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Dr. Glenna Andrade
PresentationsFrom Parody to Progress: Hermione Granger’s Growth in the Harry Potter Series; The Inner Villain in the Harry Potter series: Voldemort as Shadow and Evil Magician

Professor Glenna Andrade of Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, uses the Harry Potter novels in her Literature and Philosophy course. She has presented various conference papers on the characters of Voldemort, Dumbledore, and Hermione Granger, using cultural theory, Jungian analysis, and detective theory. Her upcoming chapter “Hermione Granger as Girl Sleuth” will appear in Girl Dicks: Nancy Drew and Other Girl Sleuths, edited by Michael Cornelius.

Theresa Baker
PanelWarnings In Fanfiction: What They Mean and When To Use Them

Theresa, a lifelong fanfiction reader, finally found her inspiration for writing when she discovered the Harry Potter series. She is also a member of Atlanta HP, a group for adult Harry Potter fans living in and around the Atlanta area.

Catherine Belcher
WorkshopOur Choices Make Us Who We Are: Teaching Harry Potter as a Moral Compass

Catherine Belcher is an assistant professor in Language and Culture in Education at the School of Education, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. She presented a paper titled “Bless Me Dumbledore, A Latina Educator’s Perspective on the Harry Potter Universe” at Lumos (2006) and conducted a workshop titled “Traduciendo [Translating] Harry: Exploring How We Make Sense of Harry Potter's World” at Enlightening 2007. A former high school history and dance teacher, Catherine has been a devoted HP fan since 2001, but her love for Harry’s world only increases as she re-reads (yet again!) the books with her 8 year-old daughter, Aitana (whose patronus is, of course, a cheetah).

Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew
PresentationTranslating Harry Potter into Less Commonly Taught Languages: Irish, Welsh, Gaelic… and Greenlandic!

Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew teaches Irish Gaelic at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned her Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife. As an undergraduate, she studied Irish, Welsh, Gaelic, and Breton and spent a year at the University of Wales. An avid Harry Potter fan, she presented at Prophecy in Toronto and Convention Alley in Ottawa. Her interests include Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, as well as fantasy authors in general, and she has presented at Tolkien conferences (Birmingham, England and the University of Vermont) and C. S. Lewis conferences (Belmont University and John Brown University). She is a fiddler and plays Old-Timey and Celtic folk music.

Colin Bohne
PanelAccio Spoilers: An Exploration of the Author’s Role in Completed Fiction

Colin Bohne has read all of the Harry Potter books but is marrying into fandom. He is a great advocate of cyclical argument, especially when he knows he will outlast his opponent. With an MA in English, he teaches Composition at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is a great fan of the Dallas Mavericks and thinks that they are infamously overshadowed by the San Antonio Spurs. Colin refers to this as “the Great Texas Hypocrisy.”

Kathy Brady
WorkshopHogwarts RPGs on the Internet; How Book Seven Has Changed the Fan Community and the Harry Potter Experience
PanelWhat House Are You In?
PosterRavenclaw Pride

Kathy is a math major at St. Mary's College of Maryland. She loves dancing (especially swing dance), knitting, and, of course, Harry Potter. Her favorite Harry Potter book is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and her favorite character is Ron. She is a true Ravenclaw at heart.

Linda Brady
PosterHufflepuff Pride
Panel – What House Are You In?

Linda is married and has two daughters. She is a preschool teacher at St. John's Preschool. She enjoys ballroom dancing and Harry Potter. Linda loves all of the Weasleys, especially Ron, and her favorite of the books is Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. She proudly belongs to Hufflepuff.

Tom Branch
WorkshopEnvisioning YOUR HP World: The Different Looks of the Same Idea

Thomas Branch is a 2001 graduate of the University of North Texas, where he majored in Printmaking. He has been a Harry Potter fan since he read the first four books in one weekend while sick with the flu. He started drawing HP fanart in 2004 and has continued to post art on his LiveJournal since.

Yolanda Carroll
PresentationsClean Socks and Sacrifice - Motherhood in HP; Gred and Forge - The Twin Tricksters of HP; A Nod of the Head - Was Draco Redeemed?

Yolanda Carroll has a Bachelor of Arts in both English and Political Science from Baylor University. Besides Harry Potter, she is in and has contributed to several fandoms for various animes (Japanese animation series). Yolanda has attended several previous Harry Potter conferences and enjoys getting together with other HP fans. She loves to travel and is learning Japanese. Yolanda is the proud aunt of one niece and two nephews.

Nancy Cartensen
WorkshopMagical Memories - Photo Workshop

Artist, children's librarian, and HPEF veteran Nancy 'Princess Potter' Cartensen will be your guide for this journey into the Pensieve, as we gather our fondest memories into a lasting treasure.

Jennifer Clack
WorkshopScrapbooking for the Harry Potter Fan

Jenn is a prodigal scrapbooker. She just started catching up on her scrapbooks
since stopping soon after her daughter's 4th birthday (she's eight now). She spent many weekends scrapbooking with friends at retreats and parties (even leading a few). When not in her craft room, Jenn can be found reading and cheerfully carting her daughter to her many activities.

Kathryn Crenshaw
WorkshopThe Magic of Watercolor: Advanced Techniques for Beginners

Kathryn Crenshaw graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Visual Arts. Currently she is paying the student loan bills with a job as an FTZ Agent and working as an artist for the fun of it. Her favorite art subjects in the Harry Potter universe are the Marauders, especially Peter, partially because they are so undeveloped in the books. Aside from Harry Potter, she does a lot of fanworks for the A-Team and Original Battlestar Galactica fandoms. As of writing this, the artists she would most love to meet are Al Williamson and Robert Morris.

Jennifer Culver
PanelOutcasts: Stigmatized by Hogwarts

Jennifer Culver received her MA from University of North Texas and is currently a doctoral student at University of Texas at Dallas. She participated in the only NEH Institute about teaching the works of Tolkien at a secondary level. Jennifer has presented regularly at the International Congress of Medieval Studies as well as the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference. Currently, she teaches senior AP literature for a high school near Dallas.

Traci Dammann
RoundtableThe Good, The Bad, & The Ugly: A Look at the Life of Severus Snape

Traci Dammann has been a Harry Potter fanatic since 2001. She founded Atlanta HP in 2004 and is the group's "Minister of Magic.” She loves organizing and attending Atlanta HP's monthly parties because she gets to discuss Harry Potter with other fanatics like herself.

Valerie Frankel
WorkshopBuilding Your Fantasy World
Presentation –Harry Potter and the Redefinition of the Hero’s Journey
Panel (It's Not Just Religious) Symbolism in Deathly Hallows

Valerie Estelle Frankel is the author of Henry Potty and the Pet Rock: An Unauthorized Harry Potter Parody. She now teaches creative writing for all ages and composition for San Jose State University. Her many short stories have appeared in over seventy magazines and anthologies including Legends of the Pendragon, Rosebud Magazine, and The Oklahoma Review. She was the youngest person ever to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from San Jose State University. (She was recently promoted to an office down the hall from the women's bathroom rather than in it.) Many of her short stories lurk on her website, along with contests, giveaways, and an interactive fantasy kingdom especially for kids. Readers who long to waste their valuable time can play Chickenfeet Academy Games, check out the Henry Potty paperback book, and cavort with flying pigs for hours at HarryPotterParody.com.

Zorb
PanelHappily Going Down With the HMS Pumpkin Pie

Zorb has been shipping H/Hr (among other ships) ever since she first read the HP books. After delurking in late 2001, she has volunteered behind the scenes at FictionAlley and Lumos, debated the merits of H/Hr at Nimbus, and is currently a host on FictionAlley's SpellCast podcast.

Penny Gershman
RoundtablesDoes Dumbledore’s love for Grindelwald Change Canon?; Voldemort Understands Nothing: Why this Led to His Ultimate Downfall

Penny Gershman has appeared on the Harry Potter Prognostications Podcast since 2006. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband (and co-host) Greg and their three young children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, podcasting on Harry Potter and The Wire, and wasting time on the Internet. When she is not podcasting, Penny prides herself on slowly going deaf from prolonged iPod usage. She works as a geriatric speech-language pathologist.

Dr. Millie Gore
RoundtableThe Dark Lord, the Squibs and the Mad Auror: Themes of Disability in the Wizarding World

Dr. Millie Gore is Professor of Special Education at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She is a Hardin Distinguished Professor, the highest honor for scholarship and teaching that the university awards. Dr. Gore is the author of several books related to education and has lectured on aspects of JRR Tolkein's work as well as disability themes in adult and children's literature in a variety of genres.

David Gras
RoundtableHarry Potter and the Bridge Between Two Worldviews

David J. Gras resides in Aurora, Ohio. For over seven years, he has been analyzing the Harry Potter series, as well as other fantasy literature, from a Christian apologetic perspective after Christian friends chastised his then 12-year old daughter for her fondness of the Harry Potter series. His goal is to educate on the Christian symbolism that is contained within the book series, as evidenced by J. K. Rowling.
David has had the pleasure of traveling to the United Kingdom on several occasions to visit Harry Potter movie filming sites and has assisted as a part-time staff person for Beyond Boundaries Travel on their "HP Fan Trips.” He enjoyed being present at several Harry Potter movie premieres. David is an area speaker/presenter/teacher to various youth and parent groups about Fantasy Literature and the Christian church.
He was a workshop presenter at Spellbound 2005, Lumos, and the Harry Potter Festival in Monroe, Michigan.

Nicole Green
PanelAccio Spoilers: An Exploration of the Author’s Role in Completed Fiction
WorkshopThe Personal Experience of Faith

Nicole is a teacher of High School English in Houston, TX. She has an MA in Composition and Rhetoric from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and taught Composition there for a year and a half before working as a technical editor for the US Army. She has been reading Harry Potter since college, where she hid her enjoyment of the books from her roommate after definitively stating that she would "never read those Harry Potter books because they could never be as good as The Lord of the Rings." Her other interests are linguistics, general theology, and the relationship between nature and Christianity.

Shivani Gupta
Panel(It's Not Just Religious) Symbolism in Deathly Hallows

Shivani Gupta, a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin, grew up along with Harry Potter at the age of 11. She is the founder and Headmistress of Plano Hogwarts, a Harry Potter fan community with members of all ages from all over the world. Meet her at planohogwarts.com where she is known as HMShivz.

Priscilla Hobbs
PresentationThe Seven Jungian Horcruxes: A Jungian Interpretation of Harry Potter Symbolism

Priscilla Hobbs, MA, is a doctoral student at Pacifica Graduate Institute, a mythologist, a self-identified Potterologist, and a proud Ravenclaw. She holds an MA in Mythological Studies and wrote her thesis focusing on Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. She is intrigued with the role mythology plays in the modern world, borrowing heavily from the theoretical work of both Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. She presented “The Hero's Journey of Harry Potter” at Lumos and gave a talk on “Harry Potter and Mythic Thinking” at Prophecy. Her cohorts cannot wait until she moves on to another myth, to which she scoffs and calls them Muggles.

Laura Horowitz
PresentationIs the Best Mum a Dead Mum? Parenting in the Potterverse

Laura Horowitz is a veteran of five HP symposiums, all of which she has attended with her daughter, Ariel. When she is not rereading canon or enjoying HP literary critique, she works as a lead bookseller at her neighborhood Barnes & Noble. Before that, she was a stay-at-home mom for 16 years, caring for Ariel and her older brother Eli. Laura has been married to Mike for 24 years, has four cats, and probably too many books. She would like to modestly report that her children and their friends know her as "the cool mom,” even before she gave them copious amounts of junk food and homemade brownies.

Jasmin
Panel(It's Not Just Religious) Symbolism in Deathly Hallows

Jasmine lives in Houston. She's the lead organizer of the Houston Harry Potter Meetup group.

Karen Kebarle
PresentationDumbledore is Gay

Karen Kebarle is a Harry Potter fan from way back who holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. She has given papers at Conventionalley 2004, Lumos, and Prophecy. Her paper at Conventionalley looked at the challenge to reader identification with Harry Potter as he changes from a Cinderella figure to a realistic teenager in Order of the Phoenix. Her talk at Lumos was titled "The Half-Blood Prince and the Pampered Little Prince: Severus Snape and Harry Potter." At Prophecy, she spoke about the two endings of Deathly Hallows and Harry Potter's dark night of the soul in "The Forest Again."

Purebloodgryffindor
PanelHappily Going Down With the HMS Pumpkin Pie

Purebloodgryffindor has been a fanfiction writer, beta reader, and happy Swiss shipper since 2001.

Katherine E. Krohn
Presentation – No Foolish Wand-Waving: Understanding the Material Culture of the Toys, Costumes, Games, and Keepsakes of the Harry Potter novels

Katherine E. Krohn completed her doctoral dissertation in Old English Literature, with Minor Studies in Folklore at Texas A & M University. She has presented carefully researched papers on obscure topics at three other academic Harry Potter conferences.

Sylvia Lafontaine
Presentation Harry Potter’s Literary Magic – Results of an Empirical Reader Study in a German Bookstore

Silvia Lafontaine, born in Saarlouis, Germany, recently graduated from the University of Saarland with a degree in Business Administration. Her diploma thesis at the Institute for Consumer and Behavioral Research was “Multisensual Stimulation of Consumers at the Point of Sale." In German Language and Literature, her final thesis at the department of Literature Studies was “Harry Potter – a reader’s study.” During her studies, she worked as freelance journalist. Presently, she is expanding her studies for a doctoral thesis in the Literature Department of the University of Saarland, while working as assistant to the president of the Examination Board for the Economics Department.

Aleta Leckelt
PresentationUnlocking the Secrets of the Hallows: A Key to Understanding Christian Symbolism in Harry Potter

Aleta Leckelt, a retired schoolteacher of 36 years, is a native and resident of Houma, Louisiana, where she served as the President of the Terrebonne Fine Arts Guild from 2006-2008 and is a member of the Economic Development Committee for the Chamber of Commerce. She has a BA and MED in Education from Nicholls State University and is an honored member of the National Institute’s Who's Who in American Education.” Aleta’s many accomplishments include being the Board Vice President of the Friends of E. D. White Historic Site, 2000 to 2008 Chairman of the annual Art Under the Oaks Festival (held on the grounds of the E. D. White Historic Site), member and former newsletter editor for the Terrebonne Historical & Cultural Society, and member of the Lafourche Heritage Society. She is a violinist in the South Louisiana Community Orchestra and is the author of three published works for children: Nolan Nutria's Story, Randy Raccoon Goes to School, and Cajun Land Tales.

Nancee Lee-Allen
PresentationNot Just Another Angry Teen Wizard: Harry Potter and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
RoundtableWednesday is Gay Night at the Three Broomsticks (or the Not-so-Closeted Life of Albus Dumbledore)

Nancee Lee-Allen has a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Brooklyn College and a Masters of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University. In 1997, Nancee redesigned the Children of the Night (COTN) School to meet the needs of sexually victimized teens. She has spoken on many diverse topics in California and Massachusetts, including “Human Sexuality & the Law” at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston and “Harry Potter as a Teaching Tool” at the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health. Nancee lives with her husband in Orange County and works at Mental Health America in Los Angeles.

Penny Linsenmayer
Panel – Happily Going Down With the HMS Pumpkin Pie

Penny Linsenmayer ("Genealogygirl") serves on the Board of Directors of HP Education Fanon, Inc. (which hosted Nimbus - 2003, The Witching Hour, Lumos, Prophecy, and Portus). She is a former moderator of HPforGrownups, a once-in-awhile reader and writer of HP fanfiction and a long-time Harry/Hermione shipper. She was Co-Chair of Programming for Nimbus and has been involved with the programming components of Prophecy and Portus. Penny lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, daughter, son, and beagle puppy. She enjoys writing, reading, genealogy research, and scrapbooking in her spare time.

Gabrielle Lissauer
PresentationHarry Potter and the Unexpected Inheritance

Gabrielle is a recent graduate from California State University Northridge with a Master’s Degree in English Literature and is currently an independent scholar. Her interests include the genre aspects of fantasy books as well as the fanfiction that is created for the books, including what could be considered the "bad fanfiction.” She previously presented at Lumos with "Harry Potter and the Sparkly Princess of Doooom.”

Leslie Lynch
Workshop Reconstructing Harry: HP Costuming Tips & Techniques

Leslie Lynch has been making costumes of various kinds for as long as she can remember. Starting with Halloween costumes at a very young age, she soon progressed to belly dance, anime, fantasy, science fiction, renaissance faire, and historical Japanese costumes. Leslie lives in Dallas with her beloved husband and two adorable cats.

Mad Ange
RoundtableSo What if Dumbledore is Gay?

Mad Ange is a married Witch and the Founder of the Las Vegas Harry Potter Fandom [motto: "You Can't Take Us Anywhere"], the members of which have become her best friends and family. A writer with a dark fantasy comic book in the works, Ange loves being creative, whether it's writing, drawing, painting or decorating. She has been a Witch her whole life (a practicing solitary eclectic since she was 14), worked as a pro-domme for over a decade, and is friendly and outgoing to everyone, anywhere. She can be easily found before and after (and occasionally during) the symposium by her trademark black straw pirate hat or loud, crazy nature. This is her third HP (and HPEF) event.

Sofia Marquez
RoundtablesThe Role of Fanfiction as a Critical Literary Analysis of the Harry Potter Canon; Through the Lens: The Creation of the Harry Potter Universe on Film

Sofia Marquez graduated in 2007 from the University of California Los Angeles with a degree in English. She has completed a short documentary focusing on minorities and flea markets, in which she did both camera work and editing. Currently, she lives in Los Angeles and has a production internship with Imaginaut Entertainment, where she is training to be a director of photography. She worked on the Screen Actor's Guild Foundation's Conversations series with actors Paul Rudd, Viggo Mortensen, and Javier Bardem and did camera work on a full-length feature documentary.

Robin Martin
PanelAccio Spoilers: An Exploration of the Author’s Role in Completed Fiction

Robin Martin is known in fandom as "Darcy Black" and has been a member of fandom's Hogwarts Common Room (HCR) since 2004. She works as a technical editor/writer and is an Adjunct Instructor for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where she teaches freshman English. Robin has a Masters degree in English and has presented at or been on committees for various HP conferences, including Phoenix Rising, Prophecy, and Lumos. Her research interests outside of Rowling's works include Palestinian-American culture/literature and literacy issues. As a Slytherin, Robin knew all along that Snape was a love-sick hero but is still a faithful SS/HG shipper. She also thinks that Firefly is the shiniest thing in the 'verse (outside Harry Potter, of course)...

KADH Mercer
PresentationThe Real Legacy of Harry Potter, or a New Nay to Think About What We Read, Why We Read and How
WorkshopThinking Creatively, Writing Critically: An Approach to Writing Harry Potter Non-Fiction

As professional writer, photographer, and educator for more than ten years, Karen's work has taken her into the depths of the fictional world and halfway around the real world and back again. As a long time self-taught and classically trained creative and critical writer, she has been writing Harry Potter criticism and fanfiction since 2003. In 2007, she founded her own publishing company, Fantail Ink, which specializes in discovering and promoting fresh new voices in both creative and critical writing. She is currently at work on her first non-fiction essay collection, “Unlocking the Door: The Real Magic of Harry Potter,” due out winter 2008.

Samantha Merchant
RoundtableMadame Puddifoots: A Place for Discussion Regarding Shippers, Ships, and the Impact of Romance on the Series and Its Characters

Samantha is a corporate accountant from Spokane, WA. She has been a Harry Potter fan since she was a senior in high school. Now 23 with a BA in Communication, she is currently registered to start classes toward her MA in communication (if she can find the time!). She also loves politics, but that is neither here nor there.

CeCe Mikell
PresentationMagical Aged: Images of the Elderly in the Harry Potter Series

CeCe Mikell is Director of Communications and Events at Franke at Seaside, a continuing care retirement community of Lutheran Homes of South Carolina. Before joining Franke, CeCe taught college writing, literature, and communication in South Carolina and New York. She holds a Ph.D. in composition and rhetoric and an MA in linguistics, both from University of South Carolina.

Constance Vigilance
PresentationHarry in Camelot

Constance Vigilance has been a Potter fan since 2002 when she first listened to an audio book of Sorcerer's Stone during a long daily commute. Known in fandom as the president and sole member of the Quirrell fan club, for this presentation, she ventures out from under the Purple Turban to explore English literary and popular history as it echoes through the adventures of our favorite wizard.

Lady Aeryn
PanelHappily Going Down With the HMS Pumpkin Pie

Lady Aeryn entered HP fandom in 2001. She has spent most of her fandom time dabbling in fan art, fanfiction, and attempting to run websites for her favorite ships, Harry/Hermione and Harry/Luna.

Karen Morris
PresentationTeaching, Toil, and Trouble: Harry Potter as A Vehicle for Learning Education and Employment Law

Karen Morris is a Professor of Law at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York; an elected judge; a textbook author and magazine columnist (“Legally Speaking” in Hotel & Motel Management Magazine); and a Harry Potter enthusiast. Her current writing project is titled “Illuminations on Law and Life from Harry Potter's Adventures.” In her spare time, she runs half marathons and triathlons.

msavi
WorkshopJoin the Audio Aurors! Using The Freeware Program Audacity To Create Filks, Podcasts, And More!

Msavi, AKA Becca on Snapecast, currently resides in South Carolina with her husband and 3-year-old son. She has been filking and producing the Snapecast podcasts for 3 years.

Natasha Pereira
PanelWarnings In Fanfiction: What They Mean and When To Use Them

Natasha, a licensed massage therapist, discovered the Potterverse when she purchased Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for her eleven-year-old nephew in 1999. What started out as a simple birthday present rapidly turned into a voracious appetite for all things Potter; her nephew never received his book. An avid reader and writer, her work is archived at The Petulant Poetess, MuggleNet and Sycophant Hex, as well as various LiveJournal communities, including twoseekers and grangersnape100.

Karen Peterson
WorkshopReconstructing Harry: HP Costuming Tips & Techniques

Karen Petersen has been a Harry Potter fan since 2002 and started making costumes to attend movie premiers. Her first HP conference, The Witching Hour in Salem, offered a chance to be with friends and indulge her love for cosplay. Since those first costumes she has appeared at various conferences as Horus Slughorn, complete with walrus mustache and a bag of crystallized pineapple, Godric Gryffindor toting his sorting hat and wearing hand-made chainmail, and a cave inferius dripping water plants and clutching a fake horcrux. In addition to costuming, Karen is an ordained minister, party animal, and an avid Quidditch player.

Kari Phillips
WorkshopThe Essence of a Graphic Icon

Kari works as both a Forecasting Specialist and Assistant to the Director of Production Control at Miller Curtain Company, a local curtain manufacturer in San Antonio, Texas. Kari's foray into the HPEF event-planning world started as an attendee at Lumos and culminates with her serving at the Minister of Magic for Infinitus 2010. In her free time, Kari loves to watch movies, read romance novels, and read and write fanfiction. She shares her home with her two cats, Buffy and Willow.

Travis Prinzi
PresentationsChrist in the Forest: Aslan and Harry Walk to their Deaths; Hogwarts, A (Haunted) History

Travis Prinzi is author of a forthcoming book analyzing the Harry Potter series through the lenses of fairy tale and culture (Zossima Press, 2008). He is the proprietor of swordofgryffindor.com, where he blogs about Harry Potter and runs the Hog's Head PubCast. He has an MA in Theological Studies and is presently working on an M.S.Ed in Secondary English Education. He has previously spoken at Prophecy, where he gave three presentations. He lives in Rochester, New York with his beautiful wife, Tricia, and their adorable daughter, Sophia.

DementorDelta
PanelWarnings In Fanfiction: What They Mean and When To Use Them

DementorDelta, an avid reader and writer of Harry Potter fanfiction, loves both Snape and Harry and plans to go on giving them the happy ending they both deserve.

Barbara Purdom
PanelAll's Fair in Love & Quidditch: Games as Metaphors for Love & War Throughout the HP Series
PresentationsWizards and Muggles: Mirror Images; Youth, Father, Wise-Old-Man: Male Archetypes in the HP Series

Barbara Purdom has been writing about the Potterverse since 2001 and is almost done with "Quantum Harry: A Unified Theory of the Potterverse.” This book will incorporate papers already presented at HPEF symposia, including "Metaphorical Queerness in the HP Books" from The Witching Hour, (for which she was interviewed by Bay Windows, the Boston- area LGBTQ newspaper), "Maiden, Mother, Crone" from Lumos, and "JK Rowling and Little Red Riding Hood" from Prophecy. She has led classes for people of faith about all seven Harry Potter books and was a religiously-based activist for gay rights, reproductive freedom, and church separation for ten years, as well as also being interviewed by Bay Windows concerning Dumbledore's "outing." She was a Classics major and anthropology minor at Temple University and lives in her native Philadelphia with her husband and teenaged son and daughter, plus their five cats. She has been on the board of HPEF since its inception.

Erin Pyne
Movie ScreeningDead Hedwig Productions Presents: Two Fan Films

Erin runs the Orlando Harry Potter Club, a group of amazing HP fans that help each other get through this Muggle world. She is the creator of Dead Hedwig Productions, producing and directing the fan films “The Marauders' Worst Memory” and “The Potter's Last Stand.” She is in the wrock band The House of Black and has written two books about The HP fandom. When she is not working for the fandom, she is a dolphin trainer at Discovery Cove in Orlando, FL.

Jennifer Racek
WorkshopsReconstructing Harry: HP Costuming Tips & Techniques; The Rowling School of Writing - How to Create Memorable Characters

Jennifer Racek (Tapestry) is the author of two novel-length Harry Potter fanfictions hosted at The Sugar Quill and is currently working on an original fiction novel she hopes to begin submitting for publication in 2008. As the current head of the Dallas/Fort Worth Harry Potter group, she spends lots of time thinking up discussion ideas and begging for places for the group to have their bimonthly meetings. By day, Jennifer is a programmer helping to create websites and online promotions for big-name companies. At night she spends her evening wrangling her daughter, tending a herd of seven hedgehogs, and attempting to find time to write and indulge her numerous hobbies such as costuming, digital scrapbooking, and creating HP-inspired crafts.

Rachael
WorkshopTwo Lawyers Teach Vidding Basics

Rachael, whose secret vidding identity is akemi42, believes her passion for vidding stems from her childhood habit of cutting up magazine images and making collages. She started experimenting with Sony Vegas in 2006 whilst studying for the Texas bar exam and primarily focuses on making Harry Potter videos... although you may see a Golden Compass vid from her by the time Portus is here. When she isn't mixing her favorite music with her favorite HP images, she practices patent law and obsessively discusses everyone's favorite snarky, greasy-haired professor on Snapecast.

Denise M. Roper
PresentationUnlocking the Secrets of the Hallows: A Key to Understanding Christian Symbolism in Harry Potter

Denise M. Roper is a high school music teacher from Louisiana. She earned both her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Louisiana State University. She is a member of the Mythopoeic Society (dedicated to the works of C. S. Lewis and J. R.R. Tolkien), the Star One Delta Science Fiction and Fantasy Club, and the Red Stick Rebellion Star Wars Club of Baton Rouge. Denise gave her first Harry Potter lecture at the Babel Con science fiction convention in Port Allen, Louisiana in August 2007 and has given several other lectures on the boy wizard's adventures at libraries and bookstores around South Louisiana. Denise enjoys playing the flute and recently played concerts in Rome and Florence, Italy with her church choir on a concert tour and pilgrimage which included a visit of the historic Christian sites of ancient Rome and an audience with the pope!

Hysterical Hystorian
Panel Happily Going Down With the HMS Pumpkin Pie
WorkshopSo Many Books, So Much Money: Taking Care of Your Investment

The Hysterical Hystorian is an archivist with more than 20 years experience in academic, governmental, and denominational archives. Currently, she is the archivist for a small, Liberal Arts College and an independent high school in Asheville, North Carolina. Her area of expertise is preservation of photographs and exhibit design. She is active in the Harry Potter fandom as a beta-reader and sometime fic-writer. While her boys have moved on to other interests, she remains loyal and has inherited all the Harry and Ron action figures.

Catherine Schaff-Stump
PresentationNeville Longbottom and the Hero’s Journey
WorkshopReconstructing Harry: HP Costuming Tips & Techniques

Dr. Catherine Schaff-Stump is a professor at Kirkwood Community College. She is a young adult novelist, a popular-culture researcher, and the coordinator of an English Language Acquisition program. She is an HPEF board member and has presented at many previous HPEF events on writing fiction and fan fiction.

Yolanda Contreras Scott
WorkshopHarry Potter and the Living Arts

Married and living in Dallas, Texas, Yolanda has worked for various conventions as Art Show Director. She keeps herself busy exploring new ways to promote the arts. Her experiences working with artists in the Fantasy genre and mainstream shows have spanned over 15 years.

Andrew Slack
PresentationThe Harry Potter Alliance, a Dumbledore's Army for the Real World

As an artist, activist, and teacher, Andrew trained at an acting conservatory in London, studied under civil rights activists across the US, and worked as a coexistence fellow at a center for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. In recent years, he produced YouTube videos with over 3.5 million views and performed at hundreds of colleges with comedy group the Late Night Players. The Harry Potter Alliance, of which he is the creator and executive director, is Andrew’s favorite project to date, as it speaks to his belief that both our spirits and our world can be renewed through the power of story and of course, Harry Potter.

Nancy Smith
PanelOutcasts: Stigmatized by Hogwarts

Nancy Smith received her Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from Southern Methodist University and is a retired professor. Most recently, she taught Religion and Contemporary Religious Problems for Dallas County Community College District.

Sarah Steelman
RoundtableGrowing Up With Harry

Sarah is a sixteen-year-old avid Harry Potter fan. She is from Las Vegas, Nevada but does not want to be a stripper when she grows up. She is about to start her senior year of high school at the College of Southern Nevada High School program, but she’d rather attend Hogwarts. Aside from the HP fandom, Sarah loves Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Gilmore Girls, Friends, and South of Nowhere. Her favorite activities include being sarcastic and fangirling. One of her favorite things to fangirl over is the MuggleCasters. Her life ended in April when they stopped recording weekly shows. Sarah has worked all year in order to afford to attend Portus and plans to save for HP cons instead of college this year. Who needs college when you have Level Two to attend?

Heidi Tandy
WorkshopTwo Lawyers Teach Vidding Basics

Heidi Tandy is the mother of three and a thirtysomething Intellectual Property and Internet lawyer in Florida. While attending the University of Pennsylvania and its Annenberg School of Communications back in the 80s and 90s, she spent far too much time editing analog videotape on 3/4 inch machines connected to an Amiga computer in the basement of a cafeteria at Penn's UTV station, but she put vidding aside while attending American University's Washington College of Law and through her first decade or so in fandom. In 2007, she picked it up again and has since made over a half-dozen vids for Harry Potter, Doctor Who/Torchwood, Supernatural, and Heroes. She is an advisory director to HP Education Fanon, Inc., the nonprofit behind Portus; the president of FAWC, the nonprofit behind FictionAlley.org; an advisor to the mod squad for Harry Potter for Grownups; an advisor for the Organization for Transformative Works, and a moderator for the fandom lawyers LiveJournal community. She has been involved in Internet communities as a lawyer, participant, moderator, and administrator since 1993.

James W. Thomas
PresentationRepotting Harry Potter: Popular Lit Made Legit

James Thomas is Professor of English at Pepperdine University. He received his doctorate from the University of Tennessee and, during his academic career, has presented several scholarly papers and published a number of articles and reviews, along with a biography of a Louisiana writer. Until his fascination with the Harry Potter books began, his chief academic interests were the literature of the American South and contemporary American poetry. He now teaches courses in Rowling’s books at Pepperdine, and he was a keynote speaker at Prophecy. James has three grown children and three grandchildren, and he lives with his wife Kanet in Westlake Village, California. His daughter Alexi and a fellow professor led him to Harry Potter only five years ago. He hasn’t been quite the same since. In addition to his teaching, James has also worked as a speechwriter in mayoral and congressional campaigns.

Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio
PresentationGreeting Avada Kedavra With Open Arms: The Role of Solidarity as a Potentially Christian Response to Death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Yale University where she studied both theology and literature. Her studies focus on the relationship between trauma and theology, and she brings that emphasis to the study of the Harry Potter series. Danielle was the instructor of the Christian Theology and Harry Potter seminar at Yale University, which was featured in an article on CNN.com, and she has been interviewed throughout the country on her perspectives concerning the theological significance of the series. She plans to enter a doctoral program in theology at Boston University this fall.

Jeanella Vennekotter
PresentationsPost-Modern Pedagogy in Harry Potter; The Veil as a Metaphor and Symbol in the Harry Potter series

Jeanella M. Vennekotter received her B.A. in English from San Diego State University; her M.A. in English literature from the University of California in Riverside, California; and her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of California in Riverside, California. Her areas of specialization were Medieval and Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare, and Sixteenth-Century Non-Fictional Prose. The title of her dissertation is “Sanctified and Pious Bawds: The Bawd as a Figure of Subversion in Sixteenth-Century English Drama.” She was a high school English teacher who taught Advanced Placement English, English Honors, and a broad variety of electives. She coached the school's Academic Decathlon team for ten years. She retired in 2003 in order to write full-time and is now working on two novels.

Elizabeth S.C.Wu
WorkshopThe Harry Potter Films Are Getting Dark: Techniques to Lighten and Enhance Screen Captures for Graphics and Fan Art
PosterPotions & Traditional and Modern Medicine
PresentationThe Son Is Father to the Man: Realizing Innate Power Through Childhood Experiences in Harry Potter and Wordsworth's Poetry

Elizabeth S.C. Wu is a graduate of the UCLA English Department, class of 2007, and is currently conducting cognitive research in creativity at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuropsychology and Human Behavior. She is contributing to autism research at the UCLA Semel Institute and preparing a publication on Kenyan community attitudes towards rape and gender relations with UCLA Public Health faculty. She will be pursuing a Master's in Public Health and Community Services in Fall 2008 and wishes to ultimately to attend medical school and practice medicine. Among her non-scientific achievements, she is recognized in fine arts as a California Arts Scholar and is an alumnus of the Ryman Foundation for Fine Artists and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. In addition to practicing photography, music composition, and creative writing, she contributes to the online fandom in graphic arts, video editing, and website design.

Kim Wylie
PanelAccio Spoilers: An Exploration of the Author’s Role in Completed Fiction

Kimberly Wylie is a freelance writer and published book author. A long time fan of the Harry Potter series, she (like many adults) denied her love for Rowling's work, insisting that she was only reading Sorcerer's Stone in case her son wanted to read it – to make certain it was not the work of evil so many had purported. Her son was one year old at the time. Kim finally fully immersed herself in the fandom in 2004 with the joining of the Hogwarts Common Room group and full submission of all things Harry Potter. As with few others, she too knew Snape was in love with Lily. However, being a bit of a know-it-all herself, she still insists that Hermione would have been far happier with Severus than boring, old Ron.