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Infinitium Vol. 3

February 17, 2010
 
Greetings everyone!The February newsletter is here and with it comes a mighty big announcement, one that we’ve been working on for quite some time. We’re super excited to confirm that our exclusive Infinitus event in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter only at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure will take place on Friday, July 16! More details will be coming soon about this once-in-a-lifetime experience. But for now, we can tell you that Infinitus attendees will be given access to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter after hours and completely to ourselves. You have to be registered to experience this unique opportunity, so click here to register now!

We love sharing news with all of you in anticipation of the excitement this summer and we love it even more when everyone shares in the excitement. If you’re someone who loves to blog, tweet, facebook, myspace, plurk, link in, hi5 or even forum surf we would love to have you on the official Public Relations volunteer team dubbed the SQUEE Squad. The mission of the SQUEE Squad is to spread the word about what is going on with Infinitus right now. Working closely with the PR team, you can help spread the excitement about new announcements, special guests, park updates and more. “OMG, did you see that StarKidPotter is going to be at Infinitus? Squee!”

But the SQUEE Squad isn’t just limited to the internet. Members of the SQUEE squad attend meetups across the nation together, go to Wizard Rock concerts, and cosplay together, bringing with them excitement for Infinitus. Best of all, the SQUEE Squad is a collaborative effort and we always welcome new ideas and faces. If you’ve been looking for a way to get involved with Infinitus before the event, this might just be what you’ve been looking for. To volunteer for the SQUEE Squad all you have to do is contact our Volunteer Chair, Christine Lacy at volunteers@infinitus2010.org.

Best Regards,

Aziza Aba Butain

Editor-In-Chief

Chair of Public Relations, Infinitus 2010

Mazel Jones

Assistant Chair of Public Relations, Infinitus 2010

 

 

Park Event

We are excited to announce that our exclusive Infinitus event in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter only at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure will take place on Friday, July 16!  More details will be coming soon – our park access will be after hours and will be only for Infinitus attendees.  We know you are excited as we are for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Formal Programming

Happy New Year from Infinitus Formal Programming! With a new year, we often find other new things: new ideas, new beginnings, new transitions, and new perspectives. As we step into a new year and a new decade, let’s take some time to try to discover new ideas and to revisit familiar topics with fresh eyes in order to discover new perspectives. Feel free to imagine the infinite possibilities of these topics!

  • Potter and Pedagogy: How can the Harry Potter novels best be utilized in the classroom?
  • How does the representation of gender in the Harry Potter novels reflect or differ from contemporary culture?
  • Accumulation and transfer of wealth in the Wizarding World
  • “Shipping” and its impact on the fan perspective of the Harry Potter novels
  • Now that the Harry Potter series is completed, how can the Harry Potter fan culture remain strong in the face of emerging fan cultures?
  • Are you the hands-on type? Know how to craft, draw, play an instrument, etc.? Use your talents to contribute to the Harry Potter fan culture by hosting a workshop and passing on your skills to others!
     

The Infinitus Formal Programming Team has been excited to receive the proposals that have been sent in so far, but there is still time to submit! Due to popular request, we have extended the deadline for proposal submissions to February 28, 2010. Don’t miss out on the chance to take part in this amazing conference! Infinitus Formal Programming looks forward to hearing from you!  For Formal Programming questions, please email us at formalprogramming@infinitus2010.org  

Call for Art

We are ready for artwork submissions for display in the Art Gallery during Infinitus 2010!  You can find the Call for Art here. We can’t wait to see what our fandom artists will create this year.  Forward any questions to Amanda at artgallery@infinitus2010.org  

Quidditch

The 141st Merlin’s Cup Quidditch tournament webpage is up!  You can read through the rules and print off the release forms here.  The team names are:
 

  • Boca Banshees*
  • Daytona Dragons*
  • Gainesville Griffins
  • Kissimmee Kelpies*
  • Lakeland Leprechauns
  • Melbourne Marauders
  • Orlando Owls
  • Pensacola Phoenixes

*Updated team names

World Premiere of “Harvey Putter” at Infinitus

Infinitus guests will be the first to see the long-awaited feature-length Harry Potter film spoof “Harvey Putter and the Ridiculous Premise” starring Bryce Cone, Sunny Christian and Joe Scheibelhut. For fans by fans, the film also features Kiran Shah (“Lord of the Rings”, “Chronicles of Narnia), MuggleNet webmaster Emerson Spartz, and music by Wizard Rock bands such as The Remus Lupins, Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls, and Draco and the Malfoys.

The story revolves around celebrity bad boy wizard Harvey Putter, who discovers through his Snogwarts headmaster, Professor Mumblemore, that they are all merely fictitious characters in a best-selling children’s book series. Harvey and his best friends–“poor witch trash” kid Rod Cheesely and bossy Hernia Grunger–are tasked with collecting seven magical books known as “Hortexts” in order to escape the book world before the final chapter.

Pre-orders for the 2-disc DVD will be available online at http://www.harveyputter.com starting in June 2010, and will also be available for purchase at Infinitus. To receive special offers, discounts, and take part in contests for signed Wizard Rock CDs, join the Harvey Putter newsletter by contacting harveyputter@gmail.com with the subject line “Newsletter” or join the Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/#/group.php?gid=6278677907

Watch the exciting new Infinitus exclusive preview for “Harvey Putter” at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k218xoShUoc

 
Hotel Spotlight: Loews Portofino Bay HotelOne of the hotels available to Infinitus attendees is the gorgeous Portofino Bay Hotel. It’s just a water taxi ride away from the Infinitus conference area at the Royal Pacific Hotel.

Inspired by the picturesque Mediterranean seaside resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is a romantic getaway reminiscent of sunny days on the Italian Riviera. At this AAA Four Diamond Award® hotel you’ll enjoy superior service and world-class accommodations.

Every guest room features authentic Italian furnishings, marble accents and all the modern conveniences. Enjoy a wealth of activities where every member of the family will find plenty to do – or do nothing at all. Experience luxury with an Italian accent at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, its la dolce vita – the sweet life!

Hotel Features and Services

  • 750 guest rooms, including 45 suites
  • Three themed swimming pools
  • World-class, full-service Mandara Spa and fitness center
  • Access to the area’s finest golf courses, including special benefits through the Golf Universal Orlando program
  • Campo Portofino® supervised children’s activity center
  • 42,000 square feet of meeting and function space
  • Business Center
  • Portofino Bay Hotel guests receive exclusive benefits including:
  • Universal ExpressSM Ride Access* allowing them to bypass the regular lines at most rides and attractions
  • Complimentary on-site transportation via water taxis or shuttle bus service
  • Priority seating at select Universal Orlando® theme park restaurants
  • Complimentary delivery of purchases to your room
  • On-site charging privileges with your room key card

 

Register Soon

Registration is $180 until March 31, 2010. It will then increase to $200, pending availability. Please note that your registration will include all Formal Programming except Keynote Luncheons (which can be purchased when you register) as well as:

  • The Welcoming and Leaving Feasts
  • Our Vendor Room and Art Gallery
  • The Common Room and more!

Please note your Infinitus registration does not include tickets for admission to Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure, which will feature The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; however, Infinitus registrants will be able to purchase such tickets at a discount later this year. Keep your eye on the website for our announcement when Park tickets go on sale.

Volunteer spotlight – Hedwig

If you took part in or watched Quidditch at all from Lumos to Portus, then you are very familiar with this month’s spotlight volunteer.  Hedwig is our Quidditch Coordinator for Infinitus 2010.  Whether it’s assembling Quidditch hoops well into the wee hours of the morning or collecting mounds of release forms, Hedwig is there.  He is always thinking about his players and doing whatever it takes to keep them safe and happy.  He’s the ideal staff member who takes care of everything seemingly without effort.  He makes us laugh with his quick humor and inspires us with his energy and dedication.  His heart for Quidditch would rival Harry’s any day.  We are lucky to have him on the Infinitus team.  Thanks Hedwig!

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Writers for The Infinitum: Aziza Aba Butain, Mazel Jones, Hedwig, Lizz Clements, Heidi Tandy, Jenn Clack.  Special thanks to Stephanie Falcos for The Infinitum mascot, ‘Tempus Tipster’.

 Do you have questions about anything in the Infinitum? Email us.

 
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