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Happy early birthday wishes to bellatook, thepirateship, and supervillainess! Here's wishing all of you a fantastic day and a wonderful year to come.


I'll be the Keynote Speaker at the upcoming "Harry Potter and Crossover Audiences: The 2011 Potter Watch Conference" event. It should be a magical time! Thanks to gods_lil_rocker and PotterWatch: The Official Harry Potter Club of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for the lovely invitation.

If you're anywhere in the area, please consider submitting a proposal for a paper or panel. The details are below.

Harry Potter and Crossover Audiences:
The 2011 Potter Watch Conference at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

April 9, 2011
Charlotte, NC



The Harry Potter series has been translated into more than 60 languages, inspired a multi-million dollar theme park, and prompted the creation of an “International Quidditch Association” comprised of hundreds of teams. What began as a British children’s book became an international best-selling series. Much of the success of the novels can be attributed to crossover appeal—how Harry is loved by audiences of a variety of ages, genders, and religions. How do the books speak to so many different, sometimes opposing, audiences? Why do we love Harry so much?

PotterWatch, the official Harry Potter club of UNC Charlotte, will be hosting an academic conference focusing on the theme of audiences within the Harry Potter series and fandom. We invite submissions of paper and panel proposals that address the theme of audience and crossover appeal in relation to the Harry Potter series, looking at reader response from a variety of academic perspectives.

Suggested topics include:
· Harry Potter from an international perspective
· Religious responses to the series
· Generational appeal (the “crossover” novel)
· group response to Harry Potter (fan clubs, quidditch, book/movie premieres, etc.)
· is Harry Potter a “boy’s book?”

To be considered for presentation, please submit a 250-word abstract for individual papers or panel proposals to unccpotterconference@gmail.com by March 26, 2011. Please include the paper title, your name (and names of all panel presenters if applicable), your institution, and your affiliation (faculty, student, other). Individual presentations should be 10-15 minutes in length, while panel presentations should last for 45 minutes. Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit proposals.


They're good at making sandwiches,
And breathing, and all that other stuff.
It's hard to call it pride,
But I think they're good enough.
There's no shame in Hufflepuff.
- "No Shame in Hufflepuff," The Blibbering Humdingers

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sittingduck1313
Mar. 24th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
Not directly related, but Mutant Reviewers From Hell recently reposted their reviews for The Two Towers, which includes this bit where Justin expounds on how dwarves are the greatest:

"Man oh man, do I love dwarves! I know that the "coolest" and most "fantasy-politically correct" thing to like is elves, but frankly, elves have worn out their Vulcan-eared welcome. Sure, they got this whole immortal thing going on (except due to cases of severe sledgehammer damage), and that starts to pay off when they retire at 65 and get to be a senior citizen for the next couple millenia — just think about the menu discounts! They're one with nature, but nature is kinda dirty anyway, so who wants that? They always have loose, flowing and firmly heterosexual outfits happening... and there's this supposed Wisdom of the Ages attribute... but in the end, elves of almost any series in fantasy literature or film come across as snooty, holier-than-thou, and in love with wholly inappropriate instruments, such as the flute or lyre.

"But not dwarves. No sirree; dwarves are the real deal. Even though saying so will further egg PoolMan on in his "Justin is a dwarf, so we should toss him" campaign, I stick by my shorter, hairier fictional friends to the end. Dwarves are the backbone of fantasy industry; while other species are wasting time with "literature" and "Quidditch" and such, dwarves are preparing their 401K plans by mining enough precious minerals and metals to set them on easy street for the rest of their awesome lives. They don’t go for sissy drinks like "beer" and "ambrosia", no, dwarves demand ALE, stout and hardy and in steins so large that you could easily fit a small elf baby within, not that it's ever been tested. Well, proven that it's been tested."
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 25th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
This is a hoot! Preparing their 401K plans... LOL! Thanks for sharing this. :)
thepirateship
Mar. 25th, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
Thank you for the birthday wishes! :-)
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 25th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! I hope you have a great one.
amedia
Mar. 25th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
I deleted a previous message owing to potentially identifying information (Intarweb Paranoia strikes again!) but I'll send you a PM. :-)
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 25th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Thanks.
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