Chute 212 wants your ideas for programming!

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 Programming is 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.

Eric S.

Eric Scull joined MuggleNet in November of 2002. Since that time, he’s presided over a number of sections, including name origins and Dear Hogwarts, but none so long as the recently revived Crazy Caption Contest. Eric is a Hufflepuff who lives in Chicago and loves the outdoors.