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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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2162 Points


This program sounds amazing!… SOMEBODY TAKE ME WITH YOU!

Posted by Noella_Mansrot [Raven] {WBM} on April 21, 2009, 05:28 AM report to moderator
1046 Points

man that sounds awesome.
i wish i could go.
but alas, sydney is quite far away from boston :(

Posted by bec majec *roar* on April 21, 2009, 06:32 AM report to moderator
951 Points

Mmmmm. “So excited” doesn’t even cover my feelings.

Posted by Shane [WBM] on April 21, 2009, 07:48 AM report to moderator
6176 Points

This all looks fantastic – any idea of what times are going to be? I’m just curious as to how many things in each section we might be able to do.

Posted by The Silver Doe on April 21, 2009, 10:19 AM report to moderator
241 Points

I wanted to go so badly, but school, time and money wouldn’t allow me to.

Posted by HollyLime on April 21, 2009, 10:24 AM report to moderator
595 Points

We’ll post a chart with the exact times later this week. Be sure to be checking daily for updates. :)

Posted by MJLeakyCon on April 21, 2009, 10:31 AM report to moderator
338 Points

I’m beyond jealous of anyone going!
it sounds so amazing.
Leakycon 2011! :D haha

Posted by lumosnox on April 21, 2009, 12:31 PM report to moderator
452 Points

I really really want to come to LeakyCon, but seeing as I don’t even live in the US, it’s not going to be possible for me :( Have fun everybody, and put up lots of pictures and videos for us less fortunate!

Posted by Meri on April 21, 2009, 12:52 PM report to moderator
427 Points


Stupid logistics. Stupid money. Ugh.

It sounds amazing though, guys. Seriously. I want to attend every event.
Y’all are awesome.

Posted by Olivia on April 21, 2009, 01:07 PM report to moderator
2013 Points

I can’t wait for next month now.. i’m trying to decide which ones i wanna attend.. lol..

Posted by Pureblood-Slytherin [FTC!!] on April 21, 2009, 02:20 PM report to moderator
878 Points

Bring Leaky Con to the UK!

Posted by Celtise [TTW] on April 21, 2009, 02:30 PM report to moderator
85 Points

A Fair Fortune Musical? Ouch. Now I want to go. :P

Posted by Prof_Tofty on April 21, 2009, 02:43 PM report to moderator
502 Points


I will definitely be at leakycon in 2011…there is no way I am missing it. My entire summer will be planned around that event.

Posted by Olivia Elaine a.k.a Agent Pomplamoose on April 21, 2009, 03:11 PM report to moderator
266 Points

KEYNOTES WHEN ARE YOU ANOUNCING THEM? At least tell us when… The suspense…

Posted by KaraDawlish on April 21, 2009, 03:50 PM report to moderator
598 Points

Aww man, this looks awesome! I hate that i can’t go coz of Uni Finals :’( Bet everyone who does go will have the BEST time though!

Posted by Sally_Zaar on April 21, 2009, 04:42 PM report to moderator
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