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The Potter Pensieve – DH2 Review Show Part 1!

Sunday, August 07th, 2011 | Author: Adam

Hey listeners! This week we have a panel of 5 (Thio, Emily, Heather, Sarah, and Adam) to discuss our thoughts on the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2!
Please note that this is the first half of a 2-episode Review Show, so expect the final half to be released sometime next week! (2nd week of August). And remember: Only on The Potter Pensieve Podcast will you final lengthy, detailed discussion on Deathly Hallows Part 2 in order from BEGINNING TO END!
This week we cover the beginning of the film, to the scene of Harry’s return to Hogwarts. Next week we cover the final, epic battle and conclusion. Enjoy!

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The Additional Scenes of Deathly Hallows Part 1-How Would They Have Looked in the Film?

Sunday, April 17th, 2011 | Author: Rhea

After months of waiting, I have finally got the Deathly Hallows Part 1 DVD! I’m really excited. I’ve been looking forward to seeing the special features for a very long time, especially the additional scenes. It has been interesting to watch those scenes and think about how they would fit into the movie.

The Burrow Shed- When I first heard of this scene I thought it would show a little emotional moment between Ron and Arthur. I was let down because I wanted to see a family moment, since such moments are not found very often in the movies. The scene was a nice way to show Mr. Weasley’s fondness for Muggles and Muggle machinery put to use. It also shows us where Ron got the idea of carrying the radio with him. It is a little strange, however, to show Mr. Weasley repairing a radio with a screwdriver since wizards have their own wireless which I’m sure can be repaired by magic. I loved the set, though. It’s the perfect shed at the Burrow- dirty, cluttered and full of Muggle articles that I can picture Arthur taking apart, along with rickety chairs and old cupboards.

The Dursley House (Harry and Aunt Petunia)- I’m not sure whether this should have been in the film or not. When I first saw this scene, I was disappointed that it wasn’t there but the more I thought about Petunia, the more I felt it was slightly out of character for her to say what she did. In the book, Petunia wasn’t able to overcome the awkwardness and muster the courage to admit that she did love Lily once upon a time, so leaving this scene out is justified. This was a spectacular bit of acting, though. Fiona Shaw is amazing, she conveys so much just with her eyes.

Dudley and Harry- Somehow, this didn’t play out as I had imagined it. The ‘waste of space’ line wasn’t as effective as it was in the book. It would have been nice in the film anyway so that the filmgoers would have known that Dudley was decent to Harry in the end, but it wasn’t necessary. Harry Melling’s acting was spot on. He looks completely gormless and awkward- the perfect Dudley.

The Granger House-I actually had expected a few more Death Eaters to be in this scene. After thinking about it I realized that sending only one Death Eater showcases the typical arrogance of Voldemort, who believes that Muggles are powerless against him. All I can say is, Yaxley was lucky that there wasn’t someone with a gun behind one of the doors!

Ministry of Magic Lifts- I don’t mind that this scene wasn’t in the film since I find it a little strange that Arthur told Reg Cattermole that he would help him, in front of Runcorn. Of course, I have got no doubts that the Weasleys would have fully supported the Cattermoles but I don’t think Arthur would have risked his job by asserting this in front of a supporter of the Ministry. He needed his job for the sake of the Order, if for nothing else. Also, Harry warning Arthur that he is being tracked doesn’t fit as well into the movie as it does into the book. What I actually craved was some proper interaction between Ron and Arthur like we got in the book.

Harry, Ron and Hermione Discuss Horcruxes in the Tent- This scene was pretty unnecessary, especially for book fans, since we already know everything Harry says about the Horcruxes. That little detail should actually have been included in the Half Blood Prince. The rest of the scene wasn’t needed in the film as well but I do think that this scene, among many others, is proof that Steve Kloves (who has been railed against by a number of book fans) has tried to stay as close to the book as possible for this film, hence the ‘beating heart’ dialogue.

Rabbit Chase in the Forest- This is the only scene about which I can say with complete certainty that I am very, very happy that it was not in the film. First, I wondered why Harry and Ron would be picking on a defenseless rabbit even if it is only to vent their frustration. I’m sure Hermione wouldn’t be at all pleased. Second, I have no idea why they started firing spells at each other. I don’t think it’s something that they would do. I don’t think it builds up to the fight between Harry and Ron either. There is a lot of build-up to that moment in the film which I feel is sufficient.

Montage:Ron and Hermione Skimming Stones- Please, please, please don’t get me wrong. I love Ron and Hermione and I’m completely in favour of their relationship, but I’m actually quite glad that this wasn’t in the movie. I think both Hermione and Ron were out of character in this scene. The whole Trio is supposed to be pretty distressed at this point. It would have probably distracted the watchers from the tension that is supposed to be building at this time. I would have loved a scene with just Ron and Hermione in it, though.

At the end of this scene, I saw something that infuriated me. When Harry, who is sitting at a distance, looks into the mirror the eye that he sees (Aberforth Dumbledore’s eye) is green! I have no idea why they did that! I’ve checked the movie and it is there too.

There is more on the special features disc as well. There is some insight into some of the special effects scenes as well as the friendships between the actors and the creation of the soundtrack. All this, especially the part about the soundtrack, is not like anything that we have seen on a Harry Potter DVD before and is all the more enjoyable because of that.

Happy watching!

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Where is the DH Review!

Thursday, November 25th, 2010 | Author: Adam

Hey everybody! Long time, no speak! Just posting a podcast update to let everybody know that the Deathly Hallows Review Show has been recorded, and will up online early next week! Its fairly lengthy and its fairly in-depth, so be prepared for, in our opinion, one of the best Potter Pensieves to hit the net!


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows…. then WWoHP!

Friday, November 19th, 2010 | Author: Sarah

Don’t worry, this post will not contain any spoilers… I will save those for a later date :)

However, I feel the nagging urge to let everyone know that, in my opinion, this movie was absolutely top notch and surpassed many of my expectations which is saying quite a bit! I was pleasantly surprised by the spontaneity of humor throughout the horrific events that happen during this first half of the final chapter of Harry Potter. I found that the quirky little laughs I had were greatly offset by the sadness and anger that is inevitably included in the movie. It was directed in a way that made the flow of emotions seem like the Flight of the Hippogriff ride with its smooth turns and twists as opposed to the Dragon Challenge that leaves you in an emotional wreck. Finally, I feel I must add that I usually don’t “like” the HP movies the first time around because I’m too busy speculating on how grossly it differs from the book, but not this time! I walked out of the theater at 3:00 am feeling one hundred percent happy with the movie.

Now, I am back at my hotel room too excited to sleep and very eager to blog about Harry Potter. Of course, that whole sleeping thing could have something to do with the fact that we are waking up in the morning and heading to the park! I have the awesome privilege of taking my nieces with me, one of which has never been to the WWoHP. I am so very excited to see their reactions first hand and I am fully prepared to record the entire experience!

Stay tuned for the gory details of my first experience at the park as well as my take on my nieces!

P.S. This all came just in time. At 12:01 am, while waiting for the movie to start, I was reminded that it had officially become my birthday!


One day left…

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 | Author: Thio

Just one more day. Not even that. Some hours from now we all will be able to go to the nearest movie theater and watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
How do you prepare yourself for the end of something that has been like a friend over the past decade? I mean, we all know It’s not really ending this friday. We all know that this is only part 1 and that we still have part 2 next year. This is a happy thought that keeps us protected like a Patronus from the feeling of loss. But even so, we know this is our first step towards the end and we can’t help but feeling nostalgic, depressed, happy and eager all at the same time. This is the second-to-last time we will get to feel like that. So go on and be nostalgic. Be both depressed and happy at once. Cry if you must and just take the time to enjoy this. Potter Pensieve wishes every reader and listener a great and grand movie opening tomorrow. Be sure to enjoy every second of it and come back here later and tell us what you thought of it. Have a happy Deathly Hallows!

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Sorry Emily! I stole your idea! Josh’s “Can’t Wait to Watch Moments”!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 | Author: Josh

The Harry Potter film franchise is coming to a saddening conclusion. But that doesn’t mean it is over. We still have got two movies to go, so let us look at the awesome scenes that we have to look forward to.

The Wedding: The final moment of happiness before the epic journey of the last book begins. We see Fleur and Bill join in matrimony, and our first experience of the questioning of the secrets of Dumbledore; and we also get our first mention of Gregorovitch and Grindelwald. I also can’t wait to see the Lovegood’s dance.

Godrics Hollow : Probably the most emotional scene in the book, Harry visits his old home and the Potter’s memorial and gravestone. We also visit “Bathlida Bagshot” at her house and see the breaking of Harry’s Wand.

Snape’s memory:  My most favorite chapter in the whole series, it answers all the questions we had been asking for a long time. Snape’s enduring love for Lily and burning hatred for James is finally shown to Harry. The memory also gives Harry the secret that will defeat Voldemort.  

The Seven Potters: From the recent photos and videos that have been released, I can only imagine how embarrassing and fun this scene must have been to film. The fight will be awesome too.  The  death of Mad-Eye will be heart wrenching.

Epilogue:   The meaningful conclusion of a great series that offers just enough closure (although we could all agree that we wanted more). I can’t wait to see Harry, Ginny, Ron and Hermione’s kids

The Deathly Hallows: It has been released that the three brothers’ sequence will be animated, but I don’t care. The Hallows will be cool to see on screen. We will, thanks to the resurrection stone, be able to see the return of Gary Oldman to the series which my mom will love.
Ministry of Magic: The mission to retrieve the locket will be filled with suspense as they find the locket, stun Umbridge (I was so happy when Harry did that), and help the suspected Mudbloods get away.

The Malfoy Manor: The place where important deaths happened (Dobby, Peter, Charity) the escape from the manor will be towards the end of Part 1. Harry will also steal Draco’s wand.

Gringotts: Who would have thought that the most secure place in the Wizarding World would be broken into by three teenagers and a former employee? We have to look forward to see Helena Bonham Carter act like Emma Watson.

 The Battle of Hogwarts: The exciting, final climax of the book. We will be seeing many old faces come and fight of Death Eaters. We will see Harry defeat the greatest dark wizard of all time. We will love to see Emma Thompson come back to throw crystal balls over the banister at Hogwarts as Professor Trelawney.

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Deathly Hallows… How will it be?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 | Author: Maria

Ok, so I just read Adam’s post about DH (which I completely agree with), and I decided to share some of the things that are actually worrying me a bit (although I’m extremely excited about the film)…

I mean, in HBP they burned the Burrow and now in DH they show it intact, it will be rather strange to watch. However, when I say this, most people tend to reply, saying that wizards and witches can use magic to rebuild it. Oh, yes, that’s true. But doesn’t it seem like the producers just decided to burn the Burrow, I guess to simply try and add some excitement to HBP, and now found a quick, easy, and extremely uncreative way to explain it? Yep, it does seem a bit like that, at least to me.

Another thing is the relashionship between Dobby and Harry, that is not explored in the previous films. For those who have only watched the films, how will they understand the complexion of it? I don’t really know what they are going to do about that topic…

And Fleur and Bill? I mean, they never showed in the films that they were in love! It’s kind of pointless to make a weeding scene in DH… I’m not saying that I don’t want to see that scene, though, because I do, it’s just that it really does seem pathetic to me that, after all the years the producers had to put that kind of details into the films, they just left it behind. Like if we weren’t going to notice that!

Oh, and what about Bill and Charlie? How are we suppose to recognize them? Will they pretend that Harry has already met them or will some of them say something like, “Hi Harry, I’m Bill Weasley”? If they do that, it will sound really bizarre, considering that Harry is supposed to already know all of the Weasleys by now… I think they’ll probably have to do something like that because neither Bill nor Charlie are going to have a poster saying “I’m Bill/Charlie Weasley”. I seriously don’t know how they are going to introduce all of the people that have to be introduced…

Also, how will they explain the mirror fragment? Will someone give it to Harry? Will it be on Dumbledore’s will?

I’m really looking forward to watch the film, which is going to be released on the 18th here in Portugal, and I can’t hardly wait to have all of my questions answered! Although I’m a bit worried about all of these facts, I still love all of the films and I can’t wait to watch DH! Only two more days to go…


The Potter Pensieve – Movie 7 Pre-Show!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 | Author: Adam

The Pensievers are back with some more purist Potter-fan discussion! This week, we detract from the normal “chapter” show, and devote our time entirely to an hour of Deathly Hallows Part 1 pre-speculation! What do we hope to see? How will we feel when watching? We cover some major plot issues between the tie-in with movie 6 and 7! We talk about some scenes that we’d really like to see “done right” and we give our reasons! We discuss the controversy over the score for the film, and much more! Listen next week as we give our long-anticipated Deathly Hallows Movie Review show!

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12 Signs of a Real Harry Potter Fan…

Monday, November 15th, 2010 | Author: Emily

As the approach of this new film gets closer, and as Potter resurfaces into the news again, I am surrounded by people who act like they have been a fan all along. Being slightly isolated in my Harry Potter obsession, you can imagine my delight about this time of year when someone brings up the subject, because most of the time it is all that I want to talk about. However, I am usually disappointed. Why? Because these people seem to think that seeing all of the movies makes you a massive Harry Potter fan. Well, I have news for you. It doesn’t, and here are ten things that I use to sort the men from the boys, so to speak.

  1. You can refer to each book in one word, without using the whole title. For example; Stone, Chamber, Azkaban, Goblet, Phoenix, Prince and Hallows (or even just numbers.)
  2. You know what PS/SS, CoS, PoA, GoF, OoTP, HBP and DH all stand for, and use these abbreviations frequently.
  3. You are completely aware that there are two titles to the first book in the series, and which one was published first.
  4. You refer to J.K.Rowling as Jo (sorry Thio!)
  5. You know who the “three Davids” are!
  6. You are completely aware of the significance of the character of Dawlish in the Harry Potter series!
  7. You love Evanna Lynch as Luna, because you know just how much of a real fan that she is.
  8. You automatically know that the next film will be “darker” than the one before it.
  9. What know what the “Scottish Book” is and desperately looking forward to it!
  10. Hypothetically, you decide to, in preparation for the next film, start to read DH again, and realise that you already know the book off by heart! Seriously, anticipating the next line while reading the one before it. This is all just hypothetical of course.
  11. You know that “ship” refers to “relationship” and that some “ships” are bound to sink. The topic of shipping is a discussion that should be approached with extreme caution, and that words like “delusional” should definitely not be used in reference to any ship in particular!
  12. And finally, do you know that the movie is being split into TWO PARTS? I apologise for my bitterness, but I have been asked that question a lot lately! Haha.

I seem to be making a habit of making “lists,” but oh well. What do you guys think should be added to this? Food for thought…


Podcast Update!

Saturday, November 13th, 2010 | Author: Adam

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is literally days away! It is almost as if we can smell it in the air! To celebrate this historic time for the fandom, The Potter Pensieve Podcast is bringing you 2 more shows this month! We will be recording our Deathly Hallows Pre-Show on Monday, November 15th,  where discussion well take place on what we hope to see in this latest film, and finally, our long anticipated Deathly Hallows Movie Review Show on Tuesday, November 23rd, in which we will finally express our thoughts on this long awaited movie!

Also, a reminder that anyone is welcome to send us your Deathly Hallows movie reviews, upon seeing the film! They can be any length, and about any aspect of the film. Spoilers allowed! And all reviews will be posted on the website starting November 20th! Please email your reviews at or you may visit our Contact Page, and email us from there.

Thanks to everyone who has given us us feedback on episode 12 so far! Please continue to do so!