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LeakyCon 2009: Announcing Our Programming

Posted by: sue
April 20, 2009, 10:33 PM

With LeakyCon 2009, our first ever Harry Potter convention, just around the corner, we are proud to announce our full schedule of programming. With a variety of events, from informal session to serious academic discussions to Wizard Rock concerts and more, Leaky Con has a jammed packed list of events planned for our convention which is taking place next month May 21-24th at the Boston Park Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts. With proceeds to benefit charity, registration for Leaky Con is going fast, so be sure to register today!


  • Welcome Feast!!
  • Wizard Rock, Evil Night!  featuring Draco and the Malfoys, The Parselmouths, Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills and Swish and Flick
  • Vendor Room Sneak Preview: 9PM




Informal Programming:

  • AlleyCast/SpinnersCast Podcast - A Mixed Cast of PodCasters!!
  • The Hufflepuff In All Of Us - Sue Upton
  • Wand Making and Lighting - James Hinsey
  • Frak's Fan Art Factory - Frankie Franco III
  • Achieving Performance Perfection with Potter: Improv Workshop - Leah Cornish
  • Wizard Rock - Releasing A Record
  • Wizard Rock - Booking Shows and Promoting Your Band
  • Fan Art and Craft Gallery Displays Open!


Youth Programming:

  • So You Want To Be On PotterCast?
  • Wizard Rock Roundtable


Academic Programming:

  • Harry Potter Alliance: Meeting for Chapter Organizers - Karen Bernstein
  • Harry Potter Alliance: Introduction to the Harry Potter Alliance - Andrew Slack
  • Harry Potter Alliance: Not In Harry's Name
  • Harry Potter Alliance: Darfur and Human Rights
  • The Deathly Hallows is The New Yin Yang - Debi Baron
  • Filk Workshop -  MJ Harper, Nina Deboo, and Ann Skinner
  • The Chosen One: Love’s Victory Over Death - David Gras
  • Muggle Magic - Ruth Roulston
  • Similarity Between The American Deaf and The Wizarding World - Ana Gondring
  • Order of the Phoenix: Let's Discuss, Reading Group Style - The Lily & Stag Staff
  • Publishing Original Novels - Lisa Wright DeGroodt & Addie Caliendo
  • THE MAGICIANS: Fantasy Literature in the Post-Potter World - Lev Grossman




Special Events:

  • Keynote Luncheon - TBA - $50
  • Nosh With The Nerdfighters and DFTBA CD Release Party - $30


Featured Events:

  • Imagining a New World - Andrew Slack, Peter Gould and a special guest
  • Harry, A History Q & A - Melissa Anelli


Informal Programming:

  • We Are Wizards Screening
  • Wizard Rock: Live Sound and Recording (hands-on training)


Youth Programming:

  • Fun Sized Frak Art Factory - Frankie Franco III
  • Youth and HPA - Karen Bernstein


Academic Programming:

  • Fawkes As A Symbol of Faith and Resurrection - Julia Katz
  • Demonization of Wealth, Power and Prestige In The Wizarding World - Jennifer Gentile and Amanda Martinez
  • Harry Potter, Prejudice, and Bigotry - Michelle Schultz
  • Jewish Values and Ethics in Harry Potter - Benjamin Beck
  • The Wizard Rock Community Panel - moderated by Freya Fridy
  • The Mythic Foundations of Fantasy - Julie Hahnke
  • Author Panel & Open House



  • Rock Night in the Imperial Ballroom - Wizard Rock Concert Event
  • featuring Harry and the Potters, The Whomping Willows, Gred and Forge, and Tonks and the Aurors




Informal Programming:

  • Fair Fortune Musical
  • Live PotterCast
  • Wizard Rock: Community Building
  • Wizard Rock: Songwriting Workshop - Lena (The Butterbeer Experience)
  • Costume Making 101 - James Hinsey
  • Costume Making 201 - James Hinsey


Youth Programming:

  • Wizard Rock Roundtable


Academic Programming:

  • Harry Potter Alliance: How to Start Your Own HPA Chapter - Karen Bernstein
  • Harry Potter Alliance: What Would Dumbledore Do? - Andrew Slack
  • Harry Potter Alliance: HP Alliance, HPA U, and the New Media Alliance - Andrew Slack
  • Still Conjuring Her Self: Further Thoughts on Hermione's Self-Determination -  Gwendolyn Limbach
  • The Impact of Fathers in Harry Potter - Heidi Schubert
  • Dissecting the Distortion: What Mature Readers Bring to the (Library) Table - Elisabeth Carnell
  • Unique Inventions of The Wizarding World - Debi Baron
  • Tales of Morality to Inspire the Young and Old - Christina Semmens
  • Being an Adult Fan of a Children's Book Series - Shelly Parey and Jennifer Frisbie




Special Events:

  • Keynote Lunch - TBA - $60


Featured Events:

  • The Eyes of Deathly Hallows: Harry Potter's Corrected and Transforming Vision - John Granger
  • TBD Wrock Afternoon - featuring The Remus Lupins, The Moaning Myrtles, The Mudbloods and RiddleTM.
  • We Are Wizards Screening and Q&A With Josh Koury, Director


Academic Programming:

  • Harry Potter Alliance: The HPA and Equal Rights for Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Class
  • Harry Potter Alliance: Umbridge and Civil Liberties - Andrew Slack
  • Harry Potter Alliance: The HP Alliance and Media Reform
  • Career Advice: Re-Imagining the School Story - Karin Westman
  • Snape Rehabilitation: Dr. Cynthia Cynical (a.k.a. Nina Deboo with Leaky's Scribbulus Staff)
  • Literary Value in the HP Series - Lisa Pikaard
  • Hearing the Music in Harry Potter - Becky Kolaski
  • How Young Is Too Young For Harry's Readers? - Vickey McKinley
  • Comedy in Harry Potter - David English
  • How to Deal with Deatheaters After the War (Model UN) - Allyson Zachanoff  and Katie Brand
  • Harry Potter and UK Law - Expelliarmas



  • The Rocking Charity Ball to be held in the Castle at Park Plaza



  • Farewell Breakfast

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5146 Points

Wish I was going. : (

Posted by Sarep [WBM] [IFTC] [Penguin] on April 20, 2009, 10:40 PM report to moderator
1623 Points

I am so excited for LeakyCon. The programming sounds great; I wish I could go to ALL of the events! It’s going to be tough to choose among them.

See you in a month. SQUEE! :D

Posted by Bookworm Jen on April 20, 2009, 10:44 PM report to moderator
730 Points

I am so excited for all of this, I don’t even know what else to say…ONE MONTH!!! Can’t wait!! SQUEE!!!!

Posted by RavenclawDancer on April 20, 2009, 10:44 PM report to moderator
9765 Points

I am SO jealous right now! Have fun everyone! Sounds awesome!!!

Posted by maera-kyrie on April 20, 2009, 10:47 PM report to moderator
277 Points

You people all have fun…(DARN IT!!!)

Posted by The Sorting Hat on April 20, 2009, 10:51 PM report to moderator
1532 Points

:( I all looks so fun…

Posted by Luna Ravenclaw on April 20, 2009, 10:55 PM report to moderator
425 Points

I can’t wait!

Posted by Sam H. on April 20, 2009, 10:55 PM report to moderator
86 Points

This depresses me even more. Have fun, everyone going….

Posted by Marie! on April 20, 2009, 10:59 PM report to moderator
759 Points


darn living on the other side of the world!!

I want to get taught art by Frak!! Coem to Australia LOL

Posted by morgannnn yo! {roar} on April 20, 2009, 11:03 PM report to moderator
302 Points

31 days! I am standing here beside myself.

Posted by loquaciouskook on April 20, 2009, 11:04 PM report to moderator
175 Points

Excellent job on the program!! It sounds like a great time! I hope I can make it next year!

Posted by cbm on April 20, 2009, 11:05 PM report to moderator
415 Points

it sounds amazing!
I don’t understand a lot of it, but I’m SO excited.
I hope there’s time for me to do everything I wanna do, because there seems to be a lot happeininga t the same time, and I don’t want to miss anything
great programming, leaky!

Posted by kira902k on April 20, 2009, 11:06 PM report to moderator
1616 Points

Maybe next year.

Posted by Jersey on April 20, 2009, 11:09 PM report to moderator
3048 Points

As it seems safe to say from above that the programming at LeakyCon is going to be fantastic, I can only register one thing: envy for those who are going! Have fun to all who are able to attend!

Posted by Kirk on April 20, 2009, 11:10 PM report to moderator
97 Points

Waaah, I’m SO depressed that I can’t go. :[ I’ll be in Baltimore at the time. And that Saturday is my birthday, too! D:

Any chance any of this is going to be recorded or documented in some way? I sooo wish I was going. As it is, I’ll be on a plane for my 19th birthday instead of doing ALL OF THESE AMAZING THINGS!

Posted by underthefairytales on April 20, 2009, 11:12 PM report to moderator
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