Remember the world before June 1997? If you can't, don't worry; you didn't miss much. The world was a dull, uninspired, basically pointless place. Nobody had ever heard of quidditch or boggarts or kneazles. Hardly anybody even knew how to pronounce 'Hermione'.
Luckily, J.K. Rowling stepped up and fixed everything. By imagining the incredible world of Hogwarts and writing the incomparable seven-book Harry Potter series, she delivered us from despair and brought us magic, adventure, intrigue and endless fun.
At the Athenaeum Theatre in October, we're celebrating 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with a night of storytelling, music, reading and revelry. And, in true Hogwarts spirit, there’ll be a competitive element to the night. We’ll broach the eternal, yet controversial, question: Who was the real hero of the Harry Potter series? Was it really the eponymous orphan wizard? Or was it misunderstood Snape, or heroic brainiac Hermione Granger? Was it the Sorting Hat who truly saved the day?
Ben Pobjie, Clementine Ford, Justin Heazlewood, Jessica Walton, Nayuka Gorrie and Candy Bowers and others (to be announced) will make the case for their chosen hero in an evening of wonder, wizardry and hardcore fanning out. Plus, there’ll be a performance by a quartet from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. All houses welcome. Even Slytherins (sort of).
Suitable for ages 12 and over.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.
Presented in partnership with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Clementine Ford is a Melbourne-based writer, speaker and feminist thinker. She is a columnist for Fairfax’s Daily Life and is a regular contributor to the Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Through her twice-weekly columns for Daily Life, Clementine explores issues of gender inequality and pop culture. Fight Like a Girl is her first book.
Ben Pobjie is a writer, comedian and poet with no journalistic qualifications whatsoever. He has a weekly column at Australian news commentary site newmatilda.com, and his writing has appeared in Crikey, The Age and The Punch, among others.
Candy Bowers is an award-winning writer, actor, social-activist, comedian and producer. The co-artistic director of Black Honey Company, Candy has pioneered a fierce sub-genre of hip hop theatre that delves into the heart of radical feminist dreaming.
Jessica Walton lives with her wife, son, and cats in Melbourne. She was inspired to write Introducing Teddy after her dad transitioned into the woman she had always been on the inside, and Jess wanted to find a way to tell that story to her young son. A former secondary teacher, Jess is passionate about literature, board games, the ukulele, and funky prosthetic legs (her current one features green dragon scales). Introducing Teddy is her first book.
Nayuka Gorrie is a Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman. She is passionate about self-determination and culture.
Justin Heazlewood is one of Australia’s most versatile storytellers. Music and comedy fans know him best as the ARIA award-nominated Bedroom Philosopher, a moniker under which Heazlewood has released several albums of incisive, brutally funny and often heartbreaking songs. Heazlewood is also a writer of journalism and essays – bringing humour and critical thinking to important issues such as mental illness, unemployment and the frailty of human relationships.
He has written two acclaimed books: the memoir The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries (2012), followed by Funemployed (2014), which focused on the ecstasies, horrors and realities of being a working artist. The latter earned praise from Tony Martin, Dave Graney and international writer Neil Gaiman, and featured interviews with over 100 local and international artists including Gotye (Wally De Backer), Clare Bowditch, John Safran, Tony Martin, Amanda Palmer, Christos Tsiolkas, Tim Rogers and Adam Elliot.
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