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Harry Potter Fans Are Kickin’ Az in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 5, 2009

July 15 may be the release date for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, but a thousand Harry Potter fans are just as excited about Azkatraz, a Harry Potter fan conference set to take place in San Francisco, California, which begins just two days later.

Fans are coming from all over the world – Canada, Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, China – and at least forty states to enjoy over 150 hours of programming focused on J.K. Rowling’s series of books, and Warner Brothers’ films. Among the presenters are Lev Gossman, book critic for TIME Magazine, Eddie Newquist, President of Exhibitgroup-Giltspur of Harry Potter Exhibition fame, noted Potter-verse chroniclers Melissa Anelli of The Leaky Cauldron, Emerson Spartz of Mugglenet, Erin Pyne and John Granger, and even Chris Rankin, who plays Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter movies.

The event begins late on Thursday with a showing of “Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince”; on Friday, Azkatrazians will spend the day playing and watching Quidditch, Muggle-style, at the Beach Chalet fields at Golden Gate Park before embarking on a cruise for charities around Alcatraz to the accompaniment of four Wizard Rock (or “Wrock”) bands. Saturday, Sunday and Monday will include over 100 hours of formal programming, analysis and discussion of the Harry Potter series’ characters, concepts, teachable moments and themes.

In fact, event chair Lee Hillman points out that throughout the event, “presenters will be highlighting the choice between what is right and what is easy. Our attendees may even find themselves making hard choices when deciding which programming to attend, from the panels and presentations to the music, and even what charities we are supporting this year.”

Those charities include Kids Need to Read, the Prisoners’ Literature Project and the HP Alliance, who are dedicated to using the examples of Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore to spread love and fight the Dark Arts in the real world.

Monday’s presentations will take on a unique focus on business and legal issues stemming from the Potter series, with presentations by various current and former merchandise licensees, attorneys from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and more, in the Master in Potter Administration track. This unique day-long program kicks off with a breakfast hosted by Susan Gunelius, author of Harry Potter: The Story of a Global Business Phenomenon. CLE credits will be available for attending attorneys.

Programming sessions include “Diced, Sliced and Dangerous: Environment and Ethics in the World of Harry Potter Fans”, “Are You a Weasley or a Malfoy: Parenting Within the Harry Potter Fandom”, “Draw Your Own Snape” and “Hamlet, Harry Potter & Healing (Using Bibliotherapy with Children and Teens)”. Session summaries can be found on the Azkatraz website.

This event will be the sixth organized by HP Education Fanon, Inc., the nonprofit behind Nimbus – 2003, The Witching Hour (2005), Lumos (2006), Prophecy (2007) and Portus (2008); its next event will be Infinitus, set to take place at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando’s Islands of Adventure from July 15 – 18, 2010. The Azkatraz chairs will also be on the Harry Potter fandom panel at Comic-Con in San Diego on Sunday, July 26, 2009.

Azkatraz, like all prior HPEF events, is organized by a team of volunteers – this year, like in all years past, the organizational team members are primarily women, and almost all of the event organization, from registration to meetings of the event chairs, takes place online via Google, Yahoogroups, Skype, Twitter, LiveJournal, CVENT and more. At Azkatraz, the organizers and attendees will utilize Twitter to let attendees know about last minute room changes, sell-outs of ticketed events, meet-up times and more.

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You and Your Wand in Harry Potter’s World

Article by Victoria Neely

If you were a wizard or a witch in Harry Potter’s world, you would not be complete without a magic wand. You would use your wand to cast spells; the wand would channel your magic powers. If you were a very powerful wizard, you might even be able to work magic without a wand. However, without a wand, you would find it rather difficult if not impossible to perform a powerful or focused spell.

Does the wand increase your magical ability? No, it is actually more correct to think of the wand as a focus for your magic. In this way the wand is like a magnifying glass, and your magic like sunlight. Sunlight can burn leaves when it’s focused through a glass.

You would probably buy your wand from Ollivander, who is renowned as one of the greatest wand makers alive. But if you live in Europe, you might instead buy your wand from the venerable Gregorovitch. However, Ollivander’s family has been making wands for a very long time… since 382 B.C., in fact.

Your wand would be fashioned from a single piece of wood, and it would have some special substance as its magic core. If you bought your wand from Ollivander, it would either contain a unicorn hair, dragon heartstring, or a phoenix feather. Gregorovitch and other wand makers use other materials, though; veela hair would not be uncommon.

You would not choose your wand; the wand would be the one to choose you. Wands are funny things that have their own laws and personalities. Wands are loyal to the wizards they choose. If you happened to lose or break your wand, you could borrow another wizard’s wand, but it would not feel natural. Wizards and witches have the most success with their own wands.

Your wand would probably reflect some facet of your personality, or perhaps reveal something of your powers. This is common. Hagrid’s wand was made from oak, a very strong tree. Dolores Umbridge is short, and so is her wand.

The wood of your wand might correspond with your date of birth according to a Celtic calendar. True enough, for each month in the Celtic year is represented by a tree, and each tree is associated with certain qualities and powers. It’s a lot like the zodiac that way. Consider Harry’s wand: It’s made of Holly, and it corresponds with his birthday on July 31st. Holly is a symbol for protection, luck, and death and rebirth.

Now if you were to attend a class on wand lore at Hogwarts, you would probably receive full marks!

If you’d like to learn more about wands or find one for yourself (or maybe as a gift for a Harry Potter fan), be sure to visit Harry Potter Wands on Squidoo.

Victoria Neely is a freelance writer. You can read more articles by Victoria at Squidoo.










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