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Once Formal Programming is done for the day, there's no better way to enjoy the rest of your evening than the multitude of events and exhibits that Informal Programming has to offer.

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Barnes & Noble Bookfair for Portus

On June 20th, 21st, and 22nd, Barnes & Noble will host a Bookfair benefiting Portus & HP Education Fanon. Every purchase made that day and attributed as a Portus/HPEF purchase will have a portion of the sale donated to Portus/HPEF. You may purchase anything in the store or anything available through the store to have shipped to your home.* Visit our Bookfair page for more information!


Portus Podacast Palooza

Join your favorite podcasters for a night of live podcasting fun. If you're a podcaster, or even a podcast fan, please visit our Portus Podcast Palooza page for more information.



Snapecast will be hosting Snapefest at the Hilton Anatole! The event will take place on July 9th and will include a day full of activities honoring Professor Severus Snape.

Formal programming includes presentations, roundtable discussions, panels, trivia contests, competitions, displays of fan art and videos, costume fashion shows and much more. Afterwards, Snapefest attendees are welcome to attend a candlelight vigil for Professor Snape held outside the Hilton Anatole and a dinner at a nearby restaurant. Snapefest is open only to registered Portus attendees who are 21 years of age at no additional cost.

Registration opens on January 9th, 2008. Spaces are limited, so get your spot fast! For more information, you can visit their website at, or visit our Snapefest sub-forum. *Snapefest is sponsored by Snapecast and is not in any part sponsored by HP Education Fanon Inc. or Portus 2008.


Quidditch: North American Flying Federation’s 140th Merlin's Cup, Air and Water divisions

If you can imagine yourself holding the Quidditch Cup in front of a cheering crowd, go for the gold in the Merlin's Cup Tournament! Whether your team is back to defend their title, here for a rematch, or competing for the first time, this year's Quidditch tournament is sure to be action-packed. Join us and prove your skill in the world's greatest sport. For rules and signup instructions, see Quidditch information.


Portus Mystery Ball

A magical night of ‘well-mannered frivolity,’ the Mystery Ball will bring the excitement of Portus to a fever pitch as fans gather to celebrate Harry Potter. With the disguises for which masquerades are famous and the magical world’s spirit, it will be a time for fans to cut loose with games and festivities, listening to music made for and by Harry Potter fans along with tracks made famous in the Muggle world. All Dolores Umbridges will be asked to relinquish their blood quills at the door. Tasks, riddles, and costume games are sure to please even the most Snape-ish soul, and who knows - you could even come away with a magical door prize. Specialty drinks will also feature in this event. Pay-to-attend; admission is $5.00 per person.


Portus Wizard Rock Concert

After enjoying on our authentic Tex-Mex Buffet at the Portus Welcoming Feast, work off the calories at the Portus Wizard Rock Concert. Featuring the Moaning Myrtles and the Mudbloods, you’ll be dancing and singing along before you know it. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available at a cash bar.


Level 9 Informal Roundtables

The Department of Mysteries resides on Level 9 of the Ministry of Magic; the Level 9 Roundtables will give you the opportunity to explore the metaphysics of the wizarding world. Have you ever wondered how prophecies are gathered and recorded? Is there a magic gene? Should wizards really experiment with time? All such topics are fair game for these informal, attendee-run discussion groups. Just pick your favorite unsolved mystery and start your own roundtable discussion. Sessions will run Friday and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.


Cinema Alley

Your Portus experience isn't complete without a stop in our 24-hour Movie Room, where all five Harry Potter movies will be playing non-stop throughout the weekend. During daylight hours, Madam Pince's library silence will be interrupted between viewings with speakers on film-making. After dark, Rocky-Horror style shout-outs will be welcomed. Be sure to bring your own popcorn and soda!

Thursday, July 10
12:00pm - 3:00pm ~ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Quiet)
3:00pm - 6:00pm ~ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Quiet)
8:00pm - 11:00pm ~ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rocky Horror Style)

Friday, July 11
2:00pm - 3:30pm ~ The Maurauders' Worst Memory and The Potter Prophecy,
followed by a Q&A with Erin Pyne
5:00pm - 8:00pm ~ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rocky Horror Style)
8:00pm - 11:00pm ~ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rocky Horror Style)

Saturday: 1:30pm - 2:45pm ~ The Maurauders' Worst Memory and The Prophecy
followed by a Q&A with Erin Pyne
3:00pm - 5:00pm ~ Wizard Rockumentary,
followed by a Q&A with Megan and Mallory Schuyler
5:00pm - 7:00pm ~ Wizard Rockumentary,
followed by a Q&A with Megan and Mallory Schuyler


Wizard Rockumentary

The Wizard Rockumentary is finally here! Mallory and Megan, AKA the Schuyler Sisters, have been hard at work over the past several years chronicling the music movement known as “Wizard Rock.”

Portus will screen the Wizard Rockumentary on Saturday, July 12th followed by a Question & Answer session featuring Megan and Mallory. Spaces are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today by modifying your registration. See screening schedule in Cinema Alley for times.


Portus Common Room

Bursting with knowledge from too many panels and presentations? Exhausted from competing in the Merlin’s Cup? Come relax in the Portus Common Room, a place to lounge and meet up with friends. You can discuss your favorite ships and theories, make plans for lunch, or get to know all the new friends you’ve made. The Common Room will also be host to the all-new Challenge at Portus, a contest for fanartists, filkers, fanfiction writers, and meta commentators. Check out the information board for announcements and information on group get-togethers.

Smashing Times Mosaics

Have a Smashing Time at Portus! The Common Room invites you to join Dallas's own mosaic studio, Smashing Times. Make your own mosaic frog, snake, crest, or crystal ball on Friday, July 11th between 3:30 and 7pm. Design and create a unique, magical mosaic art piece. Modify your registration by June 25 to lock in the price of $30 per piece; at the event, the price will be $40.

For more information about creating additional mosaic masterpieces, go to


Portus Vendor Room

Save your galleons, sickles, and knuts for the Portus Vendor Room! Booths are now available to reserve. For more information, please visit our Vendor Room page.

Current participants include Barnes & Noble, Beyond Boundries Travel/HPFanTrips.Com, Haunted Housewares, Star Drake Studios, Whimsic Alley, and Whirlwood Wands.


Art Gallery

The finest works of art in the Harry Potter fandom will be displayed here at Portus. Whether you're an artist or a fan, the Gallery is the place to be when you want to be surrounded by beautiful things. Try your hand at your own masterpiece in our Artist's corner, where supplies will be readily at hand. To find out more information, and to submit your artwork, please visit our Call For Artwork page.


Fandom Swap Meet

Hand-Crafters, Self-Publishers and Independent Musicians. Crafters, artists, writers, musicians - sell your wares! If you plan to sell only handcrafted or artisan wares, self- or small- published books/periodicals, or independently produced/distributed music, sign up today! Your income from sale of such wares must be under $5000 per year. Swap Meet-ers agree not to sell wares in the symposium area but may discuss/ hand out printed material throughout Portus and agree to sell only works that do not infringe on others' Intellectual Property rights. Portus will approve items if photo is sent to by May 15.


SpellCast Readings

Attention all thespians: want to show off your Shakespearean skills? Spotlight your talent at the live SpellCast play brought to you by Auditions will take place at 3pm on Thursday, July 10th and at Friday’s 10:30am rehearsal for the performance on Saturday July 12th. There are a limited number of roles available.


Young Adult Author Reading Series

Writers of Young Adult fiction are cordially invited to submit short excerpts of their work to read at Portus as part of the Portus YA Author Reading Series. The readings will take place Friday morning, July 11th and Saturday morning, July 12th, 2008, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

Portus is a Harry Potter symposium sponsored by the HP Education Fanon, Inc. (HPEF) While Portus is primarily a gathering for Harry Potter scholars and fans, its activities span the range of academic and fan interests. Our attendees are avid readers of Young Adult fiction and enjoy hearing readings from new writers as well as established writers in the field.

We invite all YA writers wanting to share their work with us to submit an excerpt of their writing. The excerpt should be able to be read in 20 minutes. Upon acceptance to the Portus YA Author Reading Series, the author is eligible for a special rate of $180 for the convention. Efforts will be made to gather the author's publication(s) for sale in the Vendor Room, and an autograph session will be held Friday and Saturday afternoon for attending authors to meet fans.

Works considered for the Portus YA Author Reading Series must be excerpts of the author’s original fiction. Preference will be given to published authors and writers of YA fiction or YA-friendly material.

We hope you will consider joining us at Portus. To be considered for the Portus YA Author Reading Series, send an email indicating your interest to Dr. Catherine Schaff-Stump at with your submitted work as an email attachment. Please include the following information in the body of the email.

  • Name of author(s):
  • Email address(es) of presenter(s):
  • Phone number of presenter(s):
  • Summary of the work (500 words or less):
  • Author biography (150 words or less):

Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to reading your work and hope to have you join us at Portus.


Post-Portus Wizard Rock Dance Party

So, you don’t think you’re getting enough party time at the Ball? Fine – we’ll just have a dance party then. What? You don’t want just a regular dance party? OK - How about an awesome Post-PORTUS Wizard Rock Dance Party??!!

That’s right, you get you party like wrockstars for four hours on Sunday, July 13th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Confirmed participating Wrock Bands include, but are not limited to the following:
The Mudbloods
Ministry of Magic
Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls

Moreover, as our special guests for this event only, we’re proud to announce two of your favorite Wizard Rock bands:
The Whomping Willows
The Remus Lupins

Come prepared to party with Alex, Matt, Christian, Jace, and all the other wrockers as they play your favorite wizard rock and Muggle songs. You can also buy merchandise from your favorite bands; be sure stick around after the party to get it signed. It’s the perfect end to a fabulous PORTUS experience.

Admission is $20 and includes snacks, soft drinks, and unlimited access to your favorite wrockers. (Cash bar will be available.) Space is limited, so keep the PORTUS party going, and buy your tickets today by modifying your registration. Pending availability, tickets may also be sold at the door; but with a line-up like this, don’t risk missing out!