Signum U. Symposium: Beasts and Rogue One

Last month, I was pleased to take part in a Signum U./Mythgard Institute-sponsored symposium to discuss the two hottest fantasy films of the holiday season, and their various and sundry implications: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Also taking part were friends of this site Katherine Sas and Kelly Orazi (whom you’ll remember from their brilliant essays in Harry Potter For Nerds 2), Curtis Weyant (who is one of my own, personal go-to Star Wars nerds), Brenton Dickieson, Mythgard faculty member and author of the brilliant blog A Pilgrim in Narnia, and of course our moderator, Sørina Higgins. It proved a lively, lengthy and interesting discussion, especially after our host ended the “official” program, and the remaining panelists, having too much fun to hang up, chatted on unreservedly. Please enjoy, and feel free to add your own thoughts on these two films, and our nerdy discussion of same, in the comments.

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  1. Brian Basore says

    Thank you so much for the link to the Signum podcast, and to the five of you for continuing it beyond its planned length.

    I stress out that J. K. Rowling is traditional and ahistorical, but then again centuries of history have made being British difficult to think about in everyday life. By that reasoning, arrived at through some study of English history, being British excuses and explains everything. It can be hard to be an American fan of the Harry Potter world, but most of the time I enjoy it.

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