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PPP has been published in a textbook

Saturday, February 01st, 2014 | Author: Lord Voldemort

PPP has been used as an example of fandom creation in “Media Studies: The Essential Resource. 2nd Edition.”

For all the student-listeners, check your university bookstore!

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The Potter Pensieve #34 – OotP Chapters 25-27

Friday, August 24th, 2012 | Author: Adam
We have finally returned after a bit of a summer hiatus! This week Adam, Sarah and Heather take an in-depth look at chapters 25-27 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, with discussion topics such as:
-Harry is too young for a relationship?
-Possible childhoods for Umbridge
-Firenze’s divination class is much more practical than Trelawney’s!
-Is Hogwarts really that great of a school?
-Mary Poppins killed Voldemort!
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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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A Little Update!

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 | Author: Adam

Hello again!

If you can remember us, we run a podcast called The Potter Pensieve. Just writing a quick blog post to give everyone an update and to explain why everything is taking so long!
A couple weeks ago, Adam’s MacBook (which he uses to edit) crashed. It would not start up, period. So Adam took it in to see the Apple Specialist in a city not far from his home. After having been successfully repaired and restored (and still under warranty!) regular recording and editing will now continue.

Expect our Prisoner of Azkaban Film Commentary to be uploaded and published to the web either tonight or early tomorrow morning (July 11th, 2012), and Episode 34, which was in fact recorded a couple weeks ago, to be uploaded a few days after. Some big time work will be done to make up for the lost time and to make the listeners get to listen to the shows within a reasonable time from now.

Apologies for the inconvenience! Sometimes technology can be a bit of a pain.

In the meantime..how about a jam?

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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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T-Shirts!!

Thursday, May 17th, 2012 | Author: Adam

Hey listeners! A bunch of T-Shirts were printed today! Unfortunately, due to the company’s rush, the bracket on the right side of the slogan is missing! We’re a little upset, but all is forgiven. Other than that, we hope you like them! Congrats to winners of the New Year’s challenge. And make sure to stay tuned during June-August as there will be more contests and more chances to win one of these awesome PPP T-shirts! :)
Here are a few pictures:

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Year 2 In Review – Part 3!

Friday, December 30th, 2011 | Author: Adam

This post is the third and final of the Year In Review series. (Hint – watch for underlined phrases). Click here to read the FIRST POSTSECOND POST, and here to learn about how to enter the New Year’s Challenge! For those of you who wish to participate in the challenge, the deadline to submit your guess is January 7, 2012, at midnight Pacific Time! Good luck!

uly has passed, and Potter number 8 has hit the big screen. My personal opinion upon seeing this movie is that it was literally one of the most epic, visually-stunning and mind-blowing films I have ever seen. Maybe my Potter-geek plays a large part in this, but it was truly a fantastic motion picture, especially in 3D. The family and I went to see it first in 2D, and around a week later I made it to the cinema with a couple of friends to see the film in 3D. And boy, I am sure happy I did. What an experience! And as the faces of older Ron, Harry and Hermione smiled at me from the screen, Hedwig’s Theme blaring grandly as the movie faded to black before the credits, I can tell you that my wave of nostalgia was almost overwhelming. The ending of this movie, to me, signaled the end of my childhood and, after 2011, the beginning of adulthood. I vividly remembered standing in the long line-up with my mother, father and sister, waiting eagerly to watch Philosopher’s Stone for the first time. I’ve grown up with the series, and Harry Potter is a symbol of my childhood.

he Potter Pensieve DH2 Review Shows were the next on our list. There was no question whether or not to record them; it had to be done. Our discussion of the film was so incredibly long that it needed to be split into two parts. Hey, why not! It’s the final movie, we decided to go all out. And unsurprisingly, the Deathly Hallows review shows garnered some of the most downloads we’ve ever had in episodes. People really love movie talk…ready for DVD commentaries in the new year anyone?

nd in all the excitement of recording our review shows, we discussed our vacant podcast hosting position (now with Hollie in Hong Kong) and we decided to plan a recorded surprise for Sarah. We invited her to the show and gave her the news that we’d picked her to take Hollie’s spot on the podcast. Like I said previously, she worked extremely well with us, and I’m happy to say we have even more of a blast when she’s on! To download Part 1 and Part 2 of our Deathly Hallows review shows, click HERE and HERE! Remember to right-click and “save link as”!

hen I look back on September 2011 I will always remember how suddenly the whole atmosphere of the Potter-fandom seemed to change. The bustle of the summer seemed to decelerate rapidly. It was as if everyone had grown up, and not just myself. Come September, I left home (finally!) and settled into my small dorm at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. School-life was completely hectic for the first couple weeks. It seemed as if the reading would not end and therefore I lost touch with many of my fellow fandom-geeks and really the whole fandom in general. Of course, I made time to record the podcast and struggled to find time to edit, but it all worked out for me in the end. After a couple of episodes I found myself adjusting to the balancing act of school-work, social life, sleep, food, and podcast / website publishing. So, maybe I’m wrong by saying that the fandom came to halt come September. Maybe it kept going strong and I was the one to move out of touch with the Potter-happenings. But now, Christmas vacation has presented me with a quick but peaceful opportunity to “catch up”, and I’m noticing that things are really not what they were like before. Cherish those awesome times in your life, folks!

inally, as the last few months of 2011 whizzed by, we said hello to a couple new guest hosts! The first was Mauricio, an eager and engaged Potter-fan who had a great deal of excellent things to discuss. It was really great to podcast with Mauricio as he, being a listener of the show, jumped in with both feet and brought some more awesomeness to the recording. I should say now that we’re really hoping to hear more from Mauricio come 2012!

imberly Cooper, head editor of this website, graced us with her presence only a couple episodes ago! I, feeling incredibly guilty in not having her on sooner, promised Kim that we would find an episode to get her on before the year was out. I just wanted to apologize for cutting it so short Kim! Life is unpredictable. School and some spur-of-the-moment podcast episodes plagued us most of this year. But we managed to get her on and finally say a real “hello” and a “thank you” for everything she’s contributed.

am extraordinarily happy with the way this year turned out. It was predictable, yet excitingly unpredictable. Everything seemed to go according to plan; the puzzle pieces of this year seemed to fit perfectly together. We reached our goal of 20 episodes this year, with a fairly steady pace of about 2 episodes per month. We had some excellent guest hosts on the show. We were given public radio recognition, over 20,000 downloads, and just over $100 to the donation jar. This year has been a great success, and while the fandom is visibly slowing down, my hope is that the Potter Pensieve Podcast will stay speedy as ever!

hat will happen in 2012, you say? 2012 will hopefully be our biggest and most successful year yet,as we have some great things planned! As we advance through book 5 and into the beginning stages of “the end”, we expect that more people will become interested in this later discussion and will start downloading and listening to the podcast. Also, if this happens, we’re hoping our download numbers will top 20,000 by a substantial amount. 2012 will bring new Potter Pensieve T-shirts to the listeners, the blogger applications will be opened up once more, and DVD commentaries for all of the Potter films will be released as well! The new year will bring yet another set of interesting and engaging podcast episodes, and I have no doubt in my mind that we will face a number of new challenges and opportunities, of which I eagerly look forward to. PPP’s third year will go strong and will promise to give all you dedicated listeners your bi-monthly dose of extra Potter-fix! While the fandom slowly fades, I think it’s safe to say: We’re not going anywhere!

ere’s to a fantastic 2012! Thanks for listening and giving this podcast your dedicated support; it really means a lot to us!

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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!

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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!

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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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