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Thursday, August 8
 

1:00pm UTC

Craft Room
Welcome to the craft room! This room will be set up all conference for workshops and independent crafting.  All workshops are free. Some workshop leaders may have materials for purchase if you want to practice with them.  But everyone is welcome to watch for free.  There will be free material througout the craft room to make scrapbook pages, drawings and other crafts. Come show us your artsy side!

Thursday August 8, 2013 1:00pm - 4:50am UTC
Denbigh
 
Friday, August 9
 

9:00am UTC

Blood Status is so last century. Or is it?
PureBlood families exist for many reasons, but keeping wealth and bloodlines (race) pure are essential to their motives. This phenomenon is not new, and it is not extinct in the modern world either. This lecture will explore Levi-Strauss' concept of kinship structures and marriage and how they relate directly to the wizarding world. Marriage by choice and arranged marriage will be discussed, as well as the reasons for keeping bloodlines pure, wealth pure, and how advantageous marriage can be.

Speakers
avatar for Krista Domin

Krista Domin

Krista Domin is a Ravenclaw thanks to Pottermore. She has presented at Leaky in 2011 and 2012. Krista is a graduate of UCF and holds an MA in Education and English. Harry Potter kept her sane through grad school. When not reading or researching she enjoys all crafts, but focuses on... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 9:00am - 9:50am UTC
Ampthill

9:00am UTC

Book Club - The Cuckoo's Calling
What a wonderful surprise when the news broke that we had new book from Jo on the shelves! This is a book club for those of you who ran straight out to the bookstore or downloaded it the second you heard the news. Come share your enthusiasm with other fans and talk about this unexpected treasure. There will be discussions with many spoilers so please keep that in mind.

Speakers
avatar for Colin Mueller

Colin Mueller

Colin Mueller is a sophomore at Penn State University, studying Information Science and Technology. This is his third LeakyCon, and he has been involved with the fandom since before he hit teenagedom. Colin will also be attending LeakyCon London this August. In his free time, Colin... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 9:00am - 9:50am UTC
Cambria

10:00am UTC

Being a Better Beta
Fanfic writer? Creative writer? Poet? Beta reader? This workshop will focus on editing the creative writing of others. It will cover techniques, etiquette, some software features and the main differences between technical and creative editing. Please bring a short work in progress you would feel comfortable sharing. Editing in MS Word using track changes as well as traditional editing on paper will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Krista Domin

Krista Domin

Krista Domin is a Ravenclaw thanks to Pottermore. She has presented at Leaky in 2011 and 2012. Krista is a graduate of UCF and holds an MA in Education and English. Harry Potter kept her sane through grad school. When not reading or researching she enjoys all crafts, but focuses on... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 10:00am - 10:50am UTC
Ampthill

10:00am UTC

StarKid - Your Story
Join us for an Ice Breaker for StarKid fans to mingle and make new friends in a friendly, laid back environment. There will also be games and prize draws and lots of silly fun!

Speakers
LA

Lou Atherton

Lou is a 20 something Ravenclaw with an uncontrollable habit of spontaneously breaking into song and a sense of humor which can only be described as 'geek sarcasm chic'. Twitter : @StarKidCorner
EM

Emily Manning

Emily is an 18 year old dork who spends too much time daydreaming. Proud Slytherin, (we're not all bad you know) Photography enthusiast. Twitter: @StarKidFan5689
JW

Jenny Williams

Jenny is a five-foot, 20 year old ray of sunshine with a weird obsession with pigeons. Proud Ravenclaw! Twitter: @JLW1992


Friday August 9, 2013 10:00am - 10:55am UTC
Cambria

10:00am UTC

WZRD: The Resurrection Podcast
Come along to this live podcast and hear interviews with special guests.  This podcast will have music, a live audience and many surprises - you may even find yourself being interviewed!  Bands slated to appear are The Blibbering Humdingers, Lauren Fairweather, Siriusly Hazza P, Matt Maggiacomo, Harry and the Potters, Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons and the Deathsticks.

Speakers
avatar for Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons

Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons

Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons was born one dark and stormy November's eve in 2005 when Amy Snow penned her first wizard rock song 'Frozen.' Since then the Irish-born singer song writer has played shows in the USA, UK, Ireland and Sweden and released three albums. Her... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Fairweather

Lauren Fairweather

Lauren Fairweather is a full-time nerdy musician, YouTube partner (devilishlypure), and wizard rocker. Her songs feature catchy melodies over acoustic guitar or ukulele and cover a variety of topics including, most recently, "The Prince’s Tale" chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly... Read More →
avatar for The Blibbering Humdingers

The Blibbering Humdingers

These mischievous masters of musical hi-jinx will wizard-rock the tea towel right off of your house elf. (eww)  Hailing from Cary, NC, Scott & Kirsten have been singing celtic, folk, and medieval music together since 1992 and formed the Blibbering Humdingers in 2007. They sing... Read More →
avatar for Matt Maggiacomo

Matt Maggiacomo

Matt was born in 1979 and spent the first six years of his life exploring the wilderness of Tarkiln, RI. This one time, he caught a bullfrog so big that his mother exclaimed, "I reckon that's the biggest dern bullfrog I EVER saw." But Matt's favorite activity was...
avatar for Siriously Hazza P

Siriously Hazza P

Siriusly Hazza P bring you wizard rock with a vintage twist! Jazz inspired harmonies and lots of sparkle make up this British duo's act.
avatar for Harry and the Potters

Harry and the Potters

Harry and the Potters are a wizard rock band made up of brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge. They started the band in 2002, when Joe was 15 and Paul was 23, and they played their first show in a shed in their parent’s backyard. Harry and the Potters are often referred to as the first... Read More →
avatar for Amy Snow

Amy Snow

Amy Snow is a singer-songwriter from Cork, Ireland. Though she joined the Harry Potter fandom in 1999, Amy started her wizard rock act Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons in 2005 and has performed in the UK, USA, Sweden and Ireland. Aside from her involvement in curating wizard... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am UTC
Ulster

11:00am UTC

A Comparison Between the Villians in Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone and the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
An academic paper comparing the representation, role and significance of the villains in children's fantasy texts, specifically comparing Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, and the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The paper explores what it means to be a conventional villain, and how each of the villains in question either subverts or fits into the role. My paper draws on the traditional forms of villainy and discusses how the White Witch is a traditional villain, whilst Voldemort, who is explored is much depth in the series, is hidden for much of the first book, and isn't an 'active evil' until the end of Goblet of Fire, is much more nuanced, but ultimately, the very reason Harry can love, growing up and maturing into a hero.

Speakers
RH

Rebecca Hurst

Rebecca is in her final year of undergraduate student at the University of Hertfordshire, studying History, English Literature and Creative Writing. Apart from studying, she has led projects for her students union and was the promotional officer for our Drama Society, running sessions... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am UTC
Ampthill

11:00am UTC

Free Crafting
The room will be open for free crafting.  Whether you need to finish your craft from the last workshop or just want to express yourself with a new project, the craft room is available to you. There will be general art supplies and scrapbook supplies so come set you inner artist free.

Friday August 9, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am UTC
Denbigh

11:00am UTC

Participatory Culture Roles: Lurker, Geeks and Ringleaders
Through Harry Potter, many individuals found themselves becoming experts in digital media and connecting with others in affinity spaces. In the aftermath of the initial excitement, a range of roles has emerged. Some fans stay quiet, yet faithfully read blogs, websites, fanfiction and more. Others do not produce, but become adept at managing websites and places where content can be curated and archived. This interactive presentation will explore the range of roles that have become standard for fans of any franchise, hobby or group.

Speakers
CL

Cathy Leogrande

Cathy Leogrande is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. She first came to the HP world as a parent, and she watched her son’s literacy skills grow under J.K. Rowling’s spell. She used her experiences to develop and teach Harry Potter... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am UTC
Cambria

12:00pm UTC

Hufflepuff Affirmation Meetup
What is a Hufflepuff? We need to meet and find out. If you were sorted into Hufflepuff, and either embraced it or wondered how this could possibly be, come out and meet some of your Housemates. Professor Sprout will be there to welcome you.

Speakers
LW

Lauraine Woods

Lauraine Woods joined the Harry Potter fandom in 1998 and has shared the journey with her daughter Rachel, who encouraged her to attend their first con in 2008 in Dallas. A proud Hufflepuff, she presented on House-elves at LeakyCon in Chicago. In her other life, she manages a national... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 12:00pm - 12:50pm UTC
Ulster

12:00pm UTC

Make-your-own Pygmy Puff Workshop
Make-your-own Pygmy Puff workshop - Join fellow crafters to make a new friend to perch on your shoulder.

Speakers
KR

Kylie Robinson

Kylie is a crafter and fanartist, she loves Harry Potter, Disney and Tolkien, and adores the UK Wizard Rock scene and the friends she has made through it. The best moment of her life was when she spoke to JK Rowling in the 2005 World Book Day chat!


Friday August 9, 2013 12:00pm - 12:50pm UTC
Denbigh

12:00pm UTC

Quidditch and Hallows; How to Live Your Life
This session will investigate the hidden morality of Quidditch before relating it to the overall morality of the Harry Potter books by looking at the parallel between bludgers, quaffle, snitch and the Deathly Hallows.

Speakers
CF

Corentin Faniel

Corentin is a Literature student at the University of St Andrews, chief editor of the French fansite gazette-du-sorcier.com, and podcaster for Sonorus. Co-presented a panel discussion on the state of the Harry Potter fandom at the GeekFaëries2012 (France).


Friday August 9, 2013 12:00pm - 12:50pm UTC
Ampthill

12:00pm UTC

The Affirmation Meetup, Take 2 3/4
Once upon a time Jocelyn Hannusch wrote down her feelings about Team StarKid. The StarKid Affirmation, a document that has been spread within the StarKid fandom online ever since, was born and with it a group project of StarKid fans that turned into something bigger than all of us. After a successful meetup at LeakyCon 2012 in Chicago and The Affirmation Meetup, Take 2 at LeakyCon 2013 in Portland, we proudly present you The Affirmation Meetup, Take 2 3/4 for the first time in Europe.

Speakers
KN

Kristina Noodle

Kristina has been an avid reader of the Harry Potter book series since she was ten. The time she's spent waiting for her Hogwarts letter, blame Errol, has not been wasted. Instead it was successfully used to connect with other young wizards and witches from all around the world online... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 12:00pm - 12:50pm UTC
Cambria

1:00pm UTC

Free Crafting
The room will be open for free crafting.  Whether you need to finish your craft from the last workshop or just want to express yourself with a new project, the craft room is available to you. There will be general art supplies and scrapbook supplies so come set you inner artist free.

Friday August 9, 2013 1:00pm - 1:50pm UTC
Denbigh

1:00pm UTC

Mark Reads Harry Potter
In the spring of 2010, Mark Oshiro set out to read all seven Harry Potter novels, one chapter at a time, one chapter per day. In the midst of discovering more about a world he knew almost nothing about, he came to fall in love with J.K. Rowling's magical universe. Now, Mark has revisited Mark Reads Harry Potter a second time to release a series of seven books that not only chronicle what it was like to read Harry Potter for the first time, but include his thoughts on what the series is like knowing what the ending is. Join series writer Mark Oshiro as he discusses Harry Potter, secrets, and shenanigans.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro mixes textual analysis, confessional blogging and humor while discussing and dissecting popular media. He has tackled Twilight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Doctor Who, The Hunger Games and, most infamously, Harry Potter. He is currently releasing his blogs as physical... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 1:00pm - 1:50pm UTC
Cambria

1:00pm UTC

Wrock: A Wretrospective
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? One minute they were nerds, the next they were nerds with guitars! All of a sudden people wanted to pop a 'w' in front of every word that began with 'r' and attend concerts, buy music and engage in a huge online community! Come along to hear the people at the centre of Wizard Rock talk about the phenomenon and the highs and lows of nerdy musical life.

Moderators
EM

Ellie Murray

Ellie is a full-time Law student and a part-time wizard rocker. One half of The Lost Diadems, her interests include drinking tea and buying copies of Wuthering Heights.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Carpenter

Alex Carpenter

Alex Carpenter is a Californian musician who hangs out with and sings about Courageous Wizards, Eccentric Time Lords and Rebel Tributes. He spends a lot of time pondering things at 221B Baker St. Alex enjoys the pursuit of all things nerdy, and above all he wants you to Be Bri... Read More →
LC

Laura Crow

My name's Laura and I have been running my cute, vintage-inspired shop, Goodnight Boutique, for the past two years! I spend most of my time playing music, baking cupcakes, reading books, and making all sorts of jewellery and accessories for Goodnight Boutique. In 2012 I made the... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Fairweather

Lauren Fairweather

Lauren Fairweather is a full-time nerdy musician, YouTube partner (devilishlypure), and wizard rocker. Her songs feature catchy melodies over acoustic guitar or ukulele and cover a variety of topics including, most recently, "The Prince’s Tale" chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly... Read More →
avatar for Matt Maggiacomo

Matt Maggiacomo

Matt was born in 1979 and spent the first six years of his life exploring the wilderness of Tarkiln, RI. This one time, he caught a bullfrog so big that his mother exclaimed, "I reckon that's the biggest dern bullfrog I EVER saw." But Matt's favorite activity was...
avatar for Siriously Hazza P

Siriously Hazza P

Siriusly Hazza P bring you wizard rock with a vintage twist! Jazz inspired harmonies and lots of sparkle make up this British duo's act.
avatar for Harry and the Potters

Harry and the Potters

Harry and the Potters are a wizard rock band made up of brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge. They started the band in 2002, when Joe was 15 and Paul was 23, and they played their first show in a shed in their parent’s backyard. Harry and the Potters are often referred to as the first... Read More →
avatar for Amy Snow

Amy Snow

Amy Snow is a singer-songwriter from Cork, Ireland. Though she joined the Harry Potter fandom in 1999, Amy started her wizard rock act Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons in 2005 and has performed in the UK, USA, Sweden and Ireland. Aside from her involvement in curating wizard... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 1:00pm - 1:50pm UTC
Ampthill

2:00pm UTC

Bringing Quidditch Home: A Guide to Muggle Quidditch in the UK
This session will feature muggle quidditch and a brief history of the sport, the basic rules of quidditch and how UK residents can get involved with and/or start a UK quidditch team.  QuidditchUK will introduce LeakyCon London to the full-contact, co-ed sport that has taken the US by storm and is rapidly expanding across the globe. 

Speakers
SM

Sophie Macfadyen

Sophie Macfadyen is a (Social) Media Assistant for QuidditchUK, the Captain of the Reading Rocs and she recently organized the 'Whiteknights Tournament' held in Reading in June (2013). She refereed at the IQA Summer Games and like many UK quidditch players, works hard to promote quidditch... Read More →
BM

Ben Morton

Ben Morton is Chairman of QuidditchUK. As captain of the UK team in the IQA Summer Games 2012 (the first ever international level Quidditch tournament held in Oxford, UK) and co-captain and coach of the Keele University team 'Avada Keeledavra', Quidditch is much more than just a hobby... Read More →
ES

Emily Starbuck

Emily Starbuck is Head of Social Media for QuidditchUK and the founder & previous captain of the Edinburgh quidditch team, the 'Holyrood Hippogriffs'. She was also a member of Team UK at the IQA Summer Games and tournament director for the first UK quidditch tournament, the 'Highlander... Read More →
NS

Nicole Stone

Nicole Stone is Head Snitch for QuidditchUK, founder and coach of the Reading Rocs, a member of Team UK at the IQA Summer Games and the IQA Snitch Team UK representative. She has snitched 2 tournaments, various games and at IgFest in Bristol and she once managed to beat the seekers... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm UTC
Ampthill

2:00pm UTC

Mutatio Domus - Transform Your Home into Hogwarts
Transform a room of your house into a Hogwarts Common Room, or another part of the castle! Using simple techniques, things you have on hand, and some everyday materials, you can inexpensively transform a room into your very own Hogwarts escape. This workshop will provide specific step by step instructions, sources for materials, and practice with the techniques. Room element ideas include castle wall techniques, potions table set-up, castle lighting, creating a false fireplace, ceiling ideas, door treatments, library elements, and many other finishing touches.

Speakers
LL

Lisa Lanthier

Lisa Lanthier is the mom of two life long Harry Potter fans and a dedicated fan herself. She found a way to bring Hogwarts home with a room transformation project that became the family's escape and cocoon. Now she wants to share ideas and hands-on experience with fellow fans to help... Read More →
ZP

Zachary Palumbo

Zach is ecstatic to be presenting at LeakyCon with his sister and best friend, Mariah. He is a Ravenclaw to the core. His hobbies include worshipping the great Joss Whedon, forcing his friends to watch Starkid, wondering who the eff Hank is, and writing about himself in the third... Read More →
MP

Mariah Palumbo

Mariah is a spirited Hufflepuff. She has always loved magic and has been entranced with Harry's world ever since her brother introduced it to her. She is so thankful for the joy, excitement, and friendships that come along with the fandoms surrounding Harry Potter, the Vlogrothers... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm UTC
Cambria

3:00pm UTC

The Ultimate Shipping Debate
Snape and Lily? Hermione and Ron? Hagrid and his Blast Ended Skrewt? Whatever your ship, come and support it at the Ultimate Shipping Debate!

Speakers
EM

Ellie Murray

Ellie is a full-time Law student and a part-time wizard rocker. One half of The Lost Diadems, her interests include drinking tea and buying copies of Wuthering Heights.


Friday August 9, 2013 3:00pm - 3:50pm UTC
Ampthill

3:00pm UTC

Free Crafting
The room will be open for free crafting.  Whether you need to finish your craft from the last workshop or just want to express yourself with a new project, the craft room is available to you. There will be general art supplies and scrapbook supplies so come set you inner artist free.

Friday August 9, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm UTC
Denbigh

4:00pm UTC

What does Your Wand Say About You?
Have you ever wondered what your preferences for a particular wand wood and core tell about you? In this presentation, you will discover your secret connections to certain wand woods or cores, and what they tell about yourself. Each wood and core has a symbolic meaning, and through this lecture and discussion, we will discover what the wands within the canon say about their owners and their spirituality. Hopefully, you'll find out a bit about yourself in the process!

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Barnhart

Leslie Barnhart

Leslie teaches mathematics and science in Northern Virginia. She lives with her husband, two dogs, two cats, and two kids, who mostly pretend they know very little about the Harry Potter world. The past two summers, she has co-directed a Harry Potter Vacation Bible School summer camp... Read More →


Friday August 9, 2013 4:00pm - 4:50pm UTC
Ampthill

4:00pm UTC

Dumbledore's Army: Still Recruiting
Curious who those Harry Potter Alliance folks are? Dying to put your own magical powers to good use? Join us to learn how Harry Potter fans are changing the world and how you can become a part of our real-world Dumbledore's Army.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Bird

Lauren Bird

Lauren has been involved with the Harry Potter Alliance since 2010 as a volunteer and joinied its senior staff in 2013. She vlogs for the HPA’s YouTube channel and has spoken at various conferences on the topics of fan activism and new media.
avatar for Paul DeGeorge

Paul DeGeorge

Paul is a fandom innovator. He plays in Harry and the Potters, co-founded the Harry Potter Alliance, created the Snitchwich, and orchestrated the Nerds for Obama campaign last fall. He is the Director of Campaigns and Operations at the HP Alliance.
avatar for Matt Maggiacomo

Matt Maggiacomo

Matt was born in 1979 and spent the first six years of his life exploring the wilderness of Tarkiln, RI. This one time, he caught a bullfrog so big that his mother exclaimed, "I reckon that's the biggest dern bullfrog I EVER saw." But Matt's favorite activity was...


Friday August 9, 2013 4:00pm - 5:50pm UTC
Cambria

6:00pm UTC

Crafter and Fan Art Sale
At the Craft Fair you will find  an eclectic assortment of artists with original and handmade fandom  inspired items. Aspiring crafters can find inspiration while perusing  the tables. Shoppers will be thrilled with the unique items they can  find. Offerings from previous years include paper goods, housewares,  ceramics, bath products,  jewelry, craft kits, accessories, clothing,  comics, knits, curios,  collectibles, artwork, and so much more! 

Friday August 9, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm UTC
Denbigh
 
Saturday, August 10
 

9:00am UTC

Jo, Joss and More: Where Are We in the Transmedia Revolution?
Joanne Rowling and Joss Whedon have much in common. Both born in the mid sixties, they experienced success in the late nineties with stories that created a universe of realistic fantasy and characters so rich and complex that many fans considered them cherished friends. Both are respectful of their fans; they not only allowed, but encouraged fans to join in the creative process, at a time when the internet permitted an easily accessible playground and bonding space.
In this interactive presentation, participants will explore the concept and principles of transmedia storytelling as applied to the Potterverse and Whedonverse. Participants will have learn about the transmedia revolution in which we are engaged by poking and prodding Buffy, Harry and friends.

Speakers
CL

Cathy Leogrande

Cathy Leogrande is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. She first came to the HP world as a parent, and she watched her son’s literacy skills grow under J.K. Rowling’s spell. She used her experiences to develop and teach Harry Potter... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 9:00am - 9:50am UTC
Cambria

9:00am UTC

Marginalization in Harry Potter
This roundtable discussion will talk about the marginalized populations within the Wizarding World. The focuses will be on disability, race, gender and LGBTQ and the issues surrounding these populations. The discussion will focus on the books and movies portrayals of these characters, or lack there of. Also to be discussed are the issues of age, werewolves, giants, muggles, half bloods and squibs.

Speakers
avatar for Krista Domin

Krista Domin

Krista Domin is a Ravenclaw thanks to Pottermore. She has presented at Leaky in 2011 and 2012. Krista is a graduate of UCF and holds an MA in Education and English. Harry Potter kept her sane through grad school. When not reading or researching she enjoys all crafts, but focuses on... Read More →
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro mixes textual analysis, confessional blogging and humor while discussing and dissecting popular media. He has tackled Twilight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Doctor Who, The Hunger Games and, most infamously, Harry Potter. He is currently releasing his blogs as physical... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 9:00am - 9:50am UTC
Ampthill

10:00am UTC

Heteronormativity in Canon vs. Slash in Fanfic
Harry Potter canon is fairly heteronormative, yet the fans have taken this world and thrown it into slash fanfiction. This roundtable will discuss issues of heteronormativity in canon (in relation to relationships) and discuss how slash fanfic became a dominant force. We will be discussing the evolution of Drarry, Wolfstar, Snarry, and the lack of fem/fem fanfic. We will explore as a group why we feel this may occur.

Speakers
avatar for Krista Domin

Krista Domin

Krista Domin is a Ravenclaw thanks to Pottermore. She has presented at Leaky in 2011 and 2012. Krista is a graduate of UCF and holds an MA in Education and English. Harry Potter kept her sane through grad school. When not reading or researching she enjoys all crafts, but focuses on... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 10:00am - 10:50am UTC
Ampthill

11:00am UTC

Below Stairs: The Life of a Servant
In Downton Abbey and the world of Harry Potter, we are introduced to servants who deal with their limited choices and restricted freedoms in very different ways. Some servants accept their lot and make the best of it, others find ways to break free. What do you think of the paths chosen by such varied characters as John Bates and Kreacher? Could you be as faithful and dedicated as Anna or Winkie? Let's explore the role of the servant -- and what it can teach about accepting the limitations in our lives or finding the courage to break free.

Speakers
LW

Lauraine Woods

Lauraine Woods joined the Harry Potter fandom in 1998 and has shared the journey with her daughter Rachel, who encouraged her to attend their first con in 2008 in Dallas. A proud Hufflepuff, she presented on House-elves at LeakyCon in Chicago. In her other life, she manages a national... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am UTC
Ampthill

11:00am UTC

Free Crafting
The room will be open for free crafting.  Whether you need to finish your craft from the last workshop or just want to express yourself with a new project, the craft room is available to you. There will be general art supplies and scrapbook supplies so come set you inner artist free.

Saturday August 10, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am UTC
Denbigh

11:00am UTC

Mark Reads Fanfic
The Mark Reads Harry Potter series, started in 2010, has now been read by millions of people.  Since then, series writer Mark Oshiro has started two websites, released numerous eBook compliations of his reviews, and has toured to promote himself.  Mark added reading of Harry Potter fanfic to his last tour to much praise.  He will continue this tradition here at LeakyCon.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro mixes textual analysis, confessional blogging and humor while discussing and dissecting popular media. He has tackled Twilight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Doctor Who, The Hunger Games and, most infamously, Harry Potter. He is currently releasing his blogs as physical... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am UTC
Cambria

11:00am UTC

Wandlore: A Complex and Mysterious Magic
The magic wand.  No other symbol identifies a wizard more clearly than the instrument that channels his or her most powerful magic. We will look to go beyond the very basic view with which most wizards approach their wands. We will also discuss the importance of wand loyalties and the "feelings" that wands develop.  We will look deeper into the wands of our favorite wizards and attempt to unlock their mysteries.

Speakers
GL

Greg Laslo

Greg Laslo is the founder and Master Wandmaker of the Hungarian Wand Shop. Greg became a fan of Harry Potter by reading the first book to his children nearly 14 years ago and has loved the Potter world ever since. He has been making wands for over seven years, and the study of wandlore... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am UTC
Ulster

12:00pm UTC

IMPROV-IMENTIA!
Come along and join in this improv workshop where we use our favouite places and characters as inspiration. You may find you become anyone... anywhere... at any time. Perfect for anyone who wants a go of something a bit fun and different.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Snow

Amy Snow

Amy Snow is a singer-songwriter from Cork, Ireland. Though she joined the Harry Potter fandom in 1999, Amy started her wizard rock act Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons in 2005 and has performed in the UK, USA, Sweden and Ireland. Aside from her involvement in curating wizard... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 12:00pm - 12:50pm UTC
Ulster

12:00pm UTC

Make-your-own Wand Holster Workshop
Make-your-own Wand Holster workshop - Tired of always having to carry your wand?  Make a handy custom holder for your wand in this workshop.

Speakers
KR

Kylie Robinson

Kylie is a crafter and fanartist, she loves Harry Potter, Disney and Tolkien, and adores the UK Wizard Rock scene and the friends she has made through it. The best moment of her life was when she spoke to JK Rowling in the 2005 World Book Day chat!


Saturday August 10, 2013 12:00pm - 12:50pm UTC
Denbigh

12:00pm UTC

S.P.E.W. vs. Dumbledore's Army: How We Respond to Injustice
Hermione may have been the brains behind both S.P.E.W. and the D.A., but their methods are vastly different. We will examine how the Harry Potter series represents these movements, and how complex social issues are handled in other fictional worlds like the DC Universe, Hunger Games, and Doctor Who.

Speakers
MB

Maggie Brevig

Maggie read her first Harry Potter book at a football game when she was 13. With a Master of Social Work and a thirst for macro-level social justice worthy of a Gryffindor, Maggie is a fundraiser for a non-profit lobby in Washington, D.C. (better known as Nuns on the Bus). In her... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 12:00pm - 12:50pm UTC
Ampthill

12:00pm UTC

Translations panel - Is Magic a Universal Language?
Ever wondered if Harry Potter is the same in Dutch, French, German or another language? Are the books exactly the same, or are there small changes? Does the magic get lost in translation or is magic a universal language? Find out in this panel with fans from several countries! We are going to talk about character names, book and chapter titles, mistakes the translators made, translations of puns and much more.

Speakers
CF

Corentin Faniel

Corentin is a Literature student at the University of St Andrews, chief editor of the French fansite gazette-du-sorcier.com, and podcaster for Sonorus. Co-presented a panel discussion on the state of the Harry Potter fandom at the GeekFaëries2012 (France).
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Patricia Reinders

Patricia (also known as Niphai online) is a 24 year old Harry Potter fan from the Netherlands. She read the books in Dutch before finally switching to English in 2006. The differences in the translations sparked her interest and ever since she wanted to discover more about the Harry... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 12:00pm - 12:50pm UTC
Cambria

1:00pm UTC

Free Crafting
The room will be open for free crafting.  Whether you need to finish your craft from the last workshop or just want to express yourself with a new project, the craft room is available to you. There will be general art supplies and scrapbook supplies so come set you inner artist free.

Saturday August 10, 2013 1:00pm - 1:50pm UTC
Denbigh

1:00pm UTC

Hogwarts House Badges
Lauren is going to teach you how to make some super cute felt badges to help and show your house pride as a Harry Potter fan! These pins would look great on a jacket or a backpack, and you can make them in all of the house colors (or even your school colors)! You can use these techniques to really make any shape badge you'd like... your options are endless!

Speakers
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Lauren Fairweather

Lauren Fairweather is a full-time nerdy musician, YouTube partner (devilishlypure), and wizard rocker. Her songs feature catchy melodies over acoustic guitar or ukulele and cover a variety of topics including, most recently, "The Prince’s Tale" chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 1:00pm - 1:50pm UTC
Ulster

1:00pm UTC

Medicine, Magic and Law: Muggle History and the Potter Universe
Potions, charms, wands, herbology… familiar ideas to all of us. But, these ideas are not simply flights of fictional fancy – many of them are based in muggle history. The scream of the mandrake was thought dangerous in the Middle Ages. Magistrates in the 17th century used wands to help point out the guilty. Sailors believed that charms would aid their course. Come find out about some of the ways in which the magic of the Potter Universe was adapted from the history of medicine and law.

Speakers
NS

Nicole Salomone

Nicole is the author of over forty combined works of fan-fiction, historical fiction and academic writings. In addition, she has published Elizabethan Health and Beauty Tricks (2012) and regularly teaches re-enactors about 17th century English medicine. Nicole sits on the Board of... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 1:00pm - 1:50pm UTC
Ampthill

1:00pm UTC

Make it IRL
Get off Tumblr and level up. Learn how to use your magic powers to make IRL gifs happen in your hometown through this interactive workshop. Recommended for BAMFs interested in starting Harry Potter Alliance chapters, Nerdfighter meetups, increasing awesome and causing a ruckus.

Speakers
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Lauren Bird

Lauren has been involved with the Harry Potter Alliance since 2010 as a volunteer and joinied its senior staff in 2013. She vlogs for the HPA’s YouTube channel and has spoken at various conferences on the topics of fan activism and new media.
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Paul DeGeorge

Paul is a fandom innovator. He plays in Harry and the Potters, co-founded the Harry Potter Alliance, created the Snitchwich, and orchestrated the Nerds for Obama campaign last fall. He is the Director of Campaigns and Operations at the HP Alliance.
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Matt Maggiacomo

Matt was born in 1979 and spent the first six years of his life exploring the wilderness of Tarkiln, RI. This one time, he caught a bullfrog so big that his mother exclaimed, "I reckon that's the biggest dern bullfrog I EVER saw." But Matt's favorite activity was...


Saturday August 10, 2013 1:00pm - 2:50pm UTC
Cambria

2:00pm UTC

Alchemy: A Rose by Any Other Name
Alchemy has gotten a bad reputation over the millennia, but this archaic science is a large part of the internal logic and integrity J.K. Rowling creates in her Harry Potter canon.  We will uncover the rest of the Weasley family, the triangle between Harry, Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort, and the lesser known alchemical characters within the series that still played major roles.  Rowling used this structure to create all sorts of puzzles and triangles – come discover them for yourselves.

Speakers
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Leslie Barnhart

Leslie teaches mathematics and science in Northern Virginia. She lives with her husband, two dogs, two cats, and two kids, who mostly pretend they know very little about the Harry Potter world. The past two summers, she has co-directed a Harry Potter Vacation Bible School summer camp... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm UTC
Ulster

2:00pm UTC

Wizard Rockers Converge and Converse *time change*
After eleven years of Wizard Rock, the American and European musicians have finally come together for a large event in the UK, the birthplace of Harry Potter. In this panel, wizard rockers from both sides of the
Atlantic come together to discuss how the two continents converged and diverged over the years.

Moderators
EM

Ellie Murray

Ellie is a full-time Law student and a part-time wizard rocker. One half of The Lost Diadems, her interests include drinking tea and buying copies of Wuthering Heights.

Speakers
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Alex Carpenter

Alex Carpenter is a Californian musician who hangs out with and sings about Courageous Wizards, Eccentric Time Lords and Rebel Tributes. He spends a lot of time pondering things at 221B Baker St. Alex enjoys the pursuit of all things nerdy, and above all he wants you to Be Bri... Read More →
avatar for Matt Maggiacomo

Matt Maggiacomo

Matt was born in 1979 and spent the first six years of his life exploring the wilderness of Tarkiln, RI. This one time, he caught a bullfrog so big that his mother exclaimed, "I reckon that's the biggest dern bullfrog I EVER saw." But Matt's favorite activity was...
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Siriously Hazza P

Siriusly Hazza P bring you wizard rock with a vintage twist! Jazz inspired harmonies and lots of sparkle make up this British duo's act.
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Harry and the Potters

Harry and the Potters are a wizard rock band made up of brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge. They started the band in 2002, when Joe was 15 and Paul was 23, and they played their first show in a shed in their parent’s backyard. Harry and the Potters are often referred to as the first... Read More →
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Solitary Snape

Solitary Snape is a Wizard Rock Act hailing from the home of Ikea. A swedish newspaper once described them as Wizard Rock's answer to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. We can only assume they only stuck around for one song.
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Amy Snow

Amy Snow is a singer-songwriter from Cork, Ireland. Though she joined the Harry Potter fandom in 1999, Amy started her wizard rock act Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons in 2005 and has performed in the UK, USA, Sweden and Ireland. Aside from her involvement in curating wizard... Read More →
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Riddle TM

Hailing from rural Oxfordshire, England, RiddleTM are a twin-sister band who try to capture the essence of the Harry Potter books in their music. Victoria is the lead singer, Georgia plays the guitar and keyboard, and like all good Slytherins they are ready to make you cry with... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm UTC
Amphill

3:00pm UTC

Free Crafting
The room will be open for free crafting.  Whether you need to finish your craft from the last workshop or just want to express yourself with a new project, the craft room is available to you. There will be general art supplies and scrapbook supplies so come set you inner artist free.

Saturday August 10, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm UTC
Denbigh

4:00pm UTC

Cosplay Competition
Do you have a killer costume and cosplay routine?  Come on over and show us what you've got!  Each contestant or group will have three minutes to act out a scene or just show us your best character pose.  If you don't have a costume, come by and cheer on the competitors.  Maybe you'll find inspiration for the next LeakyCon.

Speakers
RH

Rebecca Hurst

Rebecca is in her final year of undergraduate student at the University of Hertfordshire, studying History, English Literature and Creative Writing. Apart from studying, she has led projects for her students union and was the promotional officer for our Drama Society, running sessions... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 4:00pm - 4:50pm UTC
Ampthill

5:00pm UTC

MuggleNet Alohomora! Podcast
Alohomora! was crafted to fill the void left in the aftermath of the final Harry Potter movie release. Led by the rotating voices of the weekly podcast, fans can now re-read the books alongside tens of thousands online. The podcast also has a real fan (yes, a real fan! YOU!) come on the show to share their own theories and partake in the fun by being a Guest Fan Host! In their first LeakyCon appearance ever, the hosts, Kat Miller, Caleb Graves, Eric Scull, and Laura Reilly plan to explore themes, ideas, and theories straight from the Potter series. Special fandom guests, including Warwick Davis, Lev Grossman, and Ellie Darcey-Alden, are a staple of this show, so this is one conversation you won't want to miss. Come join them as they Open the Dumbledore!

Speakers
avatar for Caleb Graves

Caleb Graves

Caleb Graves is a 24-year-old Texas native. He has been an active member of the Potter fandom, mostly through MuggleNet, for the past 8 years and is a co-host of Alohomora!. He currently runs BiblioFiend, a young adult book and adaptation news, review, and discussion website... Read More →
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Kat Miller

Kat Miller, a proud Ravenclaw, has been a part of the Harry Potter fandom for most of her adult life. Now, at age 30, she is a host on the wildly popular MuggleNet podcast Alohomora!, and she is also the brand's Publicity Manager. The ten percent of her life that she spends not thinking... Read More →
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Rosie Morris

Rosie Morris is a 22-year-old masters student from Oxford UK. She's grown up with Potter from the very beginning, reading the first book at the age of 7. She has been an active member of the online fan community for 10 years this summer and currently runs MuggleNet's popular FanFiction... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 5:00pm - 5:50pm UTC
Cambria

5:30pm UTC

A Marauder's Play *Time Change*
A play set in the Marauders' era that finally deals with most of the questions we always wanted answers to:
- How did Lilly end up with someone like James and not Snape, or did she?
- Can Sirius really give dating advice?
- And how did Wormtail become such a little sh** anyways?

Speakers
avatar for Carina Bergemann

Carina Bergemann

Carina's life on stage involved singing as part of several different choirs. She joined Tardis_K after finding people who shared her interests and passions. This production at LeakyCon London is her theatre debut.
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Hendrik Christoffers

Hendrik comes to LeakyCon London from Hamburg. Since sixth grade, he has been interested in theatre and working on stage. He is very proud to be James Potter in this play and hopes you will enjoy it.
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Svenja Döbler

You could call Svenja a book, movie and TV show lover - or to make it simpler, a proud Ravenclaw and all around nerd. She hasn't had the chance to be on stage since school so she is really looking forward to returning to it for LeakyCon!
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Katrin Günther

Even though she never dreamt of performing on stage, Kat discovered her love for it at Ring*Con 2012. She is happy to be performing for LeakyCon for the first time.
avatar for Anni Pierlings

Anni Pierlings

Anni started creative writing ages ago, which isn’t too surprising since she was a theatre nerd back at school. Since Harry Potter is kind of where it all began for her, she feels really lucky to be performing at the first LeakyCon London.
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Nicola Rath

Nicola started acting at the age of seven. Ever since she saw her first musical, that is all she has wanted to do. She's been on stage her whole life and have gained experience in all the different fields, from directing to acting. Performing at LeakyCon is a dream come true.
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Larissa Rausch

Larissa is the youngest member of TardisK. She is grateful to get the opportunity to perform at the first LeakyCon London. Fandoms such as Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who and Harry Potter have introduced her to some of the best and most amazing friends she could ever wish for.
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Daniela Wadenpohl

As an experienced ballroom dancer, Daniela is not a newbie to the stage but until now it never was theatre. She is happy to be part of this amazing group of friends, where so much creativity comes together. She has been a Fantasy and Sci-Fi nerd since she can remember and is happy... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 5:30pm - 6:20pm UTC
Ampthill

6:00pm UTC

HP London Photo Quest Awards
Explore London and follow Harry’s footsteps, visiting locations across the city made famous by the books and the films, using muggle technology to document your progress along the way. In your own time, over the weekend of LeakyCon you can relive the magic for yourself, visiting places such as Platform 9 ¾ and Shaftesbury Avenue and the locations for Diagon Alley and MoM, as well as completing challenges. The five best teams will be named and awards given at this event.

Speakers
IM

Izzy Martin

Izzy Martin is a British Harry Potter fan. She attended Accio 2008, Oxford and LeakyCon 2011, Orlando. She is an avid Pottercast listener and member of the Pottercast Acting Troupe and played Albus in ‘Albus Potter and the Founders’ Fountain’. When not being Harry Potter geeks... Read More →
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Daisy Swaffer

Daisy is a British Harry Potter fan. She attended Accio 2008, Oxford and LeakyCon 2011, Orlando. She is an avid Pottercast listener. When not being Harry Potter geeks Daisy works for a university.


Saturday August 10, 2013 6:00pm - 6:50pm UTC
Cambria
 
Sunday, August 11
 

9:00am UTC

LeakyCon London Leaving Feast
Oh no! It's over already? The leaving feast is our chance to make sure we connect with each other before we leave. It's a low-key way to end a high-key weekend, as we enjoy an old-fashioned English breakfast and compare stories... and get ready for 2014. (Please note, event will take place mainly in Grand Ballroom but also other parts of the Grand Connaught Rooms, to assure everyone has space to eat!)

Sunday August 11, 2013 9:00am - 1:00pm UTC
Grand Ballroom