Arizona State University’s Harry Potter Society Hosts Hogwarts Professor

On April 21, I had the great pleasure of visiting the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University at the invitation of ASU’s Harry Potter Society and independent scholar Dr. Joel Hunter, who has the enviable opportunity of teaching a very popular Harry Potter course (which currently holds the record for fastest time for a course to fill during registration!).

In addition to getting to see the beautiful campus of the Barrett Honors College, I had the chance to visit with Dr. Hunter and his wonderful wife Melanie (who apparently make a smashing Snape and Tonks on Halloween), chat with an amazing group of students, and present on the ways in which Rowling’s magical menagerie indicates the influence of C.S. Lewis.

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Attention Literary Potter Readers! Leaky Con Academic Proposal Deadline Extended to March 10!

This cartoon from this week’s Monterey Herald serves as a reminder that there are still folks who need reminding of our shared text’s literary value!

On that note, the deadline for academic programming proposals for Leaky Con 2011 is now March 10. I’m really looking forward to some amazing academic presentations, as well as the opportunity to confer with my brother wizards in the steamy Florida sunshine! If you’ve not gotten your proposal in yet, and your Time Turner is broken, get cracking! Even if you don’t want to present, but you have some ideas for academic programming that you’d like to see, email the fine folks planning the academic schedule.

My Experience at Infinitus 2010: Wow!

I have just returned home from the HPEF fan and academic conference in Orlando called ‘Infinitus 2010.’ Let me say up front and out loud, as someone who has been a Featured Speaker at 10 Potter conferences, 5 of which have been HPEF productions, that Infinitus was far and away the biggest and best I have ever been part of — and that it was “best in show” in several categories. Here are my day-after notes about this incredible meeting of all corners of the Fandom — [Read more…]

Infinitus Update

Infinitus is going fantastically! John had two presentations today, both of which had large, excellent audiences who were attentive, asked great questions, and bought lots of books! Those of you who have been to one of John’s programs know how super they are, and these were no exception.

It was great to visit with all the Potter Pundits in person, who take the stage tomorrow for a joint session! I also enjoyed meeting some of the wonderful folks we get to chat with here at Hog Pro. Tomorrow, it’s another great day of programming, with me bringing up the rear! If you are at Infinitus and haven’t said hi yet, come introduce yourself! Stay tuned for more from Sunny Florida! I’m off to run through my paper one more time, and I think John may still be in line over at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I hear the butterbeer is choice.

Infinitus Draws Near!

This weekend, John and I are both participating in Infinitus in Orlando, FL, being put on by the lovely HPEF folks. I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in The Witching Hour in Salem five years ago, and I know John has enjoyed the HPEF events in which he has participated, too. If you are going to be at Infinitus, come and say hi! Look for the dapper gent in the bow tie or the short and very pale mountain lady.

Here is the official website , so you can see what’s going on, or if you can’t make it, what you’ll be missing! As you can see, there will be a little bit of everything, and we’ll have a hard time deciding whose presentations to see!

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