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The Potter Pensieve #48 – DH Chapters 8-11

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 | Author: Adam

Heather, Mauricio, Adam and Thio are in the studio this week with some lighthearted, in-depth analysis on chapters 8-11 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! Some topics of discussion include:
- Was Harry right in calling Lupin a coward?
- The trio has finally grown up and are now on their own amongst the chaos.
- Thank god – Umbridge is back!
- Was Adam the only one in predicting who RAB was before the fact?

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The Potter Pensieve #47 – DH Chapters 5-7

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 | Author: potterpensieve

Heather, Mauricio and Adam record this week with speculation on chapters 5-7 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! Tune in for an hour and a half of awesome. And don’t forget to leave us some feedback!

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Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 | Author: Heather

Hello, Pensievers! Allow us here in Dubledore’s cabinet to apologize once again for the lack of episodes as of late. Wouldn’t you know that we have, like, responsibilities outside of the internet? Yeah, it’s true. To prove it, this post was actually originally hand-written in my notebook during a math lecture. Don’t worry! I’m doing pretty poorly in the class anyway.

What I wanted to talk with you about today is the Harry Potter Exhibition. Remember that display of movie props and costumes that was traversing the globe? Well I managed to go see it in New York City this weekend and It. Was. Incredible. I had arranged to meet up with a couple friends from the fandom and we had no plans for the day. As we wandered the streets of Lower Manhattan, we met a friendly Gryffindor who gave us coupons for $5 off the admissions fee and directions to the Exhibition in Discovery Times Square. As Harry Potter was what allowed the three of us to meet in the first place, we jumped at the opportunity to submerge ourselves in this universe for the afternoon.

Unfortunately there was no photography or video recording allowed inside the exhibition so you’ll just have to make do with my words.

The adventure began with a group picture, in which my friend Alex refused a scarf as they didn’t have her house, Hufflepuff. We were then ushered into a room with posters for the eight Harry Potter films on the wall. The lights dimmed and the posters proved to not be posters at all, but individual screens showing video and sound clips from the movies. Then they went blank again and we were left in the dark. My friends and I were just starting to wonder if that was the whole “Exhibition” when a wall lifted and we heard an awful, obviously fake English accent beckon us onward to the Sorting.

The terrible accent belonged to a young man holding one of those model Sorting Hats that shout out the name of a Hogwarts house when you press a button. After sorting a few of the younger kids, the hat got stuck and would only “sort” people into Gryffindor. The repeated shouts of “Better be… GRYFFINDOR!” and the obvious frustration of the young man followed us into the next room. Here is where the magic truly began.

We entered a huge gallery full of costumes, props, and informational plaques all about the filming of the movies and the Wizarding World. We could not see where the exhibit ended as there were so many rooms snaking around each other, deep into the building. We commented on how much taller Evanna Lynch seemed in real life than her costumes would have it appear, admired the texture of Neville’s Mimbulus Mimbletonia, and examined in detail the contents of Ron’s bedside table.

There was so much in the movies that we missed out on! For instance, did you know that the message board in Gryffindor common room is covered with flyers for the Hogwarts art club and warrants for people who hadn’t returned library books? It seems like there was a student named Winkey Crockett who didn’t return books, went on the Hogsmeade trips, joined all of the clubs, and would seemingly put his/her name on any list? I didn’t either. We even found the name on a plaque of Slytherin Quidditch players dated 1940. There seems to be some odd magic going on there….

One thing that I absolutely loved about this exhibition was how you could literally spend hours examining props that you thought you knew better than the back of your hand but would still find surprises. Some of them were hilarious like Harry’s book, “Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland” being called “Quidditch Teams of England and Ireland.” Or Minerva McGonagall’s apparent inability to spell “attached” and “Titillandus” correctly in school letters. Others were more subtle like the faint “Deathly Hallows” sign etched into the Horcrux ring or the photographs of Gilderoy Lockhart that got sillier and sillier as you continued to wander through the rooms. Lockhart on a broom, Lockhart in a billowing, black cape, Lockhart dressed in early aviation gear, a painting of Lockhart painting a painting of Lockhart.

I seriously enjoyed the classroom portion. It felt like I had left the noisy muggle world of the city above and was at Hogwarts with two of my close friends, rushing to make our classes on time. We could examine Professor Trelawney’s attic room and tea cups. Make fun of Professor Slughorn’s ridiculous mortarboard and exclaim over the creepy potions ingredients. Or even try to decipher the crazy hand-writing in Severus Snape’s old potions textbook. (I made out the word “alcohol” and a very large “NO!”) In fact, the girls I was with and I may have come across as so enthusiastic that we were seen as the obnoxious teenage hoodlums making fun of children’s stories but in fact it was the complete opposite. There was nothing ironic about our excitement. It was pure and fun and contagious. Workers there smiled slightly bemusedly at how much we knew and some other patrons would stop and listen to random facts we had to offer about the filming. Did you know that Daniel Radcliffe broke so many wands that they just started giving him rubber ones!?!?! Everything from the Yule Ball gallery to the creepy corridors full of Dementors, Death Eaters, and dark objects made us grin at the memories we had from growing up with this series.

I don’t think that I could recommend this experience enough. It’s almost a necessity for anyone who counts themselves as a Harry Potter fan. If you’re like me and get tired of museum exhibits quickly, I can assure you that this was not a problem. There are a few interactive things for visitors to do. You can sit in the chair in Hagrid’s hut. You’re encouraged to pull up a Mandrake and hear it scream. (If you’re like my friend Kara you can attempt to pull all of them up at the same time and make everyone in the vicinity flinch at the noise.) There’s even Quidditch! Not full on Quidditch but goal posts you can throw Quaffles into, almost like the sort of basketball game you would find at a fair or amusement park. And you get a satisfying “ding!” when the ball goes in. I’m going to take this opportunity now to brag to the world that I scored on every single shot I took, even when I went with a Quaffle in each hand. This exhibition offers something for everyone and each room will bring enjoyment. It’s cheap. It’s fun. And it’s nostalgic. I even found myself loving Umbridge’s office like never before despite Alex saying “For $20 they should be able to make the cat plates move.” If the Harry Potter Exhibition can make me feel sentimental about a character I have a personal literary vendetta against, imagine what surprises could be waiting for you?

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I Have to Wait to Watch Deathly Hallows, And It’s Killing Me!

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 | Author: Adam

I didn’t waste my time in making a creative, subtle title that will leave you readers wondering what this blog post is about. I just threw it all out there for ya! Bam! No puzzles here!

Because I live in a small town, with the nearest city being about 1.5 hours away, I have no way of making it to the theatre to watch Deathly Hallows Part 2 within the next couple days. Whenever a movie like this comes out, I always remind myself that I will have to wait, but I never pay any attention to this fact until the time comes. Now, I have to wait. And wait. Gee, can time go by any slower? Maybe I can just sleep for the next week, and make the days whiz by!

My summer days here are a mixture of work and podasting. There are other things of course, but because I work 10 hour days, from 9AM to 7PM, those other things are minute. I literally seem to be waking up, working, then coming back to watch some television before bed time. And as mom is working on my days off, (we want to watch this movie as a family event) we cannot drive to the city then. But don’t get me wrong! I love my job and I need the money! But what an inconvenient time! I would have been much better off if the final film had been released in November of 2011, so I could catch it for the midnight release then.

And so, I have been listening to others rant and rave about the film, each burst of excitement as a stab of pain on my insides. I have listening to insane stories of how people were sobbing as if they’re parents were dying right in from of them, of how everyone clapped, how everyone screamed, and “ooooed” and “ahhhd”. How everyone felt a sense of loss, but finality and closure as they lights went up again at the end of the film. Everything that I wish I could have experienced having lived in a bigger city. And now that the final film is out, and literally everyone has seen it, I feel that I have completely missed my chance. In fact, when I think about it, I have lost every chance I’ve had in life to watch these films on their release day!

And so now, all I can do is wait. I am literally helpless. This is complete insanity. I still can’t possibly imagine what I will experience watching this movie, and yet everyone else has. And I must, I MUST resist the urge to ask everyone all about it, every single minute detail of the film. It’s the last one, therefore it must remain a surprise for the most part!

Heh..funny thing…if you search in the right places there are pathetic camera versions of the films leaking online everywhere! I think about these at least 3 times everyday. And how, if I just typed in a few words, clicked a couple times, and said a prayer, I would be able to watch the whole movie right in front of me, right in my own home, just like that. No money. No hassle! It would be a terribly watered-down version of the film. But it would still be the film!..Who am I kidding? I can’t do this!

In the words of dear Lily Potter from the trailer (of which part you have now all seen in context with the film), “be strong”. Rediculous? Cheesy? I think not! I have made myself a plan! I will avoid certain parts of the internet for the next few days or so until I finally view this film. I will refrain from asking all of those burning questions. I will block all of those naughty illegal websites which host movies such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Wish me luck! And to all you who missed the midnight release, had to see the film the next day, and complained about it: HAH! You think you have it bad. ;) Cheers!

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THE Decade of My Life.

Thursday, July 07th, 2011 | Author: Adam

My very first Harry Potter book is not on my bookshelf anymore. Instead, it is covered in protective plastic, and stored carefully on the top shelf at the back of my closet. The book has literally been through a lot. The pages are bent, scratched, written in (what was i thinking?), and crumpled. It was the book that I had once ordered from the Scholastic catalog, 11 years ago. It is one of my most treasured possessions, and my symbol of the beginning of a decade that has literally changed my life.

I have since then, bought a new version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This is the one that I now store on my bookshelf. This is the…”not so precious” version ;) . Mind you, I searched everywhere to find it. Having searched for a book that was closest to a first edition possible, I had to settle with this one, and online, I bought this 1st edition, 6th printing (blechh). Call me obsessed! Call me pathetic! Call me compulsive! I don’t really care! If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then you’ll probably understand where I’m coming from.

For the past 10 years we have loved this series with one giant, swelling passion that no “other” could understand. I am 100 percent sure that I am not the only life that this series has changed. And not only has it changed, but it has helped shape and develop. I remember reading the first chapter of Philosopher’s Stone, sitting on my bed. I read it to my parents. Yes, I struggled through it (I was not a very good reader at age 7), and it took me about a month and a half to finish the entire book. But answer me this: what 7 year old would literally spend a month and a half reading one single book? The book would have to to be so new, creative, imaginative, and captivating that I could not put it down. And yes, it most certainly was. Who would have thought that the series would stay with me all the way until adulthood? Who would have thought that I would re-read the entire series many, many times? Who would have thought that I would have created an actual podcast on the subject? The answer is virtually no one. Not even myself. If you were to inform a 7 year old me that I would love Harry Potter until the day that I die, I would have said,” Get outta here! In a couple years, I’ll just out grow this children’s book”. If you were to tell a 7 year old me that I would start a podcast and meet many different people from around the world because of it, I would have said, “What’s a podcast?”

The Harry Potter series has taught me how to be me. It has shaped my morals and understandings of life, and it has helped me be a much better person because of it. I relate my life situations to this series, and I have made many of my decisions based on the teachings of the books. It has opened me up to the world of the fandom. Seeing thousands of different Potter fans all gathering together to celebrate something so special really fills me with pride, pride at what a great part of life I have involved myself in. Because of websites like MyLeaky and Mugglespace, I have been able to meet so many great people, who now, I wouldn’t know what to do without. I have learned about and experienced different cultures, and have made what I know will be life long friends.

And let us not forget the movies, themselves. My gosh! What fantastic movies! They have captured the ideas, morals, and emotions of the novel so well. We are so lucky to be apart of this generation. We have lived through the anticipation of, and the release of each book and movie. This is something that will not be said for our kids, our grand kids and so on.

So yes, this decade has changed my life. If I were to zap out Harry Potter from the last 10 year of it, I realize just how boring and uneventful it would be. These books have taught us how to love, be friends, and overcome evil. These books will also always bring out a bit of the kid in us no matter how old we are when we read it. And now that the series is coming to a close, and I am entering adulthood, I am unbelievably appreciative and grateful that I had check-marked the little box beside “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in the Scholastic Catalog.

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The World’s Biggest Potter Fan?

Friday, December 03rd, 2010 | Author: Adam

While browsing through some youtube videos a couple weeks ago, I came across this! One word to sum this video up would be “Wow!”

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The Waiting Game

Sunday, October 17th, 2010 | Author: Kim

So I’ll admit it.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was the first of the Potter films I’d seen in theaters.  I hadn’t started reading the books until after the first movie had been released.

Now, I cannot wait until the release of the 7th film.  I’ve spent so much time griping and complaining about my waiting for the release.  I probably could have gone to the moon and back in all the time I’ve spent whining to my hubby.  So here is a list of things that COULD have been done, had I shut my mouth and stopped whining.

- Remodeled my bathroom.

- Gone to and completed graduate school.

- Washed my new car.

- Read War and Peace.

- Ran a marathon.

- Baked 3 dozen vanilla chocolate chunk muffins.

- Cured a life-threatening illness.

- Cleaned out my garage.

See, these are things that would take me quite a while.  Yes, baking is not a skill I have and it would take me forever to properly learn the technique of muffin baking. If I took the time and used it for other things, I could accomplish quite a lot.  Frankly, I’d rather gripe.  I’ve been sitting here on the edge of my seat waiting for the much-anticipated seventh movie.  It’s been pushed back. It’s been threatened with a third-dimensional aspect.  It’s been held back again and again.  I don’t think my eager little brain can take the waiting much more!

And believe me, I’ll be there on the day of the release.  Maybe I’ll even wear my Gryffindor scarf.

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Love At First Sight

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 | Author: Hollie

Hey all you Potter fiends! I’m Hollie, or to Adam, “The Professor” – a geeky English teacher who is happy to become part of the blog team. Thank you, Adam and Heather!

I first fell in love with the series back in 2000. Previous to that, a semester of university had impressionable moi in a rather pretentious mood (regrettable). I fancied myself a rejecter of much pop culture. Puh-lease, right? That being confessed, I’d begrudgingly accompanied a friend to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. We ventured to the theatre, and to my bafflement, kids were arriving at the cinema robed and bespectacled! Who were these children? I demanded. My patient friend urged me to give it all a chance, and like a surly Hermoine after a rather far-fetched Divination class, I scoffed. Deep down, I was curious. Plus, it involved popcorn and candy. I was in.

Almost immediately after my outbursts of rage against the Potter machine, I was quieted by my own awe. The music, the imagery, the magical beasts and beings! I was far too excited about the wizarding world to be rueful toward my knowing movie partner. Instead, I turned to her, begging to borrow the first few books. After that, I joined the anxious fandom in waiting for more. The books quickly became my companions, always offering humour and wisdom on the dullest of days, adding to a lazy summer afternoon in the breeze, or ending a productive day of work with quiet bliss.

Yes, Hollie didn’t hesitate in leaping over to the magically dark side, thankfully never to return! The Wizarding World is my sanctuary, and all its characters are part of me in some way. Even the bad ones! Like Kim says, I’ve never been the same since my fateful run-in with Harry and his friends. My journey with the series will never end, only grow to be more magical with time.

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Snape: A Girl? The Lesson Harry Potter Taught Me

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 | Author: Josh

I was what they call in the education world “above average.” I learned to read at a very young age and, very quickly, the “Dr. Seuss” type books started to bore me. My mind was expanding and the answer came to me via family friends. They let us borrow a book that they said we had to read.

They pulled out a book that looked very strange. It had a skinny boy with a cape holding on to a red bird’s tail. I was interested, and seeing it was a chapter book, my mom would have to read it to me. But to my dismay, we got home and soon realized it was a sequel. My mom said she would try to get the first one when she went to the store. And, spoiled me, got the first one at the store.

I was instantly engulfed in a story, involving an orphaned wizard. I begged my mom to read more and more. I loved listening to her voice as she tried her best English accent when reading dialogue. She would try to read the weird words (she would, against my suggestion, keep pronouncing Hermione: Her-me-own. It would drive me crazy! She stood her ground until the movie came out though).

I soon learned that if I wanted to keep along with the story, I had to pay attention. As the title suggests, as I laid there listening to my mom, I would sometimes mistake what she said. So for half the Sorcerer’s Stone, I believed Snape was a Girl (foreshadowing to book three, as picture shows). I was so embarrassed when I found out.

I finished listening to the first two books. It was what I lived for and nothing that was happening in the world seemed to matter (9/11, Y2K, nothing!). I then started to read on my own and that was when the trouble happened. I started reading too fast to pick up on the details that made the story great.

I realized my mistake when I recently reread the series. So here is my advice to all readers and future readers: It’s when you reread Harry Potter that makes the series magical. I realize now that if you double check things it makes your life fuller and easier.

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The Beginning Of a Journey!

Saturday, October 09th, 2010 | Author: Maria

Hey! I would like to say Hi to everyone as well, and how happy, and excited, I am to to be a part of this project!

I can perfectly recall the first time I heard about Harry Potter. I was extremely little and I heard on TV that a film was going to be released, it had something to do with a young wizard… It immediately caught my attention, but when I asked my parents if I could watch it, they said that it would probably scare me, I would have to wait until I was slightly older.

The years passed, and I guess I simply forgot about it… Until the summer of 2007. By then, I was already an avid reader. It was the 12th July and I was going to the cinema with my mum, but I wasn’t sure about what I wanted to watch. It was then that I saw a poster… A poster about some Harry Potter… And that name suddenly sounded familiar.

I watched Order of the Phoenix with my mum, and that was when my obsession started. The day after, I was already at Blockbuster and I rent all of the previous films. As the days passed, my obsession grew, and, for the first time in my life, I was actually getting overwhelmed by the influence a simple story could have.

My brother, realizing my sudden enthusiasm, handed me a book… Not just a book, but the book. Philosopher’s Stone. I can’t describe how much addicted I got to it, only after reading a few pages. The writing style, the plot and the characters were all just so… So mind-blowing.

I read all the books in a short period of time, always dying to know what would happen next. Theories started to form in my mind as the pages went by, some of them pretty crazy, others close to the truth. What would happen to Harry? Would Voldemort be defeated? When I finally got to Deathly Hallows, my obsession was bigger than I would have ever expected. I read it during breakfasts, on my way to school, shortly, in every free period I had from all of my school and daily life routine.

As I finished the series, I finally discovered the amazing Harry Potter fandom, and my obsession about the story of this young wizard never died, and I truly believe that it will never die.

I can still remember the first time the name Harry Potter started to mean something to me. That was the day my amazing, and never ending journey began…

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