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The Unforgivables

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 | Author: Christine
Avada Kedavra’s a curse that needs a powerful bit of magic behind it—you could all get your wands out and point them at me and say the words, and I doubt I’d get so much as a nosebleed.
—Barty Crouch Jr, disguised as Alastor Moody. Goblet of Fire

The Unforgivable Curses are very powerful, and are introduced to us in the Goblet of Fire by Barty Crouch Jr pretending to be Alastor Moody in a Defense Against the Dark Arts class.  As Barty explains, they need powerful magic behind them in order for them to work. Bellatrix Lestrange said “You really need to mean them.”

Avada Kedavra is the opposite of the phrase “Abra Cadabra”, which means “From nothing, life”. So Avada Kadavra means “From life, nothing.” It causes instant death, with no counter curse or blocking spell available.

Crucio is Latin for “I torture”, and inflicts excruciating pain.

Imperio is Latin for “I command”, and causes the victim to do whatever the caster of the spell bids them to do. It is resistable, but extremely difficult to do so.

It came up in Episode 19 whether the DADA class should have been subjected to learning about the Unforgivable Curses so early. The Ministry of Magic rules that you should not learn about them until the age of 16. Dumbledore, however, overruled this order and thought that with the return of Voldemort upon them, it would be wise for the students have the knowledge under their belt. After all, they weren’t learning how to do the Curses, they were learning about them.

The problem with this is that Dumbledore gave Alastor Moody the okay to teach about the Curses, not Barty Crouch Jr. Dumbledore didn’t know at the time that Barty was posing as Moody, so he couldn’t have known how the Curses would be taught. If it were Moody teaching about the Curses, he probably would have done it in a more acceptable way. So I think Dumbledore had the right idea with Voldemort on his way back to power and the Triwizard Tournament happening with all of these new foreign people staying at Hogwarts, to just teach the students about what these Curses can do in case they run into them. Which was completely possible.

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My First Potter Party

Saturday, April 16th, 2011 | Author: Christine

I guess it’s unfortunate that I’m going to be the first one to have to  follow Katherine’s brilliant political house essay post, but here goes..haha!

On Sunday I attended my first Harry Potter themed party, complete with wizard rock! I’ve never heard about one in my area so I’ve never gone. This one I heard about on Pottercast and it was being held at a nearby University so I gathered up some friends and we decided to go.

They titled it “The Duality Ball”, so the theme was black and white. If you were a Dumbledore’s Army supporter you were supposed to wear white and if you were a Death Eater supporter you were supposed to wear black. Most people obliged but there were a few that didn’t and wore for example all blue.. cheaters!! Some wrock performers that were there included Snidget, Kwikspell, Seen and Unforseen, The Whomping Willows, Lauren Fairweather (From the Moaning Myrtles), and Justin Finch-Fletchly.

Everyone played pretty well, but it was about 100 degrees in the ballroom and for some reason the party wasn’t really executed that well. They were only serving water and a tray of about 20 cookies for between 60-90 people. However, it was really cool to see a bunch of Potter fans get together to have fun and jam out to some wizard rock! It was also my first experience hearing wizard rock as well so I enjoyed listening to everyone’s lyrics and music. It was a creative night!  Here’s a slideshow I put together of a few pictures I took, with Lauren Fairweather’s “Painfully Obvious” playing background. Enjoy!



Charlie: The Forgotten Weasley

Saturday, March 26th, 2011 | Author: Christine

Charlie WeasleyHello everyone! I’m excited to introduce myself as a new blogger for the Potter Pensieve. I was just listening to the new episode, #17, and it inspired me to write my first post on none other than… Charlie Weasley!

Why is it that Charlie was left out of most of the movies? I have a soft spot for all of the Weasley’s, because there isn’t really a bad one. Percy had his bad years, but even he came around to the right side. Why leave anyone out? I want to dedicate this post to Charlie as a reminder of what an important role he played in the books.

Charlie was the second eldest Weasley, right behind Bill. He went to Hogwarts at the same time as Tonks, but its unknown if they were friends at the time. He was big into care of magical creatures, as we know because he later went on to work with dragons in Romania. He was also captain of the Gryffindor quidditch team, and an excellent seeker.

So you know about Charlie. Now remember everything he did! He kept Hagrid from getting in trouble with Norbert (actually Norberta) the Norwegian Ridgeback.  During the 2nd war against Voldemort under Dumbledore’s orders, he recruited foreign wizards to fight. He led those wizards, the students of Hogwarts that stayed to fight, and the village of Hogsmeade into the battle. You can’t deny Charlie was a hero too.

Unfortunately, he only appeared briefly in two Potter films (Played by Alex Crockford, pictured above). In the Prisoner of Azkaban, Charlie is shown in a picture with the whole Weasley family in Egypt where they vacationed during the summer. The next time we see him is in the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 where he is seen briefly clapping at Bill and Fleur’s wedding.

As was asked in Episode #17, will he be cast in Part 2? Doubtful. They haven’t given us any Charlie yet, why would they now? Although I wouldn’t argue against a small tribute in the last movie, I will settle for one here.