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A “two-faced bastard”… But, is he?

Sunday, October 31st, 2010 | Author: Maria

One of the most intriguing and complex characters in the “Harry Potter” universe is, at least in my opinion, Draco Malfoy.

J. K. Rowling portrayed Draco as a fearsome and evil little boy during the first five books, and I believe all of us disliked him as much as Harry did. He was just a “twitchy little ferret”, right? Personally, I despised him for his rudeness, for his prejudices against Muggle-borns and especially for his cowardice.

In the sixth book, when Draco is assigned the task of killing Albus Dumbledore by Lord Voldemort, he makes a deadly and effective plan to do exactly so. But he started to get stressed because of the difficulty of the mission and the consequences of failure. And then, surprisingly enough (I can say that I was completely shocked while reading), we read that Draco visited Myrtle regularly, even openly crying in front of her! To add to that, when Dumbledore is wandless and Draco is on the verge of casting Avada Kedavra, he falters. He just could not gather enough courage to say that spell. I believe this shows a hint of goodness in him and that if the Death Eaters did not enter the Astronomy Tower during that very moment, Dumbledore could have succeeded in convincing him that “Good always triumphs”.

After reading Half-Blood Prince, I seriously started to question all of my hatred towards him. I only realised my vision about the character had completely changed once reading Deathly Hallows.

During the last book of the series, I honestly started to see some good in Draco, even though he still fought along side with the Death Eaters in the Battle of Hogwarts. I guess I actually started to consider him one of my favourite characters when in the Epilogue he gives that curt nod to Ron, Ginny, Harry and Hermione. It had to mean something, right? Well, even if it didn’t mean much to most people, it definetly made me analize his past, and I got to the conclusion that he never had supporting parents, he never knew true love, he always thought the best way to shield himself from the cruelty of the world was by acting the way he acted. He never truly was a “two-faced bastard”, like Ron called him, he was just a scared boy that made all of the wrong choices.

And, as Deathly Hallows:Part 1 is about to be released, I just can’t wait to, hopefully, see that hint of goodness I saw while reading the book.

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Potter Pensieve Plans!

Saturday, October 30th, 2010 | Author: Adam

Yes, you’ve been waiting for a while… But not for much longer! The Potter Pensieve Podcast has yet to face new changes! We’re proud to announce a brand new format for the podcast! With a brand new team of podcasters, new music, and new discussion, The Potter Pensieve Podcast will make its return early next month!

We’ll be picking up from where we left off in the series, only this time, we’re welcoming a variety of new thoughts, ideas and opinions!  New podcasters will be announced on the next show!

Thanks to all the listeners for their support and encouragement!

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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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Nick’s True Death Story…

Sunday, October 24th, 2010 | Author: Adam

I’ve recently realized that I have this strange fascination with death. What happens when we die? Where do we go? What do we see? I’m not particularly religious, so the word “heaven” is out of the question for this post. But I’ve often found myself stumbling upon these questions while reading through the Harry Potter series. In the books, death is a huge component. All wizards except those who fear death, carry on to another world. Those who fear death remain as ghosts for eternity…

When I think of ghosts in the Harry Potter series, a picture of Nearly Headless Nick flashes through my mind. We all know that his death was the result of a botched beheading on October 31st, 1492. According to the story, Nick, fearing death, was hit 45 times in the neck with a blunt axe. “I was afraid of death”, said Nick softly. “I chose to remain behind” (Order of the Phoenix). Yes, Nick feared death, but what strikes a thought in me is the fact that he “chose” to remain behind. While reading through the series I’ve always believed that you didn’t really have a choice. If you fear death, then you do. If you don’t fear death, then you don’t, and this is just the way it is. I’ve always thought that there really isn’t much “choice” aspect here. When first reading of Nick’s death story, I figured that he either feared death before the execution, or that when he was hit with the axe, felt the pain and did not die, it was then that he realized he feared death.

In Order of the Phoenix, I find it very interesting when Nick states, “Wizards can leave an imprint of themselves upon the earth, to walk palely where their living selves once trod, but very few wizards choose that path.” He clearly says that wizards have a choice to stay behind or go on. This passage paints a whole new picture in my mind. It reminds me of the scene in the film The Matrix, where the main character is faced with one red pill and one blue pill. If he chooses the red pill he will return home and hence there would not be a movie, but if he chooses the blue pill, he chooses to learn and carry on with all of the events that happen in the film. The choice is as simple as that. Is this similar to the process that wizards go through before they truly die? And if so, why would anybody want to stay behind? Why would anybody choose to fear death? The way Nick explains “very few wizards choose that path”, is as if most wizards are too noble to fear death, when we all know that many more probably do fear it.

Maybe Nick felt safer by staying behind, fearing the “unknown”. Maybe this isn’t a case of saying “I like my life, I don’t want to go through pain and die”, but saying “I don’t want to die because I don’t know what will happen to me…” Either way, this world that Jo has created is immeasurably complex. I honestly feel that she purposely left us thinking about such topics.

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My Personal Grim

Thursday, October 21st, 2010 | Author: Kim

I’ve got two dogs.  One, a small, twenty-three pound Shiba Inu.  Her name is Robin Hood due to her incredible likeness to a fox.  She’s adorable.  People want to squeeze her and hold her and cuddle with her.  Everyone always comments on how cute she is or how unique or beautiful she is.  Unfortunately, Robin Hood is pretty aloof and can’t be bothered with most people.  At the park, when someone tries to pet her she turns and walks the other direction.  She’s perfectly content to play by herself or with her other dog friends.  But people?  Not something she really cares about. Sure, she cuddles with me all the time.  But I’ve raised her from a puppy.  I say she’s got an authority problem.  She’s independent and likes it that way.

Then there’s Dora.  Dora is a giant, eighty pound black lab.  Her only goal in life is to please.  She will do whatever she can to make people happy.  She loves everyone, except the mailman.  Never one to shy away from a hug, Dora is the epitome of a good dog.  Unfortunately for her, she’s a big, black dog.

Where is the relation to Harry Potter going to come in, you ask? Right now.  Dora is a modern day, human world grim.  She’s sweet and cuddly and comes with a bad stigma because she is a big, black dog.  The mailman won’t drop off the mail if the door is open.  People walking through the neighborhood cross the street when they see her approaching.  My own uncle suggested we get rid of her because she “is a nuisance to society and our neighborhood.”

I’m of the belief that were Dora a yellow lab, she would be the hit of the party.  But black dogs and black cats carry this belief that they are bad omens.  They are evil or represent some sort of danger coming.  The most dangerous thing Dora has ever done was behead a Christmas figurine with her tail.  And yet, she’s a menace to our neighborhood.  She’s a grim.  She symbolizes death, danger and destruction.

My poor grim…

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What Should I Do First?

Thursday, October 21st, 2010 | Author: Sarah

I have an internal struggle that I thought maybe, just maybe, if I lay the struggle out for all to see, I might get some much needed direction. I am going (for sure) to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this weekend. However, I had to compromise and succumb to the much talked about Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios just to get someone to go with me. Probably, I am just infatuated with the WWoHP and it is not possible for me to fall out of love with it (unlike other way too muggle-ish people)! What I am really saying is that I can never get enough. I can literally just sit outside the Three Broomsticks and Hogs Head Pub or even just sit on the wall near the Owlery and completely enjoy myself! I don’t necessarily need to go on rides, although I do love the Forbidden Journey. :D

Okay, so that being said, my internal dilemma is this: I still have yet to see the park at night. I have heard all about how beautiful it is and how it’s a “must-see”. Still I haven’t been able to actually see it. On the other hand I have made this “compromise” to go at night to the other park. So, would it be rude of me to ditch the others (who, by the way, are only going to keep each other company while I relish in a world I want to live in) and go to Hogsmeade to see this amazing world look even more enticing? Don’t forget that if I do evade my company and go to the WWoHP instead I will have some really great pictures and possibly videos for your viewing pleasure! (No coercion there :) )

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Public Message!

Sunday, October 17th, 2010 | Author: Adam

P.S.   Bloggers may join as well! :)

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The Waiting Game

Sunday, October 17th, 2010 | Author: Kim

So I’ll admit it.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was the first of the Potter films I’d seen in theaters.  I hadn’t started reading the books until after the first movie had been released.

Now, I cannot wait until the release of the 7th film.  I’ve spent so much time griping and complaining about my waiting for the release.  I probably could have gone to the moon and back in all the time I’ve spent whining to my hubby.  So here is a list of things that COULD have been done, had I shut my mouth and stopped whining.

- Remodeled my bathroom.

- Gone to and completed graduate school.

- Washed my new car.

- Read War and Peace.

- Ran a marathon.

- Baked 3 dozen vanilla chocolate chunk muffins.

- Cured a life-threatening illness.

- Cleaned out my garage.

See, these are things that would take me quite a while.  Yes, baking is not a skill I have and it would take me forever to properly learn the technique of muffin baking. If I took the time and used it for other things, I could accomplish quite a lot.  Frankly, I’d rather gripe.  I’ve been sitting here on the edge of my seat waiting for the much-anticipated seventh movie.  It’s been pushed back. It’s been threatened with a third-dimensional aspect.  It’s been held back again and again.  I don’t think my eager little brain can take the waiting much more!

And believe me, I’ll be there on the day of the release.  Maybe I’ll even wear my Gryffindor scarf.

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Is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Expanding?

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 | Author: Sarah

For those of you that haven’t heard, there are little murmurs of the possible expansion of the Wizarding World. Those murmurs turned into very important questions such as “How soon?” and “Where at?”. So far, the only question I know the answer to is “Who”. It has been confirmed that the “who’s-who” staffers of Universal Studios did, in fact, conduct a survey asking visitors their opinions on the expansion.

My opinions is the more, the merrier! But I am also not in a huge rush and I will tell you why. Firstly, I am still enjoying what we have been given (which is a whole lot of great stuff considering the amount of space they had to work with). Secondly, there are still many more fans that are still waiting for their chance to see the park. And last, but definitely not least, I still see stuff I didn’t see the last time I was there. Just as I am sure there a many of you that feel the same.

Last time I visited I did see a tiny bit of construction but I could find no one that could tell me what was being constructed, so that is one of my new goals. I will find out…for our sanity!

As much as I hate to admit it, I think Islands of Adventure would profit much more for a longer period of time by holding out until the newness of the park simmers a bit.

So, now I ask: What do you think of a possible expansion? If you haven’t already visited, would it matter at this point if there was an expansion? And if you have been to the WWoHP, would an expansion really influence your park frequency yet?

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I Heart You, Thestral.

Thursday, October 14th, 2010 | Author: Hollie

A few days ago, Kim posed a question: What, in your opinion, is the best magical creature? Well, I’m going to tell you what it is. So sit back, put on your reading glasses, grab a glass of milk, perhaps a cookie, and enjoy this. It’s going to be convincing.

They say love is blind, do they not? Well let’s take a ride on that cliché and see what we can come up with to prove that the Thestral, of all magical beings, is by far the coolest…even though most wizards are unaware of this elusive creature (until they have witnessed death). Ominously awesome! But sad. Cough. Anyway!

Like I mentioned, it’s invisible to a lot of people. I mean, wouldn’t you want to be invisible to people who didn’t even know about you anyway? That saves one from a lot of socially awkward situations. What’s better – the people who do know about you are in a secret club of…well, death…but, at least they aren’t ignorant about the world’s harsh ways! So, the people who are aware of the Thestral, who are actually interacting with the Thestral, would be appreciative about it instead of cringing away, wouldn’t they? Another bonus. Thestrals must seriously dislike cringers. How would you feel if your mere presence made the average person cringe? Not great for the self-esteem.

Another reason why the Thestral rocks is simply because of the way it looks. Besides being awesomely invisible, when a witch or wizard can see it, it’s totally eerie looking. It doesn’t get much better than beholding a magical black winged horse, all gaunt and shiny-white eyed! That’s going to creep the heck out of anyone, un-Muggle-ish or not! And that’s just plain ridiculous – in a good way. PS: It can fly.

The Thestral is pretty noble as well. I mean, it gracefully, yet aggressively, carts people around, doing so without complaint. A lot of the time it provides this service without the customers’ awareness. How modest is that? It obviously needs little to zero praise. That’s what I call chivalric, and extremely unselfish. Thestrals should be poster children for social movements around the world; they clearly make it a better place. So, who needs an oversensitive Hippogriff when you’ve got a wicked Thestral at your beck and call? That’s what I thought you’d say…

Another thing I thoroughly appreciate about the Thestral is the fact that they’re pretty tame, despite living semi-wild lives. I mean, people like Hagrid look after them, but basically they are chillin’ in the Forbidden Forrest on their own. Even Hagrid admits that this dark horse would nibble on an appendage of yours if you provoked it enough, but, I think anyone who messed with a Thestral would deserve a little nip. Don’t you? Luna Lovegood got it right when she brought some raw meat for the baby Thestral to nibble on – you’ve got to get on their level, gain some respect, and then hope you can hang tight with it.

Let’s tie this together by highlighting another point: Does the Thestral not bring people together? I mean, look at Harry and Luna. They both experienced the tragic death of their parents. Now they can feed the Thestrals together and talk about heavy stuff. Thestrals are like therapy for witches and wizards. It’s nature healing itself. What more is there to say on the subject?

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