Home / Campus / Harry Potter Alliance to hold inaugural leadership conference in Auburn

Harry Potter Alliance to hold inaugural leadership conference in Auburn

Why did The Harry Potter Alliance select Auburn as the location for the inaugural Granger Leadership Academy? Because we met all their Hermioneeds.
Why did The Harry Potter Alliance select Auburn as the location for the inaugural Granger Leadership Academy? Because we met all their Hermioneeds.

We haven’t had a Harry Potter meets Auburn post in a while, so this is good.

The first ever Granger Leadership Academy will be held in Auburn next month. That’s Granger, as in Harry Potter heroine Hermione Granger, as in the community organizer most revered by The Harry Potter Alliance, “an army of fans, activists, nerdfighters, teenagers, wizards and muggles dedicated to fighting for social justice with the greatest weapon we have– love.”

A division of that army—the Harry Potter Alliance AUrors—has been officially deployed in Auburn (with AU’s full organizational blessing) since early 2012, holding book drives, toy drives, food drives and other noble endeavors worthy of praise, and apparently the attention of HPA HQ.

“We weren’t able to book the conference center at Hogwarts,” reads the location announcement for the conference on the HPA website, “but we’re very excited to confirm that Granger Leadership Academy will be hosted by The Hotel at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama! Like Hogwarts, Auburn University is a magical school that’s located a bit off the beaten path.”

War Eaglus! The logo for the Harry Potter Alliance AUrors at Auburn.
War Eaglus! The logo for the Harry Potter Alliance AUrors at Auburn.

“We selected Auburn as our first-year host for Granger Leadership Academy primarily because the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center met all our qualifications for an ideal conference venue,” Harry Potter Alliance Chapter’s Director Matt Maggiacomo told TWER. “We feel the surrounding community of Auburn will provide a great setting for our attendees.”

What will attendees actually be up to? Workshops, community building activities, and other “dynamic training based on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development.”

The conference will be held Oct. 17-19—don’t bother, we already looked. It’s that second bye week. Good planning on their part,  but still kind of a shame—the interaction between quidditch-crazed wizards and pigskin-crazed muggles would no doubt give us our next several Harry Potter meets Auburn posts.

h/t @AuburnElvis

Related: Auburn engineering students raise money with broom-less Quidditch tournament.

If you’d like to help TWER keep on keepin’ on, please click here.

Keep Reading:

* Teen who poured her Auburn soul out after wisdom teeth extraction recovering nicely, dishes dirt on Dayton
* Shug Jordan’s houndstooth hat is prized possession of former Auburn coed who caught it after ’69 Iron Bowl, claims it predates Bear’s
* VIDEO: Charles Barkley vs. Barney the Dinosaur on 1993 episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’
* VIDEO: Beano Cook tells ESPN Auburn No. 1 in 1993
* Terry Bowden tells TWER Auburn has a right to claim the 1993 national championship

Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Want to advertise? Spare a dollar?

About Staff

Check Also

Screenshot 2016-05-26 21.47.16

Leonardo DiCaprio reps Auburn in New York City, eats cupcakes

People used to ask and we’d say “well, he just likes college team hats.” Recently, …