CMU Harry Potter Conference - Mischief Managed
A Scholarly and Performative Conference on Harry Potter
at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant MI
October 31 - November 1, 2008

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Welcome to Mischief Managed!

The conference is over now.

If you attended the event, THANK YOU!

If you missed it, you missed some great stuff:

  • William Todd-Jones gave a FANTASTIC presentation on state-of-the art technology in the making of the Order of the Phoenix, including details of how the scenes with Grawp and the Centaurs were made.  Many thanks to Todd for making this a very special event!
  • Energetic and thought provoking debates and discussions on House Elf rights, implications of closing Azkaban, Wand rights for magical creatures, rights of Muggle borns, environmental issues in the Wizard world and loss of space for magical creatures to live, sentience of non-human magical beings, and much more.  We had some great role playing representing Wizards, Centaurs, Elves, Merpeople and even Spiders! It was great fun and very educational to explore these Wizarding world issues, and how they correlate to the Muggle world.
  • Harry Potter Trivia contest.
  • Performances reenacting scenes such as the final duel between Bellatrix LeStrange and Mrs. Weasely, Hagrid introducing Grawp, and the Centaurs carrying away Umbridge.
  • Fun activities such as the Sorting Hat, Teal Leaf Reading, sending Howlers, Mandrake repotting (eeeeeee!), Dark Arts Road Show, Tonks' Beauty Academy, and body piercing and tattoos by Professor Umbridge.
  • Wizard Rock bands: The Whomping Willows, Tonks and the Aurors and The Justin Finch Fletchly Band.  Many thanks to the bands for putting on a great show!


Original Event Information:

Mischief Managed, a scholarly and performative conference on Harry Potter, will take place 6:00pm-12:00am Oct. 31st, and 9:00am-6:30pm Nov. 1st, 2008 on the campus of Central Michigan University (CMU) in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Activities will include:

  • Model Wizarding World. Issues addressed will include questions concerning rights and justice for ALL those who inhabit the magical world, as well as environmental degradation of the magical and muggle realm.
  • Should Azkaban prison should be shut down?

  • What should be the rights of house elves?

  • How do muggle fishing practices affect merpeople?

  • Friday night will be themed A Visit to Diagon Alley/Death Day Celebration. It will include different "stations" inspired by the Harry Potter books, such as:
  • The Sorting Hat Corner

  • Tea Leaf and Palm Reading with Prof. Trelawny and Co.

  • Professor Umbridge Tattoos and Body Piercing

  • Tonks' Beauty Academy (providing a variety of spray on hair colors)

  • Mandrake Planting Session

  • The Three Broomsticks with Butterbeer

  • Send a Howler!

  • Performance of Final Duel Between Bellatrix LeStrange and Mrs Weasley

  • Magical Meeting with Harry Potter Characters

  • Friday evening will end with dancing and performances by the wizard bands:
  • The Whomping Willows

  • Tonks and the Aurors

  • The Justin Finch Fletchly Band

  • The Fred and George Band



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What's  New:

  • We're done!  It was great!

Pictures from the event:


  • Friday 8:00pm - A Visit to Diagon Alley
  • Friday 9:30pm - Dancing with The Whomping Willows, Tonks and the Aurors, and more!
  • Saturday, 4:00pm - Presentation by William Todd-Jones, including behind-the-scenes information on the making of the Order of the Phoenix
  • Saturday, 5:30pm - Butterbeer and cheese reception with William Todd-Jones
  • more ...

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