Every year, I go to LeakyCon. It’s a Harry Potter convention. I know exactly what you are thinking because it’s the first thing people ask when they hear I’m going to Harry Potter convention and that’s what do you do there? It’s a lot like summer camp for people who consider Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry home. Mostly, I see my friends. Some of the best people to crash into my life and stay there even though we only see each other once a year. We go to panels, spend too much money on all things magical in the vendor room, go to books signings, get pictures with fandom important people, play quidditch, break Guinness world records, go to the ball, drink beer, wrock out with our wands out at Wizard Wrock concerts, have pizza parties in our hotel room, sleep too little, laugh too much and start planning for next year.
This year, as LeakyCon was held in Orlando, we had the opportunity to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter which means I got to go to Hogwarts, shop in Diagon Alley, and ride the Hogwarts Express. And before you ask, yeah, I cried a little as we pulled into Hogsmeade Station. It was like finally, finally, after years of waiting, getting the welcome to Hogwarts letter via owl. I got to drink in The Three Broomsticks, get a wand at Ollivander’s, walk through the wall at Platform 9 3/4, and adopt a Pygmy Puff. Try the frozen butterbeer but plan on sharing because they are sweet. A+ from me to the proprietary Three Broomsticks beer which Jodi said tastes like basketballs…And also all the ice cream except the Chocolate Chilli which was like way too spicy, and I say that as someone guilty of putting hot sauce on almost everything.
This video is a little clips real from this year that one of my best friends, in the magical or muggle world, made of our little adventures. I make my first appearance at the :33 second mark and continue to embarrass myself throughout. Watching this makes me wish the days were going faster so I can get back to Hogwarts next year.
And here’s a little wizard wrock playlist to introduce you to the awesomeness.