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It started out as a simple series of books following a wizard’s coming of age and chronicling his grand adventures. It then surfaced in a film franchise that brought in millions of dollars. And along the way, it grew into a worldwide phenomenon of fan frenzy that no one could have ever predicted. Indeed, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger have become beloved household names across the board and have inspired a theme park, numerous games, role playing events, and fan conventions. One of the most notable Harry Potter conventions is LeakyCon, which “celebrates everything about it (the Harry Potter world) first and foremost” as well as the pop culture fan craze.
The origins of LeakyCon arose from a Harry Potter fan site and blog, known as the Leaky Cauldron, which launched in 2000. The site was your typical fan page where “Potterheads” could find and post news, pictures, videos, as well as joining a chat room or discussing topics in forums. As time went on, Leaky Cauldron grew in notoriety, quickly becoming one of the top fan sites and opening up relationships with Potter author, J.K. Rowling, and Warner Bros., who owns the film franchise. Among the site’s many endeavors, including a regular podcast, evolved LeakyCon, a fan convention created to unite the Harry Potter community. The first convention kicked off in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009 followed by a second one in Orlando, Florida in 2011. A third fan event was held in Chicago, Illinois in 2012 and this year, the first international convention is being held in London, England along with another in Portland, Oregon.
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Grounded in Harry Potter’s themes of friendship, community, and love, LeakyCon upholds these values in their programming, while also adding a whole lot of fun. While the atmosphere is playful and fitting for all ages, do not be fooled into thinking that this convention is only mere sport. LeakyCon definitely takes things seriously, bringing in professional keynote speakers who take an academic approach, including author John Granger (known as the “Hogwarts Professor”) on applicable themes and principles in the book series. The conference also features author and actor panels, fan meet-ups, and live performances.
While LeakyCon originally started as a place solely for Harry Potter love, it has expanded over the years to include authors and topics from literature that “Potterheads” have discovered after the Potter series ended. Have no fear though; the bulk of the convention is still dedicated to the wizard and his friends. At the convention, you may take part in the Lit Track, which is for any book enthusiast, inspiring writer, or author to network in panel discussions and signings. You can also visit the main stage where you will find Potter related special guests and featured panels, Wizard Rock (bands/music inspired by and about Harry Potter) concerts, and other live performances. Other LeakyCon events include Yoga, general panels on various Potter elements, and more.
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Although the Harry Potter book series and films are over, the passion is preserved at LeakyCon. As this convention has proven to be a huge hit, there are no signs of it going away any time soon. It is a great place for fans to truly “nerd out” and be themselves in a safe, connected, and fun environment. Also, rest assured that attendees are prone to come costumed as their favorite Harry Potter character to enhance the experience. To get in gear, check out our selection of Harry Potter attire at http://www.historicalclothingrealm.com/.