Celebrating 20 Years of Harry Potter

When October 31, 2018, 2:00 PM
Where Atkins Library Halton Reading Room, Main UNC Charlotte Campus
Speaker(s) Dr. Balaka Basu
Registration Details & Deadlines NA
Cost $0.00
Who is Invited General Public
Parking Details pats.uncc.edu

Come learn about the mystical world of Harry Potter and how it has influenced a generation of students and scholars since the first book in the series was published 20 years ago, during a talk on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. in Atkins Library's Halton Reading Room.

Dr. Balaka Basu will present the talk. Basu's forthcoming book, co-edited with Emily Lauer, "The Harry Potter Generation: Essays on Growing Up with the Series," (McFarland) is expected out in winter 2018-2019. Basu says about the book, "The idea for our Harry Potter collection emerged when we realized that our students, many of whom had grown up reading the Harry Potter series, had commonalities of experience that seemed to be defined by their exposure to these texts and their iterations on page and screen. While sometimes referred to as millennials and sometimes as the 9/11 generation, we believe this series of novels has also been a generation-defining event.  J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series transformed a generation of young people into readers. Initially a literary community where fans of the series could interact with one another in unprecedented ways, Harry Potter fandom grew into a transmedia phenomenon and eventually a ubiquitous, culture-defining era. Twenty years later, the Harry Potter generation has come of age, poised to become parents, teachers, writers, scholars, and critics. As the essays in this collection observe, this generation uses the abundant knowledge and purposeful lessons absorbed from Rowling’s immensely popular narrative to negotiate their life experiences as they take their places as society’s adults."