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Hogwarts Colloquium and Celebration

Hogwarts Colloquium and Celebration Friday, May 3, 2019 from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

South Florida State College, Highlands Campus, Building Y

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series has influenced a generation of fans, scholars, artists, and writers. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, the South Florida State College (SFSC) Library and the SFSC Honors Program present a celebration and colloquium of this immersive and ever-popular fictional world on Friday, May 3 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The celebration and colloquium include a mix of fun and scholarly activities from games, crafts, a costume contest, and butter beer sampling to presentations of creative and scholarly works inspired by the Harry Potter books, including a performance showcase, poster sessions, and panel presentations. For more information, please contact Claire A. Miller, librarian, at Claire.Miller@southflorida.edu.

Agenda 


10:30 AM: The Folklore Tradition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone -- Carol Mahler (Library 2nd Floor Quiet Study Room)
 J. K. Rowling uses the traditions of folklore in her story Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to create a young adult novel in the fantasy fiction genre. Fantasy fiction is defined as “imaginative fiction featuring especially strange settings and grotesque characters.” To create those “strange settings” and “grotesque characters” Rowling relied on folklore, and narrative elements in the story will be identified as motifs in Stith Thompson’s Motif-Index of Folk-Literature. Identifying these aspects connects her story to traditional folk literature.

11:00 AM: Poster Sessions (Library 2nd Floor)

Muggles, Makeup, and Microbes -- Leticia Jauregui
For my Biology II Honors project, I and Dr. Patel barcoded bacteria. I set out to examine the bacterial contamination of makeup samples.  We samples of both used and new tubes of lipstick to see if any pathogenic bacteria was present. We used PCR amplification of the 16s RNA gene and were able to sequence it to identify what species of bacteria was present. Our results brought us to some very interesting conclusions that we did not expect.

How Does the Skelegro? -- Charlotte Gray
In his second year at Hogwarts, Harry had to regrow the bones in his arm after they were vanished by Professor Gilderoy Lockhart. The potion Skelegro was used to regrow all 30 bones in Harry’s arm in 12 hours. What did the potion need to able to do that and how might it have gone about it? An osteological and textual analysis of the action of the healing potion Skelegro on the biochemical level and the possible mechanisms of the that action. 


11:30 AM:  Battle of Hogwarts Toast and Butter Beer Tasting (1st floor lobby of Building Y) 

Noon: Costume Contest (1st floor lobby of Building Y) 

2:00 PM: The Books of Harry Potter: Textbooks, Magic, and the College Book Store -- Jensen Brushwood (Library 2nd Floor Quiet Study Room)
From Tom Riddle’s Diary to Harry’s Potions textbook, books and textbooks form an essential part of the Hogwarts experience. But how do the booklists in every acceptance letter happen? SFSC’s Follet Campus Store manager examines importance of books in Harry Potter’s world and  the overlaps of a fictional and real-world textbook buying process.


All Day: 

  • Student Art Show (Library 2nd Floor)
  • Photo Spot with Props (1st floor lobby of Building Y)
  • Registration, Sorting Hat, and House Points redemption (Library 2nd Floor: Service Desk)

Games (Library 2nd Floor)

  • Match Your Wits; Match Your Wands game 
  • Dragon Challenge Trivia

Crafts (Library 2nd Floor)

  • House Scarves Lanyard craft 
  • Care and Coloring of Magical Creatures
  • Wand Box Construction

Treats (Library 2nd Floor)

  • Honeyduke's Candy Dispenser: Now Accepting Muggle Currency 
REGISTER for Hogwarts Colloquium and Celebration

CALL FOR PROPOSALS (Deadline Friday, April 26 @ 5 p.m.)

The Hogwarts Colloquium will highlight the intellectual, creative, and artistic inspiration of J.K. Rowling’s seminal Harry Potter series through scholarship, creative work, and academic discussion. Examples could include using chemistry to create a potion like Liquid Luck, creating cover art for a book like Newt Scamander’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” building a robotic version of a Snitch, or exploring the philosophy of the battle of good and evil in Voldemort and Harry’s final battle. Proposals of all are sought from high school and college students, staff, faculty, and community members.

Performance Showcase: Short performances of creative works inspired by or based on the Harry Potter series. Performances should be less than 6 minutes in length, but could include poetry, fiction, song, dance, theatrical acts, or other performance-based presentations.

Poster Sessions: Works of scholarship, engineering, interpretation, or art inspired by or based on the Harry Potter series presented in a static format. Posters or art should be no more than 75 by 45 inches in size. Each artist or scholar will be on hand for a set period of time to discuss, explain, or share at the event. Examples of potential proposals could include creative re-imaginings of a Harry Potter book cover, presentation of a research project on an aspect of the Harry Potter universe, or more.

Presentations: Longer form presentations of 15-20 minutes focused on scholarship related to the Harry Potter universe or series in some way. Presentations should include a PowerPoint or similar visual accompanying presentation. Examples of successful presentations include “Firefighting Dragons: Using Muggle World Techniques for Magical Creatures” and “The Restricted Section: A Study of the Impact of Collection Restrictions on Knowledge Use in the Hogwarts Library.”

Poster Sessions

How Does the Skelegro? --Charlotte Gray, South Florida State College

In his second year at Hogwarts, Harry had to regrow the bones in his arm after they were vanished by Professor Gilderoy Lockhart. The potion Skelegro was used to regrow all 30 bones in Harry’s arm in 12 hours. What did the potion need to able to do that and how might it have gone about it? An osteological and textual analysis of the action of the healing potion Skelegro on the biochemical level and the possible mechanisms of the that action.

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