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July 15-18, 2010
Orlando, Florida

What's Your Story?
Heather Dunphy, Andrew Slack

This roundtable will be a group discussion on how individuals were drawn to reading the Harry Potter books, how they came to participate in the Harry Potter fan culture (i.e. attending Infinitus among other outlets), and how they feel the Harry Potter fandom has changed since the release of the Deathly Hallows. I will provide participants with the opportunity to connect with others by recounting their stories pertaining to the reading of the Harry Potter books, the participation in the online fandom and their experiences at Harry Potter conventions in a small group discussion. For example, participation in online fan fiction forums, Harry Potter Alliance ustream meetings, online wrock shows, podcasts, and meetup.com groups. I also want to explore reasons why fans attend conferences, their opinions on how the conference experience has helped them connect with others, and any other views they have about being part of the Harry Potter fandom.

Heather Dunphy is a Master’s graduate student in social and cultural anthropology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Her research focus is on the culture of the Harry Potter fandom, the importance of the Internet in creating fan culture, and the interaction of fans at Harry Potter conventions, conferences and wrock shows.
Heather is an avid Harry Potter fan and began reading the series at the age of twelve with her brother. She also loves scrapbooking, walking her dog, drinking tea with friends and eating peanut butter and pickle sandwiches.

Andrew Slack is creator, co-founder, and Executive Director of the Harry Potter Alliance which takes a creative approach to activism by mobilizing thousands of kids to spread love and fight for justice in the spirit of the Harry Potter novels. The HP Alliance has been featured in over 200 US publications including Time Magazine, the LA Times, and the front covers of both the Chicago Tribune Business Section and Politico Newspaper. In his prior career, Andrew performed comedy at hundreds of venues across the US and produced four videos that have been viewed close to eight million times.
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