Unofficial Meetup: Oblivion Taproom Great Hall Feast
Starts: August 31st at 5:30PM
Where: Oblivion Taproom on E. Colonial
Oblivion Taproom, a restaurant in Orlando, will be hosting a Harry Potter themed party, including themed food and a costume contest. The HoHs will be in attendance but the event is not being run by the Slug Club and therefore will not count for House Points. Join other Harry Potter fans in Central Florida for a feast! Here’s their official description of the event:
“It’s that time of year again for our
Hogwarts Great Hall Feast!
Come show your Hogwarts school spirit! Everyone will be sorted into their houses! We’ll have food and drink specials including Butter Beer!
The movies will be playing all night and there will also be a costume contest at 8pm!
Don’t worry, Lord Voldemort was not invited!”
As the Slug Club will not be running this and will not necessarily have representation throughout the entire event, this is an unofficial meetup, and therefore no house points will be given. (Though after that last line in their description, if one of us is there and you’re dressed as Voldemort, we may give you a few bonus points!)
Please make sure to RSVP here in order to catch up with any other Slug Club members who may be attending and RSVP on their event page if you have a Facebook account so the venue knows how many people to expect. https://www.facebook.com/events/473183816149449/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
Hogwarts Express Ride and Start of Term Feast
Starts: September 1st at 10AM
Where: Kings Cross Station in Universal Orlando
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment that you can purchase in Diagon Alley prior to your departure.
Term begins on September 1. Please arrive at King’s Cross station at 10:00am* to cross though Platform 9 3/4 and board the Hogwarts Express at 11:00am.
Join your fellow witches and wizards of the Slug Club as we travel from King’s Cross station to Hogsmeade for the start of term. School uniform is strongly encouraged but not mandatory. We will follow up with lunch at the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade. Please note that a park-to-park ticket will be required to ride the Hogwarts Express. After lunch, feel free to split into groups to explore Hogsmeade and/or Diagon Alley.
*Please be sure to arrive at Kings Cross by 10AM. Parking at Universal and walking to Kings Cross takes 30-45 minutes on average, so please prepare for that. We’ll take some pictures at the train station before and then hop in line for the train.
Orlando Public Library Harry Potter Discussion and Trivia
Starts: September 7th at 2PM
Where: Orlando Public Library on E. Central in the Albertson Room
The Central Florida Slug Club was asked to run a discussion and trivia event at the Orange County Public Library! This will be the first in a series, with each discussion taking place every two months. (The exact length of the series is undetermined at this point – I suppose it depends in part on how much they like us and whether or not they receive a positive response to the event.) This first discussion will take place in the Albertson Room of the Orange County Public Library’s downtown branch. It will be a general discussion spanning all of the books. The discussion/trivia is scheduled to take place for 45 minutes to one hour. We hope to see you there!
September Book Club: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Starts: September 22nd at 7:00PM
Where: Orlando George and the Dragon
This month for book club we are going back to our Harry Potter roots. We will be reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!
Join us at our regular place (the George & Dragon) to discuss the second book of the series. “The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.
But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone — or something — starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself!”
Note: This meeting is taking place during Azka-Banned Books Week! As Harry Potter is one of the most well-known banned books in the U.S., we’ll briefly discuss banned books – why this book has been banned or challenged, why reading it and discussing its inherent issues is important, and how censorship impacts education.