If you could store one memory (just one!) in Dumbledore’s Pensieve in Harry Potter, what would it be and why?

If you could store one memory (just one!) in Dumbledore’s Pensieve in Harry Potter, what would it be and why?

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Votes close at midnight on Sunday.

The contestants

Contestant 1 

I would store the most unforgettable memory of my life, which is of a harp competition in the US state of Minnesota.  I went there when I was in Primary Six. The people there were very nice, and the weather was very breezy. I learned from other competitors, and most importantly, I learned how to cope with pressure and enjoy the trip. 
The Pensieve would help me relive that once-in-a-lifetime experience, reminding me that there are friends and family who are always ready to support me. When I’m sad, those memories would help cheer me up. Also, as I grow older, I could learn from my younger self, when I remained optimistic despite facing many problems.

Contestant 2 

I’d store the memory of losing my dearest mobile gaming device Nintendo Double Screen (NDS). When I was young, I used to wake up early to play inside the magic world of Mario and Pokemon. I would take the NDS wherever I went, but one day I left the backpack containing the device on a bench in a shopping centre. When I ran back to get it, it was  gone. I was devastated. If I had the magical Harry Potter instrument, I could revisit the moment when my bag was stolen and maybe find clues to get it back. It’s a childhood memory I would relish for the rest of my life.

Contestant 3 

It would be great if I could store memories of Lunar New Year’s eve in 2009. I was only four years old at the time and none of my family members had smartphones. Everyone was chatting while having dinner, and the atmosphere was very lively. It’s a scene that’s unlikely to happen again. For example, take this month’s Lunar New Year celebrations. Most of my family members had their eyes glued to their smartphones. They were living in their own world, and ate silently. I wish I could perfectly remember the memories of 2009!

Contestant 4 

If I could keep one memory and relive it over and over, it would be one of my birthdays, because we always go to a buffet. The Market buffet at Hotel Icon was truly delicious; I could gorge on those high-calorie foods any time! If I could put the meal in a Pensieve, I could eat that food over and over again without gaining weight! 
If a memory is truly special, it would live in your heart forever no matter what. But if you could always go back and relive a certain memory, we would never know what it is to live in the moment. 

Contestant 5 

If I had the chance, I would want to review a sad memory. One day last year, I had a huge argument with a very good friend about some really minor stuff. Both of us became very angry and I said or did something which upset her a lot. I was so furious I cannot remember how I had hurt her feelings. We are no longer friends and this saddens me. 
I wish I had Dumbledore’s Pensieve so I could see what exactly happened that day. Then I would be able to change my behaviour and not act in such a bad way in future. Most importantly, I want to be on good terms with my friend once more, hopefully soon.

Contestant 6 

It would be useful for future Hogwarts head teachers to access the stories about Confucius I learned during my Chinese lessons. Confucius always answered his students’ questions with spectacular, tailor-made answers. At the same time, he spread concepts revolving around kindness, goodness, courtesy, wisdom, and respect for one’s elders. I always bear these in mind as they can help me achieve “perfection” in all parts of my life. 
I understand Confucius’ concepts may have overlapped with some of the qualities of Hogwarts’ four houses, but he and his students’ conversations – recorded in the Analects of Confucius – would surely be useful for Hogwarts’ teachers who encounter difficult young wizards and witches.


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Edited by M. J. Premaratne

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
If you could store one memory in Dumbledore’s Pensieve, what would it be?


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