Oh, there are many and varied reasons why I love Harry Potter. The first and foremost is that it is a rollicking good story. The next is that there is so much in there for me to think about on an academic level. I love getting my academic teeth around issues like prejudice, social control, conceptualisations of what makes a person, the social structures, analysis of the media, and the attitude towards Muggles. The third is that it is damned good fun! I mean, how many conferences do you go to where people in your audience are dressed like this:
And then there’s the fact that this particular conference was held in Orlando at the Universal complex, where of course there is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter… I was greeted with this on the Hard Rock Cafe:
Then there is the park itself….
How can this not be considered fun?