An EWU faculty member brought the wizarding world to life the weekend of Oct. 27-28 during this year’s Haunted Hallows- The Music of Harry Potter, a performance conducted by the Spokane Symphony.
Featuring a variety of Harry Potter classics performed by a live orchestra, Haunted Hallows took listeners on a magical journey while incorporating education with popular culture.
From the harpist providing information on the inner workings of the harp while serenading Fluffy, the three-headed dog, to an educational lesson on the brass instruments used in The Hogwarts March, Haunted Hallows is the Harry Potter enthusiast’s dream come true.
Monica Stenzel, an EWU historian whose graduate work focused on the history of witchcraft, has teamed up with the Spokane Symphony for the last three years to create Hogwarts or History, an effort to educate the public on the historical context within J.K. Rowling’s beloved novels.
Stenzel has contributed in the past by providing historical pictures of Harry Potter items. Paintings depicting alchemists working with potions, and a mandrake root from an herbology text lined the lobby of the of The Fox, while facts regarding the history of symbolism within the books helped to differentiate between Hogwarts, history or both.
“This event is a way to get people in the community interested in history and to bridge this popular phenomenon with historical ideas,” said Stenzel, who also teaches a Freshman-Year Experience history class at EWU designed to break down the references to religion, gender roles and social justice within the Harry Potter novels.
While next year’s event is still in the planning process, audience members are encouraged to contribute to the success of the Spokane Symphony by attending future performances.