Happy New Year from all of us at Portus! The year 2008 has finally arrived, which means we havejust six months until Portus is at our doorstep. However, we just can’t wait that long to meet all of you.

On Saturday, February 23rd, the Portus staff  invites you to join us for a get together at Portus’s home, the Hilton Anatole. Come and share some dinner with your fellow Portus attendees and chairs at La Esquina restaurant from 8pm to 10pm. We will have giveaways for everyone and some special prizes for pre-registered attendees.

La Esquina is located in the Hilton Anatole’s Atrium II near the Clock Tower Entrance. The Hilton Anatole is just off Stemmons Freeway (also known as I-35E) at the Market Center Boulevard exit. Casual Muggle dress or your finest wizard robes are welcome. Prices range from $10.00 to $30.00. (Be sure to exchange your knuts and sickles before you get here.)

You can RSVP for the event by emailing us at portal@portus2008.org with your name and the number in your party. Feel free to bring your friends.

We hope to see you there.

Best Regards,

Aziza Aba Butain
Editor-in-Chief


Ministry of Magic to Perform at the Mystery Masquerade Ball

The “Decade of Enchantment Ball” at Prophecy was so successful we wondered how we could top it. Well, we found a way. In an exciting first for HPEF, we are thrilled to announce that Ministry of Magic will perform live Wizard Rock to groove to in addition to a Muggle DJ playing your favorite Muggle tunes. Tickets to the ball are $5.00, and space is limited. Be sure to get your tickets by modifying your registration today. Haven't registered yet? There's still time – register now!

Common Room Unplugged

Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls will be joining our Common Room Unplugged performances taking place throughout Portus. We are delighted to have Christian Caldeira as a part of our growing Unplugged lineup. More Common Room Unplugged details will follow in the coming months.

Wizard Rockumentary

The Wizard Rockumentary is finally here! Mallory and Megan, AKA the Schuyler Sisters, have been hard at work over the past several years chronicling the music movement known as “Wizard Rock.” Their presence at countless Harry Potter conferences has been hard to miss. At last, all of their hard work can be seen as a part of Portus’s formal programming this July.

Portus will screen the Wizard Rockmentary on Saturday, July 12th, followed by a Question & Answer session featuring Megan and Mallory. Spaces are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today by modifying your registration.

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Quidditch: North American Flying Federation’s 140th Merlin’s Cup

Don’t forget your racing brooms… or your water wings!

What better way is there to escape the Texas heat this July than a fierce Water Quidditch match? The Hilton Anatole will see a Texas first when it hosts the NAFF’s 140th Merlin’s Cup this summer. Out of gillyweed? Don’t worry. In addition to water Quidditch, we will also be hosting land Quidditch for all landlubbers.

To join a team or enter your own squad, email us at Quidditch@portus2008.org

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Register now or upgrade your purchased tickets to include these events and more!

 

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Imagine your work on display in our Art Gallery with the beautiful city of Dallas, Texas as a backdrop. We are excited to see the unique creations artists like you will contribute to make Portus an event to remember.

You can see examples of previous artwork displayed in the art galleries of past events in our Prophecy Retrospective slideshow.

Entries may now be submitted to the Portus Art Gallery. Our submission deadline is 12:00 AM CDT on May 15, 2008. For details, rules, and submission guidelines, please visit our Call for Artwork page. Email any questions to artgallery@portus2008.org.

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The Portus Previews – January Edition (and a special February Edition!)

The January Edition of the Portus Previews is now available for download. You can listen to our interview with Rachael from Snapecast (the host of Snapefest) by searching for “Portus Previews” in iTunes or by entering the following into your podcast player’s “Subscribe” field: http://www.portus2008.org/podcast.xml.

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. To celebrate the love we have for each other as a part of the Harry Potter fandom, we are giving you the opportunity to take part in the February Edition of Portus Previews. Send us a 5-10 second recording of your Valentine’s Day shout out for that special someone in your life, your best friend, or a favorite house elf, and we will air it on the February Portus Previews. You can send us your shout out in one of two ways:

  1. Record a 5-10 second .mp3 file of your shout out, and email it to us at portal@portus2008.org.
  2. Call us, and leave a voicemail at (614) 308-8709.

Be sure to call or send your clip by February 10th to ensure it will make it into the podcast. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Twelve Days of Portus: Congratulations!

The holiday season was abundant with giving, and Portus attendees certainly didn’t miss out. The Portus staff would like to extend our congratulations to the following winners of our “Twelve Days of Portus Giveaways:”

Nicole Atencio, Meribeth Belter, Sara Brown, Laurie Butler, Angulique Cunningham, Brandi English, Meg Gilbert, Mazel Jones, Rachel Keeler, Sarah Keeler, Scott Keeler, Stephanie Kishi, Annika Ksinsik, Katy Latham, Nicole Lepinski, Alice Rhoades, Cathy Roop, Betsy Slehofer, Kerry Snider, Kelda Sweeney, Chris Wagoner, and Vanna Whitaker-Kufs.

Once again, congratulations to all!

Would you like to join us at Portus? Be sure to register now!

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Aziza Aba Butain
By Bekki Olivieri

This month's Volunteer Spotlight features none other than our Chair of Public Relations, Aziza Aba Butain. Each month, she pulls together not one but two publications on behalf of Portus: The Portus Previews, and The Portal. Her hard work keeps our attendees informed about news and updates regarding the symposium.

A Las Vegas native, Aziza first came to volunteer for HPEF events during Lumos, where she helped out at the information desk and with the press. After serving last year as the Chair of Security for Prophecy, she returns for another round of organizing at Portus. A recent graduate of the University of North Texas, she currently works as a Production Assistant for a Dallas-Fort Worth area company that produces documentaries.

Want to learn how YOU can help us create the magic of Portus? Visit our Volunteer page for more information!

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If you have questions or comments concerning the Call for Proposals, programming, etc., please contact us at info@portus2008.org.

If you have any questions or comments about The Portal or the Portus Previews, please feel free to contact us at portal@portus2008.org.