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PPP – The Tales of Beedle the Bard Discussion Show!

Friday, December 25th, 2015 | Author: potterpensieve

The Pensievers have returned (minus Thio) just in time for the holidays, to discuss J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard! Listen in as we delve into analysis on children’s tales coveted in the wizarding world, along with some talk on the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer, and the casting decisions made for Rowling’s new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Big thanks to everyone who was able to take the time to record, this holiday. And special thanks to Thio for recording some additions eventhough he was not able to make it. Happy holidays, everyone!

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Measuring The Time Since Deathly Hallows: In Friendship

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 | Author: Heather

I spent this past weekend with my good friend Kara. I met Kara at LeakyCon 2009 and we’ve managed to see each other at least once a year since. So this seems like the perfect time to talk about something that is one of the most important aspects of Harry Potter to me: the friendships.

I’ve been reading Harry Potter for 12 years and in that time the fandom has changed a lot. The websites have become more professional, the movers and shakers have changed, and lord knows we’ve gotten older. But the thing that has stayed the same is the sense of belonging that you get from the people.

I’ve found that wherever I am, in whatever situation, whomever I’m trying to connect with, if they like Harry Potter then we can get along based on that mutual ground. Maybe I’m just biased, but people who like Harry Potter are, on a whole, nicer, smarter, and more interesting than people who don’t.

And maybe that’s why I’ve met so many of my best friends through Harry Potter. When I went to LeakyCon in 2009 it was like going home. It was like going to the Burrow. I felt like Harry when he first entered Hogwarts and people were chanting his name. I felt understood and like I belonged.

Harry Potter has become so much more than a book series. It has become a method of connecting people across the world. I have friends in Nevada and Germany and Brazil and Canada who I never would have met if it weren’t for Harry Potter. If someone had told me while I counted down until midnight on July 21st, 2007 that I would be meeting people like Adam and Hollie and Thio in just a couple short years, I wouldn’t have believed them. Because growing up I thought that no one would ever be able to understand me like my Harry Potter books do. But my HP friends do. They completely get it. They get the stress and the anticipation and the anguish and excitement and joy and everything else that comes with being a Harry Potter fan. Because they’ve felt it, too. And everyday I’m grateful that my younger self was wrong about that.

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Measuring The Time Since Deahtly Hallows

Monday, July 16th, 2012 | Author: Heather

Why hello there Pensieve fans! As I’m sure you’re all aware, this Saturday, the 21st of July, will mark the five year anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Wow. Did I just say five years? Yes, I certainly did.

It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was cobbling together my Hermione costume for the release party or shouting that I was sure Snape loved Lily or putting the finishing touches on my masterful theories involving ancient Egyptian mythology and astronomy and Arthurian lore that I was sure would give us the secret to who “R.A.B.” was. Spoiler alert. They didn’t.

I’m not sure about any of you but I have always been awful at putting any amount of time longer than a month or so in to perspective. So I thought I would take this opportunity to remind you of some major events since we first read that “all was well.”

Since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows….

  • Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia.
  • Fidel Castro stepped down from the Cuban presidency after 49 years.
  • The U.S. Government began to intervene in the nation’s market in an attempt to prevent recession.
  • India launched its first unmanned spacecraft.
  • U.S. Senator Barack Obama beat U.S. Senator John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.
  • Obama became the 44th president of the United States, replacing George W. Bush.
  • Captain Charles Scully became the “Hero of the Hudson” when he landed his plane on the Hudson River after hitting a flock of geese and saved the lives of all 150 passengers and the crew of 5.
  • Barack Obama was sworn in as president of the United States and Joe Biden is sworn in as the Vice President. Hundreds of thousands of people, including Heather of the Potter Pensieve Podcast!, flocked to Washington, D.C. to watch.
  • Accusations of ballot fraud caused widespread and deadly protest in Tehran, Iran. Arrests of the opposition abounded.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince premiered in movie form!
  • U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy died.
  • Water was found on the moon.
  • The BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Spain won the World Cup.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I premiered in movie form!
  • The Arab Spring movement began in Tunisia.
  • Kate Middleton married Prince William.
  • South Sudan declared its independence, and became the 59th African state.
  • The space shuttle, Atlantis, launched into space and returned to Earth for the last time, ending the era of the shuttle program at NASA.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II premiered in movie form which raised tissue sales all across the world.
  • Norway was hit with two consecutive terrorist attacks.
  • The European economy began to crumble.
  • The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell took effect in the United States military.
  • Wall Street was occupied.
  • The United States Department of Defense began its final withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
  • Steve Jobs died.
  • Kim Jong-Il died.
  • The 2012 U.S. presidential election race began.
  • Socialist François Hollande was elected to the presidency of France.

That’s five years of world events. We’ve had disasters, deaths, weddings, revolutions, elections, movie releases, explosions, shifts of power, laws created and repealed, and countries created. But one thing has remained the same in this time. Our love for the Boy Who Lived. No matter what the next five years brings us, “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome us home.”

This week I’ll be exploring some other changes, specifically in my world, that have took place since July 21st, 2007. Check back here everyday if you’re interested!

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New books?

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 | Author: Heather

Big news in the world of Harry Potter! Reuters is  reporting that Bloomsbury expects to publish “a new Rowling three-book box set tied into the Potter series”. This was just mentioned in passing as the article is mostly about profits and eBooks. The small amount of information lends itself to huge speculation. My galleons are on another set of books like “Quidditch Through the Ages” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. But we can always keep our fingers crossed for a three-volume encyclopedia!

So what do you think? Predictions for the books? Far-fetched hopes for stories featuring Sirius Black in leather? Leave a comment with your thoughts!

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Ginny: The Canon Mary Sue

Wednesday, May 02nd, 2012 | Author: Heather

While the boys are away having fun in Brazil, I figured I would take this opportunity for a little girl  talk. If you recall, Hollie discussed Ginny Weasley last year in her summer series and I thought I would take a shot at her, as well.

Ginny is one of the few polarizing characters in the Harry Potter series, with Snape being the other notable example. If you ask ten different people how they feel about Neville Longbottom or Mr. Dursley, the answers you get will be along the same lines with ridiculous amounts of love for Neville and distaste at the thought of Uncle Vernon. Ginny will get a diverse response.

On the surface, Ginny seems like a perfectly fine and strong, female character. She’s tough, she’s a skilled witch, she’s vivacious, and she’s hot. All good qualities, right? So why do I sigh and roll my eyes at the thought of her?

Well for starters, she’s wonderful. I think that’s the main reason I have never gotten along with her. Now before you say anything, I’m not being catty and hating the popular girl because she has what I don’t. Hermione’s smarter than me, Fleur is more alluring, Katie Bell’s more athletic, and I love them all. But when it comes to Ginny it’s almost as if she’s too perfect. Like Jo put a Mary Sue right into the middle of canon who just happens to be the perfect woman for Harry to fall for.

I have racked my mind for a flaw in Ginny, but the only one she seems to have is that she lacks one. From a literary point of view- and I’m sure Hollie will agree with me- this is an awful harmartia that no one can relate to. When was the last time you were kvetching with your friends and one of them said “Ugh! You guys are so lucky. I wish I had a flaw!” If someone said that to you ,you’d get angry, right? Well I’m getting angry at Ginny.

This brings me to my next complaint. Ginny is not a fleshed out character. Her perfection makes her appear one-sided. We don’t really get to know her until Half-Blood Prince and even then it’s not a very thorough characterization. My theory is that Jo was really, really close to finishing HBP when someone asked her about Harry’s love life. Suddenly, Jo realized that she had forgotten to write into the books a love interest for Harry so she grabbed the closest available character and said “ENCHANT HARRY POTTER WITH YOUR FEMININE CHARMS!!!!!!!!!!!” (In my mind J.K. Rowling shouts at the pages of her manuscripts. I dare you to prove me otherwise.)

Ginny’s development seems crammed into one book and it’s not gradual or subtle at all. It’s unrealistic. Yes I understand that we’re seeing her from Harry’s point of view and he suddenly saw her as a woman and not just as Ron’s kid sister. Yes I understand that Jo was preoccupied with Voldemort. And yes I understand the difference between xylem and phloem. (Oh sorry. I probably shouldn’t write blog posts in biology class.) But doesn’t it bother anyone else how Ginny magically transforms from an awkward pre-teen with a tendency to blush to a fiery, mature woman while no one was looking? As a fiery, mature woman myself I can assure you that this is not how growing up happens. Did Ginny use a potion or something? If she did someone should have told 13-year-old Heather about it.

All in all, I just wish that we had a chance to know Ginny outside of what she was to Harry. As her own character with her own motivations and her own personality and her own reactions. The other female characters have lives beyond Harry, but Ginny seems limited. It’s really too bad because I feel if I saw less of “flawless, exceptional Ginny” and more of “vulnerable, relatable Ginny” I could really like her. But unfortunately we’re left not with a strong woman like Molly Weasley or Professoer McGonagall, but with the empty idea of one.

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Battle of Hogwarts :(

Monday, May 02nd, 2011 | Author: Katherine

Today is the 13th Anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts and I made a video commemorating all the people who died.

http://kittyweasley.tumblr.com/post/5127950579/may2

It had to be a link as the file was too big.

The music is No One But You by Queen. They sang it in 1997 after Princess Diana died and it ould be argued it is also about Freddie Mercury who died in 1991. I thought it fitted with this too.

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Category: Blog Post, Books, Canon  | 5 Thoughts

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.

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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

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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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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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