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Friday 11 October, 2019

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
8:30 AM
8:30 AM EDT - 6:00 PM EDT | 9 hours 30 minutes
10:00 AM
10:15 AM
10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
Behind the Magic

What was it like to learn to fly? Become a Triwizard Champion? Dance at the Yule Ball? Find out during our conversation with Viktor Krum himself, Stanislav Yanevski.

10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
Muggle Studies Book Club (LeakyLit)

What does it take to write a baddie that readers love to hate? How about a complex, flawed antagonist that'll spark debate for years to come (*cough* Snape *cough*)? What if your villain isn't a person at all? We'll discuss the ins and outs of writing compelling antagonists across multiple genres. 

10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
The BooksCharacter StudyHarry Potter Movies and Other Media

The call and return phrase “After all this time?” “Always.” has worked its way onto every kind of Harry Potter merch, from t-shirts to friendship necklaces to home decor. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more prevalent Potter phrase. It’s the perfect way to declare your eternal love for your significant other or your bestie, or just the series in general. But with Snape and Lily’s complicated relationship, does it necessarily deserve the position of quintessentia...

10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonQuestions of the Wizarding World

Are the Unforgivable Curses really unforgivable? Mad-Eye Moody says that using an Unforgivable Curse on a fellow human being is punishable by a life sentence in Azkaban. Yet during the series, we often see Order members using the Unforgivable Curses: Professor Dumbledore lets Moody put the Imperius Curse on Hogwarts students, Harry uses the Cruciatus Curse on Bellatrix Lestrange, Professor McGonagall puts the Imperius Curse on Amycus Carrow. Do these Order members deserve a life sentence in A...

Anna Snyder

Participant

Ryan Bennett

Participant

Ryan Snyder

Participant

Julie Bennett

Participant
10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle WorldFandom

Is this your first LeakyCon? Do you want to make sure you're getting the most out of your weekend? Come listen to a panel of veteran LeakyCon attendees share their experiences, tips, and insight on making this weekend a magical one you won't forget!

10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
Beyond the Books and Films

Fans of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, join us as we chat about why we love the latest story in the saga of Harry Potter and his family. We can speculate about stage magic, squee about Scorpius Malfoy, and celebrate our new Minister for Magic together!

10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonFandomQuestions of the Wizarding WorldThe Four Houses

With the rise of Pottermore, some fans view Pottermore’s sorting quiz as an unimpeachable authority on which house you belong in…but what if it did not choose what you hoped? What if Pottermore, or any other sorting quiz for that matter, sorts you into a house you know you do not belong in? This panel will be providing you all the opportunity to hear a discussion on the importance of choosing your own house and on the belief that we know ourselves better than J.K. Rowling.

Sam Harris

Participant
11:30 AM
11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fan Creation

Join Vanessa Zoltan and Ariana Nedelman at a live performance of Women of Harry Potter. Vanessa and Ariana will take turns blessing Hermione Granger for a moment in the text and contemplate how to be more like her in their own lives.

11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Muggle Studies Book Club (LeakyLit)

Fan spaces have long provided budding creatives with opportunities to practice, whether that be through fanfiction, fanart, blogging, or YouTube videos. Join us for a conversation on what it's like to make the leap from fan works to traditional publishing and how our authors' time in fandom shapes their writing.

11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Questions of the Wizarding WorldWizarding World Knowledge & Skills

What happens if a dementor eats chocolate? Are there “wizard genes”? Could we develop a pensieve-like technology in the muggle world? How do we as readers understand magic, such that Hogwarts students learn to transfigure buttons before hedgehogs? Can dragons get respiratory infections? As Unspeakables and Magizoologists (Muggle Disguise: Scientists), we have investigated how the Wizarding World works both formally and informally and we're excited to share our thoughts and findings to answer ...

11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonThe Books

The infamous 150-point Snitch catch and seemingly complicated rules have caused many readers over the years to dread any scenes involving Quidditch - or to skip them entirely. But not paying attention to literature’s most magical sport means missing out on one of the most important symbols in the series. In this presentation, we’ll talk about how Quidditch in each book mirrors the greater plot, how the sport provides foreshadowing and historical context while strengthening the chiastic st...

11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Four Houses

Gryffindors, unite! Come share your brave adventures and meet your fellow lions.

Megan Markle

Participant

Ally Haley

Participant
11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Questions of the Wizarding World

Are the Principal Exceptions to Gamp’s Law truly immutable? Do magical beings actually have different limitations to their magic or are those taught? Could someone roast and eat a pig that had been transfigured from a desk, and if so, should they? Join us to discuss the unexplored bounds of magic and unchallenged social mores in the Wizarding World and examine how assumptions and traditions reinforce social inequities.

11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the Canon

We talk a lot about all of the fan theories that were wrong...but what about the ones that were right? Ren Hen’s soul splitting theory haunts us to this day, Snape loving Lily sounded like bad fanfic, and who could forget John Noe’s infamous Mr. Blood? Join us while we relive the shock of finding out who got it right... and if you remember any others, we’d love to discuss!

12:45 PM
12:45 PM EDT - 1:15 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Photograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fandom

Did you think we'd let LeakyCon 10! start without a look back at the last decade of magic? 

12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Questions of the Wizarding WorldExamine the Canon

Love is not a potion and your least-favorite DADA professor does not deserve to be sexually assaulted, but you wouldn't know it from the books . Join members of the Uplift team for an interactive discussion of wizarding rape culture in the series. We'll discuss the original series, new canon content, and brainstorm how we as the fandom can speak out against rape culture in our communities.

12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Constant VigilanceThe Muggle World

More recently in the Muggle world, activism and social movements have played a major role in our everyday lives. When examining the wizarding world, the Harry Potter series provides two great examples of activism movements, one a failure and the other a success. Within this presentation, we will explore the activism strategies of both S.P.E.W. and Dumbledore’s Army, challenge the personal and wide-spread relevance each movement had within the wizarding world, and compare these lessons ...

12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Four Houses

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

Lizzie Keiper

Participant
12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Four Houses

Slytherins, unite! Come share your ambitious tales with your housemates, discuss your favorite Slytherins in the wizarding world, and discover new ways to represent the best Hogwarts House with pride.

Brian Acunis

Participant

Emily Hahn

Participant
12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fandom

#WizardTeam is a weekly Harry Potter podcast for true Potterheads. Each week Bayana Davis and Robyn Jordan do a close reread of the books chapter-by-chapter, discussing all of their thoughts and feelings and even coming up with some strange and hilarious headcanons of their own. Join members of the #WizardTeam community as we discuss snakes, spiders, Inferi, and other nightmare fuel in the series. We’ll discuss whether it hit us the same on the first and later readings, and how we as i...

1:30 PM
1:30 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 15 minutes
Autograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
2:00 PM
2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Behind the Magic

Imagine being a massive Harry Potter fan and then suddenly finding yourself in the Slug Club. We'll ask Louis Cordice about taking on the role of Blaise Zabini.

2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Muggle Studies Book Club (LeakyLit)

What does a story need to be satisfying in fewer pages? How is having a piece in an anthology different from publishing a novel? In this session, we'll examine the joys and challenges specific to writing short stories.

2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fandom

Let’s discuss fandom fatigue! Do you have a fandom that you loved and aren’t really into it anymore and don’t know why? This round table is for you! We’re going to discuss what fandom fatigue is and what its causes may be, as well as what we can do about it when it happens. We will focus on the Harry Potter fandom but we can talk about other fandoms that have affected us as well!

2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle WorldConstant Vigilance

This presentation will engage participants in conversation around the place of Harry Potter references and J. K. Rowling herself in the political arena since 2016. The focus of the session will not be on a particular political perspective, but on the positive and problematic uses of fictional symbolism to build or subvert real efforts and actions. Discussion questions will explore how Harry Potter references have been used – or misused – by groups with divergent agendas to push ...

2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
FandomThe Muggle World

Were you old enough to be a Hogwarts professor when Harry Potter came out? Are you more of a StarADULT than a StarKID? If you don't need Fred and George's magic aging potion to attend, then this is the meetup for you! Join us for a fun and lively discussion about what it's like to be a "mature" fan in traditionally younger fandoms. Proof of age NOT required, but a sense of humor is!

Mardie Baldo

Participant
2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Questions of the Wizarding World

From the Hogwarts house dormitories, magical occupations, and the representations of women of color in the series, gender permeates the magical world just as significantly as it permeates our own. A diverse set of folks with expertise in gender studies will seek to discuss the intricacies of how gender is represented and interpreted in the Harry Potter series. Panelists will discuss questions such as: How it is gender represented in similar or different ways to our own world? Different...

Sam Harris

Participant

Robyn Jordan

Participant

Bayana Davis

Participant

Jackson Bird

Participant
2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Character StudyExamine the Canon

In Order of the Phoenix, we see Marietta Edgecombe make her choice to report the D.A., and ultimately pay the price. Was her punishment just? Or just cruel? We’ll discuss Marietta Edgecombe’s plight, the pressure she was put under to make her decision, and if Hermione Granger’s punishment outweighed the crime.

2:45 PM
2:45 PM EDT - 3:15 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Photograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
3:15 PM
3:15 PM EDT - 3:45 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Photograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
3:15 PM EDT - 3:45 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Autograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
3:15 PM EDT - 4:15 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fandom

Our friends and coworkers ask us, "Harry Potter? What's left to discuss?" Clearly, there's still plenty! From the pre-iTunes days of podcasting to the recent renaissance, Harry Potter shows have always been a fixture of the charts. In this session, their hosts will discuss what it's like to be creating new content in 2019 and how their work has cha...

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

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.

3:15 PM EDT - 4:15 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fandom

You write down your Harry Potter panel ideas, and we’ll try to get through as many of them as we can in 60 minutes. No Time-Turners allowed!

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

Artists tend to stick behind their booths in conventions, but this panel will be about leaving the Marketplace and making a space for artists to talk! These creators will discuss Harry Potter—the books, movies, and theme parks—and how the boy wizard affected them as artists.

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

This workshop is for functional, decorative, and memory planners to talk, share, swap washi, show off stickers, and bond over our shared love of incorporating the Harry Potter Fandom into our daily lives and habits. We will work on a memory spread commemorating the LeakyCon experience and making new friends in the process.

3:15 PM EDT - 4:15 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Four Houses

Ravenclaws, come share your intelligence, wit, and wisdom with your housemates!

3:15 PM EDT - 4:15 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle WorldBeyond the Books and FilmsFandom

At a time where most media has broadly recognized that representation matters, new Harry Potter properties seem to be lagging behind, leaving the fandom torn. Should J.K. be held accountable? Should fans trust her and just "wait and see" what she comes up with before passing judgment? In this panel, we'll discuss how to be a better ally and listener in these conversations as the HP fandom continues to grow.

3:30 PM
3:30 PM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
3:30 PM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
4:00 PM
4:00 PM EDT - 4:30 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Autograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
4:00 PM EDT - 4:30 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
4:00 PM EDT - 4:30 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
4:30 PM
4:30 PM EDT - 5:00 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
4:30 PM EDT - 5:00 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Film Studies

The music and orchestrations of the Wizarding World films have become an iconic part of the Harry Potter fandom. John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, Alexandre Desplat, and James Newton Howard all created truly memorable scores that evoke strong emotions in Jo Rowling's stories. However, every fan has their opinions about which film had the best score, who was the best composer, and whether "Hedwig's Theme" should have been used in Fantastic Beasts. Join us in a celebr...

4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonBeyond the Books and FilmsFilm Studies

The books came first, but not for everyone. How have the differences between the books, movies, and even Cursed Child colored fan opinion and analysis, especially with controversial characters or ships? How well do the actors match their characters' descriptions? Could narrative choices for the adaptions have affected how fans view the original story? Is it really better to have read the books first? Join us as we explore all of these things and more.

4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Behind the Magic

Matt London is the original writer for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. We'll ask him our questions about how he got involved with the game, how you even begin to write for such beloved characters, and how it's even possible to create new storylines for a franchise like Harry Potter.

Josh Wittge

Participant

Matt London

Participant
4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Four HousesThe Muggle World

Are people constantly telling you to pick your battles? Have you pushed yourself to exhaustion to prove a point? Do you find yourself yelling, “I WILL DIE ON THIS HILL” about trivial disagreements? You might be at risk for Gryffindor burnout! In this session, we’ll discuss how to stave off exhaustion and harness your Gryffindor energy.

4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
FandomFan Creation

It's time for YOU to take the stage. The Wizards in Space Open Mic is a time for attendees to share their original works, songs, monologs, pieces of art, card tricks - whatever you want! This fandom is brimming with talent and Wizards in Space has made its mission to highlight what's going on in the community for everyone to see. It's time for you to shine and tell your story. To participate in the open mic session, please stop by the Wizards in Space booth (Booth...

6:00 PM
6:00 PM EDT - 7:30 PM EDT | 1 hour 30 minutes
Fan CreationWizarding World Knowledge & Skills

Dust off your books, rewatch the movies, and find your remembrall because it's time for LeakyCon Trivia! 

7:00 PM
7:00 PM EDT - 10:00 PM EDT | 3 hours
Fan CreationWizard Rock

Whether you're a long-time fan or a new listener of music about the Wizarding World, come rock out at our annual Wizard Rock Concert, featuring:Lauren FairweatherDraco and the MalfoysTonks and the AurorsHarry and the PottersWhile there will be a small number of seats available, this event will be mostly standing room.Doors will open promptly at 6:30 pm.Quiet Room: The Waterfront Ballroom will...

Saturday 12 October, 2019

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
8:30 AM
8:30 AM EDT - 6:00 PM EDT | 9 hours 30 minutes
9:00 AM
10:15 AM
10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
Behind the Magic

They each have their own perspective on what being part of the Wizarding World has meant. We'll gather them all together for a conversation about acting, costars, and being part of the phenomenon.

10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
Muggle Studies Book Club (LeakyLit)

Is there something you've always wanted to know about publishing a book? Now's your chance to hear the truth directly from our guest authors.

10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle World

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published over 20 years ago, yet Harry, Hermione, and Ron continue to inspire. Why? The generation that grew up with the magic has brought the lessons that they learned from the series into their adult lives. How can we be the Hermione Granger in our own lives? How can we defeat the Voldemorts around us? Should we keep believing in nargles? Join Vanessa Zoltan and Ariana Nedelman, co-hosts and producers of the podcast Harry Potter and the...

10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle WorldFilm Studies

We'll examine the realm of magical creatures and beasts found in the wizarding world and analyze methods of capture, conservation, breeding, and classification. Our Muggle world experts will share what it's like to go into the field of Magizoology after focusing on Care of Magical Creatures in school and will share insights on optimal captive environments and behavior management. We'll also explore how magical creatures play an important role in the Fantastic Beasts films and how Newt ...

Leigh Kumpe

Participant
10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
Beyond the Books and FilmsExamine the Canon

As Potter fans move further away from the core novels and into the realms of Fantastic Beasts, Cursed Child, the Universal parks, WizardingWorld.com, and more, how do we negotiate our concepts of what is canon and what isn’t? What happens when something Jo writes on Twitter contradicts something in the books? What about the films or stage shows? Do we accept spells and characters in the video games as official? Join the hosts of Hold My Butterbeer, a new Harry Potter podc...

10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonBeyond the Books and Films

Of the four Houses, Rowling writes the least about Ravenclaw. Harry Potter is a Gryffindor story, Cursed Child explores Slytherin, and the Fantastic Beasts films center Hufflepuff. Ravenclaw remains ghostlike, represented by the ghost of a young woman who suffered domestic violence and felt regrets about her mother. We will explore Rowling’s ambivalent feelings toward giftedness, books, and cleverness through discussion of gi...

Lorrie Kim

Participant
11:30 AM
11:30 AM EDT - 12:10 PM EDT | 40 minutes
Photograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fandom

Join Paul and Joe DeGeorge, the creators and purveyors of the Golden Snitchwich – the unofficial sandwich of LeakyCon – on a delicious journey. The Golden Snitchwich has been filling a void in magical bellies of convention attendees since its first appearance at LeakyCon 2011. You'll hear the story of how this beloved sandwich has worked its way from the convention-floor underground all the way to the main stage. You'll learn how to make Snitchwiches in the comfort of your own home when you a...

Joe DeGeorge

Participant

Paul DeGeorge

Participant
11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Constant VigilanceThe Muggle World

Trans folks have existed throughout time and space, so it stands to reason 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 questions ...

AJ Solomon

Participant

Rae Mreen

Participant
11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonThe Books

The magic wand. No other symbol identifies a wizard more clearly than the instrument that channels their most powerful magic. We will look to go beyond the very basic view with which most wizards approach their wands. We will also discuss the importance of wand loyalties and the "feelings" that wands develop. We will look deeper into the wands of our favorite wizards and attempt to unlock their mysteries.

Greg Laslo

Participant
11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the Canon

It is often stated in the Harry Potter series that there’s no place safer than Hogwarts. Is it because Dumbledore is the greatest wizard of all time or because Ministry security leaves something to be desired? Join us as we talk safety and security at the Ministry of Magic, Gringotts, Hogwarts, and other Wizarding institutions.

11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the Canon

Aurelius… who? Join us as we break down the character that is Credence. We will discuss theories, breakdowns of how this character does or does not make sense and /how/ on Earth… he could be connected to Albus Dumbledore.

11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle World

Heroines of Harry Potter are often presented as and praised for not being classically feminine, while "feminine" characters are seen as inherently flawed. This is often lauded within the fandom, touted as good examples for girls growing up reading these stories. In this panel, we'll discuss how Rowling presents feminine characters like Cho, Fleur, Lavender, and Parvati, and the sexist implications of these descriptions and their negative effects on fandom.

12:15 PM
12:15 PM EDT - 12:45 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Photograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
12:15 PM EDT - 12:55 PM EDT | 40 minutes
Autograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
12:45 PM
12:45 PM EDT - 1:15 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Photograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
12:45 PM EDT - 1:15 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Autograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Behind the Magic

Join Matt London, the original writer of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, and learn what it takes to create official, original stories in the Wizarding World, featuring some of Hogwarts’s biggest characters. Discover the inspiration behind the game’s cast of newcomers, Merula Snyde and Patricia Rakepick. Get your questions answered and find out what’s next for video games set in the world of Harry Potter.

Matt London

Participant
12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fan Creation

Wizards in Space was born from the Harry Potter community, in an effort to showcase the original works of its talented fans. We're here to tell you more about who we are and what we do - and why we want to tell YOUR story. From poetry to essays to comics, we feature it all. Join us to talk all about writing, publishing, and going from fan to creator. Let's focus on the stories that truly matter as we head into 2020.

12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle WorldFandom

Sure, you already know about fan activism organizations like the Harry Potter Alliance and Nerdfighteria here in the United States, but how much do you know about fan activism in other countries? Come hear about Pottermania in China, KPop influences on Latin American youth, Twitter activism in South Africa and other instances in which fans transform storyworld elements into real-time ethical and social change. You might pick up some new strategies or just get inspired by what young and emergi...

12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonThe Books

Time-Turners. They pop up in the Harry Potter universe as confusing plot devices, but their secret is that they are part of a much larger tradition of time travel in fiction. How do Rowling’s Time-Turners work? Are there consistent rules? Why can’t Harry just use one to go back in time and kill baby Voldemort? Is this like [insert name of popular film that has time travel]? We’ll cover all that and more. Just remember, if someone offers you the chance to travel through time, don’t do it!

12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonQuestions of the Wizarding World

As a fandom, we talk a lot about pureblood and wizard supremacy, but how often do we investigate what lies between the extremes? Using the portrayal of characters like Rubeus Hagrid, Minerva McGonagall, Harry Potter, and Argus Filch, we will examine the intricacies of blood status. Are Hagrid and Lupin true outliers? How do their experiences differ from Mrs. Figg's? How do allies intentionally and unintentionally reinforce pureblood values?

12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle World

‌Do you or a loved one experience disability or chronic illness? Would you like to meet others in the same boat? Come join us in a safe space to discuss our experiences, share stories, form friendships, and share our tips for navigating LeakyCon and its accommodations!‌

12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour

Join the team of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text in sacred reading the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Together we’ll talk about the Dursleys, the meaning of ‘normalcy’, and how we can be more hospitable in the world. We’ll also do some sacred reading practices together and discuss the importance of taking the things we love seriously.

1:15 PM
1:15 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Autograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
2:00 PM
2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle World

Join Mike Schubert, a grown man who just finished the Harry Potter series for the first time, as he and a guest talk about the highlights, lowlights, and strangest elements of everyone's favorite collection of wizard fairytales that teaches you how to conquer Death.

Mike Schubert

Participant
2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Muggle Studies Book Club (LeakyLit)

The "Harry Potter Generation" has grown up and some of its members are now adults creating stories of their own. We'll discuss how our love of Harry Potter inspired our writing and continues to influence our storytelling to this day.

2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fandom

If you're attending LeakyCon, there's a pretty good chance that you have a lot of feelings about Harry Potter and need the space to vent about them. Allow me to help! This session invites you to spend three minutes or less explaining your pet issue to the audience and then take three more minutes to discuss. Ready? Let's vent!

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.

2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
FandomThe Four Houses

Leave your misconceptions and your wrath over those misconceptions at the door. Join two very devoted, yet very different Slytherins, as they discuss all the ways that the snake house is so much more than, you know, the snake house. Let's talk about our loyalty, our courage, our wit, and all the ways that they flesh out the ambition and cunning that we're best known for. 

Leah Cornish

Participant

Shanyce Lora

Participant
2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle World

"We're all human aren't we?" Kingsley Shacklebolt said it best. If having to choose between "M or F" on some form makes you cringe, we have just the meetup for you. Those who identify as agender, intersex, genderfluid, nonbinary, or any variation under the gender non-conforming umbrella will enjoy our gender-expansive meetup. Meet other LeakyCon attendees, share personal and fandom stories, play icebreakers, and hopefully make friends to last a lifetime.

2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fandom

"For home is not where you live, but where they understand you."Many of us live challenging lives, and we have found solace and wisdom in the wizarding world. We speak to the ones who do not have a supportive community around them, and who have found understanding, love, and acceptance–perhaps for the first time–here. We provide a safe space to share your stories of how Hogwarts truly has been a Home, how we've found a family worth living for, and how transformative that has ...

2:45 PM
2:45 PM EDT - 3:15 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Photograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
3:15 PM
3:15 PM EDT - 3:45 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Autograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
3:15 PM EDT - 3:45 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
3:15 PM EDT - 3:45 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
3:15 PM EDT - 4:15 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fandom

We've compiled a list of characters from Harry Potter to Augusta Longbottom. Now, our contestants will have to give their teammates clues about these characters. Along the way, we'll throw in other challenges, just to keep them on their toes. The team with the most points at the end will win eternal glory and bragging rights.... at least until the next LeakyCon.

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!

3:15 PM EDT - 4:15 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle WorldExamine the Canon

The wizarding world economy is one that has withstood the test of time. Rather than the potions, spells, and transfiguration, the most magical part of the wizarding world is that they have a functioning economy at all. They have a fixed currency value based on metal and bank security that is really only a dragon. This lecture will explore the biggest plot hole of all: the wizarding world economy.

3:15 PM EDT - 4:15 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fandom

Neville/Giant Squid or McGonagall/Argus Filch? Come prepared with your wildest Harry Potter pairings, and we'll write fanfiction about their magical love story on the spot.

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

Are you a Potterhead of Color looking to be nerdy with other Potterheads of Color? Come to this meetup to discuss the students of color at Hogwarts, diversity in the Wizarding World, and some of your favorite headcanons!

3:15 PM EDT - 4:15 PM EDT | 1 hour
Beyond the Books and Films

Whether you want to discuss plot points or suggest fanfic, this is your chance to share your feels about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Our panelists (who all love the show) will be here to analyze and squee and cry with you.

Sierra Fox

Participant

Brian Acunis

Participant

Leah Cornish

Participant
3:45 PM
3:45 PM EDT - 4:15 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Photograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
4:30 PM
4:30 PM EDT - 5:00 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Photograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
4:30 PM EDT - 5:00 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
4:30 PM EDT - 5:00 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Questions of the Wizarding WorldFandom

What makes a creature magic? Like centaurs are cool but so are fireflies and anglerfish. Is there a wizard version of Uber? Is it broom or side-along apparition based? DID WIZARDS OF THE 90s SEND CHAIN LETTERS WITH ACTUAL CURSES ATTACHED TO THEM?! These are the very important, not-so-important questions that have haunted us since the Potter books first came out. Come prepared to participate in what will be the silliest but also least illuminating panel of the con. NOTE: This p...

Josh Wittge

Participant

Leah Cornish

Participant
4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
FandomFan Creation

Where would the Harry Potter fandom be without the internet? Next year marks 20 years of The-Leaky-Cauldron.org, and the team is coming together to celebrate our 19 Years Later with a panel featuring Webmistress Melissa Anelli, Creative Director and PotterCast co-host John Noe, Leaky's Senior Editor Emma Pocock and, current editors and writers. 

4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fandom

What is the best genre of fanfiction? While authors and readers could no doubt argue endlessly, we believe we’ve found the answer. From unlikely romance to ridiculous adventure, this very serious and extremely scholarly presentation will dive into the magical world of “crack” fanfiction. Join the hosts of the Harry Potter fanfiction podcast “Fanatical Fics and Where to Find Them” (and self-proclaimed “fanfiction experts”) as they endeavor to answer the age-old question: what happens wh...

Kim Harris

Participant
4:30 PM EDT - 5:40 PM EDT | 1 hour 10 minutes
Fan Creation

While Harry, Hermione, and Ron were in the countryside finding Horcruxes to take down You Know Who, what was happening back at Hogwarts? The Other Chosen One: A New Musical, follows Neville, Luna and Ginny as they navigate a Hogwarts without The Golden Trio. While the Carrows have a hold on the school and Headmaster Snape seems to be scheming in the background, they decide they need to stand up and do whatever they can to help Harry from the inside.Neville is still struggling...

4:30 PM EDT - 6:00 PM EDT | 1 hour 30 minutes
Fan CreationWizard Rock

Come wrock out at this acoustic wizard rock show!Saturday's session will feature: Losing Lara and Erin Pyne.

Erin Pyne

Participant

Losing Lara

Participant

Brian Ross

Participant
4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Four Houses

Hufflepuffs pride ourselves on being the loyal and hardworking friend, always there to give support and labor (both physical and emotional). But that can often lead to helping others at the expense of our own well-being. Join a panel of proud 'Puffs as we discuss ways to alleviate the exhaustion that comes with being a helpful Hufflepuff. Let us help you help YOU.

5:15 PM
5:15 PM EDT - 5:45 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Autograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
5:15 PM EDT - 5:45 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
5:15 PM EDT - 5:45 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
5:40 PM
5:40 PM EDT - 6:10 PM EDT | 30 minutes
The Muggle WorldMuggle Studies Book Club (LeakyLit)Constant Vigilance

Join newly published author, Jackson Bird, as he reads an excerpt from his book, Sorted. -----------------------------------------------------Sorted is an unflinching and endearing memoir from LGBTQ+ advocate Jackson Bird about how, through a childhood of gender mishaps and an awkward adolescence, he finally sorted things out and came out as a transgender man in his mid-twenties.

Jackson Bird

Participant
8:00 PM
8:00 PM EDT - 11:30 PM EDT | 3 hours 30 minutes
Fandom

Whether you wear your favorite costume, nicest outfit, or comfiest clothes, come party with your friends and dance the night away at the Esther Earl Ball.While there will be a number of seats in the space, the majority of the room will be a dance floor.Doors will open promptly at 8 p.m.Quiet Room: The Waterfront Ballroom will be open for the duration of the evening event for those who require a quiet space.

Sunday 13 October, 2019

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
8:30 AM
8:30 AM EDT - 6:00 PM EDT | 9 hours 30 minutes
9:00 AM
9:30 AM
9:30 AM EDT - 11:30 AM EDT | 2 hours
Fan Creation
10:15 AM
10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
Behind the Magic

Though you may have seen him more recently in Community or Gallavant, you probably first saw Luke Youngblood as Lee Jordan in the Harry Potter films. We'll discuss his most memorable times on-set and his favorite things about Lee.

10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonQuestions of the Wizarding World

Have you ever asked yourself why Dumbledore never fixed his broken nose? What about whether Veelas seduce gay/bi/pan women? In this roundtable discussion, we’ll discuss and debate the nitpicky concepts relating to Hogwarts and the overall Wizarding World. Feel free to come with your own questions that keep you up at night!

10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
Fan Creation

Whether you are new to cosplaying for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts or curious to learn new techniques, our expert panel of cosplayers is ready to answer your questions! During this panel, they will demonstrate how to read a pattern for Harry Potter robes and show how they made some of their wizarding costumes.

10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonThe Books

The link between the library and Harry Potter is very clear, but does the only librarian in the books live up to her profession? We’ll discuss the role of Madam Pince throughout the series and the ways the fandom has imagined her as opposed to what a responsible Hogwarts librarian might look like. We'll examine the ways in which Hermione uses library research with varying degrees of success to back her S.P.E.W. initiative, provide Buckbeak’s defense, and blackmail Rita Skeeter, and exp...

10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
Questions of the Wizarding WorldExamine the Canon

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, in both wizarding and Muggle worlds. 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...

10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle World

Fans of the Cormoran Strike novels, join us as we discuss the most recent novel, Lethal White, the BBC series adaptation, what we're shipping, and all the (literally) gory details that make this series so fun. This session is NOT child-friendly. Neither are the novels. Proceed at your own risk.

10:15 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 1 hour
The Four HousesThe Muggle World

Are you a Ravenclaw who has a lot of trouble communicating with your Slytherin boss? Ever wonder why your industry seems overrun by Hufflepuffs? Harry Potter fans are climbing corporate ladders and touring the country on speaking circuits. This session will explore how your Hogwarts House impacts your professional life, overlaps with other personality metrics, and can give you insight into even your most stubborn and brash co-workers. Come with questions and experiences and let’s figur...

10:45 AM
10:45 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
10:45 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
10:45 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
11:30 AM
11:30 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Photograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
FandomBehind the Magic

MuggleCast has been discussing Harry Potter since 2005. Join Eric, Micah, and special guest Chris Rankin for a discussion of our favorite books and films.

11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Muggle Studies Book Club (LeakyLit)

In 2019, properties like Marvel and Star Wars reach across film, TV, comics, and prose. We'll interview two authors who've written tie-in books for these popular franchises about how they got started and what it's like to write in an existing universe. 

11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the Canon

Discussions of fashion in the Wizarding World are sorely lacking. We three fashion conscious witches want to know more about robes and dress robes, the anti-trouser organization “Fresh Air Refreshes Totally,” and wizards' baffling inability to disguise themselves as Muggles. So let's get into it! We're talking canon depictions of wizard fashion, its practicality, fan art interpretations, and wizarding fashion icons.

11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Beyond the Books and FilmsExamine the Canon

Nineteen years after Harry Potter led a teenage rebellion against entrenched prejudice and an inept government response, Harry Potter finds himself the leader of Magical Law Enforcement, struggling to connect with at least one young Hogwarts student. Meanwhile, Draco Malfoy, teen Death Eater and bigot, has managed to raise a sweet nerdy Harry Potter fanboy. Come join a discussion about how Cursed Child functions as a deconstruction of the Harry Potter books as it shows our teen heroes and vil...

11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Muggle Studies Book Club (LeakyLit)

As trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming authors make in-roads in publishing, the conversation about representation is shifting rapidly. What changes when authors share identities with their characters? Is there additional pressure to write transness in a particular way? How is the publishing industry adapting (or not)? Get ready to dig into this complex topic. 

11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle World

Have a Potter tattoo you’ve been dying to show off? Been wanting a magical tattoo but don’t know what to get? Come join us to talk everything about tattoos inspired by the Wizarding World.

Ally Haley

Participant

Emily Hahn

Participant
11:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Character StudyExamine the Canon

"You disgust me." "You have used me." "Severus...please..." Did Dumbledore use Snape, or save him? What was his plan for Snape and the Elder Wand? Join the author of Snape: A Definitive Reading for a close examination of the seven-book original series that will aim to understand this highly charged partnership, then share your opinions.

Lorrie Kim

Participant
12:00 PM
12:00 PM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Autograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
12:45 PM
12:45 PM EDT - 1:15 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Photograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fandom

They've been making us laugh for more than a decade. Now see the Potter Puppet Pals live onstage!

12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonQuestions of the Wizarding World

This session will trace and speculate about the history and magic of house-elves. Join us as we talk about what their lives might have been like before becoming enslaved, to living as servants, to fighting for their freedom.

12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the Canon

Since first meeting Remus Lupin and Sirius Black in Prisoner of Azkaban, we became obsessed with their relationship, and, yes, their love story. Their meeting at the end of the book is the book’s emotional climax and absolutely electrifying. Finding out that Sirius became an animagus to keep Remus company during his werewolf transformations sends us to tears. And then Order of the Phoenix happened, and we were entirely convinced. The two are now living together, staring at each ...

India Frank

Participant

Naomi T

Participant
12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the Canon

Harry Potter experiences some of his most significant transformations in the series’ first book, whose original title refers to the result of a process of transformation: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. We'll explore the ways in which Harry undergoes literal and symbolic transformations and is also a catalyst for change (a human "philosopher’s stone"), how Quidditch is symbolic alchemy, how Harry being a symbolic Snitch and literal Horcrux makes Horcrux-hunting symbolic Quidd...

B.L. Purdom

Participant
12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle WorldQuestions of the Wizarding World

We know of at least one Jewish student at Hogwarts, but presumably Anthony Goldstein wasn’t the first or only Jewish wizard in all of the world, or even the UK. So what does Judaism look like at Hogwarts? How are various Jewish traditions and rituals impacted by magic? Join us as we delve deeper into the mysteries of Jewish wizarding life, debating the merits of everything from invisibility dreidls to the Kosher status of animals butchered via the killing curse. All levels of knowledge and ex...

12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Four Houses

Ravenclaw. We want to call it the most misunderstood Hogwarts House, but we know that’s a lie. Come discuss all the weird ways Ravenclaw-ness can present itself, and what being a Ravenclaw in the grown-up world really looks like. Spoiler alert: everyone assumes we’re Slytherins and Hufflepuffs.

12:45 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fan Creation

Join Megan, Katie, Tiffany, and Sarah as they dive into the details of language and spells withing Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling used inspiration from all different languages and mythology. We want to break it down! Come be part of it and join the conversation.

1:15 PM
1:15 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Autograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
2:00 PM
2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Behind the Magic

Our favorite No-Maj is back for his first LeakyCon appearance since the release of Crimes of Grindelwald. We'll ask him about making the Fantastic Beasts films, what it was like to visit some iconic locations in the latest installment, and where he thinks the series may be going next.

2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Beyond the Books and FilmsFan 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 EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonQuestions of the Wizarding World

There were so many great theories about what was going to happen while the books were still coming out, especially theories pre-book 5. Some of our favorites come from the iconic book Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter (2002). It was so much fun to theorize about what was going to happen during the long wait between Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix. We love the theory that Remus Lupin and James Potter body swapped before James died...

Anne Merrill

Participant

India Frank

Participant

Eric James

Participant
2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Film Studies

The cuts throughout the Harry Potter films have sparked a lot of discussion and controversy throughout the fandom. From a proper explanation of Priori Incantatem in Goblet of Fire to Riddle/Gaunt backstory in Half-Blood Prince, there is a Gringotts-sized vault of backstory and detail that Jo Rowling created that couldn't be fit into the films. In this panel, we'll discuss some of the most famous cuts, why some cuts were made, why the films are better for some cuts, and sc...

Brian Acunis

Participant
2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Constant VigilanceThe Muggle World

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is filled with chilling details on the Ministry's treatment of Muggleborns -- anti-Muggle propaganda, Snatchers removing and imprisoning Muggleborns, and the Muggleborn Registration Commission -- but the similarities to what immigrants face in our own world are even more chilling. Join Never Again Action and the Harry Potter Alliance to learn how we can all #StoptheSnatchers.

2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonThe Muggle World

In 2016 J.K. Rowling gave the American fandom what it had wanted for years—information on America's wizarding education system. For many fans, it insufficiently addressed the cultural and geographical make-up of the country, in addition to being regarded as an uncomfortable case of cultural appropriation. In this panel, we will discuss the logistical and cultural problems in Ilvermorny being America's only school and present some of our favorite headcanons addressing it.

2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Muggle Studies Book Club (LeakyLit)

Not all bodies are treated the same way, in life or in literature. Race, sex, gender, ability, and size all play into the way characters are written and perceived. In this session, our panelists will discuss how they handle this in their work, what they'd like to see more of, and how YA as a genre is depicting diverse bodies.

2:45 PM
2:45 PM EDT - 3:15 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Photograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
3:15 PM
3:15 PM EDT - 3:45 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
3:15 PM EDT - 3:45 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
3:15 PM EDT - 3:45 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Author Signing – Free Reservation Required
3:15 PM EDT - 4:15 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fan Creation

Witness the amazing cosplayers strutting their stuff across the stage and find out which contestant will be crowned the winner! If you wish to walk in the Cosplay Parade, arrive outside the MainStage at 3:00 pm and a LeakyCon staff member will direct you.To enter the Cosplay Contest and be eligible for prizes, please pre-register through the form on leakycon.com/boston-cosplay. 

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

It's not hard to find a character in the Harry Potter universe who struggles with their identity and how it impacts their standing in the wizarding world. Often this identity is depicted through the lens of blood status, and it's rare that the characters discuss how the intersectionality between race and other identities shape people in the wizarding world. How does the intersectionality between race and other identities shape people in the fandom?

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

This is a reading and discussion of Harry Potter a Me Ka Pōhaku Akeakamai (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) by the book’s translator, Dr. Keao NeSmith (University of Hawaii). We'll discuss the process of creating words, translating songs while keeping a consistent rhythm, and the response from the community upon publication.This session will be presented in English and Hawaiian.

3:15 PM EDT - 4:15 PM EDT | 1 hour
Film Studies

A comprehensive look at filmmaking through the lens of the Harry Potter series. Learn about screenwriting, directing, cinematography, SFX, and more while examining how the films succeeded (and sometimes failed) at adapting the books. You'll leave with a new understanding of films and the art of movie-making.

Max Kimble

Participant

Dylan Brennan

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

There are many things throughout history that historians can’t explain: little things that don’t add up and are brushed aside as a mystery. Wondering how dark magic influenced World War II? Join us as we take a closer look at how magic has played a significant role in Muggle history. We promise this won’t be your usual History of Magic class with Professor Binns!

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

As a leader of a Harry Potter online group, community, or in-person gathering, you have the influence and opportunity to bring out the best of the fandom through your community. This interactive workshop will walk through the basics of creating safe, inclusive, and appropriate community spaces for your group, whether IRL or virtual. From setting community expectations, working through challenging situations, to dealing with abuse in a community, we'll discuss how to maintain standards ...

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

Is an Obscurusthe Dark equivalent of a Patronus? These embodiments of magic aren't universal: both are protectors derived from the caster's magic, one is just far more destructive and out of direct control than the other. Does having an Obscurus or fully formed Patronus say something about the innate quality of a wizard's character? Let's explore!

Dag Currier

Participant
3:30 PM
3:30 PM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Photograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
4:00 PM
4:00 PM EDT - 4:30 PM EDT | 30 minutes
Autograph Session – Additional Ticket Required
4:30 PM
4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fandom

Sure, they conducted some interviews and played some games this weekend. But now the PotterCast hosts are together in person to record their landmark 300th episode here at LeakyCon!

4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Examine the CanonBeyond the Books and Films

Twelve years after J.K. Rowling first revealed that Albus Dumbledore was gay and in love with Gellert Grindelwald, the Grindeldore ship is finally fully canon – but at what cost? Join for an impassioned, intense discussion on the passionate, intense relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald; we’ll discuss its origins in canon, debate its onscreen development in the Fantastic Beasts movies, and explore its fandom evolution since 2007.

4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Character StudyThe Books

J.K. Rowling was once asked, "If Snape didn't love Lily, would he still try to protect Harry?" to which she responded "No, he definitely wouldn't have done. He wouldn't have been remotely interested in this boy." But what if, without Severus Snape and his affections for Lily Potter, there wouldn't have been a Harry Potter to protect? What if he was the catalyst that caused The Prophecy to come to fruition at all? We'll have a discussion about the circumstances that led to Voldemort's initial ...

Dag Currier

Participant
4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Film Studies

The Prisoner of Azkaban movie is the best of them all. Asking someone their favorite Harry Potter movie can be a loaded question, but there is one answer that is more correct than all the rest. Come to this session to find out why the Prisoner of Azkaban is the greatest Harry Potter adaptation ever made.

4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
Fan CreationWizard Rock

Come wrock out at this acoustic wizard rock show! Saturday's session will feature: Abby Ritter and Shauna Carrick

Abby Ritter

Participant

Brian Ross

Participant
4:30 PM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT | 1 hour
The Muggle World

Join us for a panel with nonprofits & other projects for good, and get inspired about the many ways to use your wand and magic to increase awesome in the world! Learn about opportunities to volunteer for causes you care about. Ask questions about starting your own projects or nonprofits.

Michelle Joy

Participant

Brian Biggs

Participant

Katie Bowers

Participant

Lori Earl

Participant
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