Archive for May, 2009

LeakyCon 2009: A Harry Potter Conference in Boston

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 | Student Life Staff

From May 21-24, hundreds of Harry Potter fans gathered at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel for LeakyCon 2009. What is LeakyCon? I’m glad you asked. It was a Harry Potter conference held in Boston this past week, organized by Yes, there are HP conferences.

Amidst strange looks from passerbys, Potter fans from around the world came together, dressed in costumes, to celebrate their love for the series and have fun at the same time. I was one of those fans.

This was my first Potter conference, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had read the schedule beforehand, but I didn’t know exactly how everything was going to happen.  The conference opened with food of course (The Opening Feast) at the Castle across from the hotel (which was made into the Great Hall).

I, having just arrived from the T, was not in my costume. I was not alone, but some fans went all out and dressed as various characters from the books. There were of course various students and all of the houses were represented: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff. Then there were the much more creative costumes: Dumbledore and Hagrid took time out of their busy schedules to come to the conference and talk to one of the many Bellatrix Lestranges that were mingling about.

After the feasting came the real fun: Wizard Rock (Wrock).  The first of three concerts at the con, “Evil Night” featured performances from Wiz-Hop group Swish and Flick, the out-of-place Justin Flinch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills, The Parselmouths, and the more well-known Draco and the Malfoys. Ultimately, this opening night embodied what the con was all about: a bunch of Harry Potter-obsessed fans getting together to join in some Potter fun.

Throughout the rest of the conference, I went to a few talks, including one in which Leaky Cauldron staffer (and PotterCast host) Sue Upton exalted the virtues of the Hufflepuffs (concluding that everyone has a little Hufflepuff in them with a few exceptions (someone who will not be named in this blog)) and another that examined the different types of bigotry found in “Harry Potter”.

I caught a screening of the documentary “We Are Wizards”, which helped to portray the Potter fandom at its core.  I was able to see my favorite Potter podcast (PotterCast) record a live show. I got to attend to a Q&A with Leaky Cauldron webmistress, PotterCaster, and “Harry, A History”-author Melissa Anelli. And of course, I wrocked out multiple times, seeing thirteen bands total (in addition to those mentioned above: Tonks and the Aurors, Gred & Forge, The Whomping Willows, Harry and the Potters, Ministry of Magic, RiddleTm, The Mudbloods, The Moaning Myrtles, and The Remus Lupins).

LeakyCon 2009 had to be one of the best experiences I have had in a long time. It was fun and interesting. I had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world who were all interested in the same thing: Harry Potter. Everyone was super friendly, willing to talk to anyone about anything concerning Harry Potter or life. The feeling of community was unbeatable. Plus, who can top the experience of jumping around screaming “Harry Potter!” at the top of your lungs to the tune of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with Harry and the Potters? Trust me: it is an incredible sight and sound.

It’s difficult to sum up the awesomeness that was LeakyCon for those who did not attend (or those who don’t obsess about HP as I do), but it’s kind of like an extended family coming together for a reunion, except we all like each other. It was a giant three-day party, complete with costumes and wrocking tunes!

As Harry and the Potters sing in their song “The Weapon”: “And there’s one thing that I’ve got/One thing that you’ve got inside you, too/One thing that we’ve got/And the one thing we’ve got is enough/To save us all/The weapon we have is love.”

If you want to see videos, YouTube “leakycon”. There are tons of videos of the wizard rock and really the whole conference!

Lost: Season Finale

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 | Student Life Staff

11:00: So they’re all gonna wake up where they started? Right? In LA? And then the whole last season of LOST won’t answer any questions. It will just be like a really long ‘this is what they’re up to now’ episode. I just really want to know who Locke’s doppleganger is….

10:59: Really? That is how LOST is ending? White-on-white credits? I am feeling pretty unsatisfied….

10:56: I think Disco Inferno is still appropriate. Damnit John Locke II. What is happening?!? Who is coming?

10:54: I like Jacob more than John Locke II. Just putting it out there.

10:53: It’s the guy from the beginning of the episode!! What is happening!?

10:53: Why does Jacob have an affinity for rocking chairs? And why does he look so sad?

10:52: Oh, that’s weird. Two John Lockes? Someone brewed up some polyjuice potion, that’s for sure.

10:51: Meeting of the Braintrust?

10:45: It’s Kate and Leo all over again! What were their names on the Titanic? Jack and Rose..

10:44: Good call Radzinkski, try to escape in something metal when it is pretty obvious whatever is in the tunnel is a giant magnet.

10:43: Why is nothing happening?

10:41: I love it when everyone works together. Even it is to detonate a deadly weapon.

10:39: So Jack is actually going to kill everyone while trying to save them. Typical Jack.

10:31: So, when Jack blows up, what is going to happen to future John Locke, Richard, Sun, and Lepidus? They just disappear too? I guess Lock, Sun and Lepidus will just go back from whence they came. I’m hoping Richard will melt Raiders of the Lost Ark style.

10:28: Ohh emm gee, Charlie’s guitar. That’s what got him back to the island.

10:26: Fruit roll up, these Hurley-is-a-fattie jokes never get old.

10:25: Local news is doing a feature on whether on not time travel is possible, be jealous you don’t live in Boston.

10:19: Your talk didn’t go so well, Jack, go so well. God, does being nearly killed make you forget simple English grammar.

10:17: Oh my god, Kate, you are such a homewrecker.

10:11: Man, I didn’t realize how much I’d missed these fight scenes.

10:10: I hope someday a back surgeon will want to blow up a nuke to prove his love for me.

10:06: Don’t worry Jack, Jacob will get you that candy bar…

10:03: Mystery solved! Jacob’s the old woman that lived in the shoe.

9:59: The gang’s back together again!

9:55: Way to put things in perspective, John Locke. It seems LOST is a complex metaphor about the ludicrous antics of religious extremists.

9:52: So who was the guy sitting with Jacob in the beginning?

9:50: I just noticed all I’ve been doing is asking questions. I’m using the Socratic method of course.

9:48: Great, I see something burning, and now I have Disco Inferno stuck in my head: Why isn’t this song played more often?

9:46: Wait, so is she faking, she actually knows she’s in Jacob’s cabin?

9:45: Was that ash the smoke monster sleeping?

9:43: Screw Desmond, Rose and Bernard are my constant.

9:42: Sawyer just used the word “kabloomy” or something. And, this light piano music is not an improvement.

9:41: Does one customarily keep their gun in the crotch of her pants. Juliet, don’t shoot off your bajingo.

9:40: Hahahah. BERNARD AND ROSE AND VINCENT! Yay for comic relief.

9:39: Wow, they did such a mediocre job of making the CGI sub and image of the three stooges on the raft mesh together.

9:32: Eloise is going to be pissed. And concussed.

9:30: Also, LOST, would it kill you to throw some brass instruments, or maybe a woodwind or two into your background music.

9:30: And by minor role in everyone’s life. I mean, Jacob just killed the love of Sayid’s life…so, I’m bumping it up to: Jacob played a role in everyone’s life.

9:27: It seems that the scariest part of ‘Drag Me To Hell’ is when the fly crawls up that chick’s nose.

9:22: Juliet wears the pants in that relationship. Literally, because Sawyer is wearing a jumpsuit.

9:21: Ohh, so Jacob played an extremely minor role in everyone’s lives….

9:19: Am I supposed to know who this boy is? Because all the close-ups suggest yes.

9:15: Gwyneth Paltrow’s head is in the box!!! No one will see that coming.

9:13: Really John Locke? We’re going to kill all of the other passengers? Slash, what does lie in the shadow beyond the statue?

9:12: John Locke is Jesus, Richard. Durrrr. That is how he came back to life.

9:11: How is Ben going to throw a wrench the the gear that turns under the island this time? I need him to step up and stop being passive.

9:10: This whole Richard never aging thing makes me forget what he knows and when he knows it.

9:09: Sayid, I will have your babies.

9:07: Jacob, has piercing blue eyes. Also, he did not leave too great an impression on ‘Katie’.

9:06: Katie, please, you sucked even as a 7-year-old.

9:05: Meanwhile, back on the farm….

9:03: And by it’s all coming together now…I mean, what just happened?

9:03: Wow, that guy is pretty frank. HOLY CRAP. JACOB IS WAY MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN I IMAGINED! And way younger and less creepy. And the statue! It’s all coming together now!

9:01: Who are these people? Slash, Somalian pirates on that ship?

9:00: Look’s like we’re in whatever princess was associated with Rumpelstilsken’s room.

Season Finale of LOST. Prepare to get your world knocked on its ass. Then, picked up, dragged back to 1977, and hauled on a submarine that for some reason won’t make it to Ann Arbor.