being a Harry Potter fan and living in Dallas? I would probably write a
lot of Ginny Weasley-related poetry whilst bemoaning my sad fate as the
most misunderstood witch in the South. Also cutting. I would become a
ends today at the Parc55 Hotel downtown. While the majority of events
and panels were held at the hotel, Friday's Quiddich
match took place at the soccer fields in Golden Gate Park. This
reporter managed to show up just in time for the Chinatown Dragons to
win the tourney. In this IRL game of Quiddich the Snitch was a
frisbee and I saw no broomsticks. I might have missed that detail due
to my fascination with a group of adorable young people in Hogwarts
uniforms playing a pick up game of "Capture the Bacon." I kind of fell
in love with these kids but NOT IN A CREEPY WAY. Heh.
would have been impossible to attend every event in the schedule but I
did make it to the Wizard Wrock panel (rock bands! made of wizards!) to
snap some pictures and, while milling around in the vendor room trying
on hats and talking to some really talented artists, I ran into Dr.
Henry Jenkins, Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and author of Convergence Culture - Where Old and New Media Collide. (He
was kind enough to grant me a really great interview about new media
and the culture of fans which we'll run as it's own post at a later
date.) Jenkins a brilliant man and manages to make complex conceptual
ideas accessible and easy to understand, even for this writer who
regularly uses the word "boners" in her tweets.
not a huge Harry Potter fan, but for those of you who are (and I know
you are LEGION) I would highly recommend attending next year's
Symposium if only for the chance to see grown men and women giggle
hysterically while waving wands at each other's privates and yelling "Engorgio!" and "Reducio!" at the top of their lungs.