Yet another chapter in the Harry Potter phenomenon opened last weekend when the first academic conference about the boy wizard was held at Reading university.
Speakers included Ursula Mueller, former senior foreign policy advisor for the Green Group in the Swedish Parliament, whose paper was titled:
"Choosing between 'what is right and what is easy' - the anatomy of Power and the Conquering of the Self in J K Rowling's Work".
The event was organised by fan group, Accio (which Potteristas know as a summoning spell).
Accio's spokeswoman,a Clackmannanshire adult education teacher bearing the delightfully Rowlingesque name of Serena Culfeather, confides:"It was very strange to be talking to some of the speakers afterwards when they were wearing full wizarding regalia."