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We Will Remember Them?

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 | Author: Katherine

For those of you who read the comments of my last blog post, I know that I said I was going to publish an essay on the houses next; however I have decided to do something different. I have spent the last few days in France and Belgium looking at the First World War battlefields and graves. It has been an incredibly humbling experience, and lead me to wonder – how did the Wizarding World cope after the fateful battle on 2nd 1998?


Firstly, there will have been an unimaginable amount of grief, and nearly a generation of young people dead. Like after The Great War; these dead would have needed to be buried. And how should they be commemorated? Should the wizards build huge statues – for example Thiepval (British/French); or simple symbolic memorials like that at Beaumont-Hamel (Newfoundland/Canada)? Or should the burial be left to the families?


I believe that a statue of a phoenix in a similar idea to Beaumont-Hamel would be nicest, as this represents Dumbledore and everything he, and Harry stood for. Beaumont-Hamel felt like a small piece of Canada, which technically it is, so maybe it could feel like a piece of Hogwarts.

I also like to think that the dead would be remembered, as we remember those who gave their lives for us.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.”

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Racist Dursleys!

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 | Author: Kim
Back to the Burrow is my absolute favorite chapter in Goblet of Fire, perhaps in all of Harry Potter.  For me, imagining the Weasleys and the Dursleys in the same room is too comical.  They are total opposites, not just because of their magical differences.  The Weasleys are a people of meager living.  They do not have the grandest posessions or the shiniest new toys.  The Dursleys are a people that pride themselves on having the best.  Their status in society is based on what they have, not who they are.  I often wonder where the Dursleys would stand if they were involved in the fight against Voldemort.  I don’t necessarily believe that they would be on the side of the Death Eaters.  I do, however, think they would be indifferent.  They would stand aside and let people like the Weasleys fight the good fight for them.
Another interesting thing I thought of today while listening to the newest podcast is racism, not just in Harry Potter but in all of literature.  Sometimes, it is blatant and obvious and smacks you in the face.  Other times, it is so deeply buried, you have to stretch your imagination pretty far to catch it.  In Lewis Carroll’s Alice novels, racism is a prevalent theme that doesn’t hit you over the head.  It is disguised in such a way that it doesn’t stand out as one of the major themes throughout the novels.

Racism runs through the roots of Harry Potter.  From the Death Eaters and Voldemort to house elves, it is prevalent in so many places.  One place that I often overlook is with the Dursleys.  For me, because they are not central characters that are involved much past the start of each book, I often tend to forget them.  But listening and re-reading over this chapter only sparked a reminder for me.  They are elitists.  They believe that they have the best, are the best, will always be the best.  Harry is different.  Even though he is family, he will never measure up to the Dursleys and what they have.  So while the Dursleys may not exhibit the most blatant of racism in the Harry Potter novels, they sure do have the same views.  If they were a part of the Wizarding World, you can bet that they would treat house-elves with disdain and loathing.

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Is It Really The End?

Monday, March 28th, 2011 | Author: Rhea

Hi! I’m Rhea, one of the new Potter Pensieve bloggers!

About two weeks ago, the long awaited publicity for Deathly Hallows Part 2 started. New images and sneak peeks have been cropping up online (all of which I have avoided watching with surprising ease).

Every Harry Potter fan is waiting desperately for 15th July and dreading it at the same time. The words ‘the end’ are used most often to describe this day. A few months after the last movie comes out, the Harry Potter news will begin to lessen. The time that is passing so quickly now is the last time there will ever be new images and new clips to watch. This is the last wait. After this, everything that we have looked forward to knowing will be known to us. This is the last time we can speculate. I keep thinking to myself- is this really possible? Is it really getting over? It feels like my childhood is drawing to a close. I know that sounds overdramatic, but that is actually the way I’ve been feeling.

After indulging in these dismal thoughts for a while, I pause and try to make myself feel more optimistic. We are all fans of this amazing series because it has captivated us and helped us grow as people. The Harry Potter series has found a way into our hearts and even our souls. When we look back at these days, the series and everything that it has taught us will be a mingled in our memories. The series will always mean a lot to us because we have all gone through a significant time in our lives with it. Every time I tell myself this, I realize, all over again, that Harry Potter will never truly end.

I’ve also realized that Harry won’t just be part of my memories. I’ve started rereading, not only the later books, as I usually tend to do, but the earlier books as well. With every reread, I find a new thought, a new layer, something else for me to think about. Going back to the beginning has reminded me that the words ‘Harry Potter’ do not merely spell memories for me. I have the good fortune of loving a story that has a new meaning, even in the context of my life, every time I read it.

So, even as I bid goodbye to anticipation, I know that the books that have helped me grow into the sixteen year old that I am, will help me grow further. This fills me with a huge amount of happiness. After all, if the series that we have grown to love and that has helped us grow as people can help us evolve further, the decline of a phenomenon looks pretty pale in comparison, doesn’t it?


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!


Hermione – a young JKR?

Sunday, March 27th, 2011 | Author: Katherine

Hi, I’m Katherine, another of the new bloggers on the Potter Pensieve website. This is my first blog, so bear with me!

Hermione has been described by JK Rowling as being like Jo herself when she was younger. She is very clever and studies very hard. However, despite her outwardly confident appearance Hermione has, according to Jo, a “sense of insecurity underneath”. By understanding this we can realise that the reason she tries so hard at school as she may try to achieve at school to compensate for this.

Indeed Hermione’s biggest fear, revealed by her Boggart, is that she fails at school. This may seem a trivial fear, but if we extend it to a fear of failing generally we can begin to understand. Hermione is inwardly insecure, and to fail would, in her mind, expose her to others. In a wider sense, failing in life outside school would be potentially disastrous, especially when fighting Voldemort. For Jo, failing to publish her book would have meant a life in poverty.

Hermione is a very gifted witch but this does not stop her from helping those around her. She supports Neville through school, and sets up S.P.E.W. Whilst Harry and Ron find this amusing, her social activism also echoes Jo – who is a member of Amnesty International.

In conclusion, Hermione’s character has direct parallels to Jo’s, which can be seen throughout the books. I believe that she is also a way for Jo to express the type of girl young women should aim to be: dependable, hard working and affectionate. Heaven forbid that anyone who grew up reading Harry Potter would turn into “a Pansy Parkinson”!

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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.


The Potter Pensieve #17 – GoF Chapters 4-7

Saturday, March 26th, 2011 | Author: Adam

Hey we’re back with more analysis of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! This week we cover chapters 4-7 of the story, and discuss topics such as: wizards in a timewarp, the Weasely Twin Oddities, Harry’s “undiscovered” family, a variety of different memory-wipers, the foolish directing of the GoF film, and tons more!

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Grims Are 30% Off??

Thursday, March 24th, 2011 | Author: Kim
My job can sometimes get tedious.  We are nearing the end of our quarter and the work is piling up.  I need something to get me through the long hours of exhaustive research.  And so I whipped out my iPhone and downloaded some of the older episodes of Potter Pensieve that I had previously listened to months ago.  You can never go wrong with some Harry Potter chat.
While listening to an older episode in which Adam and Heather were discussing the Grim, Heather made a point that if you go to a dog shelter, a large majority of the dogs are black.  I just shook my head and laughed upon hearing this.
It’s so beyond true.
I have one black dog, a lab named Dora.  She’s sweet and loveable and people are afraid of her.  My other dog, Robin Hood, is one of those cute little dogs that people love to look at and think she is so sweet.  Robin Hood is filled with piss and vinegar.
My husband and I have been looking to get another dog for quite some time.  What can I say?  I’ve got a bleeding heart and want to help all animals in need.  Needless to say, we spend a lot of time at local dog shelters in search of the next great animal to fit in with our crazy family.  Ok, so what’s your point, Kim?  I know that is what you are all asking, since my life isn’t interesting enough to be its own post.
Currently, all of our local dog shelters are offering discounts on black dogs and cats.  If you come in and adopt one of these animals, you will get 30% off the adoption fee and they will throw in some doggie care items for free.  Despite the fact that many black animals are incredibly sweet, they will always carry a stigma.  They will always be thought of as that bad omen.  People will always continue to cross the street at the first sign of a black cat.
I sort of want to adopt a black dog out of spite! Show all the naysayers that they are great animals.

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Want to Blog on This Website??

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 | Author: Adam

Hey everyone!

We’ve opened up the blogging applications once more! We’d really like to add some more members to the Potter Pensieve team! If you’re interested in getting creative on this website, visit THIS LINK for more information on how to become a blogger and member of the podcast staff!

Also, please note that this process is very informal and we’re willing to accept, within reason, anyone to! :) There is a link in the sidebar as well.

We look forward to your submissions!

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The Final Shoot of Harry Potter

Saturday, March 19th, 2011 | Author: Adam

I found this simple video rather incredible!

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