Accio announces convention programming

  February 13, 2005 at 7:20 PM ET
  Cheeser     HPANA (via Accio 2005)
  accio, harry potter convention, university of reading

Harry Potter fans who attend Accio 2005opens in new window, the first UK-based fan conference, will get to talk about the "degrees of evil" characterized by the differences between Dolores Umbridge, Rita Skeeter and Bellatrix Lestrange, issues arising out of translating the books between world languages and a host of other topics. Check out their preliminary programming choices here.

Accio Announces Programming Preliminaries

Accio is pleased to announce that the programming for the conference has been finalised. Conference attendees will be able to choose from a large variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Elements of Arthurian tradition in HP
  • Whodunnit? The case against Remus Lupin
  • Beings and the Beast - Free Will, Destiny, Contagion for Animagi and Werewolf
  • How statistics and computer-based visualisations contribute to our understanding of HP
  • The Nameless World of Harry Potter
  • Mischief Managed: The Young Marauders Ride Again in Fan Fiction Blessed are you for creating Harry - Jewish affinity with Rowling's Tale
  • Is HP still a nice Jewish boy, Part 2
  • Splinched in translation (a translator's perspective)
  • From Folkloric Phantams to Paracelsan Spectres: Contexts for reading ghosts in HP
  • Looking beyond the Words - Idias, Morals and Values for Children, using the literature of JKR
  • Alchemical Symbols
  • HP and the Bible
  • Alchemy, Rosicrucian lit etc.
  • Muggle Magic: Have they caught up with us?
  • Chosen One - Narratives of psychosis and prophecy and their relationship to HP
  • The HP Series: Retelling and Reawakening
  • A comparative piece - the boy mage in The Dark is Rising, A Wizard of Earthsea and HP
  • Getting Stoned at Hogwarts - The Gorgon Threat in CoS
  • Why do the Harry Potter books resonate so personally?
  • Harry Potter through the looking glass (language)
  • Characterisation of Rita Skeeter, Dolores Umbridge and Bellatrix Lestrange and the creation of degrees of evil
  • Exploring the language of HP: An introduction to stylistics
  • From Convention to Insurgency: JKR's critique of childhood innocence in the HP series
  • Social problems of the wizarding community within HP - house elves
  • Jack shall have Jill, Naught shall go Ill. HP, a traditional love story? "Shipping" as narrative and aesthetic strategy

More programming details, including the entire event's programming timetable, will be made available on the Accio websiteopens in new window as soon as possible. The Accio programming team would like to thank everyone who submitted papers for our consideration.

Accio 2005, hosted at the University of Reading, UK the weekend of July 29-31, will bring together academics and adult Harry Potter fans to discuss all aspects of J.K. Rowling's books, in the first such conference in the UK. Planned events include presentations, panels, speeches, games, a feast, and informal discussions.

Guest speakers at the conference include Elizabeth Kay and the HP Lexicon'sopens in new window Steve Vander Ark.

Editor's note: Don't forget that HP Fan Trips 2005opens in new window was designed to coincide with Accio 2005 so that attendees can go straight from talking HP to living it, by touring the United Kingdom with other fans beginning July 31.


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