Noon to 5 p.m.
12 p.m. Welcome by “Madame Maxime”
Aka Dr. Martha Walker, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
12:05 p.m. Dr. Louise Freeman, “Mary Julia and the Hogwarts Parallels”
Learn about university founder Mary Julia Baldwin and the school she sustained during wartime.
12:45 p.m. Dr. Lundy Pentz, “What’s with those robes, anyway?”
Professor Emeritus and long-time faculty marshall Lundy Pentz talks about traditional academic regalia and explains why Hogwarts students wear their graduation gowns to class.
1:30 p.m. Dr. Katherine Low, “Wands at the Ready!”
University Chaplain Katie Lowe explains the cultural and spiritual significance of wands.
2 p.m. Dr. Lana Whited, “From Sorcerer’s Stone to Deathly Hallows: The Failed Quest for Immortality in the Harry Potter Series”
Dr. Whited, professor of English at Ferrum College and editor of multiple books on Harry Potter and the Hunger Games, will explore Voldemort’s futile goal of living forever.
3 p.m. Dr. Katherine Turner, “British Public School Tradition in Fact and Fiction”
Professor Katherine Turner shares insights into the British boarding school fiction genre.
3:30 p.m. Dr. Jenna Holt, “Strong Female Leads and the Adolescent Romance”
Gain a fresh understanding of Hermione and other strong female characters in young adult literature.
4 p.m. Dr. Louise Freeman, “Last Wizard in the Forest: Harry Potter and the Escape from Nature Deficit Disorder”
5 to 6 p.m. Beauxbaton’s Free-for-All
Join Dr. Freeman and others for an open discussion in Pearce 301 of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, Cormoron Strike, or whatever else we fancy!
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (specific activity times noted below)
Page Terrace in front of Grafton Library
10 a.m. to noon The Study of Ancient Runes (begins every 30 minutes)
2–4 p.m. Test your Quills Skills
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food service at “The Badger and Broomstick”
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Costume Contest
1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Trivia Contest
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hufflepuff House Pride: Free Face Painting
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Potions! Pensieve! (Sponsored by Camp Quest)
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MBU Admissions: Ready for Magic? Sort out Your Future.
Wizard Wares (MBU Mischief & Magic merchandise)
Baldwin’s Wizarding Wonders Stage, Beverley St.
Noon to 1 p.m. Slytherin Show
Sponsored by MBU
Join us in welcoming Michael Shwedick from Reptile World in Bowie, MD, for a fascinating talk about several scaly creatures that he brought to share with Staunton. Michael has been entertaining wizards of every house with his reptiles and love for them for 50 years! He is hilarious and full of slinky surprises and fun facts about his favorite cold-blooded friends.