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Popular Culture and the Deep Past 2017 –
The World of Harry Potter


Friday, Feb. 24- Saturday, Feb. 25

1739 N. High St.
Columbus, OH

The fourth annual Popular Culture and the Deep Past extravaganza at Ohio State, Feb. 24 and 25 at the Ohio Union, is sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Students Association. This year’s event is focused on The World of Harry Potter, and will include a variety of academic papers and Potter-themed events throughout the two days. There will be combat, dancing, culinary demonstrations, cosplay, falconry and an exhibit of ancient books and manuscripts, all relating to Harry Potter.

Some session topics for Friday and Saturday include:

  • Magic, Fantasy, Spirituality 
  • Music in Potter Time 
  • Characters and Environment
Keynote lecture: John Block Friedman, University of Illinois, will discuss J.K. Rowling’s use of magic animals in Harry Potter and their origins in medieval literature and antique mythology.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, a detailed schedule, and to register for events, visit the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies website.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the academic heart of Ohio State and a recognized leader in teaching and learning, research and creative activity, and outreach and engagement. We offer unmatched breadth and excellence in the visual and performing arts, humanities, and behavioral, mathematical, natural and social sciences. 

Media contact (not for publication)

Victoria Ellwood

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