By Danielle Mick
I had the absolute pleasure to attend a live recording of MuggleNet's Speak Beasty podcast.
The podcast discusses all the news and theories related to the upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first part of a trilogy that is centered around Newt Scamander, an interesting group of friends, and a few beasties in both the wizarding and no-maj communities of New York City.
The film has an incredibly talented cast (Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Colin Farrell) director (David Yates), and some pretty familiar subject matter. At yesterday's panel, the group of girls from the podcast — Ariel Taranski, Megan Kelly, Lizzie Sudlow, Kat Miller, Elayna Darcy, and Ashley Craig — discussed what beasts they were most looking forward to, what they think will happen at the end of the first installment, and what exactly these song titles mean. The entirety of the film's score titles were released, leaving the audience guessing what could happen during the specific songs.
It was a really fun panel to be apart of, and I ended up giving them a hand. I Periscoped for them, because I was sitting in the front and made friends with one of the panel members. All of the girls are hilarious and sweet and so educated when it comes to the world that J.K. Rowling created. The podcast gives you a chance to be immersed in the wizarding world again for an hour, bi-weekly.
It's important to note that this is not Harry Potter. The characters that we know and love will not make appearances. They will not be mentioned. (Aside from Dumbledore and Grindelwald, that is!) Fantastic Beasts takes place in 1926, which is quite a long time before our golden trio was born. That being said, I always love being surrounded by other members of the fandom. Our Hogwarts house colors were flying in that room yesterday, with a high number of Ravenclaws (HOUSE PRIDE!) and Hufflepuffs in attendance.
If you're interested in listening to the podcast or viewing their panel from New York Comic Con, they can be found on all social media applications and pages as SpeakBeasty (or Speak Beasty). You can also find and listen to them on MuggleNet.com.
(I'd also like to say that their logo is AMAZING and I want a t-shirt!!)