We aim to promote scholarly analysis of the books, to provide forums for debate and discussion among fans of those works, to provide professional development opportunities for teachers, librarians and academic scholars, and to support writers, artists, creative performers and inventive thinkers who’ve been inspired by the Harry Potter series.
Past events have featured panels, presentations and discussions as varied as numerology, alchemy, geography, linguistics, shipping debates, character analysis, queer theory, writing wrock songs, creating a podcast, comparisons between the Potter series and other YA novels, “The Influence of Pure-Blood Women”, Justice and Law, The Next Generation, “Draw Your Own Snape”, “Dumbledore Was Never Free”, and writing, art, crafting and costuming workshops.
Our conference theme this year, Taking Flight, echoes the many breathtaking heights and perilous flights throughout the Harry Potter series: we recall Fawkes’s mournful exodus from Hogwarts after the death of Dumbledore; Harry’s sheer joy on his wild dive to catch Neville’s Remembrall; the thrills of Quidditch both on the page and on sporting fields around the world; Harry, Ron and Hermione’s escape from Gringotts on the back of a dragon; and the three “flights” that shaped the life of Sirius Black, among many other gravity-defying moments.
In addition to submissions related to this year’s theme, proposals are sought for presentations, papers, moderated panels, and workshops on any topic relating to the Harry Potter universe and/or the fan community. Special evening sessions will be scheduled for adult programming, and we encourage proposals for a wide range of adult content. We will consider all submissions, but preference will be given to those papers and topics that were not previously presented to HPEF attendees.
We welcome programming of all shapes and sizes, including:
- panels, roundtable discussions, papers, & presentations
- workshops, including but not limited to crafts, fanart & writing techniques
- fan-created media, including WizardRock, vidding and more
- explorations of book-canon, movie-canon and Pottermore
- discussions of fanfiction and shipping (both het & slash pairings)
- the real-world implications of Harry Potter, and fan culture