For Better or Worse: The Place of Harry Potter in Current Political Discussions
2:00 PM, Friday 11 Oct 2019 EDT (1 hour)
Seaport World Trade Center - Waterfront Ballroom
This presentation will engage participants in conversation around the place of Harry Potter references and J. K. Rowling herself in the political arena since 2016. The focus of the session will not be on a particular political perspective, but on the positive and problematic uses of fictional symbolism to build or subvert real efforts and actions. Discussion questions will explore how Harry Potter references have been used – or misused – by groups with divergent agendas to push emotional buttons in an already divided world.