‘Return to Hogwarts’ with these 6 magical ‘Harry Potter’ podcasts before streaming the reunion special
Cue “Hedwig’s Theme,” brush up on spell-casting, throw on your whimsical robe, dragon-hide gloves, find your wand, and dust off your broom from storage, because Hogwarts is beckoning once more! And we’ve rounded up some Harry Potter podcasts! On January 1, 2022, original Harry Potter cast members including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and more are reuniting for HBO Max‘s Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts. Can you believe it’s been two decades since the first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was released?
Let these Harry Potter podcasts be your owl-delivered invitations to feel the magic before streaming the reunion special, even if you’re a Muggle. If that wasn’t great enough news, fans are also getting stoked for Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore, set to release in April 2022. On our list, hear book and movie recaps. There’s a podcast using Potter excerpts and chapters to investigate real-world themes and teach life lessons. Celebrate the Potterverse with book club-style podcasts, analytical discussions, and general fandom.
Mugglecast: The Harry Potter Podcast
On “Mugglecast: The Harry Potter Podcast,” 4 friends chat about the Wizarding World. In weekly episodes averaging 90 minutes long, hear about the books, films, theme parks, and more. Episodes tackle topics like Hermione Granger’s intellect and personality, Young Dumbledore’s motives, 1998-1999 Hogwarts school years, and a Potter-themed holiday gift guide. A recent episode previewed Return to Hogwarts and analyzed the Secrets of Dumbledore trailer.
Swish and Flick: A Harry Potter Podcast
“Swish and Flick: A Harry Potter Podcast” kicks it book club-style, hosted by 4 friends repping each house. They’ll re-read the books, explore the fandom, and devise their own theories. Since 2017, the podcast has released over 250 episodes. Check out new, weekly episodes all around 120 minutes long.
Pottercast: The Harry Potter Podcast (since 2005)
Mischief Media presents “Pottercast: The Harry Potter Podcast (since 2005).” Listen in as superfans host roundtable Potterverse discussions, chat with creators and actors from the series, and more. The podcast has released over 300 episodes, and the most recent ones were uploaded in July, but they’re still relevant! The average run time is an hour long.
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
From Not Sorry Productions comes “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.” Join hosts Vanessa Zoltan and Matt Potts as they unpack Potter books as “instructive and inspirational texts that will teach us about our own lives.” Since 2016, they’ve been re-reading chapters and exploring themes mirrored in the “Muggle” world like community, loyalty, and forgiveness. Check out the podcast’s 300+ releases with new, weekly episodes.
Alohomora!: An In-Depth Exploration of the Harry Potter Series
International fans and MuggleNet staff collaborate on “Alohomora!: An In-Depth Exploration of the Harry Potter Series.” Episodes recap the series and dive into specific topics and characters like Molly Weasley and the Sorting Hat, just to name a few.
Harry Potter and the Boys
Host Radio Mike wrote Harry Potter fanfiction as a child and wanted to share his stories years later on his podcast. His stories are set in a world 50 years after the last Harry Potter book was released. Harry is headmaster, there’s a new potions teacher, and students are annoyed with their classmate, Derrick Derrickson. Radio Mike also posted episodes recapping movies, books, and analyzing the Potterverse.