Accio Time Turners! LeakyCon Dallas Releases 2019 Program Schedule

Jun 29, 2019

Posted by: Dawn Johnson

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Get ready, Potter fans and Leaky followers, after viewing the early program schedule for LeakyCon Dallas, you may want to petition the Ministry of Magic for a time turner so you can take it all in!

Following last year’s sold-out event, Mischief Management brings the premiere unofficial Harry Potter fan convention back to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas with an exciting slate of panels, meet-ups and events. Mainstage and Special Guest programming has yet to be announced but, rest assured, all programming is specially designed to create three days of magical wizarding world experiences for fans.

Check out current event programming, including detailed descriptions of highlighted panels, below!

Friday, August 9

— 10:15 a.m.

MainStage Progamming (To Be Announced) — Exhibit Hall E

Gryffindor Meetup — Phoenix Room (D162/164)

Slytherin Meetup — Occamy Room (D170/172)

Hufflepuff Meetup — Unicorn Room (D167/174)

Ravenclaw Meetup — Owl Room (D171/173)

— 11:30 a.m.

The Wizarding World of Wild Theories — Puffskein Room (D163/165)

“Is Snape a vampire? Are Mrs. Weasley’s homemade socks a secret weapon against the dark arts? Is Ron secretly a time traveling Dumbledore? OF COURSE NOT! What theories did you come up with while waiting to see how it all would end? Come share your wildest theories to the acclaim and ridicule of your peers, and maybe even wind up contributing to the craziest crowd-sourced fanfic of all time.”

Why We Worship the Weasleys — Unicorn Room (D167/174)

How Do You LeakyCon? — Occamy Room (D170/172)

Government Oversight at Hogwarts: A Necessary Evil? — Owl Room (D171/173)

— 12:45 p.m.

Mental Health in the Wizarding World — Puffskein Room (D163/165)

Revisiting Ilvermorny — Occamy Room (D170/172)

Nosy Aunt to Nosy Cat: Mrs. Norris and Other Austenian Influences in Harry Potter — Owl Room (D171/173)

Why Viktor Krum is the Best and You’re All Wrong — Hippogriff Room (D220/227)

— 2:00 p.m.

What’s the Magic Word? An Exploration of the Mystical Language in Muggle and Wizard — Phoenix Room (D162/164)

“The Magi, Pagans, Vodousists, Celtic Druids, Wiccans, and more have long had associations with curious lingual expressions and the mysterious power behind them. We’ll examine the roots of specific incantations, what it takes to produce magic beyond the spells, and the cultural diaspora of magical language in history.”

Unbreakable Vows: What is the Truth? — Unicorn Room (D167/174)

Disability at Hogwarts — Occamy Room (D170/172)

— 3:15 p.m.

“Yer a Wizard Wroker, Harry.” “I’m a What?” — Puffskein Room (D163/165)

An Excess of “Phlegm” and the Lack of Femme — Unicorn Room (D167/174)

— 4:30 p.m.

Dumbledore and Abraham: The Greater Good — Phoenix Room (D162/164)

History of Magic — Unicorn Room (D167/174)

The Order of the Phoenix, Rising — Occamy Room (D170/172)

#WizardTeamLive: What Really Happened to Hedwig and Other #WizardTeam Canon — Hippogriff Room (D220/227)

“Each week Bayana Davis and Robyn Jordan do a close reread of the books chapter-by-chapter, discussing anything from our thoughts on the Trio’s Gryffindor behaviors to more obscure facts in the Harry Potter canon, even coming up with some strange and hilarious headcanons of our own. Join us at LeakyCon to learn how we read between the lines to find out about Hedwig’s true identity, Hermione’s Blackness, and Nagini’s true calling.”


Saturday, August 10

— 10:15 a.m.

MainStage Programming (To Be Announced) — Exhibit Hall E

Stitch ‘n Witch — Puffskein Room (D163/165)

The Long, Wonderful, and Totally Weird History of Fanfiction — Phoenix Room (D162/164)

Nature Without Nurture: How Little Orphan Tom Turned into Lord Voldemort — Unicorn Room (D167/174)

Hogwarts Night School for Late Blooming Witches and Wizards — Owl Room (D171/173)

LGBTQIA+ Meetup — Hippogriff Room (D220/227)

— 11:30 a.m.

Law and Justice in the Wizarding World: The Ministry’s Permissions and Punishments — Phoenix Room (D162/164)

Trans Magic: Gender in the Wizarding World — Unicorn Room (D167/174)

Trelawny and Snape: Unwitting Accomplices — Owl Room (D171/173)

Spoonie Meetup — Hippogriff Room (D220/227)

— 12:45 p.m.

Wandlore: An Ancient and Mysterious Magic — Puffskein Room (D163/165)

“The magic wand: no other symbol identifies a wizard more clearly than the instrument that channels their most powerful magic. Go beyond the very basic view with which most wizards approach their wands and discuss the importance of wand loyalties and the ‘feelings’ that wands develop, plus look deeper into the wands of our favorite wizards and attempt to unlock their mysteries.”

Defense Against the Dark Thoughts: Using Harry Potter to Address Mental Health — Phoenix Room (D162/164)

Snape and Dumbledore: Moral Ambiguity — Unicorn Room (D167/174)

— 2:00 p.m.

Harry Potter in Hawaiian — Puffskein Room (D163/165)

Horcruxes Not Hallows: Confronting Evil and the Use of Power in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Phoenix Room (D162/164)

Hagrid, Half-Bloods, and Squibs: One Drop Rule? — Unicorn Room (D167/174)

Being a Fan in a Professional World — Owl Room (D171/173)

“Join us for an in-depth discussion of the tightrope many of us walk as both a business professional and a fan. Are you able to reflect your fandom while at work? We’ll discuss some of the unique challenges and hurdles you might face in the corporate world.”

— 3:15 p.m.

Beyond the Manor: The Merit of the Malfoys — Puffskein Room (D163/165)

Potterheads of Color Meetup — Unicorn Room (D167/174)

To Be, Or Not to Be: Canon — Owl Room (D171/173)

Tattoo Meetup — Hippogriff Room (D220/227)

— 4:30 p.m.

Teaching, Assumptions, and Harry Potter — Phoenix Room (D162/164)

Critical Fandom — Unicorn Room (D167/174)

Robert Galbraith Meetup — Hippogriff Room (D220/227)

Sitcom Sorting — Occamy Room (D170/172)

“Join us as we sort our favorite sitcom characters into Hogwarts Houses and discussing parallels between multiple sitcom stories and Harry Potter!”


Sunday, August 11

— 10:15 a.m.

MainStage Programming (To Be Announced) — Exhibit Hall E

A Reimagination of the Yule Ball Gowns — Puffskein Room (D163/165)

A Magical Education for Muggles — Phoenix Room (D162/164)

Black Cosplay Meetup — Unicorn Room (D167/174)

Witchistory — Occamy Room (D170/172)

Unofficial Ron Weasley Fan Club — Owl Room (D171/173)

— 11:30 a.m.

Ethnic Communities in the Wizarding World — Puffskein Room (D163/165)

Let’s Talk About Ravenclaw — Unicorn Room (D167/174)

Obscurus and Patronus: Expressions of the Soul in the Wizarding World — Occamy Room (D170/172)

We Refuse to Keep Talking About How We’re Not Evil: A Slytherin Panel — Owl Room (D171/173)

Hagrid’s Happy Place — Phoenix Room (D162/164)

“Hippogriffs? Bowtruckles? Nifflers? Krups? There’s a lot to know in the world of magical animals, and we’re here to help! This panel will discuss the difference between “beasts” and “creatures” in canonical and supplementary materials as well as what classifies these animals as ‘magical.’ “

— 12:45 p.m.

The Black Brothers — Puffskein Room (D163/165)

Accio Identity: Wizard Wrock and the Magic of Community — Occamy Room (D170/172)

Reading Runes: History, Mystery, and Divination — Phoenix Room (D162/164)

“Curious about runes: what they are, where they came from, and how they are used? Join this hands-on workshop that will provide a brief runic history and delve into some of their mystery, and then have some divination fun.”

— 2:00 p.m.

Hufflepuff Pride 2.0 — Puffskein Room (D163/165)

Wandlore 101 — Phoenix Room (D162/164)

Peer Pressure at Hogwarts — Unicorn Room (D167/174)

Move Aside Rowling: A Study of Ownership in Regards to Harry Potter Fanfiction — Occamy Room (D170/172)

— 3:15 p.m.

Super Sorting — Puffskein Room (D163/165)

Spell Crafting: An Introduction to Arithmancy — Phoenix Room (D162/164)

Who is Anthony Goldstein? — Occamy Room (D170/172)

Creating Voldemort: The Statute of Secrecy and Wizard/Pureblood Privilege — Unicorn Room (D167/174)

“Voldemort’s philosophies and actions are extreme, but did wizarding society make it easy for him to thrive? In this panel, we will talk about the Statute of Secrecy, Ministry policies, and general societal attitudes that make it difficult for Muggle-borns to succeed and for Muggles to truly be protected both during and outside of the reign of Dark wizards.

— 4:30 p.m.

Swish and Clip: Our Favorite Scenes That Did Not Make the Final Cut — Puffskein Room (D163/165)

Underappreciated Characters — Owl Room (D171/173)


All of these offerings sound fantastic, sure to engage your imagination, your intellect and your inner-Potter nerd. (Be proud, we’re all in the same boat!)

According to the official LeakyCon site, attendees may check in any time between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. On Friday, marketplace hours are 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for those with a Marauder Pass Preview, while general admission tickets may access the marketplace from 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. Saturday through Sunday all attendees may enjoy the marketplace from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Also be on the lookout for Leaky’s resident artist Sydney Dean who will have a booth in the vendor hall selling stickers, prints and other artwork. Her creative wizardry does not disappoint, and you won’t want to miss her magical depictions of your favorite characters and scenes from J.K. Rowling’s series.

Finally, attendees are advised that some rooms may fill up–and fill up quickly!–so it is recommended that guests review the above schedule and have a couple alternate panels in mind for each programming slot in case your first choice reaches its capacity.

And remember, check back for announcements regarding Mainstage and Special Guest programming. We’ll keep you updated with all the latest news as it’s released so you can plan an unforgettable wizarding weekend!

To purchase tickets to LeakyCon Dallas, visit LeakyCon here. For more program details, view the event schedule here!

The Leaky Cauldron is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any of the individuals or companies associated with producing and publishing Harry Potter books and films.