Posted by on Feb 24, 2008 in Blogging, Harry Potter, Personal | 37 comments

PENSIEVE - Robin Dance

Almost 2 1/2 years ago when I first decided to blog, I really didn’t know much about it.  A friend had asked me to read hers and it looked like a fun soapbox-drama queen-stage-kind-of-an-outlet to me.  We had recently moved to Tennessee, and as an at-home mom to three elementary-aged kids, I had the time to write.

After researching my options, I decided Blogger was the best place to begin:  it was user friendly, and perhaps most attractive, it was free.  The next step in blogging is deciding a name.  I knew I wanted something simple, but every tRobins_pensievehought I had was a) forgettable, b) already done a thousand times, c) too “religious” (I DID want to write about my faith, but just not exclusively)….

As a devoted Harry Potter fan, “PENSIEVE” occurred to me early on.  A literary device J.K. Rowling created to advance her storyline (first mentioned in book four, “Goblet of Fire”), a pensieve is a stone basin used to store extracted memories.  Characters could later go back and “re-live” those memories (theirs or those belonging to others) by “falling” into the pensieve; they were present in the memory but not a part of it; they could see and hear what goes on, but those in the past memory could not see or hear them.

In a sense, a pensieve is used to download thought when the brain is too cluttered to contain it…which is kind of like a blog, right?

An interesting aside from a previous blog post about my title origin notes “that ‘pensieve’ is an anagram of Pevensie, the surname of the main characters from C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, in which the Pevensie children are thrust into another world through a magical cupboard, as Harry is thrust into a memory through the pensieve in Dumbledore‘s cupboard.”

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