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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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1040 Points

Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait!

Posted by Headmistress LemonFaerie on April 20, 2009, 11:15 PM report to moderator
1973 Points

Are we going to get descriptions of everything? That would help tons. :)

One month!

Posted by u on April 20, 2009, 11:16 PM report to moderator
1973 Points

Also, will we be getting a time schedule at some point? I tend to be a bit too organized for these things.

Posted by u on April 20, 2009, 11:16 PM report to moderator
147 Points

Wow… impressive. I would have liked to have gone to this. I did volunteer, but I never heard from anyone. Oh well. Is everything only for registered attendees? I see there’s a vendor room, and I’d also love to go to Melissa’s HaH talk.

Posted by heartless_wench on April 20, 2009, 11:26 PM report to moderator
152 Points

heartless_wench, you do have to be registered to volunteer, just so you know. If you are not registered, you can go to the vendor room, but we are not selling day or session passes. Maybe in 2011, but not this time around, sorry!

Shoshana Lovegood, of course we’ll be putting out more detail later!

Posted by Questauthor on April 20, 2009, 11:32 PM report to moderator
147 Points

Hey… thanks Questauthor! Yeah, I figured i’d have to be registered for the sessions. I didnt realize that you had to be registered to volunteer. Again… oh well. LOL.

Cool that you’ve got John Granger. I’ve heard him talk twice and he is fascinating.

Posted by heartless_wench on April 20, 2009, 11:35 PM report to moderator
4151 Points

UGHHH i wish i could go :[

Posted by mai {beatnik owl} on April 20, 2009, 11:42 PM report to moderator
474 Points


Posted by Courtney Quirke on April 20, 2009, 11:43 PM report to moderator
43 Points

TBA” must be the special JoBama appearances… O_o :D

I hate that I won’t be able to make it to LeakyCon this year … will almost definitely be in Florida in 2011 though…

Posted by lutherjw on April 20, 2009, 11:56 PM report to moderator
1478 Points

Damn I wish I could go so badly!!!

Posted by kenmarekestrels93 {{ROAR}} on April 21, 2009, 12:14 AM report to moderator
400 Points

This all looks like a crazy amount of fun! Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it, but I will try with all my power to make it to LeakyCon 2011!

Posted by But Hagrid... on April 21, 2009, 01:13 AM report to moderator
3371 Points

Reading that sent me on a roller coaster of emotions that ended with envy.

Posted by Lady of the Lake on April 21, 2009, 02:18 AM report to moderator
5439 Points

Wish I was going!

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on April 21, 2009, 03:33 AM report to moderator
15914 Points

I’m jealous! 2011 come already!!! (I will go to LeakyCon 2011 by hook or by crook! :P)

Posted by Mhæy™⌠R☺AR⌡ on April 21, 2009, 03:41 AM report to moderator
687 Points

I would and still will kill you all to go to this. Oh why am I stuck on a giant Island on the other end of the world (australia) :(

Posted by A Tackier Pink on April 21, 2009, 04:02 AM report to moderator
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