Phoenix Rising; May 17-21, 2007; New Orleans, LA

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Phoenix Rising
Phoenix Rising took place May 17-21, 2007. Please feel free to view this archival version of our website, and to visit the Narrate Conferences, Inc. website for information about future events.


Phoenix Rising's Events — including a masquerade ball, a wizarding interpretation of the birth of jazz in Storyville, a showcase of the online fan community, movie showings, and a Quidditch tournament — are an opportunity for attendees to experience the intrigue and magic of Harry Potter blended with the hospitality and tradition of New Orleans. The following is a comprehensive list of our events, though attendees may also wish to visit our Accepted Proposals, Keynote Presentations, and Lagniappe pages for further conference offerings.

Overture: Dinner, Live PotterCast, Gallery Opening and Vendor Opening | Squashy Purple Sleeping Bag Movie Nights | Storyville | Borders Riverside Quidditch Classic | Artists and Authors Night | Masquerade Ball | Coda: Breakfast, Awards and Auction

Overture: Dinner, Live PotterCast, Gallery Opening and Vendor Opening
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Sponsored by Listening Library, a division of Random House, Inc.
7:00 p.m. — midnight
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

To welcome attendees to New Orleans, Phoenix Rising has planned a grand dinner, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Dinner will be served buffet-style for two hours, and our Headmistress, Vicky Dann, will greet attendees. Following dinner, a live version of PotterCast, The Leaky Cauldron's famed podcast, will take place in the ballroom. For those more interested in artwork or shopping, Phoenix Rising's Art Gallery and Vendor Room will have their official openings. Participating gallery artists will be on hand to discuss their work, and vendors' inventories will be at their peak. Cash bars will be available for the duration of the event.

Menu: chicken noodle soup; country salad bar, including Romaine Caesar salad and tossed mixed greens; mustard potato salad; coleslaw with shredded carrots and diced pineapple; sweet bread and butter pickles; southern fried chicken; fried cornmeal catfish with tangy tartar sauce; smoked pork ribs with zesty barbeque sauce; grilled vegetables; Kahlua brown sugar-glazed sweet potatoes; southern-style green beans; buttered corn on the cob; corn muffins; apple cobbler; pumpkin pie; and iced tea and coffee.

Squashy Purple Sleeping Bag Movie Nights
Presentation: 12:00 midnight; movie: 1:00 a.m.
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
Cost: The movie showings are included with a basic registration; squashy purple sleeping bags may be purchased through our registration system for $25 each. We have sold out our supply of purple squashy sleeping bags, but still have plenty of seating available for Transformation: From Story to Screenplay — no ticket required!

Each night of the conference, Phoenix Rising will show of one of the Harry Potter movies as a late-night activity. Headmistress Vicky Dann, whose Muggle life includes teaching film at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, will present a film-oriented lecture before each movie. Phoenix Rising will have squashy, purple sleeping bags available for purchase as part of our registration system, if attendees are interested in watching the movies from that vantage point.

Friday, May 18, 2007
8:00 p.m. — midnight
Bourbon Vieux, Cajun Cabin and Five O'Clock Grille
Cost: $30 per person. Attendees are welcome to purchase tickets for non-attendees who are at least 14 years old as of May 18, 2007.

Friday night, Phoenix Rising will bring the wizarding world to Bourbon Street, as attendees dine on classic Cajun food and dance to the rhythms of some of the world's best Wizard Rock. Phoenix Rising will — at the Bourbon Vieux, Cajun Cabin and Five O'Clock Grille — revive Storyville, New Orleans' legendary red light district, which incubated "jass" in its infancy, with one night only of Wizard Rock. Our entertainment will include Draco and the Malfoys, The Parselmouths, The Remus Lupins and The Whomping Willows. Dinner will be served, the music of the wizarding world will infuse the historic venues, and those with tickets will interact with the crush of New Orleans from the largest balcony on Bourbon Street.

Each $30 ticket comes with full Cajun-style buffet dinner, one drink ticket and wristband access to this famous Bourbon Street venue for a night of history, music, dancing and celebration.

Menu: Spring mix with Créole tomatoes, crumbled bleu cheese, pecans and raspberry walnut vinaigrette; chicken and andouille sausage gumbo; corn macque choux; red beans and rice with smoked ham and andouille sausage; muffuletta pasta salad; shrimp and crawfish étouffée; smoked brisket with pistolettes; and pecan praline bread pudding with chantilly cream. Please note that the spring mix salad, the corn macque choux, the muffaletta pasta salad, and of course, the bread pudding are vegetarian. Cash bars will be available, in addition to the drink tickets.

Borders Riverside Quidditch Classic
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Sponsored by Borders, Inc.
9:00 a.m. — 5:30 p.m.
Woldenberg Riverfront Park
Cost: $30 for participants in the Borders Riverside Quidditch Classic; House and pickup Quidditch are included with a basic registration

It has thrilled Quidditch fans for years, and has a history to challenge any other Quidditch tournament in the world — and in 2007, the Bayou Quidditch League will hold the Borders Riverside Quidditch Classic as part of Phoenix Rising. Tournament play will involve a triple-elimination series on the banks of the Mississippi River in the French Quarter, and players should be warned that the most traditional of Riverside Quidditch Classic rule alterations will be enforced: teams responsible for balls or players lost in the Mississippi River will be summarily disqualified. For those unused to the cutthroat competition of the Classic, the Houses of L'Université des Arts Magiques will compete for the glory of victory, and all, including community members and children, are welcome to play pickup games.

Players in the Borders Riverside Quidditch Classic must pay a $30 tournament fee. Those players will receive a jersey with their teamís wizarding mascot on the front and their name and number on the back, as well as sports drinks, water and snacks.

Artists and Authors Night
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Sponsored by FictionAlley
8:00 p.m. — midnight
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

On Saturday evening, Phoenix Rising will showcase the creativity of the online fan community surrounding the Harry Potter series. The Artists and Authors Night programming will feature a tremendous array of elements, including: fanfiction readings and art portfolio showings; interactive challenges; creative booths devoted to writing and art; roundtables and workshops; a room dedicated to online fan websites and groups; a sketch-in; and many other activities focusing on the aspects of the fan community.

Masquerade Ball
Sunday, May 20, 2007
8:00 p.m. — midnight
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

For four hours on Sunday night, Phoenix Rising will experience a bit of Mardi Gras revelry at the Masquerade Ball. In the grand tradition of New Orleans, attendees will costume themselves, don their masks and participate in a tradition that dates back to the Italian Renaissance. Identities will remain a mystery until midnight, when the masks are removed, though neither a costume nor a mask is required. Cash bars will be available, as will a quieter space for those who prefer chatting to dancing.

Coda: Breakfast, Awards and Auction
Monday, May 21, 2007
8:00 a.m. — noon
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Before departing, join us for one last event. Breakfast will be served buffet-style from 8:00 — 10:00 a.m. Following breakfast, awards will be presented, including prizes and recognition for Games, Exploratory Programming and L'Université des Arts Magiques' Pirate Gold. Finally, our auction of unique Harry Potter, fantasy and New Orleans items will take place, so attendees can carry a bit of Phoenix Rising home with them. We will offer one-of-a-kind objects, artwork and more in both live and silent auctions. Stay in your seat after the meal and awards to take home a special memento of our event.

If you would like to donate an item or have any questions about the auction, please e-mail our auction team at

Menu: Famous New Orleans beignets; fresh fruit; chilled juices; café au lait; coffee and tea.


This conference is not endorsed, sanctioned or any other way supported, directly or indirectly, by Warner Bros. Entertainment, the Harry Potter book publishers, or J. K. Rowling and her representatives. All code and art copyright © 2006–11 Narrate Conferences, Inc.