PotterCast: The Harry Potter fandom podcast (Est. 2005)
PotterCast started in 2005 to celebrate the Potter universe; these days we are focused on celebrating fandom and being a trusted source for discussion, fan content, and more.
info_outline 15.6: 15 Years! 09/18/2020
15.6: 15 Years! It's our 15-year PotterCast anniversary! WHAT!? This is our live show that we did to celebrate, the video of which you can access at . In this episode, we do some nostalgia, we do some mailbags, we do some Q&A, we play some Quiplash, and we reflect on the magic of the past and the promise of the future. Here are ways to support the show! Join our patreon! - Now, you can also join our Discord community there! You can also buy PotterCast-related merch at !
info_outline 15.5: Unsafe Waters 06/27/2020
15.5: Unsafe Waters In this episode, Frak, John, and Melissa do what they had not yet done together as hosts and friends: discuss and unpack J.K. Rowling's harmful rhetoric regarding transgender people. We strongly encourage you to listen to 15.2: Sorting It Out, the episode we released right after her tweet in December, for information and facts on why what she is doing is so difficult to parse. Here is a link to the twitter thread we referenced debunking JKR’s statements: https://twitter.com/carter_andrewj/status/1270787941275762689?s=21 We also touch on the future of the show, and the state of things in the pool. (You'll get it when you listen.) PotterCast is hoping to recommit to what it did much more in the early days when we didn't all have other jobs: highlighting a wider expanse of fandom, creation, and fun. We appreciate your patience! In the Drums(tm) we detail our latest videogaming habits! Join our patreon! - Now, you can also join our Discord community there!
info_outline 15.4 Live with your Qs from Quarantine 05/08/2020
15.4 Live with your Qs from Quarantine We asked what you wanted us to talk about, and here are the results, yet more Potter silliness while we're all in lockdown! Reminders! CHECK OUT OUR MERCH, omg it's so good. Join our patreon! - Now, you can also join our Discord community there!
info_outline 15.3: Yanni vs Laurel, the Social Distancing Edition 03/20/2020
15.3: Yanni vs Laurel, the Social Distancing Edition We are isolating together for this freewheeling hour of silliness where we take your Harry Potter questions and have some fun. ALSO, SOME NEWS: Now there are TWO Patreons: One for just PotterCast, one for Roll 9 3/4 and all the other Mischief Media shows. BOTH get you access to our discord, where there are Harry Potter, gaming, television, movies. cooking, crafting, and a ton of other amazing conversations happening. PLUS lots of amazing bonus content updated weekly. Also visit We have so much cool swag there. Also, there is a LOT of content to entertain you on your quarantine on the — and there will be PotterCast streaming there soon. Watch the hashtag #MischiefFromHome for more!
info_outline 15.2: Sorting It Out: J.K. Rowling, transphobia, and what just happened to our community (with Jackson Bird) 12/21/2019
15.2: Sorting It Out: J.K. Rowling, transphobia, and what just happened to our community (with Jackson Bird) Welcome to a very special episode of PotterCast! This week, J.K. Rowling angered and saddened many fans when she came out in support of a woman whose company had not renewed her employment contract because she refused to recognize the legally protected rights of trans people. In coming back from a months-long Twitter hiatus, J.K. Rowling mischaracterized the facts of the case in support of a dangerous and unscientific movement that invalidates the trans experience, and in doing so flies in the face of medical consensus worldwide. Her comments also confused a lot of fans who are not fully familiar with the issues at stake, or cannot understand how someone whose book series is so vehemently about tolerance can express support for a woman whose views invalidate so many people's existences. That's why in this episode, we are going over it all. , longtime friend of the podcast and of Leaky, as well as author, trans activist and educator, and expert Waffler, joins us to explain and process what this means for Harry Potter fans. We discuss: What actually happened What J.K. Rowling said versus what happened to the woman in question, Maya Forstater Why many fans saw this coming What to do now that the creator of the series we love so dearly has taken this stance How to support trans and non-binary communities How we as fans are feeling about all of this What to do now, especially since we still love this community We hope you'll listen and share. Here are some helpful resources, including things we mention in the show: Jack's book! A from medical communities around the world validating that trans and non-binary people exist GLAAD's has great resources, FAQs, ways to take action, and ways to learn regarding sex and gender , the great series by RadioLab News articles regarding this incident: (on British culture and the "gender critical" movement) News articles regarding past incidents that have also upset the community: on Johnny Depp and the Crimes of Grindelwald that J.K. Rowling was following trans-exclusionary ideologies on J.K. Rowling's writings on Native American cultulre "" — The Mary Sue "" — The Washington Post PotterCast and Leaky stand with our trans and non-binary friends and colleagues. This episode is in the process of being transcribed. For more, see .
info_outline 15.1: PotterCast Vs. MuggleCast LIVE from LeakyCon Boston 2019! 11/21/2019
15.1: PotterCast Vs. MuggleCast LIVE from LeakyCon Boston 2019! Check out our new naming system! It's Season 15, episode 1! Featuring MuggleCast's Micah Tanenbuam and Eric Scull, as well as Louis Cordice (who played for MuggleCast) and Chris Rankin, who hosted! There are three games in this episode! We recommend putting yourself into the mode of a contestant as you listen to the first. Remember! Visit to purchase this limited edition PotterCast: After All This Time shirt. Don’t forget that we have ! Check out our new sponsor,
info_outline #300: It’s Funny How That Worked Out – Our 300th Episode! 11/12/2019
#300: It’s Funny How That Worked Out – Our 300th Episode! LIVE FROM LEAKYCON 2019: BOSTON – OUR 300TH EPISODE! In this episode, we discuss our fandom-packed weekend at the 10th anniversary of LeakyCon and discuss the last ten years of PotterCast. We also revisit some of our favorite old-school PotterCast segments – Canonconclundrums (with Chris Rankin!), Are You Smarter Than John Noe?, and a Dueling!We also have our first new shirt in TEN YEARS! Visit to purchase this limited edition PotterCast: After All This Time shirt.Don’t forget that we have a Patreon where you can get extra (sorting-related!) content! Don’t forget that we have ! Produced by Adam Molina // Assoc. Produced by Kylie Madden
info_outline #299: Fantastic Beasts's Dan Fogler at LeakyCon Boston 11/06/2019
#299: Fantastic Beasts's Dan Fogler at LeakyCon Boston LIVE FROM LEAKYCON: PotterCast's Spotlight with Dan Fogler! In this episode, we talk with Dan Fogler about how he approached Jacob's characterization in the Fantastic Beasts films, what it's like to film knowing the magical creatures will be added in post-production, Jacob's complicated relationship with Queen, and more! Don’t forget that we have ! Produced by Adam Molina // Assoc. Produced by Kylie Madden
info_outline #298: Roll 9 3/4 10/24/2019
#298: Roll 9 3/4 So this is a special PotterCast, in which we TRY A NEW THING for the first time in 15 years? WELCOME TO THE FIRST ROLL 9 3/4 OMG AHH!! Frankie came to us a few months ago and wanted to try doing Harry Potter-themed D&D. First, we said "How do you D&D?" and then we just said "let's do it." This is mostly us being silly and ridiculous together and we hope you'll enjoy the ride. We really want to know what you think! Please: - Use the hashtag #roll934 to talk about it so we can talk with you! - Get us on or . Website coming soon. - If you like it, tell your friends! If you don't like it, shh, we never met. Frank Franco conceived this project and serves as the game's DM. The players are Bre Bishop, John Noe, and Melissa Anelli. Original music (and sound effects!) by Andre Karame. WE ARE SO NERVOUS BUT THIS WILL BE FUN TELL US WHAT YOU THINK AHHH
info_outline #297: Avian Larceny 10/13/2019
#297: Avian Larceny Welcome to PotterCast 297! In this episode: - What happened in Times Square with Cursed Child, again? - In How About That: Hagrid in the first few chapters! How he got to Harry, what he knew, what magic he used, and what was really up with the pink umbrella. - HAGRID CAN SPELL HAPPY BIRTHDAY THANK YOU - Can you convict an owl of theft? - In the drums, Frankie has an announcement! Don't forget that we have ! Produced by Adam Molina // Assoc. Produced by Kylie Madden
info_outline #296: The Very Secret and Amazing Life of Arabella Figg 10/02/2019
#296: The Very Secret and Amazing Life of Arabella Figg This week: we go through the week's Potter news, including the new Wizarding World app as well as the upcoming release of the graphic edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! This week's What About That: Arabella Figg is here to change all our SEO results. Who was she? What's her history? Was she married? Was she gay? Also: squibs in the wizarding world: what does it mean to be a squib? What's the deal with the book and the quill? Why was it mean to Neville? WHY WOULD ANYONE EVER BE MEAN TO NEVILLE? Also this week from Mischief Media: Listen to , now available wherever you listen! Don't forget that we have ! By the way: never listen to what number we call the show inside the recording. We're gonna stop doing that. Also, in the drums: John explains Brexit! Produced by Adam Molina // Assoc. Produced by Kylie Madden
info_outline #295: Live with Tom Felton at LeakyCon 2019: Dallas 09/21/2019
#295: Live with Tom Felton at LeakyCon 2019: Dallas Live from LeakyCon 2019: Dallas – Melissa interviews Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and he tells stories from filming, discusses the passion of fandom, and answers audience questions! Remember – is coming! Join us in Boston, MA from October 11-13th for our TENTH anniversary! . PotterCast is a podcast! Check out all we have to offer. This episode was hosted by Melissa Anelli, John Noe, and Frak Fraco III, produced by Adam Molina, and associate produced by Kylie Madden.
info_outline #294: Much Ado About (Cursed Child) Branding 09/11/2019
#294: Much Ado About (Cursed Child) Branding It's PotterCast 294! In our march to get to 300 before LeakyCon Boston, we'll be releasing episodes weekly! Hurrah! This week: What the heck was that all about with Cursed Child? We go back with our "What about that?" segment to discuss the Sorting Hat, wizard internet, post-Hogwarts education, and more The Mischief corner delves into who knew Harry had a scar and when ...and, what happens if a wizard goes into an Apple store? Remember! is coming! Boston in October for our TENTH anniversary! PotterCast is a podcast! Check out all we have to offer. This episode was hosted by Melissa Anelli, John Noe, and Frak Fraco III, produced by Adam Molina, and associate produced by Kylie Madden.
info_outline #293 (not 291!): Bonnie Hunt 08/30/2019
#293 (not 291!): Bonnie Hunt Don't be alarmed when we call this PotterCast 291. It's really 293. We recorded this one a bit ago, so there's some old info. NO WORRIES! It's PotterCast, and we are here like always to chat about Harry Potter with you. Happy back to school! John, Frak, and Melissa are back! This time we're doing the RELOOK, where we don't go bit by bit or chapter by chapter, but issue by issue and mystery by mystery. This time: What happened to Lily Evans' parents? That's where we start anyway. Then it gets all PotterCast is coming! Boston in October for our TENTH anniversary! PotterCast is a Mischief Media podcast! Check out all we have to offer. This episode was hosted by Melissa Anelli, John Noe, and Frak Fraco III, produced by Adam Molina, and associate produced by Kylie Madden.
info_outline #291: Live from PodX! with Draco and the Malfoys and Potterless 06/17/2019
#291: Live from PodX! with Draco and the Malfoys and Potterless What would a PotterCast with Harry and the Potters be if Draco and the Malfoys weren't on next? PC 291 features John and Melissa live at PodX, the podcasting convention - and features a performance from Brian of Draco and the Malfoys and a guest spot with Mike from Potterless! Lots of McGonagall chatter inside as well...
info_outline #290: Accio Hagrid (with Harry and the Potters!) 05/22/2019
#290: Accio Hagrid (with Harry and the Potters!) It's PotterCast #290 and we are back with our very old friends and absolute PotterCast veterans Paul and Joe DeGeorge, the band Harry and the Potters! They have just recorded and are about to release LUMOS, their first album in more than 13 years. This pod is full of exclusive sneak peeks into the album, plus a lot of fun and nostalgia with the guys — including a few extra canon conclundrum. Accio Hagrid, accio fish, Hedwig is not dead, goblin magic, and more.
info_outline #289: Gross Beer and Other Magic 05/15/2019
#289: Gross Beer and Other Magic Emma's news is back, and the crew goes over the Fantastic Beasts delay and what it may mean. Also, a new segment! The Mischief Corner, which this time goes DEEEEEEP down the rabbit hole with Floo Powder. Contains all sorts of spoilers. Plus a mailbag segment! What is this, 2007?
info_outline #287: That's Not My Baby (Fantastic Beasts Extras) 03/12/2019
#287: That's Not My Baby (Fantastic Beasts Extras) The PotterCast crew gets into it on the Fantastic Beasts extra scenes (part 1)...
info_outline #285: Live with Alison Sudol at LeakyCon 2018 12/26/2018
#285: Live with Alison Sudol at LeakyCon 2018 Happy holidays! This week we are going back to LeakyCon in Dallas, where The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion interviewed Alison Sudol about Queenie Goldstein, writing, creation, and more. This was conducted BEFORE CoG came out in theaters, so maybe now is a great time to revisit everything we heard.
info_outline #283: The McGonagall of It All 12/05/2018
#283: The McGonagall of It All The PotterCast Trio is still unpacking thoughts, feelings, and theories about the Crimes of Grindelwald and all it means for the canon and the fandom. Two episodes in and we have barely scratched the surface! Be sure to tell us your feelings and thoughts on @PotterCast everywhere, or by emailing email@example.com, or joining our Patreon!
info_outline #282: ORLY?us 11/27/2018
#282: ORLY?us We've all seen Fantastic Beasts 2: Crimes of Grindelwald, and we are here to discuss and discuss and discuss and discuss. We barely scratch the surface over this 90 minutes, but we get into the big reactions, the big reveals, and the McGonagall of it all.
info_outline 280: Grindelwald and the Sorcerer's Stone 08/02/2018
280: Grindelwald and the Sorcerer's Stone PotterCast goes over the latest Crimes of Grindelwald trailer in deep and in some cases excruciating detail, with a watch-along that you can join in at the link below. Plus, Melissa details what it was like at San Diego Comic Con when the trailer debuts, and the trio talks about the upcoming plans for the show, LeakyCons (in plural) and more!
info_outline Special: Sacred Text! 05/24/2018
Special: Sacred Text! We have a special episode for you today: a full episode of "Harry Potter and the Sacred Text," a podcast you should really check out. Melissa was a guest on one of their shows, and speaks about chance, J.K. Rowling, and the Harry Potter fandom. Then hang with Vanessa and Casper as they break down "The Dream" chapter from Goblet of Fire!
info_outline #278: LeakyNews! 04/12/2018
#278: LeakyNews! PotterCast 278 brings back the news roundups! Emma from The Leaky Cauldron joins us to keep us updated about the latest goings on in Harry Potter news (with all the info on the newest Harry Potter video game, the Cursed Child Broadway premiere, and Dan Fogler's podcast...). We also break down Ch. 6 of Sorcerer's Stone!