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Letter from the Editor

The Portus staff has had their lips sealed for the last few months (a very hard thing to do!), but we can no longer keep quiet. It is with the utmost pleasure and greatest honor that we divulge our most guarded secret…

Jim Dale, the voice of Harry Potter, will be joining us this July at Portus in Dallas, Texas! We’re more excited than a gaggle of Leprechauns at the Quidditch World Cup!

In 2003, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Mr. Dale the Member of the Order of the British Empire. However, to millions of American and Canadian fans, Mr. Dale is the voice of Harry Potter. Over the past eight years, he has recorded all seven books in the series. He holds three Guinness World Records, the most recent for creating 147 voices for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

For his audiobook narration work, he became the first inductee into the Audio Publishers Hall of Fame and has won a record nine Audie Awards, including "Best Male Narrator 2007." This year he received the 2008 “Best Spoken Word Album for Children” Grammy Award for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was his sixth Grammy nomination and second win.

Mr. Dale’s accomplishments are not limited to audiobooks. He is an Oscar nominee for the 1966 song “Georgy Girl” and a Tony Award winner for his portrayal of Phineas Taylor Barnum in the Broadway musical Barnum. His extensive portfolio also includes an impressive film and television repertoire. In addition to eleven of the British Carry On films, Mr. Dale starred in the PBS adaptation of Huckleberry Finn, was nominated for a BAFTA Best Newcomer film award for his role in Adolf Hitler-My Part in His Downfall, and of course starred in the beloved Disney film, Pete’s Dragon. Presently, he is the acclaimed narrator of the popular television series Pushing Daisies.

Mr. Dale will be delighting us with a presentation and Question and Answer session from 9am to 10:30am on Saturday, July 12th followed by two autograph sessions from 11am to noon and again from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. The presentation and autograph sessions are free to all Portus attendees, so be sure to register today.

Best Regards,

Aziza Aba Butain
Editor-In-Chief

Dessert with Jim Dale

Can’t get enough of Jim Dale? Join him for dessert on Saturday evening from 6pm to 7:30pm. Attendance is open to all Portus attendees but is limited to the first 100 to sign up. The event includes a 20-minute presentation followed by a Question and Answer session and open mingling with Mr. Dale – dessert, coffee, and tea included. Tickets are $50.00 per person and are non-refundable. You can get your ticket by modifying your registration. But don’t delay! These tickets are sure to go fast.

The Jim Dale Premium Package*

Want to see Jim Dale but can’t stay for all of Portus? Then the Jim Dale Premium Package is your solution!

The Jim Dale Premium Package includes a one-night stay at the Hilton Anatole for the night of Friday, July 11th (not including incidentals) and a Saturday registration for the discounted price of $200.00.

Care to bring a friend? Our couple's package includes a one-night Hilton Anatole stay for the night of July 12th (not including incidentals) and Saturday registrations for both, all for the discounted price of $275.00. Add on tickets to the exclusive Dessert with Jim Dale for a mere $50 more per person.

The Portus Previews & MuggleCast interview Jim Dale

Have a burning question for Jim Dale? Can't wait until Portus to ask? Here's your chance! Portus Previews is joining up with MuggleCast to give you the first podcast interview of Jim Dale ever! Mr. Dale is excited to share his unique view of the Harry Potter world, and we're even more excited to bring it to you. Call in with your voicemails by March 13th, and we just might include it in the show!

If in the United States: 1-218-20-MAGIC (62442)

If in the United Kingdom: 020-8144-0677

If in Australia: 02-8003-5668

Win a Complimentary Three-Night Portus Stay at the Hilton Anatole!

Bringing friends to Portus? Get rewarded for it!

In Portus’s Referral Award Challenge, you could win a three-night stay during Portus just for bringing your friends!

This Challenge is sponsored by HP Education Fanon, Inc., a 501(c)(3) incorporated in the state of Texas. It challenges entrants to refer the largest number of registrants to Portus (the "Challenge"). The Challenge shall begin on March 1, 2008, and end on June 30, 2008 (the "Time Period"). This Challenge is one of skill. The Challenge is open to any individual over the age of 18, except those who reside or are domiciled wherever prohibited or restricted by law.

To be counted toward this Challenge, the Referred Registrant must provide the first name and email address of the referrer at the time of their initial registration for Portus in this manner:

1. In response to "How did you hear about this event?", select "Other (please specify)"
2. Enter the referrer's first name and registered email address in the box
3. Complete the registration process and make payment.

The registered attendee with the highest number of referrals during the Time Period will receive a complimentary three (3)-night stay at the Hilton Anatole for the nights of July 10, 11, and 12, 2008, as arranged by Portus. The winner is responsible for any incidentals during their stay, including, but not limited to room service, Internet access fees, spa services, etc. In the event of a tie, the first three top referrers, as determined by the registration date of their first Referred Registrant, will receive a complimentary one (1)-night stay at the Hilton Anatole for their choice of July 10, 11, or 12, 2008.

A Winner's award will be null and void if any of a Winner's Referred Registrants cancels his or her Event Registration; the Winner's award will not be null and void if any of a Winner's Referred Registrants does not attend the Event.

The Winner or Winners shall be selected by the organizing chair of Portus, in her sole discretion.

Entrants agree that any dispute or cause of action arising out of or connected with the Challenge shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by confidential binding arbitration, which will be conducted in Houston, Texas, in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association.

*Discount codes are for the specified promotions and cannot be combined with Premium Packages.