Friday, October 29, 2010

Harry Potter Fest is a wrap!

This week has been Harry Potter Fest at LR and it has been pretty amazing.  We had some really interesting and smart people come and talk about the appropriate readership of HP and all of the different Christian elements in the books.  Earlier to day we had a Quidditch match on the lawn and the entire week culminated to night with a Wizard Rock Concert featuring the bands "Gred and Forge" and "The Blibbering Humdingers".  I work for the event staff and so I had absolutely no excuse for not being their but I was generally disappointed in the lack of an audience that our school provided.  I dunno what everyone on campus could be doing on a friday night if they weren't nerding it out at a Wizard concert...!

It was probably the most hilarious thing that I have ever been to.  The songs were very smart and witty and at times a little vulgar, but that's funny, too.  Despite the fact that I caught a cold sitting outside I would say that I enjoyed every bit of the concert.

Since I do have the honor of setting up for these events I was able, this week, to talk, personally, with all of our speakers and the bands.  This was really fun and enlightening.  Our first speaker, Amy Sturgis, teaches Native American studies at Belmont College and was the first person in the world to teach a college course on Harry Potter.  She was very fun to hear talk and I and several others are now on a mission for her to be an adjunct professor on our campus next year so that we can take one of the literature classes, or maybe her HP class!

The second speaker, John Granger, was freaking MINDBLOWING.  What he said about Harry Potter and what he found in the books was one of the most interesting things that I think I have EVER heard.  This is not an exaggeration.  He dissected these books and found out so many interesting things about them.  For instance:  He described that Rowling utilized Alchemeic writing styles in Harry Potter and that in every work of Alchemeic literature their must be a smart female role, symbolized by the metal Mercury, obviously Hermione.  And their must be a passionate male character, symbolized by Sulfur, Ron. just so happens that the letters associated with Mercury on the periodic table of elements is HG (hmmm...Hermione Granger, maybe...), and her parents are dentists!  Also she is named after the female version of Hermes, the god of MERCURY!  I know what you're thinking...HOLY CRAP!  It also happens that Ron's middle name is Billius, which is always associated with Sulfur!

Needless to say, despite the fact that t was one of the longest and most stressful weeks of my life I am able to say that I had a lot of fun and cannot wait for Nov. 19!  And to re-read the books!


  1. That's pretty cool about the Alchemeic writing. Sounds like it would be difficult to construct. But then, I research name meanings for my characters, so....

    Sad about the concert turnout. I would have come if non-LR students could have attended.

    Sorry you gots a cold! And I STILL think we need to have some kind of shindig for HP!

    You need to put some more info on your profile, and maybe an email. I'm gonna post about you. Are you ready?

    BTW, Amy Sturgis looks really familiar.....

    Hahahahaha-word verification: candy! Woohoo-Happy Halloween!

  2. Actually non-LR students could have come, I just didn't know until after it had started :(

    I added a little more info.

    Amy's husband is actually the Provost of LR, so I'm sure she's in Hickory a lot?

  3. That sounds like it was a blast. Being part Lakota, I would have liked to have listened to Amy Sturgis.

    Welcome to the crazy world of blogging. I heard of you from Words Crafter's always fascinating blog.

    Come visit my blog, why don't you? I have a Halloween "gift" for my friends -- a tale of a young street kid versus one of Lovecraft's Elder Ones. Bet on the kid. But being a Harry Potter fan, you already know that! Roland

  4. It sounds like you had a great time! :) I hope you recover from your cold, though.

  5. Thanks for your kind words about my talk!

    FYI, for the first mini-term (8 weeks) of Fall 2011, I will be teaching a cross-listed undergraduate/graduate course at Lenoir-Rhyne University entitled "Harry Potter and His Predecessors."

    It will count for 3 hours of credit, and there are no prerequisites. The course will meet once a week in person (Mondays, 5-8pm) and then online the rest of the week.

    Since many undergrads and grad students don't think to look at the Liberal Studies courses, I hoped you'd help me pass the word to those interested in Harry Potter. Thanks!

    Students will cover all of the Harry Potter books and several of the films as part of their assigned reading/viewing.

    LBS 403.60/LBS 503.60
    "Harry Potter and His Predecessors"
    with Dr. Amy H. Sturgis