In anticipation of our fourth annual Popular Culture and the Deep Past (February 2017), which focuses on the world of Harry Potter, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will host a special, opening-night screening of the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. In addition to the screening, the event will include a dinner reception, featuring Harry Potter-themed foods, drinks, and treats; commemorative giveaways; and a special introduction to the film.
Finally, Beastly Bash attendants are also invited to attend a public lecture by John Friedman (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) on the use of classical myth and medieval bestiaries in the Harry Potter universe.
More information on John Friedman's public lecture, part of our 2106-2017 lecture series, can be found here.
The public lecture is free and open to the public.
More information on Popular Culture and the Deep Past 2017 can be found here.
Tickets for the Beastly Bash are sold out!