Formal Programs

Formal Programming (Alphabetical Order)
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A Family Divided: The Story of the Mitfords

Paper: Katherine Bailey
Saturday, 1-1:30 p.m. Verona
Summary: This presentation outlines Jessica Mitford’s life, from her unusual childhood in an unusual family, to the outbreak of World War II and the ideological struggle that divided her family into two distinct camps.In the great ideological battle accompanying global war in the 20th century, two sisters took sides:  Unity gazed adoringly across a cafe table at one of the most monstrous tyrants ever to rise to power, while Jessica would take the side of the people against tyranny. What is the story of the person J. K. Rowling has called “my most influential writer” and “my heroine since I was 14 years old,” and how deeply does it inform the basic struggle in her novels?
Katherine Bailey, Ph.D, successfully defended her dissertation, “19th-Century Appropriations and the Topic of Death in Modern Gothic Narratives:  Edward Gorey, Walt Disney, and Tim Burton” at Florida State University in the spring of 2012.


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A Look into myHogwarts

Presentation: Keith D. Cardin
Friday, 2-3:30 p.m., Tuscan IV
Summary: Join the staff of myHogwarts, a social network for 75,000+ Harry Potter fans, as we explain what we are, how we came to be and where our future is headed. We’ll take you behind-the-scenes of our development and show you how myHogwarts will change the fandom forever.

Only a few years into the fandom, Keith D. Cardin has created WizardingLife.com, wrockBOX Wizarding Radio and the Magic is Might Experience. His life’s ambition is to create digital platforms, or experiences, to help fantasy become a reality.

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Acting for Cosplay

Panel: Ryan Caron, Andrew Lynch
Saturday, 12:30-2 p.m., Tuscan II
Summary: An active-participation workshop for cosplayers; learn basic acting technique that you can use to level up your cosplaying on stage or in the streets. No experience needed.

Ryan Caron is a journeyman cosplayer with nine years convention going experience, and a working theatre artists from Vancouver, Canada. He is a member of the touring Improv troupe Synaptic Chaos Theatre as well as anime and cosplay specialist with 4geeksmedia, an in-community perspective geek media group that covers fan-generated events in the geek community.

Andrew Lynch has a BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia and works as an actor and theatre director in Canada. He is the artistic director of Bear Bones Theatre and is video game specialist with 4geeksmedia. 
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Alchemy: A Rose By Any Other Name

Paper: Leslie Barnhart
Friday, 5-6 p.m., Verona
Summary: John Granger delved into the mysteries behind many of the names within the Harry Potter series, but there are many more characters that have alchemical and Christian implications as well as other triangle besides Harry, Ron, and Hermione.  In this presentation, we will uncover the rest of the Weasley family, the triangle between Harry, Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort, and the lesser known alchemical characters within the series that still played major roles in the series.
Leslie Barnhart combines the magical elements of Harry Potter with theology, mathematics, chemistry, and history to create Christian curriculum for Summer Camps.  In her muggle life, she teaches arithmancy and potions in the muggle school system in Virginia.  She is married to a muggle, and has two wizarding children who are prefects at Hogwarts each summer. At Leaky Con, she presented how to make the Book of Monsters as well as the curriculum for her very successful Hogwarts Summer Camp completed in 2011.   She is currently finishing a book, “The Christian’s Guide to Harry Potter” in which she explains all of the Christian elements hinted at, refered to, or glossed over within the series.  When she has more experience, she hopes to be a full time professor at Hogwarts teaching History of Magic.

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Bad Boys, Bad Boys…

Roundtable: Traci Hall
Saturday, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuscan II
Summary: A look at some of the bad boys of HP:  Lucius, Snape, Sirius, Draco, Regulus, Barty Crouch, Jr.  Why are so many fans (especially female fans) fascinated by the “bad boys” of canon? Is it canon or fanon that makes them so intriguing? If we didn’t have the HP movies, would they have the same following?  Are we obsessed with these bad boys because they are some of the hottest guys on screen in a Potter movie or because of the characters themselves?
Traci Hall will neither confirm nor deny a *slight* obsession with Alan Rickman which may have fueled a passion for all things Snape.  She was always sure that Snape was really a “good guy” and felt that he had a connection with Lily, long before it was revealed.  She considers herself a Slytherindor at heart. Traci is not at liberty to discuss her education beyond Hogwarts, nor is she able to speak about her undercover muggle work. Darn those unbreakable vows.

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Bloodedness: In the Veins of JK Rowling’s New Cultural Racism

Paper: Selina Souza

Saturday, 10-11, Venetian III
Summary: The Harry Potter books reach out to people—immune to cultural, linguistic, and geographical boundaries. However, beneath the surface of a happy-go-lucky boy wizard who manages to thwart a dark lord, there lies a world of bigotry and hate:  a world of racism.  How does J. K. Rowling manage to handle such a dark theme in a children’s book?  What is her point and purpose in showing racism?

Selina Souza is an ambitious Slytherin who has just finished her MA in English at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  She wrote her thesis on Harry Potter and Racism and loves curling up with a good Draco/Hermione fanfiction and homemade butterbeer.
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Body Modification in the Wizarding World

Paper: Shae Merritt
Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m., Verona (18+)
Summary: Bill has a fang hanging from his ear, Harry was rumored to have a hippogriff tattoo, and appearance can be changed in an instant with a spell or potion. Body modification is everywhere in the Wizarding World. This presentation will explore the instances of body modification seen in the Harry Potter series as well as compare wizarding modifications to muggle modifications. Following the presentation there will be a discussion on other modification possibilities and theories.
Shae Merritt has presented at three other conferences (Prophecy, Terminus, and Infinitus) but she still has a giant fear of public speaking and sometimes speaking in general (unless she has consumed at least 2 Mai Tais). She is a slacker student at UCF, a full time office drone, a devoted crafter, and a derby girl. She currently skates with the Ocala Cannibals under the name Militant Bulstrode #9 ¾ and will gladly hip check anyone that dares badmouth the Dark Lord. 
 
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Bringing Hogwarts Home: Hogwartian Decor

Presentation: Zoe Morrow
Saturday, 3-4 p.m., Tuscan I
Summary: When you get home from a great con does your house feel too muggle?  Thinking of adding some of that Hogwarts magic into your home’s decor, but not sure how?  Ask yourself: what does every wizard’s home need?  Where does one shop for a cauldron, or an armillary sphere? What are your options for displaying your collection of wands or potion bottles? What can you make or fake to add to those collections?
Zoe Morrow is an an artist and teacher. She has a BFA in Textile design at Moore College of Art, ( if you Google her name; the woven money baskets, costumes, and dolls are mine, but there are lots of others who share the name) She has exhibited in a number of galleries and museums and had her basket work in books like “Found Object Art One” and Found Object Two.”  She has a line on Spoonflower of fabric designs (under the designer name of “zomo” should you care to look)  She is also an Art teacher (Ceramics and Fashion Design) and also maker of things in many crafty materials.

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Brooms Up! A Day in the Lives of Quidditch Players

Panel: Kristina Moy, Bridget Siegel, David Moyer, and Nick Murado
Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Tuscan III   (corrected)
Summary: International Quidditch Association rep Kristina Moy will be moderating a panel with the Florida Quidditch Conference, made up of Quidditch players from the University of Miami, University of South Florida, Ringling College and University of Florida, known as the second best team in the world for their game play in the 2011 V Quidditch World Cup. They’ll tell you how they got started as teams and what they’re planning next.
Kristina Moy is a UMass Amherst 2010 graduate. She helped start up UMass Quidditch and ran the team for 2 1/2 years. After passing on the leadership torch, Kristina joined the International Quidditch Association as a MA State Representative. She is also now the IQA Northeast Regional Director, managing over 100+ Quidditch teams in one of the largest regions in the U.S. Kristina has helped out with many Quidditch events, such as planning UMass Quidditch’s tournaments, and managing press coverage and reffing at World Cups IV and V. Kristina will be running IQA Quidditch at Ascendio. She has previously organized IQA convention appearances at Infinitus, C2E2, Aeternitas, Comicpalooza, LeakyCon and NY Comic Con.
 
Nick Murado is  a 25-year-old law school graduate and nearly a decade-long veteran of this most illustrious sport we call Quidditch.  He started his Quidditch “career” playing in, refereeing, and commentating for the first ever Quidditch tournament at Nimbus 2003.  From there, he’s played in many tournaments, most notably receiving the MVP award at The Witching Hour’s professional-level tournament in 2005.    In 2009, Nick began his interaction with the IQA (International Quidditch Association): He  formed Quidditch at UF (University of Florida’s IQA team), he  joined the Rules Council (one of the IQA’s primary legislative bodies), Nick started the annual Swamp Cup regional tournament (and acted as tournament director for the 2011 iteration), and  served as a head referee in the Quidditch World Cup 2011.  Nick loves Quidditch.
 

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Build-a-Potter

Workshop: Denise Clarkston
Friday, 1-2 p.m., Michaelanglo
Summary: In this Build-a-Potter workshop, we will be constructing Harry Potter die cut characters that you can use as an embellishment in your scrapbooks Each person will be given a kit that will contain materials to complete Harry, Ron and Hedwig in the Flying Ford Anglia.   I’ll show you the steps on how to trim and reassembe the shapes to fit in the car.  Crafters of all levels are welcome to participate.  The workshop is limited to 25 participants.
Denise Clarkston is a huge fan of Harry Potter, Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean. She helps with guest relations at the Dallas Comic Con conventions in the Dallas-area and has even spent time in Chewbacca’s hot tub - unfortunately he wasn’t in it at the time. When she’s not torturing patients at her day-job as an exercise physiologist, she’s teaching dance, scrapbooking and card-making. Denise is an accomplished crafter and one of her crafts has been accepted for the Harry Potter Art Project.  As a member of the HPDFW meet-up group she has been luring others into crazy ideas for a while and is more than happy to share the fun with fellow HP fans at Ascendio. Denise is a full-time servant for her poodle-mix, April May June, whose name is bigger than she is.

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Butterbeer, Cauldron Cakes and Fizzing Whizbees: Food Sharing as a Cultural Marker

Paper: Leisa A. Clark
Friday, 12:30-1, Venetian IV
Summary: In the Harry Potter series, the Wizard characters’ consumption of special foods that are unavailable in the Muggle world serve reinforce their own identities, while at the same time constructing the feeling of “belonging” at Hogwarts and in villages and homes secretly imbedded within the Muggle world. Food is a great indicator of cultural identity and the shared foods we eat can serve multiple purposes in delineating those who belong from those who do not. By carrying on a literary tradition of food as a cultural marker, the Harry Potter series fits neatly into a body of work that celebrates abundance, family and belonging.
Leisa A. Clark has an M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of South Florida, where she is finishing further graduate work in Humanities and Cultural Studies and writing her Thesis on Harry Potter. Her areas of concentration are gender and pop culture, body image, American and British history, science fiction and fantasy, and food studies. She has published and presented on Harry Potter, Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and Doctor Who/Torchwood. Currently, she is co-editing Of Bread, Blood, and The Hunger Games: Critical Essays on Suzanne Collins’s Trilogy, forthcoming from McFarland publishing.
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Chariot, Hanged Man, World: the Cosmic Ascent of Severus Snape

Presentation: Logospilgrim
Saturday, Noon-12:30, Tuscan I
Summary: In this presentation, Logospilgrim examines Professor Snape’s evolution from a cosmic perspective, and suggests that his journey follows a mythological pattern we are all called to reenact in our own lives. Using the archetypal imagery of the tarot and drawing upon psychological analysis, esoteric arcana and multiple spiritual traditions, she shows how he comes to transcend himself, and how relevant his experiences are to everyone who yearns to know the transformative power of universal love.
Logospilgrim is a small renegade monastic and religious pluralist who likes to write about Professor Severus Snape, spiritual transformation and mysticism; she is the author of several books of essays, such as “The flawed master: lessons Professor Snape taught me” (visit logospilgrim.com for more details). She has spoken at a number of Harry Potter conventions, including Witching Hour, Lumos, Prophecy, Convention Alley, Infinitus and Aeternitas. She has a degree in Religious Studies and enjoys collecting curiosities. She may be somewhat of a curiosity herself. In addition, she has a really awesome tattoo of the Potions Master on her left arm.
 
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Comparative Harry Potter

Panel: Amanda Firestone and Anastasia Salter
Friday, 2-3:30, Venetian IV
Summary: As the popularity of YA has continued to rise in the wake of Harry Potter, this panel takes a look at some of the parallels and divergences between Rowling’s work and the rest of the genre. In her paper “The Seduction of the Cullens and the Weasleys: Baudrillard, Consumerism, and the families of Twilight and Harry Potter”, Amanda Firestone compares and contrasts Meyer’s Cullen family and Rowling’s Weasley family in terms of Baudrillard’s theories concerning consumerism and the system of objects in light of class struggles. In her paper “My House, Your Faction: Constructing Group Identity in Harry Potter and Divergent”, Anastasia Salter looks at the significance of factions and houses for both fan identity groupings (go Slytherins!) and a character or fan’s coming of age in relationship to group identity and pressure.
Amanda Firestone is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of South Florida in the Department of Communication.  As a critical cultural scholar, she’s interested in popular cultural artifacts produced for youth culture that have adult cross-over appeal.  Her dissertation focuses on The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer and its treatment of critical issues such as gender, sexuality, menstruation, race, and class.  She is longtime Harry Potter fan and has season passes to the Wizarding World so that she can get her fix anytime.

Anastasia Salter is an Assistant Professor at the University of Baltimore in the Information Arts and Technologies department. Her primary research is on digital narratives with a continuing focus on virtual worlds, gender and cyberspace, games as literature, educational games and fan production. She holds a Doctorate in Communications Design from the University of Baltimore, where her dissertation examined the Adventure Game Studio platform as a source of fan creativity and personal storytelling through gaming. She is also currently completing her MFA thesis in Children’s Literature at Hollins University.

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Creating Readers and Empowering Nerds in the Classroom

Panel: Melody Sutton and Susan Shirley
Saturday, 12-1:30pm, Venetian IV
Summary: Nerd life is better than regular life. When we bring our passion for Harry Potter and nerd culture to the classroom, we beckon students to come out of their shells, do a happy dance, and get in touch with their inner Luna. With Potter as a shared text, teachers and students establish a base for deep conversations across the curriculum. We will share strategies from our own public school classrooms.
Susan Shirley and Melody Sutton are residents of Nerdfighteria and proud members of the House of Ravenclaw with a combined 20 years of teaching experience in elementary and middle school. They daily share their passion for the written word with students via Harry Potter and other great literature. They believe in the infinite possibilities of our youth and, not possessing Snape’s steely self-control, would never have passed the High Inquisitor’s inspection.

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Cruciatus Curse and the Psychology of Pain

Paper: Lesley Hathorn and Mary-Louise Hathorn
Saturday, 2:30-3:00pm, Verona
Summary: The Cruciatus Curse is one of the Unforgivable Curses that results in pain so severe that it can drive the victim insane when particularly severe and/or prolonged. In this talk we will describe the psychological effects of pain and how to survive the Cruciatus Curse. Door prizes provided.
Lesley Hathorn is an assistant professor of cognitive psychology at Metropolitan State College of Denver. She studies how we can use the art of the magic of words to learn about the science of behavior. That is, she does research into the comprehension and mental representations readers form from text and how the power of words can affect our thinking and, consequently, behavior. She is delighted to be discussing Harry Potter in the context of psychology. After her students found out that she can explain psychology with examples from Harry Potter, she was voted the coolest professor EVER.

Mary-Louise Hathorn is a second-year student at the University of Denver, majoring in biology.


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Discussion of Muggle Studies

Workshop: Professor Gail Callicott
Saturday, 12:30-1:30p.m., Venetian III
Summary: An open discussion of the Muggle Studies Class. What would be included, in the study of Muggles. For instance: 1. How Wizards and Muggles differ. 2. Why it would be beneficial to Wizards, to understand Muggles. 3. The impact of Muggles, on the Wizarding World/Impact of Wizards on the Muggle World. 4. Is there really a difference in Muggle Wars and Wizarding Wars? Which ones, why and how?


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Draw on Glockgal! I mean ‘with’. With Glockgal.

Workshop: Glockgal
Saturday,4-5 p.m., Tuscan I
Summary: What do you angst over most when drawing fanart? Perspective? Hands? Expression? General artist’s block? Join Glockgal as she makes fanartmaking fun again! First: an improv demonstration of drawing.  Second: a workshop where you can draw and/or get live artbeta from Glockgal and your fanartist peers. Bring your art! Bring your art supplies!
Glockgal has been in the Harry Potter fandom long enough to remember how indignant she felt when they changed ‘Philosopher’ to ‘Sorcerer’.  She’s been drawing for longer than that. She is currently still active in fandom as a whole and has been a freelance artist for like I dunno 12 years now? And it’s awesome.
 
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Writing Sex Scenes (But Were Afraid to Ask) (18+)

Presentation: EmmaGrant and Noeon
Saturday,7-9 p.m., Venetian V

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Writing Sex Scenes (But Were Afraid to Ask) (18+)-  - Love to read and/or write explicit sex scenes in fanfic? In this panel, we’ll explore what works and what doesn’t, realism vs. fantasy, the role of kink, and many other things that contribute to good and enjoyable erotic writing. The audience will have the opportunity to submit questions anonymously and participate in the discussion. Likely to be slash-centric but not exclusive. Bring your questions, favorite examples, and be prepared to have a lot of (NSFW) fun!

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Governance of the Magical World: Democracy, Technocracy, Bureaucracy and other ‘cracies

Paper: Jay Thompson, Keira Thompson and Amanda Bragg
Saturday, 9-10 a.m., Verona
Summary: Governance has always been a complex and difficult issue for academics and policy makers alike.  One can imagine it only becomes even more difficult when those who are governed and those who are governing are gifted with powers beyond mortal understanding.  In such an environment, what would be the most effective form of government? The government system that Ms. Rowling describes in her seven works cannot be easily categorized.  How should the Ministry of Magic be defined?  What do the works of the Harry Potter series tell us about the author’s views of proper governance?
Jay Thompson has enjoyed all things geek from as long as he can remember.  Lord of the Rings, Dune, Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly and Battlestar, he is a member of almost all the fandoms (though there are notable exceptions).  A late comer to the world of Harry Potter (he started reading when the 5th book was released) Jay has thoroughly enjoyed exploring the many intellectual subjects that emerged in the seven books and eight film adaptations.  Though he likes to claim he is a graduate of Hogwarts who did advanced studies at Miskatonic University, in reality he holds his Master of Arts from the University of South Florida and is currently an Assistant Professor of Political and Social Science with the College of Central Florida in Ocala, FL.

Keira Thompson was born in Miami, Florida on December 6, 1992 as the only child of a Muggle and a Gypsy. She grew up in a home where imagination and integrity were paramount and, much like Hermione, books were her friends, and Harry Potter was her best friend. Ron taught her humor and humility; Harry gave her strength and perseverance; and Luna and Hermione gave her the wherewithal to always be proud of what you truly were, even if it happens to be a nosy sage with a love of a challenge. Her heroes include Hilary Clinton, Luna Lovegood, and Madeline Albright. She was home-schooled through most of her high school experience, graduated with an Associate of Arts degree at the age of 18, and is now a junior at the University of Florida studying Political Science and Telecommunications Media and Society.

Amanda Bragg was born in Florida on May 14, 1993 to Muggle parents. Like Harry, she was unaware of the magic world until her birthday where the first novel was thrust upon her. Like Hermione, her doubts dissolved in the pages of the book. Like Ron, she too went through phases in which deaths and actions shook her resolve, but she remained ever constant in her loyalty. Like Ginny, she is the only daughter, with three brothers to give her nerve. Throughout her time in the world of Harry Potter, she has gained many of the same sensibilities for helping others, and as such spends much of her time volunteering and doing club work. Amanda has since become a junior at New College of Florida, and is a Literature and Political Science major.


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The Fandom That Lived: Transfiguring Your Magical Meet-up

Panel: Jamesa Larimer, Shannon Bowden, Tara Connelly, Lisa Cook, Simone Dejean, Clay Dockery, Christine Evans, Laura Lackey, Draco LePage, Perseus LePage, Rondah Phelps
Saturday, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Tuscan IV
Summary: The quill is dry, the credits have rolled, the Fat Lady has sung. Figuratively. Is your meet-up club confunded by what to do next? Join organizers from Harry Potter groups around the country in this round table discussion on keeping the magic alive. We will exchange ideas on initiating activities, keeping members engaged, recruiting new members and just having fun. Most importantly, we want YOUR input. What would YOU like to see in YOUR meet-ups?
Jamesa “Meka” Larimer, or more affectionately known as ‘VoldeMeka’, has been involved in the Dark Arts since 2003. Joining the Houston Harry Potter Meetup Group in 2005, she became Assistant Organizer and Head of Slytherin House in 2006. Moonlighting as a Dementor in one of Texas’ finest Muggle prisons, she finds daily opportunities to hone her Death Eater skills. With a background in theater and music, she is currently working towards completing her B.S. in Psychology. When not plotting evil deeds, this hardcore Slytherin, born the year of the snake, can usually be found with a good book or a device in hand for reading fan fiction. She is a ravenous DM/HG shipper. Her hobbies include general nerdiness in other fandoms, cosplaying, traveling, driving Muggle racecars, and attending Muggle heavy metal concerts, under her invisibility cloak, of course! Ascendio marks Meka’s 5th Harry Potter con and she can usually be found at the bar drinking Firewhisky and talking smack to Hufflepuffs

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Flights of Fancy: The Dreamworlds of Harry Potter

Panel: Louise Krasniewicz
Saturday, 3-4 p.m., Venetian IV
Summary: Dreams guide action in the magical world but not the Muggle one. What can we learn about imagination and creativity by looking at the dreams, nightmares, prophesies, divinations, and explorations of memory in the Harry Potter universe? Learn how dreams provide a map to other worlds that open up new understandings and options for creative action.
Dr. Louise Krasniewicz is an anthropologist who had studied dreams, creativity, and mythology in cultures around the world.  She has documented hundreds of her own dreams while studying popular culture icons. She is the author of a forthcoming ebook, “The Dreamworlds of Harry Potter: A Map for the Imagination,” and is author of a biography of Walt Disney, and co-author of biographies of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johnny Depp.
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Flight in Harry Potter

Panel: Lorrie Kim; Rose M Heil
Friday, 11 a.m. – Noon, Verona
Summary:  Explore the aspects of flight in Harry Potter, from Quidditch to the metaphorical flights of Snape and others.“Taking flight” has two basic meanings in HP: flying, flight with joy, and fleeing, flight with courage. We know that learning to fly from the mother is deeply important for Rowling because Lily is the first character in the series to fly. Through discussions of Harry’s flying skills, Snape’s flights, and Secret-Kept escapes, we explore what Rowling thinks flying can be. Plus, we’ll discuss how fans love to take flight with Harry Potter.

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Harry and the Law

Panel: Tracy Douglas and Karen Morris
Friday, 12:30 – 2 p.m., Verona
Summary: Whether it’s Harry getting in trouble with the law, or the complicated hierarchy of wand law, the legal system is ever-present in Potter’s world. Karen Morris’s paper, “Soar from the Core; School and Family Law Relevant to Harry Potter’s Adventures”, examines laws relevant to Harry’s home life and school experience, including child neglect and abuse, bullying, and teacher tenure. Tracy Douglas’s paper, “Beware the Heir: Property Law in the Harry Potter Series”, addresses various concepts of property law including wills, wands, personal property and the Horcruxes and the Elder Wand.
Tracy Douglas is an Illinois attorney with a passion for property law.  She received her J.D. and B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She previously presented at Terminus and Phoenix Rising and loves all things Harry Potter and the law.

Karen Morris is an elected judge, a lawyer, a textbook author and a Distinguished Professor of Law in Rochester, New York. She is jazzed by Harry Potter’s adventures, and by sharing her passion for the law, which she views as a very contemporary discipline.


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Harry/Draco - Revolution, Evolution & Beyond

Panel: NQDonne, Femme, November Snowflake, Noeon
Saturday, 1-3 p.m., Tuscan IV
Summary: Just as Harry and Draco’s relationship progressed over the course of seven books from resentment to respect, so too has the Harry/Draco ship seen its share of evolution over the past decade and more. This panel will present an overview of the ship’s history and the forces--canon and otherwise--that have shaped it into the forms we see today, as well as the trends that continue to take shape for the future.
NQDonne has been in Harry Potter fandom since 2003, when she read an article in the Boston Globe Magazine on fanfiction and couldn’t resist the prospect of exploring Draco beyond canon. After a brief flirtation with Draco/Hermione (her gateway drug), she read her first Harry/Draco story (The Losing Side, FTW) and was converted into an ardent slasher. While officially, the Epilogue “doesn’t exist,” NQ enjoys a good Epilogue compliant H/D fic, though classic “school era” fic will always be her favorite. Also a fan of rare pairs and WTF cultural references, she’s written every Percy pairing imaginable (literally), the only Harry/Zacharias long fic in existence (surely!) and is responsible for an H/D Dresden Files pastiche. Snape as Bob might be her crowning achievement in fandom. NQ was instrumental in relaunching the anon gift fest H/D Holidays, which she ran from 2007-2009, with her fabulous co-mod Taradiane. Previously, NQ was the co-chair of Formal Programming for Azkatraz, and co-organizer of the H/D meet-up at Terminus.

November Snowflake (novembersnow) began reading the Harry Potter series in 1999 for purely mercenary reasons, before becoming totally and irredeemably hooked. She was dragged into online fandom by a friend in mid-2002, and after a month or so of exploring her canon OTP, Ron/Hermione, she gravitated to the Harry/Draco corner of fandom and never looked back. She’s probably best known for her multichapter fic “Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow” (or “that one where Draco’s in a hospital with amnesia”), and she wishes more H/D writers loved the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows epilogue as much as she does. November previously organized the Harry/Draco panel at Azkatraz in 2009. Outside of fandom, she worked for almost nine years as an editor in various capacities, and she currently works as a writer in upstate New York.

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Harry Potter 101: Legitimizing Potter Courses in Colleges

Panel: Cathy Leogrande and Melissa Aaron
Friday, 2-3 p.m., Verona
Summary: Are college courses related to Harry Potter rigorous, or merely an example of pandering to students by offering “fluff” courses on trivial material? Potter-related courses often have a difficult time finding a home in higher education. This session explores how Rowling’s novels and related resources have been effectively integrated into higher education curricula. The syllabus from Harry Potter: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, a graduate course in its eighth year, along with an annotated bibliography, will be shared.
Cathy Leogrande is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. She first came to the HP world as a parent, and watched her son’s literacy skills grow under JKR’s spell. She used her experiences to develop and teach Harry Potter: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, a graduate education course that in its seventh year. Teachers explore not only Rowling’s work, but also the wealth of related academic and fan-based material, from participatory culture to wizard rock and vidding. They then use their new knowledge to transform their classrooms into places where authentic learning, creativity and imagination, and 21st century skills are the real magic. Her students describe her as a cross between Professors McGonagall and Lupin, (with a dash of Sybil Trelawney).
 
Melissa D. Aaron is a Professor in the Dept. of English and Foreign Languages at Cal Poly Pomona.  She received her Ph.D from UW-Madison in Renaissance Dramatic Literature. Her book Global Economics: An institutional economic history of the Chamberlain’s/King’s Men and their plays, 1599- 1642, was published by University of Delaware Press in 2005. Her research is on Shakespeare and economics and all-women Shakespeare companies.  In the Harry Potter world, Professor Aaron has developed a specialty in werewolves, as “Moonyprof.” She represented Professor Lupin at the Hogwart’s Best: Teacher of the Year panel at LUMOS in 2006, and has given several papers on Lupin and werewolves: “’Said He Was a Wolf: Professor Lupin meets the Duchess of Malfi,” The Witching Hour, 2005; “The Way of the Wolf:  Werewolves, (Mis)Representation, and Mental Illness” Prophecy, 2007; “New Moon, Full Moon, Wolfsbane Potion and Fursploding Boys:  werewolves in the Harry Potter books and the Twilight saga,” Azkatraz, 2009; and “My, What Big Eyes You Have: Lupin, Greyback, and the Modern Werewolf Revival,” Infinitus, 2010.

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Harry Potter: Phoenix Song and The Order of Virtues

Roundtable: David James Gras
Saturday, 11:30 to 12:30 in Tuscan II.    (note: time/location change)
Summary: J K Rowling stated that courage was her favorite virtue. Let’s discover how Harry Potter exemplifies courage as a major virtue throughout the seven book series. We shall explore the virtue of courage within Harry’s journey as it relates to the “Phoenix Song” referred to in the Harry Potter book series. In our roundtable discussion we will explore how these books offer what I would point to as a literary “order of virtues” which contain lessons about self-sacrifice, loyalty, determination and perseverance in overcoming even death itself.
David J. Gras resides in Aurora, Ohio.  He has been analyzing the Harry Potter series, as well as other fantasy literature, for over 8 years from a Christian apologetic perspective.  This was initiated when his then 12-year old daughter was being chastised by Christian friends for her fondness of the Harry Potter series. His goal is to educate on the Christian symbolism that is contained within the Potter book series, as evidenced by J. K. Rowling. David has had the pleasure of traveling to the United Kingdom on several occasions to visit Harry Potter movie filming sites and has also assisted as a part-time staff for Beyond Boundaries Travel on their “HP Fan Trips” as well as reporter for the Harry Potter Fan Zone web site.  He has also enjoyed being present at several Harry Potter movie premiers around the country and the U.K.

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Harry Potter and Wicca

Presentation: Rik Potter
Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Tuscan IV
Summary: In the first part, I would like to share the many differences between Harry Potter and Wicca, and emphasize that they are not related in any way. In the second, I would like to point out subtle references in the books that Wiccans can identify with, as I have, stressing that followers of any spiritual path can find connections in the stories.
I am a Wiccan High Priest, teacher, healing practitioner, tarot/oracle reader and ordained minister. I am founder of Blackthorn, a magickal tradition that combines Witchcraft with Spiritual Alchemy and the balance between Light & Dark. This tradition has been influenced in many ways by Harry Potter. I have been a Witch for most of my life, and the Potter stories have been highly influential, both in my spiritual life and magickal practice. I believe that even though the stories are not based on Wicca, Wiccans and followers of other religions can find connections to their paths within the stories.


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Harry’s Chest-Monster and Your 7-year-old: Insights on Introducing Young Readers to the Harry Potter Series

Panel: Heidi Tandy, Harrison Tandy
Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Tuscan I
Summary: Harry is probably the oldest child in the world to be named after Harry Potter; his mother, HPEF Board Member Heidi Tandy, started introducing him to the Harry Potter series when he was barely two years old. They’ll discuss the pros and cons to growing up with Harry Potter from birth to teen-hood, including ways to properly get kids through Dumbledore’s death, and the wrong way to introduce the child in your life to a Basilisk.
 
Harry Tandy was born into the Harry Potter fandom; he was the mascot at Nimbus - 2003′s movie showings, presented to the Kids’ Track on dragons at Infinitus, and is pleased to finally be a real attendee at Ascendio.
 
Heidi Tandy is a South Florida attorney, and has been involved with the Harry Potter fandom since July 7, 2000, the day before the release of Goblet of Fire. She’s been a reporter for The Leaky Cauldron, a correspondent for HPANA, the president of FictionAlley and an advisory board member for HPEF, as well as co-chair of Azkatraz and PR Chair for Ascendio.

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The Heroine’s Journey

Presentation: Valerie Estelle Frankel
Saturday, 11 a.m.-noon, Venetian III
Summary: You know all about the classic hero’s journey—now learn about the heroine’s! We’ll chart the heroine’s journey step-by-step from ancient myths to modern reimaginings like Coraline and The Hunger Games. Rather than a sword, the questing heroine wields magic slippers, a mirror, a chalice. Only after she has defeated her dark side, the wicked witch, can she grow into a bestower of wisdom in this beloved pattern favored by fantasy readers and writers.
Valerie Estelle Frankel has won a Dream Realm Award, an Indie Excellence Award, and a USA Book News National Best Book Award for her Henry Potty and the Pet Rock parodies. She is the author of five new and forthcoming books on pop culture: From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey in Myth and Legend, Buffy and the Heroine’s Journey, Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in The Hunger Games, Teaching with Harry Potter, and the inside look at fandom, Harry Potter: Still Recruiting. Learn more at HarryPotterParody.com.

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Hogwarts 101

Presentation: Ruth Roulston
Saturday, 5-6 p.m., Venetian IV
Summary: It is the first day of the fall term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  You have been assigned to Prof. McGonagall’s opening class.  Your life as a Hogswart student begins and you will learn about the magic of two worlds and how intensely that magic affects you.  Be on time and dress appropriately.
Mrs. Roulston is a free-lance writer living near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, now retired after serving 15 years as assistant editor on two community newspapers.  A member of the Cassell Network of Writers and ghost author of seven books, she is gradually converting her home to conform to the Wizarding World’s décor and has printed Wizarding @ Home, a colorful booklet with photographs of her prized possessions. Having presented her paper locally and at Accio 2005 in England, at The 2005 Witching Hour in Salem, at Phoenix Rising in New Orleans in 2007, at The Leaky Con in Boston in May 2009 and at Infinitus 2010 in Orlando, the author alters her lecture to include emerging technologies and changes character references reflecting new perception of the story about Harry Potter’s growth in the Wizarding World.

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“How are things at your house?” – Family Dynamics in the Harry Potter Novels

Paper: David Martin
Saturday, 10-11 a.m., Verona
Summary: The Harry Potter novels are mostly acted out at Hogwarts.  That’s the center of the story.  Yet in the background are the families that the characters come from.  We eventually learn about some of these families.  What kinds of families were they?  What were the family dynamics that shaped the main characters?   What can we learn about how families work – or don’t work - in the real world from the Harry Potter novels?
David Martin is a semi-retired computer programmer, a husband, a father, and a grandfather.  He has been a Harry Potter fan since 1999 and is proud to be a Hufflepuff.  He has made presentations at Enlightening 2007, Infinitus 2010 and Leakycon 2011.


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How Fandom Has Shaped Social Media Spaces (and vice versa)

Panel: Femme, Heidi Tandy, Aja, Casey Fiesler
Friday, 5-6:30 p.m. Venetian IV
Summary: LiveJournal is a primary example of a social media space that once embraced fandomers, creating an ideal space for content creation, sharing and relationship building, that has since neglected its fandom base, especially its adult/slash fan community, and seen it fleeing in droves. But when existing services won’t try to understand and work with fandom, fandom moves on -- from the creation of AO3 and Dreamwidth to how fandomers are embracing new platforms such as Tumblr, this panel will examine how Harry Potter fandom has used and shaped social media spaces over the last decade+. Topics of discussion will include LJ’s Deletegate 2007, Delicious’ 2011 meltdown, OTW and how recent legislation attempts such as SOPA have affected fandom.
Heidi Tandy is a South Florida attorney, and has been involved with the Harry Potter fandom since July 7, 2000, the day before the release of Goblet of Fire. She’s been a reporter for The Leaky Cauldron, a correspondent for HPANA, the president of FictionAlley and an advisory board member for HPEF, as well as co-chair of Azkatraz and PR Chair for Ascendio.

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How To Debate Clueless And Uninformed People About Transformative Works, or El Tango de Roxanne

Panel: Heidi Tandy, Rachael Vaughn
Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Tuscan III
Summary: You see them on Twitter and tumblr and wordpress all the time - not as much on LJ or DW, though. People who are convinced that they know everything about fanfiction and fanart and wrock and fan films and how they’re each a copyright violation through and through. They’re wrong, but how do you debate them? Learn about the legal, ethical and cultural arguments that you can make in comments, reblogs and even 140-character tweets (with hashtags), discuss the legal foundation upon which the doctrines of Fair Use and Transformative Works exists, and learn why nobody can hold a copyright in the concept of a wizarding school - or a dark-haired young wizard with glasses.
Heidi Tandy is a South Florida attorney, and has been involved with the Harry Potter fandom since July 7, 2000, the day before the release of Goblet of Fire. She’s been a reporter for The Leaky Cauldron, a correspondent for HPANA, the president of FictionAlley and an advisory board member for HPEF, as well as co-chair of Azkatraz and PR Chair for Ascendio.

Although Rachael named one of her poodles after Remus Lupin, Severus Snape is by far her favorite character in the Potterverse. IP/technology lawyer by day and obsessive Snape fangirl by night, Rachael spends a lot of time reading fan fic, appreciating good Snape art, and drinking elf made wine. She is also a vidder and a huge fan of Sherlock. During her free time she volunteers as part of the legal committee for the Organization for Transformative Works, where she has helped advocate fan interests during the 2012 Digital Millenium Copyright rulemaking session.


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The Hunger Games

Panel: Valerie Frankel and Cathy Leogrande
Saturday, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Venetian IV
Summary: Cathy Leogrande’s paper, “From Harry to Katniss & Back to Pottermore: How JKR Took The World on a Transmedia Flight”, examines how, with a convergence of circumstances, technology, and love, Rowling and her fans broke ground when together they melded text and other formats to create new narratives. Explore how and why Rowling and Warner Brothers set the stage for other fandoms and franchises such as Hunger Games. Valerie Frankel’s paper, “Minerva’s Not the Only Goddess Around: Naming and Symbolism in The Hunger Games”, notes that as with Harry Potter, names have great significance in Suzanne Collins’s books, referencing sixteen characters out of Shakespeare, all from a particular era of Rome. In her series, Collins unites the power of Shakespeare and Rome to retell an ancient epic of betrayal, violence, and glory on the stage of an apocalyptic future.
Valerie Estelle Frankel has won a Dream Realm Award, an Indie Excellence Award, and a USA Book News National Best Book Award for her Henry Potty and the Pet Rock parodies. She is the author of five new and forthcoming books on pop culture: From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey in Myth and Legend, Buffy and the Heroine’s Journey, Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in The Hunger Games, Teaching with Harry Potter, and the inside look at fandom, Harry Potter: Still Recruiting. Learn more at HarryPotterParody.com.

Cathy Leogrande is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. She first came to the HP world as a parent, and watched her son’s literacy skills grow under JKR’s spell. She used her experiences to develop and teach Harry Potter: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, a graduate education course that in its seventh year. Teachers explore not only Rowling’s work, but also the wealth of related academic and fan-based material, from participatory culture to wizard rock and vidding. They then use their new knowledge to transform their classrooms into places where authentic learning, creativity and imagination, and 21st century skills are the real magic. Her students describe her as a cross between Professors McGonagall and Lupin, (with a dash of Sybil Trelawney).

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JK’s Women

Panel: Gwendolyn Grace, Valerie Estelle Frankel
Saturday, 9-10:30 a.m., Tuscan III
Summary: Academics, teachers, and casual readers frequently point to the female characters in Harry Potter as “positive role models.” But are they really? This panel will discuss the ways in which JK Rowling tried to break through traditional gender stereotypes and the ways in which she succeeded and failed.
Valerie Estelle Frankel has won a Dream Realm Award, an Indie Excellence Award, and a USA Book News National Best Book Award for her Henry Potty and the Pet Rock parodies. She is the author of five new and forthcoming books on pop culture: From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey in Myth and Legend, Buffy and the Heroine’s Journey, Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in The Hunger Games, Teaching with Harry Potter, and the inside look at fandom, Harry Potter: Still Recruiting. Learn more at HarryPotterParody.com.

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The Knitting Hour

Workshop: Leslie Kolic, Kathleen Hood
Saturday, Noon-1 p.m., Verona
Summary: Join us and learn to knit or brush up on you skills.  Focus will be on casting-on, the knit and purl stitches.  Instructions for a house scarf bookmark are included. Students are welcome to bring their own yarn and matching needles, or I will have kits available for a small charge.  Anyone is welcome to join in or just observe.
Leslie is a craft addict, with a particular love for yarn crafts.  She has been knitting for three years, and reading Harry Potter for 10.

Kathleen is a handmade sock enthusiast.  She is just starting out with the knitting bug, but has loved Harry Potter for 14 years.


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The Locked Room in the Department of Mysteries: Snarry in Canon

Presentation: Lorrie Kim (drinkingcocoa)
Saturday, 9-10 a.m., Venetian III
Summary: Whether or not we “ship” Harry and Snape as a romantic couple, theirs is the crucial relationship in canon.  Only when they overcome their mutual hatred and recognize love in one another can Voldemort be defeated.  Through close readings of canon passages such as the Occlumency lessons and Snape’s overwhelming experience of remorse, we will explore the moments of transformative understanding between the two that have provided fuel for so many fanfiction writers.
Lorrie Kim (drinkingcocoa) has presented talks at Azkatraz, Infinitus, and Potterdelphia, including “The Fully Knowable Severus Snape” and “The Mother Who Lived.”  She is a writer and editor who has found priceless support from J.K. Rowling’s books in her work as the middle-aged mother of a small child and a grade-school reader, both of them Harry Potter fans.  Her writing is archived at The Petulant Poetess.


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Make A House Scarf Bracelet

Workshop: Jennifer Racek
Saturday, Noon-1 p.m., Michaelanglo
Summary: Learn how to make a stylish house scarf bracelet for yourself or a friend. All materials will be provided and you will complete one bracelet during the workshop time. In addition to your lovely new bracelet, take-home instructions will also be provided. Limited to 25 participants.
Jennifer Racek is a programmer by day and craft addict by night. In 2011 she participated in 22 craft swaps and is still recovering. She loves thinking up new Harry Potter themed crafts and projects to share with friends and fellow fans through her Petite Potions Etsy store. In addition to her craft addiction, Jenn is an avid reader averaging over 100 books a year. Her hobbies include photography, writing and art. Jenn is married to her high-school sweetheart and has two children.
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Making Up Words: A Look at Elves, Spells and Nerds

Paper: Brenna Hanley
Friday, 12:00-12:30pm, Verona
Summary: Invented languages have been around for a long time; since we had natural languages there has always been a stride to make them better. This lecture will explore the sub-cultures surrounding fictional worlds and the languages that have been developed within them. By comparing the languages subtly included in the Harry Potter series (Parseltongue, Gobbledegook, etc.) and the fully-developed communication of Klingon and Elvish, the lecture will describe the way fans distinguish themselves from other members of modern day society.
Brenna Hanley graduated from Florida Southern College in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. “Making Up Words” originated from her Senior Seminar Presentation, “A Study in Newspeak, Teen-speak, and Nerd-speak”, that she presented in November 2011 and was invited to present again in March. Brenna is currently studying to get her Master of Arts Degree in Education and working in the Student Travel Office at Florida Southern College.



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Mark Reads Harry Potter

Presentation: Mark Oshiro
Saturday, 10-11 a.m., Tuscan III
Summary: Mark Oshiro, creator of Mark Reads/Mark Watches, will discuss his journey through Harry Potter and other fandom properties.
Mark Oshiro started reading Twilight in the summer of 2009 and chose to document the process with a blog called Mark Reads Twilight. Reading one chapter at a time, one chapter a day, he wrote about what it was like to experience a fictional world he knew nothing about. But it wasn’t until he moved on to Harry Potter that he became an Internet phenomenon. He now runs Mark Reads and Mark Watches, two sites that chronicle just how unprepared he is. He’s also released numerous eBook adaptations of his reviews, and is working on YA trilogy to be completed by the end of 2012. He currently lives in Oakland with his two cats and will never turn down a high five or a vegan dessert.
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NaNoWriMo for Educators and Students

Panel: Susan Shirley and Melody Sutton
Friday, 1-2 p.m., Venetian IV
Summary: An introduction to National Novel Writing Month for teachers and students. Teachers will learn how to introduce the project to students, administrators, and parents, set word count goals, keep students motivated throughout the month, teach writing strategy lessons, and revise, edit, and publish an anthology of student work. Students will learn how to participate independently online, or pitch the idea to their teachers or writing group leaders. Join us, and watch young writers take flight!
Susan Shirley and Melody Sutton are residents of Nerdfighteria and proud members of the House of Ravenclaw with a combined 20 years of teaching experience in elementary and middle school. They daily share their passion for the written word with students via Harry Potter and other great literature. They believe in the infinite possibilities of our youth and, not possessing Snape’s steely self-control, would never have passed the High Inquisitor’s inspection.


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No Closets:  What Professional Writers Learned Writing Erotic FanFic

Panel: Cecilia Tan, Saritza Hernandez (Madam Minnie), Kele Moon (Bluerain/Redblaze), and Diana Copland (oldenuf2nb)
Saturday, 6-7  p.m., Venetian V
Summary: Erotica has never been hotter, with the growth of Digital Publishing, increased ownership of e-readers, and M/M romance, much of it written by and targeted to a female audience, gaining popularity. Did you know that many HP fandomers are at the forefront of the industry? Join this panel of authors, publishers and agents for an in-depth discussion of industry trends, tips & tricks and how a foundation in -- and continuing involvement in -- writing slash fanfiction and HP fandom has shaped their careers.


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Of Mudbloods and Ferrets:  The Evolution of Draco/Hermione in Fanfiction

Panel: Bunney, Julesndairyland
Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m., Tuscan IV
Summary: Draco/Hermione (“Dramione”) is one of Potter fandom’s favorite pairing, however it is unconventional and often underappreciated, even ridiculed by the skeptical. In our opinion, Draco/Hermione is a fascinating take on the bad boy/good girl dynamic and deserving of some respect! So bring your Dramione love to this panel and let’s discuss our favorite sexy twosome. We’ll be focusing on the evolution of the characters as the series progressed and how that has influenced the quality and complexity of fanfiction.

Bunney isn’t an academic or an executive, but she is a devoted Harry Potter fan and is always ready to talk passionately about fandom.  She’s written fanfiction for 35 years, but didn’t find her calling until she picked up Sorcerer’s Stone one day in 2003 and fell head over heels in love with Harry Potter’s magical world.  She found inspiration in its pages and in her two favorite characters, Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger.  Eager to explore the endless possibilities offered by this unlikely pairing, she started writing and never looked back.  Bunney is a lifelong resident of Indiana and Ascendio is her fourth Harry Potter conference.Julesndairyland has been involved in the Harry Potter fandom since 2002. Her primary ship is Hermione/Draco but she has often been seen in the company of known Severus/Hermione fanfic writers!  Ascendio is her sixth Harry Potter conference.

 

Jules is happy to return to Orlando, although she promises this time to NOT get lost on International Drive and need to be rescued by her roommates!  During her day job she works with at-risk adolescents, helping them recover from trauma and guiding them into healthy and happy adulthood.  Jules excels at this, even though she claims to have never grown up herself!

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Specialis Revelio: How to Transfigure Your Fan Fiction into Comic Books

Workshop: Louise Krasniewicz
Friday, 3-4 p.m., Vincenza
Summary: Hidden in every work of fan fiction is a set of images that you, the writer, can vividly imagine and that other fans would love to share. Learn how to reveal these images to others by transfiguring your fan fiction into a comic book. This workshop will demonstrate how to write and illustrate a comic book by using either simple digital tools or by doing all the work by hand. Includes demonstrations on how to use use images from movie screen grabs, clip art, photographs, drawings, action figures, dolls, stick figures, LEGOs, and 3D models. No previous experience necessary! Great for all ages!
Dr. Louise Krasniewicz is an anthropologist who had studied dreams, creativity, and mythology in cultures around the world.  She has documented hundreds of her own dreams while studying popular culture icons. She is the author of a forthcoming ebook, “The Dreamworlds of Harry Potter: A Map for the Imagination,” and is author of a biography of Walt Disney, and co-author of biographies of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johnny Depp.
 
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 The One True ‘Ship: A Fan’s Love/Hate for Canon

Roundtable: Gwendolyn Grace
Friday, 3:30 -4:30 p.m., Tuscan IV
Summary: As fans, we indulge our passion for the Harry Potter series. But passion often means that we hate just as much as we love. That can take different forms. One can love the world-building but hate the arc of the story, or love the characters but hate how Rowling handled some of the relationships. It’s okay to love AND hate the books! This roundtable will discuss what we love, hate, and love to hate, and how that passion fuels continued examination of the text.*****
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 Out of the Closet: Third-Wave Slash and Social Change

Panel: Aja Romano, Catherine Tosenberger, Kate Tanski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.., Venetian IV
Summary: What is happening to slash fandom?! HP slashfic in Time! RDJ discussing Holmes/Watson! From HP to Supernatural, Madoka Magica to The Mary Sue, this is not your mother’s slash fandom. But while fandom times have definitely changed, so have the ways we engage with canons and culture. Can slash be a part of greater social change? Does great responsibility come with great mainstreaming? Bring your voice and yourself, and let’s find out! 
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The Pantheon of Hogwarts Professors

Presentation: Valerie Estelle Frankel
Friday, 5-6 p.m., Verona
Summary: All pantheons of ancient mythologies have similar archetypes: There’s Zeus, Odin, or Enlil, the father god. Demeter, Hathor, or Chicomecoatl, goddess of the harvest. The Hogwarts teachers as they sit along their long table reflect these archetypes, from Dumbledore to Professor Sprout. But which archetypes are missing from the “Hogwarts Pantheon”? With names like Minerva, Argus, Pomona, Silvanus, Septima, and Sybill, are they just reenacting the Roman gods, or are there other, closer correspondences?
Valerie Estelle Frankel has won a Dream Realm Award, an Indie Excellence Award, and a USA Book News National Best Book Award for her Henry Potty and the Pet Rock parodies. She is the author of five new and forthcoming books on pop culture: From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey in Myth and Legend, Buffy and the Heroine’s Journey, Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in The Hunger Games, Teaching with Harry Potter, and the inside look at fandom, Harry Potter: Still Recruiting. Learn more at HarryPotterParody.com.
 
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Play Through Muggle Studies — A Harry Potter Text Adventure

Presentation: Flourish Klink
Friday, Noon-1 p.m., Michaelanglo

Summary: Muggle Studies is a fanfiction you play (or a game you read)—think Zork, the 1980s text adventure. Come to this session to play through the game as a group, then have a Q&A with the game’s creator and get information on how to learn to program your own

 

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Potter and Mythology

Panel: Valerie Frankel, Phyllis Morris and Sammi Vanderstok
Friday, 3:30-5 p.m., Venetian IV
Summary: This panel examines the many threads of myths and legends woven through the novels. In her paper “The Real Deathly Hallows and Harry Potter’s Origins”, Valerie Frankel considers Rowling’s adaptation of Welsh Myth, including the spear that couldn’t be defeated, the sword of total destruction, Cauldron of Dagda and Stone of Fal. Phyllis Morris’s paper, “Elements of the Arthurian Tradition in Harry Potter”, examines the parallels between Arthur and Harry: both were taken from their parents and hidden for their own safety; both had wise, aged mentors; both were on a quest to fulfill their destiny and both became immortal. Sammi Vanderstok’s paper, “Lessons Learned: Rowling’s use of Mythology in the World of Harry Potter”, argues that Rowling purposefully discards history in her fictitious world in order to emphasize the point that society will only prevail if they take to heart the legends that have shaped their society.
Valerie Estelle Frankel has won a Dream Realm Award, an Indie Excellence Award, and a USA Book News National Best Book Award for her Henry Potty and the Pet Rock parodies. She is the author of five new and forthcoming books on pop culture: From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey in Myth and Legend, Buffy and the Heroine’s Journey, Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in The Hunger Games, Teaching with Harry Potter, and the inside look at fandom, Harry Potter: Still Recruiting. Learn more at HarryPotterParody.com.
 
In addition to having led the wildly unsuccessful effort to convict Severus Snape at Accio 2005, Phyllis Morris has delivered presentations on the Heir of Gryffindor theory at Convention Alley 2004, on Arthurian-Harry Potter connections at Accio 2005, on the role of fear in the series at Lumos 2006, on Rowling’s use of misdirection at Phoenix Rising 2007, on the significance of the number seven at Prophecy 2007, on character transformation at Accio 2008 and on the parallels between Chaucer’s Pardoner’s Tale and the Tale of the Three Brothers at Infinitus 2010.  Phyllis also served as Co-Chair of Accio 2008 and as Programming Chair for Convention Alley 2004.
 
Sammi Vanderstok is a recent graduate of Marist College. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was an active member of the Honors Program where she discovered the literary power of Harry Potter during a class called “Harry Potter and Global Society.” She has presented her research on Harry Potter at the 2011 National Collegiate Honors Conference where it was the most well-attended presentation with international students, professors, and scholars. As a result of the enthusiastic response, she was encouraged to submit and further extrapolate on the critical issues regarding Harry Potter and its place in our culture today. Sammi graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration and Finance and hopes to use her skills to empower non-profit organizations and youth programs both in America and Europe.

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Potter in New Media

Panel: John Murray, Diana Patterson and Anastasia Salter
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Venetian IV
Summary: The wizardry of Harry Potter has thrived on-screen since the beginning. Diana Patterson’s paper, “J.K. Rowling Writing in the New Media”, explores the connection between reader and author and its impact on the text in light of 21st century technology. Anastasia Salter and John Murray’s paper, “Being Harry Potter: Playing at Wizardry Across Platforms”, explores Harry Potter as an interactive franchise. What does it mean to “be” Harry Potter in interactive experiences like Lego Harry Potter and Pottermore?
John Murray is a PhD student studying computer science at the Expressive Intelligence Studio at UC Santa Cruz under Noah Wardrip-Fruin. His research explores applications and theory for augmented reality, natural user interfaces, artificial intelligence and how to design games that fully realize their potentials. His work also investigates how technology platforms can extend our creative reach and expressive potential with procedural arts, especially utilizing new forms of gameplay and narrative experiences.
 
Diana Patterson is an associate professor or English at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta. She is the author of a number of papers on Harry Potter and editor of Harry Potter’s Word Wide Influence (2009).
 
Anastasia Salter is an Assistant Professor at the University of Baltimore in the Information Arts and Technologies department. Her primary research is on digital narratives with a continuing focus on virtual worlds, gender and cyberspace, games as literature, educational games and fan production. She holds a Doctorate in Communications Design from the University of Baltimore, where her dissertation examined the Adventure Game Studio platform as a source of fan creativity and personal storytelling through gaming. She is also currently completing her MFA thesis in Children’s Literature at Hollins University.

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Privilege in Harry Potter

Panel: Krista Domin, Glockgal, Aja Romano, Catherine Tosenberger
Friday, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Tuscan III
Summary: Issues of privilege and intersectionality are often brought  in fandom and fandom meta in terms of race, gender, sexuality,  ability etc. But what do these words really mean? Are they just fancy catch-words used by overly-sensitive people to harsh the fandom squee? Or do they actually serve a purpose to ‘the greater good’ of fandom? Join us in the discussion and questioning as we investigate the role and relevancy of privilege in fandom, both inside and beyond Harry Potter.Krista Domin holds a MA in Educational Leadership and English from the University of Central Florida.  She is an an avid reader and writer.  Domin enjoys reading and learning about LGBTQ and disability rights and issues.  Her passion for these issues was an easy translation to Harry Potter.  Domin is a Ravenclaw who loves Luna and Ginny.
Glockgal has been in the Harry Potter fandom long enough to remember how indignant she felt when they changed ‘Philosopher’ to ‘Sorcerer’.  She’s been drawing for longer than that. She is currently still active in fandom as a whole and has been a freelance artist for like I dunno 12 years now? And it’s awesome.

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Quidditch Through the 21st Century (It’s Not Just for Wizards!)

Workshop: Kristina Moy and Nick Murado
Friday, 5-6 p.m., Tuscan I  (corrected)
Summary: As an International Quidditch Association rep, Kristina plans to educate Harry Potter fans about Muggle Quidditch. This presentation will explore the sport’s history, how Quidditch has grown rapidly across the nation and what the IQA has planned for the next couple years. Kristina will also let people know how they can become involved with the IQA and the Quidditch phenomenon.
Kristina Moy is a UMass Amherst 2010 graduate. She helped start up UMass Quidditch and ran the team for 2 1/2 years. After passing on the leadership torch, Kristina joined the International Quidditch Association as a MA State Representative. She is also now the IQA Northeast Regional Director, managing over 100+ Quidditch teams in one of the largest regions in the U.S. Kristina has helped out with many Quidditch events, such as planning UMass Quidditch’s tournaments, and managing press coverage and reffing at World Cups IV and V. Kristina will be running IQA Quidditch at Ascendio. She has previously organized IQA convention appearances at Infinitus, C2E2, Aeternitas, Comicpalooza, LeakyCon and NY Comic Con.
 
Nick Murado is  a 25-year-old law school graduate and nearly a decade-long veteran of this most illustrious sport we call Quidditch.  He started his Quidditch “career” playing in, refereeing, and commentating for the first ever Quidditch tournament at Nimbus 2003.  From there, he’s played in many tournaments, most notably receiving the MVP award at The Witching Hour’s professional-level tournament in 2005.    In 2009, Nick began his interaction with the IQA (International Quidditch Association): He  formed Quidditch at UF (University of Florida’s IQA team), he  joined the Rules Council (one of the IQA’s primary legislative bodies), Nick started the annual Swamp Cup regional tournament (and acted as tournament director for the 2011 iteration), and  served as a head referee in the Quidditch World Cup 2011.  Nick loves Quidditch.
 

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Recreating Hogwarts for the Muggle Classroom

Panel: Alicia Soueid
Saturday, 4-5 p.m., Venetian IV
Summary: As part of a College for Kids Harry Potter Exploration course I created and taught for three years running, I developed lesson plans using Harry Potter as a starting point for an exploration of interdisciplinary learning. We studied Charms (Latin), Ancient Runes (cryptology), Care of Magical Creatures (zoology), Herbology (botany), Transfiguration (origami), Potions (chemistry/cooking), Arithmancy (geometry), Astronomy, and Architecture. For this presentation, I will share my lesson plans as well as the tools and games that turn science and language lessons into something magical.
Alicia Soueid is a French professor at the University of Texas at Arlington and has taught her Harry Potter Exploration course at Tarrant County College’s “College for Kids.” An avid Harry Potter Legos fan, she is also the creator of an imaginary online Harry Potter theme park that predates Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World, known as “Harry Potter’s World of Magic Theme Park.”

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Secrets and Lies: Deception in the Harry Potter Novels

Paper: David Martin
Saturday, Noon-12:3 p.m., Venetian III (New date/time/location  change)
Summary: In each of the Harry Potter novels the plot turns on at least one important secret.  The climax of each novel happens when that secret is revealed.  This presentation examines the role of deception in the novels.  Who deceives whom?  How does that deception drive the plot? And how does the author deceive us, the readers, so that we are as surprised as the characters in the book when the secret is revealed?
David Martin is a semi-retired computer programmer, a husband, a father, and a grandfather.  He has been a Harry Potter fan since 1999 and is proud to be a Hufflepuff.  He has made presentations at Enlightening 2007, Infinitus 2010 and Leakycon 2011.

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The Significance of Holidays in Harry Potter

Presentation: Connie Neal
Saturday, 4:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m., Verona (time/location change)
Summary: I use a highly visual presentation to look at the spiritual themes of Halloween, Christmas, and Easter in the Harry Potter books. Drawing heavily from quotes from the books I highlight Halloween and Christmas directly from J.K. Rowling’s work. The Easter themes focus mostly on Book Seven and how it resonates with the biblical story of Easter and its parallels to the HP books, reinforcing my original defense of Harry Potter.
Connie Neal was the first Christian author to publicly challenge negative attacks against Harry Potter by some in the Christian community, defending Harry in the media and enduring the resultant backlash. She is author of What’s a Christian to do with Harry Potter?; The Gospel according to Harry Potter; Wizards, Wardrobes, & Wookiees along with many other books and Bible projects. Neal’s books, in many languages, are widely cited in other books, doctoral dissertations, scholarly journals, magazines, and news outlets worldwide. Her books are used in university courses from Pepperdine to Yale. She raised her three children on Bible stories. She also conducted a week-long Harry Potter family camp for the Anglican Church in Canada, spent 12 years as a youth pastor, and is a seasoned public speaker. Her website is www.HogwartsDefender.com
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The Silver Doe and Beyond:  Severus, Lily, an Unforgivable Name and a Lifetime of Love

Presentation: Traci Hall
Friday, 4-5 p.m., Tuscan I
This session explores Severus Snape’s obsessive love of Lily and how it shaped his life.   In contrast to the Snape we usually see, the younger Snape speaks in haste, and with devastating results. Is mudblood enough or was there more that ended their friendship?  Could Lily have ever loved Severus that way?  Often youthful love is dismissed, but Snape’s love for Lily carried through his life, driving him to heroic actions … always.
Traci H. will neither confirm nor deny a *slight* obsession with Alan Rickman which may have fueled a passion for all things Snape.  She was always sure that Snape was really a “good guy” and felt that he had a connection with Lily, long before it was revealed.  She considers herself a Slytherindor at heart. Traci is not at liberty to discuss her education beyond Hogwarts, nor is she able to speak about her undercover muggle work. Darn those unbreakable vows.

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Slash Dragons and Bromances: the Queering of Modern Media

Panel: Femme, Noeon, Emma Grant, pir8fancier, starlitshore
Saturday, 3-4:30 p.m., Tuscan IV
Summary: Slash fen laugh about seeing media through slash goggles, whether our fandom centers around a book, movie, TV show, or even real life. What makes us take notice of slash pairings? How has slash shifted from a subculture to one in which media producers include fan service to slashers, and how do we as fen react to the issue of the fourth wall being breached between fans and the proverbial Powers That Be? Where do we place femmeslash in this equation? This panel will focus not only on the Harry Potter fandom, but also on other fandoms such as Merlin, Supernatural, H50, Sherlock, etc.***** 

Snape, Machiavelli, and the Redemption of Slytherin

Presentation: Lorrie Kim (drinkingcocoa)
Saturday, 11:30 a.m.- noon, Tuscan I
Summary: By giving Snape the matronymic “Prince,” J.K. Rowling hinted that Machiavelli’s The Prince might hold some keys to her own intentions about this character. A fresh look at Machiavelli gives definitive answers about whether Snape redeemed himself in the end, what makes something Dark Magic, if it had to be a Slytherin Headmaster to defeat Voldemort, what it truly means to be a Slytherin, and how Slytherin power can be used for good.
Lorrie Kim (drinkingcocoa) has presented talks at Azkatraz, Infinitus, and Potterdelphia, including “The Fully Knowable Severus Snape” and “The Mother Who Lived.”  She is a writer and editor who has found priceless support from J.K. Rowling’s books in her work as the middle-aged mother of a small child and a grade-school reader, both of them Harry Potter fans.  Her writing is archived at The Petulant Poetess.

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There’s No Such Thing as Canon

Paper: M Groesbeck
Saturday, 11 a.m.-noon, Verona
Summary: Few would dispute the importance of J.K. Rowling’s formative contribution to Harry Potter fandom -- including inventing the templates for the characters we love -- but how much authority should her ideas hold?  How do fans with different ideas about the possibilities of the Harry Potter books’ characters and settings situate ourselves with respect to Rowling’s novels?  Should we -- must we -- liberate fans from ideas of “canon”? A re-examination of the ideas of “canon” and “non-canon”- along with derivative categories such as “fanon” -- suggests a fan-empowering alternative to concerns about adherence to or deviation from a proposed “canon”.
M Groesbeck has alternated between “college student” and “starving artist” since 1998.  By the time of Ascendio 2012, he will have graduated from the University of California at Riverside with a B.A. in Comparative Literature with emphasis in literary theory, post-colonial studies, and the application of literary theory to non-literary disciplines including medicine and the sciences.  He has presented papers at Lumos 2006 and Azkatraz 2009.

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Torn Between Two Houses, Feeling Like a Fool

Roundtable: Traci Hall
Friday, 1-2 p.m., Tuscan I
Summary: What you do when you don’t sort into one particular house or the sorting quizzes place you in a house for which you have no affinity?  What are your options?  We have seen terms be created to address the problem such as Slytherindor, Ravendor, Ravenpuff, etc.   Is this a common problem, or is the problem you?  With the advent of Pottermore, we have seen fans struggle with their sorting because the quiz was designed by JKR, and therefore, some believe it is accurate.  Do you know yourself better than the sorting hat?
Traci H. will neither confirm nor deny a *slight* obsession with Alan Rickman which may have fueled a passion for all things Snape.  She was always sure that Snape was really a “good guy” and felt that he had a connection with Lily, long before it was revealed.  She considers herself a Slytherindor at heart. Traci is not at liberty to discuss her education beyond Hogwarts, nor is she able to speak about her undercover muggle work. Darn those unbreakable vows.

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Treasured Memories Scrapbook

Workshop: Denise Clarkston
Saturday, 1-2 p.m., Michaelanglo
Summary: Each participant will receive a free kit that will include everything needed to complete a creative and artistic Scrapbook.  Both new and experienced scrapbookers are welcome.  The workshop is limited to 25 participants.
Denise is a huge fan of Harry Potter, Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean. She helps with guest relations at the Dallas Comic Con conventions in the Dallas-area and has even spent time in Chewbacca’s hot tub - unfortunately he wasn’t in it at the time. When she’s not torturing patients at her day-job as an exercise physiologist, she’s teaching dance, scrapbooking and card-making. Denise is an accomplished crafter and one of her crafts has been accepted for the Harry Potter Art Project.  As a member of the HPDFW meet-up group she has been luring others into crazy ideas for a while and is more than happy to share the fun with fellow HP fans at Ascendio. Denise is a full-time servant for her poodle-mix, April May June, whose name is bigger than she is.

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Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches: Lessons from Ron’s Wooing of Hermione

Presentation: David Martin
Friday, 3- 4 p.m., Verona Rm (New date/time/location)
Summary: On Ron’s 17th birthday, he received a book - ”Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches” - which he later told Harry “explains everything you need to know about girls.”  By the end of The Deathly Hallows Ron had won Hermione’s love, so maybe that book had some good advice.  This humorous presentation speculates on what that book might have said.David Martin is a semi-retired computer programmer, a husband, a father, and a grandfather.  He has been a Harry Potter fan since 1999 and is proud to be a Hufflepuff.  He has made presentations at Enlightening 2007, Infinitus 2010 and Leakycon 2011.
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Twin Core: An Exploration of Twins in the Wizarding World

Paper: Carol Eshleman
Saturday, 3-4 p.m., Verona
Summary: The Harry Potter series is full of twins. Twin wand cores, twin vanishing cabinets, Parvati and Padma, and of course, Fred and George. There are also instances of characters that should be twins.  Where is Romulus to Lupin’s Remus? What are twin’s significance in the series, how do they relate to JK Rowling’s message of wholeness vs. separation, and why was Fred fated to die? We’ll find out! I will discuss how Voldemort’s creation of horcruxes is an intentional twinning of his self, and thus a mutation of nature. This paper will show that the motif of twins is not just an interesting addition to the Potter novels but rather a tie-in to the story’s core of insisting on duality when the truth is in wholeness.
Carol Eshleman is a full time mom and Potterphile from New Orleans, Louisiana. She has been a Potter fan from the first film release, and since her graduation from Loyola University in theatre, has been able to devote lots of time to the academic study of the Potter series (and, of course, her kids as well…) While participating in the Borders discussion group at the Phoenix Rising convention in May 2007, she was met with incredulity when she voiced her prediction that one of the Weasley twins would die in book 7. Since then, she has been researching and piecing together her paper, Twin Core. Carol spends her time reading and discussing all things Potter and raising her children to follow Harry’s example of loyalty and friendship.

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Vols de Mort: Manifestations of Death in the Harry Potter Series

Panel: Orlando Dos Reis, Kathryn Graham, Emily Midkiff
Saturday, 9-10:30am, Venetian IV
Summary: This panel considers how J.K. Rowling presents several manifestations of death within the Harry Potter series--specifically how Rowling’s treatment of death challenges our conceptions of the subject.  Kathryn Graham investigates how Rowling personifies death in “The Tale of the Three Brothers”; Emily Midkiff examines how the series contradicts Christian interpretations of death; and Orlando Dos Reis explores death as a marker of Harry’s maturation and the definitive shift from children’s to young adult literature.
Orlando Dos Reis completed his B.A. in English at Virginia Tech and is currently an M.A. student in the children’s literature program at Kansas State University.  He has presented at several conferences and is the Area Chair of Harry Potter Studies for the Midwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference.  He will publish his first peer-reviewed article on comics and fairy tales, alongside Emily Midkiff, in the British anthology, “New Fairy Tales.”
Kathryn Graham is the assistant director of the Literature Language and Culture track of the English major at Virginia Tech.  She teaches Literature for Children, Ethnic Literature for Children, The Harry Potter Phenomenon, and Children’s Film.  She is currently Secretary of the Children’s Literature Association and has published in Children’s Literature, The ChLA Quarterly, and The Lion & the Unicorn.
 
Emily Midkiff is an M.A. student in the children’s literature program at Kansas State University.  While her focus area is dragon lore, Emily has presented on Harry Potter and Medieval Literature.  Her first peer-reviewed article on comics and fairy tales, written alongside Orlando Dos Reis, will appear in the British anthology, “New Fairy Tales.”
 
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The Unpublished JKR – Behind the Scenes of Lev Grossman’s 2005 Interview

In July of 2005, shortly before the publication of Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling agreed to a two-hour conversation with a callow, inexperienced and thoroughly starstruck journalist named Lev Grossman. The interview turned into a Time magazine profile (the infamous badness of which the journalist deeply regrets). But that profile only made use of a few scattered quotes from the conversation, and the full transcript of the interview, which runs to 12,000 words, has never been published anywhere, and probably never will be. In this talk — the contents of which must never be repeated anywhere, on pain of agonizing death — Grossman will share the highlights, and a few of the lowlights, with you.

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 The Werewolf Renaissance, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Moon

Paper: Melissa Aaron
Friday, 6-6:30pm, Verona
Summary: With the Shiver series, Being Human, Red Riding Hood, and even Teen Wolf, it’s clear that the early twenty-first century’s werewolf renaissance continues to thrive, a phenomenon that arguably Rowling’s portrayal of Remus Lupin began. Werewolves are the most human of monsters: the agonized individual who must struggle with marginalization without and the beast within. Lupin’s struggles speak to all who must overcome this internal pain and be a force for good in our culture.

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Where is God in Harry Potter?

Paper: Patricia Lyons
Saturday, 4-5 p.m., Venetian III
Summary: After the publication of Deathly Hallows, JK Rowling said in an interview, “To me [the religious parallels have] always been obvious…but I never wanted to talk too openly about it because I thought it might show people who just wanted the story where we were going.” From The Sorcerer’s Stone through The Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling focuses forcefully on the reality of human souls and how love and evil can heal or split them. In an interview with MTV, Rowling called Hogwarts a “multi-faith school” and in that spirit this workshop will engage the religious ideas in the books with a curious and open mind, and with the single goal of uncovering as many spiritual meanings as Rowling intended to hide under her cloak.
Dr. Patricia Lyons is an honors graduate from Harvard College with a degree in the comparative study of religion and a graduate from the Harvard Divinity School with a Masters of Divinity. She received her doctorate in theological studies from the Virginia Theological Seminary. She currently teaches Religion and Ethics at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, in Alexandria, VA, and also teaches adults at the Virginia Theological Seminary. Dr. Lyons has published numerous columns and articles on adolescent faith development.  Her recent book, The Soul of the Adolescent, is a comprehensive study of trends in adolescent spiritual language and imagination.  She has published numerous columns and sermons on the religious ideas in Harry Potter.  She currently teaches a popular course on Harry Potter and spiritual ideas at the high school level, as well as teaching a semester long evening course in the theological themes of Harry Potter to Seminary students.
 
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