The Harry Potter Experience in South Africa

Formal Programming
12:00 PM, Thursday 14 Jul 2011 EDT (50 minutes)
Loews Royal Pacific Resort - South China Sea
The Harry Potter fandom in South Africa was in some ways tied to the wider fan frenzy surrounding the books. But Tara Weinberg argues that her "experience" of the Harry Potter books was also shaped by associations and eccentricities unique to South Africa’s socio-political context. Life in apartheid South Africa had many similarities to life under Voldemort. Join Tara as she discusses the way South African politics and history shaped her attraction to the Harry Potter books, relates her experiences engaging with the South African Harry Potter fan community and entertains you with a few magic tricks.

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