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.

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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.

Harry Potter Birthday Party at Kennedy School!

On Tuesday, July 31st, we teamed up with McMenamin’s Kennedy School to celebrate Harry’s birthday!  There was butterbeer, cake, tasty magical food specials, and a lot of fun.  We had costume contests for children and adults, trivia, and crafted some bowtruckles!

The event was free, but we requested anyone attending bring along school supplies to donate, and we were NOT disappointed.  We collected a mountain of supplies, including 27 backpacks!  All donated supplies went to elementary students in the Centennial School District, as part of the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods program, which coordinates with local nonprofits to serve 80+ schools throughout Multnomah County. The Centennial School District is managed by Metropolitan Family Services, including Parklane, Oliver, and Meadows elementary, reaching between 1,200 and 1,500 families.

We also held a raffle, the Grand Prize of which was a Family Fun Package (two adult tickets, two children’s), donated by Rose City Comic Con!  The raffle proceeds allowed us to donate another $600 in cash to SUN, so they can help provide what students next to succeed.

It was an excellent way to celebrate Harry’s birthday, and to honor the legacy JK Rowling has created.  The fun was even covered by KGW!  See the video here:https://media.kgw.com/embeds/video/8206298/iframe

 

 

 

PDX HPA Marches With Pride!

On Sunday, June 17th, the Portland Chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance marched with the Portland Pride parade!  We were a small group, but we got a lot of love from the crowd, and everyone enjoyed seeing Dumbledore.

 

2017 Yule Ball

The first annual 2017 Yule Ball was held on December 9th, 2017, a night that will long live on for those of us who planned, prepared, and attended it.  Words like magical and enchanted don’t even come close to describing it.  When we first conceived of the idea in the spring, we weren’t sure we could pull it off, or that we’d find enough people who wanted to come.  Fast forward a few months, and the IndieGoGo campaign broke through its goal in the first 24 hours, and the entire Ball was sold out by September.

 

Everyone showed up in their wizarding best, from formal wear, to wizard robes, to costumes that spanned the gap from creative to slightly terrifying. Candles floated.  We ate and drank and drank some more.  (The bars were warned, but still ran out of butterbeer…twice.)  Cupcakes were devoured.  DJ Switch kept us dancing, and we rocked out with Kirby Krackle.  We gave away an array of raffle prize packages to please almost every kind of fan, from haircuts to the TriWizard Trophy.  (Not a portkey, I’m relieved to report.)

 

And we did it all for a good cause. After the final budgeting was done, the PDX HPA was able to donate $3000 to EACH of our charity partners, Chick!Tech and Girls Build.  (Our donation to Girls Build will be going toward scholarships for eight girls!)  We also made contact with the wider Harry Potter fan community in Portland and gain lots of new members to help us when we start planning the 2018 Yule Ball!

 

Thank you to everyone who helped along the way, be it in the planning, boosting the signal, volunteering on the night of, or even just attending. You all helped make the first Yule Ball possible, and spectacular.

A special thanks goes out to Hungry Heart Bakery for providing the delicious mini-cupcakes, and to Sweet Anthem, McMenamin’s, Sport Clips, and Relax PDX for donating to the raffle prizes!

 

2017 Rose City Comic Con

Table RCCC

Our first year with both a table and a panel at Rose City Comic Con went really well!  A big thanks to Katie Anderson, Stephanie Griggs, Anna Ho, and Robin Coon who volunteered.  At the table, we spent most our time talking to people about the Harry Potter Alliance or Harry Potter in general.  (We were the only HP dedicated table at RCCC.)  We also sold buttons and had raffles on Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday’s raffle was for House bags made by Robin, and Sunday’s for two tickets to the Yule Ball.  (As of now, the Ravenclaw bag and the Yule Ball tickets are not yet claimed.)

 

On Friday, we hosted our panel, “Harry Potter Alliance – The Weapon We have is Love” in Panel Room 8, at 6:30.  Considering we were going up against Weird All Yankovic, we have a pretty good turnout.  We talked about the history and mission of the HPA, and the recent events that the Portland Chapter has hosted.  We focused on the difference that can be made by small acts, and how we all can change the world.  It was well received, and several people visited our table afterward to ask for more information on getting involved.

 

Overall, we connected with a lot of Harry Potter fans and made a little money.  It was a good weekend for the PDX HPA.

 

By the numbers:

77 people signed up for the PDX HPA email list.

31 new members have joined one of the Facebook groups.

$477 was earned in button and raffle ticket sales.  ($425.35 will go toward paying back the investment in our new button maker and printing.)

2017 Yule Ball Tickets

Tickets now on sale at Brown Paper Tickets for the 2017 Yule Ball!  Join us for an evening off well-mannered frivolity:  2017 Yule Ball

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2017 Yule Ball

Poster Early Ticket

Harry Potter at Kennedy School!

Platform Ticket

On Sunday, July 30th, we will be partnering with McMenamin’s Kennedy School for a showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!  The magic will begin BEFORE the movie, with a costume contest, trivia, a raffle, and more!  Wear your wizarding best, refresh your memory of “Hogwarts, a History”, and have your wands at the ready.  House Points will be awarded!

We will also be collecting school supplies to fill the trunks of local students who are also headed back to school. Proceeds of the raffle and all school supplies donated will be going to benefit the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization.  IRCO works to support the integration of refugees, immigrants and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy and inclusive multi-ethnic society. They provide vocational training, language classes, social services, and academic support to students in and around Portland.

Doors to the theater open at 10:45am, programming begins at 11:15, and the movie begins at 12:00pm.

Cost of the movie is $4 for adults and $2 for children under 11. Food and drink will be available to order.

You can find the FB event page here.

You can find the Kennedy School event page here.

And more information on IRCO here.