Harry Potter fans, look-alikes and wannabes are preparing to descend on campus and the town of Chestnut Hill to celebrate the third annual Harry Potter Weekend October 17 and 18.
Events begin on Friday, October 17, with an interdisciplinary academic conference at CHC. Started by Karen Wendling, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, and Patrick McCauley, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies and philosophy, the day provides a forum for academic presentations that use the book series and its characters as a starting point for discussion.
Just a few of the topics of this year's presentations are: "Harry Potter and the Lens of Political Theory," "Is Voldemort a Terrorist?" and "Understanding Harry Potter through the Hero's Journey Myth."
According to Wendling, a record number of submissions were received this year from potential presenters. Friday's activities — which are free and open to the public — will take place in the Rotunda and the surrounding rooms.
More information on the Harry Potter Conference is available here.
A WRock (Wizard Rock) concert begins Friday at 7 PM in Sorgenti Arena featuring Harry and the Potters. Tickets are $7.00 and are available here.
aturday's fun begins with an opening ceremony at Chestnut Hill West train station and the "Hogwarts Express," followed by the fifth annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Cup Tournament at the College.
Various activities and fun for kids of all ages is in store Saturaday, including a Sorting Hat demonstration, the "Hunt for the Horcrux," the Bales of Cornwall Hay Maze at Woodmere Art Museum and a scarecrow walk at Morris Arboretum.
Weekend information: http://www.chestnuthillpa.com/showcase/harry-potter-festival