The Team

MEET THE TEAM

Ariel Taranski | Host

ariel-taranskiAriel is an avid reader and writer since childhood, and has loved Harry Potter for more than half of her life. When she’s not doing Creative Social Media for MuggleNet, she works on her own fictional tales with hopes of becoming an author one day. As a hatstall, somewhere between Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, she simply can’t decide between the two amazing houses and is proudly a Ravenpuff. A former mermaid who gained her legs for love, it’s only natural that she’s now hosting a podcast about Fantastic Beasts. Despite modeling for the SpeakBeasty logo in her formerly finned days, she is now just a voice in front of a microphone, but oh so happy about it.

Claire Furner | Host

claire-furnerSenior Staffer and one of MuggleNet’s token Brits, Claire leads the London Team in reviewing shows, attending events and making Warner Bros. Studio Tour London a second home. She was previously part of the News Team and in 2015, helped plan MuggleNet Live: Expo Patronum. As the Potter fandom moves into its next big chapter, Claire is excited to be part of the team launching the first Fantastic Beasts podcast.

Eleanor Harrison | Host

eleanor-harrisonI’m a journalism student in Sydney, Australia. My first exposure to Harry was when I was about eight – after that, my obsession rapidly took off: I had Harry Potter parties where I forced my Mum and Dad into playing McGonagall and Snape, ruthlessly beat all my babysitters at Harry Potter trivia (yup, I was always a Slytherin), and wrote in to the newspaper telling them their Harry Potter quiz wasn’t hard enough (but I still framed the certificate I got from acing it). Otherwise my pastimes include drinking coffee, learning Mandarin, and searching the sky for a glimpse of an Antipodean Opaleye.

Lizzie Sudlow | Host

lizzie-sudlowMy name is Lizzie and I live in Bellmore, NY (a 45 minute train from Manhattan). I have a bachelors degree in Media Communications with minors in English and Journalism from SUNY Oneonta (we’re the real Red Dragons) and work in Manhattan as an account coordinator for a brand packaging and design company. I’m the mix of a Gryffindor and Ravenclaw, and am also a host on MuggleNet’s Fantastic Beasts podcast, SpeakBeasty! In college, I helped found a Potter club and served as President for two years. I can be found in the muggle (er, no-maj) world cooking, singing Hamilton, and reading on my bed. A fun fact is that I was introduced onstage at LeakyCon 2012 by Evanna Lynch, and she’s a huge sweetheart.

Megan Kelly | Host

megan-kellyMegan is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied Creative Writing, Film, and Children’s Literature. She’s been in love with Harry since childhood, and credits him largely with her continued love of reading and writing. When she’s not recording for SpeakBeasty or fulfilling her duties as the leader of MuggleNet’s Facebook page, Megan works as an account manager for a digital marketing agency. She can also be found drinking coffee, writing stories, running rather slowly, making travel plans, watching British comedies, and trying out exotic recipes.

Shannen Michaelsen | Host

shannen-michaelsenShannen is a writer, filmmaker, blogger, and Ravenclaw. She is a graduate of FSU with degrees in both Creative Writing and Communications. Shannen’s been a fan of Harry Potter since before she could read, thanks to her mom and sister reading the series aloud to her. For MuggleNet, she works on the social media team and produces the news show MuggleWatch. She’s passionate about the disparity of Hogwarts houses, George Weasley and Luna Lovegood, and Augureys. When she’s not talking about Harry Potter, Shannen makes a Sherlock Holmes web series and writes (but doesn’t publish) books.

Sophie Reid | Host

sophie-reidSophie is a writer, reader, Hufflepuff, and fangirl, who cannot imagine her life without Harry Potter. When she’s not here, talking about Fantastic Beasts, she’s part of MuggleNet’s News Team, writing about all aspects of the Potter world. Since graduating with an MA in Creative Writing, she’s been focusing on writing fiction, as well as blogging and windsurfing – at least, when her head isn’t stuck in a book.


PRODUCTION TEAM

Ashley Craig | Producer

ashley-craigAshley is a proud Slytherin from Texas, and has been obsessed with Harry Potter since book 2 was released.  When she’s not co-producing SpeakBeasty, you can find her working on the Creative Social Media team for MuggleNet. When forced to act like a Muggle, (her father will hear about this!) Ashley enjoys cheering on her beloved Dallas Mavericks, shouting at the TV while watching various sporting events, obsessing over all things Disney and occasionally acting her age.

Elayna Darcy | Producer & Host

elayna-mae-darcy-copyElayna is first and foremost a lover of stories. From the time she first read the Harry Potter series as a child, her imagination was ignited, and she’s been passionately pursuing storytelling ever since. Thanks to pursuing a creative degree in Film & Media Arts from Temple University, she’s responsible for a number of short films, screenplays, and has led numerous social media campaigns. When not podcasting or professionally fangirling, Elayna can usually be found blogging about her experiences of writing her first novel trilogy on her website, Elayna Musings. Or tweeting. She likes tweeting.

Igor Moretto | Editor

igor-morettoIgor has worked with media production in the Harry Potter fandom since 2006, as part of the crew of what became – in 2010 – the biggest Potter site in Brazil. He’s just graduated Audiovisual Production and is currently working as a freelancer in audio and video editing.