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ATTENTION: Bandwidth Limit Soon To Exceed. (Updated)

Sunday, August 07th, 2011 | Author: Adam

Hey listeners!
Due to increasing number of downloads per week, we are now starting to exceed our bandwidth limit. There will be a few hours today where you will not be able to download the most recent episode. We have about 200 downloads left before our account exceeds, so if you are unsuccessful (aka. You hear a strange man’s voice instead), please be patient while we upgrade, and try downloading tomorrow afternoon. Thanks and very sorry for the inconvenience!

UPDATE! We have now upgraded our account! We have twice as much bandwidth space! Download away!

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Hollie’s Summer Series: Ginny Weasley is Next!

Monday, July 25th, 2011 | Author: Hollie

Hey y’all. I am currently writing what I hope to be a great post about one of our faves, Ginny.

It’s a little in-depth, and I want to make sure it’s perfect, so you will most likely find it posted tomorrow afternoon.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer; my husband and I are working, mostly, in preparation for our big move overseas! So, um, I’m sorry that I am not blogging as much as I’ve promised. My series will have to extend into the Autumn (and maybe even Winter) months! Look at it this way, there will always be another post to read and then discuss with me!

Besides, it’s the era of “new things to look forward to”. Hello Pottermore!

Always grateful to be part of this fandom, yours til the end,

Hollie

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Who’s the baddest of them all?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 | Author: Kim

Time Magazine has been coming out with Harry Potter articles, lists and reviews left and right. It is only natural, considering Harry Potter is one of the most important and influential series of our time.

Their most recent list, the 10 baddest Sorcerers, has to be one of my favorites thus far.  While we all cheer for Harry and love the good guy, there is something to be sad about the baddies as well.  Why else would there be a “Team Slytherin”?

At the top of Time’s list is Sauron and I must say I agree.  He’s really the most dangerous of them all.  His one ring has powers that no one can comprehend.  And the battle to destroy this one ring caused death and destruction in a big way.

Second on Time’s list is The Emperor, Star Wars’ main baddie.  Bravo. I’ll agree with that one as well.

Our main evil man, Voldie, only clocked in at number 5.  I’m not really sure time understands the significance of the words Avada Kedavra.  Or that they really get just how dangerous Voldemort can be.  Isn’t it Voldemort who believes in the purification of the wizarding race?  Did Time miss out on the important of that? Did they miss the symbolism and similarities between wizard purification and genocide?

Time, I don’t know if you’ve got this one in the bag.

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What Are You Seeking?

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 | Author: Kim
What is it that attracts us to the Harry Potter series? Is it the fantasy world? The epic struggle of good and evil? Or is the deeper meaning really what brings people to love this series? 
 
Some people have chastised this series, claiming that it is heritical and blasphemous.  That it goes against Christian teachings.  But for many others, Harry Potter has taught them moral lessons that weave who they are.  Harry is not labeled as a “Seeker” by accident.  He seeks. 
 
Potter seeks the good in people, all people.  He seeks a better world for his fellow man.  He seeks the one thing we want more than anything: Love.  His journey for love is our journey.  When we suffer a loss, we can turn to Harry Potter for solace.  We can comfort ourselves in the knowledge that he too sought love and family.  And in the end, his family was there with him, until the very end.
 

Lily speaks first: “You’ve been so brave.”

“You’ll stay with me?” Harry asks.

“Until the very end,” responds James.

In these days leading up to the final hurrah in the Harry Potter saga, we remember what we love so much about this series.  We remember that Harry is a boy, yearning for acceptance, family and love. 
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Hermione, the Heroine: Part I

Monday, July 11th, 2011 | Author: Hollie

I am not a pretty girl

that is not what i do

I ain’t no damsel in distress

and I don’t need to be rescued

so put me down punk

wouldn’t you prefer a maiden fair

isn’t there a kitten

stuck up a tree somewhere

~Ani Difranco, 1995.

For me, Hermione Granger is the witch that will give our summer series the perfect kick-start. The reason behind my choice is obvious – she is the ideal contemporary heroine. Courageous, loyal and honest, her work ethic and moral standard give any Average Josephine a run for their wand. Despite her brilliance, she possesses the attributes of a knight with true modesty, revealed early in Philosopher’s Stone: “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things — friendship, and bravery.” (16) Let’s not forget her spirit for adventure, blossoming with her thirst for knowledge. But wait – aren’t we forgetting about those envious characteristics most classic heroines come by naturally? How about incomparable beauty?  Not unless you count the bushy hair and abnormally large front teeth. Countless suitors pining for her heart? Besides Viktor Krum (with his surly uncouthness), and Cormac McGlaggen (who feels like something out of Varsity Blues), Hermione remains overlooked, until her and Ron’s love grows into its own. Is she graceful; full of poise? Regretfully, her shrill, insistent tone isn’t always pleasing to the ear, and she was never able to mount a broomstick properly let alone play a match of Quidditch. Beyond that, does she come from a long line of regal witches and wizards? Interestingly enough, no, yet Remus Lupin remarks that she’s “…the cleverest witch of [her] age [he's] ever met…” (PA17) And in the end, she does not give excuses or apologies for who she is. All wrapped up, we’ve got an incredible role model for today’s girl. Note that I didn’t say a ‘perfect’ one. Take it from the young woman who, other than J.K. Rowling herself, knows Ms. Granger better than anyone. In her recent speech at the Deathly Hallows: Part II Premiere, Emma Watson shines a light on one of the most beloved female characters of all time, claiming the on-screen Hermione is “…every bit as strong and beautiful and brave as she is in the books.” She’s ‘real’ in a ‘not-so-real’ world, and we dig that. We need to relate to her, or at least some aspect of her, and for many people that is easily done. Some readily admit this (or embrace it heartily) while others would rather attach themselves to Ginny, Luna, or even the likes of Bellatrix Lestrange (understandable – she’s a knock-out in the films…until she opens her mouth to reveal those rotting Azkaban teeth. The outside truly reflects what’s within, doesn’t it).  All that said, let’s dig deeper into Hermione’s character and decipher if we admire her for who she is, or perhaps for who she isn’t. Myself? I believe it to be a wondrous mix of characteristics that, when melded together to make our Hermione, always saves the day.

*Stay tuned for my next installment where I go into a bit more detail about the current culture of feminine standards, a real life feminist icon, and what we can learn by peering through Hermione’s perspective, even if it’s just for a moment.

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Count Voldemort?

Saturday, June 11th, 2011 | Author: Marcel

In times like these, where vampires are trendy again, I sometimes ask myself why we never got to learn more about this particular breed of the living dead in the Harry Potter books. After all, we do know they exist, Harry was even introduced to one Sanguini in HBP. We possess extensive knowledge about werewolves thanks to Remus Lupin. We know they are ordinary people… with a furry problem. But what about vampires? Are they still people or are they considered creatures? There are so many things we don’t know about HP vampires. Sadly, even Newt Scamander’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” doesn’t tell us more. I wish I could get my hands on a copy of Lockhart’s “Voyages with Vampires”, I’m sure it would make for a fascinating read. Here is what we do know about vampires in the Harry Potter books : they drink blood, they are repelled by garlic and they hang out in bars (according to Hagrid, who had a row with one of them in Minsk, on his journey to Giant-Land). Not a whole lot, in short.

But let us assume that the most popular lore, namely that they are immortal,  also applies to them. Why hasn’t Lord Voldemort ever sought to explore that particular branch of longetivity? Perhaps because being turned into a vampire actually means to die (and we know he didn’t want that…). Or because even vamps have their weaknesses? Sunlight is not their friend after all, but judging by L-Vo’s pale skin, he doesn’t see daylight often anyway, so that shouldn’t bother him. Stake through the heart? If no one ever even got close to him as a normal wizard, I don’t think he’d be afraid of that. His horcruxes probably wouldn’t work though, and that might irk him. He did mutilate his own sould beyond repair, but at least he still had one. Vampires usually don’t.

J.K. Rowling gave us quite a bit of info on giants, unicorns, werewolves and other not so mythical creatures, but only a handful of tidbits about vamps. My best guess is that they are such a complex subject on their own that she prefered to not go into detail any more than she had to.

And what if a vampire had been introduced as a teacher or even as a mysterious exchange student from Durmstrang? Would he have seduced Hermione, Ginny and the other girls… or devoured them?

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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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Who?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 | Author: Josh

As I look around the Internet, I decided to look at the new website Hypable, that was created by some of the team from Mugglecast. Under Harry Potter, there was an article by Richard Reid in which he heavily criticised Daniel Radcliffs acting, and as I looked at the comments, somebody asked him who he would rather play Harry Potter, and that is my question to you all. Who would play Harry if Dan didn’t?

My choice? I would have to go with Johnny Depp. Now wait and look at this picture first before you say anything.→→→→→→→→→

So I ask you, who could play Harry Potter?

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Scrumptious Snippets!

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 | Author: Hollie

After viewing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One at least seven times (I don’t lie), I’ve decided to give a textual play-by-play of my thoughts on poignant snippets and scenes in the film. Perhaps another blogger can continue on where I’ve left off, and we’ll have some fun with it!

Here goes (linear fashion):

Rufus in da house - Love the close-up. It says “We’re sweating it out here.” All business, he is. However shaken, he continues to push forward admirably. I don’t like the way he says “strong” – too much for my brain, but I enjoy his enunciation, especially when he comes to read Dumbledore’s will. Yeah?

Hermoine, when she says “Coming, Mo-om” - It clearly conveys the sadness and finality of what she is about to do.


Snape, workin’ it - The strut! He’s just so fabulous in his billowing cloak, isn’t he? I want to be a screaming fan on the sidelines of the Malfoy’s garden. Picture me: “I love you! You are my world!” Okay, not really, but he gives me goose-bumps, and as a 28-year-old, I would seriously contemplate a bedroom poster if my husband would allow it. Since we are supposed to be grown-ups, only real photos or works of art allowed. But what about his sports memorabilia? He wants a “man cave” when we finally buy. Does that mean I can have a “Potter pen”? That sounds icky. Am I off topic?

Lucius, in his desperate state of affairs - The choked, muted speech; the wincing, the disheveled locks – the curling of the finger at Voldemort’s touch! I can barely watch it. Even after knowing exactly how this scene plays out, I still turtle with irrational fear. I’m terrified that Voldy is going to reach out and bite him. CHOMP! You feel for Lucius here, but all sympathy dissipates after he encourages Draco to reveal Harry’s identity. Twit!

Harry, saying goodbye to his his cupboard under the stairs- Oh, Harry. Look how far you’ve come. For me, the dusty old toy symbolizes a fading memory of “Just Harry”, which holds such meaning for him, yet contrasts wonderfully against “The Chosen One”. Classic.

“Haven’t done that before, have we?” – Ron. The fact that my husband, who is not an avid Potter fan, yet watches the movies with me (incessantly, and without complaint) – laughed out loud at this made me love Ron all the more! Ron’s character is portrayed so charmingly by Rupert, and this line is the beginning of a stand-up performance.

“Just trying to ease the tens-ION!” – Fred. Or George. Whoever you are, you’re ballsy-funny.

Mad-Eye, on his broom-cart apparatus, flying past Harry and Hagrid – Bad-ass! Mad-Eye’s last hurrah makes me want to hop on my four-wheeler and rip down the road, dead serious expression in tact. Rest in Peace, you cantankerous old warrior.

Hagrid’s “look” – After he and Harry land in The Burrow’s swamp, he side-glances Harry with a soft, almost parental expression that only he and Harry would be able to understand. It’s like he’s saying, “Here we are, fighting the old battle.”

Fred and George’s ‘holey humour’ - The twins are endearing here, especially when Fred says “Pathet-ic”, in a wondrously British accent. Without much said, the bond between brothers is sweetly conveyed. If it weren’t for Fred and George, the grimness of defeating Voldy would be unbearably grimmer.

I’ll stop here for now, but if you’ve got any favourite snippets and scenes, post them below!

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Harry Potter : A Life Lesson

Sunday, April 03rd, 2011 | Author: Marcel

Hey, everybody! I’m Marcel, one of the new Potter Pensieve bloggers, and happy to be part of the team!

First things first, and before I launch myself into random ramblings about plot or characters, I’d like to share with you how I discovered Harry Potter and how it changed my life. It was at the end of the year 2002, my mom and brother made the suggestion of going to the cinema to watch “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” one Saturday evening. At that point I had of course heard of Potter (who hadn’t? ) but not really being into the whole fantasy thing, I’d dismissed it as just a fad that would blow over in time. They insisted, however and when I protested that I’d never even seen the first one, my mom drove to the movie rental store and came back at once with the DVD of “Sorcerer’s Stone”. (Or is that “Philosopher’s Stone”? Actually, it was “Harry Potter à l’Ecole des Sorciers”). To my surprise I really liked it and as soon as the credits rolled, we headed to the movie theatre to see CoS. Needless to say, I was hooked! I proceded to buy books 1-4 ASAP because I needed to know what would happen next. Then the wait for OotP began, the anticipation was building almost painfully. I had succumbed to the Potter mania at last, though I was yet unaware of the proportions the phenomenon took mainly overseas. When the fifth book was released, I devoured it instantly, finishing it with very mixed feelings. Not because the book was bad, it definitely wasn’t, but because it was so bleak, the ending so tragic that I could only start speculating about where the series would be heading next.

The wait began again, for both the next book and the next movie. HBP was the first HP book I read in English rather than in French. The experience was drastically different and more enjoyable. Perhaps that is why the sixth book remains to this day my favorite and most re-read of them all. It was only after finishing that one that I started researching what was happening in the fandom around the world. I so discovered the existence of the two most listened to podcasts “Pottercast” and “Mugglecast”, both with huge fan bases of their own, and realized that I was only one among many people obsessed with discussing the meaning of the series right down to every last detail. I felt relief wash over me! The fandom revealed to me so many wonderful and inspiring people that comforted me in the belief that it’s actually okay to be proud to be a Harry Potter fan.

From then on, things only got more intense. The release of “Deathly Hallows” in 2007 brought the book series to an emotional yet satisfying close. Wizard Rock got huge, inspiring many people, myself included, to go about making music the DIY way. Not one, but two musicals were created in honor of Harry Potter. It was revealed that a HP theme park was under construction. The awe inspiring solidarity in the fandom was furthermore revealed when the HP Alliance’s fundraiser for “Helping Haiti Heal” managed to garner over $125’000! This amazing feat made me realize just how much we have to gain by applying to our lives the messages that the books convey : live with love in your heart and respect for others, do not go through life fearing death and forgetting to live, stand united in times of trouble, don’t be afraid to speak your mind.

I will stop here, though I could carry on endlessly about the many things HP has given me. All I know now is that Harry Potter is not merely a story, it is a life lesson.

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