The Phoenix Lament

Pop quiz: When is Lord Voldemort’s birthday?

Don’t know? Well these guys do…

The Phoenix Lament is a new Harry Potter fan club here in the valley. And while, like most subjects, there is a spectrum that goes from casual enjoyment to all out Voldemort worship, these folks are probably happy to have all kinds. Especially those of us who shout “Expecto Patronum!” at just about anything.

Their website is actually kinda fun and has a calendar outlining major (but mythical) HP events throughout the year, including the characters birthdays. My personal favorite has always been Neville Longbottom though (I’m a sucker for lovable losers), so I only care about celebrating his birthday. Sorry, Voldey.

Here is their mission, in their own words:

“We, the members of The Phoenix Lament, strive to educate the general public about the magic of Harry Potter, and aim to raise awareness of the wonderful products the fandom community has brought to the world: products such as the Harry Potter Alliance, funds for book charities and drives, and so much more.

Passion for the story has fashioned inspiration for hundreds of thousands of people of all ages. As a group, we strive to become a known part of this fandom community in unity, strength, knowledge, and enthusiasm. Together, we will keep the fandom alive, though many will believe it to be the end of an era.

The Phoenix Lament hopes to bring Harry Potter fanatics from the Phoenix, Arizona area together to celebrate the series and its inspired hits, to commemorate the events that are marked down in Potter history, and to sustain a major part of our lives for many more years to come.”

I’ll give you one (and only one) big giant guess as to where this club gets together.

Okay, I’ll just tell you. Their next meeting is at Bookmans Phoenix (gasp!) in a month. Feb 20th from 3pm to 5pm.

Think you might be interested? Check them out on Facebook to stay on top of the magic!

So what’s the answer to the pop quiz?