Skip to content

Of Magic and Mysteries… Update #7

May 11, 2010

Are you excited about Infinitus 2010 yet?  You should be!

Now here’s even more to get excited about… a listing of formal program presentations.  While we’re working on posting the schedule and the summaries we thought we’d give you a quick view of what’s to come.

There are so many different wonderful presentations planned for this year’s event that it’s going to be tough figuring out which sessions to attend.

At past HPEF events, individuals, websites, groups, ships, friends, teams and others have sponsored programming sessions, and we are pleased to introduce a reprise of our Programming Sponsorship Program for Infinitus.

Each of the presentations, panels, round tables, debates and discussions is available for sponsorship, at a rate of $50 per session. Session sponsors will receive a sign in the room during the session and if the sponsorship is paid before June 5, 2010, we will also be able to include an acknowledgment in the program. Just modify your registration by adding a Programming Session Sponsorship and donating $50 for one session, $100 for two, and so on, then pay as you would for any registration modification.
Then, please email with your egistration confirmation number and the title(s) of the session(s) you wish to sponsor – if they’re already taken we’ll let you know and help you choose an available selection. Send us an email if you have any questions.

Formal Programming:

  • Guy Fawkes and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Revelio! Revealing Truth in Harry Potter
  • Sacrificing to Save: Love, Loss, and Redemption for Severus Snape and Albus Dumbledore
  • J.K. Rowling’s Exact Art and Subtle Science
  • Shining Light Into the Shadows: Canon Clues to Seeing Snape
  • The Historical Hidden Key to Harry Potter: Why Witches and Wizards Went Underground After the English Civil War
  • When the Real Magic and Muggle Worlds Divided: Harry
  • Potter’s Roots in the Victorian Era”
  • The Mother Who Lived
  • My, What Big Eyes You Have’: Lupin, Greyback, and the Modern Werewolf Revival
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: From Book to Embodied Myth
  • Ethics in Harry
  • Live on Stage at Infinitus 2010: The Potter Pundits
  • Severus Snape, Jedi Master
  • Draw Your Own Harry
  • The Mystery of the Malfoy Manor (or What Lies Above the Secret Chamber Under the Drawing Room Floor?)
  • Speaking Ill of the Dead: A Moral Exploration of Sirius Black
  • Improviso! –Spontaneous Playing in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Potter Prevents: Harry Potter as Bullying Prevention
  • The Lucidity of Luna Lovegood:Courage and Compassion in the Face of Fear and Loathing
  • Magical Stones
  • Skin Deep: Harry Potter Tattoo Art
  • Thank You, Harry
  • Voldemort is in the Details: Fan Costuming in the the Harry Potter Universe
  • Writing Wizard Rock!
  • Following the Phoenix’s Song: A Look at Music’s Role in the Harry Potter Movies
  • Snape, Dumbledore, and the Power of Love and Choice
  • Snapecast Presents The Theory of Diminishing Snape: A Snarky Fan’s Predictions for Snape’s Role in the Deathly Hallows Film
  • The Top 10 Fandom Myths About the Harry Potter Lexicon Case
  • We, the Jury, Find the Following Characters… Redeemed?
  • Potterwatch Productions: Getting Animated About FanFiction
  • Just Because He Died in the Forest, Does it have to be a Christian Book?
  • Collecting Harry: Tips and Tricks for Harry Potter Collectors
  • Traveling Britain with Harry Potter
  • The Problem of Hermione
  • Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grade Alchemist?
  • Logging On to Hogwarts: The Ins and Outs of Role Playing Forums
  • Wizarding Classes – Muggle Aspirant General Instructional Conspectus (MAGIC): An Interactive Introduction to Hogwarts Curriculum for  Magically-Minded Muggles
  • How to Create and Manage Your Own Quidditch Team
  • Build-a-Potter
  • Wizarding Economics: Money in Harry Potter
  • We Are Magic:’ The Construction of Community in Wizard Rock
  • Memories and Magic Mini Scrapbook
  • Sirius Black and the Hemingway Code Hero
  • “But I Am the Chosen One”: Schools, Hijinks, and Heroics with Buffy Summers and Harry Potter
  • Creating Original Fiction Inspired by Harry Potter
  • 8 Lessons from Harry Potter on the Law of Wisdom
  • Holly Wands and Christmas Wreaths: The Importance of Christmas for Harry Potter
  • Herbology
  • Harry Potter and the Magical Muggle Museum: A Fan Event
  • Creative Writing with Harry
  • Mix Tape Culture in the Wizarding World
  • The Blair Witch Law Firm Discusses Wizarding IP Law
  • Potter-holics Anonymous – How to Start-Up and Keep a Support Group Running in Your Hometown.
  • Magical Stitchery: Learning the Basics of Cross Stitch
  • Growing Grassroots Projects in Fandom
  • Parlez-vous Latine: The Use of Foreign Language in Harry Potter Fanfiction
  • Living the Magical Life: Wizarding Society of Harry Potter as an Emerging Subculture
  • Immaturity or Escape from Reality in Adulthood The Justification of Reading Young Adult Series as a Twenty-Something/Mother.
  • The Black Brothers: A Brothers’ Bond in a Time of War
  • The Naked Costumer: A Peek Underneath the Wizard Robes
  • So, you found some fellow Potter Heads, now what?
  • Keeping the Fandom Alive: How to keep the fans interested and engaged post-canon
  • Conceptualizations of Disability in the Wizarding Word: The Case of Neville Longbottom
  • The Evolution of Elvenhood in Modern Fantasy: From Lord Dunsany to JK Rowling
  • The Hero’s Journey Through Harry Potter
  • Harry Potter meets Orlando Furioso, or Flight of Fantasy by Hippogriff
  • What Else Did Rowling Read?
  • Sneaking Past the Watchful Dragons: Christian Themes in Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Horcruxes in Faerie Land: Edmund Spenser’s Influence on Voldemort’s Efforts to Elude Death
  • “Piggy Little Eyes” and “Sausage-like Fingers”: Fat in Harry Potter
  • Dumbledore’s Search for Identity
  • Orientalism and the Wizarding World
  • Defending the Dursleys and Exploring Dumbledore’s Lies: Encouraging Critical Thinking in a College Classroom.
  • Harry Potter: A Symbol of the Infinite Power of Courage and Love
  • Hermione Undone: Fanfiction and the Recapitulation of Patriarchy
  • The Psychology of Adolescent Friendships in the Harry Potter Books
  • Shakespeare and Harry Potter: from Prophecy to the Weird Sisters
  • Harry Potter through Girard’s glasses
  • “Together We Will Build and Teach”: Using Social Media in the Classroom
  • Harry Potter and Virginia Tech: Studying the Phenomenon in the College Classroom
  • Less Umbridge, More Lupin: Using HP in the Classroom
  • The Seven Literary Keys to Unlocking Harry Potter: The Future of the Hogwarts Saga ‘Shared Text’ in Classrooms
  • The Better Man”: the Morality of Youth in the Harry Potter Series
  • Art in Harry Potter / Harry Potter in Art
  • The Difference Between Jumpers and Sweaters: Exploring the Editorial Process of the `Harry Potter’ Series
  • Umbridge’s Justice and Hitler’s Justice; The Sinister Similarities
  • Is Arne Duncan really Dolores Umbridge? Parallels Between the Potterverse and Today’s Educational Policies & Practices
  • The Seven Deadly Horcruxes: Voldemort as a Mortal Sinner
  • From Pardoner to Potter: Exploring the Influences of Chaucer in the Harry Potter Novels
  • The Mixed-Up Muddling of Magical Inheritances: The Blurred Boundaries of Familial Ties in Harry Potter
  • Harry Potter and Gender:  Reflections of Cultural Ambivalence
  • Teaching Harry, Exploring Difference
  • Muggle Studies 101: Metaphorical Possibilities of Being Magic or Muggle
  • Reading “The Tempest” as a Harry Potter Fan
  • Approaching Dawn or the Time for Mourning: The Past, Present, and Future of the Harry Potter Culture
  • Replete With Too Much Rage: Anger and Agency in the Harry Potter Novels
  • “When Are You Going to Write Something ‘Real?'”: Copyrights, Covers, and the Place of Fan-Fiction in Literature
  • A Feminist Perpective on the Harry Potter Universe
  • Of Serpents, Stepmothers and Scapegoats: Slytherin House, Gender Stereotypes and the Feminine Shadow
  • Word Magic: Defining Harry Potter’s World in New Terms
  • Wrock Out With Your Wand Out!: Wizard Rock’s Re-Writing of the Harry Potter Phenomenon
  • Beyond the `Bring-and-Fly Sale’: Fannish Practices, Gifts, and Inalienable Possessions
  • Why Wireless Internet at the Burrow is a Good Idea: In Praise of Technological Uselessness
  • Miracles and Mysteries
  • Snape is the Story, Hermione the Reader: SS/HG in Canon
  • Feminist Fairy Tale Narratives in Rowling’s “Tales of Beedle the Bard”
  • “Merlin’s Pants!” and Other Expletives and Put-Downs from Harry Potter
  • From Greasy Dungeon Bat to Magical Fabio: The Fanon Transformation of Severus Snape
  • I Want To Do It Myself. Please Help Me: Abandonment and the Dichotomy of Yearning for Both Independence and Belonging
  • What’s Your Story?

Missed a few on the first round…. (Update #2)

  • Everything I Know about Teaching I Learned From a Werewolf’: The Hogwarts Professors
  • JK Rowling and Failure
  • Severus Snape is a Fiery Snake: How a Slytherin Became the Bravest Hero
  • Your MOM is Delores Umbridge: Abuse of Power in the Wizarding World
  • Hallows and Horcruxes: Splintering and Wholeness in the Harry Potter Series
  • Harvey Putter Panel
  • Teen Wizards in Love:  Harry Potter, Fandom, and the Romance of Adolescence
  • HP Slash Before – and Since – Dumbledore/Grindlewald

Updated #3

  • Eating Death for Voldie: Exploring the Etymology of Toad Eater as Applied to 18th Century Women
  • Lord Byron’s New BFFs: The Ultra-Cool Anti-Hero : Hey, How’d Snape Get Invited?
  • Casting Your Patronus: Representations of Psychological Processes in the Harry Potter Novels
  • Forged in Fandom
  • How Harry Potter has United a Fandom
  • The Sociology of Harry Potter: Gender Issues in Early Childhood Socialization
  • Wizard Rock Roundtable: A Social Critique
  • Growing Up Potter and the Effects on the Classroom

Updates 4 & 5  – presentations/presenters continue to change.  Several have cancelled but we’re adding a few more. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

Update #6

New Presentation Added

  • When Fans Become Activists
  • Our Own Rita Skeeter: Muggle Media Mishandles HP
  • Harry Potter Pressures His Peers: YA Literature in the Aftermath of a Phenomenon
  • A Muggle Famiy Experiences the Magic of Harry Potter
  • The Man of Our Dreams
  • Talkin’ Bout My Generation: The Impact of Harry  – and HPEF – on Three Generations
  • Significance of Holidays in HP: Halloween, Christmas and Easter
  • Harry Potter & PTSD – Not Just Another Angry Teen Wizard
  • Harry Potter Wall

Presentations Cancelled

  • Lord Byron’s New BFFs: The Ultra-Cool Anti-Hero : Hey, How’d Snape Get Invited?
  • What Else Did Rowling Read?
  • The Mixed-Up Muddling of Magical Inheritances: The Blurred Boundaries of Familial Ties in Harry Potter
  • The Top 10 Fandom Myths About the Harry Potter Lexicon Case

Update #6 & 7

Presentations Cancelled

  • The Lucidity of Luna Lovegood:Courage and Compassion in the Face of Fear and Loathing
  • The Man of Our Dreams
  • Growing Up Potter and the Effects on the Classroom

Formal programming schedule updates and summaries are posted  on our website at:

updated 7/9/10

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Sam permalink
    May 11, 2010 9:00 pm

    Holy crap! That is A LOT of programming! I am so excited! All of it looks so good. I definitely have a few that I know I NEED to go to 😀

  2. May 11, 2010 9:05 pm

    Hooray! So exciting to see my workshop on the list!

    Some of these look really great – can’t wait to get down to Orlando and Participate!! Yeah!!

  3. Laura permalink
    May 11, 2010 9:34 pm

    I am so excited!!! Just now for the keynote luncheons to be released and my life will be complete until I get to Infinitus.

  4. Sempraseverus permalink
    May 11, 2010 9:41 pm

    There will not be enough time to do them all …. BWUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

  5. VegPotter permalink
    May 11, 2010 10:06 pm

    I will be avoiding all of the Snape ones. Ugh, I hate that man… I hope the ones I’m really interested in don’t become parallel. When can we find out the times of each panel?

    • VegPotter permalink
      May 11, 2010 10:10 pm

      Whoops, ignore my last part. Lol, I was so eager to read the programming I skipped the whole first part. 😛 I’ll be looking forward to the scheduling, and hoping the ones I want won’t be at the same time.

  6. Kay permalink
    May 12, 2010 3:21 pm

    Will all these be at an extra cost? Some sound very interesting, can’t wait!

    • May 12, 2010 3:57 pm

      These are a not at extra cost – this is the “regular programming” that you pay for with the main ticket. 🙂

      • Kay permalink
        May 12, 2010 4:03 pm

        YAY!!!! CAN NOT WAIT!!!! My daughter is going to flip over the Buffy/Harry discussion.

  7. Linnea permalink
    May 13, 2010 7:57 am

    I just had a fit over the Buffy/Harry section! The various Shakespeare ones look great too 🙂 Azkatraz had some great programs, but I think these sound even better!

  8. Stefanie White permalink
    May 14, 2010 8:21 am

    Wow, this is going to be so difficult! There are so many I want to go too!!! Ahhhh! I am so excited now. How long will it be before we can get a short description of what each entails? I think it would make it easier for me to make decisions on which I want to go to if I knew what was going to be discussed in each…

    • May 14, 2010 8:52 am

      Just starting to load everything to the main website.

      I’ve got about half of them linked now. I also have a PDF loaded of all the summaries…be warned…it’s 100 pages long!

      Also, don’t have the finalize times yet but I attempted to organize them by day. Our programming chair is still sorting out some of the dates/ times/spaces so they are still subject to change.


      • Stefanie White permalink
        May 14, 2010 11:42 am

        Well thank you guys for all of the hard work you’re putting into it… And over 100 pages? I’ll read it. 😀

  9. Sempraseverus permalink
    May 14, 2010 1:29 pm

    Thanx for The PDF … It will sure help to better make all of those difficult choices …
    wishing there were more time to see and hear everything … sigh …

    hope to see that concrete timeline looming over the horizon soon …

    Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee … So excited …

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: