Recap from Azkatraz


Jul 22, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Over the weekend, Azkatraz, a Harry Potter symposium took place in San Francisco, California. Lev Grossman was a guest at the convention, and has a new blog entry now online. Mr. Grossman, who wrote a previous article about his trip to our own LeakyCon (and the article from a few weeks ago about Wizard Rock), had the following observations about Azkatraz:

– The crowd at Azkatraz was very diverse agewise, but genderwise it
skewed heavily toward women. I don’t know why this surprised me, but it

– There was a great panel on the history of Harry Potter fandom online, starring Melissa Anelli, founder of The Leaky Cauldron and author of Harry: A History.
She made an interesting point, which is that because Harry and the
Internet both became massive mainstream phenomena at around the same
time, and because Harry fans are kind of amazingly determined and
resourceful, they wound up establishing a lot of the rules and social
forms of online fandom in general. Harry Potter fandom is now the
template for all future fandoms.

– The conference organizers did a clever thing, which was to hijack a
channel of the hotel cable system and continually broadcast the Harry
Potter movies for 72 hours straight. I watched Cedric Diggory die so many times!

Chris Rankin
was here, who plays Percy Weasley in the movies. He is in fact a nice
and regular dude, who hung out in the evenings despite the incessant
squeeing from fangirls. He also did a karaoke performance of “Summer
Lovin’” from Grease.

On a related note, SFWeekly let us know about some photos they took at the convention, here.

35 Responses to Recap from Azkatraz

Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: aww I wish i could have gone to it. It sounded like so much fun!Avatar ImageHP United says: Me too. :(Avatar Image3 Weasly Twin says: Yeah. Wow, Chris Rankin was there! That must have been awesome. That's funny, Summer Lovin'! :)Avatar Imageminishiva says: I wish I was there!!!Avatar Imageemdash84 says: Thanks for the 411 on what went down! It sounds like it was tons of fun. I agree, the Harry Potter online fandom has set such a high bar for what a fandom needs to be... way to go everyone! :) AND I think a big thanks needs to go to you Leaky, for being the top Hippogriff in that category. Also, can anyone tell me, where does one get their hands on those cool "street signs", from the photoslide, #34?. Please and Thank you :)Avatar ImageJadeDanielle says: Sounds like this was fun! Wish I'd been able to go! I've never been to a Harry Potter convention....sigh! Avatar ImageFandom_United says: awe...Sue, I wish you were there. I met so many Hufflepuffs it wasn't funny. Squeeee! Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Sounds like awesome fun! :)Avatar Imageliv-wa says: Sounds like it was a lot of fun! Maybe next time [:Avatar ImageSueTLC says: Hi Fandom_United! Oh I dearly wished I could have made it to Azkatraz! :((( As it is, Im very sorry too I missed the entire PotterCast tour, that convention and now comic con too-tough times for this Hufflepuff but so glad to hear my house REPRESENTED! very cool, thanks for letting me know that!Avatar Imageabbyluna says: It was great meeting the Leaky peeps! It was my first HP con and it was so much fun! Chris was a sweetheart and he even attended the Deconstructing Percy discussion. Ooh so much to talk about but overall, I had an amazing time.I'm definitely thinking about going to Infinitus next year! Avatar ImageKissa says: Chris Ranking sounds like such a laid-back and cool guy! :) Wish I could have been there too!!Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: wish i could have been there!Avatar ImageWolfyWizard says: I wish i could have been there, in live in the area but i was busy this past weekend! But i'm determined to go next year!Avatar ImageAwakened says: Sounds like it was a lot of fun!Avatar Imageauror_in_training says: Hopefully I can be there next year... it sounds like such a blast!Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Wow -- sounds excellent. I wish I knew how to Apparate across the Pacific Ocean so I could enjoy all these cool conventions ... To date, I've only made it as far as Guam.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: I really want one of the posters with the typo error... Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: I've always wanted to go to a convention :P Harry Potter of course... Azkatraz sounded like so much fun!! The whole thing about hijacking channels... sooo pottamazing!Avatar ImageThe Hufflepuff Giraffe says: I had no idea Chris Rankin was going. Cool! I really wish I could have gone. Avatar ImagePhylis says: 72 hours of the movies! Would be torn between all the stuff to do! Avatar Imagevespasian68967 says: I really did like the Harry Potter movie play through the conference did. Reminds me a lot why I don't like Gambon's portrayal of Dumbledore. :) Tried to find something Hufflepuff to buy, like a nice t-shirt but couldn't find anything but one with Robert Pattinson on the front as Cedric. While I like Cedric, I didn't necessarily want to be walking around with Pattinson's picture on a shirt & having people confuse him with Edward Cullen.Avatar Imagegooseywizard says: I was in SF, but couldn't go to Azkatraz because I was with my Muggle of a Mom. Sad. Hope everyone had fun.Avatar Imagewordsaremagic says: I had a great time at Azkatraz--watching HBP with 590 fellow Potter fanatics, attending some fantastic lectures and discussions, meeting some wonderful people, including a number of fellow Leaky members. Avatar ImageBellamont says: Can we get that Percy Weasley doing Summer Loving on Youtube please? Sorry but that just sounds too awesome!Avatar ImageBoyWithALightningScar says: Ahaha, Percy singing Summer Lovin'? Classic.Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Sounds like it was great fun. I loved all the pictures. I wish I could go to something like that one day. *Sigh!*Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: :)Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: It sounds like it was fun!Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: the pictures look like FUN! Avatar ImageGTHunter says: sounds like funAvatar Imagechoirgeek says: I wish I could have been there, if only to see Chris Rankin sing Summer Lovin' ;)Avatar ImageAngelasCrochetingCorner says: It sounded like so much fun!!!Avatar ImageR-for-H says: Sounds amazing!!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: aww, sounds like a blast

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