was the place to gather with friends and explore what remained beyond the rotating doors. Literary scholars and adult fans from all over the globe converged on the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, July 10-13, 2008 for four incredible days of magic.

Learn more about our upcoming symposia:
Azkatraz 2009 in San Francisco & Infinitus 2010 in Orlando, Florida

On behalf of the Portus staff and the HP Education Fanon Board of Directors, I'd like to thank our attendees, volunteers, and our special guest speakers for making Portus a magical experience for all. While the door has been closed, and the mysteries within have been revealed, the memories and relationships created will endure.

Now that Portus is complete, HP Education Fanon is busily planning its next two events: Azkatraz in San Francisco (July 18 - 21, 2009) and Infinitus at the Universal Resort in Orlando (July 15-18, 2010).

Please mark your calendars to meet up in person again July 18-21, 2009 at HPEF's next event: Azkatraz. Azkatraz will explore the themes of justice and the choice between what is right and what is easy. This programming focus brings the backdrop of Alcatraz / Azkaban to the forefront of the real issues of social justice, gender equality, tolerance, and due process, as they are reflected in the Harry Potter books and the larger contexts of fandom and the world around us.

Informal Programming plans promise to provide endlessly diverting ways to understand and interpret Harry Potter's world and the world of fandom. Proposed events include a History of Wizard Fashion Show, a ghost tour and Death Eaters' reception on Alcatraz (no Dark Mark required!), a pre-event Mixer/Mingler on Friday night before our official start, the return of the highly successful Fandom Swap Meet, Common Room programming, a special concert to "Wrock the Rock," and much more.

While awaiting the start of Azkatraz, the mysteries of Portus may be experienced time and time again through audio recordings of a variety of Formal Programming sessions. Please click here to download the order form - onsite pricing will be honored through July 31, 2008. We look forward to seeing you next summer in San Francisco for Azkatraz.

Bekki Oliveri
Minister of Magic, Portus 2008