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MTTSDH: How To Fight Post-Potter Depression

Thursday, July 19th, 2012 | Author: Heather

Hello, Pensievers and welcome to day three of my Deathly Hallows anniversary series. Today we’re going to tackle a topic that I’m sure you’re all familiar with: Post-Potter Depression. For those of you who don’t know, Post-Potter Depression is the feeling of loss and confusion that follows any prolonged interaction with Harry Potter, such as a conference, a movie premiere, or a book release. Traditionally, this term was applied to fans who, after reading the final book, became overwhelmed by the series ending and expressed symptoms similar to actual clinical depression such as loss of appetite, hypersomnia, and disinterest in previously enjoyed activities. Similarities were taken even further when someone was rumored to have started a hotline simply for those suffering from Post-Potter Depression.

Since Potter has been in its “Post” phase for nearly five years now, the term has involved to include all of the examples stated above and also applies to a situation wherein a fan is suddenly overcome with sadness at the prospect of never going to another midnight release or, in its loosest terms, whenever someone because emotionally swamped by anything relating to Potter. Based on that criteria, it’s clearly a pretty common occurrence. So I thought I would give you a list on the best ways to deal with Post-Potter Depression.

1.) Talk with someone. Like actual depression, talking with someone about your Post-Potter Depression can be a real help. Discuss theories and unanswered questions and strange facts about the wizarding world. It can help you sort out your thoughts, give you comfort, and assure you that other people are going through the same thing. (Are you noticing a theme this week?)

2.) Reread the books! It’s simple but it really works. Read the books one at a time and you can pretend that they’re completely new to you. This also works with the movies. And it’s basically what we’ve been doing with this podcast for two and a half years. So far we’re doing fine!

3.) Have a Harry Potter night! Gather some nerd friends and dedicate the night entirely to our favorite boy wizard. Make some Potter-themed food, have trivia and costume contests, and see if you can dig up some old HP boardgames. If you can’t find any, make your own! Rename all of the squares on Monopoly after places in the wizarding world. You can do the same with the countries in Risk. Or play Life and make it completely magical with wizarding jobs, broomsticks, Floo Network Insurance, etc. Be creative. And make sure to name any kids after Harry Potter characters. (More points for the more obscure they are.)  Parties like this give you the perfect opportunity to escape your world and live magically while bonding with old friends over something you love.

4.) Find a day where you don’t have any plans and just spend it geeking out. Listen to old podcasts, rewatch weird Harry Potter videos on youtube, have a Wizard Rock dance party, dress up, make your little sister duel with you. Take the chance to completely embrace your weirder side and just have fun. There’s no judgement in Harry Potter so now’s the time to let out any nerdiness you’ve been hiding. Just have fun and let your imagination run wild for a day. You’ll feel better and more equipped for the muggle world if you give your magical side a day to run free.

5.) Get creative! Find something that you like to do and channel your energy and love of Harry Potter into it. This could be anything from replicating the portrait of Sirius Black’s mum to writing fan-fiction to putting together a cute outfit that was inspired by your favorite character. Do anything to keep the magic alive. And if it’s not so much the actual canon that you miss as it is the environment and energy, then find something else that you can get involved in. Whatever your passion is, don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm. Create or find something new that you love.

I hope that these suggestions helped. Just remember that it’s not over unless we let it be. So stay involved with what you love!

(P.S. If anyone actually DOES replicate the picture of Mrs. Black then we would SIRIUSLY love to see it. Like, really, really, really want to see it.)

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Measuring The Time Since Deathly Hallows: In Friendship

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 | Author: Heather

I spent this past weekend with my good friend Kara. I met Kara at LeakyCon 2009 and we’ve managed to see each other at least once a year since. So this seems like the perfect time to talk about something that is one of the most important aspects of Harry Potter to me: the friendships.

I’ve been reading Harry Potter for 12 years and in that time the fandom has changed a lot. The websites have become more professional, the movers and shakers have changed, and lord knows we’ve gotten older. But the thing that has stayed the same is the sense of belonging that you get from the people.

I’ve found that wherever I am, in whatever situation, whomever I’m trying to connect with, if they like Harry Potter then we can get along based on that mutual ground. Maybe I’m just biased, but people who like Harry Potter are, on a whole, nicer, smarter, and more interesting than people who don’t.

And maybe that’s why I’ve met so many of my best friends through Harry Potter. When I went to LeakyCon in 2009 it was like going home. It was like going to the Burrow. I felt like Harry when he first entered Hogwarts and people were chanting his name. I felt understood and like I belonged.

Harry Potter has become so much more than a book series. It has become a method of connecting people across the world. I have friends in Nevada and Germany and Brazil and Canada who I never would have met if it weren’t for Harry Potter. If someone had told me while I counted down until midnight on July 21st, 2007 that I would be meeting people like Adam and Hollie and Thio in just a couple short years, I wouldn’t have believed them. Because growing up I thought that no one would ever be able to understand me like my Harry Potter books do. But my HP friends do. They completely get it. They get the stress and the anticipation and the anguish and excitement and joy and everything else that comes with being a Harry Potter fan. Because they’ve felt it, too. And everyday I’m grateful that my younger self was wrong about that.

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Measuring The Time Since Deahtly Hallows

Monday, July 16th, 2012 | Author: Heather

Why hello there Pensieve fans! As I’m sure you’re all aware, this Saturday, the 21st of July, will mark the five year anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Wow. Did I just say five years? Yes, I certainly did.

It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was cobbling together my Hermione costume for the release party or shouting that I was sure Snape loved Lily or putting the finishing touches on my masterful theories involving ancient Egyptian mythology and astronomy and Arthurian lore that I was sure would give us the secret to who “R.A.B.” was. Spoiler alert. They didn’t.

I’m not sure about any of you but I have always been awful at putting any amount of time longer than a month or so in to perspective. So I thought I would take this opportunity to remind you of some major events since we first read that “all was well.”

Since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows….

  • Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia.
  • Fidel Castro stepped down from the Cuban presidency after 49 years.
  • The U.S. Government began to intervene in the nation’s market in an attempt to prevent recession.
  • India launched its first unmanned spacecraft.
  • U.S. Senator Barack Obama beat U.S. Senator John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.
  • Obama became the 44th president of the United States, replacing George W. Bush.
  • Captain Charles Scully became the “Hero of the Hudson” when he landed his plane on the Hudson River after hitting a flock of geese and saved the lives of all 150 passengers and the crew of 5.
  • Barack Obama was sworn in as president of the United States and Joe Biden is sworn in as the Vice President. Hundreds of thousands of people, including Heather of the Potter Pensieve Podcast!, flocked to Washington, D.C. to watch.
  • Accusations of ballot fraud caused widespread and deadly protest in Tehran, Iran. Arrests of the opposition abounded.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince premiered in movie form!
  • U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy died.
  • Water was found on the moon.
  • The BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Spain won the World Cup.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I premiered in movie form!
  • The Arab Spring movement began in Tunisia.
  • Kate Middleton married Prince William.
  • South Sudan declared its independence, and became the 59th African state.
  • The space shuttle, Atlantis, launched into space and returned to Earth for the last time, ending the era of the shuttle program at NASA.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II premiered in movie form which raised tissue sales all across the world.
  • Norway was hit with two consecutive terrorist attacks.
  • The European economy began to crumble.
  • The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell took effect in the United States military.
  • Wall Street was occupied.
  • The United States Department of Defense began its final withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
  • Steve Jobs died.
  • Kim Jong-Il died.
  • The 2012 U.S. presidential election race began.
  • Socialist François Hollande was elected to the presidency of France.

That’s five years of world events. We’ve had disasters, deaths, weddings, revolutions, elections, movie releases, explosions, shifts of power, laws created and repealed, and countries created. But one thing has remained the same in this time. Our love for the Boy Who Lived. No matter what the next five years brings us, “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome us home.”

This week I’ll be exploring some other changes, specifically in my world, that have took place since July 21st, 2007. Check back here everyday if you’re interested!

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The Potter Pensieve #33 – OotP Chapters 22-24!

Monday, June 04th, 2012 | Author: Adam
Thio, Sarah and Adam are in the recording studio this episode with a little help from Heather! This episode we discuss chapters 22 through 24 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with topics that include:
-Sirius has low confidence?
-Do wizards forget their memories when they pull them out?
-Do muggles and wizards share diseases?
-Some major “horcrux” hints right in front of our faces!
And loads more! Enjoy!
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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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