British staff member Jamie Lawrence tells a British joke of the week, and host Andrew Sims reads an email sent to Muggle Net with a strange request or incoherent talk (dubbed "Huh?! Muggle Cast is currently the highest rated Harry Potter Podcast on the Internet.
It also was the first Potter podcast to produce regular interviews with people directly involved with the books and films.
The first show featured interviews with Stuart Craig, art director of the films, as well as Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginny Weasley.
Potter Cast was released less than two weeks after Muggle Cast's first episode.
Produced by The Leaky Cauldron, it differed from Muggle Cast with a more structured program, including various segments and involvement of more people on the Leaky Cauldron staff compared to Muggle Cast.
The unsuccessful attempt eventually led to their inviting the webmasters of the top sites to premieres of the films and tours of the film sets, because of their close connection with the fans. executives have acknowledged that many fans are disappointed that certain elements of the books are left out, but not trying to avoid criticism, "bringing the fan sites into the process is what we feel is really important." At the 2006 Podcast Awards, when Muggle Cast and Potter Cast each received two nominations for the same two categories, the two podcasts teamed up and requested listeners vote for Potter Cast in the Best Entertainment category and Muggle Cast in the People's Choice category. Since then, Muggle Cast has held chapter-by-chapter discussions, character analyses, and a discussion on a "theory of the week".
Muggle Cast has also added humour to their podcast with segments like "Spy on Spartz," where the hosts would call Muggle Net webmaster Emerson Spartz and reveal his current location or activity with the listening audience.
I read someone once who said, "If she didn't want us fantasizing about her characters, she needs to stop having these handsome men portraying them." And that's the truth: It's very hard not to look at Alan Rickman [Professor Severus Snape] and Jason Isaacs [Lucius Malfoy] and not get erotic thoughts. You want to write stories about the characters that J. is not writing, about their love lives that you don't see in the book.' Prior to the publication of Deathly Hallows, much of the energy of the Potter fandom was devoted to speculation and debate about upcoming plot and character developments.
To this end, clues from the earlier books and deliberate hints from J. Rowling (in interviews and on her website) were heavily scrutinised by fans.
A Bridal Guide featured two real weddings soon before the release of the final movie, which quickly spread through the fandom via Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
The craze over the series was referenced in Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel The Devil Wears Prada as well as its 2006 film adaptation.
In the story, the protagonist Andrea Sachs is ordered to retrieve two copies of the next installment in the series for her boss's twins before they are published so that they can be privately flown to France, where the twins and their mother are on holiday.