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Thursday, June 27
 

6:00pm

Help! I Want to Love Cursed Child
Do you wish you could love Cursed Child? Did the play move you and feel like Potter magic, but in a way that you can’t pinpoint? Need help making peace with aspects of the story? It might be time for a reread or a new perspective.


Speakers
avatar for Mary Markovinovic

Mary Markovinovic

Presenter/Moderator, Team Leviosa
avatar for Jenn Clack

Jenn Clack

Presenter


Thursday June 27, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Trousdale Estates
 
Friday, June 28
 

10:00am

The Real Deathly Hallows in Welsh Myth
In Welsh Myth, the fairies brought four treasures to Ireland, The Hallows of Britain, which grew into Tarot symbols and the Deathly Hallows. We’ll learn about them all, from the spear that couldn’t be defeated to the sword of total destruction. Only one who is truly worthy, a symbolic king or those who he’s appointed to aid him, can wield these items. Being appointed is not enough: only those imbued with kingship can succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Estelle Frankel

Valerie Estelle Frankel

Author, Pop Culture Author
Valerie Estelle Frankel is the author of over 50 books on pop culture, including Harry Potter and Myth and How Game of Thrones Will End. Many of her books focus on women's roles in fiction, from her heroine's journey guides From Girl to Goddess and Buffy and the Heroine's Journey... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Trousdale Estates

1:00pm

The Snitch, the Stone, and the Sword
Harry undergoes some of his most significant transformations in the series’ first book, whose original title refers to a process of transformation: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. He is repeatedly a catalyst for change—a human Philosopher’s Stone—as well as a human Golden Snitch and Sword of Gryffindor, destroyer of Horcruxes, though he is, paradoxically, a Horcrux himself. An exploration of Harry’s many literal and symbolic transformations.

Speakers
avatar for B.L. Purdom

B.L. Purdom

Presenter
B.L. Purdom (“Barb”) has presented papers and served on panels at Harry Potter symposia and general SF/F conventions across North America since 2003. The author/host of “Quantum Harry, the Podcast” (on Castbox, iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube), based on her book, “Quantum Harry... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 1:00pm - 2:20pm
Franklin Hills

2:30pm

The Tools and Talents of Albus Dumbledore
Contrary to the mystique surrounding Albus Dumbledore, he was not omniscient or omnipotent, but he did have a wide array of magical aides in his arsenal. He was a skilled Legilimens. He invented the deluminator, and presumably the magic that allowed Ron Weasley to return to his friends upon hearing his name. We will go through the HP books to spot instances where Dumbledore wielded these tools, and discuss how effective they were.

Speakers
avatar for Irvin Khaytman

Irvin Khaytman

Author
Irvin (“hpboy13” online) has been a prolific member of HP fandom since 2003, and identifies as Ravenpuff. He is the author of The Life and Lies of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. He is MuggleNet’s controversial columnist, over at The Three Broomsticks. He is the Dark... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Whitley Heights

3:00pm

The Next Great Adventure: Lessons from the Potter stories on loss, death, and grief
For those of us who cried when Hedwig or Dobby passed, Potter stories reminded us that even fictional deaths can fill us with raw emotion. This interactive presentation uses the Harry Potter Grief Model (Williams & Haley) to explore powerful lessons Rowling provided to help us deal with our grief. Key quotes and reactions will illustrate multiple dimensions of death and loss woven throughout the series, and what we can learn about different stages of acceptance.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Leogrande

Cathy Leogrande

Author/Educator, Le Moyne College
Cathy Leogrande is a Professor in the Teacher Education Department of the Purcell School of Professional Studies at Le Moyne College, a Jesuit college in New York. Her teaching and research focus on new literacies and popular culture to provide K-12 teachers skills to address issues... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Franklin Hills

4:00pm

"And my soul, Dumbledore?" The Snape-Dumbledore Relationship
"You disgust me." "You have used me." "Severus...please..." Did Dumbledore use Snape or save him? What was his plan for Snape with the Elder Wand? Join the author of Snape: A Definitive Reading as we delve into the original series, Cursed Child, and the Fantastic Beasts films to understand the highly charged partnership between Dumbledore and his right-hand man.

Speakers
avatar for Lorrie Kim

Lorrie Kim

Author, Snape
Lorrie Kim lives in Philadelphia, PA with her clever, grumpy, magical spouse and their geeky offspring, one born between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince and one in gestation during the publication of Deathly Hallows.


Friday June 28, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Franklin Hills

5:00pm

Sirius-ly Celebate? Sexuality and the Adults of Harry Potter
Many people find Sirius Black to be the sexiest character in the Harry Potter series, though no one knows if Sirius ever had a date! His love life is never mentioned in the books since there are more compelling things to know about him. A large group of fans believe that we never heard about Sirius’ love life since he was quietly dating Remus! This and the “outing” of Dumbledore leaves us with many questions regarding the sexuality of the adults in Harry Potter. During this roundtable, I propose a discussion regarding sexuality and the adult characters.

Speakers
avatar for Nancee Lee-Allen

Nancee Lee-Allen

Presenter, Pegasys Partners
Nancee was first introduced to Harry Potter while teaching British Literature at a shelter for runaway and abused teens. She quickly fell in love with the wizarding world, especially the Weasley family. Nancee holds a BA in Communications and Masters in Psychology. Nancee is a member... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 5:00pm - 6:20pm
Franklin Hills
 
Saturday, June 29
 

10:00am

Help! I Want to Love Cursed Child
Do you wish you could love Cursed Child? Did the play move you and feel like Potter magic, but in a way that you can’t pinpoint? Need help making peace with aspects of the story? It might be time for a reread or a new perspective.

* Note: change in presenter.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Markovinovic

Mary Markovinovic

Presenter/Moderator, Team Leviosa


Saturday June 29, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Franklin Hills

10:00am

Not Just Another Angry Teen Wizard: Harry Potter, PTSD, and Mental Health
A look at how Harry Potter's confirmed diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues in the Harry Potter books can be used as a tool to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

Speakers
avatar for Nancee Lee-Allen

Nancee Lee-Allen

Presenter, Pegasys Partners
Nancee was first introduced to Harry Potter while teaching British Literature at a shelter for runaway and abused teens. She quickly fell in love with the wizarding world, especially the Weasley family. Nancee holds a BA in Communications and Masters in Psychology. Nancee is a member... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Trousdale Estates

11:00am

For Better or Worse: The Place of Harry Potter References in Current Political Discussions
This presentation will engage participants in conversation around the place of Harry Potter references and J. K. Rowling herself in the political arena since 2016. The focus of the session will not be on a particular political perspective, but on the positive and problematic use of fictional symbolism to build or subvert real efforts and actions. Discussion questions will explore how Harry Potter references have been used – or misused – by groups with divergent agendas to push emotional buttons in an already divided world.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Leogrande

Cathy Leogrande

Author/Educator, Le Moyne College
Cathy Leogrande is a Professor in the Teacher Education Department of the Purcell School of Professional Studies at Le Moyne College, a Jesuit college in New York. Her teaching and research focus on new literacies and popular culture to provide K-12 teachers skills to address issues... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Trousdale Estates

1:00pm

Newt's Care of Magical Creatures
What’s an augurey and how does it choose who gets the Hogwarts letters? Join us as we explore Harry Potter’s and Newt Scamander’s quests through the world of Bowtruckles, Phoenixes, and Nifflers…as well as Swooping Evils and Thunderbirds. Together we’ll discover the American Horned Serpent, Panther Wampus, and Pukwudgie. We’ll huddle together for bloodchilling tales of Rowling’s Hidebehind or the devastating Snallygaster. Become an expert on Rowling’s new mythology and her Fantastic Beasts films…it’ll be a hoot!

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Estelle Frankel

Valerie Estelle Frankel

Author, Pop Culture Author
Valerie Estelle Frankel is the author of over 50 books on pop culture, including Harry Potter and Myth and How Game of Thrones Will End. Many of her books focus on women's roles in fiction, from her heroine's journey guides From Girl to Goddess and Buffy and the Heroine's Journey... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Franklin Hills

1:00pm

Parenting in Fandom: House Traits and How to Use Them
As a person in fandom, you may find yourself sorting the people you know into their proper House as a way of understanding them better. As a parent (or other larger human who interacts with small humans), this can be a powerful tool in your quest to understand and motivate the kids in your life. This session will help you to effectively use sorting to improve behavior and increase joy in your parenting/teaching/mentoring relationship.

Speakers

Saturday June 29, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Whitley Heights

1:00pm

The Wand Game
Why does Harry’s wand attack Voldemort? If Draco hadn’t disarmed Dumbledore, would Snape have been his wand’s master? And what links disarming to Quidditch? JK Rowling withholds key information about wands until the seventh book, including the existence of the Elder Wand; that disarming transfers mastery of a wand; and that part of a wizard’s power resides in the wand. A look at the role that The Wand Game plays in Harry’s victory over Voldemort.

Speakers
avatar for B.L. Purdom

B.L. Purdom

Presenter
B.L. Purdom (“Barb”) has presented papers and served on panels at Harry Potter symposia and general SF/F conventions across North America since 2003. The author/host of “Quantum Harry, the Podcast” (on Castbox, iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube), based on her book, “Quantum Harry... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Trousdale Estates

2:00pm

To Kill a Mockingbird as an Influence on the Harry Potter Series
The beginning of To Kill a Mockingbird and the end of Harry Potter are the same story. Rowling pays tribute to several of Harper Lee’s themes. Racism and patriarchal abuse within families have catastrophic consequences. Sometimes justice is only possible by flouting the law. Empathy overcomes evil. Restraint can be the greatest bravery. And like Harper Lee, Rowling uses the naïve perspectives of a trio of children to convey her beautifully brutal story.

Speakers
avatar for Lorrie Kim

Lorrie Kim

Author, Snape
Lorrie Kim lives in Philadelphia, PA with her clever, grumpy, magical spouse and their geeky offspring, one born between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince and one in gestation during the publication of Deathly Hallows.


Saturday June 29, 2019 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Whitley Heights

2:00pm

Legacy: The Will of Albus Dumbledore
How do Dumbledore’s bequests reflect the theme running throughout the series? Why did he create the Deluminator? And how is Harry’s Snitch similar to Voldemort’s Horcruxes? An examination of Dumbledore’s bequests, including each being equivalent to a Deathly Hallow; how acquiring and/or destroying the locket, cup and diadem are like metaphorical Quidditch matches; and the similarities between the Resurrection Stone and Mirror of Erised, and how this helps Harry to become Master of Death.

Speakers
avatar for B.L. Purdom

B.L. Purdom

Presenter
B.L. Purdom (“Barb”) has presented papers and served on panels at Harry Potter symposia and general SF/F conventions across North America since 2003. The author/host of “Quantum Harry, the Podcast” (on Castbox, iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube), based on her book, “Quantum Harry... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Trousdale Estates

3:00pm

Credence and Fantastic Beasts: Harry Potter, But Not Safe for Children
What if Harry never got his Hogwarts letter? What if instead of inheriting a vault of gold, he’d stayed with the Dursleys? With Credence Barebone, Rowling revisits her themes without the fairy-tale protections that kept Harry’s story safe. In the Fantastic Beasts universe, children kill. Coercion works. These tales are darker, the audience is older, and the magic is honest and raw. Come theorize and speculate as we revel in the excitement of mid-series hiatus.

Speakers
avatar for Lorrie Kim

Lorrie Kim

Author, Snape
Lorrie Kim lives in Philadelphia, PA with her clever, grumpy, magical spouse and their geeky offspring, one born between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince and one in gestation during the publication of Deathly Hallows.


Saturday June 29, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Main Ballroom

4:00pm

"Quite A Small Tiger": The Cats of the Wizarding World
In the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, we meet a cat reading a map who gives Vernon Dursley a stern look. Cats play a surprisingly large role in Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, and they are never all they seem. This presentation spans them all, Kneazle, Matagot, Patronus and Animagus, from the tiniest foul kitten to the largest Zouwu. Cats in Harry Potter, no matter what kind, are always magical.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa D Aaron (Moonyprof)

Melissa D Aaron (Moonyprof)

Educator
Melissa D. Aaron, aka.”Moonyprof,” is a Professor of English at Cal Poly Pomona, and teaches a Harry Potter course. She specializes in Shakespeare, theatre history, Lupin and werewolves. At Leviosa 2016, she presented “The Wounded Wolf: The Sympathetic Werewolf as Healer and... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Trousdale Estates
 
Sunday, June 30
 

10:00am

The Pantheon of Hogwarts Professors
All pantheons 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 the ancient mythologies, from Dumbledore to Professor Sprout. Are they just reenacting the Roman gods, or are there other, closer correspondences? Exploring all these archetypes can deepen our understanding of the characters.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Estelle Frankel

Valerie Estelle Frankel

Author, Pop Culture Author
Valerie Estelle Frankel is the author of over 50 books on pop culture, including Harry Potter and Myth and How Game of Thrones Will End. Many of her books focus on women's roles in fiction, from her heroine's journey guides From Girl to Goddess and Buffy and the Heroine's Journey... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Trousdale Estates

10:00am

This is Alchemical War: 4Part Alignments in Goblet of Fire
You think you know how many tasks were in the Triwizard Tournament? Think again! Harry Potter is rife with seven-part entities, but in Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling introduces one four-part alignment after another related to the elements that alchemists recognized: Fire, Air, Water and Earth. An examination of what these alignments reveal about the houses, Champions, tasks, and the Founders themselves, plus how they relate to the overarching theme of Rowling’s seven-book series.

Speakers
avatar for B.L. Purdom

B.L. Purdom

Presenter
B.L. Purdom (“Barb”) has presented papers and served on panels at Harry Potter symposia and general SF/F conventions across North America since 2003. The author/host of “Quantum Harry, the Podcast” (on Castbox, iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube), based on her book, “Quantum Harry... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Franklin Hills

1:00pm

Draco Malfoy is Really a Sweetheart
Presentation of an academic paper detailing the social and childhood conditioning of Draco Malfoy, featuring literary theory from Althusser to Freud, following by discussion

Speakers
avatar for Sunny Williams

Sunny Williams

Presenter
Sunny Williams recently completed her Masters degree in Literature at Queen Mary University of London. She will begin her PhD in the fall at UT Dallas. A tattoo-flaunting full-fledged Harry Potter fan, she enjoys bringing the wizarding world in to her academic writing, and has traveled... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Trousdale Estates