About - David J. Gras
For the past 13 years, David has presented at conferences, symposiums, and special events on the topic of the moral aspects of fantasy literature. His research into Mythic/Fantasy literature lead him to his goal of educating youth, adults and parents on the moral and Christian symbolism that is contained within a variety of popular fantasy books, including Harry Potter.
David got his start when his daughter, Courtney, expressed an interest in the Harry Potter book series. As a Christian family, David and his wife Toni were concerned about the messages contained in these books. Rather than forbid his daughter from reading them, David decided to research to moral lessons taught in the books, and found strong moral and Christian themes. Soon after, David started presenting his findings professionally.
Beyond his research in literature, David has established himself as a leader in the fantasy world by assisting various websites as a contributor, including HP Fan Zone, and as a part-time staff for Beyond Boundaries Travel on their HP Fan Trips. He has also enjoyed being present at several Harry Potter movie premiers.
Today, David speaks on behalf of Christ Community Chapel at a variety of professional symposiums. To book David for your next event, visit the Contact page.
Spellbound, Chicago - 2005
Lumos, Las Vegas - 2006
Harry Potter Festival, Monroe, Michigan - 2007
Portus, Dallas - 2008
Northern Illinois University (NIU) - 2008
LeakyCon, Boston - 2009
Azkatraz, San Francisco- 2009
Infinitus, Orlando - 2010
LeakyCon Orlando 2011
Ascendio 2012 Orlando - 2012
LeakyCon Chicago - 2012
Potterwatch Univ. of North Carolina - 2013
Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia - 2014
Misti-Con, New Hampshire - 2015
Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia - 2015
Mythgard, University of Maryland - 2016
Leaky Con, Los Angeles,CA - 2016
Potterverse, Baltimore, Maryland - 2017
Chesnut Hill College, Philadelphia - 2017