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Kathy Kavanaugh


Doctoral Candidate
Hogwarts Therapist
Participates in 2 items

Kathy Kavanaugh, Ph.D is a licensed psychologist in the Denver metropolitan area. Kathy identified as part of the Harry Potter generation and engaged with the HP fan community from a young age. Her belief in the powerful force of fan communities eventually culminated in merging with her academic interests and she completed her dissertation on the experience of LGBTQIA+ members of the Harry Potter fandom. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Kathy considers herself to be a “professional nerd” as she often utilizes narratives and themes from popular culture in her academic and clinical work. Outside of her professional life, Kathy enjoys traveling, listening to podcasts, playing (and watching actual play content of) TTRPGS, and spending time with her cat, Phoebe. Additionally, Kathy has more recently created and released music as the Wizard Rock artist Hogwarts Therapist. As the fandom grapples with how to build and maintain community in the wake of JKR’s continued anti-transgender rhetoric, Kathy also finds herself questioning her own affiliation with the Harry Potter fandom and looks forward to exploring this with other LeakyCon 2023 attendees.

Sessions in which Kathy Kavanaugh participates

Saturday 12 October, 2019

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
2:00 PM
2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle WorldBeyond the Books and Films

At LeakyCon 2018 in Dallas, I collected stories from other LGBTQ+ Harry Potter fans about their experiences as part of the Harry Potter fan community for research I’m conducting as a PhD student in Counseling Psychology. I’d like to tell you about what I found, why it matters, and where we're going next. Additional topics include sharing the joys and struggles of bringing Harry Potter into academic research and therapy settings.

3:15 PM
3:15 PM EDT - 4:15 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle World

Do you identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and love to talk about Harry Potter? Join us for a discussion about your experience as an LGBTQ+ member of the Harry Potter fan community. Attendee participation is not required, but very much encouraged!