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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2008
Contact: Jen Boxerman
press@terminus2008.org

TERMINUS APPROACHING ATTENDEE CAP
Online registration for the conference closes July 1

CHICAGO, IL —Only a couple hundred registrations are still available for Terminus, a Harry Potter conference to be held August 7-11, 2008, in Chicago. The organizers confirmed that 1,200 people will attend the conference, and that they can accommodate at most 1,500. “We’re surprised and thrilled, of course,” said organizer Hallie Tibbetts, who added that registrations have been selling quickly, and several events are completely sold out. A handful of tickets remain for the keynote brunch with Tamora Pierce and participation in the Trade Winds Tournament; there are also tickets available for Wrock Chicago, a pre-conference concert. Tickets may be purchased with new registrations or be added to existing registrations via the “Change My Registration” link at <http://www.terminus2008.org/registration/changes/>. Information about ticket prices and purchases for those not registered for the conference can be found on the Terminus website at <http://www.terminus2008.org/registration/ticketsonly/>.

Conference registrar Amy Wilson noted that some attendees may have tickets, registrations, and room shares to offer via the Terminus forums at <http://www.terminus2008.org/forum/>. Registration age restrictions, payment information, and ticket waiting list information for sold out events is available at <http://www.terminus2008.org/registration/>.

Terminus is presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating dynamic, innovative educational events for adult scholars, students, educators, librarians, professionals, and fans. Narrate Conferences recently presented Phoenix Rising, a five-day Harry Potter conference in New Orleans. For more information on Narrate Conferences, including its past and future events, purpose, and staff, please visit <http://www.narrateconferences.org> or write to info@narrateconferences.org. For more information about Terminus, please visit <http://www.terminus2008.org> or write to info@terminus2008.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2008
Contact: Jen Boxerman
press@terminus2008.org
<http://www.terminus2008.org/events/wrock.html>

TERMINUS ANNOUNCES TWENTY-FIFTH BAND FOR WROCK CHICAGO
And twenty-sixth, twenty-seventh, twenty-eighth, twenty-ninth, and thirtieth bands

CHICAGO, IL — March, 2008 — The planning team for Terminus, a five-day Harry Potter conference to be held August 7-11, 2008, has announced the winner of the Twenty-Fifth Band Competition for Wrock Chicago, an all-day wizard rock festival being held at the Hilton Chicago Hotel on Wednesday, August 6, 2008. Tonks and the Aurors, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, was chosen as the twenty-fifth band and will be featured as a headliner during the event.

“The band is really great,” noted lead event organizer Hallie Tibbetts, “and their essay spoke not only of the strength of the fan community and the creative inspiration that we all draw from the books, but also about how Harry Potter has been a factor in bringing the band's family members closer together. It was really moving, and we're thrilled to feature Tonks and the Aurors as a headliner.”

In addition to Tonks and the Aurors, Terminus organizers also announced five runners-up to take part in Wrock Chicago. “We received dozens of entries, and all of them were absolutely incredible,” said lead event organizer Amy Tenbrink. “We simply couldn’t turn so many great bands down.” The conference was able to arrange an extension of the event to feature a few additional bands; Wrock Chicago will open at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6, instead of noon (as previously announced) in order to include the runners-up. The additions to the lineup include The House of Black, Ministry of Magic, Nagini, RiddleTM, and Swish and Flick.

Finally, the organizers announced that as of March 31, 2008, all remaining tickets for the Terminus keynote presentations with Cheryl Klein and Tamora Pierce, The Trade Winds Tournament, and Wrock Chicago are available to the public. More information about ticket prices and purchases for those not registered for the conference can be found at <http://www.terminus2008.org/registration/ticketsonly/>, and current attendees may add tickets with new registrations or by using the “Change My Registration” link at <http://www.terminus2008.org/registration/changes/>.

Band Links
Tonks and the Aurors - http://www.myspace.com/tonksandtheaurors
Ministry of Magic - http://www.myspace.com/ministryofmagicmusic
Swish and Flick - http://www.myspace.com/swishandflickwrock
Nagini - http://www.myspace.com/naginilove
RiddleTM - http://www.myspace.com/riddletmmusic
The House of Black - http://www.myspace.com/thehouseofblackwrock

Terminus is presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating dynamic, innovative educational events for adult scholars, students, educators, librarians, professionals, and fans. Narrate Conferences recently presented Phoenix Rising, a five-day Harry Potter conference in New Orleans. For more information on Narrate Conferences, including its past and future events, purpose, and staff, please visit <http://www.narrateconferences.org> or write to info@narrateconferences.org. For more information about Terminus, please visit <http://www.terminus2008.org> or write to info@terminus2008.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2008
Contact: Jen Boxerman
press@terminus2008.org

TERMINUS ANNOUNCES GUESTS OF HONOR
Conference keynotes to feature a look at Harry Potter novels and phenomenon

CHICAGO, IL — March 19, 2008 — The planning team for Terminus has announced Guests of Honor Cheryl Klein and Tamora Pierce, who will present keynotes on their unique experiences with the Harry Potter series and phenomenon. “Tamora Pierce has written some of our favorite books, and Cheryl Klein has edited some of our favorites,” noted Hallie Tibbetts, a Lead Event Organizer. “They both have a wealth of knowledge on what's made the Harry Potter series so memorable as well as its impact on the publishing industry.” The keynotes will be held at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, where Terminus will take place August 7-11, 2008.

Cheryl Klein, Senior Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.) and the U.S. continuity editor for the Harry Potter series, will present a keynote address on characterization, narrative voice, plot construction, and theme in the Harry Potter novels. The keynote, “Potter Past: Lessons from the Harry Potter Series,” will take place on Friday, August 8.

Tamora Pierce, an accomplished young adult fantasy author of books (including the Circle, Terrier, and Trickster series) will present a keynote address on how the publication of the Harry Potter novels has changed the production and publication of fantasy works. The keynote, “Potter Future: The Changing Face of Fantasy Literature,” will take place on Sunday, August 10.

These presentations each require an additional-cost ticket, which includes a full meal. More information on these Guests of Honor, their keynote presentations and the menus for the keynotes can be viewed at <http://www.terminus2008.org/programming/keynotes.html>. Terminus registrants may add keynote tickets via the Change My Registration option at <http://www.terminus2008.org/registration/changes/>.

Terminus is presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating dynamic, innovative educational events for adult scholars, students, educators, librarians, professionals, and fans. Narrate Conferences recently presented Phoenix Rising, a five-day Harry Potter conference in New Orleans. For more information on Narrate Conferences, including its past and future events, purpose, and staff, please visit <http://www.narrateconferences.org> or write to info@narrateconferences.org. For more information about Terminus, please visit <http://www.terminus2008.org> or write to info@terminus2008.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2008
Contact: Jen Boxerman
press@terminus2008.org
<http://www.terminus2008.org/events/wrock.html#competition>

TERMINUS ANNOUNCES TWENTY-FIFTH BAND COMPETITION

CHICAGO, IL — February 6, 2008 — The planning team for Terminus, a five-day Harry Potter conference to be held August 7-11, 2008, has announced a competition for the twenty-fifth band slot for Wrock Chicago, an all-day wizard rock festival being held at the Hilton Chicago Hotel on Wednesday, August 6, 2008. Wrock Chicago will feature three stages, ten hours of wizard rock and twenty-five bands. Currently, twenty-four bands are on the lineup and the Twenty-Fifth Band competition will determine the final band to play as part of the event. Terminus invites all witches, wizards and wrockers to enter. The winning band will be featured alongside wizard rock bands that are new and established, well-known and just discovered. For a full list of the participating bands, visit <http://www.terminus2008.org/events/wrock.html>, and for the month of February Terminus will be featuring each band with exclusive interviews, essays and more on their LiveJournal at <http://community.livejournal.com/terminus2008>.

To enter, bands must submit a completed entry form on or before March 5, 2008, a CD of at least five original Harry Potter songs, and an essay of 500-2000 words talking about what the wizard rock community means to the band. Entries should be mailed, along with the band members' legal names, instruments and birth dates, to Terminus, PO Box 149, Sedalia, Colorado 80135.

Terminus will confirm receipt of all entries, make a tough choice, and announce the winner by April 1, 2008.

For the official competition rules and entry form please visit
<http://www.terminus2008.org/events/wrock.html#competition>

Terminus is presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating dynamic, innovative educational events for adult scholars, students, educators, librarians, professionals, and fans. Narrate Conferences recently presented Phoenix Rising, a five-day Harry Potter conference in New Orleans. For more information on Narrate Conferences, including its past and future events, purpose, and staff, please visit <http://www.narrateconferences.org> or write to info@narrateconferences.org. For more information about Terminus, please visit <http://www.terminus2008.org> or write to info@terminus2008.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2008
Contact: Jen Boxerman
press@terminus2008.org
<http://www.terminus2008.org/programming/>

TERMINUS PROGRAMMING DEADLINE EXTENDED
Conference programming proposals due by February 3, 2008

CHICAGO, IL — January 29, 2008 — The planning team for Terminus, a five-day Harry Potter conference to be held August 7-11, 2008, has announced that the deadline for programming proposals has been extended to Sunday, February 3.

“The programming for Terminus is drawn from the proposals made to the conference,” noted Hallie Tibbetts, a Lead Event Organizer. “We invite scholars, professionals, and fans to share their analyses and interests surrounding Harry Potter and the related phenomenon with our attendees. Between the release of the final book and the continued fan interest, there are still hundreds of avenues to explore in presentations, and there's nothing quite so exciting as discussing Harry Potter with over a thousand other attendees who understand the allure of the books, films, and fan community.”

The conference welcomes proposals for papers (solo and pre-empaneled), panels, workshops, and roundtable discussions. In addition, there are presentation options for fanfiction readings, fan art and craft portfolios, and gallery art, and interactive booths for writing, editing, drawing, and art critique.

Links:

Programming main page: <http://www.terminus2008.org/programming/>

Vetting boards: <http://www.terminus2008.org/programming/academic/vettingboards.html>

Information for submissions of papers, pre-empaneled papers, panels, workshops, and roundtable discussions: <http://www.terminus2008.org/programming/academic/>

Information for submissions of fanfiction, fanart/gallery art, and creative booths: <http://www.terminus2008.org/programming/exploratory/>

Programming forum: <http://www.terminus2008.org/forum/index.php?board=3.0>

Informal, how-to posts on preparing a proposal: <http://community.livejournal.com/terminus2008/tag/programming>

Terminus is presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating dynamic, innovative educational events for adult scholars, students, educators, librarians, professionals, and fans. Narrate Conferences recently presented Phoenix Rising, a five-day Harry Potter conference in New Orleans. For more information on Narrate Conferences, including its past and future events, purpose, and staff, please visit <http://www.narrateconferences.org> or write to info@narrateconferences.org. For more information about Terminus, please visit <http://www.terminus2008.org> or write to info@terminus2008.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2008
Contact: Jen Boxerman
press@terminus2008.org
<http://www.terminus2008.org/support/sponsorship/kit.html>

TERMINUS: CAMPAIGN FOR FANDOM AND BOOK AID
$2,500 goal set for conference attendees to support fan works showcase and literacy

CHICAGO, IL — January 16, 2008 — The planning team for Terminus, a five-day Harry Potter conference to be held August 7-11, 2008, has announced a new fundraising campaign to support the fan community and literacy. Terminus proposes that Artists and Authors Night, the fan showcase event of the conference featuring fanfiction, podcasts, fanart, crafts and other fan works, be sponsored not by a corporation, individual, or single group, but by fans for fans!

Fandom Sponsors Fandom
A sponsorship goal of $2,500 has been announced with various giving levels and donor benefits. Terminus will provide any group that raises $250 or more with a table during Artists and Authors Night and include that group in the interactive Fandom Trail game for all attendees. In addition, Terminus will recognize all donors on their website, in the program book and at the event itself.

…and More: Book Aid Sponsorship
If the fan community raises $2,500 before May 1, 2008, Terminus will donate $500 of the $2,500 raised to Book Aid International—and will donate one-half of any funds contributed above and beyond the goal to Book Aid as well.

From Book Aid's website: 80 million of the world's children do not go to school, and one fifth of the world's adults, the majority of them women, are illiterate. All these individuals live in absolute poverty, and are effectively excluded from taking control of their lives. Additionally, J. K. Rowling’s support of Book Aid, as well as fandom’s past support, is well documented.

The group donation to Book Aid could be used toward a case of books for a school, library, university, or hospital in a developing country. And, as Narrate Conferences, Inc., Terminus’s presenting organization, is itself a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, donations may be eligible for tax deduction.

“Fandom Sponsors Fandom is a great way for Harry Potter fans to be involved in Terminus,” said Amy Tenbrink, lead event organizer of the conference. “Donations allow us to expand our conference and recognize people for their work in ways that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. It’s incredible that the fan community has been so willing to support our conferences in the past, and we hope that they’ll be as excited about supporting our night dedicated to the fan community and Book Aid.”

Terminus is presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating dynamic, innovative educational events for adult scholars, students, educators, librarians, professionals, and fans. Narrate Conferences recently presented Phoenix Rising, a five-day Harry Potter conference in New Orleans. For more information on Narrate Conferences, including its past and future events, purpose, and staff, please visit <http://www.narrateconferences.org> or write to info@narrateconferences.org. For more information about Terminus, please visit <http://www.terminus2008.org> or write to info@terminus2008.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2007
Contact: information@terminus2008.org

TERMINUS ANNOUNCES PODCAST LINEUP
Fan creativity night to feature a series of Harry Potter podcasts

CHICAGO, IL – December 3, 2007 – Terminus, a five-day Harry Potter conference to be held August 7-11, 2008, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, has announced collaborations with three fan podcasts for its Artists and Authors Night event. Artists and Authors Night, to take place on Saturday during the conference, will feature creative and transformative fan participation related to the Harry Potter series. Each live podcast will focus on an area of particular interest, including news and book/film discussions, wizard rock, and creative writing.

The evening will kick off with PotterCast, a weekly production of The Leaky Cauldron, which highlights news, discussions about the books and films, and interviews with fans and Harry Potter experts. Spinner's Cast, a diverse Harry Potter podcast founded in 2006, will feature some of their regular elements along with wizard rock interviews and an interactive CallOUT segment, where the audience can sound off about book-related issues. Finally, FictionAlley’s SpellCast, which is focused on fanfiction, will present a live podcast play with conference attendees as voice actors.

Artists and Authors Night is scheduled for Saturday, August 9, 2008, and is open only to conference attendees. Other programming that may be scheduled on this evening includes a fan sponsor fair; fanfiction readings; a fanart portfolio show; craft workshops; interactive booths for drawing, art critique, writing, and editing; and readings by professional authors. Most of this programming is drawn from the fan community, and proposals will be taken until February 1, 2008. More information is available at <www.terminus2008.org>.


PotterCast <http://www.pottercast.com> is the weekly Harry Potter podcast of Webby Award-winning Potter site The Leaky Cauldron <http://www.leakynews.com>, and presents newsworthy discussion about and in-depth discussion of Harry Potter in a humorous, intelligent and informative program. Hosted by Melissa Anelli, John Noe, and Sue Upton, it is the only Harry Potter podcast to offer celebrity interviews, many of which have offered never-before-heard information about the upcoming films and previously published books. Past guests have included Arthur Levine, American editor of the Harry Potter books; Matt Lewis, the actor who plays Neville Longbottom; acclaimed director M. Night Shyamalan; and many more. Transcripts, polls, blogs, contests, and other information is available on the show’s Web site. PotterCast debuted in August of 2005, has been in the Top 100 on the iTunes Podcast Directory on a regular basis, and won a 2006 Podcast Award for Best Entertainment.

SpellCast, a production of FictionAlley.org <http://www.fictionalley.org>, is a weekly podcast that features readings and reviews of Harry Potter fanfiction. Since its establishment in May 2006, SpellCast has featured dozens of stories and produced several audio dramas, including the live production of "The Three Trials of Severus Snape" at Phoenix Rising in May 2007. SpellCast, along with its Book Club, can be found at <http://www.spellcastpodcast.com>.

Spinner's Cast, a podcast founded in the fall of 2006, brings together diversity of opinions, diversity of cultures, and diversity of discussions and wraps it all up in a friendly Harry Potter-related podcast that’s heard in at least 20 countries around the world. Episodes feature character analysis, theories, and exclusive interviews. In June of 2007, Spinner's Cast was nominated for the People’s Choice Podcast Awards in the culture/arts category. Spinner's Cast can be found on the Web at <http://www.spinnerscast.com>.

Terminus is presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating dynamic, innovative educational events for adult scholars, students, educators, librarians, professionals, and fans. Narrate Conferences recently presented Phoenix Rising, a five-day Harry Potter conference in New Orleans. For more information on Narrate Conferences, including its past and future events, purpose, and staff, please visit <http://www.narrateconferences.org> or write to info@narrateconferences.org. For more information about Terminus, please visit <http://www.terminus2008.org> or write to info@terminus2008.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2007
Contact: Hallie Tibbetts
hallie.tibbetts@terminus2008.org
<http://www.terminus2008.org/wrock>

TERMINUS ANNOUNCES WROCK CHICAGO
Special pre-conference event to feature 25 wizard rock bands in concert

CHICAGO, IL — October 1, 2007 — The planning team for Terminus, a five-day Harry Potter conference to be held August 7-11, 2008, has announced a special pre-conference wizard rock concert to be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2007. The event, Wrock Chicago, will take place all day at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, and include twenty-five wizard rock bands performing music inspired by Harry Potter.

The bands—including The Switchblade Kittens, who wrote the first known wizard rock song “Ode to Harry” in 2000—span a range of musical genres, including pop, death metal, jazz, folk, and more. “There’s something for every wizard rock fan,” notes Amy Tenbrink, lead event organizer for Terminus. “We listened to dozens of bands to choose a representative group, and it was tough to narrow it down to the current lineup.”

“While Draco and the Malfoys and the Whomping Willows will perform as part of Terminus’s wizarding talk show, The North Star LIVE!, we didn’t have a way to really feature wizard rock during the conference itself,” Tenbrink said. “We talked with some members of the wizard rock community, and ended up adding an entire optional day of Terminus devoted to the phenomenon. We believe it’s the largest wizard rock show ever!”

Brian Ross of Draco and the Malfoys, who is providing organizational support for the event, added, “It's a tribute to what these stories mean to our lives that so many people are expressing their love for Harry Potter creatively through music. For all of us to have a venue like Terminus to showcase that for some of the biggest Harry Potter fans in the world is very exciting!”

Special event tickets for Wrock Chicago, which are $20 for the entire day and provide access to all stages, are currently on sale to Terminus attendees only. Current registrants can add the ticket through the “Change My Registration” option at <http://www.terminus2008.org/registration/changes/>. Unsold tickets will be made available to the public next spring and at the door, if any remain at that time.

Twenty-four bands are presently confirmed for Wrock Chicago on August 6; the final band will be chosen through a contest to be held in February of 2008.

Main stage performances include:
The Switchblade Kittens
Harry and the Potters
Draco and the Malfoys
The Whomping Willows
The Remus Lupins

The event also features:
The Butterbeer Experience
Catchlove
Celestial Warmbottom
The Chocolate Frogs
The Cruciatus Curse
Danny Dementor
Justin Finch-Fletchley & the Sugar Quills
Ginny and the Heartbreakers
Gred and Forge
The Gringotts Girls
The Hermione Crookshanks Experience
The Hinky Punks
Lord Voldi and the Dark Marks
The Moaning Myrtles
The Mudbloods
The Parselmouths
The Quaffle Kids
Snidget
Thomas & Finnigan

Terminus is presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating dynamic, innovative educational events for adult scholars, students, educators, librarians, professionals, and fans. Narrate Conferences recently presented Phoenix Rising, a five-day Harry Potter conference in New Orleans. For more information on Narrate Conferences, including its past and future events, purpose, and staff, please visit <http://www.narrateconferences.org> or write to info@narrateconferences.org. For more information about Terminus, please visit <http://www.terminus2008.org> or write to info@terminus2008.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007
Contact: organizers@terminus2008.org

CHICAGO TO HOST HARRY POTTER SCHOLARS AND FANS
Narrate Conferences, Inc., announces Terminus, a 2008 Harry Potter conference for scholars and fans

CHICAGO — The bustling hub of downtown Chicago will be the setting for Terminus, an academic conference on Harry Potter, to be held August 7-11, 2008. The second presentation of Narrate Conferences, Inc., Terminus will bring adult scholars, students, and fans from around the globe to the historic Hilton Chicago Hotel to analyze and explore the complete Harry Potter series.

The programming schedule will include a variety of offerings – including formal lectures, participatory workshops, roundtable discussions, and explorations of craft – that will give attendees the chance to expand their knowledge and understanding of the Harry Potter series. Especially important is the interdisciplinary study of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, with an emphasis on discourse and sharing scholarship between academics, students, professionals, writers, artists, and fans. Additionally, Terminus, one of the first major Harry Potter gatherings following the publication of the final book in the series, presents the perfect opportunity for analysis of the novels in their entirety.

Terminus begins on Thursday, August 7, 2008, with the Arrival Dinner and opening of the Pan-Magical Games, which includes the Trade Winds and Thoth’s Tournament of Knowledge. Other events include a wizarding talk show; Artists and Authors night, which will highlight creative fan pursuits; a bon voyage ball in honor of Harry himself; and the Departure Breakfast. Guests of Honor and keynote presentations will be announced at a later date.

“We’re very excited to hold Terminus in Chicago,” noted lead event organizer Hallie Tibbetts. “Chicago is an ideal location for a conference to bring together enthusiasts from around the world, as it’s a travel hub, and we’re very lucky to have the historic Hilton Chicago Hotel for a venue – it’s magical all in itself.”

Terminus is a presentation of Narrate Conferences, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to creating dynamic, inventive events for adult scholars, students, educators, librarians, professionals and fans from around the world. For more information on Narrate Conferences, including its past and future events, as well as its purpose and staff, please visit <http://www.narrateconferences.org> or contact info@narrateconferences.org. For more information on Terminus, visit <http://www.terminus2008.org> or contact info@terminus2008.org.

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