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Bewitched: A Summer Series

Wednesday, June 01st, 2011 | Author: Hollie

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”

– Virginia Woolf

She’s right, you know. Ever since Father Time pressed “start” (or was it Mother Time?), women’s contributions to society have been shrouded. In centuries past, female writers were either advised or reared to believe it was their holy duty to assume the pen-name “Anonymous”. Despite living in contemporary times, our brilliant JK Rowling decided it was best to take on an androgynous one – a reflection of lingering attitudes toward women, no? Amidst all this, it is difficult to imagine when literature did not celebrate the role of women in society, and for the past twenty-odd years, scholars have been uncovering women’s history, discovering the layers of our true role in the people’s histories, ancient to contemporary. The result? Boundless veins of evidence that, without women and girls, the world would have ceased spinning by the time we reached the Dark Ages. You’re thinking, “Duh, we knew that!”. Sure, and I’m glad you do, but please consider this: people have failed to acknowledge women’s roles properly, fully, and with due respect.

To remedy these wrongdoings and illuminate truth, it is important to look closer and examine the ‘who, what, where, when, why, and most interestingly, how’ of women’s roles. As a fellow woman, role model, family member, friend and colleague to many amazing ladies, I need to have that conversation, and I believe you do too. As a Harry Potter fan, I’ve studied the intriguing female characters of the series – many admirable, most eccentric, a few disappointing, and others downright horrifying. As women and witches, these characters have a duality; a remarkable element infuses their feminine nature. For me, this mirrors the powerful and gifted women of  ’the real world’. I would like you to join me in discussing how Jo Rowling’s witches shape and influence the wizarding world.

Over the summer months, we’ll philosophize over our most beloved female characters in the series. I will attempt this from a personal and informal point of view, so I will not be referencing MLA style (sorry,


I understand and value the importance of citation, but this is for fun – so let’s leave out the formalities. I want you to feel free in expressing your opinion as well, and I encourage positive and critical feedback. In the end, no witch will be left unanalyzed!

My intention in writing  this collection of essays is to inspire all of you you to converse with each other about the nature of women, the wonders of witches, and the world in which they forge and dwell. Going forth, let the world never disgrace women and girls, and let us celebrate the mystery and magic of womanhood, which burns like a restless flame in all of us.

Jo – thank you for being a voice for women and girls everywhere. This one’s for you!


Spoilers from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Saturday, April 09th, 2011 | Author: Sarah

Wow! It has been entirely too long since my last post but I feel the need to assure you that I have been actively gathering as much information as possible in regards to the changes that may be coming to the WWoHP. I use the term “changes” lightly as it may not be the most accurate term but it is the best to describe our current situation. I am sure many of you have heard the rumors surrounding the possible expansion of the Harry Potter portion of the park.

I am the type of person that loves to hear the gossip and rumors and then follow through to see how much of this information is true. While I can’t say 100% that an expansion is happening, I can confirm that there will be changes in the future that will directly effect the Wizarding World. According to a Universal Studios of Orlando engineer that wishes to remain anonymous, Universal is currently working on blueprints for the mandatory “update” that is required by Universal Studios. The source did confirm that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will definitely be getting some of the upgrades.  At this point the engineer cannot confirm nor deny the rumors of the expansion and whether it will take over the Lost Continent portion of the park.

I will be visiting the park again tomorrow and will hopefully harass enough employees to get some concrete evidence but until then I messily threw together some of the original pictures of the park with some added narration.

I truly hope this satisfies your hunger…. At least until I can get some serious facts together!!!


New Bloggers and More!

Monday, March 28th, 2011 | Author: Adam

Hey Listeners!!

Let’s welcome some new bloggers to the website: Katherine, Rhea, Marcel, and Christine!

Also, cheers to the website’s busiest day- Sunday, March 27th, 2011! :D

And finally, The Potter Pensieve Podcast has hit Podomatic’s top 10 lit podcasts once more!


Charlie: The Forgotten Weasley

Saturday, March 26th, 2011 | Author: Christine

Charlie WeasleyHello everyone! I’m excited to introduce myself as a new blogger for the Potter Pensieve. I was just listening to the new episode, #17, and it inspired me to write my first post on none other than… Charlie Weasley!

Why is it that Charlie was left out of most of the movies? I have a soft spot for all of the Weasley’s, because there isn’t really a bad one. Percy had his bad years, but even he came around to the right side. Why leave anyone out? I want to dedicate this post to Charlie as a reminder of what an important role he played in the books.

Charlie was the second eldest Weasley, right behind Bill. He went to Hogwarts at the same time as Tonks, but its unknown if they were friends at the time. He was big into care of magical creatures, as we know because he later went on to work with dragons in Romania. He was also captain of the Gryffindor quidditch team, and an excellent seeker.

So you know about Charlie. Now remember everything he did! He kept Hagrid from getting in trouble with Norbert (actually Norberta) the Norwegian Ridgeback.  During the 2nd war against Voldemort under Dumbledore’s orders, he recruited foreign wizards to fight. He led those wizards, the students of Hogwarts that stayed to fight, and the village of Hogsmeade into the battle. You can’t deny Charlie was a hero too.

Unfortunately, he only appeared briefly in two Potter films (Played by Alex Crockford, pictured above). In the Prisoner of Azkaban, Charlie is shown in a picture with the whole Weasley family in Egypt where they vacationed during the summer. The next time we see him is in the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 where he is seen briefly clapping at Bill and Fleur’s wedding.

As was asked in Episode #17, will he be cast in Part 2? Doubtful. They haven’t given us any Charlie yet, why would they now? Although I wouldn’t argue against a small tribute in the last movie, I will settle for one here.


A Day of Wonder and Shame

Tuesday, March 01st, 2011 | Author: Adam

This past Friday I took a quick trip to Kamloops (the city nearest to my home). The family and I were off to do some errands and lazing around the city. About half-way through the day, I decided to branch off from the group and grab myself an Orange Julius at the food court. I bought my drink, sat down at a small table and began to play around with an application on my iPod.

It was only a few moments before I heard giggling. I looked up. Two girls, who didn’t look more than 13 or 14, were whispering to each other at a table a few feet away from mine. One had dark brown hair, and one had light blonde hair. They kept glancing at me, and I’m not going to lie, I was slightly uncomfortable. So I just ignored the situation and began to play on my iPod once more.

About a minute later I gave a startled jump when I heard a voice, “Uhm excuse me?” I looked up to see both girls at my table. A little flustered and skeptical I said, “Hi!” Then the girl with blonde hair said this:

“Uhm, well excuse me if I have you mistaken…well..I probably do…but are you on a podcast?”

My internals leapt inside. “Wow! Yes! I am!”

“Its the Potter Pensieve, right?”

“Yeah it is! Wow! I’m in shock! How did you recognize me?”

The two girls give each other a quick glance. “Well, to tell you the truth we were kind of creeping your profile on facebook…from that podcast group you have..”


“Yeah, we just saw you sitting here, and we weren’t sure if it was you or not…but we had to come and say hi just in case, you know?” Both the girls were looking rather excited. “And now I can definitely tell from your voice,” the blonde haired girl laughs.

We spent a few more moments talk about the podcast, and how much shock I’d been in that someone had recognized me from the show. The dark haired girl was rather quiet, and finally the blonde haired girl said, “Wow! This is crazy! Can you sign something for us?”

I looked around. Nothing to sign. And then a thought flashed through my mind: one that I will not discuss on this website. XD   I didn’t even have a pencil. But then the dark-haired girl pulled a pen from her purse, both looked at each other nervously (contemplating something), before the blonde girl said “Bah! What the heck!”

Now comes my moment of shame. I am extremely sorry to all of you who are reading this. No, I did not sign any part of the human anatomy, but I might as well have, because in an instant the book Twilight: Eclipse was flashing in front of my face. The girls had just bought the book from Coles Bookstore, which was across from the food court. I thought, “What the heck! This is my first autograph! When in doubt, sign a girl’s Twilight book!” And sign it I did! Once again, I apologize.

To finish off this post, I just wanted to thank all of the listeners from Kamloops! According to the download statistics, there are A LOT of you. In fact, the University in Kamloops has a Harry Potter club that has contacted us through email once! ^^Maybe this is because a co-host lives so close? I don’t know. But it was an awesome (and extremely surreal) experience to come across fans in public! Keep listening! :)



Poetry Anyone?

Monday, January 31st, 2011 | Author: Adam

If you’ve listened to episode 14, then you may recall a story that I told about winning first place for a poetry contest. I, being the poet that I am…(snort!)…have decided to post the poem upon the request of a few podcast listeners. Well…here it is…my 20-minute prodigy creation!




The Man From the Alley

I must recall the numerous times,

I’ve seen the man sit there, a hat full of dimes

With an unshaven face, and dirty ragged clothes

And beneath two sad eyes, a round bulbous nose

He sits on the sidewalk, lonely and cold

So hungry and empty, with no one to hold

As people pass by, unwilling to give

He slumps at the corner of the alley where he lives

I watch as he sighs, and shakes his head sadly

He shivers as he stands, he limps very badly

With tottering steps, he’s coughing and spluttering

Groans to himself, and confused bits of muttering

His face is so scrawny and pale like the dead

He sits and he stretches on his musty paper bed

I can tell he is ill, he’s beginning to fade

But no one wants to comfort him or come to his aid

In a moment he sees me, stares straight at my eyes

I jump, for I’m startled and taken by surprise

Sympathy fills me, right to the brim

I wonder what he thinks of me, as I do of him

He winks and smiles his toothless black grin

And I’m filled with warmth, a reassurance from within

It is then that I notice, from behind those sad eyes

That unshaven face so scrawny in size

A flicker of hope and happiness serene,

Of joy and laughter, remnants of what had once been

I turn my attention from the alley so still

Knowing that I can help, and help him I will.


Year In Review: The Beckoning of a New Year

Friday, December 31st, 2010 | Author: Adam

Late September came to us in a flash. The website was now complete and had been launched onto the internet, with much praise from fans! As you can tell, it has a clean look, dark, eerie yet inviting. I have to say, I was ecstatic when I first saw our very own logo in pop-out metal fashion!

After a couple of late nights (very late for Thio, fairly late for me), the website was finished. Unfortunately, due to what I’d like to call my “innocence”, Thio had to rebuild the bulk of the website 3 times. (At the beginning of episode 12, you can listen to Thio grudgingly talk about this incident).

Now that the website was out, we had to find bloggers to maintain and uphold it. Surely, with our time schedules, the four of us couldn’t run it ourselves. Heather and I decided to hold a kind of application process. Thankfully, quite a few listeners applied for the job and we had a full staff in no time! Among these staff members are Maria, Josh, Hollie, Emily, Sara, Heather, Thio, Kim and myself. The website was up and running! It was very refreshing.

Around the time that the website was released, I received a Facebook message from Heather. In it, she told me that her work and obligations had become too much for her to run a podcast, website and look after listener emails at the same time. I think its safe to say that I was rather devastated. Her withdrawal from the project placed a great sense of loss on me. I’d lost my partner in crime, my co-host that helped to make this project possible. I think at one point I began to doubt the continuation of the podcast. But with everyone’s eagerness to carry on with it, my pushing past this little bump in the road, and Thio’s words of encouragement: “Well you can’t just quit! You have to keep going! You’ve built a fanbase now! Find some new people and carry on! Jeez!”, the podcast was about to be taken to a different “level”.

“New Podcasters”. That was the name of this project. I had negotiated with Heather to find some time to record one last time, explain her reasons and then leave, in exchange for some new hosts to take her place. And there needed to be more than one host. This was to give more of a feel of “chat amongst friends”, and so that the show could still go if someone couldn’t make it.

And so I stuck up an official message on the blog, and just as I’d thought, all of the bloggers would want to go for it. Sifting through some messages of interest, I picked out the people who I thought would be most suited to the job: Hollie Ivany, an English teacher from Nova Scotia, and Emily Dillon, a bustling and exciteable graduate from Australia. I’d also saved a spot for Thio, who had put so much of his time into the project. A perfect combination of personalities, ages, and cultural backgrounds, if I do say so myself!

Before recording our first episode altogether, I took some time to meet up with Hollie and Emily personally, via Skype. I’ve actually recorded the first conversation I had with Hollie. I thought it would be a good idea to record us, and then send her the file afterwards, so that she could listen to herself and get a feel for what she would sound like on the show. I found the conversation went by extremely well! So smooth, and easily executed! TO LISTEN TO A BIT OF MY INTRODUCTORY CONVERSATION WITH HOLLIE, CLICK THE HAND HOLDING THE RECORDER —->!!

A couple months ago, all of us released episode 12. Albeit, slightly longer than I would’ve liked, it was a great “break-the-ice” kind of episode. Since this episode, there have been 3 new recordings, with our next recording to take place in mid-january of next year.

And this brings us to today. It has been one year since the the thought of a podcast was first concieved. One year that I would not take back for the world. Personally, so much has happened to myself, as a result of the events of this podcast. I’ve met so many new, great people, built friendships that I would have never made had it not been for this podcast. I’ve also helped to build a fan-base (now at 5000 subscribers), gained so much experience with radio and the internet world, been offered a live-show, and even a free trip to Brazil and back! I’ve also had a chance to connect with fans and with people who value my, and the other hosts’ opinions. It’s been an awesome year! One that I am still a little overwhelmed with. But this is really just the beginning.

With 2011 on the rise, I’m preparing myself for an even wilder ride than the last. Who knows what kind of journey the future holds for myself, those who I am affiliated with and the podcast? All I know is that I am ready to take on whatever the new year brings…Let’s get to it already!


Year In Review: The Evolution of an Idea

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 | Author: Adam

The next few months, from April to July, went by swiftly. For myself, they may have went by just a little too fast. Podcasting has been, and will only be, a hobby, so amongst completing school and upholding a job at a local restaurant, the podcasting factored in as only a minute amount of time. But they were still being released, and within a fairly strict time-line that Heather and I had set for ourselves. We watched as our numbers climbed higher and higher. Around the middle of May, we both had a bit of a “squeeing” session, and a kind of private celebration as our 1000th subscriber was ticked off the list. 1000 listeners. A far cry from the 30 we had originally intended, and hey, it definitely worked for me!

It wasn’t until early July that I seriously considered taking this fandom a little further. One evening I logged onto the podcast email account, and found a message from a friendly young lady named Kim Ropars (now “Cooper”. Congrats Kim!) She was writing in to tell us that she was a big fan, and to ask us if we had ever considered having  reporters for the website. People to blog about recent news and every day life in the Potter fandom, with blogs pertaining to what Heather and I would talk about on each episode. In most ways, Kim was the creator of this website that you are reading from right now. She was the “blue-printer”, I guess you could say. She was the one to plant the seed in my head that this should all happen, and I am very glad that she did!

After getting approval from Heather about this idea, I began to put it into motion. “New Website”. This project even had its own name. It was a goal that I was bound to, in a way. Whenever we mentioned “new website”, I felt this squirmy, excited feeling in my stomach. As said in last post, I had thought about this before, but this idea had quickly diminished as Heather and I watched the fan base grow. Now, the idea was back, and more prominent than ever!

I logged onto Skype sometime the first week of August. I had a little something to talk to Thio about. I am going to try to remember this conversation as best I can:

“So, Thio! I have to talk to you about something,” I stated through my microphone, with the same tentitiveness I had used on Heather a few months previous.

“Ah…uh oh…what is this about…” by the tone of his voice you could definitely tell that he felt he may be in some kind of trouble.

“Well, I have a proposition to make. I don’t know if you’ll agree to do this, because I know that you’re busy with work and such, but I’m really hoping you’ll do this for us.”

“Ok,” replies Thio, with slight relief in his voice. “And what would this be?”

“Well, do you remember a few months back, on MyLeaky, when I asked if you would create a website for us?”

“Uh huh. Yup!”

“Yeah, well, I was talking with Heather and-”

“You’d like me to build a new website for you guys now, right?”

“Yeah…I was hoping that you would. But it wouldn’t be for free! We’d definitely pay you, if you’re willing to do it!” I felt somewhat guilty and I had a strong feeling that he would just let this topic slide.

“Oh I will definitely do it for you! I’ll put it in my portfolio or something…and don’t worry about payment, you can pay me in Butterbeers at LeakyCon next year!”

And so, I talked to Thio about meeting Kim in email messages, and what her ideas for the website would be. We met on Skype about a week later to discuss the layout for the website, and we planned for its launch (the beginning of September). The whole process was quite exciting. Finally, the professional site that I’d wanted to have ever since the podcast began! When I think back on it, this process should have been much more difficult than it had been. Maybe I was lucky.

Meanwhile, Heather was beginning to find it extremely difficult to make it online for recording sessions, as well as maintaining listener emails and such. She had started the school-year, and being the scholarly person that she is, she was drowned with work and extra-curricular activities once again. I can’t say that I wasn’t at least a little frustrated with some of this, along with the 3-hour time difference that we faced. I tried to not pay attention to this too much and focus on the exciting things. The website was almost finished!

Until next time!



Year In Review: The Beginnings of an Online Community

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 | Author: Adam

So, now we get into the part of this year where some major, sometimes overwhelming things begin to happen. Our first episode was out, and within a few days, we’d gained 20 followers in the MyLeaky group. For the time, this was an amazing feat:

“Can you believe it? 20 people that actually listen to us!” At the beginning we had intended for only a few people to listen to us. Maybe, 30 tops. We were perfectly content with this. A lot of MyLeaky conversation sprung back and forth in the group. It was mostly positive feedback, with a few suggestions here and there. It was a really great feeling to read all of the feedback that people had to give, and to respond to it. A couple MyLeaky users even began to treat Heather and I like somewhat celebs, with lines like: “Ok, I know you must be very busy…” and “Just wait until my friends hear I’ve talked to you guys!” and “I check your website practically everyday!”

During this time, I decided to change up the logo a little. Thus adding more of a clean, and refined look to the logo. I wonder if you can tell the difference…

Our first 3 episodes went out in a course of 3 months. Quite a stretch of time, I must say! It was evident that Heather’s schedule was fairly busy. Science Olympiad, play rehearsals, band practice, and homework galore kept her busy. There were quite a few episodes of:

“Hey! What would you say to recording on (select date)?”

“I can’t,” she’d reply. “I have Science Olympiad to go to.”…Ah well!

I guess you could say we kept “plugging along”. Although it was difficult to get anything out online, we still had fun when we were recording. Creating a podcast seemed to take us out of reality for a while. We could just drop what we were doing, and focus all of our attention on podcasting, and discussing topics that we liked. And the outcome was terrific! People listening to us. As many times as they’d please!

During early April, I came into contact  with a employee from Podomatic, the website that hosts our podcast. I approached them and asked if it were ok to do some advertising in exchange for some form of payment. They agreed that it was a good idea for me to do this, and soon after, I began to work on a 30 second advertisement to be put at the beginning of the show. What an experience this was! Trying to be Mr. Perfect for that day, I spent a half hour recording this 30 second ad. Finally, in a flurry of frusteration, I settled on what I had. While listening back to myself recoring this, I can’t help burst out laughing! I’ve kept this for the record, so if you’d like to listen to a bit of my “lack of talent” for recording ads, CLICK THE CASSETTE TAPE THAT IS OFF TO THE SIDE!

MyLeaky was, and still is, an excellent way to get to know people in the fandom. It’s what really brought an original fan base together for us, and through MyLeaky I’ve definitely made a handful of really good friends! One friend, who I was introduced to in March of this year, probably had no idea that he’d get to be a host of the podcast itself. At the beginning of this year, you all knew him as the goofy MyLeaky guy, with the clown nose and earbuds! But now that he’s been in direct contact with the podcast for quite a few months now, you all know him as “Thio, Web-Designer Extraordinaire!”

Thio sent us a MyLeaky message on March 3rd, explaining how he’d listened to the first 3 episodes and he’d really liked them, but he really missed the concept of having more than 2 hosts:

“I don’t know if that’s because I’m used to podcasts with lots of people, but I think it would give the podcast more of a feel of “chat between friends”. Am I making any sense? lol.”

Yes, clown-man, I think to myself. You make sense! It looks as if I had found that one listener in every fanbase that had the loads of corrections. We emailed through MyLeaky, discussing life and the podcast, and I soon found out that what I had first perceived to be corrections, were actually great ideas! A fan that was very easy to get along with and had excellent knowledge of Harry Potter canon!

“I am heading for university soon!” I said to Thio.

“I just finished college actually. I’m a graduated graphic designer. Yaaaay! =9″ was what Thio replied with.

My honest initial reaction was, “Seriously? Graphic designer!?” Up until then, a thought that had always lingered through my mind was “Wow, I really wish I’d had a professionally designed website for the podcast. But how the heck do I get one of those? Where to I go to look for that? Who do I talk to?” And right there on my computer screen, was a graphic designer. I might as well not pass up this opportunity! With all the talking this guy does of the podcast, I’m fairly certain that if I were to ask him to build a website for us, he would not decline. And what luck I had:

“I would be very glad to design a new page for you guys. Pro bono. =)” Over the next few months, Thio and I became friends.

Around the beginning of April, with 4 episodes released, Heather and I watched our numbers begin to climb higher and higher. Now at 400 subscribers, with 800 downloads, excitement had really begun to build. Little did I know, the second half of this year was about to veer offtrack significantly…

Until next post!



Year In Review: The Foundations of a Podcast

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 | Author: Adam

The end of 2010 is almost here, and I am jolted to the reality that the podcast has lasted for an entire year! This year has been filled with so many great memories, so many uphills and downhills, so many twists and turns. I, and the podcast, have evolved tremendously over the past 12 months. This is something that I would have never dreamed would happen when I was still in the early podcasting days. So many changes have happened that I feel it is only appropriate to reflect back on it, and write the first of a series of blog posts about my adventure through the first year of this podcast. And what a perfect time this is! Exactly one year ago, at around this time of day, The Potter Pensieve Podcast was first thought of:

“Hey Heather! Can I ask you a question?” I say tentatively as I sit in font of my television. I’d been talking with Heather through the Skype application on my iPod. We were watching Half Blood Prince, and making humorous, less than productive comments on the film.

“Sure. What?,” she states.

“Well…you might think this is a bad idea…so before I say anything, I won’t be upset if you’re against this suggestion.”

“Uhh, ok. I’m prepared, trust me!”

“Well, I’ve tried to do a couple podcasts in high school. And I find I really like it. What would you say to starting our own podcast? On Harry Potter?”

“Yeah. That sounds fun.”

“Really? You think it’s a good idea?”

“Yeah. I do! We could start recording on January 1st. Make it a New Years project!”

“Awesome! That sounds great!”

I have been trying to think of a symbol, or object, that would indicate the growth, time, events, and people surrounding the podcast. And the only thing that comes to mind is the iTunes logo. In the past 12 months, it has undergone 4 distinct changes. That’s 4 distinct parts of time that I will use to go over the year in review! (over the next few days. With Part 1 being today).

I’ll start off the review by saying that in no way do I like this logo any longer! ^^.

Anyways, during the time we had this logo, the podcast was still in the early stages. Evidently. Soon after Heather and I had discussed our plans to create a show, we began to discuss what the title would be. It didn’t take long to think up the word “Pensieve”. As in, “remembering” the series once more. After that, I created this logo, started an account with Podomatic, submitted the podcast account to iTunes, added Pensieve to all of the major podcast hosts on the net, created a MyLeaky group (in which no body joined, because there wasn’t any actual episode at the time), and built a very temporary and unstable website! One of which, I will show you a photo right now:

Finally we sat down the afternoon of January 1st, 2010, and we began to record. We hadn’t really processed what kind of project we were getting ourselves into. First of all, I’d like to say, that we had absolutely no idea what we were doing! We had over-prepared in all of our nervousness. We were stuttering like crazy. There were many tense pauses.  The count for my saying “Uhmm” and “Like” was 56 times altogether! And it just didn’t feel natural to us yet. We weren’t used to the procedure of talking to each other as well as talking to however many listeners there were going to be. It is quite strange to talk to somebody that won’t be hearing you for the next couple days. Long story short: after 6 hours of editing out all the “uhmms” and “likes”, pauses, and irrelevant conversation, episode 1 went from 2 hours, to 1 hour 3 minutes! If you’d like to hear a little bit of our original, unedited episode 1, feel free to click the black box below!

Over the next few days, as I continue writing about this year, I will be releasing various bits of “Pensieve Goodies” that I find will be of interest to all of you! Only on this website, (not on iTunes or anywhere else) will you be able to find a variety of different audio-clips, bits of conversation, pictures, and other downloads that have never met with the internet. Ever. I’ll call this A Personal Vault that I have, stored here on my computer ^^.

Until next post, then!