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November 18, 2009 at 1:13 pm 1 comment

Harry Potter, Memorial Day & Malcolm…

I’ve had a busy few weeks, and am just now getting around to posting about it!  I attended LeakyCon 2009 in Boston recently.  It was  a lot of fun, and I came home with the dreaded LC1F09 (or the illness everyone got from LeakyCon!).  I’ll try to give a run down of my time there with pictures!

My friend Abbey that I went to LeakyCon with is on the Leaky Cauldron staff, so I ended up helping out with a lot of the registration stuff.  We spent much time in the coat check putting together name tags and registration bags.  Here is a picture of what we did:

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I even got a LeakyCon Staff shirt, though I’m not on staff!  I actually had a lot of fun doing that, even though at times it was stressful and chaotic during the actual registration.  I think we pretty much handled it well and everyone got in to the conference that was supposed to!

So the first day was just registration and then Opening Feast in the “Great Hall”.  Across the street from our hotel was “The Castle”…it was a huge building that looked like a castle in the middle of downtown Boston!  Unfortunately I didn’t get any shots of it from the outside.  Inside however, it was decorated to look like the Great Hall from HP!  It was really awesome.  All the tables were decorated in Slytherin green, Ravenclaw blue, Gryfindor red and Hufflepuff yellow.  Here’s a few shots:

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The banners were amazing, though I’m still trying to figure out why the Slytherin banner was purple and green…I of course got tons of shots of the Ravenclaw banner, as I claim myself to be a Ravenclaw.  The Great Hall is where most of the big events of the conference took place.

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Here is me and Abbey rockin’ it Harry Potter style at the opening feast.

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And what would a party in Boston be without some street dancing?? (Abbey, MJ, Jeff and Josh)

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The highlight of opening feast: finally meeting Hank Green of the NERDFIGHTERS!  You should seriously check them out the vlogbrothers on YouTube.  I’ve meet John 3 times now, but this was my first Hank sighting 🙂

So that was the first night…Abbey and I made our way back to our hotel room after a bit of chilling in the Leaky Suite.  We jammed ourselves into our air mattresses, tucked between 2 beds in the room.  We were sharing with 4 other people, so there were 6 people in a 2-4 person room.  Cozy.  The next day however we were upgraded!  Due to some issues with the hotel the Suite was upgraded, leaving an extra room in the suite and because the staff knew of our cramped conditions they offered it to us.  I unfortunatly forgot to take pictures of the sweet suite (get it??) but it was amazing.  We all had our own cot, bed, couch or air mattress so no one had to share.  And the room was huge.  On the other side was a huge kitchen, 2 large round tables, 2 bedrooms and an outside patio that was AMAZING!  Sure, sleeping at night was a bit of a problem since the LeakySuite is where all the staff hung out at night, as well as some of the confrence speakers and random attendees that tracked down the suite.  Often times the party didn’t break up until 4 or 5 in the morning.  I would usually put on my iPod to drown out the noise when I was ready for bed, which was about 3 or 4 am!  I did manage to get some shots of the balcony:

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You can just see Boston in the background of this shot 🙂

Okay, so day 2 – I spent the morning watching a vender booth for Julie May who was at the key note speaker that day.  Abbey and I rode to Boston with Julie and Kelly.  Julie makes beautiful glass work jewelery and also prints.  She does some of the jewelery in HP colors, so I got some Ravenclaw color earrings 🙂  You should check out her website and order stuff!  That afternoon was “Nosh with the Nerdfighters” which I was in the front row for with Abbey.

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And here are the Vlogbrothers themselves!  Hank & John Green.  They’ve emassed quite the following, and no wonder!  Their videos are hilarious, engaging, informative and they also do a lot of work to decrease “world suck”.  Gotta love them!

Oh, and Hank writes and sings songs.  Some of them Harry Potter themed.  Here is my favorite, and a little vlogbrothers dialouge, too!  Accio Deathly Hallows:

Sweet, sweet nerd music.  You should also check out DFTBA records for more nerd music.  It’s a record company Hank started to release the music of YouTube musicians.  I’m particularily excited about the Doctor Who band Chameleon Circuit!

Okay, so that night was the Wizard Wrock night at the Castle.  I’m not really a fan of Wizard Wrock.  I’ll listen to it when it’s there, but I don’t go seeking it out.  What is Wizard Wrock?  Well, you may have guessed, but it’s band who only sing and write songs about the Harry Potter world.  There are bands called: Harry and the Potters, The Moaning Myrtles, The Remus Lupins, The Parselmouths, Swish and Flick  and others…It was fun just to go and hang out with my new HP friends.

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Here’s Steven.  Kelly found him in the hotel lobby day 1 and brought him up to the coat check room to help us with registration!  He’s now on Leaky Staff!  Go Steven!

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And this is me and Abbey with Farrah LeWinde.  She is a lot of fun and managed to get Hank to donate a dollar to LeakyCon (you can see it poking out of her shirt…).

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Here’s a shot of one of the bands.  I think maybe it’s Harry and the Potters?  They sang one song that I really liked (and one of the only ones I could understand the words) called “Bacon”.

So, Day 3 – I managed to get to some programing!  The first I went to was on Father’s in the Harry Potter world where I found myself defending Lucius Malfoy – who knew!  I’m also apparently on YouTube somewhere, as they were filming the session and the camera woman asked if she could film my answer.  I’ll try to see if I can find it!  I also went to a completly amazing session about the symbols and other liturature that influenced Harry Potter by John Granger.  He has a lot more books than the one I linked to.   You should check them all out 🙂

That night was the LeakyCon Ball.  Everyone got dressed up and rocked out to the music.

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Me, Josh and Abbey in our fancy clothes!

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They had the Department of Mysteries veil set up, so Abbey and I got our picture taken in front of it

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And peeking under it, trying to find Sirius Black (the biggest question I have for the whole HP series is what’s behind that veil)!!

I had a great time at LeakyCon – got very little sleep, got swollen feet riding in a car for 20 hours on the way home and contracted the LC1F09, but I had a great time.  We got to Abbey’s place at 6:00 am Chicago time and crashed on Memorial Day.  We woke up at 1 pm to get ready for a Memorial Day party at Le Chateau Oiulmette.

We were both EXHAUSTED but it was nice to get back and see our friends and have some great grilled food!  There was also Smashminton to be had, which I did not play because I feared I would fall over from exhaustion!  Abbey got the LC1F09 very bad so she ended up sleeping during the party and went home early.  She’s just now starting to get better.

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Enjoying the Smashminton…

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Our host, Rev. Tripp in his seersucker and suspendies.

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Of course, the obligatory foot shot, showing of my new Ravenclaw socks!!! 😀

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Sarah and Evy enjoying the game.

Here is a bit of video of the day at Le Chateau…Obsquatch and Trish trying to “team up” for some Smashminton glory!

Sadly, I didn’t make it very long at the party and we left around 8ish and I went home and went straight to bed.

The next day, Justin and I celebrated Malcolm’s 3rd birthday!  We have a tradition of going to our regular pet shop and getting Mal and new toy, then walking to the other pet shop that carries special treats and getting him a “cake”.  We then go home, sing happy birthday, give him is treat and then the new toy!  It was, of course, raining on his big day so instead of a big walk he got a car ride.

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Waiting to go in the puppy shop…

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Our pet store guy giving Mal some treats!

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The cake…isn’t it cute??

And here we are singing to the Birthday boy!

I was sick, so you’ll have to excuse the shaky voice…

Well, that’s it for now.  Hope you are all doing well 🙂

June 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm Leave a comment


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