Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: Mark Pietrowski, NIU Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming
(815) 753-1456

January 11, 2008

NIU announces contest to help name
new Harry Potter Conference

DeKalb, Ill. — Northern Illinois University will hold a Harry Potter Conference geared for the general public later this year, and organizers are hoping Potter fans will help provide a proper name for the event.

Potential names should be e-mailed to The deadline for entries is Jan. 25.

The winner of the naming contest will receive a prize package consisting of a Harry Potter T-shirt, collectable figure and free entry into all conference events.

The inaugural Harry Potter Conference at NIU will be held from Nov. 14 through Nov. 16. Conference events will be geared for both adults and children and will include such activities as a Yule Ball and Trivia Contest. More details will be posted in February on a Web site devoted to the conference.

NIU has hosted a Harry Potter-themed summer camp and winter academy for the past two years. Mark Pietrowski, external programming coordinator for the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said the goal of the conference is to provide an affordable, university-sponsored event that will offer a fun and educational experience to both adults and children.

For more information, contact Pietrowski at (815) 753-1456 or e-mail

This NIU event is not endorsed, sanctioned or in any other way supported, directly or indirectly, by Warner Bros. Entertainment, the Harry Potter® book publishers, or J.K. Rowling and her representatives.