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The Potter Pensieve #47 – DH Chapters 5-7

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 | Author: potterpensieve

Heather, Mauricio and Adam record this week with speculation on chapters 5-7 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! Tune in for an hour and a half of awesome. And don’t forget to leave us some feedback!

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The Potter Pensieve #37 – OotP Chapters 35-38

Sunday, May 12th, 2013 | Author: Adam

Thio, Sarah, Mauricio and Adam return to discuss the jam-packed and riveting finale to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:
-What exactly is the veil? If Harry had run in, would he have been able to return?
-Could Voldemort feel that piece of horcrux inside Harry as he was possessing him?
-Fawkes is just an attention-seeker!
-We discuss a more realistic reaction Harry should have had after discovering Sirius’s mirror.
-We conclude book 5! Join us next week for our OotP film commentary!



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As Promised…

Friday, October 21st, 2011 | Author: Sarah

Hey guys! Two episodes ago I said I would post some progressive pictures of my adventure riding the Forbidden Journey at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and I am finally doing it! I can so relate to Harry’s procrastination. I think it gives the world’s future hero’s a little bit of hope!

The picture below is my first official picture taken on the ride on June 28, 2010. I think you can tell by my chin(s)!

First Picture on the Forbidden Journey

This next one is my first time with my Niece’s…. *Evil Aunt Sarah* It was taken on my birthday, November 19, 2010. (Such a great birthday gift!)

Finally we have the most recent picture with some friends and it was their first time at the park as well. Can you tell that I have learned where the camera’s are and when to smile?!

This last picture is of the commemorative tickets that we were gifted as some of the parks first visitors. I am so incredibly proud to have these! I know it sounds a bit “dorky” since they are just tickets but that’s okay. I am a proud Harry Potter fan!


I Have to Wait to Watch Deathly Hallows, And It’s Killing Me!

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 | Author: Adam

I didn’t waste my time in making a creative, subtle title that will leave you readers wondering what this blog post is about. I just threw it all out there for ya! Bam! No puzzles here!

Because I live in a small town, with the nearest city being about 1.5 hours away, I have no way of making it to the theatre to watch Deathly Hallows Part 2 within the next couple days. Whenever a movie like this comes out, I always remind myself that I will have to wait, but I never pay any attention to this fact until the time comes. Now, I have to wait. And wait. Gee, can time go by any slower? Maybe I can just sleep for the next week, and make the days whiz by!

My summer days here are a mixture of work and podasting. There are other things of course, but because I work 10 hour days, from 9AM to 7PM, those other things are minute. I literally seem to be waking up, working, then coming back to watch some television before bed time. And as mom is working on my days off, (we want to watch this movie as a family event) we cannot drive to the city then. But don’t get me wrong! I love my job and I need the money! But what an inconvenient time! I would have been much better off if the final film had been released in November of 2011, so I could catch it for the midnight release then.

And so, I have been listening to others rant and rave about the film, each burst of excitement as a stab of pain on my insides. I have listening to insane stories of how people were sobbing as if they’re parents were dying right in from of them, of how everyone clapped, how everyone screamed, and “ooooed” and “ahhhd”. How everyone felt a sense of loss, but finality and closure as they lights went up again at the end of the film. Everything that I wish I could have experienced having lived in a bigger city. And now that the final film is out, and literally everyone has seen it, I feel that I have completely missed my chance. In fact, when I think about it, I have lost every chance I’ve had in life to watch these films on their release day!

And so now, all I can do is wait. I am literally helpless. This is complete insanity. I still can’t possibly imagine what I will experience watching this movie, and yet everyone else has. And I must, I MUST resist the urge to ask everyone all about it, every single minute detail of the film. It’s the last one, therefore it must remain a surprise for the most part!

Heh..funny thing…if you search in the right places there are pathetic camera versions of the films leaking online everywhere! I think about these at least 3 times everyday. And how, if I just typed in a few words, clicked a couple times, and said a prayer, I would be able to watch the whole movie right in front of me, right in my own home, just like that. No money. No hassle! It would be a terribly watered-down version of the film. But it would still be the film!..Who am I kidding? I can’t do this!

In the words of dear Lily Potter from the trailer (of which part you have now all seen in context with the film), “be strong”. Rediculous? Cheesy? I think not! I have made myself a plan! I will avoid certain parts of the internet for the next few days or so until I finally view this film. I will refrain from asking all of those burning questions. I will block all of those naughty illegal websites which host movies such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Wish me luck! And to all you who missed the midnight release, had to see the film the next day, and complained about it: HAH! You think you have it bad. ;) Cheers!


Racist Dursleys!

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 | Author: Kim
Back to the Burrow is my absolute favorite chapter in Goblet of Fire, perhaps in all of Harry Potter.  For me, imagining the Weasleys and the Dursleys in the same room is too comical.  They are total opposites, not just because of their magical differences.  The Weasleys are a people of meager living.  They do not have the grandest posessions or the shiniest new toys.  The Dursleys are a people that pride themselves on having the best.  Their status in society is based on what they have, not who they are.  I often wonder where the Dursleys would stand if they were involved in the fight against Voldemort.  I don’t necessarily believe that they would be on the side of the Death Eaters.  I do, however, think they would be indifferent.  They would stand aside and let people like the Weasleys fight the good fight for them.
Another interesting thing I thought of today while listening to the newest podcast is racism, not just in Harry Potter but in all of literature.  Sometimes, it is blatant and obvious and smacks you in the face.  Other times, it is so deeply buried, you have to stretch your imagination pretty far to catch it.  In Lewis Carroll’s Alice novels, racism is a prevalent theme that doesn’t hit you over the head.  It is disguised in such a way that it doesn’t stand out as one of the major themes throughout the novels.

Racism runs through the roots of Harry Potter.  From the Death Eaters and Voldemort to house elves, it is prevalent in so many places.  One place that I often overlook is with the Dursleys.  For me, because they are not central characters that are involved much past the start of each book, I often tend to forget them.  But listening and re-reading over this chapter only sparked a reminder for me.  They are elitists.  They believe that they have the best, are the best, will always be the best.  Harry is different.  Even though he is family, he will never measure up to the Dursleys and what they have.  So while the Dursleys may not exhibit the most blatant of racism in the Harry Potter novels, they sure do have the same views.  If they were a part of the Wizarding World, you can bet that they would treat house-elves with disdain and loathing.

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Thursday, March 17th, 2011 | Author: Josh

The Wizengamot Court of the Overlooked:

Where you decide the verdict of the overlooked characters places and things in the wizarding world.


This time we take a look at……

Argus Filch!

Malicious or misunderstood?


Case Facts:

                As the caretaker of Hogwarts, Argus Filch (A.K.A. Filch) has to keep a firm grip on security, rule-breaking, and assigning and recording punishments. However, because of his “disability”, he has to be rather unpleasant to the students or they will ignore him.  He loves his job, he hates kids, and his only friend is his sidekick, Mrs. Norris, a shabby, dust colored cat.

It’s time to decide!

 Malicious or Misunderstood?


Chief Warlock:  Malicious, you’re closing arguments!

Malicious: Filch is a very hostile man. Even Hagrid calls him an “old git.” Now why would a man that is so happy and kind, such as Hagrid, hate another man? I’ll tell you why. Because he has been treated badly. Treated badly by that man right there .   

                Although he tries to keep the peace of Hogwarts, the teachers are sometimes annoyed with him. The only teacher that wasn’t exasperated by his presence was the infamous High Inquisitor, Dolores Umbridge. Umbridge, who is currently in Azkaban for crimes against Muggle-borns, was a strict believer in severe punishment. She often took extremes in punishments. It has been rumored that she use veritaserum on a minor, and that she attempted a Crusiatus curse on a minor in attempts to extract information from students.

                No wonder Filch liked her. He had been on a leash of restriction for too long. He was given permission to whip misbehaving students. A whip, ladies and gentlemen! He had always wanted to have permission to whip. He is a lover of punishment. He was rumored to have almost given a punishment to a student for tracking mud into the castle.

                Now you are wondering why a man would behave in such a way. I will tell you why! He was a Squib! Exhibit A! A Kwikspell course assessment with the grade “T. “  

You wonder why that would make a difference? It is very simple. I propose to the court, that he felt inferior to the students. All of them being to use magic, he had to have felt resentment towards them, and the only way he could inflict feelings of jealousy was to cause students turmoil.

Now, most of the staff at Hogwarts that give out punishments are rather reasonable. All except Filch. It has been speculated that Filch has an uncanny speed of getting to places in Hogwarts. Exhibit B! A strange map entitled “The Marauders Map.” This map shows where everyone in Hogwarts is at, and where every single secret entrance way is. It has been revealed by Mr. George Weasly’s testimony that his brother and himself stole it from Filch in their first year (1989). The date that this map was made is unknown (sometime between 1971 and 1977), but it was reported confiscated by Filch himself somewhere in that period. This means it could have been used by Filch himself to purposely track students down.

And speaking of tracking, he had a hunting partner. Mrs. Norris. That ugly thing he calls a cat is a rotten tattletale.

                In conclusion, Filch and his ugly cat both should be charged with being willfully Malicious.

Chief Warlock: Misunderstood, your closing remarks please!

Misunderstood: Thank you, your honor.

Ladies and gentlemen of the court, I would like to sort out some misconceptions that you might have. First, The Marauders Map requires magic, and as you were so kind to point out, Filch is a squib. How could Filch use the map without magic? Unless you have some other crazy theory to this up, Filch had to have found the secret passageways himself.

Second, his “hunting partner” is just a cat. But, not just any cat. If you look up Kneazle in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” it says that a Kneazle is a cat like creature that can interbreed with cats to produce a mixed breed. They can detect unsavory or suspicious persons and react badly to them, and when it takes a liking to a witch or wizard, it makes an excellent pet. I suspect that Mrs. Norris is part Kneazle and Filch uses her gifts to aid him in his work. 

                 Third, Filch has been given nothing but trouble from students since his employment. Since he is limited by his “disability”, he has had to keep a firm hand on the students.  This sometimes calls for a little more push than usual. 

Fourth, our world of magic requires, well…magic. Of course, Filch has no magic. He was very lucky that Dumbledore was able to get a job, or else he would be working in the muggle world, as most jobs in the wizarding world require magic.

                There is no proof that Argus had a relationship with Delores. But it seems that he did try to find a little more than friendship in Madam Pince, the librarian at Hogwarts.

                Filch is a very misunderstood old man. His only friend is a cat-Kneazle mix. He has been shown no love and is given no respect. He has had to use desperate measures to keep the peace, but that doesn’t mean he is malicious.  Thank you.

Chief Warlock: Any redirect?

Misunderstood:  Just one thing. He didn’t have to be mean. And about Filch having a relationship with Madam Pince. That is pure speculation. 

Chief Warlock: Thank you. The Wizigamot will now make their decision.



Please comment. I will count the first twenty comments as votes and include one myself. I will announce the verdict in the next post.


Harry Potter: Bathroom Edition

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 | Author: Thio

Oh yes!! We had to wait a while but it is finally here! Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Bathroom Edition!! Or… almost that.
Someone took some time to write down the very first chapter of the Harry Potter series on the wall of a bathroom stall. Take a look.

A wonderful way of making people discover Harry Potter when they are most vulnerable.

Source: Geekologie


Welcome Home, Me.

Friday, January 07th, 2011 | Author: Hollie

Man, this week has been stressful. Before I divulge, let me give you an update into my very un-Potter lifestyle that I’ve been leading as of late. Wait, what’s that – do I hear boos echoing in the backdrop? I deserve it.

Right, so Happy New Year, everyone! 2011 is already turning out to be eventful, what with all the environmental and political turmoil still churning worldwide, we’re bound to have an exhilarating, albeit slightly frightening year ahead of us. What? You know shiz is getting scary out there. Maybe it’s just me – I’m a little paranoid about the whole apocalypse thing.

On to better news – I’m an aunt! Yes, me, Auntie Hollie. My lovely sister-in-law gave birth to the most precious and beautiful child, Mya, on January 2nd. I must say, it was a joyous experience for the family. I’m already planning on purchasing every Harry Potter audio disc for her enjoyment. She needs some good listening material for the car, and what better way to start? I have fantasies of reading her the entire series. I hope she loves it as much as I do! My luck, she’ll refer to me as “My Cooky Aunt Hollie – you know, the one who is creepishly obsessed with those Potter books”.

Besides that, I’ve been swept up in a sea of cheerleading. Yes, I’m a cheer coach, and a damn enthusiastic one at that. We are prepping for our competition season, which is just underway. I have the most hard-working, good-natured, and persevering team there is – not to mention adorable. Yet, it’s a stressful business, being a coach. I love it, and would never change it, but there are days when my teeth are gritted and my knuckles are white. Along with my teaching, living in teenager-land isn’t always the epitome of pleasant. Oh, hush teenyboppers. Leave me alone – you know I’m right! It’s one of those days, folks, and no one said it was going to be easy.

Okay, so what is the point of this diary entry, you ask? Since when did I hijack the blog, beginning a new terrible regime called The Hollie Pensieve? All of my mumblings lead to this plain, yet tragic fact:

Through all my hustlings and bustlings, I’m left Potter deprived! Cold, shivering…alone.

Yes, I’ve a thirst for pumpkin juice, a longing for Hagrid’s choppy, yet endearing vernacular! I feel a desperation in my chest to see visions of Hogsmeade, the grounds at Hogwarts – even Privet Drive for God’s sake. Anything! I would even take on a virtual date with Voldemort if it meant reconnecting with my long-lost world. I’d hang out with Wormtail for the day if it meant I’d get some insight into what has been happening within the fandom. Even in my busiest days, I try to recall whisperings of Jo’s lofty council – bits of wisdom from interviews past. My mind fails me. I feel so far gone from Potter, it’s like I’m on the outside looking in.

Okay, I have to log on to Leaky and get researching, but there’s so much information! Where do I start? What do I do? *Wails with overwhelmed angst*…

I’m so ashamed *whimpers*


Okay, after I’ve calmed down, I think I can return to our favourite world with a new perspective. No longer will I take The Trio for granted, or think that the Weasleys always be at my fingertips. As life goes on, it gets busier, messier, and more complicated. Through it all, Harry Potter has never had so much importance for me than it does now – it’s my refuge, and happily, I have returned. So without further adieu, open that Burrow door, and say it with me:

“Welcome Home!”


Why Harry’s Patronus is a Rabbit? I Will Never Know.

Saturday, November 20th, 2010 | Author: Josh

In the weeks building up to DH part 1, I started to fill my conscious mind with as much Harry Potter as I could possibly hold. It filled up so much that all the information I was cramming into my conscious mind started to overflow into my unconscious mind,and yes for the first time in my life I started dreaming about Harry Potter (and weird dreams at that!).
My first dream was a strange one. I was Harry and we were filming the seven Potters scene of the movie. For some strange reason we were filming it at my school and it was set up like a parade where all the rest of the Potters and their escorts were in front of me circling around the place. I was sitting in Sirius’ bike with Hagrid and then all these Death Eaters came out and chased us. I ran into the bathroom then realized it was the girls’ bathroom and I ran out and went in the boys bathroom and it turned into a classroom………..and that’s all I remember.
That isn’t the weirdest one either. In my second dream, I was Harry yet again and my friends (who looked alot like Vikings) and I were looking through junk piles so we could make weapons. I couldn’t find anything good, so i went for a hike in the mountains of junk and found a huge plumbing wrench. I thought that was good enough, so I trekked back into town and stepped inside my house where I found all of my family bound with ropes all sitting on the couch. Across the room was Voldemort and he started to charge me. I pulled out my wand,(which by the way, if I had a wand, I wouldn’t be looking for a plumbing wrench as a weapon!!!) and cried out “Sectumsempra!!!” He deflected it and grabbed my wand and snapped it in two. I fell on the ground and saw that someone else had dropped their wand. I grabbed it and shouted “Expecto Patronum!!!” A rabbit shot out of the end of the wand and dug a hole underneath Voldemort, causing him to fall. The rabbit quickly filled the hole burying the Dark Lord six feet under.

I told you they were weird…….

For one thing, if this were true, then Harry must have fallen in love with Luna (for her Patronus is a rabbit) like when Tonks changed hers into a werewolf when she fell in love with Lupin. If they got married and had kids, that could make for a weird family. I can just hear the family conversations.

Kids: “Okay Mom, we will go play outside.”

Luna: “Harry dear, could you go and play with them?”

Harry: “Sure Luna, lets go kids!!”

Luna: “Be careful, and watch out for Nargles!!!”


Kids: “Dad, what are Nargles?”

Harry: “I  quite frankly, have no idea, but just pretend you know, for your mothers sake. She is just crazy, but don’t tell her I said that.

However funny it would be, its not really what happened. These were just silly dreams, strings of my thoughts forming memories that aren’t real, but interesting.

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Harry Potter Flashmob

Friday, November 05th, 2010 | Author: Thio

We are exactly 2 weeks away from the release of the first Deathly Hallows movie. In celebration of that, here is a very cool flashmob done at the Grand Central, in New York.

That was an impressive Voldemort.