As part of our Harry Potter 20 celebration series, Nitehawk has teamed up with The Strand to co-host an epic debate on the ye old question: which is better, the books or the films? Books versus Film: Harry Potter will see two teams face off in a battle royale to the finish line and you will help decide. There will be topics, there will be drinks, and there will be blood.
BOOKS TEAM – THE STRAND
Alise Morales is a comedy writer and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is an improviser on UCBT’s Lloyd Night, and a contributing writer for websites such as Betches and Reductress. You can see her performing all over the city and in festivals across the country.
Aliza Weinberger comes to you from the Internet, where she does audience development and books coverage for Mashable.com. She spends her free time on the creative team of Mischief Management, a company that puts on fan conventions including the annual Harry Potter event LeakyCon. One time she wrote a full-length Potter fanfiction play for them about Teddy Lupin.
FILM TEAM – NITEHAWK CINEMA
MATT ZOLLER SEITZ
Matt Zoller Seitz is the Editor-in-Chief of RogerEbert.com and the TV critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com. His writing on film and television has appeared in The New York Times, Salon.com, The New Republic and Sight and Sound. Books include The Wes Anderson Collection, Mad Men Carousel: The Complete Critical Companion, and The Oliver Stone Experience.
Matthew Jacobs is an entertainment reporter at The Huffington Post, where he primarily writes about film. A Louisiana native, Matt enjoys Mike Nichols movies, Julia Louis-Dreyfus sitcoms and Madonna minutiae. His favorite “Harry Potter” character is Dobby.