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Specialis Revelio Minicast: Pottermore!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 | Author: Adam

Hey listeners! Awesome news! We are very excited and humbled to announce that Emily and Adam from PPP were invited to be special guests on Potter’s Specialis Revelio Podcast, to talk about Pottermore! The show was recorded within an hour of the announcement of Pottermore and it features full discussion and coverage from both podcasts! This is also great, seeing as PPP had no plans for an individual Pottermore show! Now you can hear our in depth analysis of Pottermore with the lovely Christine and Melissa from Specialis Revelio! Thank you to Christine and Melissa for having us on! It was a blast! Enjoy!

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The Potter Pensieve #21 – GoF Chapters 19-22

Sunday, June 19th, 2011 | Author: Adam

Adam is back (Mwahahaha!) along with the usual gang of podcasting clowns in another jam-packed episode of The Potter Pensieve Podcast! This week we discuss chapters 19-22 of Goblet of Fire and include topics such as:
-Seeking out a Yule Ball date is scarier than preparing for the First Task??
-Rita Skeeter just wants to stir the pot.
-Hermione has tough skin!
-Hmm, I wonder which dragon Harry will be paired with? (Durr!)
-Harry is a drama queen.
And tons more!
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Count Voldemort?

Saturday, June 11th, 2011 | Author: Marcel

In times like these, where vampires are trendy again, I sometimes ask myself why we never got to learn more about this particular breed of the living dead in the Harry Potter books. After all, we do know they exist, Harry was even introduced to one Sanguini in HBP. We possess extensive knowledge about werewolves thanks to Remus Lupin. We know they are ordinary people… with a furry problem. But what about vampires? Are they still people or are they considered creatures? There are so many things we don’t know about HP vampires. Sadly, even Newt Scamander’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” doesn’t tell us more. I wish I could get my hands on a copy of Lockhart’s “Voyages with Vampires”, I’m sure it would make for a fascinating read. Here is what we do know about vampires in the Harry Potter books : they drink blood, they are repelled by garlic and they hang out in bars (according to Hagrid, who had a row with one of them in Minsk, on his journey to Giant-Land). Not a whole lot, in short.

But let us assume that the most popular lore, namely that they are immortal,  also applies to them. Why hasn’t Lord Voldemort ever sought to explore that particular branch of longetivity? Perhaps because being turned into a vampire actually means to die (and we know he didn’t want that…). Or because even vamps have their weaknesses? Sunlight is not their friend after all, but judging by L-Vo’s pale skin, he doesn’t see daylight often anyway, so that shouldn’t bother him. Stake through the heart? If no one ever even got close to him as a normal wizard, I don’t think he’d be afraid of that. His horcruxes probably wouldn’t work though, and that might irk him. He did mutilate his own sould beyond repair, but at least he still had one. Vampires usually don’t.

J.K. Rowling gave us quite a bit of info on giants, unicorns, werewolves and other not so mythical creatures, but only a handful of tidbits about vamps. My best guess is that they are such a complex subject on their own that she prefered to not go into detail any more than she had to.

And what if a vampire had been introduced as a teacher or even as a mysterious exchange student from Durmstrang? Would he have seduced Hermione, Ginny and the other girls… or devoured them?

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The Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare

Wednesday, June 08th, 2011 | Author: Rhea

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted for a while. I thought that the topic of this post could be something that has been discussed quite a lot in the last few episodes of the podcast- SPEW.

I’d like to politely disagree with something that has been said on the podcast about SPEW. I don’t believe that the idea of SPEW is completely wrong. I actually think that the cause is pretty valid.

At the Quidditch World Cup, Hermione gets very shocked when she sees Amos Diggory addressing Winky as ‘elf’. She also gets upset when she sees Barty Crouch Senior’s treatment of Winky, although she doesn’t know the real circumstances that lead to that treatment. She dislikes the fact that house elves believe that they are inferior to human beings. So I think her real cause in making SPEW is to make sure that house elves are treated with kindness and respect and are given importance in the wizarding world. This cause is completely justified especially at the end of the Order of the Phoenix with Kreacher’s betrayal of Sirius. When Sirius lived at Grimmauld Place, he didn’t treat Kreacher with kindness and didn’t give him any real importance, which Bellatrix and Narcissa did when Kreacher went to the Malfoys. Thus, Kreacher had no qualms about betraying Sirius.

However, Hermione did make mistakes with her method of working where SPEW was concerned. Going into the kitchens and trying to convince the house elves to rebel was not a good idea at all. She failed to understand the mindset of the house elves and their belief that getting freedom is one of the worst possible things that could happen to them.

JK Rowling said in an interview about Hermione and SPEW-“…a growing-up thing is that in fact she [Hermione] blunders towards the very people she’s trying to help. She offends them.” “She thinks it’s so easy. It’s part of what I was saying before about the growing process, of realizing you don’t have quite as much power as you think you might have and having to accept that. Then you learn that it’s hard work to change things and that it doesn’t happen overnight. Hermione thinks she’s going to lead them to glorious rebellion in one afternoon and then finds out the reality is very different….”

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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,

sticklers).

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!

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