"In the dreams I went through the door at the end of the corridor from the lifts into a dark room—that's this one—and then I went through another door into a room that kind of...glitters. We should try a few doors," he said hastily. "I'll know the right way when I see it..."
-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, page 771, American edition
We have gone through the door at the end of the corridor and discovered the fate of the “Boy Who Lived.” Scholars and fans eagerly awaited the July 21, 2007, release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The conclusion of the series has captivated imaginations the world over. But the door to his fate is not the final portal. Unanswered questions remain, some a decade old, and it is time to try a few more doors.
One year after closing the book on canon, Portus will open its doors to the next stage of theory and speculation. Like the Department of Mysteries’ enigmatic Unspeakables, we will begin to unravel the entirety of the Harry Potter phenomenon. Together, we endeavor to solve remaining mysteries and delve into new questions raised as the curtain fell on the seventh and final installment.
"They were standing in a large, circular room. Everything in here was black, including the floor and ceiling—identical, unmarked, handle-less black doors were set at intervals all around the black walls, interspersed with branches of candles whose flames burned blue, their cool shimmering light reflected in the shining marble floors that it looked as though there was dark water underfoot."
-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, page 770, American edition
What lies beyond the doors before us? Time, space, death, the heart, and the mind are only the beginning of our quest. During four magical summer days we shall explore those mysterious departments together. Literary scholars and adult fans from all over the globe will convene at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, from July 10-13, 2008, in pursuit of answers. Gather with friends at Portus, and explore what lies beyond the rotating doors., Which will you choose? We’re sure you will know the right way when you see it.
As one door closes, another one opens...