Frederick News-Post, “The magic of ‘Harry Potter’ returns”

The magic of ‘Harry Potter’ returns,” an article by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf from the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Maryland, writes about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announcement that there would be an 8th story. The article displays a photograph of Dr. Butler, professor of the University of Maryland, College Park Harry Potter course, HONR279Q, as she was giving a “lecture at Flying Dog Brewery on the censorship of the Harry Potter books.”



“For The Love of Harry” Fan Site

For The Love Of Harry” is a Harry Potter Fan Site that offers everything from exciting cosplay help, to a list of all the Harry Potter Events worldwide. The creator of the Site also offers a list of gift ideas, LEGO(r) sets, knitting patterns, DIY crafts, an explanation of characters’ wands and what that might mean about their personalities, and SO. MUCH. MORE.

Harry Potter fans should definitely check out this website in search of anything Harry Potter!


Chestertown Harry Potter Festival!

On the weekend of September 30th-October 2nd, Chestertown, MD will be hosting a Harry Potter festival full of fun activities for Harry Potter fans of all ages:

To learn more about the festival, visit their website at:

A few HONR279Q (UMD Harry Potter course) students attended the 2015 Chestertown Harry Potter Festival and enjoyed themselves.

Harry Potter Academic Conference and Festival at Chestnut Hill College!

The Annual Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia will be held this year in October 20-22nd, 2016. The conference offers, on the first day, a section for scholarly work—essays presented by a diverse academic population—as well as a fun Harry Potter festival on the second day. Those interested can submit papers “arising out of J.K. Rowling’s literature” in their website here.

A group of HONR279Q students (University of Maryland, College Park Harry Potter course) attended the 2015 conference. You can register to attend the conference here.

The festival will include fun activities for Harry Potter fans of all ages and will include a Quidditch Tournament:

Visit the website for much more information at:

TERP Magazine features ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Article

UMD alumni and writer for TERP magazine, Karen Shih (’09) published a story titled, “Harry Potter” Fans and the Anxiety Over the ‘Cursed Child.'” The article features Dr. Butler (professor of the Harry Potter course at the University of Maryland, College Park) and Meg Galuardi (’16), a student who took the course as a senior the first year that it was introduced on campus.

Enjoy the article here.


John Williams Music at UMD!

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park hosted a performance of John Williams’ most famous film soundtrack masterpieces, including the original film score for the first and second Harry Potter movies. The event took place on May 28th, 2016 at 8:00PM.

Our beloved, “Hedwig’s Theme,” the iconic Harry Potter musical theme is included in the set. The description of the event is as follows:

“John Morris Russell, conductor of the famed Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, returns to conduct the opening concert of the National Orchestral Institute and Festival.  This rousing concert of American favorites features the music of John Williams, including hit scores to movies such as Star Wars: The Force Awakes, Harry Potter, and Schindler’s List alongside works by Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.  

The National Orchestral Institute and Festival brings together aspiring orchestral musicians from across the country for a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration. Chosen by a rigorous, cross-country audition process, these young artists present passionate and awe-inspiring performances of adventuresome repertoire at The Clarice and in the community.

The National Festival Orchestra
May 28th, 2016