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SPOILER ALERT! The Hallows News Blog had this to report about the fate¬†of Severus Snape in the upcoming film¬†Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two. Don’t read what’s written below the poster of Severus unless you want to be spoiled. ūüėČ

From the Hallows News Blog:

In a new interview with Cine Premiere Mexicoopens in new window, Andrew Ackland-Snow, the art director for the Harry Potter series, divulged new information which states that (with the approval of J.K. Rowling) the death of Severus Snape has changed.

‚ÄúWe wanted to change a bit where Snape dies. In the book, he dies on the Shrieking Shack, and we wanted to get him out from, not a conventional interior, but from that kind of box, to do it in a more dramatic atmosphere. We asked J.K. if she agreed for that to happen in there, because we hadn‚Äôt really seen it before. We made a crystal house, and you can see what happens in the boat house from there ‚Äď Are you listening Harry? -, but also the school is in flames‚Ķand she loved it. Besides, it‚Äôs a very romantic place to die. Snape dies in a extremely good way, I gotta say.‚ÄĚ

How, and if, this change will affect the film and plot has yet to be seen, but with J.K. Rowling’s approval, and David Yates’ track record, the change shouldn’t be particularly drastic to the story.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is scheduled to be released on July 15, 2011.

I really like the fact that the art director said that they had J. K. Rowling’s permission to change the location of Snape’s death scene, and I am certain that many of the fans will agree.¬†Placing Snape’s death in a¬†crystal house isn’t just more cinematic, but also more symbolic. After all, in “The Prince’s Tale” we finally get to see how much Snape has done¬†behind-the-scenes. His silvery threads of memory are¬†decanted into¬†a (presumably) crystal flask so that Harry can view¬†those memories¬†in Dumbledore’s pensieve.¬†Snape’s secret past is revealed through a crystal-clear vessel which allows Harry to see the truth about Severus for the very first time.

Dumbledore opened his eyes. Snape looked horrified.

“You have kept him alive so that he can die at the right moment?”

“Don’t be shocked, Severus. How many men and women have you watched die?”

“Lately, only those whom I could not save,” said Snape. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows page 687.

Harry, like Snape,¬†has also known what it is like to witness the death of someone worthy¬†whom he was powerless to save: Cedric Diggory, Sirius Black, and Albus Dumbledore, among others. I think it is an absolutely brilliant decision by the art director to have Harry witness the death of Severus through the clarity of a crystal vessel amid the flames of purification which burn away the darkness that has shrouded the Potions Master’s true nature for so long.

Professor Logospilgrim, my Snape-loving friend, if you are reading this, I would love to know your thoughts on this new cinematic development!

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Here’s my report on Infinitus 2010, the largest convention in the history of the Harry Potter fandom. It was held July 15-18 at the beautiful Royal Pacific Hotel at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.¬†This report is an account of my personal experience there and is by no means all-encompassing. There were about nine academic programming tracks happening simultaneously, and it would therefore be impossible for me to experience all that this convention had to offer without a time-turner! ūüėČ

Thursday, July 15, 2010

1:30 p.m. I attended the Welcoming Feast, where it was announced that 1,700 fans had gone through registration thus far, and that number would probably increase by tomorrow.

3:00 p.m. After browsing the Common Room, Art Gallery, and Vendor’s Room, I returned to the Common Room for the Marauder’s Meet-Up, which featured a lively discussion of the canon and fanon lives of Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew, James Potter, Lily Evans, and Severus Snape. Just before the¬†Marauder’s discussion¬†I finally met one of my favorite bloggers in person, Hanako M. Ricks (“hmrpotter”).¬†Please¬†read my blogroll for links to her “Confessions of a Grown-up Fangirl” and “Hollywood News” Harry Potter blogs. Hanako is awesome!

4:00 p.m. I went to a great presentation by author Connie Neal entitled “How the Muggle Media Mishandles Harry Potter,” in which Connie gave examples of all of the Rita Skeeter-worthy articles that were published about J. K. Rowling after the Harry Potter author had a bit of a wardrobe mishap. Rather than focusing on what Rowling had to say about the Harry Potter series’ Christian imagery, the muggle media¬†tried to create a scandal by publishing¬†sensationalist articles about Rowling accompanied by embarassing photographs. Connie Neal is the author of What’s a Christian to Do with Harry Potter? (2001), The Gospel According to Harry Potter (2002/2008), and Wizards, Wardrobes, and Wookies (2007).

5:00 p.m. I enjoyed conversing with Connie Neal, Logospilgrim, and David Gras¬†after¬†Connie’s presentation ended. Connie autographed my program. (I have all of her Harry Potter books, but didn’t have them with me.) It was so nice to finally meet Logospilgrim in person. She is a very sweet person, and soft-spoken, as I imagined she would be. The Quiet Professor has written a few books about Orthodox Christianity and Severus Snape, which you can read about on her site at¬†www.logospilgrim.com. Fellow presenter David Gras is also a Christian Harry Potter fan. I met him and his wife for the first time at Portus 2008, and it was really nice seeing them again.

6:00 p.m. Valerie Frankel¬†was signing copies of her Harry Potter parody novel, Henry Potty and the Pet Rock,¬†at the Craft Faire. (See www.HarryPotterParody.com for more about Valerie Frankel’s parody books.) She graciously offered to share her author table with me, and I was glad to accept her offer because my official book signing time was scheduled¬†on the last day of formal¬†programming, opposite the presentation of A Very Potter Sequel. (I knew that most of the Infinitus attendees would be viewing that. It’s incredibly popular.) Anyway, I enjoyed sitting at the Craft Faire with Valerie. The best part was when Percy Weasley himself,¬†Chris Rankin, walked in unannounced and hung out with the fans. He even autographed my Infinitus program! ūüôā The wizard rock concert was going on during all this, so I missed most of it. However I did take a break to visit the wrock merchandise tables to buy a few CDs, including “Muggle Relations” by The Ministry of Magic, “BMiN/E” by ALL CAPS, which includes a great Ron/Hermione song (“Lumos Flies”), and the Remus Lupins dropcard EP, ALL ACCESS: The Next Great Adventure. I really like “Don’t Let the Muggles Get You Down” on that EP.

Friday, July, 16, 2010

9:00 a.m. I browsed the Vendor’s Room, Fandom Museum, and Common Room again. I¬†usually¬†make a daily visit to the Common Room to check the notice boards and to pick up fliers, business cards, etc. from the freebie table. I also put business cards and bookmarks on the freebie table each day to promote my book as well as that of some of my author friends who were not able to attend Infinitus, such as J. W. Braun and M. B. Weston.

10:30 a.m. I attended John Granger’s fascinating lecture “The Seven Literary Keys to Unlocking Harry Potter,” which covered such topics as literary alchemy, story setting, postmodern themes, the hero’s journey, allegorical satire, Christian symbolism, and narrative misdirection. John’s presentation was great, as always. ūüôā¬†Visit his blog at www.hogwartsprofessor.com to read his Infinitus convention report when you have the chance.

I had lunch with my Mom at Emeril’s today. The menu offered “Sorcerer’s Starters,” “Magical Main Courses” (I had the Dragon Burger, lol!), and “Potions.” My potion of choice was sweet tea.

2:30 p.m.¬†I attended another wonderful John Granger presentation, “The Historical Hidden Key to Harry Potter: Why Witches and Wizards Went Underground After the English Civil War.” After the presentation, I bought a copy of the Potter Pundits book Harry Potter Smart Talk, which John autographed for me.

4:30 p.m.¬† I went to Logospilgrim’s talk, “Severus Snape, Jedi Master,” which combined two of my geeky obsessions, Harry Potter and Star Wars. ūüôā

After supper I attended one of the most ambitious fandom projects I’ve ever seen, Lena Gabrielle’s Deathly Hallows musical, The Final Battle. Lena is quite a talented composer, and if you didn’t get to see this epic musical at Infinitus, look for it on YouTube in August. The CD “Love Will Prevail: Songs from the Final Battle” is quite good, especially Lena’s duet with Christian Caldeira of Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls. On the CD, Lena sings the part of Lily and Christian sings¬†the part of¬†Severus Snape on “The Prince’s Tale.” It is really beautiful and sung¬†with so much emotion.¬†Bravo! In the staged musical there were some really awesome moments that got huge cheers from the audience, such as Neville¬†telling off¬†Voldemort (and killing Nagini) and all of the awesome Ron/Hermione kisses. (Yes, there were kisses, plural.) I loved Ron and Hermione’s love duet “Never Letting You Go,” especially when Harry interrupts the song with “Oi! There’s a war going on here!”¬†That bit was hilarious.¬†Bellatrix brought the house down with a chorus of singing and dancing¬†dark wizards on¬†“Death Eaters Rejoice!” It was also great fun to see the Leaky Cauldron’s Melissa Anelli as Augusta Longbottom and John Noe as John Dawlish. Their fight scene got a huge laugh from the audience.¬†John Noe also played the part of Percy Weasley. No pressure with Chris Rankin in attendance, right John?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

10:00 a.m. I went to hear David Gras’ presentation “Harry Potter: A Symbol of the Infinite Power of Courage and Love” which¬†included a great group discussion session. David also mentioned some of the similarities between Harry Potter and Frodo Baggins, which is a topic that is of great interest to me. I wrote quite a lot about that in my book, The Lord of the Hallows, and¬†I appreciated David’s comparison of both¬†Harry and Frodo’s sufferings to the¬†story of Christ’s Passion.

11:00 a.m. Connie Neal’s “Holidays in the Harry Potter Books: the Significance of Halloween, Christmas, and Easter” was really outstanding. She gave numerous examples of Biblical allusions in all seven Harry Potter books,¬†with emphasis on the stories of Christmas and Easter. I really loved this presentation.

1:30 p.m. I was in the audience for “The Potter Pundits Live Onstage at Infinitus” featuring Travis Prinzi, John Granger, and James W. Thomas. I had met both Travis and James at Portus two years ago, and it was great seeing them again. (I met John Granger for the first time at Azkatraz last year.) Great news! Travis Prinzi is currently editing his second Hog’s Head¬†Conversations book, James W. Thomas is writing his second book on Harry Potter entitled Rowling Revisited, and John Granger said he’s updating Unlocking Harry Potter. The Potter Pundits were awesome, as always.

4:00 p.m. I heard most of Travis Prinzi’s excellent “Severus Snape is a Fiery Snake,” much of which¬†I was familiar with from reading Travis’s wonderful book,¬†Harry Potter & Imagination.¬†I was sorry that I had to leave a few minutes before it was over to get ready for the final presentation….

5:00 p.m. This was the last hour of formal programming. “Sneaking Past the Watchful Dragons: Christian Symbolism and Themes in Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia” was presented by Denise Roper. (That’s me!) Yeah, I had to follow Connie Neal, Logospilgrim,¬†John Granger, David Gras, James Thomas, and Travis Prinzi. No sweat, right? ūüėČ The presentation actually went rather well.¬†From the Infinitus program book: “Both J. K. Rowling and C. S. Lewis have been recognized as great Christian authors of fantasy literature. In this presentation, the themes of Good vs. Evil, the Immortality of the Soul, Self-Sacrificial Love, Death, Resurrection, and Making the Choice to Believe are examined in the light of both authors’ profession of the Christian faith. the influence of the Narnian books on Harry’s adventures will be discussed in detail, including the symbolism of the lion, serpent, eagle, raven, badger, unicorn, stag, phoenix, centaur, dog, werewolf, and much more.” Whew! I covered as much of that as I could in an hour. This was followed by a book signing in the vendor’s room. Travis’s last presentation as well as my lecture and book signing were scheduled opposite the musical A Very Potter Sequel, which was a huge hit at Infinitus. I was happy that Travis and I actually had an audience for our presentations in spite of the fact that we had to compete with such a huge fandom event.¬†After supper I realized that I missed all of AVPS and would have to watch it later on YouTube. Oh well.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

7:00 a.m. I went to Mass at the Church of the Holy Family in Orlando.

9:00 a.m. I visited briefly with Travis Prinzi, and then later, Connie Neal.

9:30 a.m. I went to the “Weasley Is Our King!” meet-up that Hanako invited me to attend. It was fun to talk about Ron and all of the other Weasleys at this last event before the leaving feast.

10:30 a.m. brunch/leaving feast.

11:00 a.m. Parselmouths wrock concert. After the feast, I had time to visit with David Gras, Erin Pyne (of the wrock band House of Black & also an author of books about the Harry Potter fandom), Logospilgrim, and many others. I talked with Kristina Horner of the Parselmouths, then later Luke Conard of Ministry of Magic. I just wanted to tell¬†Kristina and Luke¬†how much I enjoy their band, ALL CAPS. I’m also a huge Ministry of Magic fan. I also spoke briefly with Alex Carpenter of The Remus Lupins (another wrock band that I enjoy), and he invited me to their (then) upcoming concert in New Orleans. Jason Munday of Ministry of Magic was with him; he has a solo act called Skyway Flyer, which is quite good. Since Skyway Flyer would be opening for the Remus Lupins on tour, that was a wrock concert that I knew I would want to see. I’ll write another blog post later about the wrock concerts I attended in New Orleans after Infinitus.

My Mom and I along with many other Infinitus attendees spent the afternoon at Universal’s Islands of Adventure Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, a spectacular ending to a spectacular event. Well done, Infinitus!

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The Infinitus 2010 Formal Programming Schedule has been posted at www.infinitus2010.org. Here are just a few of the presentations that I hope to attend:

Thursday, July 15

4:00 Our Own Rita Skeeter: Muggle Media Mishandles HP (Connie Neal)

Friday, July 16

9:00 Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-grade Alchemist? (Deborah Hunt)

10:30 The Seven Literary Keys to Unlocking Harry Potter (John Granger)

2:30 The Histroical Hidden Key to Harry Potter (John Granger)

3:30 Sacrificing to Save: Love, Loss, and Redemption for Severus Snape and Albus Dumbledore (Emily Honey)

4:30 Severus Snape, Jedi Master (Logospilgrim)

Saturday, July 17

10:00 Harry Potter: A Symbol of the Infinite Power of Courage and Love (David Gras)

11:00 Significance of Holidays in HP: Halloween, Christmas, and Easter (Connie Neal)

1:30 The Potter Pundits (Travis Prinzi, James Thomas, and John Granger)

4:00 Severus Snape is a Fiery Snake: How a Slytherin Became the Bravest Hero (Travis Prinzi)

5:00 Sneaking Past the Watchful Dragons: Christian Themes in Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia (Denise Roper)

My presentataion is scheduled during the very last hour of the last day of formal programming.¬†I don’t know yet when my book signings for The Lord of the Hallows will be, but if you want to buy a copy, please visit www.outskirtspress.com/thelordofthehallows or visit the sidebar to get information on how to obtain a signed copy from me.

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I mentioned in an earlier post that fellow goodreads author J. W. Braun read and reviewed my book, The Lord of the Hallows.  This is my review of his book: 

The Lord of the Films by J. W. Braun is a fun, fact-filled guidebook to the wonderful Lord of the Rings films by Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson. Braun’s book also includes discussion of the Rankin/Bass animated versions of The Hobbit and The Return of the King as well as the Ralph Bakshi Lord of the Rings film.

The book is filled with behind-the-scenes information, details of the award-winning film trilogy that you may not have noticed, bloopers, and comparisons with the original source material for the films–the novel that is Tolkien’s beloved masterpiece.

The Lord of the Films is a book that devoted fans of the Peter Jackson trilogy will certainly enjoy. It’s an entertaining read that you may want to examine carefully before re-watching the saga on DVD. It includes interviews, trivia, puzzles, rare cast photographs, and information on how to find the DVD “Easter Eggs” which are hidden on the extended edition DVD versions of the films.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading¬† The Lord of the Films, and I intend to¬†refer to it next time I watch¬†The Lord of the Rings on DVD. ¬†If you are interested in this book and J. W. Braun’s other projects, please visit his website at http://jwbraun.com. In addition to being a Tolkien fan, he loves Star Trek and Harry Potter! ūüôā

I’m giving away some cool freebies at my online bookstore. With any purchase from http://stores.alibris.com/SilverUnicornBooks, you will get a bookmark promoting The Lord of the Films by J. W. Braun, a card promoting Professor Logospilgrim’s excellent books about Professor Snape, and a card promoting The Lord of the Hallows, in addition to other surprises. Autographed copies of my book are available at my online store as well.

Don’t forget to visit The Lord of the Hallows on MySpace at www.myspace.com/thelordofthehallows.

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It’s official: my Infinitus 2010¬†lecture will be “Sneaking Past the Watchful Dragons: Christian Themes in Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia.” I’ll be presenting this paper on J. K. Rowling and C. S. Lewis at the Harry Potter symposium in Orlando this coming July. This will be my third HPEF presentation in a row, and I think that it’s a nice follow-up¬†to the papers on Christian symbolism that I presented at Portus 2008 in Dallas and Azkatraz 2009 in San Francisco.¬†Hopefully, I’ll get to meet fellow Christian Harry Potter author Logospilgrim while I’m there. I also plan¬†to visit the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter”¬†at the Universal Studios theme park. This is so exciting!¬† ūüôā

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Updated on February 19, 2010.

This is a schedule of my 2010 convention appearances and book signings. I will update this information as I find out more about each event.

March 19 Art Walk: A Celebration of the Arts in downtown Thibodaux, LA. I will be signing copies of The Lord of the Hallows at “Author’s Row” which will be set up next to Fremin’s Restaurant across from the Lafourche Parish Couthouse.

March 20-21 Babel Con 4.5 @ the L. S. U. Cook Hotel in Baton Rouge, LA. I will be giving two presentations and will be doing a book signing.

April 10 Jubilee Jambalaya Writers’ Conference @ the Terrebonne Parish Public Library in Houma, LA. I’ll be doing a book signing at this event.

April 17 Art After Dark @ the Whitney Bank located on Main Street in downtown Houma, LA. This is the second time I’ll be signing at this event.

May 22-23 ImagiCon in Birmingham, AL. I will be giving two presentations and will be doing a book signing.

June 11-13 Con du Lac II in Lake Charles, LA. I will be giving two presentations and will be doing a book signing.

July 9-12 MythCon 41 @ Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. This is the convention of the Mythopoeic Society, an organization dedicated to the study of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Charles Williams.

July 15-18 Infinitus 2010 in Orlando, FL. Hopefully, I will be presenting and doing another book signing at the 2010 Harry Potter symposium.

In other news…

Orthodox Christian author Logospilgrim gave The Lord of the Hallows a five-star review at amazon.com! Here it is:

5 out of 5 stars Informative and engaging, November 19, 2009

This wonderful book will delight not only Christians, but all students of spirituality and mythology. It is filled with fascinating arcane information, yet the author’s engaging and descriptive style results in a text that never feels weighed down by its rich content matter. I learned quite a few intriguing facts about a variety of Christian legends; Ms. Roper’s knowledge of symbolic lore and Christian history is impressive (I was particularly enchanted by her chapter about the Deathly Hallows, or holy relics -I loved the parallel she drew between The Elder Wand and The Spear of Destiny, that is, the spear reputed to have been used to pierce Christ’s side). Anyone interested in literature and religion will find this volume to be a valuable addition to their library.

Logospilgrim is the author of two excellent books about Professor Snape which I would like to recommend: Bring forth the best robes: a spiritual understanding of Severus Snape and The flawed master: lessons Professor Snape taught me.¬† Here are my reviews of these first two volumes of The Quiet Professor’s Snape Trilogy:

5.0 out of 5 stars A Profound Meditation on the Redemptive Power of Love, November 24, 2009

Logospilgrim’s Bring Forth the Best Robes: A Spiritual Understanding of Severus Snape is a profound and beautiful meditation on the redemptive power of love, written by an Orthodox Christian author whose insight into the character of Severus Snape is both unique and enlightening. I would highly recommend this book for spiritual seekers who are fans of the Harry Potter series’ most complex and controversial character, as well as recommending it for those readers who wish to explore the Christian dimension of J. K. Rowling’s enthralling series of novels. Logospilgrim, the quiet professor, has painted a portrait of the Potions Master that is tender and deeply moving. In this book, the author’s writing style has seamlessly woven threads of saintly Christian wisdom into her own silken narrative of the life of Severus Snape. From this fine material, Logospilgrim has clad the repentant sinner, the misunderstood outcast Severus Snape, in the robes of the Prodigal Son of Christ’s famous parable.

5.0 out of 5 stars There is hope for us all., January 12, 2010

The flawed master: lessons Professor Snape taught me is author logospilgrim’s second collection of theological and mystical essays on Professor Severus Snape. Snape is, perhaps, the most complex character in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and logospilgrim has much to say about his transformation from antagonist to hero in this second volume of her “Snape Trilogy.” The flawed master is a follow-up to Bring forth the best robes: a spiritual understanding of Severus Snape, but it may stand alone as a volume of Christian spiritual wisdom, inspiration, and guidance for all Harry Potter fans, who, like logospilgrim and myself, read Rowling’s seven-part series with an overwhelming desire to see the redemption of Professor Snape–a bitter and broken man who had renounced his allegiance to the Dark Lord and pledged his service to one who would defeat him, not by violence, but through love and self-sacrifice. Snape, the flawed master, was proud, angry, sarcastic, and sometimes cruel, and yet he rose above his many flaws to become Harry’s secret protector and Dumbledore’s most trusted accomplice. He was the spy whose bravery and self-sacrifice contributed to Harry’s ultimate triumph over the evil Lord Voldemort. Logospilgrim’s insightful essays are a balm to soothe our wounded hearts. If a man as flawed as Severus Snape can find redemption, then there is hope for us all, even the greatest of sinners. This is an inspiring book for those who seek the deeper meaning that is to be found in the Harry Potter series. The spiritual treasures within it are not merely lessons learned from a flawed master; they are the great moral truths of the Gospels, lessons taught by the One True Master, the one who was without sin, the one who died to redeem us all.

To find out more about The Quiet Professor and her works, please visit http://logospilgrim.com.

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