As you might have noticed, our website and forums have been down for the past few weeks - but we're back! The Portus Staff thanks you for your understanding and patience while our technology elves brought our website back from the dead. We were fortunate enough to be able to restore our entire site and the forums from a complete server crash.

Don’t forget! You can still register for Portus and modify your existing registration by visiting our registration page here.

Please enjoy this special “Yummy Edition” of The Portal, detailing our new edible additions to Portus’s programming, an exclusive special discount, and more!

Best Regards,



Aziza Aba Butain
Editor-in-Chief

 

TAXMAN discount for Portus extended!

To: All Ministry Employees
From: the Department of Magical Resources
Re: TAXMAN discount for Portus extended!

Living among Muggles can have its advantages, like the tax refunds and economic stimulus packages that have been arriving to your homes. To celebrate all the extra galleons, sickles, and Muggle dollars, the Department of Magical Resources has arranged for one last discount for your Portus registration. Enter the code TAXMAN by June 5th when registering for Portus, and you will receive a 20% discount on full and day registrations. The discount is available for you and your friends and relatives, Muggle or wizard, and can be used for a gift registration, too! Act soon! When this last discount code for Portus is over, the price freezes at $220.00 for a full registration!

Free Breakfast for all attendees on Friday and Saturday

Many a seasoned con-goer will tell you about the fast-paced, non-stop action of four days of nothing but Harry Potter. With all of the programming planned for Portus, one needs to be careful not to outdo oneself! Having organized these conferences for over five years now, the Portus staff knows the importance of a good square meal in providing you with the energy you need to go from wrocking out at our Wrock Concert, breaking a sweat diving for that snitch at Quidditch, and rushing to and from your favorite lectures and programs each day.

In the spirit of health and sanity, we present you with the conference survival guideline, The 5-2-1 Rule.

The 5-2-1 Rule has been around almost as long as fan conferences have been in existence. The rule suggests that in order to get the most out of the conference you should get at least 5 hours of sleep, two meals, and one shower per day.

While the sleep and shower are up to you, we will be helping to provide you with the optimum conference survival by providing all Portus attendees with a deluxe continental style breakfast on Friday and Saturday morning at 8:30 AM. Stay tuned to the Portal for updates on the location of the free deluxe continental breakfast.

Dips and Chips at the Mystery Ball!

All that dancing sure can work up an appetite! So how about some free dips & chips to go with your favorite tunes? Along with the best Muggle tunes and the DJ stylings of Ministry of Magic, Saturday night will be filled with spinach and artichoke dip, guacamole, salsa, and queso, along with a variety of chips and vegetables

Reserve your ticket for the ball today by visiting our Registration Page and modifying your registration.

Post-Portus Wrock Dance Party

By Kari Phillips

Can’t get enough party time at the ball or enough of your favorite wizard rock at the concert? Join us for the Post-Portus Wrock Dance Party!

Party with your favorite Wrockstars for four hours on Sunday, July 13th from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Come prepared to party with Alex of The Remus Lupins, Matt of The Whomping Willows, Christian of Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls, and Jace of Catchlove. Be sure to bring your knuts and sickles, as the bands will have shirts and CDs to sell. Stick around after the party, and get it signed!

Admission is $20 and includes snacks, non-alcoholic beverages (although a cash bar will be available for the 21+ crowd) and unlimited access to your favorite wrockers. 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.

All-Inclusive Day Registrations

We’d like to announce another addition to our Portus Premium Packages, the All-Inclusive Day Registrations.

The Friday and Saturday Premium Packages* are the perfect solution for those who can’t attend for the entire duration of Portus but don’t want to miss out on the fun!

Both packages include a day registration, access to all programming events, and admission to the Afternoon Tea… all for just $100. That’s a savings of $34!

In addition, Friday’s Package includes admission to the Keynote Luncheon with Dr. Henry Jenkins, a value of $40.00. Saturday’s Package includes admission to the Keynote Luncheon with Ms. Monique Trottier, also a value of $40.00.

Be sure to visit our registration and get your package today!

*These items are non-refundable.

Portus Live Chats

Countdown the weeks and days until Portus by joining your fellow attendees and the Portus chairs for two live chats taking place each month leading up to Portus.

Discuss everything from your best Quidditch strategy to your theory on the deconstruction of magic theology in Book 7. The Portus Live Chats are also a great way to talk to the Portus chairs about the latest programming and ask questions about anything and everything Portus.

The Portus Live chats will be taking place via Yahoo! Messenger from 8pm to 10pm Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, June 5th and Tuesday, July 1st.

To participate in the chats, you will need to have Yahoo! messenger and a username, which you can download for free at messenger.yahoo.com.

The moderator for the chat will have the username of PortusPublicRelations. To join the chat, send an instant message to PortusPublicRelations requesting access to the chat and you will receive a notification inviting you to the chat. Press “Accept” and you’ll be chatting with the rest of us in no time!

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Portus Live Chats, please feel free to email us at pr@portus2008.org.

We hope to see you there!

Portus Bookfair at Barnes & Noble

Do you have books, CDs, or DVDs you want to buy? Don’t buy them just yet! On June 20th, 21st, and 22nd, Portus & HPEF will be having a Bookfair at Barnes & Noble. When you make a purchase at a participating Barnes & Noble during our Bookfair days and use the Portus/ HPEF voucher or Bookfair number, a portion of your sale will go back to HPEF to help us continue our literacy endeavors. You may purchase anything in the store or anything available through the store to have shipped to your home. *

Detailed information, including our Bookfair number and a printable voucher, will soon be available on our website. Are you in the DFW metroplex? Keep an eye out for information on HP themed events at the Parks at Arlington Barnes & Noble location during our Bookfair.

Want to help even more? Forward this information to your friends, family, co-workers, or anyone you think would make a purchase to support Portus. Again, anything* available at a Barnes & Noble Bookstore is eligible for the Bookfair, even items purchased at a Barnes & Noble Café!

Please note that only sales made through a participating Barnes & Noble will count towards our Bookfair. Online purchases are NOT eligible for the Bookfair.

Any questions? Please post on the Portus message board, and we will respond promptly. Thank you for your support.

*Gift card and Membership card activation purchases are not eligible for the Bookfair.

Wrocker Sightings

After the Welcoming Feast, we invite you to enjoy the wrocking sounds of the Moaning Myrtles and the Mudbloods at our Wizard Rock Concert! The evening after the Leaving Feast, we hope you will join us for the Post-Portus Wizard Rock Dance Party! Tickets are $20 and are available by modifying your registration.

How to Have a Ball at the Ball!

The Mystery Masquerade Ball is the social event of the season! Marked as His Equal will open the festivities, but that’s not the end of your magical entertainment! Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls and Ministry of Magic will perform at the Ball, along with a Ministry-approved Muggle DJ to keep you dancing all night long. Any masks worn must be removable and may not be worn at the bar. Ball attire must be tasteful and appropriate; check with our Meet & Greet staff for details. Modify your registration today for the Ball. Tickets may be available at the door.

Cameras are allowed at both wrock events and the Ball. Exclusive Portus beverages will be available at the Longhorn Saloon cash bar. Please have your government-issued ID with you at all times. Wrockers will have merchandise for sale, so be sure to bring you Sickles! Maybe you can even get them to sign a thing or two!

Please see special notices from our Aurors below about the rules of conduct while at Portus.

Common Room Happenings

For more information on any of the following Common Room Happenings, please contact Lauren Johnson, Head of Common Room, at commonroom@portus2008.org.

Call for Cosplay Performers!

This is for all those Cosplayers who put many hours into their creations, designs, and artwork to reflect their ship, favorite character, or just a fun Hogwarts-themed witch or wizard. Did you take a real person out of history and intertwine them with the Harry Potter universe? Come tell us about them. We could all use a History lesson or two. Think you know all there is to know about your Canon character? Let the quizzing begin!

For an hour on Friday and Saturday, people with Cosplay creations will get to show their stuff. They can perform non-judged skits, or different people can talk about the groups in which they are involved. Keep it clean, and keep it safe! Apparation wards are up, Floo network is off, no Unforgivables! (AKA, nothing dirty to pick up, use your imagination!) These entries must be pre-approved by the Common Room staff and must have scripts and group biographies reviewed before Portus.

Call for Fanfic Readers!

Are you a fan fiction author? Do you find yourself waiting for that special moment to expose more people to your story? Do you dream of being like the great J.K. Rowling and reading a bit of your work for the first time in front of a bunch of people? Here is your chance.

Like past HPEF events, Fanfic readings will be offered in the Common Room to those authors in attendance. An author can elect someone else to read their story for them if they are unable to attend. This is the perfect chance to get your work noticed by many people. All ratings, ships, and eras will be accepted. (Adult ratings will be showcased at night, 10pm and later). 12-15 minute reading sessions are available.

Calling all Wizard WROCKERS!

It’s no big secret; Wizard Wrock is a big deal for many people. At Portus, there will be many things to see, hear, and talk about. Best of all, there will be lots of music to wrock out to. If you are a member of a wrock band and know that your whole band will be able to be at Portus, find out how you can perform in one of the Common Room’s Unplugged sessions! Current wrockers include: Catchlove, The Owl Post, The House of Black, and Mirror of Erised, with special appearances by Oliver Boyd & the Rememberalls, Ministry of Magic, Moaning Myrtles, and The Mudbloods.

Cinema Alley

Want to catch a movie at Portus? Take a break, and enjoy some of the best in wizarding cinema. All movies are free and open to all at Portus. Seating is first-come, first-seated. You may bring your own refreshments to Cinema Alley. Screenings are quiet screenings with the exception of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; shout-outs and audience participation are encouraged at these two shows only. The Wizard Rockumentary will have two screenings on Saturday, July 12th, and you may register today for a reserved seat. Additional seating may be available for the Wizard Rockumentary on site. And don’t forget to check out the fan films, The Potter Prophecy and The Marauder’s Worst Memory!

A few words from our Aurors about security at Portus…

Portus Badges

All attendees must wear their badges at all times, and badges must be readily visible to all Portus and hotel staff. Portus security and staff may check badges at any time, and admission to Portus activities will not be allowed without a name badge presented at each entrance. Check with Portus security and posted signs for information on re-entry to select events. Please have your government-issued photo identification on your person at all times for the Hilton Anatole staff.

Should you lose your badge, please report to the Registration Desk, and show your I.D. to obtain a replacement.

Alcohol and Drugs

Muggle law states that the legal drinking age in the United Sates is twenty-one (21) years of age. Anyone found in the possession of alcohol, under the influence of alcohol, or supplying alcohol to anyone under the legal age, as well as the possession, selling, and consumption of illegal drugs of any nature, automatically qualifies you for immediate removal from Portus and all of its’ activities without the possibility of receiving any form of reimbursement. You will also be reported to the local authorities.

The Hilton Anatole

The Hilton Anatole is a 100% non-smoking environment. The hotel has a quiet time of ten o’clock (10:00 pm) each night. If Portus staff is alerted to repetitive noise complaints coming from your room, you are subject to the possibility of removal from Portus and all of its’ activities without the possibility of receiving any form of reimbursement. In addition, if you are found throwing anything off the balcony surrounding the Atrium and guest rooms into the lobby area, you will also be subject to having your registration removed.

Damage done to any of the hotel’s pieces of artwork or the moving of hotel furniture will not be tolerated. If you are found defacing or damaging hotel property in any way, your actions will justify the removal of your registration from all Portus events.

Volunteer at Portus: We want YOU!

Volunteering at Portus is a great way to make your experience that much more memorable. When you become a part of the Portus team, you get a special insight into what really makes the event tick. Make new friends, meet new people, and help make Portus everything it can be. And volunteers with at least eight hours of volunteering at Portus are eligible for an invitation to the Volunteer- only Ice Cream Social! For more information, visit our Volunteer page or come to the Meet & Greet desk at Portus to sign up.

 

 

If you have questions or comments concerning the Portus programming, please contact us at info@portus2008.org.

If you have any questions or comments about The Portal or the Portus Previews, please feel free to contact us at portal@portus2008.org.