The Whomping Willows
The Whomping Willows

Highlights from LeakyCon Orlando 2014, Keeping the Magic Alive

Since Joanne Kathleen Rowling published Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone in 1997, Harry Potter has become one of the most phenomenal (in the literal and adulated senses) series and franchises in the history of popular culture. The very first Leaky Con, named after the iconic Leaky Cauldron Inn from the books and hosted by The Leaky Cauldron.com, held at Boston in 2009, marked the beginning of an annual celebration of Harry Potter, it’s fandom, a spirit of plurality, inclusion and acceptance and taking an unabashed communal pride and joy in being a geeky fan.

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the 5th LeakyCon, my first, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. It was without question one of the most geektastic, welcoming and fun experiences I’ve had in a long time due in equal parts to the people I met and the programming that the staff, con-goers, volunteers and guests put together. Even with the name change from LeakyCon to GeekyCon, and especially with the announcement that there will be other Harry Potter focused LeakyCons as well, I’m confident this series of conventions will continue being worthy of the sense of home that so many fans feel for it. Below is a gallery of highlights from my adventures!

LeakyCon 2014 Registration
Registration: Let’s Geek Out!

This eye blazing marquis was still being hung with a crane when registration was supposed to take place. I kept thinking, we’re all wizards here! We should magic that thing up there no problem. At any rate, it’s not as though geeks can’t keep themselves busy just sitting around and talking to each other, waiting, patiently, while combusting inside. The lines, Merlin’s scraggly white beard, THE LINES!

Tumblr
Tumblr

Tumblr. Has grown into a cornerstone of most areas of human interest, especially fandom. So you could be sure there were plenty of Tumblr. Ask panels and sessions.

Quidditch at Leaky Con
Quidditch

Quite the crowd gathered to watch the live Quidditch match between the in house LeakyCon quidditch team and the Harry Potter Alliance. It was quite an exciting match. HPA led LeakyCon by average of 20 points throughout the game until the snitch appeared. This game’s snitch was a wily agile guy. LeakyCon eventually caught him but HPA won the match.

Tonks and the Aurors at LeakyCon 2014
Tonks and the Aurors

My very first ever Wizard Rock concert, featuring Tonks and the Aurors with front-Hufflepuff Steph Anderson. #HuffleRiot.

Hogwart's Alum Panel
Hogwart’s Alum Panel at eakyCon 2014

A Mainstage panel featuring five actors from the Harry Potter films. From left to right; Ellie Darcey-Alden (Young Lilly), Scarlett Bryne (Pansy), Robbie Jarvis (Young James), Charlotte Skeoch (Hannah Abbot), and Nick Shirm (Zackarias Smith).

Jeopardy at LeakyCon Orlando
Jeopardy at LeakyCon Orlando

The guest authors of the LeakyCon Literature track put their nerd cred on the line for a game of YA Jeopardy. I felt as though I knew the answers a least a third of the time when the contestants didn’t. Fortunately, some of the fans got to have a turn as well. So fun, but so much pressure.

The Whomping Willows
The Whomping Willows

Second night of Wizard Rock, leading with the Whomping Willows with Matt Maggiacomo, Steph Anderson of Tonks and the Aurors and Brian Ross of Draco and the Malfoys. We’re Wizards, we’ll party forever. This night will never end!

Harry and the Potters at LeakyCon
Harry and the Potters

The OGs, Joe and Paul DeGeorge as Harry and the Potters. Voldemort can’t stop the Wrock!

Esther Ball
Esther Ball

Esther Earl was a New England teenager diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2006 and was pronounced terminal in late 2007. Between then and her unfortunate passing in August 2010, Esther befriended author John Green at LeakyCon 2009, worked closely with the Harry Potter Alliance for charitable causes and inspired many people in the Harry Potter Fandom and beyond to aspire to love, perseverance and happiness. The Esther Day Charity Ball at LeakyCon 2014 celebrated her legacy, including This Star Won’t Go Out nonprofit organization and Esther Day, which she herself said she wanted to be about “family and love”.

Ball Guests
Ball Guests

A whole slew of LeakyCon guests took the mainstage to celebrate and remember Esther Earl.

Heart Crowd
Heart Crowd

Rest In Awesome, Esther.

 

COSPLAYS!

LeakyCon Cosplay: Bellatrix and Remus
LeakyCon Cosplay: Bellatrix and Remus

A rather unlikely pairing, but an exceptional pair of cosplays.

LeakyCon Cosplay: Thor
LeakyCon Cosplay: Thor

Who cares how tall she is? This Thor cosplay is worthy, without question!

LeakyCon Cosplay: Kaylee

“Well, I’m Kaylee. And this here’s Serenity, and she’s the smoothest ride from here to Boros for anyone can pay.”

LeakyCon Cosplay: Harley and Ivy
LeakyCon Cosplay: Harley and Ivy

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. I wouldn’t want to get caught under that hammer, or ensnared by those vines. Or maybe I would…

LeakyCon Cosplay: The Golden Snitch
LeakyCon Cosplay: The Golden Snitch

I was fortunate to catch a glimpse of this spritely snitch.

LeakyCon Cosplay: Anna and Elsa
LeakyCon Cosplay: Anna and Elsa

Princess Anna and Queen Elsa of Arendelle, in their regal attire.

LeakyCon Cosplay: McGonagall Dumbledore
LeakyCon Cosplay: McGonagall Dumbledore

Professors Minerva McGonagall and Albus Dumbledore of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

LeakyCon Cosplay: Deadpool
LeakyCon Cosplay: Deadpool

There is always Deadpool.

LeakyCon Cosplay: Tooth Fairy Guardian
LeakyCon Cosplay: Tooth Fairy Guardian

A lovely cosplay of the Tooth Fairy from Rise of the Guardians.

LeakyCon Cosplay: Black Widow
LeakyCon Cosplay: Black Widow

A bona-fide femme fatal infiltrates the civie ranks of fans in the form of Black Widow.

LeakyCon Cosplay: Madeye
LeakyCon Cosplay: Madeye

Professor Alastor Moody, disgraced ex-auror, member of the Order of the Phoenix.

LeakyCon Cosplay: Snape and Patronus
LeakyCon Cosplay: Snape and Patronus

“After all this time?” “Always.”

LeakyCon Cosplay: Daenerys Targaryen
LeakyCon Cosplay: Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys “Stormborn” of House Targaryen, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Kahleesi of the Dothraki, The Unburnt, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons. And her Dragon.

LeakyCon Cosplay: Seven of Nine
LeakyCon Cosplay: Seven of Nine

Seven of Nine of the crew of the Starship Voyager. I couldn’t even tell the difference.

 

 

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