Azkatraz 2009: Blast on the Bay!

I’m speaking tonight at the New York Public Library tonight (6:30 pm, 455 Fifth Avenue, across the street from the Lions) on Harry Potter’s Bookshelf: The Great Books Behind the Hogwarts Adventures. I hope to see you there!

If you cannot come to that, please enjoy the photos below and at Flickr as well as stories about Azkatraz 2009, and here, and here, and here, HPEF’s biggest and best Potter con yet. More tomorrow!











(photo credits — Wendy Bierman on the Red Hen/Hogs Head with Cable Car back drop, Robert Trexler on all others)

If you’d like to purchase mp3 files from conference talks, I’m told they can still be had at

My thanks to HPEF champions Lee, Heidi, Becki and daughter, Stina, Zossima Bob, Travis, Pepperdine James, Aurora David and Toni, Rev. George, HPL Steve, Leaky Melissa, Lev, AQ Lisa, Niki, my San Diego friends, B&N Megan, HPA Andrew, and the host of serious readers that made this San Francisco adventure a treat from start to finish. Hats off to the HPEF crew who work throughout the year so that every base is covered!

Grateful John, off to Manhattan


  1. Arabella Figg says

    Great pix, John, especially of you and Travis. Hopefully, a symposium will be in, say, Seattle or Portland soon. We’d love to attend one.

  2. I just read your article in the University of Chicago magazine – so glad to have found you! The Fodder for Canon article states you “spent four years absorbing the Common Core’s “firehose” of Great Books” – is there someplace you have detailed your list of “must reads”? As a late blooming classics reader (I was an accounting major – zzzzz), I’ve missed much and not reading them in a classroom setting has its disadvantages for understanding and yet I have fallen in love with English literature in particular. Thank you so much for educating us all!

  3. John, it was so nice to meet you at Azkatraz. Our meet-up was a highlight of the conference for me. I am sorry not to have been able to go to any of your programming; a mixture of illness and volunteering stopped me from seeing so much of the programming I’d hoped to see. I am looking forward to talking with you in the future. Cheers.

  4. Moonyprof says

    It’s too bad I didn’t get a chance to say hello. Your Deathly Hallows talk was right opposite yet another of my werewolf talks. It was indeed a splendid conference.

  5. A2Paper: For a great books reading list, please pick up a copy of Harry Potter’s Bookshelf! The Gothic chapter alone has seven recommendations that an Accounting Major would love…

    Niki: The ZPress Meet-up for Hog’s Head and HogPro serious readers was a blast! Who knew that the ‘Tenderloin District’ we were walking though to get to the Edinburgh Castle for a few pints is a notorious crime and white slavery area? As we all learned that night, never trust the concierge…

    MoonyProf: The loss was mine, believe me. I wish the four day symposium had gone on for another two or three days.

  6. Wow, I never would have thought it, and it was so far away too. I am sure we could have found a more ‘Hog’s Head’ kind of place to hang closer than that and in a safer area.

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