On to Old Virginia! Hannah’s Graduation and HogPro Talks

I’m packing up and heading out to Lexington, Virginia, this weekend for my eldest daughter Hannah’s graduation from the Virginia Military Institute. Some of you have been around here long enough to remember her departure for ‘Rat Year’ back in the fall of 2007 and my request that you write her an encouraging note. She received more cards and letters that week than anyone else in her company and, she thought, perhaps more than everyone else in her company.

HogPro All-Pros have a special fondness for Hannah because she was the eleven year old girl who prompted me to read Harry Potter in the first place, albeit only so I could explain to her “why we don’t read trash like that.” She is a wonderful young woman, if I say so myself, and VMI has been very good to her. Read about her successes here and here so I don’t have to write it all out, shamelessly proud as I am. Lt. Granger is the centerpiece in the picture above.

And while I’m in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, I’ll be giving one formal talk, sitting in on one children’s literature class, and “leading a discussion” in a Rhetoric course on the state of Harry Potter criticism. For details about those events, at least one of which is open to the public, skip over the jump.

On Monday afternoon, I will sit in on at least part of Prof. Suzanne Keen’s Childrens Literature class at Washington & Lee. She and I are both Lev Grossman readers and fans as well as Potter-philes and I look forward to meeting her after several month’s correspondence.

Tuesday I head farther south for a talk sponsored by the Blue Ridge Library at the Greenfield Education and Training Center lecture hall. The talk is ‘Unlocking Harry Potter: Seven Keys for the Serious Reader’ and we’ll start at 7 pm. You’ll need a ticket if you want to come because seating is limited to 85. Call the library at 540 977 3433 to reserve a seat.

Wednesday we head home! I’m stopping at James Madison University on the way back, though, to lead a discussion in Prof. Elisabeth Gumnior’s ‘Investigating Harry Potter Scholarship’ course. Prof. Gumnior has opened the discussion for “all JMU faculty and summer students” who wish to attend and I am going to try to sneak Hogwarts Professor Louise Freeman past the Probity Probes, too.

If you’re in the area, I hope you can get to Daleville for my talk at the Greenfield Center! Responsibility for posting here about everything fascinating in our world today (well, a lot of it) is left in the capable hands of the other professors on duty. I’ll be back with a report next Thursday.


  1. Woooohoooooo!!!!!! Congratulations and God’s Blessings on Hannah and the Granger clan! Safe travels, Professor….have a great time.

  2. Arabella Figg says

    Congratulations, Hannah. You showed ’em!

  3. Congratulations Hannah!!!! and Congratulations to a deservedly proud Dad.

    Toni and I have enjoyed following Hannah’s running achievements at VMI. God’s Blessings on her plans for the future.

    “Great Dumbledore’s ghost”!!!! Wish I could be along for the ride on your upcoming talks Professor!!!

    Travel Grace’s to you.

  4. Wow! Hannah’s graduating already? (Time flies!) Congratulations to her, and to her proud family too!

  5. Have a great trip Grangers and please give my love and congratulations to Hannah. We at Devine Manor like to act like we had something to do with Hannah’s success. Surely, she could not have achieved such heights without my inquiring about Hannah’s activities at regular, two or three year intervals.
    Call me in a few months or years or just move to Cherryville one day. I look forward to seeing you all soon.


  6. I spoke yesterday with a friend who was at your talk at the Greenfield Center, and was so disappointed to find out you had been in the area (about a mile from my house) and I’d had no idea! I would have loved the chance to hear you speak and to meet you, as I was a regular reader and occasional commenter on this website several years ago. I hope your visit to our area was a good one.

  7. I had a wonderful time at the Greenfield Center and hope to return in November! Please tell the folks at the Blue Ridge Library that sponsored this talk that you’d like another shot at catching me on tour —

    And welcome back to HogwartsProfessor!

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