with the added bonus of plenty of impressions from Martha and a Movia Trivia segment that will live in RWS infamy. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are released every Monday and special topics shows are released periodically. Don’t …
 
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 h…
 
Adri is joined by special guest Laurie, the producer for the Potterversity podcast to discuss chapter 12 of Half Blood Prince. We talk about how this chapter intersects with the politics of suspicion and consent, including the imperiused Katie Bell and Hermione’s skepticism about the character of the Half Blood Prince. We also talk about the nature…
 
The Real Weird Sisters are back to discuss a second set of Real Weird Brothers in the Harry Potter series. From attempting to deliver the infamous bunch of grapes to Harry in the second book, to the tiny corpses lying side by side in the Great Hall in the seventh book, the Creevey brothers' legacy in the fight against Lord Voldemort is second only …
 
In this crossover episode, The Real Weird Sisters (Alice and Martha) are joined by special guest Chappell (@Chappells_Show) and the Sorting Blanket to sort the characters of Big Brother (season 23) into Hogwarts houses. Be aware that the show contains spoilers from both the Big Brother series and the Harry Potter series. Please consider supporting …
 
This week, we talk about that chapter where Hermione helps Ron, unbeknownst to him, get into the Gryffindor Quidditch team. When we were thinking about which politics were driving the chapter, we thought about the politics of attention and preferential treatment. We’re also featuring the best answers to our question of the week! This week, the ques…
 
Alice, Martha, and special guest Shut Up Tim are back for another riddikulus Take Five episode! This five minutes is spent on pretty much one scene, but there's still plenty to talk about, as usual! Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are released every Monday and special topics shows are released…
 
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 sacr…
 
This week, we talk about that chapter where Harry met Voldemort’s extended family via Pensieve. When we were thinking about which politics were driving the chapter, we thought about the politics of ancestry and supremacism. One is based upon who your family was or what they did being an indicator of success (or failure) and the other is based on ho…
 
It's finally time to "properly eulogize" Draco, as Alice and Martha round out their discussion of his arc in the seventh book. Please consider supporting us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/realweirdsisters New episodes are released every Monday and special topics shows are released periodically. Don’t forget to subscribe to our show to make sure you ne…
 
It’s the first day of classes at Hogwarts, and we are talking about the politics of cheating and the myth of self-sufficiency. This week we have a ton of questions that we try to answer as best as possible. Was Harry was cheating by following the hand-written instructions in the Half-Blood Prince’s Potions book? Why did Snape never share his potion…
 
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