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Terminus took place August 7-11, 2008. If you missed Terminus, please visit the Narrate Conferences website for information on upcoming events, including Sirens.


Academic programming, for Terminus, means our schedule of discussion and dialogue that is prepared by our attendees for our attendees. Our programming is selected by independent vetting boards who are charged with the responsibility of selecting a balanced and interesting presentation schedule. 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.

Those interested in our programming should visit the Academic Programming page, which will lead to information about our accepted programming proposals. The proposal deadline was February 1, 2008, and the schedule of programming is available here.

Beyond this academic programming, Terminus offers interactive and hands-on exploratory programming, some planned by the conference and some proposed by attendees. This programming will offer a variety of puzzles, craft-based writing and art tasks, and other creative and collaborative activities. The conference’s Artists and Authors Night will highlight creative pursuits, showcasing a gallery of professional and fan art, along with professional and fan author readings and fan art portfolio showings, to round out the schedule. Our Exploratory Programming section has more information regarding participation.

In addition, Terminus invites our Guests of Honor to give special Keynote Presentations that not only discuss Harry Potter, but put the series into the larger contexts of media and fan culture, folklore, and the arts from expert perspectives. Information about the presentations that will be given by our Guests of Honor, Harry Potter editor Cheryl Klein and fantasy author Tamora Pierce, can be found on our Keynote Presentations page.

Please use the text links and navigation bar to the left to find out more about Terminus’s programming. For questions regarding programming, please write to


This conference is not endorsed, sanctioned or any other way supported, directly or indirectly, by Warner Bros. Entertainment, the Harry Potter book publishers, or J. K. Rowling and her representatives. All code and art copyright © 2006–11 Narrate Conferences, Inc.

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