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The Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare

Wednesday, June 08th, 2011 | Author: Rhea

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted for a while. I thought that the topic of this post could be something that has been discussed quite a lot in the last few episodes of the podcast- SPEW.

I’d like to politely disagree with something that has been said on the podcast about SPEW. I don’t believe that the idea of SPEW is completely wrong. I actually think that the cause is pretty valid.

At the Quidditch World Cup, Hermione gets very shocked when she sees Amos Diggory addressing Winky as ‘elf’. She also gets upset when she sees Barty Crouch Senior’s treatment of Winky, although she doesn’t know the real circumstances that lead to that treatment. She dislikes the fact that house elves believe that they are inferior to human beings. So I think her real cause in making SPEW is to make sure that house elves are treated with kindness and respect and are given importance in the wizarding world. This cause is completely justified especially at the end of the Order of the Phoenix with Kreacher’s betrayal of Sirius. When Sirius lived at Grimmauld Place, he didn’t treat Kreacher with kindness and didn’t give him any real importance, which Bellatrix and Narcissa did when Kreacher went to the Malfoys. Thus, Kreacher had no qualms about betraying Sirius.

However, Hermione did make mistakes with her method of working where SPEW was concerned. Going into the kitchens and trying to convince the house elves to rebel was not a good idea at all. She failed to understand the mindset of the house elves and their belief that getting freedom is one of the worst possible things that could happen to them.

JK Rowling said in an interview about Hermione and SPEW-“…a growing-up thing is that in fact she [Hermione] blunders towards the very people she’s trying to help. She offends them.” “She thinks it’s so easy. It’s part of what I was saying before about the growing process, of realizing you don’t have quite as much power as you think you might have and having to accept that. Then you learn that it’s hard work to change things and that it doesn’t happen overnight. Hermione thinks she’s going to lead them to glorious rebellion in one afternoon and then finds out the reality is very different….”

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The Additional Scenes of Deathly Hallows Part 1-How Would They Have Looked in the Film?

Sunday, April 17th, 2011 | Author: Rhea

After months of waiting, I have finally got the Deathly Hallows Part 1 DVD! I’m really excited. I’ve been looking forward to seeing the special features for a very long time, especially the additional scenes. It has been interesting to watch those scenes and think about how they would fit into the movie.

The Burrow Shed- When I first heard of this scene I thought it would show a little emotional moment between Ron and Arthur. I was let down because I wanted to see a family moment, since such moments are not found very often in the movies. The scene was a nice way to show Mr. Weasley’s fondness for Muggles and Muggle machinery put to use. It also shows us where Ron got the idea of carrying the radio with him. It is a little strange, however, to show Mr. Weasley repairing a radio with a screwdriver since wizards have their own wireless which I’m sure can be repaired by magic. I loved the set, though. It’s the perfect shed at the Burrow- dirty, cluttered and full of Muggle articles that I can picture Arthur taking apart, along with rickety chairs and old cupboards.

The Dursley House (Harry and Aunt Petunia)- I’m not sure whether this should have been in the film or not. When I first saw this scene, I was disappointed that it wasn’t there but the more I thought about Petunia, the more I felt it was slightly out of character for her to say what she did. In the book, Petunia wasn’t able to overcome the awkwardness and muster the courage to admit that she did love Lily once upon a time, so leaving this scene out is justified. This was a spectacular bit of acting, though. Fiona Shaw is amazing, she conveys so much just with her eyes.

Dudley and Harry- Somehow, this didn’t play out as I had imagined it. The ‘waste of space’ line wasn’t as effective as it was in the book. It would have been nice in the film anyway so that the filmgoers would have known that Dudley was decent to Harry in the end, but it wasn’t necessary. Harry Melling’s acting was spot on. He looks completely gormless and awkward- the perfect Dudley.

The Granger House-I actually had expected a few more Death Eaters to be in this scene. After thinking about it I realized that sending only one Death Eater showcases the typical arrogance of Voldemort, who believes that Muggles are powerless against him. All I can say is, Yaxley was lucky that there wasn’t someone with a gun behind one of the doors!

Ministry of Magic Lifts- I don’t mind that this scene wasn’t in the film since I find it a little strange that Arthur told Reg Cattermole that he would help him, in front of Runcorn. Of course, I have got no doubts that the Weasleys would have fully supported the Cattermoles but I don’t think Arthur would have risked his job by asserting this in front of a supporter of the Ministry. He needed his job for the sake of the Order, if for nothing else. Also, Harry warning Arthur that he is being tracked doesn’t fit as well into the movie as it does into the book. What I actually craved was some proper interaction between Ron and Arthur like we got in the book.

Harry, Ron and Hermione Discuss Horcruxes in the Tent- This scene was pretty unnecessary, especially for book fans, since we already know everything Harry says about the Horcruxes. That little detail should actually have been included in the Half Blood Prince. The rest of the scene wasn’t needed in the film as well but I do think that this scene, among many others, is proof that Steve Kloves (who has been railed against by a number of book fans) has tried to stay as close to the book as possible for this film, hence the ‘beating heart’ dialogue.

Rabbit Chase in the Forest- This is the only scene about which I can say with complete certainty that I am very, very happy that it was not in the film. First, I wondered why Harry and Ron would be picking on a defenseless rabbit even if it is only to vent their frustration. I’m sure Hermione wouldn’t be at all pleased. Second, I have no idea why they started firing spells at each other. I don’t think it’s something that they would do. I don’t think it builds up to the fight between Harry and Ron either. There is a lot of build-up to that moment in the film which I feel is sufficient.

Montage:Ron and Hermione Skimming Stones- Please, please, please don’t get me wrong. I love Ron and Hermione and I’m completely in favour of their relationship, but I’m actually quite glad that this wasn’t in the movie. I think both Hermione and Ron were out of character in this scene. The whole Trio is supposed to be pretty distressed at this point. It would have probably distracted the watchers from the tension that is supposed to be building at this time. I would have loved a scene with just Ron and Hermione in it, though.

At the end of this scene, I saw something that infuriated me. When Harry, who is sitting at a distance, looks into the mirror the eye that he sees (Aberforth Dumbledore’s eye) is green! I have no idea why they did that! I’ve checked the movie and it is there too.

There is more on the special features disc as well. There is some insight into some of the special effects scenes as well as the friendships between the actors and the creation of the soundtrack. All this, especially the part about the soundtrack, is not like anything that we have seen on a Harry Potter DVD before and is all the more enjoyable because of that.

Happy watching!

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Is It Really The End?

Monday, March 28th, 2011 | Author: Rhea

Hi! I’m Rhea, one of the new Potter Pensieve bloggers!

About two weeks ago, the long awaited publicity for Deathly Hallows Part 2 started. New images and sneak peeks have been cropping up online (all of which I have avoided watching with surprising ease).

Every Harry Potter fan is waiting desperately for 15th July and dreading it at the same time. The words ‘the end’ are used most often to describe this day. A few months after the last movie comes out, the Harry Potter news will begin to lessen. The time that is passing so quickly now is the last time there will ever be new images and new clips to watch. This is the last wait. After this, everything that we have looked forward to knowing will be known to us. This is the last time we can speculate. I keep thinking to myself- is this really possible? Is it really getting over? It feels like my childhood is drawing to a close. I know that sounds overdramatic, but that is actually the way I’ve been feeling.

After indulging in these dismal thoughts for a while, I pause and try to make myself feel more optimistic. We are all fans of this amazing series because it has captivated us and helped us grow as people. The Harry Potter series has found a way into our hearts and even our souls. When we look back at these days, the series and everything that it has taught us will be a mingled in our memories. The series will always mean a lot to us because we have all gone through a significant time in our lives with it. Every time I tell myself this, I realize, all over again, that Harry Potter will never truly end.

I’ve also realized that Harry won’t just be part of my memories. I’ve started rereading, not only the later books, as I usually tend to do, but the earlier books as well. With every reread, I find a new thought, a new layer, something else for me to think about. Going back to the beginning has reminded me that the words ‘Harry Potter’ do not merely spell memories for me. I have the good fortune of loving a story that has a new meaning, even in the context of my life, every time I read it.

So, even as I bid goodbye to anticipation, I know that the books that have helped me grow into the sixteen year old that I am, will help me grow further. This fills me with a huge amount of happiness. After all, if the series that we have grown to love and that has helped us grow as people can help us evolve further, the decline of a phenomenon looks pretty pale in comparison, doesn’t it?

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