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The Unknown…

Thursday, February 17th, 2011 | Author: Emily

It’s my typical Tuesday night. I am snuggled up on the coach with my current book (In this week’s case it is “Harry, A History” by Melissa Anelli if anyone is interested!) in front of the television watching one of my favourite shows. My mobile vibrates next to me (again, if anyone is interested to the dulcet tones of B.O.B’s “Magic”) and it’s a message from one of my closest friends. Nothing out of the ordinary, but in the moment my life changed. Okay, I admit that was probably a little dramatic and exaggerated, but I think that you get the idea. The most ironic thing is that the message was nothing special, and after all of the hyping up I have done for it, it is going to seem outrageously anticlimactic. So apologise for the in advance. The message read:

“Ahhh, man, im watchin HP4 of GO! And they left out sooooo much Grrrrrr Ninja x x”

So, I will be the first to admit that she isn’t the most avid of Harry Potter fans. However, she has been known to be more tolerant of my Pottermania that others, and occasionally joins in, which is unheard from my “real life friends!” She also has a problem with R/Hr which means we never ever talk shipping, and there is also no time to explain why we call each other ninja here. That story is for another time.

My immediate response to her was:

“WOW! U just figured that out, i new about 6 years ago but wateva…. u hav 2 admit wat was in there was amazing though!”

(Hollie I am so sorry for my dreadful spelling and grammar, and I hope you can forgive me because it was a text message!)

And with an innate, intense curiosity, I changed the channel to see what scene had made her feel that way in particular. In the instant my brain experienced this kind of chemical combination of a self-implosion together with an epiphany. Finally, I understood the emotions that I have been trying to define and comprehend since late November. In that moment of realisation, I was scared. Now, I am no scientist, but I am pretty sure that was what it was….

My eyes were viewing the graveyard scene at the climax of Goblet of Fire with a young Harry trapped against the tombstone of Tom Riddle Senior, screaming with absolute agony. But my mind was racing a million miles ahead of what I was watching…

I often take actual pride in knowing these films incredibly well, and yet when they just appear to me like that, without any prior warning or decision it seems to have a profound effect on me. And in that moment I realised not that it was ending or that filming was completed etc, but what I was going to miss most of all was the unknown. Not knowing what wonders lay stretched out ahead of us for years to come. Suddenly, we have reached the end of the road and I know where it ends, instead of the infinite mist that has been clouding the way for so many years. We will finally know what is at the end of that road, and that thought scares me more than the series “ending.”

Let me explain. Does anyone else ever feel that no matter how incredible a film is, it is never the same watching it the second time. Sometimes, it takes three or four times to tire of a film, but the shift is always there. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to say that I am tired of these films, it is just that there is nothing like watching it for the first time. That feeling cannot be replicated ever again. It scares me that I will never feel that rush of adrenalin when viewing a Harry Potter film for the first time ever again…

As I sat watching Ralph Fiennes make his debut as Lord Voldemort, I remembered a time when we didn’t know who was going to play the most evil Dark wizard of all time. What was the cave scene in Half-Blood Prince going to look like? How are they going to write the Lightning Struck Tower scene? What were they going to wear, what are they going to say, how are they going to say it, how is the scene going to look, to feel?

I watched Harry fall to the ground as Voldy released him from the tombstone and I couldn’t help notice how young Dan looked! At the time, I was 12, and thought that he had looked so OLD with his ridiculously long hair. Here I was marvelling at the exact same scene, in the completely opposite was for the exact same reasons as I did back then! (I realise that made no sense but it is the only way that I can put it!) There was once a time, when we got our first look at Prisoner of Azkaban in particular, when we all thought the trio were so grown up, but in reality they were still babies. How the times have changed!

In July, we will know. Know everything. The wonderful unknown will cease to exist. The set complete and now more wondering….We will know how Snape dies, how Ron and Hermione finally kiss, and the final showdown will look and how the trio will look aged 20 years.

So, I am treasuring these moments of the unknown. The publicity train for Deathly Hallows Part 2 is still in the station, although we can assume it will be fall steam ahead very soon! I like not knowing. For now, I can let my imagination run wild and cherish these last few months of blissful ignorance. I suppose that is similar to life in a way. The unknown becomes the known as were grow up and continue to grow. Sometimes we don’t want to know, and other times we cannot wait for find out! Sometimes you embrace the knowledge, or dismiss or neglect it, but either way we have to move on and carry that knowledge with us…

Self-proclaimed teenaged philosopher,
Emily

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows…. then WWoHP!

Friday, November 19th, 2010 | Author: Sarah

Don’t worry, this post will not contain any spoilers… I will save those for a later date :)

However, I feel the nagging urge to let everyone know that, in my opinion, this movie was absolutely top notch and surpassed many of my expectations which is saying quite a bit! I was pleasantly surprised by the spontaneity of humor throughout the horrific events that happen during this first half of the final chapter of Harry Potter. I found that the quirky little laughs I had were greatly offset by the sadness and anger that is inevitably included in the movie. It was directed in a way that made the flow of emotions seem like the Flight of the Hippogriff ride with its smooth turns and twists as opposed to the Dragon Challenge that leaves you in an emotional wreck. Finally, I feel I must add that I usually don’t “like” the HP movies the first time around because I’m too busy speculating on how grossly it differs from the book, but not this time! I walked out of the theater at 3:00 am feeling one hundred percent happy with the movie.

Now, I am back at my hotel room too excited to sleep and very eager to blog about Harry Potter. Of course, that whole sleeping thing could have something to do with the fact that we are waking up in the morning and heading to the park! I have the awesome privilege of taking my nieces with me, one of which has never been to the WWoHP. I am so very excited to see their reactions first hand and I am fully prepared to record the entire experience!

Stay tuned for the gory details of my first experience at the park as well as my take on my nieces!

P.S. This all came just in time. At 12:01 am, while waiting for the movie to start, I was reminded that it had officially become my birthday!

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One day left…

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 | Author: Thio

Just one more day. Not even that. Some hours from now we all will be able to go to the nearest movie theater and watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
How do you prepare yourself for the end of something that has been like a friend over the past decade? I mean, we all know It’s not really ending this friday. We all know that this is only part 1 and that we still have part 2 next year. This is a happy thought that keeps us protected like a Patronus from the feeling of loss. But even so, we know this is our first step towards the end and we can’t help but feeling nostalgic, depressed, happy and eager all at the same time. This is the second-to-last time we will get to feel like that. So go on and be nostalgic. Be both depressed and happy at once. Cry if you must and just take the time to enjoy this. Potter Pensieve wishes every reader and listener a great and grand movie opening tomorrow. Be sure to enjoy every second of it and come back here later and tell us what you thought of it. Have a happy Deathly Hallows!

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Deathly Hallows… How will it be?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 | Author: Maria

Ok, so I just read Adam’s post about DH (which I completely agree with), and I decided to share some of the things that are actually worrying me a bit (although I’m extremely excited about the film)…

I mean, in HBP they burned the Burrow and now in DH they show it intact, it will be rather strange to watch. However, when I say this, most people tend to reply, saying that wizards and witches can use magic to rebuild it. Oh, yes, that’s true. But doesn’t it seem like the producers just decided to burn the Burrow, I guess to simply try and add some excitement to HBP, and now found a quick, easy, and extremely uncreative way to explain it? Yep, it does seem a bit like that, at least to me.

Another thing is the relashionship between Dobby and Harry, that is not explored in the previous films. For those who have only watched the films, how will they understand the complexion of it? I don’t really know what they are going to do about that topic…

And Fleur and Bill? I mean, they never showed in the films that they were in love! It’s kind of pointless to make a weeding scene in DH… I’m not saying that I don’t want to see that scene, though, because I do, it’s just that it really does seem pathetic to me that, after all the years the producers had to put that kind of details into the films, they just left it behind. Like if we weren’t going to notice that!

Oh, and what about Bill and Charlie? How are we suppose to recognize them? Will they pretend that Harry has already met them or will some of them say something like, “Hi Harry, I’m Bill Weasley”? If they do that, it will sound really bizarre, considering that Harry is supposed to already know all of the Weasleys by now… I think they’ll probably have to do something like that because neither Bill nor Charlie are going to have a poster saying “I’m Bill/Charlie Weasley”. I seriously don’t know how they are going to introduce all of the people that have to be introduced…

Also, how will they explain the mirror fragment? Will someone give it to Harry? Will it be on Dumbledore’s will?

I’m really looking forward to watch the film, which is going to be released on the 18th here in Portugal, and I can’t hardly wait to have all of my questions answered! Although I’m a bit worried about all of these facts, I still love all of the films and I can’t wait to watch DH! Only two more days to go…

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12 Signs of a Real Harry Potter Fan…

Monday, November 15th, 2010 | Author: Emily

As the approach of this new film gets closer, and as Potter resurfaces into the news again, I am surrounded by people who act like they have been a fan all along. Being slightly isolated in my Harry Potter obsession, you can imagine my delight about this time of year when someone brings up the subject, because most of the time it is all that I want to talk about. However, I am usually disappointed. Why? Because these people seem to think that seeing all of the movies makes you a massive Harry Potter fan. Well, I have news for you. It doesn’t, and here are ten things that I use to sort the men from the boys, so to speak.

  1. You can refer to each book in one word, without using the whole title. For example; Stone, Chamber, Azkaban, Goblet, Phoenix, Prince and Hallows (or even just numbers.)
  2. You know what PS/SS, CoS, PoA, GoF, OoTP, HBP and DH all stand for, and use these abbreviations frequently.
  3. You are completely aware that there are two titles to the first book in the series, and which one was published first.
  4. You refer to J.K.Rowling as Jo (sorry Thio!)
  5. You know who the “three Davids” are!
  6. You are completely aware of the significance of the character of Dawlish in the Harry Potter series!
  7. You love Evanna Lynch as Luna, because you know just how much of a real fan that she is.
  8. You automatically know that the next film will be “darker” than the one before it.
  9. What know what the “Scottish Book” is and desperately looking forward to it!
  10. Hypothetically, you decide to, in preparation for the next film, start to read DH again, and realise that you already know the book off by heart! Seriously, anticipating the next line while reading the one before it. This is all just hypothetical of course.
  11. You know that “ship” refers to “relationship” and that some “ships” are bound to sink. The topic of shipping is a discussion that should be approached with extreme caution, and that words like “delusional” should definitely not be used in reference to any ship in particular!
  12. And finally, do you know that the movie is being split into TWO PARTS? I apologise for my bitterness, but I have been asked that question a lot lately! Haha.

I seem to be making a habit of making “lists,” but oh well. What do you guys think should be added to this? Food for thought…

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Why?!

Thursday, November 11th, 2010 | Author: Hollie

Ok so, what’s the deal with all of these movie clips? It’s like my Mom made brownies, laid them to cool on the all-too reachable counter and said “These are for the party.” A moment upon which I briefly consider the consequences, swiftly justify eating ‘just one’, which turns into a shamless seven, and then deal with the anxiety of my wrongdoing until the party, much of its fun mangled by the guilt of my crime!

All that being whined, what’s your favourite clip thus far?

Seven days, people! Oh, unless you’re Emily…then it’s…what, five, Emily? Don’t even…!

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Emily’s Top 30 Moments So Far…

Monday, November 08th, 2010 | Author: Emily

Okay, so here is my final 15!

15. Ron and Hermione awkward handshake – I don’t mean to offend anybody, but if Ron/Hermione was not obvious here than they would have no hope! Such a cute moment and the perfect amount of awkwardness for two 12 year olds.

14. Platform Nine and Three Quarters – So much good stuff in this sequence. We get Hagrid disappearing, the introduction of the Weasley’s, Gred and Forge’s comments, the Hogwarts Express and Hermione’s introduction! WOW! I love to watch the trio’s very first scene together because Ron is kind of dismissive of Hermione, and when I watch it I usually say “He’s got no idea that he is going to fall madly in the love with this girl and marry her!” Such a sensational sequence!

13. Harry is possessed by Voldemort – My favourite part of the ending of the Order of the Phoenix. In particular I love the flashbacks to all of the previous films, which I think is a great tribute to the movies that have come before. Every time that I watch it, it always reminds me of how far we have come, and how long it has been.

12. “Er-mi-nee” – This was a moment in the book where I actually “squeed” out loud. If you couldn’t already tell by now I am a big Ron/Hermione shipper, and this made me totally geek out! Rupert’s delivery was spot on and Emma’s reaction was priceless! Cannot wait to see how they handle the Ron/Hermione in these next to films, because unlike lots of others things, they have actually been foreshadowing this since Chamber of Secrets, maybe even Philosopher’s Stone!

11. Hedwig’s theme – I remember vividly being in the cinemas and hearing the first notes of Hedwig’s theme gave me the shivers! That theme written by John Williams has become as iconic to this series as Dan, Rupert and Emma. Once you hear it, you know where you are, what you are doing and what you are about to watch! There had been so much hype around this movie, I was absolutely obsessed with the book, and I was finally going to see it translated to film. That is an indescribable feeling, that I will probably only feel twice more in my life and I will never forget it!

10. Shrieking Shack – Jo could not have written a better excuse for so many incredible British actors to all be in the same room together. The sheer acting calibre that is present in the scene leaves me in awe. Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis and Timothy Spall! Their interactions are incredible and I think that the trio held their own as well.

9. Hermione punches Malfoy – Such a “girl power” moment, I could hardly leave it out! I remember my entire theatre applauding when she did that in Prisoner of Azkaban. I think it was so great because it was all everyone wanted to do for the first three films, and it came from the most unlikely person! It also proves that Hermione is a total BA which I love!

8. The Yule Ball – So many things to love about this sequence. 1. Snape hitting Harry and Ron over the head, several times. 2. Harry being awkward around girls, making him not the perfect superhero. 3. Ron’s jealously over Hermione. 4. Hermione’s BIG moment when she comes down the stairs. 5. Ron and Hermione’s fight (Again, is it not obvious?) 6. Neville’s dancing!

7. Felix Felicis – If there was any doubt that Daniel Radcliffe was not a phenomenal actor, than this scene should answer all of his critics! There is always so much hype about Rupert’s comedy, but Dan has incredible timing! My highlights being how he scares Slughorn, when he says “counterproductive” and “not to mention pincers!” So good!

6. “Sorry Professor, I must not tell lies” – *Insert round of applause here* Not much else to say except, that it was such a fan moment!

5. The Chess Game – One of the best acting performance from the trio in the early films. I think that set design by Stuart Craig definitely helped, but I think the kids were really coming into their own as actors by this point. Ron finally shows his bravery, and willingly sacrifices himself, which is a huge deal! Another highlight for me is Hermione and Harry’s interaction afterwards.

4. “Yer a wizard, Harry.” – Such an iconic line in the Harry Potter films, and what better entrance can a character ask for? Getting to barge down that door! However, when Hagrid immediately apologises it really sums him up as a character in the first line. Such an OMG moment, and I love to think that it was probably one of the very first things that Jo thought of when creating this entire universe!

3. Priori Incantatem – EVERYTHING that they had done in the previous films had been building up to this moment, when we were finally going to see the rebirth of Voldemort. Ralph Fiennes was incredible, and continues to be. There isn’t much else to say, the scene speaks for itself!

2. “That’s my boy, that’s my son!” – Okay, so. When I read Cedric’s death for the first time I literally threw my copy of Goblet of Fire across my bedroom. It made such a huge noise my Mum raced in to see what was wrong. I was inconsolable at this point and just pointed at the book lying innocently on the ground. Mum went to take it away, but I couldn’t let her I needed to see what happened. In the wait leading up to this point I was worried that they would not be able to make me feel that way with a character only introduced in the beginning of the film. Let’s just say that it did! Knowing what happens to him and watching that hug with his Dad is heart wrenching. When he finds out, I can feel that tension. Perfect acting, so emotional.

1. The Mirror of Erised – And so we finally reach number one! I chose this scene because it stands out in my mind. It shows everything that Harry Potter is about, and to share that moment with him is something special. Richard Harris will always remain in my mind as Professor Dumbledore, and this scene proves why. Dan’s reaction is perfect, and I will never get tired of admiring this scene. It was a moment in the films where I felt “it.” I don’t know what “it” is, but I felt it! Hopefully it will make the very last scene even better, when he finally does achieve his heart’s desire. Family.

That was a lot harder than I thought, and I challenge all of the bloggers and commenter’s to do the same. I think it will be great to see everyone’s different choices and why, now that we are quickly approaching the last film! Hope you enjoyed!

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Emily’s Top 30 Moments So Far…

Saturday, November 06th, 2010 | Author: Emily

Hi guys! As I was perusing the pages of Leaky the other day, as I so often do, I came across an article that had ranked their top 15 favourite moments in the Harry Potter films so far. I agreed with some, and disagreed with others, so I thought that it would be fitting to reminisce about our favourite moments as we quickly approach the release of the first part of the last film! These are my favourite moments; I couldn’t narrow them down to fifteen, so I hope you will forgive me! This is the first installment of two. These are numbers 30-16 and 15-1 will be released at a later date. I would love to hear if you agree/disagree with what I have chosen, or would prefer something that I have missed!

30. “Dumbledore’s got style.” – I had a rather embarrassing moment during this part of OoTP in the cinemas seeing the film for the first time. I was with my mum, and as soon as Dumbledore disapparated from the scene in all of his fiery glory, me, being well versed in my canon at that point, said the line right before the words came out of Shacklebolt’s mouth! I was so excited that they left that line in, because it is one of my favourites! I suppose my mum was probably embarrassed because everyone looked around and stared at me!

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29. Moaning Myrtle in the bath with Harry – what is not to love about this scene? You cannot help but smile at the ridiculousness of this situation, and it is an added bonus that it is the first time we saw Dan on screen without a shirt on! Spot on acting.

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28. Malfoy as a ferret – Apart from the fact that Tom entered the scene by jumping out of a tree, (which seemed to be a common thing in GoF!) the rest is extremely memorable. It provided an excuse for them to make more ridiculous things happen to Jamie Waylett’s pants and McGonagall’s entrance was priceless!

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27. “They’re called Thestrals!”- a line made famous by Mr John Dawlish, however this scene is a stand out performance in my mind by one Evanna Lynch. This was the first moment where I realized that she is Luna Lovegood, even if she was carrying around random bits of food in her bag!

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26. The Chamber of Secrets – I vividly remember my awe when watching this sequence for the first time (I was 10 years old at the time.) The actual moment where Harry opens the chamber and the sink slowly descends and the music swells, will be forever engrained in my memory, and of course the fact that the throw Lockhart in first!

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25. Professor Sybil Trelawney – Emma Thompson is a genius, there isn’t much else to say! She is the embodiment of Trelawney from those glasses, her shawls, the way she is constantly walking into things and the crazy combination of whispering and shouting. Amazing!

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24.Harry and Lupin’s conversation on the bridge – I think that this scene was prophetic writing on the part of Steve Kloves, because watching it now it has enormous relevance in the “Prince’s Tale.” However, my real love for this scene comes from Lupin’s honesty and I think it sums up the relationship between these two characters completely.

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23. Rita Skeeter – Miranda Richardson was, almost, the highlight of the fourth film for me. She encapsulated in one scene all that Rita Skeeter is about and what she stands for. In particular, her interaction with Harry in the broom cupboard, and that she ruffled Robert Pattinson’s hair not knowing what an icon that hair was about to become!

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22. Slughorn’s memory of Lily – This is probably the one thing that Steve Kloves has written into these films that I actually think would have a place in the actual canon, and that is saying something! The delivery of those lines by Jim Broadbent was incredible and mesmerizing.

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21. Boggart – You just have to laugh out loud! Especially when Alan Rickman is dressed up as an old woman, priceless!

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20. Dobby the House Elf – who would have thought that an orange ball on a stick could be turned into such an iconic character all the way back in the second film. Considering what he had to work with Dan did a phenomenal job in their first scene. Even though we have missed Dobby’s presence in recent times, I will always appreciate the way he splattered that disgusting cake all over the Mason’s. I hope his reintroduction and death are done justice in this next film!

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19. “TTTRRROOLLLLL, in the dungeon!” – Such a big adventure was needed to create such an iconic friendship between the trio. For some reason Quirrell’s collapse in the middle of the Great Hall sticks out in my mind as well! Weird.

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18. Harry and Sirius in the tapestry room – Having read the book and knowing what is about to happen, this is really the last interaction that we get between Harry and Sirius in the films. Some of my favourite dialogue from the book was included and the acting from both Dan and Gary Oldman was phenomenal.

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17. “Petrificus Totalus” – I think this was the most memorable spell, if not moment, from the first film for me and my classmates as 10 year olds! I can remember a time in primary school where you couldn’t walk 5 metres without someone shouting this spell at you! Even better is Ron’s reaction to the spell afterwards. So good (also creates a whole new level when you think that he will one day fall madly in love with and marry this girl!)

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16. “EXPECTO PATRONUM!” – This is such a huge moment in both the books and films for several reasons. Firstly, it gave Dan a chance to show complete, utter raw emotion that we had never seen in the previous films. Secondly, to the movie audience the past 30min of film finally make sense and thirdly, I could not help but geek out when I saw the stag charge down those horrible Dementors!

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Keep in mind that these are just my own opinion and I would love to hear your feedback!

Can’t wait for the movie!

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The Battle of Good and Evil?

Saturday, November 06th, 2010 | Author: Kim

If someone asked me to define the main theme of the Harry Potter series, I would say this: Do what is right over what is easy.

Now, you could say there are multiple themes running throughout the series.  Love triumps over all.  Friendship is worth its weight in gold.  I could go on, picking out themes and purposes and meanings for this series.  But for me, it has always been the battle of good versus evil.  Choosing what is right, even when it is hard.  And Harry Potter has never disappointed, at least not in the books.

For this reason, I have some serious beef with the fourth film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  In the end, when Harry and Cedric are battling it out, trying to reach the cup, Harry’s ability to always do good falters.  He has to think about whether or not to save Cedric when he is being taken by the maze.

I remember seeing this movie for the first time.  When Harry stopped, looked at the Cup, then back at Cedric, then back at the cup, I was shocked.  Harry has never debated about doing what is right.  He has never stopped to think about whether he should help someone in need or travel on to his own personal glory.  He’s never worried about trouble or fame or his own selfish wants.  That is what makes Harry Potter such a wonderful character.  He never lets us down.  He stays true to what he believes in and stands for.

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Deathly Hallows Is Upon Us! Reviews are Encouraged!

Saturday, October 30th, 2010 | Author: Adam

I’ve just bought my online pre-ordered Deathly Hallows tickets. I am so stoked!

Anyways..Deathly Hallows Part 1 is now only a few weeks away! Tension and excitement are at an all-time high! We, at the Potter Pensieve, are encouraging everyone to pull out there laptops, pencils, notepads, etc, and prepare a short Deathly Hallows movie review upon finally seeing the film! Please make it as in depth, creative, and thoughtful as you’d like! Outline what you loved, what you hated, what you missed! Describe special stories that happened with your family and friends upon seeing this film! Spoilers will be allowed as of November 20th, 2010!

All reviews will be accepted, and all will be posted! This goes for bloggers and the general public! :)

Please send your review on our contact page starting November 19th!

Start planning now!

Adam

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