For today’s Friday Feature, I want to announce a free Signum Symposium coming up tonight. “One Fantastic Rogue Beast — An Impromptu Star Wars/Harry Potter Chat” will feature of team of bloggers and podcasters who spend their time thinking about the intersection of culture and film. Thanks to Kat Sas for posting this announcement, and to the intrepid Sørina Higgins for hosting. I look forward to participating–though I come in as clearly the least qualified. Still, two hot films within huge mythic worlds that have influenced a generation of fans. T’will be a good chat–so you should join in at 7pm EST tonight!–and a great chance for readers of A Pilgrim in Narnia to catch up on the work of these other bloggers.
This Friday, starting 7pm Eastern Time, I’ll be joining several friends to discuss the latest installments of the Harry Potter and Star Wars film franchises: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Rogue One. The group of panelists are all teachers and students at Signum University and I’m sure we hold a lot of Potter and SW knowledge between us. We look forward to discussing these new movies as adaptations and expansions of their respective stories and worlds, their approach to casting and diversity, how they function as prequels, and their endings. Will we sing their praises as thoughtful and thought-provoking engagements with these beloved sagas, or will we decry them as yet two more installments in Hollywood’s increasingly franchise-driven climate? Who knows! Tune in to find out.
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