Second annual “Harry Potter” conference at Chestnut Hill to be held October 18-20

The second annual Harry Potter conference at Chestnut Hill College will be held on the school’s campus in Philadelphia, PA on October 18-20. Here is a full description of the academic conference from the event’s website:

The Harry Potter Conference has its origins in an Interdisciplinary Honors course for undergraduate students developed by Profs. McCauley and Wendling and taught at Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia, PA) […] [I]ndependent of the course, Chestnut Hill College students formed their own Quidditch team and began to compete in the national arena and to host their own tournament, the Brotherly Love Cup. Then, the town of Chestnut Hill, located next to the college, got involved. Already a beautiful community boasting unique restaurants and shops, the town ‘converts’ for one weekend in October into all things Harry-related. The Harry Potter Conference was first held in October 2012 as part of Chestnut Hill’s Harry Potter Weekend to provide an academic outlet for a serious – but always enjoyable – study of the themes in the Harry Potter series. The conference was well-attended, and presentations were made by students, faculty, and community members.

It sounds like it’s going to be an amazing weekend, and if you’ve done any of your own academic studies of the boy wizard, you can submit papers to present through October 4.

If spending a weekend playing Quidditch, thinking about Harry Potter from an academic perspective, and checking out the other fun HP-themed activities around Chestnut Hill sounds fun, then be sure to register by October 16! Are any of you planning on going?

Jessica J.

I've been making magic at MuggleNet since 2012, when I first joined the staff as a News intern. I've never wavered from the declaration in my childhood journal, circa October 2000: "I LOVE Harry Potter! If I clean my room, my mom says she'll make me a dinner a wizard would love!" Proud Gryffindor; don't hate.