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AJ Solomon

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Mischief Management
Participates in 6 items
AJ Solomon (they/them/theirs) is a queer trans Jewish Huffleclaw, Harry Potter Alliance volunteer, and wizard rock enthusiast from New England. A Senior at UMass Boston, AJ is double majoring in Gender Studies and Studio Art, and they plan to go to grad school for Art Therapy. They also have an awesome day job as the Communications Director at Camp Lilac, a summer camp for trans youth. When they aren’t busy working, AJ can usually be found writing, traveling excessive distances, or obsessing over The Adventure Zone. You can find them on social media @SoloButNotHan!

Sessions in which AJ Solomon participates

Friday 9 August, 2019

Time Zone: (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
10:15 AM
10:15 AM CDT - 11:15 AM CDT | 1 hour
The Four Houses

Badgers, unite! Come find loyal friends and discuss how best to sneak into the Hogwarts kitchens.

AJ Solomon

Participant

Saturday 10 August, 2019

Time Zone: (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
10:15 AM
10:15 AM CDT - 11:15 AM CDT | 1 hour
Constant Vigilance

Are you part of the LGBTQIA+ community? Are you an ally to the queer community? If so, this meetup is a great place for you to hang out, meet other LeakyCon attendees, and talk all about how fandom, gender, and sexuality collide!Recording is prohibited in this session.

11:30 AM
11:30 AM CDT - 12:30 PM CDT | 1 hour
Constant Vigilance

Trans folks have existed throughout time and space, so it stands to reason that they exist in the wizarding world too. Our program will unpack the pros and cons of being gender-variant at Hogwarts. What would happen if a trans or nonbinary person tried to go up the stairs in Gryffindor tower or touch a unicorn? How would magic change medical transitions? Are there any spells or potions to ease social dysphoria? We’ll use audience participation to start answering some of these unanswered quest...

Rae Mreen

Participant

AJ Solomon

Participant

Sunday 11 August, 2019

Time Zone: (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
12:45 PM
12:45 PM CDT - 1:45 PM CDT | 1 hour
FandomFan Creation

Wizard rock is more than a music genre; anyone who has spent more than a few minutes at a show can tell you that. Over the years, a community has formed, and it’s become almost as much about the community as it is about the music. Songs have become rituals and anthems, concerts feel more like family reunions (except they’re the kind you actually want to go to), and most of us have filled our dressers with nothing but t-shirts made by the people whose music fuels our daily lives. Come chat wit...

2:00 PM
2:00 PM CDT - 3:00 PM CDT | 1 hour
Character Study

Anthony Goldstein was just another character in the background universe of Harry Potter — until December 2014, when J.K. Rowling thrust him into the representation limelight as the series’ first explicitly Jewish character. Two years later, two more Jewish wixen showed up, this time on the big screen. (Incidentally, their names? Also Goldstein.) However, little is known about our token Jewish wizard. If you look up Anthony Goldstein on the Harry Potter wiki, his page shows a blond-haired, blu...

AJ Solomon

Participant
4:30 PM
4:30 PM CDT - 5:30 PM CDT | 1 hour
Constant Vigilance

In this session, panelists representing multiple ethnic backgrounds discuss the (mis)/representation of their communities within Harry Potter canon and imagine how culture would inform magic, and how magic would inform culture. Through this discussion, we will cross-examine the White, European, pseudo-Christian Wizarding culture of Harry Potter to answer questions like: what would be our culture’s predominant attitude towards magic? How might our rituals and traditions be modifi...