The Newman University English department presented its annual Literature Festival, “Magic Happens: A Celebration of Harry Potter,” April 12 and 13.

Also known as, “Lit Fest,” the celebration is a two-day event featuring readings from academic papers, various forms of creative writing, live performances and even prestigious guest speakers.

To kickstart the Harry Potter themed event, keynote speaker and author Travis Prinzi traveled from New York to present his work, “Saving Dumbledore: Moral Imagination and Forgiveness in Harry Potter’s Death.” Prinzi writes and speaks on the intersection of fantasy and politics, myth and culture in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. John Granger, also known as the “Hogwarts Professor,”  has said, “There is no more insightful commenter on the Harry Potter novels than Travis Prinzi.”

Emerson, A. (2018, April 19). Harry Potter themed ‘Lit Fest’ a success. Retrieved April 26, 2018, from