The Pensieve

An Academic Guide to Harry Potter

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Welcome Back

Happy birthday to the Boy Who Lived and his creator J. K. Rowling! In commemoration of their birthdays, I am blowing the dust off this old blog and resurrecting anew with a new purpose. I am an English teacher and Instructional Technology Specialist. I have been a Harry Potter fan since 2001, when I read [...]

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Updates and Plans

It’s been a long time since I updated this poor, neglected blog. First things first: our school has a Harry Potter Club that has had four trivia tournaments for students and one for faculty. I won the faculty tournament and will go on to face the champions from Slytherin (12th grade), Gryffindor (11th grade), Ravenclaw [...]

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Updates and Thoughts on JKR’s Case Against RDR

It has been quite some time since I updated this blog.  Partly it’s the time of year.  As a teacher, I find spring taxing.  That said, I am finding the Harry Potter Carnival difficult to maintain.  I rarely received submissions, and those I did receive often made it patently obvious that submitters were looking for [...]

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Harry Potter Carnival #56

Welcome to the 56th Harry Potter Carnival! We have a lot of news this time, as JKR is in America and sharing lots of information, and HPL is busily updating pages. J.K. Rowling As I just mentioned, JKR is currently in America. Last Monday, she signed books in the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, CA. Fan [...]

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Spoilers

I am big Harry Potter fan, and I want to protect the investment I’ve made in these book by avoiding having the ending spoiled for me.  I believe at this point some real spoilers may be out there, and human nature being what it is, I can’t say I didn’t expect it.  However, I wanted [...]

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Ten Years of Harry Potter

Ten years ago today, on July 1, 1997, Bloomsbury published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It would be a year before the book would be published by Scholastic for U.S. readers, but a phenomenon was born. I began reading the books in August or September of 2001. I had a small baby at home. [...]

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Pensieve!

The Pensieve turns two today.  Thanks for visiting!

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Didn’t the Fat Lady Sing?

No, I’m not talking about Gryffindor’s Fat Lady. Some time ago, a Gwinnett County, Georgia mother, Laura Mallory, attempted to have Harry Potter books removed from Gwinnett County Schools’ libraries; however, the GCPS Board of Education denied her request.  She filed an appeal with the Georgia Department of Education.  I wonder just how much time [...]

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Gwinnett Mom: “Ban Harry Potter”

I used to teach in Gwinnett County Schools. In fact, had I remained there, I might be better acquainted with Laura Mallory, a Loganville mother who wants Harry Potter books removed from the library shelves in Gwinnett County Public Schools. You see, I taught at the middle school her children will go to. Mallory is [...]

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Going Fangirly

First of all, I want to say I think there is a problem with the comments, as I cannot comment on my own site, although somehow some of you seem to be able to do it. I am aware there is a problem. I think it is related to the anti-spam plugin I have, but [...]

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