Today is the first day of Prophecy 2007—the annual Harry Potter-centric academic conference where adult fans of the series present papers on The Boy Who Lived. With Book 7’s release not two weeks ago, we imagine there was a lot of frantic editing and crumpled paper over the last few days.
But this ain’t no Yule Ball. Children under 14 are not permitted to attend, and teenagers must be accompanied by a chaperone over the age of 21. Tickets for the conference cost $150 at minimum and you better damn well know what house you belong to before you sign the registration papers.
Presentations include subjects like Harry Potter’s Hero’s Journey: In His World and Ours, Lost in Translation?: Harry Potter, from Page to Screen, and The Alchemical End-Game: The Rubedo in “Deathly Hallows.” However, the conference is not all lectures and discourse. Participants will attend movie screenings, play games of Wizard Chess, don dress robes for a grand ball, and have the biggest bands in wizard rock play an exclusive concert (non-attendees can catch Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys on Saturday at Whippersnapper Gallery).
We wish conference attendees good luck. After all, wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.