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Year 2 In Review – Part 3!

Friday, December 30th, 2011 | Author: Adam

This post is the third and final of the Year In Review series. (Hint – watch for underlined phrases). Click here to read the FIRST POSTSECOND POST, and here to learn about how to enter the New Year’s Challenge! For those of you who wish to participate in the challenge, the deadline to submit your guess is January 7, 2012, at midnight Pacific Time! Good luck!

uly has passed, and Potter number 8 has hit the big screen. My personal opinion upon seeing this movie is that it was literally one of the most epic, visually-stunning and mind-blowing films I have ever seen. Maybe my Potter-geek plays a large part in this, but it was truly a fantastic motion picture, especially in 3D. The family and I went to see it first in 2D, and around a week later I made it to the cinema with a couple of friends to see the film in 3D. And boy, I am sure happy I did. What an experience! And as the faces of older Ron, Harry and Hermione smiled at me from the screen, Hedwig’s Theme blaring grandly as the movie faded to black before the credits, I can tell you that my wave of nostalgia was almost overwhelming. The ending of this movie, to me, signaled the end of my childhood and, after 2011, the beginning of adulthood. I vividly remembered standing in the long line-up with my mother, father and sister, waiting eagerly to watch Philosopher’s Stone for the first time. I’ve grown up with the series, and Harry Potter is a symbol of my childhood.

he Potter Pensieve DH2 Review Shows were the next on our list. There was no question whether or not to record them; it had to be done. Our discussion of the film was so incredibly long that it needed to be split into two parts. Hey, why not! It’s the final movie, we decided to go all out. And unsurprisingly, the Deathly Hallows review shows garnered some of the most downloads we’ve ever had in episodes. People really love movie talk…ready for DVD commentaries in the new year anyone?

nd in all the excitement of recording our review shows, we discussed our vacant podcast hosting position (now with Hollie in Hong Kong) and we decided to plan a recorded surprise for Sarah. We invited her to the show and gave her the news that we’d picked her to take Hollie’s spot on the podcast. Like I said previously, she worked extremely well with us, and I’m happy to say we have even more of a blast when she’s on! To download Part 1 and Part 2 of our Deathly Hallows review shows, click HERE and HERE! Remember to right-click and “save link as”!

hen I look back on September 2011 I will always remember how suddenly the whole atmosphere of the Potter-fandom seemed to change. The bustle of the summer seemed to decelerate rapidly. It was as if everyone had grown up, and not just myself. Come September, I left home (finally!) and settled into my small dorm at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. School-life was completely hectic for the first couple weeks. It seemed as if the reading would not end and therefore I lost touch with many of my fellow fandom-geeks and really the whole fandom in general. Of course, I made time to record the podcast and struggled to find time to edit, but it all worked out for me in the end. After a couple of episodes I found myself adjusting to the balancing act of school-work, social life, sleep, food, and podcast / website publishing. So, maybe I’m wrong by saying that the fandom came to halt come September. Maybe it kept going strong and I was the one to move out of touch with the Potter-happenings. But now, Christmas vacation has presented me with a quick but peaceful opportunity to “catch up”, and I’m noticing that things are really not what they were like before. Cherish those awesome times in your life, folks!

inally, as the last few months of 2011 whizzed by, we said hello to a couple new guest hosts! The first was Mauricio, an eager and engaged Potter-fan who had a great deal of excellent things to discuss. It was really great to podcast with Mauricio as he, being a listener of the show, jumped in with both feet and brought some more awesomeness to the recording. I should say now that we’re really hoping to hear more from Mauricio come 2012!

imberly Cooper, head editor of this website, graced us with her presence only a couple episodes ago! I, feeling incredibly guilty in not having her on sooner, promised Kim that we would find an episode to get her on before the year was out. I just wanted to apologize for cutting it so short Kim! Life is unpredictable. School and some spur-of-the-moment podcast episodes plagued us most of this year. But we managed to get her on and finally say a real “hello” and a “thank you” for everything she’s contributed.

am extraordinarily happy with the way this year turned out. It was predictable, yet excitingly unpredictable. Everything seemed to go according to plan; the puzzle pieces of this year seemed to fit perfectly together. We reached our goal of 20 episodes this year, with a fairly steady pace of about 2 episodes per month. We had some excellent guest hosts on the show. We were given public radio recognition, over 20,000 downloads, and just over $100 to the donation jar. This year has been a great success, and while the fandom is visibly slowing down, my hope is that the Potter Pensieve Podcast will stay speedy as ever!

hat will happen in 2012, you say? 2012 will hopefully be our biggest and most successful year yet,as we have some great things planned! As we advance through book 5 and into the beginning stages of “the end”, we expect that more people will become interested in this later discussion and will start downloading and listening to the podcast. Also, if this happens, we’re hoping our download numbers will top 20,000 by a substantial amount. 2012 will bring new Potter Pensieve T-shirts to the listeners, the blogger applications will be opened up once more, and DVD commentaries for all of the Potter films will be released as well! The new year will bring yet another set of interesting and engaging podcast episodes, and I have no doubt in my mind that we will face a number of new challenges and opportunities, of which I eagerly look forward to. PPP’s third year will go strong and will promise to give all you dedicated listeners your bi-monthly dose of extra Potter-fix! While the fandom slowly fades, I think it’s safe to say: We’re not going anywhere!

ere’s to a fantastic 2012! Thanks for listening and giving this podcast your dedicated support; it really means a lot to us!

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Year 2 In Review – Part 2!

Sunday, December 25th, 2011 | Author: Adam

This post is the second of the New Year’s Challenge series. (Hint – watch for underlined letters). Click here to read the FIRST POST, and click here to learn about how to enter the New Year’s Challenge! Enjoy!

his spring and summer were quite possibly the most eventful times of the year. With the final Harry Potter film just out of grasp, the fandom was whirring with excitement and anxiety. Another event that was quickly approaching was LeakyCon 2011, at which many of the Potter Pensieve team would be congregating to celebrate the release of the final Harry Potter. I, feeling very left out, could not make it to the Florida due to expenses and distance.

pring proceeded with a bang as we began planning our long-anticipated April Fool’s joke. I sent out a mass email to all of the Pensieve bloggers, explaining that Thio would be “trashing” the website to make it look as if Voldemort had invaded, and that we needed all of the bloggers to contribute a blog post written as if Voldemort, himself, had created it. It is my pleasure to say the April Fools was huge success! The website garnered 325 visits, the most it has ever received in one day.

he website looked spectacular, having a reddish evil tinge, and dusted with a Dark Mark. The small iPod in the corner was completely destroyed. On March 31st, Thio and I had a rather long Skype session where we reviewed everything that was to happen the next day, and upon looking at the “revised” template, it was hard to put it up quickly in all the excitement. Some memorable blog posts of April Fools are “The Lord Who Rocked” posted by Marcel, and “The Letters to JK Rowling” posted by Hollie (we miss you Hollie!). Check them out! And thanks to everyone who helped make April Fools a success!

s the end of Spring drew nearer, we released our Trailer Talk episode, in light of the DH Part 2 trailer being released. It was with the number of downloads that we realized just how popular Movie Talk was. With this, we speculated on whether to do Movie Commentaries or not, knowing that the entire premise of the Potter Pensieve Podcast is to go through the books, rather than the movies. Ultimately, we decided to record movie commentaries, feeling that listeners will want to “remember Potter once more” through the films as well. Look for our Movie Commentaries come January 2012!

ear the end of May, my family received the sad but not unexpected news that my grandmother had passed away. After breaking her hip she was rushed to the hospital where she remained there for the last 6 months. After a severe stroke, she quickly passed, and the family rushed over to Alberta to attend her funeral. It was during this time that I sent quite a few messages to the gang regarding recording episode 20 without me. This was a first! And I must say that Emily, Thio, and Hollie did an excellent job, both with Thio’s editing and the content of the episode. While listening back to the episode, I laughed aloud when Emily justly proclaimed, “This is our first episode without Adam! That’s right guys, we can do whatever the hell we want with this one!”

DOWNLOAD EPISODE THIOWENTY HERE. Right click and “save link as’.

ummer finally emerges! And with it, Hollie began her Summer Series – “Bewitched”. A blog series focusing on the women of the Harry Potter series.

lso, a fantastic event occurred. One that, I must admit, gave me anxiety that I hadn’t felt since the release of Deathly Hallows, 2007. We were finally going to find out what Pottermore was all about. The only downside was that in order to not miss the announcement, I had to awake at 3:30 AM. And so I did. Grabbing a large mug of coffee, I logged on to Skype and joined Emily (the only other that was awake) in experiencing this historic event. It was quite an experience to be sitting on a small wooden chair, amongst the mounds of rubbish in the storage room (the only room in which I could talk without waking anyone up), and watching the Pottermore youtube page suddenly go cloudy at 4 AM as the announcement trailer was released. Upon viewing the trailer, Emily and I found that websites such as Leaky were not working to due to all the traffic. The hilarity of reading news stories in little segments on Twitter was one that made the experience all the better. And if the morning could not be more eventful, we were invited to join Christine Kaune on her podcast “Specialis Revelio” to discuss the release of Pottermore and analyse the extra information and pictures that came with it. To listen to our joint minicast with Specialis Revelio, DOWNLOAD IT HERE! Right click and “save link as”!

uly was what I’d like to call the climax of the year. Deathly Hallows Part 2 would soon be released and the excitement was almost unbearable. Blog posts about “the end” and how we would “miss the fandom” began cropping up on the website. I, myself, blogged a post entitled “The Decade of My Life”.

eakycon finally happened, at which Thio decided to make everyone jealous with pictures of his trip to The Wizarding World of Hary Potter, in Flordia.

nd while everyone was away, Hollie and I recorded another episode, on which Marcel agreed to join us! Thanks very much, Marcel! Hopefully you enjoyed yourself! Check out Marcel’s youtube videos here! This episode was also, surprisingly, Hollie’s final episode, as in early August she announced that she would not be returning due to her teaching venture to Hong Kong! She left us with a heartfelt goodbye and warm letter to all the listeners. We know she misses all of us, but just doesn’t have the time to record due to an exhausting timezone. Also, she’s now having a blast teaching in Hong Kong and learning about new cultures! Hollie has since started a new blog of her own, one in which she’s documenting her experiences in Hong Kong. Check it out HERE!

mong the events of July, there was one that stood out in particular. Kimberly Cooper, head editor of Potterpensieve.com, was asked to be on WJR Radio to discuss the release of the final Harry Potter film. First of all, it was rather awesome to listen to Kim for the very first time, and second, Kim (I am proud to say) was announced as “editor of Potterpensieve.com”. Quite impressive to hear the name of our website on the radio! After a quick flip-out session upon hearing the radio show, I frantically sent the link to many others, and posted the link on the website.

DOWNLOAD WJR RADIO FEATURING KIM COOPER HERE. Right click and save link as!

nd with this post, I’d like to send out a Merry Christmas to everyone! All the listeners, bloggers, podcasters, and donators! I hope you all have a fantastic Ho ho, and are spending it with your loved ones!

Look for the New Year’s Challenge Clue #3 in the third and final post, to be published next weekend!

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Year 2 In Review – Part 1!

Monday, December 19th, 2011 | Author: Adam

Foreward: We really hope you enjoy reading through all of the events of this year for the Potter Pensieve Podcast. (Hint – watch for underlined words.) And we hope you take part in the challenge as well! For instructions and information on the New Year’s Challenge, click HERE! Good luck!

2011 has practically come and gone and I am jolted to the reality that it has been 2 whole years since The Potter Pensieve Podcast was first started. This year has been just as, if not more, eventful than the last. We’ve had over 20,000 downloads this year, topping those of last year with over 6,000! The year has been a whirlwind of craziness: creativity, originality, new bloggers, recognition, laughs and even sadness. This year certainly developed upon last year and has made our podcasting experience all the better.

With January, 2011, came a whole new feeling. I know it would sound cheesy to call it “wisdom”, so I will just say that it was more “experience”. To say that we’d kept a podcast up and running for an entire year was quite an accomplishment, especially when rummaging through the Harry Potter podcast section on iTunes and noticing that a good 90% of all podcasts had only made to their 5th episode before they quit. Having the show up for a year gave us a sense of confidence that we could keep it up and running for yet another year..and we did!

January began with episode 14, on which Sarah Myers, our Wizarding World blogger (now a Pensieve regular) made her first guest-host appearance on the show! Before recording, Sarah gave us the spiel about how she was incredibly nervous and to just “take it easy” on her. Needless to say, we were shocked when she began recording with us as if she’d been doing it from the very beginning! She got along with all of us: Thio, Emily, Hollie and I, extremely  well and joked with us as if she’d known us forever! When the recording was finished, the general consensus was – “Bring her back!” On episode 14, we also drew the winners of the first New Year’s Challenge and were delighted when we pulled listener (and Thio’s good friend) Kirsten Baumann from the hat. We hope she had a good experience podcasting with us!

With February came a great deal of “technical difficulties”. For starters, the 4 of us came upon the revelation that we should all record our own separate audio tracks. Why we hadn’t done this before? Who knows… The problem with Skyping altogether and recording it as a single audio file is that there are many cuts in the audio, and it is rather difficult to delete coughing, sniffing, and sneezing without deleting the portion of speaking that a person is saying during it. Recording our own audio tracks promised us clarity, and gave the freedom of deleting unwanted sounds from whoever, without interfering with the topics being discussed. So! We gave it a shot, feeling everything would be great, but soon we found that certain podcasters (THIO! *Cough*) had his speakers too loud and picked up all of our sound at a lag. Soon we were presented with yet another editing nightmare. But after a few episodes we finally fixed the issue and found that this new way of recording was perfect.

As we moved in to March the online Harry Potter fandom was evidently becoming more excited more the release of the final Harry Potter film. Blog posts from many different websites began cropping up, presenting “never before seen” images and information from the sets of the film. Comments and speculation surged through the net and it was becoming more clear to us that we needed to add to ourtrusty website “staff”. We opened the blogging applications once more, and eagerly welcomed Katherine, Rhea, Marcel and Christine to the Potter Pensieve team! At once, in all the excitement, blog posts continuously plagued the site with topics pertaining to the new film, and a plethora of other HP related things. It was incredibly awesome to see the site with so much activity, and in the back of my head I questioned whether the website would garner this much attention after the final film had been released…

In March we also successfully completed our look at Prisoner of Azkaban, and in episode 16 we Thio, Emily, Hollie and I started the “big books”. Goblet of Fire was simply fantastic to go through, and as we moved into the spring and summer we were blown away by all of the amazing events that would soon occur…until next post!

LOOK FOR CLUE #2 IN THE NEXT “YEAR IN REVIEW” BLOG POST!

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The Potter Pensieve #28 – OotP Chapters 7-9

Sunday, December 18th, 2011 | Author: Adam

Thio, Sarah and Adam are in the PPP studio this week! And they’re discussing chapters 7-9 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! Topics of discussion include:
-Umbridge is looking for a challenge against Harry!
-The Weasleys are truly an admirable family.
-Why Ms. Figg is so “badass” in the book as compared to the movie.
-62442 = MAGIC!
And loads more!
Just a warning to everyone, we decided to keep a couple of slightly cruder jokes in this episode just for some more laughs.

Don’t forget to subscribe to us via iTunes, join our Facebook group, follow us @potterpensieve on Twitter, and leave us a small donation via Paypal to help us keep the podcast alive!

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VISIT THE EPISODES PAGE FOR MORE.

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The Potter Pensieve #27 – OotP Chapters 4-6!

Sunday, December 11th, 2011 | Author: Adam

Thio, Emily and Adam are hosting this week, along with guest host Kimberly Cooper (lead editor of Potterpensieve.com)! Lots of in depth discussion this episode on chapters 4-6 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Topics include:

-Harry and Sirius’s “non-existent” close relationship,
-ALL-CAPS HARRY ALREADY?!
-Early hints at Mundungus’s plan to steal the Black’s possessions,
-A heart-warming fight between Sirius and Molly,
-The wizarding world is so small; is Harry related to anyone else?
-And lots more!

Make sure to join the Facebook group, follow us on Twitter and subscribe via iTunes! Also, leave us a donation (right side-bar) to help us keep the podcast alive!

Click HERE to download this episode manually.

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New Year’s Challenge 2011!

Saturday, December 10th, 2011 | Author: Adam

Hey listeners, the New Year’s Challenge is BACK! And this year it’s even better than the last! The Potter Pensieve Podcast, through a series of awesome “Year in Review” blog posts, will be hosting a revamped challenge for your chance to win some AWESOME PRIZES! Here’s how the challenge will work:

There will be 3 “Year in Review” blog posts, and within each post, there will be a HIDDEN AUDIO FILE. You must follow the clues in the blog post to find and DOWNLOAD this small file from somewhere on the page. Your job is to open the file and listen to a special clue about a person, place, or thing from the Magical World! This clue will be voiced by one of the podcasters, and there are 3 CLUES (1 per post) in total to this magical “something”. Once you think you know what this “something” is, you have ONE CHANCE to email us at potterpensieve@gmail.com (Or the Contact page) with YOUR GUESS! If you’ve guessed correctly, your name will be put into a DRAW and we will announce the winners on an upcoming PPP episode in January 2012! That’s all there is to it, and we hope you have fun taking part in it!

IN SUMMARY:

1. Go to potterpensieve.com

2. Read through the blogs as they are released

3. Find and listen to the clues

5. Email your guess to us at potterpensieve@gmail.com, or using the Contact Page.

6. Your name will be entered into the draw if correct!

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This year we have 2 prizes:

1st Place will receive: A brand-new POTTER PENSIEVE PODCAST T-SHIRT, and a chance to GUEST HOST on an upcoming episode of the PPP!

2nd Place will receive: A brand-new POTTER PENSIEVE PODCAST T-SHIRT!

And finally, these hidden audio files may contain some never-before-heard audio footage from Potter Pensieve episodes of 2011! So make sure you listen all the way through! We hope you take part in the challenge and we hope that you enjoy reading about Year 2 of the PPP, as so much has happened this year!

Look for the FIRST POST in a week or so! Updates will be on Facebook and Twitter!

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