Harry Potter Through a Latina Cultural and Spiritual Lens
Calling all Latina Potterheads!
Join us for an evening of conversation and comunidad as we revisit the Harry Potter World! This virtual gathering will be our common space as we wrestle with themes particular to both the wizarding world and the Latina experience. We will discuss everything from spirituality and Latina identity. We can’t wait to chat with you about everything from magic to muggles. Register now and reserve your spot in this exclusive event.
Meet your Professors
Dr. Patty Jiménez
In the late 90’s Professor Jiménez was working as a Teacher’s Assistant at a public school. She began to notice that during lunch and recess, children were reading a book rather than playing. This special book – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – caught her attention. She soon was captivated by it and became a Latina Potterhead joining millions of fans around the globe. She bought the books at midnight when they went on sale, and spent all day in line waiting to see the films on their release day. To this day, she can remember exactly where she was and how she felt when she closed the last book.
Although she identifies as Gryffindor, each quiz she takes places her in Ravenclaw. She proudly accepts both houses as her own since she’s used to navigating two culture’s at the same time as a Latina who identifies as Generation 1.5. After taking the quizzes, her patronus is a Salmon (yes a salmon!!) and her wand is Fir wood with a Unicorn core 12 ¼” and an unbending flexibility. She has loved unicorns since she was a little girl so this really made her happy. Her favorite character is Severus Snape.
Professor Jiménez is the Founder of Recetas. She obtained 2 Masters in Theology and Ministry and a Doctorate in Ministry specializing in Latino theology and ministry. She has over 27 years experience in Catholic Ministry and is currently training as a spiritual director and an integrative wellness coach.
Alejandra Angel is the Director of Campus Ministry at St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood, California, where she also teaches theology. As a Campus Minister she strives to empower young women to claim their voices in the Church through service, lay preaching, and retreats.
Alejandra is a Gryffindor and has been in love with the world of Harry Potter for more than half her life. Her most fond Potter memories include lining up for the midnight book releases and attending movie premieres with her friends. When she is not at work she can be found scrolling through Hogsmeade with a Butterbeer in hand at Universal Studios Hollywood. She was born in Mexico and was raised in Bakersfield, California, and proudly identifies as Generation 1.5!