“Potter” Twitter RoundUp: We are Book 8
As you may have noticed, the roundup has had a brief break this past week, as this writer popped across the pond to join fellow MuggleNetters in celebrating the geek-filled Potter fest that is LeakyCon! On the plus side, this now means an extra juicy roundup full of all the tweets and gossip from the most joyful convention around.
The start of LeakyCon was conveniently timed to take place over three of the fandom’s most important dates.
Harry and I both thank you for your birthday wishes xxx
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 31, 2014
Neville Longbottom and @Schwarzenegger share birthdays. And that’s all I have to say about that. — Matthew Lewis (@Mattdavelewis) July 30, 2014
And what better way to celebrate these iconic birthdays with an exclusive event held at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios? As the night sky darkened and the park begun to empty, the lucky fans who secured tickets to the Open at the Close event experienced a truly magical night.
Sang Happy Birthday to HP and JKR at midnight in Diagon Alley and continued celebrating all day. #leakycon #magic pic.twitter.com/pqVw7tSRqp — Carly Miller (@carlyjm91) August 1, 2014
I got engaged at Open At The Close (in front of Hogwarts). Thought you would like to know. @LeakyCon @melissaanelli pic.twitter.com/2s4vHzXIJK — Rachael Beyer (@rbeyer26) August 1, 2014
Of course, stars of the series and other fandom faces were also in attendance.
At Hogwarts express with the crew @Robbie_Jarvis @ImCharlieChalk & Nick Shirm #harrypotter #wizardingworld #LeakyCon pic.twitter.com/vJzpS0hyub — Laurence Wreford (@LaurenceWreford) August 2, 2014
Top Babes@cooperhefner @DominicMBarnes @titusmakin & @curtmega #LeakyCon2014 #universalorlando pic.twitter.com/LiVanXN6Ir — Scarlett Byrne (@ScarleyByrne) August 2, 2014
The following day, LeakyCon’s opening ceremony took place, featuring the weekend’s special guests, including Ellie Darcey-Alden (young Lily Potter) as Hermione!
I’m ready for @LeakyCon!!! And I’m also keeping my options open!! #Gryffindor #Slytherin #balletpointeshoefeet pic.twitter.com/GHjIFVDiub — Ellie Darcey-Alden (@Elliedalden) July 29, 2014
Too much fun, @LeakyCon opening ceremony! pic.twitter.com/vKLMDkwSOV — Game of Owns (@GameofOwns) July 31, 2014
And finally, the Con was on! There were signings…
Took an amazing selfie during my autograph session at @LeakyCon! #mouthbling ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/CuCuPiPiCS — Ellie Darcey-Alden (@Elliedalden) August 1, 2014
.@spielerman moderating the HP Panel w/ @Elliedalden @Robbie_Jarvis @ScarleyByrne Nick Shrim & Charlotte Skeoch! pic.twitter.com/2TRxNE85Wh — Alohomora (@AlohomoraMN) August 1, 2014
On the side: McGonagall (with inspiration from @boltcity‘s friend Joanne), Kazu’s wife (the Ravenclaw), & his friends! Who knew? #LeakyCon — MuggleNet.com (@MuggleNet) August 2, 2014
.@MuggleNet #LeakyCon panel was rather overwhelming. We’ve so many amazing readers! (photo via AimeeMarieK) pic.twitter.com/rOf4QvMVLb — Claire Furner (@ClaireFurner) August 3, 2014
Stop by our vendor booth and make sure you enter #MNConQuest for your chance to WIN BIG!!! pic.twitter.com/CCTzS35EnL — MuggleNet.com (@MuggleNet) August 1, 2014
… inside jokes…
Favorite tweet of #LeakyCon so far… “Nick Shirm can get it”. #Agreed — Robbie Jarvis (@Robbie_Jarvis) August 1, 2014
… and plenty more besides.
Having such a good day at #LeakyCon. About to go recharge batteries by the pool before the show tonight!
— Robbie Jarvis (@Robbie_Jarvis) August 1, 2014
Had a lot of fun at the @tumblr Ask Box at @LeakyCon — Scarlett Byrne (@ScarleyByrne) August 1, 2014
It was our pleasure to meet @boltcity, @minalima, & @ScarleyByrne. Thx so much for everything & thank you #leakycon pic.twitter.com/vfJp9jBrRC — Kevin Li (@Kpandaa) August 1, 2014
But then the end began to draw near…
Thanks for an awesome last day @LeakyCon gonna dance my tiny hiney off tonight #nickshirmcangetit
— Charlie (@ImCharlieChalk) August 2, 2014
The boys are ready for the Yule Ball!!! #LeakyCon pic.twitter.com/StBIksKAsq
— Meredith Stepien (@ghostydiddy) August 3, 2014
Here’s how we rang in #EstherDay! pic.twitter.com/vw4GXyoB6K — LeakyCon (@LeakyCon) August 3, 2014
The final ball gave the MuggleNet family – the largest IRL gathering yet – one last chance to party!
Hanging out with the @MuggleNet peeps last week at @LeakyCon ! Such a fun weekend! pic.twitter.com/585LZsBPiJ
— Magical-Menagerie (@MM_Official) August 7, 2014
After all the fun, it was time to leave. But not before Esther Day and a rather large, convention-sized bombshell…
I’m currently in a room full of thousands of people and we’re all writing and sending messages of love together. Happy Esther Day! #LeakyCon — Lauren Fairweather (@laurenmyrtle) August 3, 2014
We are so excited to announce that in the summer of 2015, #LeakyCon is becoming #GeekyCon! pic.twitter.com/rbEYVPbe5n
— LeakyCon (@LeakyCon) August 3, 2014
Our multi-fandom event is changing its name to #GeekyCon and #LeakyCon will become an amazing, immersive, Harry Potter-only conference!
— LeakyCon (@LeakyCon) August 3, 2014
And that’s all for our very long special roundup!
Were you are LeakyCon? Did you have fun? What treats did you discover? Will you be attending GeekyCon next year? Let us know in the comments section below!