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Porshéa Patterson-Hurst

She/Her/Hers

Research Team Lead
The Harry Potter Alliance
Participates in 8 items
Porshéa Patterson-Hurst is the public opinion research associate for The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communication lab in New York. She consults with allies in the field to identify and obtain pertinent research needs in the areas of immigration, criminal legal reform, and poverty. She also volunteers as the Research Team Lead for the Harry Potter Alliance, co-hosts the Castle Black podcast on the Loudspeakers Network, and is a frequent contributor to Black Girls Create. Follow her on Twitter @Porshea_obvi.

Sessions in which Porshéa Patterson-Hurst participates

Friday 11 October, 2019

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Questions of the Wizarding World

Are the Principal Exceptions to Gamp’s Law truly immutable? Do magical beings actually have different limitations to their magic or are those taught? Could someone roast and eat a pig that had been transfigured from a desk, and if so, should they? Join us to discuss the unexplored bounds of magic and unchallenged social mores in the Wizarding World and examine how assumptions and traditions reinforce social inequities.

Saturday 12 October, 2019

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle World

Heroines of Harry Potter are often presented as and praised for not being classically feminine, while "feminine" characters are seen as inherently flawed. This is often lauded within the fandom, touted as good examples for girls growing up reading these stories. In this panel, we'll discuss how Rowling presents feminine characters like Cho, Fleur, Lavender, and Parvati, and the sexist implications of these descriptions and their negative effects on fandom.

12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonQuestions of the Wizarding World

As a fandom, we talk a lot about pureblood and wizard supremacy, but how often do we investigate what lies between the extremes? Using the portrayal of characters like Rubeus Hagrid, Minerva McGonagall, Harry Potter, and Argus Filch, we will examine the intricacies of blood status. Are Hagrid and Lupin true outliers? How do their experiences differ from Mrs. Figg's? How do allies intentionally and unintentionally reinforce pureblood values?

2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fandom

If you're attending LeakyCon, there's a pretty good chance that you have a lot of feelings about Harry Potter and need the space to vent about them. Allow me to help! This session invites you to spend three minutes or less explaining your pet issue to the audience and then take three more minutes to discuss. Ready? Let's vent!

Sunday 13 October, 2019

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
Questions of the Wizarding WorldExamine the Canon

In this session, panelists representing multiple ethnic backgrounds discuss the (mis)/representation of their communities within Harry Potter canon and imagine how culture would inform magic, and how magic would inform culture, in both wizarding and Muggle worlds. Through this discussion, we will cross-examine the White, European, pseudo-Christian Wizarding culture of Harry Potter to answer questions like: What would be our culture’s predominant attitude towards magic? How might...

11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the Canon

Discussions of fashion in the Wizarding World are sorely lacking. We three fashion conscious witches want to know more about robes and dress robes, the anti-trouser organization “Fresh Air Refreshes Totally,” and wizards' baffling inability to disguise themselves as Muggles. So let's get into it! We're talking canon depictions of wizard fashion, its practicality, fan art interpretations, and wizarding fashion icons.

12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonQuestions of the Wizarding World

This session will trace and speculate about the history and magic of house-elves. Join us as we talk about what their lives might have been like before becoming enslaved, to living as servants, to fighting for their freedom.

2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonThe Muggle World

In 2016 J.K. Rowling gave the American fandom what it had wanted for years—information on America's wizarding education system. For many fans, it insufficiently addressed the cultural and geographical make-up of the country, in addition to being regarded as an uncomfortable case of cultural appropriation. In this panel, we will discuss the logistical and cultural problems in Ilvermorny being America's only school and present some of our favorite headcanons addressing it.