What is Pottercast?

PotterCast gives a Harry Potter fan more than an hour of Potteresque entertainment each week in the form of the latest news and intriguing discussion. It is the only Harry Potter podcast to feature interviews with the Harry Potter editors, cast and crew, and often features news that goes unreported elsewhere.

The show is hosted by Melissa Anelli, John Noe and Frankie Franco, and features wrapup discussions of the week’s news, interviews with fans, dissections of Harry Potter topics ranging wide and small, and interviews with the people who are a part of making the Harry Potter books and films.

It also often features special editions such as call-in shows, where we open the lines for an hour of fun with the fans; song parody episodes in which fans send in their sung renditions of known songs rewritten as Harry Potter melodies; game shows; commentaries on the film versions of the books, and much more.

PotterCast not only provides comprehensive news analysis, book and film discussion and exclusive content, but is fan interactive, designed not only to entertain but allow you to get your voices and opinions on Potter heard. Come, enjoy and participate!

9 Bits of Feedback for “What is Pottercast?”

  1. Vicky W Says:

    Hi Melissa, John & Frak!

    I know that there’s a chance that you’ll never see this, but after hearing that the podcast is ending (I’ve fallen a bit out of the loop lately), I thought it was well past time for me to pay my respects.

    I just want to say, thanks. Like many, Pottercast was a HUGE part of my teenage years. It sounds silly but you guys, along with so many others in the Potter fandom, really got me through some of the rougher patches of growing up. I never called in (never brave enough) and never emailed, but I’ve been with you from the start and I just need to say how amazing you guys have always been.

    I’m about to graduate college (I’m in my own very awesome senior year) with a double major in something boring and, more importantly in creative writing. This is something I attribute to the stories I fell in love with and the friends I made along the way. I owe inspiration and dedication to you three (as well as Sue from way back), as I never would have fallen as far into the fandom, and changed as much as I did without you.

    Best of luck in whatever you do next,
    You’ll always be rockstars to me,

  2. Romy Says:

    To Shan Arden, A fellow potter lover,

    I know you’re not really ever going to see this, but still. Quite lately, I’ve fallen out of the Potter circle. I still ADORE it, but I don’t really think about it EVERYDAY.

    You don’t have to, of course, but my reputation is: Romy, the girl who is potter mad. It’s not very pleasing, but I can’t lose it.

    I’ve been starting to lose it inside my head though. People need to know I think it too, not just them.

    But then, in the end of a year, (I hate finishing years- it makes me feel so old) my sister went to see an Irish play with Daniel Radcliffe.

    I went possibly green- I have dreamt about this at night, you know- with envy. And then I thought, Harry Potter is awesome, I should show that I know.

    So, I’m climbing back to the top of the Potter loop. Wish me luck for the new year on the circle of life!

    By Romy, the potter-mad girl.

  3. Holly N Says:

    Hi Melissa, John AND FRAK!

    I just want to say a huge thank you for you’ve done with Pottercast over the years. My fandom experience, and indeed the entirety of my teenage years would not have been the same without you guys.

    I started listening just before your Summer Tour of 2007. Being in Australia away from the big cities and with friends who liked Harry Potter, but were never really involved in fandom, left me feeling disconnected from the rest of the fandom, especially in the months before the release of Deathly Hallows. Listening to you guys helped me feel like I was really a part of the fandom. It was great listening to your guys’ theories, and going back and listening to those episodes after the release of Deathly Hallows always gives me a good laugh (especially the Harry being a horcrux topic).

    Although other fandoms have come and gone, Harry Potter will always be with me, I’ll always feel a part of the community. I attribute a great part of that to you guys. Although I was never able to go to a HP con (although LeakyCon 2014 may be a possibility) your live Pottercasts made me feel like I was right there, and that was/is certainly a great feeling.

    You guys enabled me to become proud of who I am, and to not care at all of what others thought of me and my ‘obsession’ with Harry Potter. I don’t think I’d have been brave enough to go to the midnight screening of Deathly Hallows Part 2 in the centre of Sydney with my friends, had it not been for you guys (greatest night of my life by the way, nothing beats seeing someone dressed as a snitch flying down the main street of Sydney at 10pm on a scooter).

    I did a year long essay in my final year of school on the Harry Potter fandom and the impact technology has and continues to have upon it. Needless to say you guys featured prominently, and were a driving force for the inspiration behind it. That essay is probably the thing that I’m most proud of from my high schools years, and I really cannot thank you guys (and your book ‘Harry, A History’, Melissa), enough for the inspiration you gave me to do a huge essay/project on a topic that was admittedly out of left field.

    I’m sorry to have given you pretty much my whole life story, but you guys have featured so prominently in a fairly large chunk of my life. You guys made me aware of the true scope of the fandom (Wizard Rock, the HPA, Quidditch, Starkid etc) and I honestly cannot thank you enough for that. You made me feel at home at times when I really needed someone to talk (deeply) about Harry Potter to. You’ve played a huge role in me becoming proud of who I am, because I know that there’s so many people like me, even if I haven’t met any of them.

    Best of luck for whatever you guys get up to next, I’m sure you’ll all have great success. You guys will always have a special place in my heart.

    Thank you,

  4. Matt Says:

    Dear Melissa, John, Frank, & the not forgotten Sue,

    Regrettably, I learned of this podcast very late in the game and only began listening about 2 years ago. Now that it is ending, I too feel compelled (although long overdue) to pay my respects, express my gratitude and lament.

    Although Harry Potter was not a huge part of my childhood, as so many others, it WAS and still IS a huge part of my adulthood. Harry and Pottercast continues to get me through difficult times as an adult and has had a very profound effect on my life – providing me with a means of escapism and sparking my interest in reading due to Harry’s phenomenal story. Your podcast has been a tether for me, a means of staying connected to HP, while providing wonderful analysis, commentary, knowledge, banter, and so on. Listening to your podcasts has been like a series of pleasant telephone conversations with good friends who share the love of discussing HP.

    While I am very sad to see you go—I understand why you have chosen to do so and respect your decision. I feel very fortunate to have found this podcast. It’s been wonderful . . . I have loved every minute and thank you all very very much for your dedication to HP throughout the years. You guys were pioneers—starting this podcast and The Leaky Cauldron and there will never be another group like you. I will miss you all tremendously. Best of luck in your future endeavors, my friends.

    Harry’s heart does beat for all of us,


  5. Brett Klusaw Says:

    Hi guys i just listen to 249.5 it was really great hearing all the old clips i joined the HP community about 5 months before OOTP (book) was released. Great time to be a potter fan it’s also when i found leaky and PC i always looked forward to the news and even the goofyness. A few years later i almost worked for leaky and I’ve always been a fan. PC might be over or almost but best of luck.

    Here’s to hoping for more books and hp will live on ALWAYS!!


  6. Shana Says:

    Hi guys,

    I finished listening to your latest episode a couple of days ago, and I have to say, I am so glad you’re back!

    About the whole Ron and Hermione thing, I agree completely with what you had to say.
    Ron’s character in the movies doesn’t even come close to being half the character he is in the books. Therefore his friendship with Harry, which is sooo important in the books, doesn’t come across as, as meaningful as it should. That scene where Harry tells Ron and Hermione that he’s going to go to the forest and Ron just stands there.. sfhsdlfhskfdhsfd
    Ron was basically reduced to the funny sidekick.

    On Hermione being flawless in the movies, again, I couldn’t agree more. That being said, I think they just wanted a strong female role model for girls.

    (Obviously Book Hermione is a just as strong female role model, but unfortunately in Hollywood, it’s all a little bit different. When there’s a female protaganist, a female hero, she rarely has any flaws, while a male hero, usually has loads. The first example coming to mind, is Iron Man. Apparently portraying real women is not yet an option, but I think we’re slowly getting there.)

    I also kept thinking about something JK Rowling has said. In her first meeting with Steve Kloves, he asked her who she thought his favourite character was. She assumed he would say Ron, but he said Hermione, and that was one of the things that convinced her he was the right guy. I think it’s fair to say that the fact that Hermione gets all the good lines, and important moments might have something to do with her being Kloves favourite character.

    Anyways, I loved hearing you discuss these things, and I’m looking forward to new episodes. I’ll also be listening to CuckooCast, since I ordered the book last july, but it has been sitting on my bookshelf ever since! Now, I can read it along with you guys, which is even better!

    From Belgium with Love!

  7. nik Says:

    hey is there somewhere i can bulk download all the past episodes from 1 to current.. instead of one by one.. i just been doing pottercast and im like on episode 60 and im telling you this is taking forever.. and i want to get mugglecast’s past episodes too but it be soooo much easier to DL them all at once.. and itunes only gives the last like 50 episodes and as you well know there are a few hundred

  8. markerz Says:

    I used to love this podcast. I got so into the potter podcast/hype during the last 2 novels. Great times!

  9. Andrew Harris Says:

    I was wondering if I could get all your podcast sent to me from the very first one to the most recent and I would like to listen to them all back to back please let me know if that is possible thank you and I really enjoy your shows

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