More than three years ago, HPEF (Harry Potter Education Fanon) announced their 7th conference, Infinitus, would take place at the planned Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando in July 2010. After 37 months of planing, more than two thousand Harry Potter fans will converge on Lowes Royal Pacific Resort this Thursday, July 15 through Sunday, July 18.
Attendees can expect hundreds of hours of programming, discussions, live theatrical experiences, world premiere parodies and an exclusive sold-out night at the Wizarding World after park close Friday night. Harry Potter movie actors Christian Coulson (Tom Riddle) and Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley) will also be meeting fans.
For those who are interested in academic, thought provoking discussions, formal programming rules the day on Thursday afternoon, and all day Friday and Saturday. The full schedule, summaries, and presenter biographies can be found here on the Infinitus 2010 website.
Many special events are also included with a standard registration. Mugglecast, a Harry Potter fan site, will be recording live in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and Pottercast, a fan podcast, will be recording live Saturday afternoon in the Java Room. A cast and orchestra of nearly 50 will perform the original musical The Final Battle on Friday afternoon and StarKid Potter will showcase A Very Potter Sequel by premiering it on Saturday afternoon.
Add-ons to a standard ticket include:
• Saturday luncheon with a keynote presentation by Kelvin Tuite of Electronic Arts, who will give a behind the scenes look at upcoming Harry Potter video games ($50, but must be purchased before noon Friday.)
• Saturday luncheon featuring a panel of best-selling novelists who got their starts in fandom. ($75, must be purchased by Thursday afternoon.)
• Dessert with actor Rankin and Coulson on Saturday evening. ($100 but only registrants can purchase tickets to the dessert.)
It’s hard to completely explain an HPEF Harry Potter fan event to muggles, but it’s promised to be eventful, creative and magical. Come by the Royal Pacific Resort this weekend and see for yourself. (Be sure to stop by the Orlando Attractions Magazine table in the vendor room.)
Tickets for single-day or two-day registrations are available at the
door for $50 per day. There are a few special-ticketed events still available. All programming, pickup Quidditch, wizard rock and meet-ups are included in the registration fee.
For more information, visit infinitus2010.org.