When One Door Closes, Another One Opens

Welcome to The Portal! In the upcoming months, The Portal will be your source of information about Portus 2008: A Harry Potter Symposium. In just a few short days, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released, and the canon will be complete. For scholars and fans, however, the journey will continue for scholars and fans through the exploration of unanswered mysteries at Portus. We hope to see you there!

Magically Yours,
Bekki Olivieri
Minister of Magic, Portus 2008


Want to be a part of Portus’ magic? Consider submitting a programming proposal. Proposals are sought for presentations, papers, moderated panels, workshops, roundtables and posters on any topic relating to the Harry Potter novels and/or the fan community. We welcome formal papers as well as proposals for a variety of presentation models, including prepared panel discussions and workshops. More information can be found on our Programming page.

The Call for Proposals deadline is January 1, 2008.


Registration is Now Open

Haven’t registered for Portus 2008 yet? There’s no better time. Visit our registration page today to secure your spot!

The basic registration package for Portus covers all four days of the symposium and includes:

  • Admission to all formal programming sessions

  • Admission to all informal programming sessions, including The North American Flying Federation’s 140th Merlin’s Cup, Unspeakable University and the Level 9 roundtables, Cinema Alley, and more.

  • Admission to the Welcoming Feast and the Leaving Feast

  • Admission to Common Room, Art Gallery, and the Vendor Room

Single day registrations for Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12 are also available for $75, but these do not include admission to the Welcoming and Leaving Feasts.
The cost of registration will increase as the conference date approaches. [Prices will change to the next level at midnight EST.]

The schedule of conference pricing is as follows (all prices in USD):

  • From opening of registration through August 31, 2007 - $180.00
  • September 1, 2007 through January 31, 2008 - $220.00
  • February 1, 2008 through May 31, 2008 - $220.00
  • Late Registration June 1, 2008 through June 30, 2008 - $240.00
  • At the Door - $260.00

If you need more information, please contact registration@portus2008.org.

We look forward to meeting all of you in Dallas!


Want to get involved with Portus 2008?

Run completely by volunteers, Portus 2008 relies heavily upon attendees who help by lending their time and skills to the symposium.  Be a part of Portus 2008 by volunteering for Programming, Meet & Greet, Security, Registration, and much more. Visit our volunteer page to lend a wand.


Portus 2008’s Midnight Magic Party

If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and are looking for a great book release celebration then steer your brooms to Arlington, Texas. We will be having a variety of wizardly activities starting at 8:00 PM - they include house sorting, a Dragon tattoo shop (don’t worry, they’re temporary), and making wands and picture frames.

Plan to stick around for the only Barnes & Noble Wizard Rock event in the DFW area. The concert begins at 10:00 PM and features local Wizard Rock bands Thomas & Finnigan and The Owl Post.

Make sure you call and reserve your copy today!

Barnes & Noble
3909 S. Cooper St.
(817) 557 - 1171

Prophecy 2007

If you haven’t already, check out HPEF, Inc.’s upcoming symposium, Prophecy 2007: From Hero to Legend, taking place this August in Toronto, Canada. Reflecting on the prophecy that created The Boy Who Lived, Prophecy 2007 looks to be an amazing event to cap off the Summer of Potter.


If you think that all you’ll find in Dallas is a corral of cowboys, you’re in for a surprise.
Dallas is the Number One visitor destination in Texas and is the ninth-largest city in the United States! It’s a unique blend of Southwestern warmth, cosmopolitan flair, Old West charm, and modern sophistication. This richly diverse city offers a thriving culinary scene, an arts district, countless luxury accommodations, professional sports, trendy entertainment districts, and endless shopping opportunities.

Want to learn more about Dallas? Visit our Dallas page or The Dallas Visitor’s Bureau.


The Hilton Anatole is centrally located in the arts, entertainment, and shopping districts of Dallas. From July 10-13, 2008 this popular destination will be the official hotel for Portus.

The Anatole boasts over 1,600 richly appointed guest rooms and suites and more than 341,000 square feet of premiere meeting space. There are seven bars and lounges, five restaurants, and twenty-four-hour room service, for those late night book talks.

Training for the Quidditch matches or just taking a break? The Anatole offers a private seven-acre sculpture park with jogging trails, tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and two heated indoor pools. Plan to pamper yourself and spend some down time at The Verandah Club and Spa; it is available for hotel guests by membership or for a daily fee.

Portus has secured a limited number of rooms at the Hilton Anatole Hotel for the duration of the symposium. For more information on the Hilton Anatole, visit our Hilton info page.