WHAT UP, GIGGLERS? Just channeling my inner thuggle as I prepare to introduce you to the hustler himself, Muggle Hustle. @MuggleHustle took Twitter by storm a few years ago when he started live-tweeting the Harry Potter series, starting with Book One. Seven books, four movie audio commentaries and The Hunger Games well underway, he’s gained quite a following.
HelloGiggles is a big fan of Muggle Hustle, and the man behind the tweets was kind enough to sit down with me and chat about everything from Twitter to dating to doing his taxes. So here it is, ladies: your chance to meet the real Muggle Hustle. Sit back, relax and try not to make it weird. (His words, not mine.)
You finished live-tweeting the Harry Potter books last summer. Did they live up to the hype?
You know, they really did. But it’s tough because I didn’t really experience the books the way most people did, buying them at midnight and waiting impatiently for the next one like some sort of drug fiend. Or even someone who just decides to pick up the books for the first time tomorrow, because they’ll just read all the way through unhindered. The process of live-tweeting took me out of the story in a lot of ways. But I think I had my own unique experience with the series, so that’s alright with me.
And now you’re recording audio commentary of the movies.
Yeah, it’s a lot of fun. I was looking for a different way to approach the movies because live-tweeting during a movie is tough. In the time it takes you to write a joke, you’ve missed 2 or 3 other opportunities. So I record commentary on an audio track that syncs up with the movies, and people can download them from the website. I just finished the Goblet of Fire audio hustle, and it’s definitely the funniest so far. I had my friend on the track with me, so there is finally some back and forth instead of me just me talking to myself. It’s how I always envisioned the audio commentary, but it’s the first time I could make it happen.
Naturally we have to talk about the characters. Who was your favorite?
NO, YEAH. SURE. I CAN NARROW IT DOWN TO ONE. NO PROBLEM. If I have to play along with this lunacy I guess I’d have to say Dumbledore. That might be sort of a lame choice, but I just really enjoyed all the f*cking wisdom. Dude was on point like 95% of the time. And when he’s not saying something profound, you get the sense that he’s just walking around with it.
Peeves, no question. He was basically the life-blood of Hogwarts. Or wait, maybe the Sorting Hat. His s*it was on point.
Character you want to enjoy an adult beverage with?
That’s a tie between Fred and George.
Oh, good answer. I assumed you would say Professor McGonagall. Biggest plot shocker?
Um, when Harry finally kissed a girl. I did NOT see that coming.
Do you know if J.K. Rowling or anyone from the Harry Potter movies follows you on Twitter?
Ha, Joanne ain’t got time for that. Girl is staying BUSY. Plus, I’m pretty sure if she found out about Muggle Hustle she’d just buy Twitter and ban me for life. I don’t think anyone else follows me either. One time the actress who played Cho Chang reacted to a tweet wherein I was throwing shade at Cho Chang. So that was fun.
Speaking of Twitter, at the time of our interview, you have over 44,000 Twitter followers. Be honest—did you think this account would get this big?
Nope. Nope. Nope. Never. That was, and continues being, a pleasant surprise. I always thought the idea had some potential, and that there would be people out there who would enjoy it. Otherwise I wouldn’t have stuck with it for so long. But yeah, wow. From a numbers standpoint it’s pretty crazy. But let’s be real, it’s the source material that brought most people to the account. I can’t take much credit. People love Harry Potter, and they’re looking for ways to keep that magic alive.
You seem quite popular among the ladies of Twitter. Do you want to comment on that?
I would love to comment on that, but I really have no explanation for you.
Do you have a girlfriend? Asking for a friend.
I do have a girlfriend. She’s a model. In Canada. And she definitely exists and is real so don’t bother following up.