A Short History of Harry Potter Events with Tolonda Henderson
The DC Public Library first hosted Harry Potter scholar Tolonda Henderson in 2015, with the presentation “When Fandom Wears a Cap and Gown: Academic Perspectives on Harry Potter,” which took place at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library. Since then, Mx. Henderson has presented lectures at Tenley-Friendship Library, Southeast Library, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on the significance of birthdays in Harry Potter, banned books and information in Hogwarts’ library, plus “Ask a Harry Potter Scholar.” Mx. Henderson returns to D.C. for another “Ask a Harry Potter Scholar” program at the Southeast Library on May 20, 2019 at 7 p.m. There will be plenty of time for questions, so be sure to bring yours to explore deeper into the Wizarding World.
Tolonda Henderson is an MA/PhD student in the English Department at the University of Connecticut, and has been researching and writing about Harry Potter since 2012. Their specialization in Children's Literature was inspired by their work as a Harry Potter scholar. Mx. Henderson has recently published an essay on the series from the perspective of fat studies. One of their essays also appears in From Here to Hogwarts: Essays on Harry Potter Fandom and Fiction, which you can check out from the library today!