2019 Yule Ball

What a magical night!

We danced, we drank, we enjoyed magical entertainment and company, and we did it all for a great cause.  Through ticket and raffle sales, we raised $7000 for KIND – Kids in Need of Defense, a non-profit that provides legal protection and support for immigrant children.

Thank you to everyone who attended, who volunteered, and who donated raffle items.  We could not have done it without you!

The full photo album can be viewed here.  Photography provided by Angela Holm.

Happy Birthday PDXpelliarmus!

On October 25, 2019, we celebrated our first year at a 501c3 non-profit!  It was the result of a lot of hard work by organizers and volunteers, support from the community, and inspiration from The Harry Potter Alliance.  Here’s to many more years of magic!

 

Cake

2019 Rose City Comic Con

Rose City Comic Con 2019 is done, and it was magical!

We want to send out massive gratitude to our volunteers, from patronus painters to boxers and button makers, and to all the people who spent time at our booth.

We could NOT have done it without all of you. If you didn’t get to volunteer or visit with us, just know that we brought a little extra magic to Rose City, let people live their Quidditch and Hogwarts fantasies, test their HP knowledge, and build bowtruckles. While having all that fun, we also collected 22 backpacks and enough school supplies to fill half of them for students served by School Uniting Neighborhoods in North Portland. We also raised $700 for them through sales and cash donations.

Wizarding Weekend at Kennedy School!

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July 26-28, 2019, PDXpelliarmus returned to Kennedy School for the third year to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday!  Every bar and restaurant at Kennedy School offered Harry Potter-inspired food and drink specials.  They showed ALL EIGHT movies, with %50 percent of the ticket proceeds going to SMART – Start Making a Reader Today.

PDXpelliarmus hosted Diagon Alley, bringing in local artists and craftspeople selling everything from butterbeer fudge to jewelry to wands!

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Kennedy School

There were also activities, such as the Horcrux Hunt, costume contests, trivia, Quidditch, and Wizards’ Chess!

House Points were awarded for donations and successful completion of the Horcrux Hunt, with Gryffindor winning!

House Glasses

In the end, McMenamins Kennedy School donated $4348 to SMART, and PDXpelliarmus collected a pile of school supplies for students part of the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods program operated by Sefl Enhancement Inc in North Portland.  We also donated a portion of our sales, totaling $600.

School Supplies

It was an amazing success, and we’re looking forward to bringing even more magic to Kennedy School in 2020!

2019 Accio Books

The 2019 Accio Books campaign has completed, with 505 books donated to The Children’s Book Bank, as well as a Barnes & Noble gift card worth $312.43!

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Books were collected from books scattered around the Portland area, including at The Nerd Out, Books With Pictures, Oracle Coffee Company, and Queue Coffee.  We couldn’t be more grateful to these businesses for hosting a drop point!

House points were tallied, and Hufflepuff won by a landslide!  Syltherin came in second, with Ravenclaw right on their tails.  Gryffindor  placed a distant fourth.

Thank you to everyone who donated and made the 2019 Accio Books campaign another success!

Barnes & Noble Bookfair!

For the 2019 Yule Ball, we’re teaming up with Barnes & Noble to help us turn muggles into wizards!  From April 27th-30th, the following voucher can be used in ANY Barnes & Noble store and at BN.com, and a portion of the sale will be donated to the Children’s Book Bank!

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On Saturday, April 27th, we will be at the Lloyd Center Barnes & Noble (1317 Lloyd Center) from 1pm to 4pm.  Come join us for games and crafts!  We will be collecting books and tallying House points!  You can find more information here.

Poster Final Draft

 

2019 Accio Books is Coming!

The 2019 Accio Books campaign is just days away!  This year, PDXpelliarmus will be collecting books for The Children’s Book Bank!

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The Children’s Book Bank mission is to fill children’s homes and lives with beautiful, engaging books.  Through their Building Home Libraries program, they provide books to Head Start students throughout Portland.  Every June, they host free book fairs in underserved K-8th grade schools to keep kids reading throughout the summer.  Since becoming a 501c3 nonprofit in 2008, The Children’s Book Bank has organized over 10,000 community volunteers to channel over 650,000 books into the hands and homes of over 50,000 children in need in the Portland area.

To help them turn young muggles into wizards, we will be collecting new and gently used children’s books, start at the Accio Books Kickoff Party on Thursday, April 4th, at The Nerd Out  (3308 NE Belmont St) , from 6-10pm.  There will be trivia, food and drink specials, and House Points will be awarded.  The magical folks of The Nerd Out will also be donating $1 for each butterbeer sold!

Following April 4th, books can be dropped off at the following locations:

The Nerd Out – 3308 SE Belmont St

Oracle Coffee Company – 3875 SW Bond Ave

Books with Pictures – 1100 SE Division St

The Children’s Book Bank – 1915 NE 7th Avenue (Mon-Thurs 9am to 3pm)

If you would like to donate more than a few books, please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange pick up and/or drop off!

More Accio Books events will be announced soon, including the 4th annual Hogwarts Early Admission Program!

 

 

2018 Yule Ball

The second annual Yule Ball was another magical night!  We threw off our muggle lives for an evening to feast and dance and bring more magic into the world.  Scroll to the bottom of this post to find beautiful photos of the evening!

Every ticket we sold this year, either to get in the door or for a raffle prize, is helping us support a worthy nonprofit, Immigration Counseling Service with a donation of $4000!  Their work with the Pacific Northwest’s immigrant and refugee community has never been more needed, and PDXpelliarmus was very happy to aid in their mission to #StoptheSnatchers.

The Yule Ball raffle was a big part of our donation, and it wouldn’t not have been as possible except for donations from several local businesses and artists.

Alice Carrier Tattoos

Candy Tyme

Elaborate Flights of Fancy

Metropolitan Performing Arts

Morrigan’s Mantel

The Nerd Out

Rose City Glass and Gems

Sweet Anthem Handmade Perfumes

Things From Another World

Time Traveler’s Costume Guild

The work that goes into the Yule Ball every year is worth it, but we must take a second to thank this year’s extremely hardworking volunteers, Robin Coon, Katie Anderson, Tara Adams, Nadia Peer, Gwen Amsbury, Chris Robinson, Heather Agidus, Marisa Borrevik, and Genny Davis!  We also have to give a round of applause to Serah Pope, who designed and ran the lighting for us.  The Emerald Ballroom has never looked more magical, and that’s due to hard work from everyone involved.

If you’re excited for 2019 already, there’s a FB event here follow our progress!

 

You can find many, many more photos here.

The Yule Ball is Coming!

The 2018 Yule Ball is only days away, and it’s not too late to get your tickets!  You can find them at BrownPaperTickets.com!

Dance tunes provided by DJ Switch!

Live performance by Kirby Krackle!

Magical mini-cupcakes for all guests from Hungry Heart Bakery!

Inspired cocktails, including Butterbeer!

Raffle prizes including donations from Things From Another World, Barnes & Noble, The Nerd Out, Metropolitan Performing Arts, Alice Carrier Tattoos, and unique crafts from local artists!

All proceeds from the 2018 Yule Ball will be donated to Immigration Counseling Services, Oregon’s oldest non-profit law firm, which provides legal assistance and advocacy for immigrants and refugees in Oregon and SW Washington.

Hope we see you at the Ball!

Rose City Comic Con 2018

Rose City Comic Con 2018 was amazing! Exhausting, but amazing.

PDXpelliarmus had a booth in the PDX Play Fair where nerds of all ages could pick up some wizard activist supplies, create their own mini monster book of monsters, try their hand at Quidditch, or pose for photos with some of our magical props.

On Saturday, our Headmistress, Brandie, led a story time, reading from Tales of Beedle the Bard.  We also hosted two panels, Fan Activism and Trivia Of Advancing Difficulty.  The TOADs panels was particularly fun, with a full room of enthusiastic HP nerds testing their knowledge.