Chute 212 is an upcoming Harry Potter conference scheduled to take place from Wednesday, July 2 to Sunday, July 6, 2014. We have previously reported that the conference is looking for your ideas and how the conference center space will be transformed into an entire wizard town. Now, we would like to provide further information and detail on the town, in the form of an audio interview with Chute's artistic director Sidney Rice.
In addition to discovering more about the areas that are being made for the Chute 212 experience, Sidney also went into detail about her concept of Create-play, a theatrical immersion exercise through which all guests will have the ability to create their own fictional witch or wizard, and participate in events throughout the conference that are in-character, as part of the magical citizenry. This interview is available now, by clicking on the player above. We are very excited to attend Chute 212 this July. Potential attendees should note that the conference has an Early Broom special, which offers discounted admission now through March 15. More information can be found on the website.
Chute 212, an upcoming Harry Potter conference happening this July, is holding a promotional photo shoot this very weekend in Santa Rosa, CA. They are inviting costumed wizards and witches to participate in group photographs (and even some video!), which will be distributed as print advertising around the Bay Area and used in a variety of ways on their conference website to promote the celebration of Harry Potter and their upcoming conference.
The photo shoot will be taking place against a green screen backdrop, and everyone interested is asked to register for a date and time between Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9. From the directors:
"We need: witches and wizards of all ages; representatives of all school houses; cosplayers; witches and wizards dressed in attire fit for a ball. If you are so inclined, we would love to have a person pose as a portrait that will be used as a live action portal on the website.
Photos will be taken of: witches and wizards holding props and sitting in groups; dancing; talking; working with wands; jumping; carousing; and generally promoting a good time to be had."
This is a Bring-Your-Own-Wand (BYOW) event! People of all ages are welcome. Children under eighteen will need to be accompanied by and have a release form signed by a parent or guardian. So if you're looking for something to do this weekend, why not grab your friends, sign up for a time slot, and go be wizards in front of a camera! Even more details can be found on the event's Facebook page.
Last month, we told you about Chute 212, a Harry Potter conference with a focus on theatrics and education, taking place this July in the Bay Area. In addition to many exciting special guests and diverse forms of entertainment, the conference will boast a pleasing assortment of in-depth panels, workshops, and discussions on the Harry Potter series throughout its four-day run. Additionally, all attendees can take part directly in such events because the Call for Programmingis now open!
Certain programming events have already begun appearing on the website, including panels such as "Creating Readers and Empowering Nerds in the Classroom," workshops such as "Crafting for Characters: Good vs. Evil," and various meet and greets between special guests (more announced shortly!) and fans. Still, the list is far from final, and Chute 212 is asking you to come up with a workshop, lecture, or discussion topic. This note is from their directors:
"As fans, we know that the Harry Potter books are more than they seem. We love finding new meaning in familiar texts and sharing our revelations with friends and fellow readers. Do you find yourself thinking you're all alone in your nerdy universe? Schedule a meet-up, and see who shows! Have you ever thought that the Death Eater mentality is a clever way to teach children about the horrors instituted by the Third Reich? Draw comparisons in a riveting lecture! Do you have a special skill you'd love to teach fellow witches and wizards? Institute a workshop, and show us all how! Submit any and all of your wonderful ideas to us today!
We would love to add the following programming to our conference: meet-ups, panels/presentation/discussions (historical and literary connections regarding the Harry Potter books), workshops (fiber/paper art, electronics, costuming), and fan fiction readings to name a few. Our theme is creativity in the Harry Potter fandom, and we encourage you, dear friends, to help bring your passions to Santa Clara, CA July 2-6, 2014."
While the shopping, dining, Quidditch, and gallery events take place in a full-scale wizarding town built within the Santa Clara Convention Center just for this conference, all programming will take place in the meticulously-decorated rooms of none other than #12, a grim, old place. With areas such as the Library, the Solarium, the Attic, the Kitchen, and more playing host to every panel, lecture, and workshop, attendees will feel right at home with each other as they learn and laugh. More information regarding Chute 212 is accessible via their Facebook and website, and many more announcements regarding this exciting conference are coming soon.
Wizarding villages are difficult to locate: There's Hogsmeade, accessible via secret passage from Hogwarts (if you can find one) or from the Hogwarts Express (if you can board it); there's Godric's Hollow, birthplace of the wizard Harry Potter, located somewhere in the West Country of England. But for those wizards (and Muggles) elsewhere, hoping for a place to brew their potions, toss some gobstones, or practice their Quidditch, we can proudly announce that an entirely new town will reveal itself, to everyone, this July.
Chute 212 is an upcoming Harry Potter conference taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Northern California from July 2-6, 2014. This conference will be set inside the center's very own wizarding village, complete with storefronts, alleyways, and gardens aplenty. During Chute 212 the village will be packed with artisans, musicians, magicians, performers of all types, special guests, teachers, close friends, and YOU!
From the press release:
"Chute 212 is a new and innovative literary and create-play conference coming to the Santa Clara Convention Center. A celebration of the wizarding world in all its incantations, Chute 212 is the first of its kind to blend the environmental, theatrical world of a fair, with the literary, musical community of a convention. Combining traditional panels and workshops with fan created programming and cosplay, attendees can invoke their favorite wizard or witch, enjoy live music and magic acts, shop for unique and handmade products, create a potion or join in a game of Quidditch."
An exciting facet of Chute 212 will be its emphasis on "Create-play," an opportunity for all attendees to create and then embody their own wizarding character, from name to backstory and even clothing, resulting in that character's induction as a town citizen for all festivities. The huge emphasis on theater and hands-on creativity distinguishes Chute 212 from other conventions one may find.
DISCOUNT TICKETS for registration are available between now and March 15 as part of the convention's "Early Broom Special." MuggleNet will be reporting with additional detail on several other aspects of this particular conference in the coming weeks. But in the meantime, all information can be explored by you on their web site and Facebook page. This July 4 weekend, let us celebrate our togetherness as magic-folk beneath the fireworks of local theme park California's Great America and in a town built just for us.
Last weekend Wizard World held its annual Comic Con in Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. In attendance as special guests were the Phelps twins, James and Oliver, as well as one-time Potter actor Verne Troyer.
MuggleNet was on-site at the convention and has now published a re-cap, which can be read at this link. The Phelps Twins' Q&A session was packed with Potter fans, and a costume-contest held Saturday night contained over 300 contestants. Upcoming Wizard World conventions this year include Ohio (Sep 20-22), Nashville (Oct 18-20) and Austin (Nov 22-24), but no Potter stars are currently slated to attend.