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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!

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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.

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The Potter Pensieve #14 – PoA Chapters 16-18

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 | Author: Adam

Thio, Hollie, and Adam are recording this week, along with special guest and website blogger Sarah! This episode, we cover chapters 16-18 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and discuss topics such as: Professor Trelawney’s unfair education system, what really happened to Scabbers?, a rather emotional Harry, some interesting movie comparisons, the realities of being an animagus, and much more! Also, we reveal the winner and runner-up of the New Years Challenge! Special shout-out to Thio for making his debut chapter this week! And a big “thank you” to Sarah for joining us this episode and adding a sprinkle of new personality!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter! And join our Facebook group!

iTunes download here!

Extra shout-outs for this episode:

Call To Arms – Time Machines Are Overrated: Music Video

Chelsea’s StillWaitingForMyLetter Podcast!

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The Big Bang of the New Year

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 | Author: Sarah
Let me start by saying that for those of you that are still lagging (such as myself) we have actually entered a new year and are officially in 2011.

Depending on how you look at your glass (half full versus half empty) this could be the greatest year ever in the Harry Potter fandom, a very sad year or maybe even that bitter sweet feeling you get when you think you finally have all the answers to something only to find out that maybe you really didn’t want to know all the answers.

Either way, this is going to be an extremely exciting year for us Harry Potter fans. Of course, we all know that Part Two of The Deathly Hallows is scheduled to come out in theaters in July. My personal “happy place” for this is that we have LeakyCon 2011 to look forward to!

No, I don’t mean just a convention for the Harry Potter “freaks” of the world. If you have to choose one Harry Potter event to attend, this is the one! It’s being held in Orlando, FL on the Universal grounds where the wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter has come to life. What is the added bonus of this particular convention you may ask? Well….if all goes according to plan (movie releases don’t get delayed and such) then all of us will be able to see the final movie together as one big Harry Potter family!!! Oh, with the added bonus of us being able to see the midnight showing and hopefully in IMAX all within the┬áboundaries of the Universal Studios park! It is bound to be the best Harry Potter party ever held!!!

So now I must ask, how many of you have been to a Harry Potter convention before and what was your experience? And, are you planning to attend LeakyCon 2011?

I can’t wait to meet everyone face-to-face in July!!!

***WBM!****

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Downloading Troubles??

Saturday, January 15th, 2011 | Author: Adam

Yes! We know! Currently, you are unable to download previous episodes off of this website!

The problem is that the “sharing” folder in which these files are located is no longer! Apparently it expires! Yikes!

Right now, we’re working on re-uploading all of the files to a new storage service. One that does not cause any troubles! You should be able to download all of our previous episodes in a few hours!

Thanks for your patience! :)

UPDATE: Hey listeners! The problem has been fixed! Download at your convenience! And enjoy!

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Podcast Update!

Saturday, January 15th, 2011 | Author: Adam

Hey everyone! Once again Happy 2011! We’ve got a bit of a schedule lined up for this year, and I’m just informing everyone that our next recording session will be taking place this week! Expect Potter Pensieve #14 to be out by the end of this week! We’re eagerly looking forward to sitting down and starting the New Year with discussion on the climax of Prisoner of Azkaban! See you all very soon!

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What’s Yo’ Name, Cho Chang?

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 | Author: Hollie

Since we’re still discussing Azkaban on the podcast, let me indulge in one of my favourite character contemplations – Cho Chang. From first read, I’ve always been intrigued with Cho. The character’s ethnic roots alone serve as an example of Jo’s culturally conscious (and accurate) depiction of British society. I’ve yet to fully answer the question “Who is Cho Chang?”, which is undoubtedly where much of my fascination for her stems from. I’ve thrown her into several groupings that might serve as a predictable, overly-analyzed categorization of her person, if anything at all. Please feel free to settle anywhere between a disagreeable scoff and a nod of agreement. I love to take a not-so-main-vein, enlarge it, and then analyze the crap out of it. Shall we?

1. The Mysterious Vixen – Some might say Cho’s role is simple: she serves to get ‘The Beast’ (Harry’s heart and hormones) all fired up. Before this, The Beast was simply an unhatched egg – a zygote waiting to be released into the wild wizarding world. Despite all of the action we’re fed, there is definitely room for lust, and until now, we’ve been slightly starved for it. What? You know you were pumped when you read about Harry’s stomach jolt upon his and Cho’s first unofficial meeting.

Cho is ultra-pretty, mysteriously exotic, athletic, seemingly popular, and harnesses the potential to be sort of kick-ass. Her Ravenclaw membership card gives her an intimidating edge, validating that she is at least academically inclined, and could just be witty and clever (all virtues worthy of envy). We’re not so sure of her personality rating, but that (for now) allows her to remain alluring for Harry. As Emily would say “He’s freakin’ Harry Potter”, so opting for ordinary just isn’t in the cards for him.

2. The Competition – At this point in the series, whether you were once dangerously rowing towards the Hermoine – Harry ship or not, any suspicions or hopes you had for Harry’s love life are at least temporarily squashed during your first read of Azkaban. Cho is on the scene, and we didn’t see her coming. She is suddenly in hot, albeit annoyingly elusive pursuit of Harry’s attention. She’s having a blast playing with his attraction, and she knows that she’s got him. She proves that in “Gryffindor Versus Ravenclaw”, doesn’t she? Giving him those eyes, and playfully vying for the snitch. Her game is admirable, and I enjoyed seeing Harry engage in teenage normalcy. It gives him a break from the dramz of being The Boy Who Lived, and we’re all “Gasp! Where did Chang come from? Who is this attractive, interesting girl? We were expecting someone else. Weren’t we?”

3. The Ideal Teenager – Come on, you know the real reason you despise Cho: it’s because she’s perfect. I mean, she’s that girl in school who you can’t help but like, and so you end up disliking because of…liking her. You know? To put it simply, she’s the type that nabs at the (not fully healed) scabs, most commonly called adolescent insecurity and self doubt, commonly mixed with, or caused by low self-esteem and inaccurate self-image. See? All of those unhealthy feelings during teenagehood are completely normal, even though your Health Ed. teacher once made you feel ickishly alienated for harbouring them. At least we had Cho to validate those feelings, and then lash out on her for smartening our wounds.

4. The Purpose is the Plot – I’m not as keen on analyzing plot like the rest of the podcasters. It’s probably because I’m not clever in that way. I’m like, “What are we talking about, guys?” I find my eyes glazing over and my thoughts gravitating toward my fridge (mmm…leftover macaroni and cheese). But um. What was I talking about? Oh yes, plot analysis. I think Cho is just another interesting twist. If anything, our hero’s immediate attraction for Cho serves as a foreshadowing into the competition and comparison between Harry and Cedric Diggory, which serves to both amplify Harry’s heroic qualities (because Harry excels at keeping up with Cedric’s athleticism and honourable virtue), while illuminating his own teenage insecurities. Let’s face it, Cedric is like a white knight while Harry is, in contrast, more of a dark horse (at this point in the series, anyway). Don’t get me wrong, I love me a dark horse, but they are always filled with internal struggle that often acts like a firey hell, blazing in the way of potential achievements. Harry can be a clear example of that, no? Wait – was that just a character analysis? I was going for plot. You see how it fits in, though!

I’m sure there are so many other things we could take from Chitty Chitty Chang Chang, but I’ll leave that to you, or I’ll simply leave it to rest. In the end, most of us are fed up with her and Harry’s relationship, which doesn’t really go anywhere (because it’s not supposed to), and becomes tiresome, tediously sad, and downright awkward. Bring on Ginny, I say, and let Cho live on as the ‘meh’ ex-girlfriend who wistfully saunters into the background, never to become relevant again.

Amen.

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Welcome Home, Me.

Friday, January 07th, 2011 | Author: Hollie

Man, this week has been stressful. Before I divulge, let me give you an update into my very un-Potter lifestyle that I’ve been leading as of late. Wait, what’s that – do I hear boos echoing in the backdrop? I deserve it.

Right, so Happy New Year, everyone! 2011 is already turning out to be eventful, what with all the environmental and political turmoil still churning worldwide, we’re bound to have an exhilarating, albeit slightly frightening year ahead of us. What? You know shiz is getting scary out there. Maybe it’s just me – I’m a little paranoid about the whole apocalypse thing.

On to better news – I’m an aunt! Yes, me, Auntie Hollie. My lovely sister-in-law gave birth to the most precious and beautiful child, Mya, on January 2nd. I must say, it was a joyous experience for the family. I’m already planning on purchasing every Harry Potter audio disc for her enjoyment. She needs some good listening material for the car, and what better way to start? I have fantasies of reading her the entire series. I hope she loves it as much as I do! My luck, she’ll refer to me as “My Cooky Aunt Hollie – you know, the one who is creepishly obsessed with those Potter books”.

Besides that, I’ve been swept up in a sea of cheerleading. Yes, I’m a cheer coach, and a damn enthusiastic one at that. We are prepping for our competition season, which is just underway. I have the most hard-working, good-natured, and persevering team there is – not to mention adorable. Yet, it’s a stressful business, being a coach. I love it, and would never change it, but there are days when my teeth are gritted and my knuckles are white. Along with my teaching, living in teenager-land isn’t always the epitome of pleasant. Oh, hush teenyboppers. Leave me alone – you know I’m right! It’s one of those days, folks, and no one said it was going to be easy.

Okay, so what is the point of this diary entry, you ask? Since when did I hijack the blog, beginning a new terrible regime called The Hollie Pensieve? All of my mumblings lead to this plain, yet tragic fact:

Through all my hustlings and bustlings, I’m left Potter deprived! Cold, shivering…alone.

Yes, I’ve a thirst for pumpkin juice, a longing for Hagrid’s choppy, yet endearing vernacular! I feel a desperation in my chest to see visions of Hogsmeade, the grounds at Hogwarts – even Privet Drive for God’s sake. Anything! I would even take on a virtual date with Voldemort if it meant reconnecting with my long-lost world. I’d hang out with Wormtail for the day if it meant I’d get some insight into what has been happening within the fandom. Even in my busiest days, I try to recall whisperings of Jo’s lofty council – bits of wisdom from interviews past. My mind fails me. I feel so far gone from Potter, it’s like I’m on the outside looking in.

Okay, I have to log on to Leaky and get researching, but there’s so much information! Where do I start? What do I do? *Wails with overwhelmed angst*…

I’m so ashamed *whimpers*

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Okay, after I’ve calmed down, I think I can return to our favourite world with a new perspective. No longer will I take The Trio for granted, or think that the Weasleys always be at my fingertips. As life goes on, it gets busier, messier, and more complicated. Through it all, Harry Potter has never had so much importance for me than it does now – it’s my refuge, and happily, I have returned. So without further adieu, open that Burrow door, and say it with me:

“Welcome Home!”

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