Pensive about a Pensieve

  November 7, 2003 at 5:11 PM ET
  grae     Wizard News (via Maple Ridge Times)

Us older Harry Potter fans can sympathize with Dumbledore's need to keep a Pensieve handy, as Marlyn Graziano muses in their columnopens in new window for the Maple Ridge Times.

I wish I had a Pensieve.

Harry Potter fans will know what I'm talking about. For the uninitiated, a short explanation: The Pensieve is a marvelous device. Readers are introduced to it as a magical basin filled with a whitish silver substance.

That substance is made up of strands of thought, pulled from the mind of Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

If I had Professor Dumbledore's Pensieve in my kitchen cupboard, I could at least pick and choose what information I wanted to disregard for the moment. And I would be assured that although I had removed that information from my mind, it would still be accessible - sent off for safe storage and future retrieval.

As it stands, I have no way of knowing what's going to slip away and when.

Sometimes, it's not all that important. I figure that if I get to the top of the stairs and forget what I had headed up there to fetch, well at least I got some exercise.

When I get to the grocery store and can remember only three out of the four things I needed to buy, well, three out of four ain't bad.


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