Our First group of programming descriptions are now available, more will be added soon.

The Following Programming will be available at PotterVerse 2:
Last Updated: July 26, 2018

Panel NamePanel Description
A Closer Reading: Hidden Gems and Other Missed MomentsWith any book series as densely written and connected as the Potter Series, there are always moments that, upon first reading, may not be noticed or understood. What are some of those moments you found upon rereading or reflecting on the series as a whole?
Activism of Harry PotterHarry Potter taught people around the world more than the story of the Boy Who Lived and the power of love. It taught a generation how to stand up for what they believe in. It taught people to take matters into their own hands when change doesn't happen fast enough. Today, people are using the lessons from Harry Potter to make the worlds they live in a little more magical. The Harry Potter Alliance uses the power of stories, like Harry Potter, to create change as an Order of the Phoenix for the real world. Our Panelists can talk about how to take Harry Potter and bring him to a world who needs him.
Actor Spotlight: Simon Fisher-BeckerSimon Fisher-Becker is known for his wide range of comedy and character portrayals across the stage and screen. When not floating around the Hufflepuff common room, Simon is also known to help out a certain time spanning Doctor....Come hear the tales of the other parts of Simon's work when he's not welcoming new students to be sorted.
Actor Spotlight: Tolga SaferTolga Safer has been involved in acting since the age of 7--with theater, commercials, TV, and film. Find out what Tolga does when he's not supporting Durmstrang Institute.
Actor Spotlight: Miriam MargolyesMiriam Margolyes has had a long career in stage, screen, and TV. From Little Shop of Horrors, to Blackadder, to one-woman musicals, Miriam has done it all. Come listen to Miriam speak about her varied career outside of the world of wizards and wands.
Albus Dumbledore; Your Problematic FaveDiscussion/Panel about Albus Dumbledore, the morality of him, and the general idea of ends-justifying-means rhetoric, good vs. evil, and how he could have appeared to characters other than Harry.
Antipode Presents: The House ChampionsCry a slytheRING!

Scream a ravenCALL!

Growl a huffleRUFF!

Call a gryffinROAR!

Join Antipode as they represent each house’s champion for the House Cup! Come watch, laugh, and cheer during this all ages Bellydance and Comedy cosplay show!
Antipode Presents: The Golden TrioThe boy who lived, the king, and the brightest witch of her age welcome you to an all ages show! Antipode as Harry, Ron, and Hermione invite you to come play games, watch dance performances, and laugh with them! It will be dumbleADORABLE!
Behind The Scenes on the Potter Movie Series: Trevor ButterfieldTrevor Butterfield helped create many of the Special Effects for the Potter Movie series. Find out the behind the scenes scoop on the making of those films, and the process needed to translate the fantastic to the screen.
Being the Bad GuyActor Jon Campling portrayed the lead Death Eater chasing our heroes in the Deathly Hallows Films. What is it like to be from the other side of the magical tracks? And is it waaaaaay more fun to be the bad guy?
Beyond Fantastic Beasts: recreating and expanding upon existing myths and loreEvery fantasy universe has to address how it's own creatures and world set up is both the same as, and different from, the lore and myths of our own world. How does J.K. Rowling embrace, expand upon, and make dramatic changes to all manner of creatures and magical ideas that have come before?
The Brave at Heart: Everything Great About Gryffindor!Does your daring, nerve, and chivalry set you apart (and get you in trouble constantly)? Then you belong in Gryffindor! Whether you consider yourself a part of the House or are just a fan of the characters, you're welcome at this panel. Join us for discussions of the characters, personalities, and traits that make Gryffindor great!
Cosplay Tips and TricksCosplay has become a huge part of almost every fandom--so how do you get started on your first outfit? Come gets some ideas from our panel of Cosplay veterans.
Cinema and Sorcery, or Magical Movie MythologyThrough his exhaustive guide to fantasy film, CINEMA AND SORCERY, Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg chronicled the rich history of magic, monsters, and mythology in a century of cinematic storytelling. Arnold joins us for a conversation about the many movies that informed the Harry Potter saga, and how the Potterverse now belongs to a far-ranging, fantastic film tradition.
Dan Fogler: The Magic of Being No-MajActor and comedian Dan Fogler plays the part of Jacob Kowalski in the Fantastic Beasts series of movies--and is the conduit for the audience to learn about the American version of the Wizarding World. Come hear Dan speak about his experience portraying this new role; and maybe get a few spoilers on the upcoming movie (totally not guaranteed to happen 🙂 )
DJ Kangal's FANTASTIC BEATSHave you got those moves like Potter? If you're looking for fantastic jams, the Potterverse dancefloor is where to find them! Dance the night away with music by DJ KANGAL as strange and fantastic sounds escape from his briefcase and onto the dancefloor until the wee hours! Bring your wands and dancing shoes; cosplay encouraged! Sound and lights by the Potterverse Tech Crew! Find more of DJ Kangal's work at djkangal.com.
Dueling with a Death Eater: Jon Campling's Wand Dueling ClassLearn to duel with the most despicable of Death Eaters--actor Jon Campling will show a small size class the proper wand technique to destroy their magical foes!
Game ShowsFans of all ages can participate in this interactive Jeopardy-type game show featuring wireless buzzers just like on TV! Games will be hosted by the Wizard of Trivia, DJ Gallifrey (aka John Horne). Be a part of The Tri-Wizard Trivia Competition or the Wizard's Wheel--a Wheel of Fortune-type game show for the younger fans to play and will feature Wizarding names and phrases to solve just like the TV show!

John Horne (aka DJ Gallifrey) is a 35 veteran DJ/MC from Pennsylvania and is the owner of Jam Machine Productions. In 2010 he started Trivia Game Show to overall acclaim. he has previously hosted trivia shows for Regeneration Who, Intervention, L.I. Who and Starquest
Growing Up With PotterThe book series is now over 20 years old--so many of it's original readers are now adults. How has the series had an affect on your beliefs and attitudes into adulthood?
Harry Potter Fanfiction StoriesAre you curious as to why the people in the Harry Potter world are the way they are? Have you ever pondered as to what happened to them off stage, between chapters, or following the epilogue? Do you wonder how things could have been different had circumstances differed? If so, come to this panel to learn how to find or to share your favorite quality fan fiction authors and stories. Aspiring writers, learn strategies for creating a successful story and how to publish on a fan fiction site.
"House Party" (VIP level 1 or greater required for entrance)The House Party is a meet up for all levels of VIP at PotterVerse. It will have snacks, soft drinks, and other party items for you to munch on. It also might have a few surprises in addition–who knows what might happen, or who might show up to this party…
How Cosplay HealsCosplay can be so much more than just an art form. It can help with depression, anxiety, PTSD, physical handicaps, and more! Explore how cosplay has helped others, and how it may be able to help you!
How Far Is Too Far? Adding, Subtracting, Or Changing Mythical Creatures of Folklore and FairytaleJ.K. Rowling made some tweaks and changes to mythical beings for her enormously popular Harry Potter series, and most believe that she was well within proper boundaries. But can you go too far? Our panel discusses the nature of fairytales and folklore in literature, the limits it can be stretched to, and the merits of creating one's own mythos.
Hufflepuffs United!Come hear Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout) and Simon Fisher-Becker (The Fat Friar) speak about their time playing fan favorite Hufflepuff characters in the movies, their reflections on their characters, and about the Harry Potter series in general.
I Can't Believe It's Not PotterCan you tell your J.K. Rowling from your bootlegs? A selection of intrepid guests and staff will be testing your knowledge, presenting readings from both the original Harry Potter series and knockoff books from around the world.
If You Like This, You'll Also Like....The world is filled with tons of great works--books, TV, films, shows, etc,. Come discuss other works that would appeal to Wizarding World Fans, especially up and coming or independent authors.
Incorporating Harry Potter into the Classroom and LearningThis panel provides advice and ideas on ways that teachers, librarians, and others can incorporate Harry Potter into lessons, span subject areas, and help connect with students or anyone interested in learning and literacy.
Resources for Connecting with other Fans It's a great big world out there--how do you know where to go to connect with other fans? There are also many places you absolutely shouldn't go. Come find out places both in real life, and online, to meet up with other fans in a positive way.
John Peel: A life in Magic and Science FictionAuthor John Peel has written novels across every genre of fiction--including Doctor Who, Star Trek, Eerie Indiana, Are You Afraid of The Dark?, and many others including his own worlds of fantasy and mystery. He also has published many works in the young adult fiction genre as well. Come listen to John talk about the process of writing--and maybe find out how to get your own magical world into print.
Jumpstarting the MuseLove to write, but sometimes find yourself unable to tap into your inspiration? You're not alone. Join your fellow authors for tips, tricks and techniques to get un-stuck and get the creative juices flowing!
The Just and Loyal: Everything Great About Hufflepuff!Are you patient, true, and just want to graduate without getting killed? Then you belong in Hufflepuff! Whether you consider yourself a part of the House or are just a fan of the characters, you're welcome at this panel. Join us for discussions of the characters, personalities, and traits that make Hufflepuff great!
Children's ProgrammingDrop by our dedicated Children's Programming Room and have your kids join in exciting Potter related activities all weekend long. The full schedule of activities will be posted by the Door.
Harry Potter Feast on a BudgetThe meat and bones (if you'll excuse the pun) of this panel is to show people how to create clever, flavorful, and budget friendly menus inspired by Fandom, in this case Potter love. These menus focus on ingredients, world based inspiration but accessible to anyone from a Master Chef to a complete kitchen noob.
Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts: The Power of Myth & MagicHarry Potter and Fantastic Beasts both are filled gloriously with the magic of Myth and legend from J. K. Rowling herself drawing on Egyptian, Greek and Roman mythology. Both Harry Potter and the new Fantastic Beasts series present heroic journeys,on testing and courage, of an enchanted world. A world that we have come to know that reflects our own world with its challenges to values and culture. The creatures and Fantastic Beasts all play a role in these two epic sagas. We will explore their roles in these stories along side the main characters of these magical works. How as J.R.R. Tolkien tells us that our Fantasy writers are "sub-creators" of a Secondary World which the mind and heart of the reader can enter. We will discuss and explore these worlds within the magic of Harry Potter and Newt Scamander and how they use the tools of myth and magical beasts to accomplish their mission to defeat darkness through the power of myth, courage and love.
House and Class PhotosCome to one of our many scheduled Class or House based group photo sessions and show off your School Spirit!
Love in the Wizarding World: What Does Harry Potter Teach Us About Relationships?What can we learn about how to treat the people in our lives from Harry Potter, the Weasleys, Hermione… or even the Dursleys? This interactive workshop will discuss how friends, family, and romantic relationships are portrayed in the wizarding world.
Making The Magic Happen: Trevor ButterfieldActor and Special Effects Technician Trevor Butterfield has been involved in movies from Star Wars through most of the Harry Potter film series. Find out how the magic of the screen gets made through the magic of special effects with a discussion across the many films throughout Trevor's career.
MEETUP! Antagonist (Enemies) United CosplayersInformal cosplay photo op gathering for any cosplayers dressed as villians. Come meet other cosplayer villians, make friends and set up photo ops.
MEETUP! CollectorsDo you collect the toys, items, or props from the movies or books? Join an informal gathering to make some new acquaintances.
MEETUP! House and Class PhotosWear your finest robes and get into photos with your fellow Housemates.
MEETUP! Friday CosplayMeet other cosplayers in an informal setting and plan your photo-shoots, and sign up for other activities.
MEETUP! Open MeetupMeet other attendees in an informal setting and hang out and get acquainted.
MEET UP! School's In SessionInformal cosplay photo op gathering for any cosplayers dressed in their school or class robes.
MEET UP! Teen Meetup SessionAn informal gathering with other teenage fans.
Moving HouseEveryone who reads the Potter series eventually imagines what house they would be sorted into--but did you ever reconsider your choice later? Did you start off as a stalwart Gryffindor, but eventually decided that Slytherin style subtle planning was more your way--or did your supportive Hufflepuff leanings eventually change to being more oriented to Ravenclaw academic and intellectual pursuits? What made you reassess and move house?
Parents Guide To The Potter UniverseHow do you introduce kids to the Harry Potter series - and in particularly how to balance the books vs. movies? Why did the series become the unprecedented success it’s become and how does it appeal to kids *and* adults? How do you avoid your kids getting spoiled on key events in the books? Come listen to Matt Blum, editor and columnist for the popular geek parenting site "Geek Dad", talk about his experiences and get some great insights into these and other things to consider when exposing your children to the series.
Performance: Miss Nerdstiles Performs!

(With Cat Smith)
Check out the ukulele stylings of the geek songstress extraordinaire! Cat Smith's musical sets are as magical and versatile as the cosplays she is also known for. Full of joy, humor, and deep cut pop culture references, Smith welds her uke to play everything from Amanda Palmer to Mouserat to Hamilton. A set from Miss Nerdstiles is the place to be for charming, witty musical nerdery!
Potterverse 2nd Annual YULE BALL All congoers, join us for an evening of well-mannered frivolity at our Second Annual Yule Ball! Featuring ballroom dance lessons by Alex Jacobs of DANCING AND DRAGONS (facebook.com/dancinganddragons), music by DJ Kangal, Sound and lights by the Potterverse Tech Crew, an appearance from Antipode Belly Dance, and more! Come dressed in your best formal outfit or cosplay, learn to ballroom dance, tango, and waltz, and dance the night away with your fellow Wizards and Muggles!
Programming MagicWe've all wanted to cast our own spells and ride a broom into the sky--but the next best thing is playing a game that lets you do that. Come hear about how a game designed to let you live out your magical fantasies gets made.
Reflections on The Potter Film SeriesJoin our Potter film actor guests as they talk about their experiences being part of the iconic 8 part movie series.
Rules of the GameAn introduction to the game everyone wants to play: Quidditch
Severus Snape: Problematic Fave (But He Is A Problem)Severus Snape is one of the most debated characters in Potter- no, scratch that- literary history. The trends surrounding him are constantly in flux; is he a hero? Is he a monster? Friend-zoner? Unrequited love? Anti-hero?

An in-depth discussion about the character, highlighting the redeemable qualities that he has, the irredeemable qualities he has slightly more of, his upbringing, theories around him, etc. presented from someone who genuinely adores the character without making excuses for his behavior. Accountability and analysis at it's finest, sprinkled with a comedic tone.
So, How'd We do?This panel is the last panel of the con. Come give Harknell, Oni, and the rest of the Onezumi Events team your feedback on the event. We encourage you to make suggestions for next year as well.
So you want to make your own magical book series....Do you want to get your work published? Many try, but not many succeed. Come find out how to get started on the path to success (and hopefully avoid the traps) in getting your work out into the world.
The Sorting Hat Debates: Hogwarts Houses as Personality TypesAre Slytherins really evil? Are Ravenclaws as good in school as everyone thinks? Are you a Hufflepuff and tired of being called a "leftover"? Join our in-depth discussion and debate panel about the Hogwarts Houses, comparing them to personality types, as well as discussing their traits and the characters that embody them in the Harry Potter series.
Star Wars: The Other Fantasy WorldActor Trevor Butterfield played many parts in the original Star Wars trilogy (Imperial Officer, stormtroopers, the bounty hunter ' Bossk ', a Calamari warrior, Lieutenant Blount, and the Rancor keeper’s assistant Giran). Come find out how it was to act in a decidedly different fantasy universe than the one with wands and dragons.
"The Wizards' Council"
( Special Event, Ticket Required)
Have a sit down of tea, coffee, and assorted pastries with the Wizards, their assistants, and other top tier guests at PotterVerse. This event has each participating guest spend some time at your table for a chat while indulging in some tea and sweets in a relaxed setting.
Those Cunning Folk: Everything Great About Slytherin!Will you use any means to achieve your ends? Looking to make friends? Feeling misunderstood and totally not evil? Then you belong in Slytherin! Whether you consider yourself a part of the House or are just a fan of the characters, you're welcome at this panel. Join us for discussions of the characters, personalities, and traits that make Slytherin great!
Those of Wit And Learning: Everything Great About Ravenclaw!Have you a ready mind? Are you awesome at brain teasers? Do you wish we'd hurry up and get to the point because you have to study for exams? Then you belong in Ravenclaw! Whether you consider yourself a part of the House or are just a fan of the characters, you're welcome at this panel. Join us for discussions of the characters, personalities, and traits that make Ravenclaw great!
Wand-Making 101So you want your own wand? We may not be Ollivander, but we can help! Together, we'll make and decorate our own wands that you can take home with you. The wand may choose the wizard… but when all else fails, the wizard can always make the wand!
We are PotterVerseIt's the start of PotterVerse, come talk to showrunners Oni Hartstein and James Harknell--ask questions, give them your feedback, and get the event off to a magical start.
What's Your Patronus?A wizard's or witch's Patronus is an important part of their identity. What does the choice of animal mean? How does one choose? Join our discussion on one of the other big identity definers in the wizarding world. And who knows? If you haven't figured yours out, maybe you will by the end of the panel!
When Witches Play Muggle – Harry Potter CosplayAre you hoping to make your own Hogwarts uniform? Is there a specific character you'd love to cosplay? Or are you a master cosplayer looking to share your knowledge? Join our cosplay roundtable and help your fellow fans get their costumes together. And if you already have a costume, be sure to wear it to the panel!
Where Are We Going From Here? The Future of the Wizarding WorldWhen the original book series ended, it was thought that that would be the end of the Wizarding World. Now, with the new Fantastic Beasts series of films, and the Cursed Child stage show, there seems like there are going to be more possibilities of expanding the overall Wizarding World into new areas. What are your thoughts on these new expanded parts of the world? What parts of the world would you like to see in future projects?
Wizards' and Witches' Fancy Dress ParadeGot a costume you want to show off? Join our costume parade and show off your handiwork! Whether you just want to take your turn on the catwalk or you're fully in character, you'll have a chance to share your creations with your fellow attendees! Be sure to pose for the camera... we'll be sharing our faves on our website!
World-Building: From the Ground UpCreating the world of your story can be one of the most difficult parts of bringing it together. How do you build a setting and populate it? Some of our in-house authors are here to teach you everything you need to know about crafting the world of your story, whether it's a brand new fantasy realm or our world with one or two tweaks!

Note: Programming at the event is subject to change depending on panelist or guest availability. Some listed panels or events may not happen due to these or other factors.

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