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Witches and Wizards Return to Lenoir-Rhyne University

Wed Oct 17 2012

Lenoir-Rhyne University is pleased to announce the third annual Harry Potter Fest on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30 on campus. A variety of activities are scheduled for the two days and are open to the community.

Harry Potter Fest will kick off at 10:00 a.m. on October 29th with a presentation by Dr. Amy H. Sturgis in Belk Centrum on the LR campus. Dr. Sturgis will speak on her article that will be published in the 2013 scholarly collection “Harry Potter for Nerds: Volume 2” that discusses Harry Potter from a Native American context.

All Harry Potter fans are invited to participate in the “Insufferable Know-It-Alls” Harry Potter trivia contest beginning at 1:00 p.m in the Quiet Room of the Rudisill Library. Assemble a team of one or two people and prepare to earn your O.W.L.s. Preregistration is required at

At 4:30 p.m. on Monday, the Wizard Rock group “Hawthorn & Holly” will perform on the Shaw Plaza. Hawthorn & Holly are the wands of Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter in the books, but in this band they stand for the joining of light and dark to create music that appeals to the Slytherin in us all, but also shows that nothing is greater than the power of friendship!

Lenoir-Rhyne University also welcomes Danielle Tumminio, priest and theologian, to Harry Potter Fest. Tumminio will speak on October 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. On October 30th, Tumminio will speak at 12:00 p.m. in the Bear’s Lair Atrium on the LR campus as well as at 7:30 p.m. in the Stravos Lecture Hall at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC.

Tumminio is an Episcopal priest and chaplain at Yale University. Her book, God and Harry Potter at Yale, explores the theological themes in the popular fictional series as well as her experiences teaching theology and Harry Potter at Yale.

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