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What is Portus 2008?

In a word: Mystery! This Harry Potter symposium welcomes scholars and fans of all origins to explore the mysteries and questions buried in J.K. Rowling’s novels. Anyone who wishes to deepen their knowledge of and appreciation for the books, explore their influence on our culture, or simply bask in one of the largest and most influential fan followings ever assembled will find a home at Portus. By combining the elements of an academic conference and a fan convention, Portus will offer an opportunity to investigate, deconstruct, discuss, and illustrate these future classics in the company of fellow enthusiasts. Set to the theme of the Department of Mysteries, Portus focuses on what’s behind the rotating doors as eager fans and scholars examine what has been hinted at and foreshadowed through symbolism and other means in the Harry Potter novels.

What are the dates of Portus 2008?

Portus 2008 will begin the afternoon of Thursday, July 10 and will run through Sunday, July 13, 2008. All four days will be packed with formal and informal programming, games and other activities, art displays and more.

Where will Portus 2008 be held?

Since everything is bigger in Texas, we're holding Portus in Dallas at the immensely beautiful Hilton Anatole, located just north of downtown Dallas – 19 miles from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and four miles from Love Field. With the Cowboys on our side, any invading giants or trolls will surely keep well away!

Who can attend Portus 2008?

Portus welcomes all intellectually apt and inquisitive Harry Potter scholars and fans, whether or not their beards yet reach the floor. There are certain restrictions for legal reasons, however. Anyone who has turned 18 as of July 10, 2008, is welcome to attend on their own. Anyone between the ages of 14 and 17 as of July 10, 2008, is welcome to attend with a registered parent or guardian, or a chaperone, provided that a parental permission slip appointing the chaperone has been signed and notarized. Like past HPEF symposia, Portus is a geared towards an adult audience, and parents should be advised that some programming may contain mature themes and language.

With whom is Portus 2008 associated?

Portus 2008 is an official HP Education Fanon, Inc. event. Past events include Nimbus-2003, The Witching Hour, Lumos, and Prophecy. Neither HP Education Fanon, Inc., nor Portus 2008 has any other associations. This conference is not endorsed, sanctioned or any other way supported, directly or indirectly, by Warner Bros. Entertainment, the Harry Potter book publishers, or J.K. Rowling and her representatives.

Will any programming be open to family members of attendees?

No, only registered attendees may attend Portus 2008 events.

Will I be sorted into a House?

No. Most people have their own preferences for what House they belong in, and we respect their choices. If you wish, you may select your House, or lack thereof, when you register for Portus.



How can I register for Portus?

You can register from our website now.

How much will Portus cost?

Registration is currently $220 USD per person, and will increase incrementally as the conference date approaches.

Is there a registration discount for additional members of the same family?

No, all family members must register individually and at the rate applicable to all conference attendees.

Will there be a discount for volunteers?

No, unfortunately, we will not be able to offer a discount for volunteers. All volunteers will receive recognition in the Portus Program for their contributions, as well as an invitation to a special volunteers-only event on the last evening of Portus.

I have a large group that wants to attend together. Can we get a group rate?

Portus has no special group rate since our prices are already set at the minimum rate necessary to cover expenses for this event.

What if I register and can't attend?

You may request a refund by sending an email to registration@portus2008.org. Ninety percent of your registration fee will be returned to you in the form of your original payment. The last day to request a refund is midnight CDT, June 30, 2008.

Do we have to register for Keynote Luncheons ahead of time?

Yes, there are a limited number of seats available for these special events, so registering for them early will guarantee you a spot. Tickets will become available as the guest speakers are announced.

Is it really safe to give you my credit card information?

Yes, payments made through our registration system are processed by a secure server.

What is your privacy policy with regard to registration?

We do not share personal information with any other organization. Read our Privacy Policy for details.



What is the official hotel of Portus?

The Hilton Anatole Hotel will be providing meeting space for Portus. Rooms will be available starting at $155.00 per night, plus taxes.

Where is the Hilton Anatole located?

The Hilton Anatole is in the city of Dallas, Texas, just north of the downtown Dallas business district on I-35E, 20 minutes form the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and 10 minutes from the Dallas Love Field Airport.

Will Portus be accessible to individuals with disabilities?

Yes. The Hilton Anatole has handicapped-accessible rooms available upon request. Please contact us at info@portus2008.org if you have any questions or special needs during the symposium.

Do I have to stay in the official hotel?

No, but by staying at the Anatole Hilton, you will help fulfill our required room block and contribute to future HPEF events. What's more, staying at the host hotel makes it much easier for you to participate in late night chats in the Common Room, spur of the moment filking in hotel rooms, and intense discussions over late night snacks at the Terrace Cafe.

How can I get to the hotel from the airport?

Transportation from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (known as DFW International) and Dallas Love Field is available from SuperShuttle. Roundtrip transportation is $26.00 per person, and one-way transportation is $14.00.

I'm coming in for a few extra days. Can I stay in the official hotel at the discounted rate for additional nights?

Yes. The discounted rates at the Hilton Anatole Hotel are available from July 7, 2008 through July 15, 2008.

I would like to travel to Dallas with a group. Where can I find travel buddies?

Please visit our message boards to find carpools, caravans, or travel groups.

I need a travel agent! Where can I find one?

Patty Johnson, of Stasis Travel, is the official travel planner for Portus. You can contact Patty at (866) 449-7699, or visit www.stasisvacations.com.



I'm a member of the press and would like to cover Portus. What is your press policy?

The media are welcome to attend Portus and cover its events subject to proof of press credentials. Please contact Aziza Aba Butain at pr@portus2008.org for press passes after reading our press policy.  

I run an HP Website / newsgroup / podcast / etc. Does that mean I can come on a press pass?

That depends on whether your site meets our website's press requirements. Please read our press policy or send an email to pr@portus2008.org if you have questions.

I have a business and would like to sell my products at Portus.

Booth space in the Portus Vendor Room is now available! Please visit our Vendor Room page for information on selling your wares. If you are a crafter, artist, writer, or musician, you may also be eligible to participate in our Fandom Swapmeet.

I would like to promote my book. To whom do I talk?

Please email specialguests@portus2008.org to arrange for book readings or signings.

Will the proceedings be published?

The Portus Proceedings will be publicized approximately three months after the event. Please keep watching here for more details, and for instructions on how to order.

Who created your artwork?

Freckles42 created the door illustration and Melanie Wilke designed the Portus logo, website, and associated collateral.

How can I get involved?

Portus 2008 needs volunteers in all areas of operation to help make the magic happen! A list of our current openings may be found on our Volunteer page. Please e-mail volunteers@portus2008.org for more information on how you can be a part of the Portus experience.

I've read the entire FAQ and still have questions. What do I do?

You may visit our message boards to ask a question, or you may send an email to info@portus2008.org.