Nimbus - 2003 scholars by day, wizards by night

  July 1, 2003 at 1:39 PM ET
  Cheeser     HPANA (via Washington Post)

From the Washington Postopens in new window:

When I was invited to give a paper at an event called Nimbus - 2003: A Harry Potter Symposiumopens in new window, I wasn't sure whether to be flattered or to take it as a hint that I ought to stop writing so much about fantasy. Set for next month in Orlando, Fla., the Potter Symposium will convene hundreds of fans and more than a few scholars to discuss the ever-growing literary phenomenon of the boy wizard. More than 50 papers will be presented by college professors, graduate students, a Jewish cantor and a former Supreme Court clerk. There will be workshops, panel discussions, a Quidditch match (how it will be played I cannot imagine) and even a "wizarding nightclub." Some attendees apparently plan to show up dressed as characters from the novels; these enthusiasts can look forward to the "Cloaks and Cauldrons" panel, where "the main how and why of wizarding fashion will be discussed."

The writer goes on to evaluate some of the presentations that will happen down in Florida. Read the article for the rest! Thanks to Geri for the tip.


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