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Wednesday, July 6
 

4:00pm PDT

Volunteer Pre-Con Help
If you signed up to help on Wednesday, report to El Viento at 4 PM to help with registration packs, signage assembly, as well as crafts and decorations! El Viento located in the Grand Events Center. When you get to the bottom of the escalator, turn left and head down the hall, go left again and find the room on your left! (#TurnLeft)

If you didn't sign up, but see this and want to help, you are welcome to join us!

Wednesday July 6, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
El Viento

8:00pm PDT

Volunteer Pre-Con Help
If you signed up to help on Wednesday, report to El Viento at 8 PM for part two, to help with registration packs, signage assembly, as well as crafts and decorations! El Viento located in the Grand Events Center. When you get to the bottom of the escalator, turn left and head down the hall, go left again and find the room on your left! (#TurnLeft)

If you didn't sign up, but see this and want to help, you are welcome to join us!

Wednesday July 6, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT
El Viento
 
Thursday, July 7
 

2:00pm PDT

Registration Desk Open
Pick up your Leviosa badge, program book, purchase available meal add-ons or Day Passes. The Registration Desk is also the best place for Information, including the day's most up-to-date schedule, venue maps & more.

Please note: Leviosa Merchandise is located in the Vendor Hall in La Sirena III/IV.

Thursday July 7, 2016 2:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Registration Desk

4:00pm PDT

Vendor Hall
Browse our vibrant & varied Vendor Hall!

Exhibitors
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mosshollow_hill.1v34s4v7

Mosshollow Hill
Creativity. Education. Community. That's what we celebrate at Mosshollow Hill. Visit our booth and learn how to needle felt yourself a House badge, chat with us about Potter and all things nerdy, and feel at home! I'm so excited to see old friends and make new ones. Prophecy in 2007... Read More →
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Mud in My Blood

Mud In My Blood
Harry Potter themed products for the Mud Blood and Pure Blood alike! Candles, posters, t-shirts, potions, butterbeer, and more! Free gift for Facebook fans at Leviosa! Watch my Facebook page for details!
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Michelle Cromwell

owner, Cromwell's Curiosity Shop
Snape. Wizarding history and mythology, crafting, causing mayhem >:D
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joenell luma

Fan art/ draw guests as harry potter characters
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Barnes & Noble

Purchase books by Leviosa guests (and get them signed!), plus of course snag more copies of Harry Potter (because you can never own too many sets). If you’re local to Las Vegas, please visit Barnes & Noble Northwest (2191 N Rainbow Blvd), with whom we’re proud to partner to... Read More →
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Janae Phillips

Director of Leadership and Education, Harry Potter Alliance
Janae Phillips is a multimedia storyteller focused on finding the through lines that connect us all. In a decade of work as a trainer and organizer, including five years as the Director of Leadership and Education at the Harry Potter Alliance, she has worked with thousands of the... Read More →
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Dryad Tea

Dryad Tea offers over 65 tea blends inspired by music, mythology, literary works and general geekery. We carry handmade accessories to match!, Vendors Room - 2
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Thursday July 7, 2016 4:00pm - 10:00pm PDT
La Cascada

4:00pm PDT

Common Room
Kick back & relax in our Common Room! We'll have comfy chairs, games, art to peruse, PLUS the Three Patch Podcast Sherlock space. The perfect place to unwind and meet friends.

Thursday July 7, 2016 4:00pm - Friday July 8, 2016 12:00am PDT
La Sirena I

4:00pm PDT

Potterlock Lounge
The Potterlock Lounge is Three Patch Podcast's unique BBC Sherlock immersion space that also features HP and Sherlock fandom staple Fox Estacado's multifandom art and merch. Come in and hang out in the Potterlock Lounge and get your multi-fandom/Potterlock love on.

Exhibitors
avatar for Fox Estacado Arts

Fox Estacado Arts

I create original art inspired by the Harry Potter books and movies. I make art prints, enamel pins, bags, t-shirts and other apparel decorated with my original artwork


Thursday July 7, 2016 4:00pm - Friday July 8, 2016 12:00am PDT
La Sirena I

5:00pm PDT

Volunteer Orientation
Come meet Leviosa staff and learn all you need to know about volunteering! Whether you signed up for a shift ahead of time or want to jump in now, we'll get you orientated!

Areas available for volunteering: Registration, Security (includes guest handling), Prefecting (room monitors for formal programming), Decoration, photography/videography.

Speakers

Thursday July 7, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Del Mar II

7:00pm PDT

Welcome Feast
Kick off Leviosa with a scrumptious Welcome Feast! Say hi to friends new and old, and enjoy a delicious buffet.

Thursday July 7, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom

8:00pm PDT

Harry Potter Pictionary
Play Pictionary, Harry Potter-style!

Thursday July 7, 2016 8:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
Del Sol

8:00pm PDT

Wheel of Fortune
Come play Harry Potter Wheel of Fortune... players will be chosen at random at the convention--just show up and maybe we'll pick your name!

Moderators
avatar for Peeves

Peeves

Crafty Poltergeist
peeves is a very crafty poltergeist and loves to share the scrapbooking love. there will be NO scissor juggling in the classroom.

Thursday July 7, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Del Mar II

8:00pm PDT

Fans of BBC Sherlock
Visit the Three Patch suite to check out the decor, pick up a snack, and geek out with fellow fans about Sherlock and Potterlock!

Will be held in the Potterlock Lounge, located "behind" the Common Room

Exhibitors

Thursday July 7, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
La Sirena I

8:00pm PDT

Are You A Deatheater?
It's like Werewolf... but with Deatheaters!

Thursday July 7, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT
Del Fuego

8:00pm PDT

Board Games & More!
Play a plethora of Harry Potter & fandom themed board games and card games in the Common Room! Gmes include Harry Potter Guess Who, HP Monopoly, HP Trivial Pursuit & more!

Thursday July 7, 2016 8:00pm - Friday July 8, 2016 12:00am PDT
La Sirena I

8:30pm PDT

HPEF Meet-Up
Did you attend Nimbus 2003, Lumos, Azkatraz, Infinitus, or any of the Harry Potter conferences hosted by HPEF? Do you wish you could have? Connect with old friends, make new ones, and share your favorite con memories! HPEF (https://hpef.wordpress.com), also known as the HP Education Fanon, Inc., has brought together Harry Potter fans interested spreading literacy through the study of the novels and other forms of art and performance at conferences hosted from 2003 to 2012. Bring your Remembralls and gather 'round the Pensieve at the HPEF Reunion!

Thursday July 7, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm PDT
Del Mar I

9:00pm PDT

Arthur Weasley's Muggle Mysteries
What's in Arthur's mysterious bag? Come play this fun guessing game with your friends!

Thursday July 7, 2016 9:00pm - 9:30pm PDT
Del Sol

9:00pm PDT

Trivia
If you love trivia, especially Harry Potter Trivia, come play with us!

Thursday July 7, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm PDT
La Sirena II

9:30pm PDT

Family Feud
Family Feud, with a Harry Potter spin!

We will send out an email to all registered attendees approximately 1 month before the convention to sign up for Family Feud. You'll need to assemble your team and sign up, and then 6 teams of 5 will be chosen to play.

Moderators
avatar for Peeves

Peeves

Crafty Poltergeist
peeves is a very crafty poltergeist and loves to share the scrapbooking love. there will be NO scissor juggling in the classroom.

Thursday July 7, 2016 9:30pm - 10:30pm PDT
Del Mar II

10:00pm PDT

Drink & Slam
Drinking (Leviosa cocktails at the cash bars outside!) + writing prompts! Join us for a late night drinking & flash writing session. Or, writers in their natural habitat. (Don't worry--non-alcoholic beverages are 100% a-OK!)

Speakers
avatar for Krista Domin

Krista Domin

Krista Domin is an avid Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock and Downton Abbey fan. She is a graduate of the MA in Educational Leadership program at the University of Central Florida. Prior to that she received her BA in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire.


Thursday July 7, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm PDT
Del Mar I

10:00pm PDT

Are You A Deatheater?
It's like Werewolf... but with Deatheaters! (If you really enjoyed round one, stay! Otherwise, this is a second round (or rounds!) of the game for those who missed the earlier session)

Thursday July 7, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm PDT
Del Fuego

10:00pm PDT

Cards Against Muggles
It's like Cards Against Humanity... but for Muggles :)

Thursday July 7, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm PDT
Del Sol

11:00pm PDT

Jeopardy
This ain't your Muggle Jeopardy.

We will send out an email to all registered attendees approximately 1 month before the convention to sign up for Jeopardy. 4 teams of 2 will be chosen by lottery before the convention, so you know whether or not you are playing.

Moderators
avatar for Peeves

Peeves

Crafty Poltergeist
peeves is a very crafty poltergeist and loves to share the scrapbooking love. there will be NO scissor juggling in the classroom.

Thursday July 7, 2016 11:00pm - Friday July 8, 2016 12:00am PDT
Del Mar II

11:00pm PDT

Potterlocked Pajama Party (18+)
Put on your PJs and come to the Three Patch Suite for Potterlocked bedtime stories! Bring your e-reader if you like and read aloud a short scene from one of your favorite works of fanfiction from the Harry Potter and/or Sherlock fandoms. Crossovers are even better! This session is expected to get naughty and is 18+ only.

Will be held in the Potterlock Lounge, located "behind" the Common Room

Exhibitors

Thursday July 7, 2016 11:00pm - Friday July 8, 2016 12:00am PDT
La Sirena I
 
Friday, July 8
 

8:00am PDT

Learn to play Quidditch!
Come learn to play Quidditch!

Speakers
JS

Jillian Staniec

Jillian Staniec plays Quidditch, has a Masters in History, and works in an archive. Her life goals are to learn stuff about things, help others, and travel. She hopes to do all three of these at Leviosa!


Friday July 8, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
Amphitheatre

8:00am PDT

Outdoor Cosplay Photo Shoot Space
Need a picturesque location for cosplay photo shoots? We’ve reserved the Ampitheatre (Quidditch Pitch!) area located outside, just past the pool on both Friday and Saturday from 8 AM to 10 AM (before it gets hot!). There is a vinyard and many other ideal spots for photos in the same area.

There are also several “Hogwarts themed” couches throughout the hotel--see if you can find them!

Friday July 8, 2016 8:00am - 10:00am PDT
Green Valley Ranch Resort

8:00am PDT

Registration Desk Open
Pick up your Leviosa badge, program book, purchase available meal add-ons or Day Passes. The Registration Desk is also the best place for Information, including the day's most up-to-date schedule, venue maps & more.

Please note: Leviosa Merchandise is located in the Vendor Hall in La Sirena III/IV.

Friday July 8, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Registration Desk

8:15am PDT

Volunteer Orientation
Want to volunteer at Leviosa? Come bright and early Friday morning and learn all you need to know + get assigned to your tasks for the day!

Speakers

Friday July 8, 2016 8:15am - 9:00am PDT
Del Sol

8:30am PDT

Horcrux Hunt Orientation
We're hosting a Horcrux Hunt! Come see Games Master peeves to learn how to play.

Speakers
avatar for Peeves

Peeves

Crafty Poltergeist
peeves is a very crafty poltergeist and loves to share the scrapbooking love. there will be NO scissor juggling in the classroom.


Friday July 8, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am PDT
Del Fuego

9:00am PDT

The Wounded Wolf: The Sympathetic Werewolf as Healer and Teacher in Harry Potter and Contemporary Paranormal Literature
Wolves and werewolves are traditionally associated with lust and violence. Periodically, however, a different type of werewolf emerges. Paranormal romance “alphas” dominate modern literature, but sympathetic werewolves are found in Harry Potter, The Wolves of Mercy Falls, and the Alpha and Omega series: werewolves “through no fault of their own,” innocents wounded deliberately. They struggle with their wounds, their unwanted monstrous nature, and their potential for wounding others. Paradoxically, their wounded wolfishness gives them the ability to recognize pain, to teach, and to heal. This paper incorporates new elements of Rowling’s werewolf mythology, new understandings of wolf behavior, and modern attitudes surrounding wild wolves.

Speakers
MA

Melissa Aaron

Melissa D. Aaron, aka.”Moonyprof,” is a Professor of English and Foreign Languages at Cal Poly Pomona, where she teaches a Harry Potter course. Her area is Renaissance drama, Shakespeare, and theatre history. In the Harry Potter fandom, she specializes in werewolves and has given... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Del Mar II
  Academic
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Mythology, Fairy Tales, and Literary Themes

9:00am PDT

Build-a-Potter
In this Build-a-Potter workshop, we will be constructing Harry Potter die cut characters that you can use as an embellishment in memory keeping, on handmade cards, or wear as a pin. I will show you tips on how the base forms are constructed to depict sitting, running or even riding a broom.  All levels of crafters are welcome to participate.  The workshop is limited to 35.

Speakers
DC

Denise Clarkston

Denise is a huge fan of Harry Potter, Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean She helps with guest relations at the Dallas Comic Con/Fan Expo Conventions in the Dallas-area and has even spent time in Chewbacca's hot tub. When she's not torturing patients at her day job as an exercise... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
La Estrella

9:00am PDT

A Lawful Use of Copyright: Fanworks in 2016
#FanworksAreFairUse and #fanworkstaughtme that! We'll be talking about copyright and trademark law, how to do a DMCA if someone starts selling your fanfic on Amazon or your fanart on Zazzle without your permission, how to counternotice DMCAs on YouTube, FFN and tumblr, and other emerging issues at the intersection of fanworks and intellectual property.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Tandy

Heidi Tandy

Attorney, Heidi Tandy
Heidi is a copyright/trademark attorney with a focus on brand protection and fair use; she is Of Counsel with Price Benowitz. Heidi wrote the chapter on Harry Potter in SmartPopBooks' FIC, founded FictionAlley and FYeahCopyright, and serves on the Legal Committee for the Organization... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

9:00am PDT

Harry Potter and the Quest for Family: Heteronormativity and Homonormativity in Canon and Fanon
This paper will explore the heteronormative aspects of both primary and secondary canon, exploring the marginalisation of queer identity within the Potterverse. The paper will queer the canon and discuss some of the influential applications of queer critical theory to the Harry Potter series. It will examine how Harry’s journey through the books might have influenced Rowling’s decision to close the series with the Epilogue, in order to give Harry’s quest for family a resolution. Finally, the essay will consider the extent to which transformative works reclaim the canon to give a voice to queer characters, together with questioning how far transformative works break down (or reinforce) heteronormative and/or homonormative constructs.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Roach

Emily Roach

Contemporary Literature and Culture Postgraduate, University of York
Emily has been an active reader, writer and community moderator in Harry Potter fandom since 2010. She writes all pairings and genres but is particularly active in H/D and Snarry. In 2012, Emily completed an MA in Children's Literature and wrote her thesis on fanfiction and queering... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Del Mar I

9:00am PDT

Pantsing vs. Plotting: How To Novel
How do you go from an idea to a book? Which is better--pantsing or plotting? There are many ways to write a novel--join a panel of authors to discuss all the possibilities.

Moderators
avatar for Alexa Donne

Alexa Donne

Author, Leviosa
Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kamilla Benko

Kamilla Benko

Editor, Paper Lantern Lit
Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. When she grew up, she moved to NYC and entered into the world of children’s publishing. She now wrangles manuscripts as an editor for Paper... Read More →
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Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is a South Asian fantasy writer. Her short stories have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Strange Horizons, Book Smugglers Publishing and Shimmer Magazine. Her first YA fantasy novel, THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN (MacMillan, May 2016), is a re-envisioning of the Hades and Persephone... Read More →
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Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author... Read More →
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Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →
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Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling YA novels The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means, both of which contain an embarrassing amount of Harry Potter and Doctor Who references. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she earned a Masters of Bioethics. She lives in Los Angeles, Calif... Read More →
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Michelle Schusterman

Author
Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
La Sirena II

9:00am PDT

YA Serials: The New Frontier
A new way to get YA stories from your favorite authors: online web serials. Join Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg to learn about their new sci-fi YA serial ZENITH about female space pirates defending a galaxy & why they wrote it, and chose to release it as a serial.

Speakers
avatar for Sasha Alsberg

Sasha Alsberg

Sasha Alsberg is also known as Abookutopia, her popular booktube channel, which boasts 248,000 subscribers and counting. Known for her enthusiasm for books, as well as her uncanny resemblance to Lily Collins (naturally, Sasha is a Mortal Instruments fan), Sasha’s current obsessions... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction at HarperCollins. Her debut YA novel, THE MURDER COMPLEX, was published in June 2014, quickly followed by her first middle grade series, THE BALANCE KEEPERS in September. She’s the creator of the... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Del Sol

9:00am PDT

The Writer and the Beta, or What a Slash & M/M Writer Can Learn if They Climb Down Off Of Their High Horse.
Betas are an indispensable part of the writing process. Betas keeps writers on track chronologically, finds SPAG mistakes, and makes a writer's prose and structure better. Slash and professional m/m authors will join up with their long-term betas to discuss the following topics: Why a new set of eyes is important. What a writer can learn if they’ll LISTEN. The difference between a beta and an editor. Why it’s important that you check your ego at the door. Why a beta needs to feel comfortable telling an author the truth. When a manuscript is so f**ked up, even a good beta can’t save it. Things authors have learned from out betas and vice versa. Come join us and talk about your own beta experiences--on both sides of the subject!

Moderators
avatar for Diana Copland (oldenuf2nb)

Diana Copland (oldenuf2nb)

Diana Copland began writing in the seventh grade, when she shamelessly combined elements of Jane Eyre and Dark Shadows to produce an overwrought Gothic tale that earned her an A- in creative writing, thanks entirely to the generosity of her teacher. She wrote for pure enjoyment for... Read More →
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Sassy Cissa

Cissa has been reading in HP fandom since 2005. She began as a devote Harry/Hermione and Draco/Ginny shipper. In 2006 she found Harry/Draco fanfic and hasn't looked back. In 2006 she wrote her first H/D fanfic--please don't go looking, it was truly terrible--and hasn't stopped. H/D... Read More →

Speakers
NN

Noeon (Noe)

Slash and Queer Lit Track Director/Meetup Director, Leviosa
Noe has been active as fan for many years. She thinks her first fannish work was for LOTR book fandom, although she also cosplayed Battle of the Planets as a small child, worried for years over the fate of Starblazers, and will forever be in love with the Fourth Doctor. These days... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Grand Ballroom III

9:00am PDT

Publishing 101 with Beth Revis
Join New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis for a crash course on taking your ideas and turning them into a book, and then learn what to do next. Beth will cover all aspects of the publishing industry, and help you decide what path is best for you and your books, including traditional publishing and how to get an agent, as well as small and self-publishing, and book marketing. This session is ideal for those who are new to writing books and publishing, though those with a novel but are unsure of their publishing options will glean lots of useful information.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Revis

Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. Her latest release THE BODY ELECTRIC is a same-universe-different-characters... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Del Fuego

10:00am PDT

HEXRPG Meetup
HEXRPG or the Hogwarts Extreme Role Playing Game website is a long running Harry Potter based forum with games, trivia and hogwart type classes complete with Homework. This will be a meetup for those who play on HEXRPG or who just want to learn more about it.

Friday July 8, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am PDT
La Sirena I

10:00am PDT

“Hallows, not Horcruxes”: Notes on “The Tale of the Three Brothers” and the Presence of Fairy Tales in the Harry Potter series
Starting with a study of the deliberate placement of “The Tale of the Three Brothers” in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, this discussion will focus on the importance of the presence of fairy tales and the possible implications of its inclusion in the series. The presence of fairy tales not only enriches the cultural background of the wizarding world but also reveal the cultural significance of folk and fairy tales and children’s literature.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Paletta

Andrea Paletta

Andrea Paletta teaches English at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she obtained her Master of Arts in literature. She is currently applying for PhD programs and her scholarship focuses in the areas of Folklore, Fantasy literature, Children and Young Adult literature, and... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Del Mar II
  Academic
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Mythology, Fairy Tales, and Literary Themes

10:00am PDT

Harry Potter Christmas Ornament Workshop Workshop
Workshop attendees will have a chance to make and take home with them one of each of the four different Harry Potter themed Christmas ornaments they will craft, including: Golden Snitches, Flying Keys, Bubbling Cauldrons and Mini-Potions Bottles.  Class size is limited to 20.

Speakers
avatar for Betz

Betz

Presenter
Betz is a long time Harry Potter fan, fanfic writer, and conference lecturer, having given lectures on Potion ingredient symbolism, Herbology and craft workshops at many HP cons over the years.


Friday July 8, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
La Estrella

10:00am PDT

Don't Harsh My Squee
Ship what you ship, love what you love, respect your fellow fans pairings! We will be discussing your favorite pairings, canon, non-canon, slash, and crack. We'll discuss the merits and problems of pairings in canon and in fanfic! Come join in, but remember not to harsh the squee!

Speakers
avatar for Krista Domin

Krista Domin

Krista Domin is an avid Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock and Downton Abbey fan. She is a graduate of the MA in Educational Leadership program at the University of Central Florida. Prior to that she received her BA in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire.


Friday July 8, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Del Sol

10:00am PDT

Put Fandom on your Resume
You’ve written 100,000 words worth of fanfiction, you moderate a message board, you volunteer at your favorite convention, you’ve won NaNoWriMo twice. But how does this translate into “real world” skills? Can you turn your passion into professional experience? Yes! Involvement in a fandom can show leadership, passion, commitment and dedication. During this hour, we’ll help you incorporate your fandom experience into a professional resume. Bring a draft of a cover letter, resume, or CV and your preferred writing utensil!

Speakers
avatar for Olivia Dolphin

Olivia Dolphin

Editor, Wizards in Space
Olivia Dolphin is a dolphin*, writer and publisher, oversharer, and ships herself with Oliver Wood (still). Her favorite thing to talk about is the Sorting Hat, and she plays for the Hogwarts Tonsil Hockey Team. She’s the Senior Volunteer Coordinator for the Mischief Management... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Panek

Hannah Panek

Hannah Panek was born in 1989, just like Taylor Swift. She likes Harry/Hermione fanfiction, sudoku puzzles and the song Gringotts Goblin Coaster by Harry and the Potters. Hannah is the Volunteer Coordinator for Mischief Management’s LeakyCon and GeekyCon, and a host on the Game... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

10:00am PDT

Roundtable: Omegaverse
The  omegaverse has taken multiple fandoms by storm over the past few years. Come talk about alpha, beta, and omegas and how werewolf/wolf mythology has combined with fannish tropes such as mpreg, threesomes, pack dynamics, and slash to form a completely new genre.

Moderators
B

blithelybonny

BB has been aggressively immersing herself in fandom ever since she watched Moulin Rouge in 2001 and decided that what would be awesome would be if Christian met Satine's daughter and they got married because that's fine, right? After filling notebooks with terrible Mary Sue fanfiction... Read More →

Friday July 8, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Del Mar I

10:00am PDT

How To Pitch
Have no idea how to pitch an editor or agent in person? Come learn the ropes and all the dos and don'ts of agent/editor interaction before pitching!

Speakers
avatar for Thao Le

Thao Le

Literary Agent, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
THAO LE is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency. She also handles the agency’s financials and select contracts.Thao is currently looking for: Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators.For... Read More →
avatar for Suzie Townsend

Suzie Townsend

After teaching high school English for several years, Suzie Townsend started publishing at FinePrint Literary Management in January 2009 and worked her way up from intern to agent. Now an agent at New Leaf Literary, she represents adult and children’s fiction. Suzie reps, among... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Volpe

Joanna Volpe

Joanna represents all brands of fiction from picture books to adult novels. Her picture book taste is the most eclectic, ranging from sweet to fun to smart to quirky. For other fiction (both adult and children’s) she has an affinity for stories that have a darker element to them... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in sociocultural anthropology and English. Jessica is most interested in all sub-genres of romance. She greatly enjoys character driven plots that pull the reader into the pages and won’t let go... Read More →
avatar for Carlie Webber

Carlie Webber

Carlisle Webber is the founder of CK Webber Associates, an agency specializing in middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. Prior to opening her own agency, she worked for the New England Publishing Associates/Publish or Perish Agency and the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She is a graduate of... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
La Sirena II

10:00am PDT

YA Fantasy Worlds
What makes a great YA fantasy world and how do you craft one? What are the tropes & character archetypes we're seeing in YA fantasy--and writing in your own--and why do readers love them?

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Aveyard

Victoria Aveyard

Victoria is the author of the New York Times bestselling RED QUEEN, the first in a trilogy about a society where the color of your blood means everything–if you’re a Red, you have nothing, and if you’re a Silver, you have everything… including superpowers. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known... Read More →
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Kamilla Benko

Editor, Paper Lantern Lit
Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. When she grew up, she moved to NYC and entered into the world of children’s publishing. She now wrangles manuscripts as an editor for Paper... Read More →
avatar for Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is a South Asian fantasy writer. Her short stories have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Strange Horizons, Book Smugglers Publishing and Shimmer Magazine. Her first YA fantasy novel, THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN (MacMillan, May 2016), is a re-envisioning of the Hades and Persephone... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction at HarperCollins. Her debut YA novel, THE MURDER COMPLEX, was published in June 2014, quickly followed by her first middle grade series, THE BALANCE KEEPERS in September. She’s the creator of the... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie Diaz

Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel, EXTRACTION, when she should’ve been studying and making short films at San Diego State University. She has since written the next two books in the Extraction series, REBELLION and the forthcoming EVOLUTION, out September 8, 2015. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling... Read More →
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Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the THRONE OF GLASS series (Queen of Shadows, the fourth book, will release globally on September 1st, 2015) and the A COURT OF THORN AND ROSES series. She currently resides with her husband and loyal canine companion in Pennsylvania. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. Sarah is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom II

10:00am PDT

Vendor Hall
Browse our vibrant & varied Vendor Hall!

Exhibitors
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mosshollow_hill.1v34s4v7

Mosshollow Hill
Creativity. Education. Community. That's what we celebrate at Mosshollow Hill. Visit our booth and learn how to needle felt yourself a House badge, chat with us about Potter and all things nerdy, and feel at home! I'm so excited to see old friends and make new ones. Prophecy in 2007... Read More →
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Mud in My Blood

Mud In My Blood
Harry Potter themed products for the Mud Blood and Pure Blood alike! Candles, posters, t-shirts, potions, butterbeer, and more! Free gift for Facebook fans at Leviosa! Watch my Facebook page for details!
avatar for Michelle Cromwell

Michelle Cromwell

owner, Cromwell's Curiosity Shop
Snape. Wizarding history and mythology, crafting, causing mayhem >:D
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joenell luma

Fan art/ draw guests as harry potter characters
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Barnes & Noble

Purchase books by Leviosa guests (and get them signed!), plus of course snag more copies of Harry Potter (because you can never own too many sets). If you’re local to Las Vegas, please visit Barnes & Noble Northwest (2191 N Rainbow Blvd), with whom we’re proud to partner to... Read More →
avatar for Janae Phillips

Janae Phillips

Director of Leadership and Education, Harry Potter Alliance
Janae Phillips is a multimedia storyteller focused on finding the through lines that connect us all. In a decade of work as a trainer and organizer, including five years as the Director of Leadership and Education at the Harry Potter Alliance, she has worked with thousands of the... Read More →
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Hungarian Wand Shop

We make wooden magic wands and wand accessories
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Dryad Tea

Dryad Tea offers over 65 tea blends inspired by music, mythology, literary works and general geekery. We carry handmade accessories to match!, Vendors Room - 2
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Friday July 8, 2016 10:00am - 7:00pm PDT
La Cascada

10:00am PDT

Common Room
Kick back & relax in our Common Room! We'll have comfy chairs, games, art to peruse, PLUS the Three Patch Podcast Sherlock space. The perfect place to unwind and meet friends.

Friday July 8, 2016 10:00am - Saturday July 9, 2016 12:00am PDT
La Sirena I

10:00am PDT

Potterlock Lounge
The Potterlock Lounge is Three Patch Podcast's unique BBC Sherlock immersion space that also features HP and Sherlock fandom staple Fox Estacado's multifandom art and merch. Come in and hang out in the Potterlock Lounge and get your multi-fandom/Potterlock love on.

Exhibitors
avatar for Fox Estacado Arts

Fox Estacado Arts

I create original art inspired by the Harry Potter books and movies. I make art prints, enamel pins, bags, t-shirts and other apparel decorated with my original artwork


Friday July 8, 2016 10:00am - Saturday July 9, 2016 12:00am PDT
La Sirena I

10:30am PDT

We're Here, We're Queer, and We're Reading YA
Are you looking for young adult fiction with a LGBTQA twist? Join our panel of queer YA readers and writers as they talk about their favorite books featuring protagonists and plots that break free from heteronormative standards. Come tell us who you think are the best authors in the field and get recs from your fellow queer YA readers!

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Ribar

Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →
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M. L. Rice

M.L. Rice was born and raised in the plains of Texas. She graduated with a degree in Radio/TV/Film from the University of Texas at Austin where she was a proud member of the Longhorn Marching and Basketball Bands. After college she moved to sunny Los Angeles where she currently lives... Read More →
avatar for Emily Roach

Emily Roach

Contemporary Literature and Culture Postgraduate, University of York
Emily has been an active reader, writer and community moderator in Harry Potter fandom since 2010. She writes all pairings and genres but is particularly active in H/D and Snarry. In 2012, Emily completed an MA in Children's Literature and wrote her thesis on fanfiction and queering... Read More →
avatar for Aja Romano

Aja Romano

Web Culture Reporter, Vox
Aja Romano is a staff web culture reporter and film reviewer for Vox.com. A longtime member of fandom, she has over a decade of experience as a writer, editor, and geek culture reporter for media outlets including the Mary Sue and the Daily Dot. She is a frequent radio guest and panel... Read More →
avatar for Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh has a BsC in film directing from Boston University and an MFA in film directing from Columbia University. She is writer/director of the multi-award winning short BITCH and has worked as a film editor, and a music video director for Black Dog/RSA. She recently co-wrote... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom III

11:00am PDT

Sorcerer's Stone: 7 Obstacles for 7 Books
The seven obstacles guarding the Sorcerer’s Stone have long been thought to be a blueprint for the rest of the series. In this lecture, I will lay out exactly how the end of Sorcerer’s Stone foreshadows and symbolizes the events in the remaining books: the obstacles as a whole, the chess match, and the potions riddle all foretell what is to come.

Speakers
avatar for Irvin Khaytman

Irvin Khaytman

Author
Irvin (“hpboy13” online) has been a prolific member of HP fandom since 2003, and identifies as Ravenpuff. He is the author of The Life and Lies of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. He is MuggleNet’s controversial columnist, over at The Three Broomsticks. He is the Dark... Read More →



Friday July 8, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Del Mar II
  Academic
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Mythology, Fairy Tales, and Literary Themes

11:00am PDT

Impressions, Perceptions, and Misconceptions: How Fans Perceive J.K. Rowling's Characters
The casting of Swaziland-born actress Noma Dumezweni as the adult Hermione for the play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" has aroused some contention. Do "book-first" fans' ideas about Rowling's characters (not just Hermione) differ from those of "film-first" fans? Join us for a discussion of how and why various characters get perceived through particular lenses/assumptions by some groups of fans, and in quite different ways by others.

Speakers
A

Alisanne

Alisanne has been writing Snarry since 2006 and is the author of a number of Snarry stories and drabbles. While she writes many other pairings, she always returns to her one true pairing, Snarry. Her stories include: The Final Spell, Two Lords a Leaping, and Rebuilding Severus
avatar for Celandine

Celandine

Celandine first got involved in fandom with The Lord of the Rings films, but soon moved into the Harry Potter fandom (and others). She has been most active as a fanfiction writer, with over a million words in HP fic alone, although of late her muse has been sadly AWOL. In Real Life... Read More →
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Lilyseyes

Lilyseyes has been reading and writing in the Snarry fandom since discovering the Harry Potter series in 2002. Always fascinated by the dynamic and similarities between the two very different characters, she finds rich material for her stories. Her stories include: Critical Choices... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

11:00am PDT

The Great Snape Debate
Love Snape? Hate Snape? Something in between? Come join us for the Great Snape Debate, a lively debate about the pros and cons of our favorite Death Eater. No hexing or Unforgiveable Curses allowed!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Janina Scarlet

Dr. Janina Scarlet

Psychologist, Center for Stress and Anxiety Management
Dr. Janina Scarlet is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, a scientist, and a full time geek. She uses Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and PTSD at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management and Sharp Memorial Hospital. Dr. Scarlet also teaches... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom II

11:00am PDT

Roundtable: Next-Gen Slash and Femmeslash
Curious about the phenomenon that is Albus Severus/Scorpius or ready to flail about Lily Luna/Rose? Join us as we talk about all manner of Next Gen ships in Harry Potter, both slash and femmeslash!

Moderators
avatar for Gracerene

Gracerene

Grace is a fanfiction writer who's written countless stories, primarily in the Harry Potter fandom. She is mostly a slash writer, with a particular love of H/D, but she's been known to write other pairings and pairing types as well. In addition to writing, she also reads and recommends... Read More →

Friday July 8, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Del Sol

11:00am PDT

Roundtable: Sherlock
Sherlock has been a fandom for over a century now! Spend the morning talking to fellow fans of all incarnations of the delightfully deductive detective and his loyal, put-upon sidekick!

Moderators
Friday July 8, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Del Mar I

11:00am PDT

How to Outline like a Boss CANCELLED
**Unfortunately Kat is unable to make it con due to a family emergency. We apologize for the inconvenience!**

Join obsessive outliner Kat O'Keeffe for a workshop on outlining within a three act structure. If you've ever wanted to know how to outline like a boss, come to this interactive workshop & unlock the secret to plotting & planning!

Speakers
avatar for Kat O'Keeffe

Kat O'Keeffe

Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, Kat is unable to make it to Leviosa. We apologize for the inconvience, and Kat will be missed!


Friday July 8, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Del Fuego

11:00am PDT

Ravenclaw Your Writing
Put the science in your sci-fi, the history in your historical fiction--no matter what you're writing, this panel will talk about how to Ravenclaw your way to smart, accurate facts behind your fiction.

Moderators
avatar for Alexa Donne

Alexa Donne

Author, Leviosa
Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestselling author of THE DARKEST MINDS trilogy and PASSENGER. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s... Read More →
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Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. Her latest release THE BODY ELECTRIC is a same-universe-different-characters... Read More →
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Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling YA novels The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means, both of which contain an embarrassing amount of Harry Potter and Doctor Who references. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she earned a Masters of Bioethics. She lives in Los Angeles, Calif... Read More →
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Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about unruly teenagers with criminal leanings. She has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is “you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce.” She lives in Portland... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
La Sirena II

12:00pm PDT

Keynote Lunch: Morality from Harry Potter to the Real World

While characters like Dumbledore, Snape, and Harry were created for an imaginary world, their impact extends far beyond it. Fans look to these characters as models and inspiration for how to live their own lives. But these characters are not simple archetypes, or one dimensional figures.  They are complex, changing, and often morally ambiguous people; in other words, they are human.  So how do real fans read morality and ethics in these series and apply it to their own lives?  Why are so many adamant about reading Snape, perhaps the most morally complex character, as “good”, or at least redeemable? How do questions of representation and visibility of marginalized groups within Potter impact diversity and understanding?

This panel will address how and why morality and ethics move from the page into real life. Panelists will discuss how the series inspires fans to activism in real world issues.  They will look at how different characters engage with and provide models for various moral structures. They will discuss the value of Potter as a source for morality, and debate its potential problems and contentions. Join these scholars, activists, and experts for a lively conversation on what it means to be a fan in an era of controversy and cultural change.

Moderators
avatar for Jodie Vann

Jodie Vann

Chair of Academic Programming
Jodie is a PhD candidate in the Anthropology of Religion, currently residing in Arizona.  Her current academic work focuses on the "spiritual, but not religious" movement, and ways in which people create meaningful lives outside of traditional religious structures.  She teaches... Read More →

Speakers
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Morgan Howard

Morgan holds a M.Ed. in English as well as an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School where her academic research centered on queer and gender issues in North American religious communities. She discovered Harry Potter shortly after the publication of Prisoner of Azkaban and has, in particular... Read More →
avatar for Janae Phillips

Janae Phillips

Director of Leadership and Education, Harry Potter Alliance
Janae Phillips is a multimedia storyteller focused on finding the through lines that connect us all. In a decade of work as a trainer and organizer, including five years as the Director of Leadership and Education at the Harry Potter Alliance, she has worked with thousands of the... Read More →
avatar for Chris Rankin

Chris Rankin

Chris Rankin played Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, and is a fan favorite in HP fandom and at conventions. Chris’s professional acting career kicked off in 2000 when he won the role of Percy, whom he played in five of the eight HP films. A huge HP fan both before and... Read More →
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Eric Scull

Eric Scull is a co-host of the long-running Harry Potter podcast "MuggleCast" since its start in August of 2005. Appearing on over 700 podcast episodes including MuggleCast, Alohomora!, Game of Owns, The Cinescope Podcast, and producing podcasts Improvised Star Trek and HR unConfidential... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom I

1:00pm PDT

Free Will vs. Destiny: Harry, Katniss and More
So many of our beloved characters face obstacles trying to do the right thing. Is it their choice? Or has fate predetermined their paths? In this interactive presentation, we will explore some of the most popular characters - from Harry to Draco, from Katniss to Peeta,– and delve into where they made their own choices and where it seems “the gods” had other ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Leogrande

Cathy Leogrande

Author/Educator, Le Moyne College
Cathy Leogrande is a Professor in the Teacher Education Department of the Purcell School of Professional Studies at Le Moyne College, a Jesuit college in New York. Her teaching and research focus on new literacies and popular culture to provide K-12 teachers skills to address issues... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Del Mar II
  Academic
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Religion and Philosophy

1:00pm PDT

Make your own paper wand!
You don’t have to spend a fortune on your own magical wand–all you need is a sheet of paper, a glue gun and some paint to craft your own swish & flick accessory. A fun craft project for cosplayers, parents & kids alike. Workshop attendees will leave with their very own hand-crafted wand!

Speakers
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Cheryl Dyson

Although Cheryl had to be coerced to read Harry Potter in the early days, the insidious tentacles of fandom slowly drew her in, until she was happily debating the morality of Albus Dumbledore and wondering at the magical origin of werewolves with a group of like-minded Potterites... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Del Mar I

1:00pm PDT

Sorting Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton, wizard. Cerebral! Ravenclaw? Ambitious! Slytherin? Hard-working! Hufflepuff? Hotheaded! Gryffindor? What would the Sorting Hat say to Washington? Jefferson? The Schuyler sisters? And…wait for it…to Aaron Burr? Would Angelica be the all-time Hogwarts dueling champion? Was Lafayette an exchange student from Beauxbatons? Maybe he founded it with his polyglot polymath brilliance! Join the Three Patch Podcast so we can Sort these people like we’re running out of time!

Speakers
avatar for Emma Grant

Emma Grant

Three Patch Podcast
Emma Grant has written almost 1.5 million words of fan fiction since 2002, about half of those in the Harry Potter fandom. When she's not writing or reading fic, she teaches, spends time with her family, travels, and contributes to the Three Patch Podcast.
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Lorrie Kim

Author, Snape
Lorrie Kim lives in Philadelphia, PA with her clever, grumpy, magical spouse and their geeky offspring, one born between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince and one in gestation during the publication of Deathly Hallows.
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Heidi Tandy

Attorney, Heidi Tandy
Heidi is a copyright/trademark attorney with a focus on brand protection and fair use; she is Of Counsel with Price Benowitz. Heidi wrote the chapter on Harry Potter in SmartPopBooks' FIC, founded FictionAlley and FYeahCopyright, and serves on the Legal Committee for the Organization... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
La Sirena II

1:00pm PDT

Wizard Activism 101
Fans are creative, caring, and unironically enthusiastic - and that's just what we need to make the world a better place. In this interactive workshop, learn how you can change the world with geeking out by becoming a Wizard Activist.

Speakers
avatar for Janae Phillips

Janae Phillips

Director of Leadership and Education, Harry Potter Alliance
Janae Phillips is a multimedia storyteller focused on finding the through lines that connect us all. In a decade of work as a trainer and organizer, including five years as the Director of Leadership and Education at the Harry Potter Alliance, she has worked with thousands of the... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
La Estrella

1:00pm PDT

Planning Your Book As A Series
How do you plan a series, whether it's a duology, trilogy or more... and how do you write book one so it stands alone, but still can work as a series? Where do digital novellas come into play?

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie Diaz

Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel, EXTRACTION, when she should’ve been studying and making short films at San Diego State University. She has since written the next two books in the Extraction series, REBELLION and the forthcoming EVOLUTION, out September 8, 2015. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling... Read More →
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
avatar for CL Gaber

CL Gaber

AUTHOR, ASCENDERS SAGA
Hello everyone! I'm CL Gaber, author of ASCENDERS and the new ASCENDERS: SKYPUNCH. ASCENDERS is a new book series about a 17-year-old girl named Walker Callaghan who finds herself in an epic romance and adventure of an after-lifetime. Some great big exciting news about ASCENDERS will... Read More →
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Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the force behind Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009 when Mark discovered Harry Potter, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Schusterman

Michelle Schusterman

Author
Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Del Sol

1:00pm PDT

Secrets & Lies
Not everything is as it seems... YA authors discuss characters who lie, cheat, steal & otherwise engage in intrigue to keep the story going

Moderators
avatar for Chelsea Sedoti

Chelsea Sedoti

Chelsea Sedoti fell in love with writing at a young age after discovering that making up stories was more fun than doing her school work (her teachers didn’t always appreciate this.) In an effort to avoid getting a “real” job, Chelsea explored careers as a balloon twister, filmmaker... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Aveyard

Victoria Aveyard

Victoria is the author of the New York Times bestselling RED QUEEN, the first in a trilogy about a society where the color of your blood means everything–if you’re a Red, you have nothing, and if you’re a Silver, you have everything… including superpowers. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Briggs

Elizabeth Briggs

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Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She’s the author of the new adult CHASING THE DREAM series and the young a... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction at HarperCollins. Her debut YA novel, THE MURDER COMPLEX, was published in June 2014, quickly followed by her first middle grade series, THE BALANCE KEEPERS in September. She’s the creator of the... Read More →
avatar for Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author... Read More →
avatar for Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about unruly teenagers with criminal leanings. She has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is “you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce.” She lives in Portland... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom II

1:00pm PDT

Snarry: Past, Present, and Future
Panel discussion led by three Snarry writers on the progression of Snarry stories from the early days of fandom through today and in the future. This includes the various tropes, genres, and typical cliches invoked in the Snarry fandom.

Speakers
A

Alisanne

Alisanne has been writing Snarry since 2006 and is the author of a number of Snarry stories and drabbles. While she writes many other pairings, she always returns to her one true pairing, Snarry. Her stories include: The Final Spell, Two Lords a Leaping, and Rebuilding Severus
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DementorDelta

Dementor Delta has enjoyed Snarry fandom both as a writer and reader. In recent years she has been less active in both but her heart will always belong to Snarry, her first slash fandom. Some of her favorite stories include Dumbledore's Folly, The Dreaming Spires and Parseltongue... Read More →
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Lilyseyes

Lilyseyes has been reading and writing in the Snarry fandom since discovering the Harry Potter series in 2002. Always fascinated by the dynamic and similarities between the two very different characters, she finds rich material for her stories. Her stories include: Critical Choices... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom III

2:00pm PDT

Making Magic: Fandom, Community, and Meaningful Lives
As increasing number of people in the West, particularly young, educated people are dissatisfied with traditional religious institutions. But these individuals continue to make meaningful lives, and fandom is an appealing structure for many. In this presentation, Jodie will explore fandom, particularly the Harry Potter fandom, as a vital and important element in contemporary Western culture that exists alongside, and sometimes as alternative to, more traditional religious options. Borrowing from fan studies, philosophy, literature, and religious studies, this presentation will use the Hero's Journey mythic structure as an entry point for this complex discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Jodie Vann

Jodie Vann

Chair of Academic Programming
Jodie is a PhD candidate in the Anthropology of Religion, currently residing in Arizona.  Her current academic work focuses on the "spiritual, but not religious" movement, and ways in which people create meaningful lives outside of traditional religious structures.  She teaches... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Del Mar II
  Academic
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Religion and Philosophy

2:00pm PDT

So you wanna write crack fic?
Aspiring writers & humorists a like: join us for a cracktastic workshop on writing crack fic. Bring your works in progress, or come with a blank slate and we will help you write the best bad fic possible!

Speakers
avatar for Krista Domin

Krista Domin

Krista Domin is an avid Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock and Downton Abbey fan. She is a graduate of the MA in Educational Leadership program at the University of Central Florida. Prior to that she received her BA in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire.


Friday July 8, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
La Estrella

2:00pm PDT

Chris Rankin Q&A
Come ask Percy Weasley, AKA Chris Rankin, all your burning questions!

Speakers
avatar for Chris Rankin

Chris Rankin

Chris Rankin played Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, and is a fan favorite in HP fandom and at conventions. Chris’s professional acting career kicked off in 2000 when he won the role of Percy, whom he played in five of the eight HP films. A huge HP fan both before and... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom II

2:00pm PDT

Strike A Pose! Cosplay Posing Tips For The Total Beginner From Either Side Of The Camera
If you're new to cosplay or cosplay photography, this panel is for you! We'll guide you through basic posing and photography tips that will help take your work to the next level.  Our program will begin with a brief overview of fundamental principles, followed by live mini-shoots with audience participation. All experience levels are welcome, so come in your finest cosplay or everyday Muggle street clothes. Time permitting we'll also include a roundtable audience discussion of roleplaying to the camera.

Speakers
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Dave Leung

Dave has been doing cosplay for a few years, so he still remembers wondering "how do I get into this?" Dave attended HPEF cons starting with Infinitus, and more recently has been a regular at MISTI-Con.
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Derick Tortorella

Derick Tortorella is a Los Angeles area creative who shoots for his own e-commerce business and has a passion for creative, fine-art style portraits and surreal fashion. Derick is an active member of the Los Angeles Dumbledore's Army meetup group and has attended all HPEF conventions... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Del Fuego

2:00pm PDT

Transitioning from Fan Writing to Pro Writing
Writing fanfic and writing novels are two different animals. How do you make the transition from fan writers to pro--what are the biggest pitfalls and how can you overcome them? What special skills do fanfic writers have that make them good at novel-writing?

Speakers
avatar for J.C. Davis

J.C. Davis

Author
J. C. Davis writes all things kidlit, including Picture Books, MG and YA. Her debut novel, CHEESUS WAS HERE, a YA Contemporary, was released in 2017 by Sky Pony Press. Ms. Davis is represented by Mandy Hubbard of the Emerald City Literary Agency. In addition to writing, Ms. Davis... Read More →
avatar for Alexa Donne

Alexa Donne

Author, Leviosa
Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing... Read More →
avatar for Cass Morris

Cass Morris

Cass Morris works as a writer and educator in central Virginia and occasionally moonlights as a bookseller in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She completed her Master of Letters at Mary Baldwin University in 2010, and she earned her undergraduate degree, a BA in English with a... Read More →
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the force behind Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009 when Mark discovered Harry Potter, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Ribar

Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Del Sol

2:00pm PDT

Same Story, Different Skin - Remixing Retellings in Multicultural Fantasy
Fairytales, legends and mythology are the narratives we’ve used to explain the world around us. They also share similar roots. The Western “Cinderella” is the Filipino “Abadeha,” the Indian “Nala and Damayanti” is the Western “Sweetheart Roland.” As publishing begins to embrace diverse narratives, how has this affected our treatment of fairytale retellings in a diverse setting? If the story wears a different skin, can we still consider them retellings?

Speakers
avatar for Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is a South Asian fantasy writer. Her short stories have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Strange Horizons, Book Smugglers Publishing and Shimmer Magazine. Her first YA fantasy novel, THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN (MacMillan, May 2016), is a re-envisioning of the Hades and Persephone... Read More →
avatar for Thao Le

Thao Le

Literary Agent, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
THAO LE is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency. She also handles the agency’s financials and select contracts.Thao is currently looking for: Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators.For... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

2:00pm PDT

Registration Desk Open
Pick up your Leviosa badge, program book, purchase available meal add-ons or Day Passes. The Registration Desk is also the best place for Information, including the day's most up-to-date schedule, venue maps & more.

Please note: Leviosa Merchandise is located in the Vendor Hall in La Sirena III/IV.

Friday July 8, 2016 2:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Registration Desk

3:00pm PDT

Religon and Magic
This will be a roundtable discussion of various religions and how magic functions within them. How do muggle borns deal with being magic if their religion contradicts it? Why do we only see Christian holidays observed? Is there a church or synagogue in Hogwarts? These are all questions that will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Krista Domin

Krista Domin

Krista Domin is an avid Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock and Downton Abbey fan. She is a graduate of the MA in Educational Leadership program at the University of Central Florida. Prior to that she received her BA in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire.


Friday July 8, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Del Mar II
  Academic
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Religion and Philosophy

3:00pm PDT

Costumed Live Model Drawing
Suitable for all ages, one or more live models, in costume, will pose for ten to fifteen minute periods while workshop attendees practice their live model drawing techniques.  After a posing session is complete, there will be a five minute break while a new model vignette is set up.

NO PREVIOUS ART TRAINING REQUIRED!  Paper and pencils will be provided for those who did not bring any.

This live model class is for all level or artists. Volunteers in costume for posing for at least one fifteen minute session welcomed as well, no modeling experience needed.

Friday July 8, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Del Mar I

3:00pm PDT

How HP Fandom Shaped Our Multifandom World
Hogwarts will always be home, but what other worlds have you known and loved? Has Harry Potter fandom influenced your participation in these other fandoms? Join Sherlock fans from the Three Patch Podcast along with folks from many other fandoms, including Supernatural, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars, for a thoughtful, wide-ranging discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Emma Grant

Emma Grant

Three Patch Podcast
Emma Grant has written almost 1.5 million words of fan fiction since 2002, about half of those in the Harry Potter fandom. When she's not writing or reading fic, she teaches, spends time with her family, travels, and contributes to the Three Patch Podcast.
avatar for Lorrie Kim

Lorrie Kim

Author, Snape
Lorrie Kim lives in Philadelphia, PA with her clever, grumpy, magical spouse and their geeky offspring, one born between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince and one in gestation during the publication of Deathly Hallows.
avatar for Rachael Vaughn

Rachael Vaughn

Rachael is a podcaster, vidder, and lawyer. She founded Snapecast in 2006 (http://snapecast.com) and her team Vatican Cameos (http://vaticancams.tumblr.com/) was named the winner of GISHWHES in 2013. She has helped organize a number of fan-run cons including Lubricus (http://www.bf4f.org... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

3:00pm PDT

Psychology of the Marauders
The Marauders have been a subject of both admiration and controversy. They are seen as rockstars, bullies, heroes, and traitors. So who were they really? Why were they friends? What kind of psyche would cause these boys to both take great personal risk for the safety of their friend, but also be malicious bullies to someone just because they don't like them? Join psychologist Janina Scarlet and the director & cast of Severus Snape and the Marauders as we discuss these famous boys.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Janina Scarlet

Dr. Janina Scarlet

Psychologist, Center for Stress and Anxiety Management
Dr. Janina Scarlet is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, a scientist, and a full time geek. She uses Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and PTSD at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management and Sharp Memorial Hospital. Dr. Scarlet also teaches... Read More →

Speakers

Friday July 8, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom II

3:00pm PDT

Chris Rankin Signing/Photos
Come meet Chris Rankin, get his autograph & have your picture taken with him! Complimentary with Leviosa registration.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Rankin

Chris Rankin

Chris Rankin played Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, and is a fan favorite in HP fandom and at conventions. Chris’s professional acting career kicked off in 2000 when he won the role of Percy, whom he played in five of the eight HP films. A huge HP fan both before and... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Del Fuego

3:00pm PDT

The Art of Critique
Whether you're writing fan fiction or professional fiction, teaming up with the right beta readers or critique partners is essential. This panel will explore the author-critique partner relationship, including topics such as how to find a good CP, how to cultivate and maintain a strong relationship, and the parallels between being a beta reader and a critique partner.

Speakers
avatar for Alexa Donne

Alexa Donne

Author, Leviosa
Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing... Read More →
avatar for Laura Ferrel

Laura Ferrel

Writer/Editor
Laura Ferrel has been a Harry Potter fan since 1999 and a Harry/Draco shipper since 2002. She earned a degree in creative writing, and has spent her professional career primarily as a writer and editor for a variety of publishing and media companies. Outside of work, she enjoys wine... Read More →
avatar for Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about unruly teenagers with criminal leanings. She has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is “you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce.” She lives in Portland... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Del Sol

3:00pm PDT

Girl Code: Female Relationships in YA
Friends, sisters, romantic rivals, romantic interests, antagonists--let's talk about all the myriad ways girls and women are represented in YA, and how their relationships play out on the page.

Moderators
avatar for Natalie Simpson

Natalie Simpson

Natalie is an Atlanta based, long time Harry Potter and YA fan. She is a member of Dragon Con's YA Literature Track staff as of 2015. She works in Public Policy in Atlanta and spends more time than she cares to admit watching Netflix and reading all the YA she can find.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestselling author of THE DARKEST MINDS trilogy and PASSENGER. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s... Read More →
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
avatar for Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the THRONE OF GLASS series (Queen of Shadows, the fourth book, will release globally on September 1st, 2015) and the A COURT OF THORN AND ROSES series. She currently resides with her husband and loyal canine companion in Pennsylvania. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. Sarah is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Ribar

Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
La Sirena II

3:00pm PDT

The Importance of Being Different: LGBTQIA Narratives and Fannishness
As LGBTQIA fans, many of us are struggling to find our experiences represented in wider popular culture. This can be challenging both in the source material and in transformative works and fan discourse. This panel will address fan narratives from LGBTQIA standpoints and examine the importance of our perspectives to the stories we tell and choose, as well as question the lack of representation, stereotyping, and queerbaiting within much of source media.

Moderators
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Femmequixotic (Femme)

Slash and Queer Lit Track Director, Leviosa
Femme has been a fan writer of one stripe or another since she could pick up a pencil. Before stumbling upon online fandom in the early ’90s as an X-Phile, she spent her childhood writing Anne of Green Gables and Gilligan’s Island fanfic—juvenilia which is probably better left... Read More →

Speakers
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Noeon (Noe)

Slash and Queer Lit Track Director/Meetup Director, Leviosa
Noe has been active as fan for many years. She thinks her first fannish work was for LOTR book fandom, although she also cosplayed Battle of the Planets as a small child, worried for years over the fate of Starblazers, and will forever be in love with the Fourth Doctor. These days... Read More →
avatar for Dictacontrion

Dictacontrion

Dicta is a fanfiction writer, reccer, and tumblr user. She reads and writes primarily in the Harry Potter fandom and ships Harry/Draco, though all things Buffy and Larry Stylinson hold a special place in her heart. When not splashing in the fandom pool she teaches, writes things that... Read More →
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the force behind Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009 when Mark discovered Harry Potter, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter... Read More →
avatar for Aja Romano

Aja Romano

Web Culture Reporter, Vox
Aja Romano is a staff web culture reporter and film reviewer for Vox.com. A longtime member of fandom, she has over a decade of experience as a writer, editor, and geek culture reporter for media outlets including the Mary Sue and the Daily Dot. She is a frequent radio guest and panel... Read More →
avatar for Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh has a BsC in film directing from Boston University and an MFA in film directing from Columbia University. She is writer/director of the multi-award winning short BITCH and has worked as a film editor, and a music video director for Black Dog/RSA. She recently co-wrote... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom III

3:00pm PDT

Agent One-On-One #1
Agent One-On-One Session #1. Those who have purchased an agent pitch session ticket ahead of time can sign up for one of our pitch sessions (1, 2, or 3), and may pitch as many or few of the agents as they like during that time block.

Speakers
avatar for Thao Le

Thao Le

Literary Agent, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
THAO LE is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency. She also handles the agency’s financials and select contracts.Thao is currently looking for: Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators.For... Read More →
avatar for Suzie Townsend

Suzie Townsend

After teaching high school English for several years, Suzie Townsend started publishing at FinePrint Literary Management in January 2009 and worked her way up from intern to agent. Now an agent at New Leaf Literary, she represents adult and children’s fiction. Suzie reps, among... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Volpe

Joanna Volpe

Joanna represents all brands of fiction from picture books to adult novels. Her picture book taste is the most eclectic, ranging from sweet to fun to smart to quirky. For other fiction (both adult and children’s) she has an affinity for stories that have a darker element to them... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in sociocultural anthropology and English. Jessica is most interested in all sub-genres of romance. She greatly enjoys character driven plots that pull the reader into the pages and won’t let go... Read More →
avatar for Carlie Webber

Carlie Webber

Carlisle Webber is the founder of CK Webber Associates, an agency specializing in middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. Prior to opening her own agency, she worked for the New England Publishing Associates/Publish or Perish Agency and the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She is a graduate of... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
La Estrella

4:00pm PDT

The Dao of Luna Lovegood
This lecture explores the concepts of Wu Wei found in the Chuangzi through the mysterious lifestyle of Luna Lovegood.

Speakers
NL

Nathan Love

Nathan Love is a Professor of History at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He holds a masters in History from Appalachian State University. He has also played in three Quidditch World Cups and owns his own wandmaking shop, Rumble and Roar Wandm... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Del Mar II
  Academic
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Religion and Philosophy

4:00pm PDT

The Art of Wizard Dance
Have you always wanted to tango, but never knew how?  Do you find yourself being a wallflower at Yule Balls?  "The Art of Wizard Dance" is a ballroom dance class for absolute beginners, where Lucius Malfoy will teach you how to do the Death Eater Tango.  This is for wizards only, so be sure to bring a wand!

Speakers
avatar for Irvin Khaytman

Irvin Khaytman

Author
Irvin (“hpboy13” online) has been a prolific member of HP fandom since 2003, and identifies as Ravenpuff. He is the author of The Life and Lies of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. He is MuggleNet’s controversial columnist, over at The Three Broomsticks. He is the Dark... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Del Mar I

4:00pm PDT

Back into the Pensive: Ridiculous Harry Potter Fan Theories You Forgot About
Remember those Harry Potter theories you were so sure about? There was no way Harry was a horcrux. Some of us knew that Ron would absolutely die. Remember my last, Petunia?! Nine years later, we’ve all been proven wrong (or right!), while most of our favorite speculation has been forgotten. Well, it’s time to dust off those old message board threads and relive the glory days. Could a time travelling Ron Weasley actually be Dumbledore? Are Neville’s parents actually communicating with him through those gum wrappers? What’s up with the locked door in the Department of Mysteries? Let’s talk Harry Potter like it’s 2006.

Speakers
avatar for Olivia Dolphin

Olivia Dolphin

Editor, Wizards in Space
Olivia Dolphin is a dolphin*, writer and publisher, oversharer, and ships herself with Oliver Wood (still). Her favorite thing to talk about is the Sorting Hat, and she plays for the Hogwarts Tonsil Hockey Team. She’s the Senior Volunteer Coordinator for the Mischief Management... Read More →
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Proma Khosla

Proma Khosla is a dancer and entertainment writer living in New York City. She has been an active member of the Harry Potter fandom since 2004, attending conferences annually since Lumos in 2006. She worked with Team StarKid on ‘A Very Potter Sequel’ and has been to dozens of... Read More →
avatar for Zack Luye

Zack Luye

Zack Luye works as a director, podcaster, and musician. Zack enjoys reading, cleaning, and readying for battle with his pet direwolf, Strike.
avatar for Hannah Panek

Hannah Panek

Hannah Panek was born in 1989, just like Taylor Swift. She likes Harry/Hermione fanfiction, sudoku puzzles and the song Gringotts Goblin Coaster by Harry and the Potters. Hannah is the Volunteer Coordinator for Mischief Management’s LeakyCon and GeekyCon, and a host on the Game... Read More →
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Baize White

Baize White is an aspiring Instathot, director, and budding author. He enjoys short walks to the fridge and long receipts with other people’s names on them. When he’s not being the Stuff for his boyfriend, Mark Does Stuff, he’s reading Harry/ Fenrir fan fiction while sipping... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom II

4:00pm PDT

Author Signing
Meet & greet with authors & get books signed. Bring your own books, or purchase them at our on-site book sellers.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestselling author of THE DARKEST MINDS trilogy and PASSENGER. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s... Read More →
avatar for Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is a South Asian fantasy writer. Her short stories have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Strange Horizons, Book Smugglers Publishing and Shimmer Magazine. Her first YA fantasy novel, THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN (MacMillan, May 2016), is a re-envisioning of the Hades and Persephone... Read More →
avatar for Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Ribar

Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Schusterman

Michelle Schusterman

Author
Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Del Sol

4:00pm PDT

Web Serial Toolbox
A web serial can be a fun project and a building block in a self-publishing career. Cecilia Tan, author of the award-winning original fiction serials The Prince's Boy and Daron's Guitar Chronicles, leads you through everything you need to launch, maintain, and grow a web fiction serial, whether it's original fiction or fanfic. Using free tools and websites, through web serialization any aspiring writer can develop rich fictional projects, gain feedback to grow crucial writing skills, and build an audience, maybe even a fandom.

Speakers
avatar for Cecilia Tan

Cecilia Tan

Publisher and Editorial Director, Circlet Press, Inc.
Cecilia Tan is the award-winning author of over a dozen novels (and three collections of short stories) including the Magic University series and The Prince's Boy . Her work has appeared everywhere from Ms. Magazine and Asimov's to Nerve and Best American Erotica. Her novel Slow Surrender... Read More →



Friday July 8, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Del Fuego

4:00pm PDT

Adults Reading YA
Young Adult literature isn't just for teens! In this panel adult YA readers & writers will discuss what they love about the genre, how they relate to the teen characters, and what they feel YA offers that other genres do not. They will also chat about tropes, Booklr, and their favorite YA books. Audience participation encouraged!

Speakers
avatar for Janella Angeles

Janella Angeles

Janella Angeles has been an aspiring YA novelist for as long as she’s loved Harry Potter—the books, the fandom, and the fanfiction. She’s a Filipina-American writer and a team member of the Boston Teen Author Festival who currently resides in Massachusetts. She recently graduated... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Briggs

Elizabeth Briggs

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Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She’s the author of the new adult CHASING THE DREAM series and the young a... Read More →
avatar for Kaci Machacyk

Kaci Machacyk

Performer/Presenter
“Kalysta Flame” is a classically trained vocalist, actress, songwriter, dancer, and one-song harmonica player who has been performing since the age of six. She has combined her love of writing silly songs for her dogs with her love of Harry Potter to create brand new Wrock music... Read More →
avatar for Axie Oh

Axie Oh

Axie Oh is a graduate of the University of California-San Diego where she studied Korean history and creative writing. She was the recipient of Tu Books’ 2015 New Visions Award, awarded to an unpublished author of color. Her debut YA Sci-Fi novel, THE AMATERASU PROJECT, is scheduled... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

4:00pm PDT

YA… in SPACE
Is the next frontier for YA sci-fi space? From space opera to space mysteries, visits from and to other planets, and protagonists who dream of the stars--let's discuss the possibilities!

Speakers
avatar for Sasha Alsberg

Sasha Alsberg

Sasha Alsberg is also known as Abookutopia, her popular booktube channel, which boasts 248,000 subscribers and counting. Known for her enthusiasm for books, as well as her uncanny resemblance to Lily Collins (naturally, Sasha is a Mortal Instruments fan), Sasha’s current obsessions... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction at HarperCollins. Her debut YA novel, THE MURDER COMPLEX, was published in June 2014, quickly followed by her first middle grade series, THE BALANCE KEEPERS in September. She’s the creator of the... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie Diaz

Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel, EXTRACTION, when she should’ve been studying and making short films at San Diego State University. She has since written the next two books in the Extraction series, REBELLION and the forthcoming EVOLUTION, out September 8, 2015. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling... Read More →
avatar for Heather Kaczynski

Heather Kaczynski

After graduating cum laude with a degree in biology, Heather returned to her first love of books, and now works in a military library near NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, where she gets to buy books for kids and teens. This setting gave her the inspiration for her YA novel, ... Read More →
avatar for Beth Revis

Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. Her latest release THE BODY ELECTRIC is a same-universe-different-characters... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
La Sirena II

5:00pm PDT

Hogwarts 101
Want to feel like a real Hogwarts student? Attend a short lecture by Professor McGonagall on magic & Muggles. 

Speakers

Friday July 8, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
La Estrella

5:00pm PDT

Star-Spangled Sorcery
The American Wizarding Confederation is pleased to confirm that the Department of Secrecy and Obfuscation's misinformation campaigns have been a success. With the Muggles successfully mis-directed, we are free to share insights on the magnificent depth and diversity of magic that we can boast from the Atlantic to the Pacific. In this session, the moderators of American Wizarding, a Tumblr blog focused on historical and cultural headcanons,will discuss their processes of research and invention, the intricacies of expanding a world, and adapting -- or not -- to new canon.

Speakers
avatar for John Lavinus

John Lavinus

John Lavinus is a Virginia native who currently lives and works in Fairfax, Virginia as a family law and criminal defense attorney. When not at work (whenever that is) John runs tabletop gaming groups for friends and binge-watches Netflix. He has been involved with the Harry Potter... Read More →
avatar for Cass Morris

Cass Morris

Cass Morris works as a writer and educator in central Virginia and occasionally moonlights as a bookseller in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She completed her Master of Letters at Mary Baldwin University in 2010, and she earned her undergraduate degree, a BA in English with a... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Del Mar II

5:00pm PDT

Check Please Meetup
For fans of the web comic Check, Please. Come squee about gay hockey players, junior regional figure skaters, women and food in American culture, and college humor while eating pie!

Friday July 8, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
La Sirena I

5:00pm PDT

Author Signing
Meet & greet with authors & get books signed. Bring your own books, or purchase them at our on-site book sellers.

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Aveyard

Victoria Aveyard

Victoria is the author of the New York Times bestselling RED QUEEN, the first in a trilogy about a society where the color of your blood means everything–if you’re a Red, you have nothing, and if you’re a Silver, you have everything… including superpowers. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction at HarperCollins. Her debut YA novel, THE MURDER COMPLEX, was published in June 2014, quickly followed by her first middle grade series, THE BALANCE KEEPERS in September. She’s the creator of the... Read More →
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
avatar for Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the THRONE OF GLASS series (Queen of Shadows, the fourth book, will release globally on September 1st, 2015) and the A COURT OF THORN AND ROSES series. She currently resides with her husband and loyal canine companion in Pennsylvania. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. Sarah is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency... Read More →
avatar for Beth Revis

Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. Her latest release THE BODY ELECTRIC is a same-universe-different-characters... Read More →
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Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling YA novels The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means, both of which contain an embarrassing amount of Harry Potter and Doctor Who references. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she earned a Masters of Bioethics. She lives in Los Angeles, Calif... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom II

5:00pm PDT

Indie Publishing for YA
Ever dream of publishing your own YA novel? Author C.L. Gaber has gone both the traditional YA publishing route for her book "Jex Malone" and the self-publishing route for the best seller "Ascenders" and the upcoming "Ascenders: Skypunch" (Book Two). She will explain the difference between the two publishing routes...and then talk about the exact steps needed to self publish your book.

Speakers
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CL Gaber

AUTHOR, ASCENDERS SAGA
Hello everyone! I'm CL Gaber, author of ASCENDERS and the new ASCENDERS: SKYPUNCH. ASCENDERS is a new book series about a 17-year-old girl named Walker Callaghan who finds herself in an epic romance and adventure of an after-lifetime. Some great big exciting news about ASCENDERS will... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Del Fuego

5:00pm PDT

The Structural Underpinnings of Characterization in Harry Potter and How to Apply those Concepts to Your Own Writing
An in-depth analysis of the various roles that the characters in the Harry Potter novels play in creating a sound structural basis for the plotline will be discussed, followed by how to incorporate such conceptual underpinnings in your own writing.

Speakers
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pir8fancier

pir8fancier is a fanfiction writer who has written many, many words in the Harry Potter fandom. She is known as a slash writer, but she also has dabbled in het-based fanfiction. Other fandoms that she written for includ, Pirates of the Caribbean, due South, Stargate Atlantis, and... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Del Sol

5:00pm PDT

Authenticity Matters: Diversity in YA Lit
This panel will discuss industry trends, approaches in their own writing, best practices & next steps for diversity in YA lit, and why it matters for us all.

Speakers
avatar for Janella Angeles

Janella Angeles

Janella Angeles has been an aspiring YA novelist for as long as she’s loved Harry Potter—the books, the fandom, and the fanfiction. She’s a Filipina-American writer and a team member of the Boston Teen Author Festival who currently resides in Massachusetts. She recently graduated... Read More →
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Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is a South Asian fantasy writer. Her short stories have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Strange Horizons, Book Smugglers Publishing and Shimmer Magazine. Her first YA fantasy novel, THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN (MacMillan, May 2016), is a re-envisioning of the Hades and Persephone... Read More →
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Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author... Read More →
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Thao Le

Literary Agent, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
THAO LE is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency. She also handles the agency’s financials and select contracts.Thao is currently looking for: Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators.For... Read More →
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Lily Meade

Lily Meade is an aspiring novelist, vlogger, and graphic designer. She has been a Potter fan since kindergarten, when an elderly shopkeeper gifted her an HP ornament to quell some soft hysterics. Harry Potter was the largest chapter book she’d ever completed and the beginning of... Read More →
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Axie Oh

Axie Oh is a graduate of the University of California-San Diego where she studied Korean history and creative writing. She was the recipient of Tu Books’ 2015 New Visions Award, awarded to an unpublished author of color. Her debut YA Sci-Fi novel, THE AMATERASU PROJECT, is scheduled... Read More →
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Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the force behind Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009 when Mark discovered Harry Potter, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
La Sirena II

5:00pm PDT

My Pet Book - CANCELLED (see Sunday alternate session)
**Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, ChefMitchie can't make it today, but please consider the Sunday repeat session!**

Merlin's Beard! Keep this one away from your shoes! ChefMitchie, creator of BirthdayMischief.com, is going to teach us how to tame a number of edible ingredients to create one beastly book. In this workshop students will take home the "know how" to re-create what they've learned into a real cake later! This class is designed for attendees ages 10 and older. (underage Witches and Wizards should plan on bringing their adult or Guardian; House Elves do not count). Workshop is approx. 60-90mins. Most supplies provided by instructor. Students should bring: apron, wand, notebook, pen/pencil or standard parchment with self-inking quill, and a smile.

Speakers
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ChefMitchie

Owner & Chef, Mitchie's Munchies
Michelle Curran aka “Chef Mitchie”, is a self taught cake and sugar artist originally from Atlantic City, NJ. now based in Las Vegas, NV.  (though she’ll tell you “I got all my skills while hiding under my Grandma’s kitchen table as a kid – well I had to hide, one... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
Del Mar I

6:00pm PDT

Draco & the Malfoys (Brian Malfoy)
Brian from Draco & the Malfoys will be playing some of the groups greatest hits. A must-see for fans of Wizard Rock, or anyone who hears “Wizard Rock” and goes “I have to check that out!”

Friday July 8, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom I

6:00pm PDT

Snape and the Marauders Screening + Q&A
From director Justin Zagri, the man behind the popular 2013 fan film The Greater Good, which has over 4 million views on YouTube. Severus Snape and the Marauders is an original fan film that takes place in 1978, right after James, Lily, Remus, Sirius, Peter and Snape graduated from Hogwarts. SS&tM premiered in March 2016 and has received press coverage from Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Business Insider, Teen Vogue and more. Come see the film on the big screen and ask its director, cast & crew your burning questions!

Speakers

Friday July 8, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

6:00pm PDT

Meet Your Writing Soul Mate
Are you a writer? Would you love to have the support of writer friends to help you make your writing dreams come true? Then this meet-up is for you! Come connect with fellow writers who are in search of a squad. We will network, chat, play games, and get to know each other as writers. This meet-up will help you find that special someone(s) to be your beta reader, plotting buddy, critique partner, or collaborator. All genres welcome, including original and fanfic.

Friday July 8, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Del Sol

6:30pm PDT

Snarry Meet-Up
For fans of Severus Snape's and Harry Potter's relationship in all its permutations.

Will be held in the Snarry Suite--8633!

Speakers
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Alisanne

Alisanne has been writing Snarry since 2006 and is the author of a number of Snarry stories and drabbles. While she writes many other pairings, she always returns to her one true pairing, Snarry. Her stories include: The Final Spell, Two Lords a Leaping, and Rebuilding Severus
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DementorDelta

Dementor Delta has enjoyed Snarry fandom both as a writer and reader. In recent years she has been less active in both but her heart will always belong to Snarry, her first slash fandom. Some of her favorite stories include Dumbledore's Folly, The Dreaming Spires and Parseltongue... Read More →
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Lilyseyes

Lilyseyes has been reading and writing in the Snarry fandom since discovering the Harry Potter series in 2002. Always fascinated by the dynamic and similarities between the two very different characters, she finds rich material for her stories. Her stories include: Critical Choices... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
TBA

7:00pm PDT

Fashion Show Preparation
If you're walking in our 8 PM fashion show, report to Grand Ballroom I between 7 and 7:30 PM. All participants should arrive by 7:30 PM.

If you didn't sign up ahead of time but would like to help out OR walk? Please join us!

Speakers
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Dave Leung

Dave has been doing cosplay for a few years, so he still remembers wondering "how do I get into this?" Dave attended HPEF cons starting with Infinitus, and more recently has been a regular at MISTI-Con.


Friday July 8, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom I

7:00pm PDT

The Spell Tutor Screening
The Spell Tutor is a Potter-inspired web series created in Ontario Canada. Come see all the episodes of Season 1 and meet some of the cast and crew! In addition, they will be premiering some new footage from Season 2, exclusively for Leviosa attendees.

Speakers
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Jeri Leader

Jeri hit the stage dancing at age 4 and combined with her love of music, naturally expanded into musical theater by age 7. Bitten by the performance bug, she is now pursuing Film/TV roles and has completed numerous short films.
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Herman Wang

Writer/Director, The Spell Tutor
I'm happiest when I'm creating, especially something in sci-fi or fantasy.


Friday July 8, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Del Mar II

7:00pm PDT

VIP Cocktail Party
Spend some time with our amazing guests & enjoy an open bar! The VIP Cocktail event is open to all VIP Registration holders + individual ticket purchasers and will also feature some yummy appetizers/food spreads.

Speakers
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Sasha Alsberg

Sasha Alsberg is also known as Abookutopia, her popular booktube channel, which boasts 248,000 subscribers and counting. Known for her enthusiasm for books, as well as her uncanny resemblance to Lily Collins (naturally, Sasha is a Mortal Instruments fan), Sasha’s current obsessions... Read More →
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Victoria Aveyard

Victoria is the author of the New York Times bestselling RED QUEEN, the first in a trilogy about a society where the color of your blood means everything–if you’re a Red, you have nothing, and if you’re a Silver, you have everything… including superpowers. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known... Read More →
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Kamilla Benko

Editor, Paper Lantern Lit
Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. When she grew up, she moved to NYC and entered into the world of children’s publishing. She now wrangles manuscripts as an editor for Paper... Read More →
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Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestselling author of THE DARKEST MINDS trilogy and PASSENGER. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s... Read More →
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Elizabeth Briggs

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Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She’s the author of the new adult CHASING THE DREAM series and the young a... Read More →
avatar for Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is a South Asian fantasy writer. Her short stories have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Strange Horizons, Book Smugglers Publishing and Shimmer Magazine. Her first YA fantasy novel, THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN (MacMillan, May 2016), is a re-envisioning of the Hades and Persephone... Read More →
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Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction at HarperCollins. Her debut YA novel, THE MURDER COMPLEX, was published in June 2014, quickly followed by her first middle grade series, THE BALANCE KEEPERS in September. She’s the creator of the... Read More →
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Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author... Read More →
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Stephanie Diaz

Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel, EXTRACTION, when she should’ve been studying and making short films at San Diego State University. She has since written the next two books in the Extraction series, REBELLION and the forthcoming EVOLUTION, out September 8, 2015. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling... Read More →
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Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
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Jordan Hamessley

Jordan Hamessley is the senior editor of the children's division at Insight Editions in the Bay Area. Insight is known for great licensed books including many Harry Potter projects! She is actively building the children's list. Prior to Insight, Jordan edited and developed content... Read More →
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Thao Le

Literary Agent, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
THAO LE is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency. She also handles the agency’s financials and select contracts.Thao is currently looking for: Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators.For... Read More →
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Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the THRONE OF GLASS series (Queen of Shadows, the fourth book, will release globally on September 1st, 2015) and the A COURT OF THORN AND ROSES series. She currently resides with her husband and loyal canine companion in Pennsylvania. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. Sarah is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency... Read More →
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Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the force behind Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009 when Mark discovered Harry Potter, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter... Read More →
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Chris Rankin

Chris Rankin played Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, and is a fan favorite in HP fandom and at conventions. Chris’s professional acting career kicked off in 2000 when he won the role of Percy, whom he played in five of the eight HP films. A huge HP fan both before and... Read More →
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Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →
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Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling YA novels The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means, both of which contain an embarrassing amount of Harry Potter and Doctor Who references. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she earned a Masters of Bioethics. She lives in Los Angeles, Calif... Read More →
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Michelle Schusterman

Author
Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored... Read More →
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Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about unruly teenagers with criminal leanings. She has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is “you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce.” She lives in Portland... Read More →
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Suzie Townsend

After teaching high school English for several years, Suzie Townsend started publishing at FinePrint Literary Management in January 2009 and worked her way up from intern to agent. Now an agent at New Leaf Literary, she represents adult and children’s fiction. Suzie reps, among... Read More →
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Joanna Volpe

Joanna represents all brands of fiction from picture books to adult novels. Her picture book taste is the most eclectic, ranging from sweet to fun to smart to quirky. For other fiction (both adult and children’s) she has an affinity for stories that have a darker element to them... Read More →
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Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in sociocultural anthropology and English. Jessica is most interested in all sub-genres of romance. She greatly enjoys character driven plots that pull the reader into the pages and won’t let go... Read More →
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Carlie Webber

Carlisle Webber is the founder of CK Webber Associates, an agency specializing in middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. Prior to opening her own agency, she worked for the New England Publishing Associates/Publish or Perish Agency and the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She is a graduate of... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
Green Valley Ranch Resort

7:00pm PDT

MuggleNet GNOMEs Pub Style Trivia
You’ve heard of the OWLs and the NEWTs, but have you heard of the GNOMEs? Gruelingly Nauseating and Onerous MuggleNet Exercises are the hardest exams that you will ever sit. Think you have what it takes? Form a team of no more than 6 Muggles, grab your quills, and join us for two hours of trivia so difficult that even Hermione would need a time turner for extra study time! FANTASTIC prizes for the top three teams!

Speakers
avatar for Kat Miller

Kat Miller

Marketing & Creative Director, MuggleNet.com
Kat - a proud Ravenclaw with heavy Slytherin tendencies - has been a part of the Harry Potter fandom for most of her adult life. Now in her mid-30's, she has read the Harry Potter series so many times, she has lost count! As MuggleNet's Creative & Marketing Director, she has the pleasure... Read More →
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Eric Scull

Eric Scull is a co-host of the long-running Harry Potter podcast "MuggleCast" since its start in August of 2005. Appearing on over 700 podcast episodes including MuggleCast, Alohomora!, Game of Owns, The Cinescope Podcast, and producing podcasts Improvised Star Trek and HR unConfidential... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom III

7:30pm PDT

H/D Meet-Up
Harry/Draco OTP

Speakers
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Sassy Cissa

Cissa has been reading in HP fandom since 2005. She began as a devote Harry/Hermione and Draco/Ginny shipper. In 2006 she found Harry/Draco fanfic and hasn't looked back. In 2006 she wrote her first H/D fanfic--please don't go looking, it was truly terrible--and hasn't stopped. H/D... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Del Fuego

8:00pm PDT

Diagon Alley's Fashion Revue
All fashionable witches and wizards will be at the Leviosa Fashion Show! Come see the latest styles, modeled by Leviosa attendees, from inventive & detailed cosplay, to fun Potter & fandom-inspired fashion looks. Bring your cameras, because this is a show not to be missed!

Interested in participating? Join the fun! Report to Grand Ballroom I at 7 PM to be added to the show. Those new to cosplay are welcome!

Speakers
DL

Dave Leung

Dave has been doing cosplay for a few years, so he still remembers wondering "how do I get into this?" Dave attended HPEF cons starting with Infinitus, and more recently has been a regular at MISTI-Con.


Friday July 8, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom I

8:30pm PDT

18+ Fic Reading: Betz
Betz will be reading from her fic The Courtesan (Ginny/Draco/Millicent/Adrian Pucey/Snape). NOTE: This is part of 18+ Night at Leviosa. NO ONE under the age of 18 will be allowed to attend.

Speakers
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Betz

Presenter
Betz is a long time Harry Potter fan, fanfic writer, and conference lecturer, having given lectures on Potion ingredient symbolism, Herbology and craft workshops at many HP cons over the years.


Friday July 8, 2016 8:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
La Estrella

8:30pm PDT

18+ Flash Fiction Workshop
Flash Fiction, whether a method of lightning-quick creation or a short fiction style, is a writer's sprint. Participants will be given a set of prompt cards with names of characters, settings, and other random bits of information, and asked to write a fic based on them within a very short amount of time. Whether you're an experienced writer or a total newbie, you can leave with a fic to polish and post online. Come join the fun!

This session is part of our 18+ Night; no one under 18 will be admitted.

Speakers
avatar for Emma Grant

Emma Grant

Three Patch Podcast
Emma Grant has written almost 1.5 million words of fan fiction since 2002, about half of those in the Harry Potter fandom. When she's not writing or reading fic, she teaches, spends time with her family, travels, and contributes to the Three Patch Podcast.


Friday July 8, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

8:30pm PDT

Taboo Kink, Dark Fic and (Self) Censorship (+18 night)
A roundtable discussion about the ways fandom pushes boundaries, analysing if anything is or ever should be taboo and exploring fandom kink memes, kink-focused communities past and present, the history of darkfic and kinkfic in HP fandom and the ways in which we can keep fandom free from censorship.  What do we need to know about the importance of content restriction free communities, and keeping fandom a safe space to explore fantasy and/or trauma, free of shame or self-censorship?  How do we encourage and create non-mainstream works?  Does the platform fandom operates on impact on the safety of the fandom space (e.g. Tumblr versus Livejournal)?  How (if at all) has the shift in the size of fandom had an impact on free speech in the fandom space? How have these genres changed (if at all) post canon-close?  Does a smaller fandom create a safer space for these kind of fanworks? Are there trends in the rise, fall and rise again of fanworks falling within these genres?  Are the popular HP fanworks on AO3 representative of the Livejournal communities interest in fanworks which push content boundaries? AGE RESTRICTION: 18 YEARS AND OLDER

Speakers
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Emily Roach

Contemporary Literature and Culture Postgraduate, University of York
Emily has been an active reader, writer and community moderator in Harry Potter fandom since 2010. She writes all pairings and genres but is particularly active in H/D and Snarry. In 2012, Emily completed an MA in Children's Literature and wrote her thesis on fanfiction and queering... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm PDT
Del Mar I

9:00pm PDT

18+ Fic Reading: Oceaxe
Oceaxe will be reading from the Portrait series (Harry/Draco). This is a part of 18+ Night at Leviosa. NO ONE under the age of 18 will be admitted.

Speakers

Friday July 8, 2016 9:00pm - 9:30pm PDT
La Estrella

9:00pm PDT

/r/YAwriters Meet-Up
Members of the sub-reddit /r/YAwriters come meet each other IRL! Or, if you're seeing this and think "a sub-reddit for YA writers, awesome!" come meet us... we'll have you on Reddit in no time.

Moderators
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Alexa Donne

Author, Leviosa
Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing... Read More →
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Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. Her latest release THE BODY ELECTRIC is a same-universe-different-characters... Read More →
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Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh has a BsC in film directing from Boston University and an MFA in film directing from Columbia University. She is writer/director of the multi-award winning short BITCH and has worked as a film editor, and a music video director for Black Dog/RSA. She recently co-wrote... Read More →

Friday July 8, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm PDT
Del Fuego

9:00pm PDT

18+ Night
For grown-up wizards and witches only! The Slash & Queer Lit track will be hosting a special 18+ only night of activities Friday, featuring fanfic & erotica readings, fan art retrospectives, meet-ups & more.

Friday July 8, 2016 9:00pm - Saturday July 9, 2016 12:00am PDT
La Sirena II

9:00pm PDT

Karaoke
Come sing your heart out at our Karaoke event, hosted by Chris Rankin! Don't worry, there will be a cash bar (or two) serving Harry Potter themed cocktails!

Speakers
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Chris Rankin

Chris Rankin played Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, and is a fan favorite in HP fandom and at conventions. Chris’s professional acting career kicked off in 2000 when he won the role of Percy, whom he played in five of the eight HP films. A huge HP fan both before and... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 9:00pm - Saturday July 9, 2016 12:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom II

9:30pm PDT

18+ Fic Reading: GatewayGirl
GatewayGirl will offer readings from Harry/Draco fic, Snarry fic, Magic U het fic, or gen HP fic, depending on audience choice. NOTE: This is part of 18+ Night at Leviosa. NO ONE under the age of 18 will be allowed to attend.

Speakers

Friday July 8, 2016 9:30pm - 10:00pm PDT
La Estrella

9:30pm PDT

Harry Potter Improv
Join LA-based The Show That Shall Not Be Named for some Harry Potter Improv!

Friday July 8, 2016 9:30pm - 11:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom III

9:30pm PDT

Slash: the Game!
Join us for an 18+ rendition of the card game Slash: Romance Without Boundaries. Come up with wild, wacky, and sexy ways to put random characters from dozens of fandoms into relationships!

Note: You MUST be 18 or older to participate. 

Friday July 8, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm PDT
Del Sol

10:00pm PDT

18+ Fic Reading: Marty
Marty will be reading excerpts from Unexpected Turn (Harry/Draco). NOTE: This is part of 18+ Night at Leviosa. NO ONE under the age of 18 will be allowed to attend.

Speakers

Friday July 8, 2016 10:00pm - 10:30pm PDT
Del Fuego

10:00pm PDT

18+ Fic Reading: Cecilia Tan
Cecilia Tan will be reading both fanfic and original work. She will offer the audience a choice of Harry/Draco, Snarry or Snaco fic, and will also read an excerpt from her original Magic University series. NOTE: This is a part of 18+ Night at Leviosa. NO ONE under the age of 18 will be admitted.

Speakers
avatar for Cecilia Tan

Cecilia Tan

Publisher and Editorial Director, Circlet Press, Inc.
Cecilia Tan is the award-winning author of over a dozen novels (and three collections of short stories) including the Magic University series and The Prince's Boy . Her work has appeared everywhere from Ms. Magazine and Asimov's to Nerve and Best American Erotica. Her novel Slow Surrender... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm PDT
Del Mar I

10:00pm PDT

Three Patch Party (18+)
Come party with the Three Patch crew! Details TBD. Part of 18+ night; no one under 18 will be admitted.

Speakers
avatar for Emma Grant

Emma Grant

Three Patch Podcast
Emma Grant has written almost 1.5 million words of fan fiction since 2002, about half of those in the Harry Potter fandom. When she's not writing or reading fic, she teaches, spends time with her family, travels, and contributes to the Three Patch Podcast.
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Lorrie Kim

Author, Snape
Lorrie Kim lives in Philadelphia, PA with her clever, grumpy, magical spouse and their geeky offspring, one born between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince and one in gestation during the publication of Deathly Hallows.
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Rachael Vaughn

Rachael is a podcaster, vidder, and lawyer. She founded Snapecast in 2006 (http://snapecast.com) and her team Vatican Cameos (http://vaticancams.tumblr.com/) was named the winner of GISHWHES in 2013. She has helped organize a number of fan-run cons including Lubricus (http://www.bf4f.org... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 10:00pm - Saturday July 9, 2016 12:00am PDT
La Sirena II

10:30pm PDT

18+ Fic Reading: RurouniHime
RurouniHime will be reading from a selection of her Harry/Draco fics. This is a part of 18+ Night at Leviosa. NO ONE under the age of 18 will be admitted.

Speakers
GL

G.B. Lindsey (RurouniHime)

I've been officially writing in various slash fandoms since 2004, and lurking before that. I earned my Bachelors in Literature: Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz and my Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle, and have been creating stories since I was a child... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 10:30pm - 11:00pm PDT
La Estrella

10:45pm PDT

18+ Fic Reading: Vaysh
Vaysh will be reading Potteresque Ire's Veggie!H/D Episode I: Eggplant Parmesan. (Harry/Draco. A shopping cart romance featuring Eggplant!Draco and Tomato!Harry. ~1,100 words. Crack!fic, Angst.) NOTE: This is a part of 18+ Night at Leviosa. NO ONE under the age of 18 will be admitted.

Speakers
avatar for Vaysh

Vaysh

Vaysh has been in fandom since... OMG 2003 when she discovered Sam/Frodo and slash, practically at the same time! Today Vaysh is active in both the HP and the Stucky fandom (HP on LiveJournal, Stucky on tumblr). She is one of the editors of the Daily Snitch and mods several Drarry... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 10:45pm - 11:00pm PDT
Del Fuego

11:00pm PDT

18+ Fic Reading: Pir8fancier
Pir8fancier will be reading from her fic This Boy's Life (Snape/Harry). NOTE: This is part of 18+ Night at Leviosa. NO ONE under the age of 18 will be allowed to attend.

Speakers
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pir8fancier

pir8fancier is a fanfiction writer who has written many, many words in the Harry Potter fandom. She is known as a slash writer, but she also has dabbled in het-based fanfiction. Other fandoms that she written for includ, Pirates of the Caribbean, due South, Stargate Atlantis, and... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 11:00pm - 11:30pm PDT
Del Fuego

11:30pm PDT

18+ Fic Reading: Femmequixotic
Femme will be reading Slave Bear of Care-A-Lot by someone who very wisely orphaned this fic on AO3 because it will destroy your childhood and scar you for life. NOTE: This is part of 18+ Night at Leviosa. NO ONE under the age of 18 will be allowed to attend.

Speakers
FF

Femmequixotic (Femme)

Slash and Queer Lit Track Director, Leviosa
Femme has been a fan writer of one stripe or another since she could pick up a pencil. Before stumbling upon online fandom in the early ’90s as an X-Phile, she spent her childhood writing Anne of Green Gables and Gilligan’s Island fanfic—juvenilia which is probably better left... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 11:30pm - 11:59pm PDT
Del Fuego
 
Saturday, July 9
 

8:00am PDT

Learn to play Quidditch!
Come learn to play Quidditch!

Speakers
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Jillian Staniec

Jillian Staniec plays Quidditch, has a Masters in History, and works in an archive. Her life goals are to learn stuff about things, help others, and travel. She hopes to do all three of these at Leviosa!


Saturday July 9, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
Amphitheatre

8:00am PDT

Outdoor Cosplay Photo Shoot Space
Need a picturesque location for cosplay photo shoots? We’ve reserved the Ampitheatre (Quidditch Pitch!) area located outside, just past the pool on both Friday and Saturday from 8 AM to 10 AM (before it gets hot!). There is a vinyard and many other ideal spots for photos in the same area.

There are also several “Hogwarts themed” couches throughout the hotel--see if you can find them!

Saturday July 9, 2016 8:00am - 10:00am PDT
Green Valley Ranch Resort

8:00am PDT

Registration Desk Open
Pick up your Leviosa badge, program book, purchase available meal add-ons or Day Passes. The Registration Desk is also the best place for Information, including the day's most up-to-date schedule, venue maps & more.

Please note: Leviosa Merchandise is located in the Vendor Hall in La Sirena III/IV.

Saturday July 9, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Registration Desk

8:15am PDT

Volunteer Orientation
Want to volunteer at Leviosa? Come bright and early Saturday morning and learn all you need to know + get assigned to your tasks for the day!

Speakers

Saturday July 9, 2016 8:15am - 9:00am PDT
Del Sol

9:00am PDT

Nineteen years later: Two decades of teaching and learning with Harry Potter
In the nearly two decades since the release of Sorcerer's Stone, the Harry Potter series has been used in myriad ways in classrooms, after school clubs, and libraries across the country and around the world. This roundtable discussion invites teachers, students, and former students to share their stories about teaching and learning with Harry Potter.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Herr Stephenson

Becky Herr Stephenson

Loyola Marymount University
Dr. Becky Herr Stephenson is a researcher focused on teaching and learning with popular culture and technology. She earned her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in 2008. Becky is co-author of two books, Teaching Harry Potter... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Del Mar I
  Academic
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Pedagogy and HP in the Classroom

9:00am PDT

Psychology of Harry Potter
Harry Potter, the boy who lived, continues to help people around the world in numerous ways. Psychologist Dr. Janina Scarlet (author of Superhero Therapy) and Vladimir Snape will discuss how depression, child abuse, phobias, bullying and PTSD are presented in the Harry Potter series and what the series teach its readers about how to overcome these adversities.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Janina Scarlet

Dr. Janina Scarlet

Psychologist, Center for Stress and Anxiety Management
Dr. Janina Scarlet is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, a scientist, and a full time geek. She uses Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and PTSD at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management and Sharp Memorial Hospital. Dr. Scarlet also teaches... Read More →
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Vladimir Snape

V. Nigel Taylor is an actor and the lead singer of Platform One. Since the film release of Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 Nigel has been impersonating Professor Snape. As Vladimir Snape he has held Q&A panels, providing fans with a unique opportunity to interact directly with the character... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom II
  Academic
  • Type Panel
  • Theme Psychology

9:00am PDT

Weasleys' Wiz-Bang Bath Bombs
In this workshop, we'll make fizzy scented bath bombs using basic ingredients and scents in owl, lion, frog and other magical shapes.  We'll be using simple plastic candy/soap molds that you can take with you while your bath bomb dries and hardens.  Materials will be provided for the class, class size will be limited.

Speakers
avatar for Betz

Betz

Presenter
Betz is a long time Harry Potter fan, fanfic writer, and conference lecturer, having given lectures on Potion ingredient symbolism, Herbology and craft workshops at many HP cons over the years.


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
La Estrella

9:00am PDT

The Evolution of Fandom
The fourth wall is down and fandom has gone fully mainstream. How has Harry Potter fandom evolved, and what are the pros and cons of fandom fragmentation, the evolution of the fan? Can fandom remain a safe space while also providing new, commerical possibilites for fans?

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Minkel

Elizabeth Minkel

Columnist, New Statesman
I'm a journalist who writes about (mostly) books and fan culture.
avatar for Aja Romano

Aja Romano

Web Culture Reporter, Vox
Aja Romano is a staff web culture reporter and film reviewer for Vox.com. A longtime member of fandom, she has over a decade of experience as a writer, editor, and geek culture reporter for media outlets including the Mary Sue and the Daily Dot. She is a frequent radio guest and panel... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Tandy

Heidi Tandy

Attorney, Heidi Tandy
Heidi is a copyright/trademark attorney with a focus on brand protection and fair use; she is Of Counsel with Price Benowitz. Heidi wrote the chapter on Harry Potter in SmartPopBooks' FIC, founded FictionAlley and FYeahCopyright, and serves on the Legal Committee for the Organization... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Del Mar II

9:00am PDT

Ask An Agent
Come to this Q&A based session to ask our panel of agents ALL your burning questions!

Speakers
avatar for Thao Le

Thao Le

Literary Agent, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
THAO LE is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency. She also handles the agency’s financials and select contracts.Thao is currently looking for: Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators.For... Read More →
avatar for Suzie Townsend

Suzie Townsend

After teaching high school English for several years, Suzie Townsend started publishing at FinePrint Literary Management in January 2009 and worked her way up from intern to agent. Now an agent at New Leaf Literary, she represents adult and children’s fiction. Suzie reps, among... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Volpe

Joanna Volpe

Joanna represents all brands of fiction from picture books to adult novels. Her picture book taste is the most eclectic, ranging from sweet to fun to smart to quirky. For other fiction (both adult and children’s) she has an affinity for stories that have a darker element to them... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in sociocultural anthropology and English. Jessica is most interested in all sub-genres of romance. She greatly enjoys character driven plots that pull the reader into the pages and won’t let go... Read More →
avatar for Carlie Webber

Carlie Webber

Carlisle Webber is the founder of CK Webber Associates, an agency specializing in middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. Prior to opening her own agency, she worked for the New England Publishing Associates/Publish or Perish Agency and the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She is a graduate of... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

9:00am PDT

Booktube Tell All
What is Booktube & what makes it awesome? Come for this fun Q&A with Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia) & Kat O'Keeffe (katytastic)!

Moderators
avatar for Lily Meade

Lily Meade

Lily Meade is an aspiring novelist, vlogger, and graphic designer. She has been a Potter fan since kindergarten, when an elderly shopkeeper gifted her an HP ornament to quell some soft hysterics. Harry Potter was the largest chapter book she’d ever completed and the beginning of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sasha Alsberg

Sasha Alsberg

Sasha Alsberg is also known as Abookutopia, her popular booktube channel, which boasts 248,000 subscribers and counting. Known for her enthusiasm for books, as well as her uncanny resemblance to Lily Collins (naturally, Sasha is a Mortal Instruments fan), Sasha’s current obsessions... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
La Sirena II

9:00am PDT

Middle Grade Minded
What makes middle grade fiction so fun? What trends are taking over shelves right now? What's different with writing MG vs. YA? And what do we want to see more of?

Speakers
avatar for Kamilla Benko

Kamilla Benko

Editor, Paper Lantern Lit
Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. When she grew up, she moved to NYC and entered into the world of children’s publishing. She now wrangles manuscripts as an editor for Paper... Read More →
avatar for Jordan Hamessley

Jordan Hamessley

Jordan Hamessley is the senior editor of the children's division at Insight Editions in the Bay Area. Insight is known for great licensed books including many Harry Potter projects! She is actively building the children's list. Prior to Insight, Jordan edited and developed content... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Schusterman

Michelle Schusterman

Author
Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Del Sol

9:00am PDT

Femmeslash and Ageism
It is not uncommon in fannish discussion for the topic of female marginalisation in slash to rear its head. We will consider the marginalisation of female sexuality through a different lens, with a focus on femmeslash and ageism. Focusing on the changing face of HP femmeslash, we will ask whether there is a propensity for fan communities to be influenced by mainstream and Western cultural 'norms' when it comes to physical beauty and sexuality, which marginalises older female characters by suggesting implicitly (through lack of representation) that once a woman reaches a certain age, they are past their prime. We invite discussion around the visibility of older female characters in fanworks, the works of the OLSB, the demise of HP Beholder and participation in communities such as Minerva Fest, Hoggywartyxmas and HP Goldenage to consider the extent to which older characters remain visible as sexual beings in modern HP fandom. Is there an insinuation (through lack of visibility) that erotica should only be the domain of the young and the beautiful? In writing and drawing female characters, are there risks of implicit acceptance of patriarchal standards of beauty which an alternative space would usually be expected to interrogate and challenge?

Speakers
avatar for Emily Roach

Emily Roach

Contemporary Literature and Culture Postgraduate, University of York
Emily has been an active reader, writer and community moderator in Harry Potter fandom since 2010. She writes all pairings and genres but is particularly active in H/D and Snarry. In 2012, Emily completed an MA in Children's Literature and wrote her thesis on fanfiction and queering... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Del Fuego

9:00am PDT

Roundtable: Stucky (Marvel)

 CA:TWS, CA:CW, WWII Period-Accurate, pre-WWII Brooklyn, modern era AU, Howling Commandos, Avengers-related, shrinkyclink, shrunkyclunk, Earth616: this is a roundtable to talk about all of your super-soldier fannish needs! Conversation will focus on the relationship (however complicated) between James "Bucky" Barnes/The Winter Soldier and Steve Rogers/Captain America.


Moderators
avatar for Vaysh

Vaysh

Vaysh has been in fandom since... OMG 2003 when she discovered Sam/Frodo and slash, practically at the same time! Today Vaysh is active in both the HP and the Stucky fandom (HP on LiveJournal, Stucky on tumblr). She is one of the editors of the Daily Snitch and mods several Drarry... Read More →
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blithelybonny

BB has been aggressively immersing herself in fandom ever since she watched Moulin Rouge in 2001 and decided that what would be awesome would be if Christian met Satine's daughter and they got married because that's fine, right? After filling notebooks with terrible Mary Sue fanfiction... Read More →
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Noeon (Noe)

Slash and Queer Lit Track Director/Meetup Director, Leviosa
Noe has been active as fan for many years. She thinks her first fannish work was for LOTR book fandom, although she also cosplayed Battle of the Planets as a small child, worried for years over the fate of Starblazers, and will forever be in love with the Fourth Doctor. These days... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Grand Ballroom III

10:00am PDT

HPTSD: Themes of Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress in Harry Potter
The Harry Potter books center around strong themes of trauma, post-traumatic stress, and the development of coping strategies and support networks. Join our panel for a discussion of these themes and how the books can help us understand trauma and its aftermath.

Moderators
avatar for Mary Markovinovic

Mary Markovinovic

Presenter/Moderator, Team Leviosa

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Gailey

Sarah Gailey

Author
Hugo, Campbell, and Nebula award finalist Sarah Gailey lives and works in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe, and their fiction has been published internationally. They are a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes... Read More →
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the force behind Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009 when Mark discovered Harry Potter, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom II

10:00am PDT

Teaching Harry Potter in the College Classroom
This lecture will reflect on my experience teaching Harry Potter as part of a seminar for undergraduate honors students this past semester called "Fantasy and Social Values" which looked at how fantasy literature and film franchises both shape and are shaped by the values those who consume them. It will discuss what worked and what didn't, and things that the audience might try in teaching students how to reflect on all things Potter.

Speakers
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Gareth Fisher

Gareth Fisher is an associate professor of religion and anthropology at Syracuse University. Under various aliases in the fandom, he has produced novel-length fanfics, captained two HPEF Quidditch cup-winning teams, and delivered three convention lectures. Fantasy and Social Values... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Del Mar I
  Academic
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Pedagogy and HP in the Classroom

10:00am PDT

Make your own paper wand!
You don’t have to spend a fortune on your own magical wand–all you need is a sheet of paper, a glue gun and some paint to craft your own swish & flick accessory. A fun craft project for cosplayers, parents & kids alike. Workshop attendees will leave with their very own hand-crafted wand!

Speakers
CD

Cheryl Dyson

Although Cheryl had to be coerced to read Harry Potter in the early days, the insidious tentacles of fandom slowly drew her in, until she was happily debating the morality of Albus Dumbledore and wondering at the magical origin of werewolves with a group of like-minded Potterites... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
La Estrella

10:00am PDT

Harry Potter and the Stunted Adults
A character discussion around the authority figures of Harry Potter and the different ways in which things they experienced when they were young colored their judgment and actions during the series. There has been plenty of conversation around Snape, obviously... However, Snape is not alone in allowing past experiences to decide future actions. Hagrid, Petunia Dursley, Sirius Black and Albus Dumbledore are some characters that come to mind.

Speakers
avatar for Robyn

Robyn

Presenter, Black Girls Create
Robyn has been a nerd since her first Scholastic school fair. Life forever changed when she discovered the Harry Potter series and nothing was the same for her or the people around her. Robyn is a true California girl, born and raised all over Southern California she now lives in... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

10:00am PDT

Queer Eye for the Male Gaze (NEW TIME)
A comic and critical examination of the visual grammar behind the “normative” male gaze in Western media— with an eye to recognizing, dismantling and re-purposing it for female and queer narratives and audiences.

The camera’s “eye” is neither neutral nor objective. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and in Western film, television, comics and commercial photography, that authorial eye has been almost exclusively trained on the agency-less female body, for the benefit and consumption of male, hetero-normative desire. This is what Mulvey referred to in her seminal work, Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, as the Male Gaze. In this lecture, writer/filmmaker Lilah Vandenburgh takes on the notion of sexual gaze, and using visual examples, argues it’s not inherently a bad thing, showing how it’s conveyed through an intersection of film grammar and audience participation. She’ll examine the default ways western film grammar has codified and reinforced male gaze in film, TV and print media, especially in regards to audience point of view and identification, power roles, sex and objectification, reinforcing status quo and systems of authority. She’ll also take a look at counter-narratives and novel examples where gaze breaks down or is cleverly co-opted by women and LGBTQIA+ storytellers to create a new visual-desire paradigm. Finally she’ll speak of the future of gaze, entreating the audience to explore how to further push and elevate the non-normative gaze in their own storytelling and the media they consume.

Speakers
avatar for Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh has a BsC in film directing from Boston University and an MFA in film directing from Columbia University. She is writer/director of the multi-award winning short BITCH and has worked as a film editor, and a music video director for Black Dog/RSA. She recently co-wrote... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Del Mar II

10:00am PDT

Advice for Young Writers
Young aspiring writers come and get advice from some awesome authors who wrote books & got them published when they were teens or in their early 20s!

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction at HarperCollins. Her debut YA novel, THE MURDER COMPLEX, was published in June 2014, quickly followed by her first middle grade series, THE BALANCE KEEPERS in September. She’s the creator of the... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie Diaz

Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel, EXTRACTION, when she should’ve been studying and making short films at San Diego State University. She has since written the next two books in the Extraction series, REBELLION and the forthcoming EVOLUTION, out September 8, 2015. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling... Read More →
avatar for Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the THRONE OF GLASS series (Queen of Shadows, the fourth book, will release globally on September 1st, 2015) and the A COURT OF THORN AND ROSES series. She currently resides with her husband and loyal canine companion in Pennsylvania. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. Sarah is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency... Read More →
avatar for Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling YA novels The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means, both of which contain an embarrassing amount of Harry Potter and Doctor Who references. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she earned a Masters of Bioethics. She lives in Los Angeles, Calif... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
La Sirena II

10:00am PDT

Hermione's Summer Reading List
Librarian recommended fun and exciting reads to enjoy while taking a break from your OWLs studies. Something for every house!

Speakers
avatar for Casey Duevel

Casey Duevel

Reference Coordinator/Reference Librarian, Associate Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato
I'm a reference librarian at a mid-sized public university. I also work with our Juvenile and Young Adult collection. I enjoy young adult novels, romances, and witty banter in most any form (book, movie, TV show) and will watch almost any adaptation of Jane Austen's works. I'm a pop... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Del Sol

10:00am PDT

Vendor Hall
Browse our vibrant & varied Vendor Hall!

Exhibitors
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mosshollow_hill.1v34s4v7

Mosshollow Hill
Creativity. Education. Community. That's what we celebrate at Mosshollow Hill. Visit our booth and learn how to needle felt yourself a House badge, chat with us about Potter and all things nerdy, and feel at home! I'm so excited to see old friends and make new ones. Prophecy in 2007... Read More →
avatar for Mud in My Blood

Mud in My Blood

Mud In My Blood
Harry Potter themed products for the Mud Blood and Pure Blood alike! Candles, posters, t-shirts, potions, butterbeer, and more! Free gift for Facebook fans at Leviosa! Watch my Facebook page for details!
avatar for Michelle Cromwell

Michelle Cromwell

owner, Cromwell's Curiosity Shop
Snape. Wizarding history and mythology, crafting, causing mayhem >:D
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joenell luma

Fan art/ draw guests as harry potter characters
avatar for Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

Purchase books by Leviosa guests (and get them signed!), plus of course snag more copies of Harry Potter (because you can never own too many sets). If you’re local to Las Vegas, please visit Barnes & Noble Northwest (2191 N Rainbow Blvd), with whom we’re proud to partner to... Read More →
avatar for Janae Phillips

Janae Phillips

Director of Leadership and Education, Harry Potter Alliance
Janae Phillips is a multimedia storyteller focused on finding the through lines that connect us all. In a decade of work as a trainer and organizer, including five years as the Director of Leadership and Education at the Harry Potter Alliance, she has worked with thousands of the... Read More →
avatar for Hungarian Wand Shop

Hungarian Wand Shop

We make wooden magic wands and wand accessories
avatar for The Hillywood Show®

The Hillywood Show®

Meet Hannah and Hilly Hindi and buy merchandise--Saturday only!
avatar for Dryad Tea

Dryad Tea

Dryad Tea offers over 65 tea blends inspired by music, mythology, literary works and general geekery. We carry handmade accessories to match!, Vendors Room - 2
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Saturday July 9, 2016 10:00am - 7:00pm PDT
La Cascada

10:00am PDT

Common Room
Kick back & relax in our Common Room! We'll have comfy chairs, games, art to peruse, PLUS the Three Patch Podcast Sherlock space. The perfect place to unwind and meet friends.

Saturday July 9, 2016 10:00am - 8:00pm PDT
La Sirena I

10:00am PDT

Potterlock Lounge
The Potterlock Lounge is Three Patch Podcast's unique BBC Sherlock immersion space that also features HP and Sherlock fandom staple Fox Estacado's multifandom art and merch. Come in and hang out in the Potterlock Lounge and get your multi-fandom/Potterlock love on.

Exhibitors
avatar for Fox Estacado Arts

Fox Estacado Arts

I create original art inspired by the Harry Potter books and movies. I make art prints, enamel pins, bags, t-shirts and other apparel decorated with my original artwork


Saturday July 9, 2016 10:00am - 8:00pm PDT
La Sirena I

10:30am PDT

Going from Fanfic to Profic: the Path from Slash to Original M/M & F/F Publishing
The transition from writing fanfiction to writing a book can be a daunting prospect, but, particularly as the market for m/m and f/f ebooks expands, more and more fanfic writers are finding a place in the publishing world. In this panel, slash writers who've made that jump discuss the following: how they got into original writing; why that ‘Fifty Shades of’ book may have been the best thing to happen to fanfic writers in years; whether you need an agent, what publishers are slash friendly and how to submit your manuscript to them; the steps to go from query letters to finished manuscript, and everything in between; the difference between the synopsis and the cover blurb; what to expect after you've sold your book; and how writing fanfic gave them a career. Join us at this panel and discover that it's absolutely possible for your publishing dreams to come true!

Moderators
avatar for Diana Copland (oldenuf2nb)

Diana Copland (oldenuf2nb)

Diana Copland began writing in the seventh grade, when she shamelessly combined elements of Jane Eyre and Dark Shadows to produce an overwrought Gothic tale that earned her an A- in creative writing, thanks entirely to the generosity of her teacher. She wrote for pure enjoyment for... Read More →
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G.B. Lindsey (RurouniHime)

I've been officially writing in various slash fandoms since 2004, and lurking before that. I earned my Bachelors in Literature: Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz and my Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle, and have been creating stories since I was a child... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cecilia Tan

Cecilia Tan

Publisher and Editorial Director, Circlet Press, Inc.
Cecilia Tan is the award-winning author of over a dozen novels (and three collections of short stories) including the Magic University series and The Prince's Boy . Her work has appeared everywhere from Ms. Magazine and Asimov's to Nerve and Best American Erotica. Her novel Slow Surrender... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom III

10:30am PDT

Roundtable: Remus/Sirius
Want to sit down and chat about your favourite werewolf and Animagus and exactly how great it is when they're paired together in fic? Join this roundtable as we examine what makes Remus/Sirius such an amazing coupling!

Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Minkel

Elizabeth Minkel

Columnist, New Statesman
I'm a journalist who writes about (mostly) books and fan culture.

Saturday July 9, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Del Fuego

11:00am PDT

Harry & Buffy, Jo & Joss: Transmedia Fan Journeys
Participants will explore the definition and key principles of transmedia storytelling; how the Potter novels set the stage for cross-platform activities within fandom and popular culture; and how other fandoms and creators have done this in similar and different ways. Among the topics discussed will be differences between affirmational (source-oriented) and transformative (fanon rather than canon) work, often referred to as “What Is” versus “ What If?” and ways advertisers use transmedia across media platforms, people, and places.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Leogrande

Cathy Leogrande

Author/Educator, Le Moyne College
Cathy Leogrande is a Professor in the Teacher Education Department of the Purcell School of Professional Studies at Le Moyne College, a Jesuit college in New York. Her teaching and research focus on new literacies and popular culture to provide K-12 teachers skills to address issues... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Del Mar II
  Academic
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Fandom, Social Activism, and Real-World Impacts

11:00am PDT

Costumed Live Model Drawing
Suitable for all ages, one or more live models, in costume, will pose for ten to fifteen minute periods while workshop attendees practice their live model drawing techniques.  After a posing session is complete, there will be a five minute break while a new model vignette is set up.

NO PREVIOUS ART TRAINING REQUIRED!  Paper and pencils will be provided for those who did not bring any.

This live model class is for all level or artists. Volunteers in costume for posing for at least one fifteen minute session welcomed as well, no modeling experience needed.

Saturday July 9, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Del Mar I

11:00am PDT

Wizard Activism 101
Fans are creative, caring, and unironically enthusiastic - and that's just what we need to make the world a better place. In this interactive workshop, learn how you can change the world with geeking out by becoming a Wizard Activist.

Speakers
avatar for Janae Phillips

Janae Phillips

Director of Leadership and Education, Harry Potter Alliance
Janae Phillips is a multimedia storyteller focused on finding the through lines that connect us all. In a decade of work as a trainer and organizer, including five years as the Director of Leadership and Education at the Harry Potter Alliance, she has worked with thousands of the... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
La Estrella

11:00am PDT

Dealing with Rejection
Rejection is a necessary reality for any creative, and in publishing it can be a particularly brutal process. How do you deal with rejection at the query stage, on submission, once your book is out and reviews start pouring in?

Speakers
avatar for Janella Angeles

Janella Angeles

Janella Angeles has been an aspiring YA novelist for as long as she’s loved Harry Potter—the books, the fandom, and the fanfiction. She’s a Filipina-American writer and a team member of the Boston Teen Author Festival who currently resides in Massachusetts. She recently graduated... Read More →
avatar for Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is a South Asian fantasy writer. Her short stories have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Strange Horizons, Book Smugglers Publishing and Shimmer Magazine. Her first YA fantasy novel, THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN (MacMillan, May 2016), is a re-envisioning of the Hades and Persephone... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction at HarperCollins. Her debut YA novel, THE MURDER COMPLEX, was published in June 2014, quickly followed by her first middle grade series, THE BALANCE KEEPERS in September. She’s the creator of the... Read More →
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
avatar for Chelsea Sedoti

Chelsea Sedoti

Chelsea Sedoti fell in love with writing at a young age after discovering that making up stories was more fun than doing her school work (her teachers didn’t always appreciate this.) In an effort to avoid getting a “real” job, Chelsea explored careers as a balloon twister, filmmaker... Read More →
avatar for Carlie Webber

Carlie Webber

Carlisle Webber is the founder of CK Webber Associates, an agency specializing in middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. Prior to opening her own agency, she worked for the New England Publishing Associates/Publish or Perish Agency and the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She is a graduate of... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

11:00am PDT

How To Hybrid
A panel of hybrid authors--both traditionally and self-published--will discuss how they ended up going hybrid, the pros & cons of a mixed-publishing model, and tips & tricks on doing both, as well as marketing.

Speakers
avatar for Kamilla Benko

Kamilla Benko

Editor, Paper Lantern Lit
Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. When she grew up, she moved to NYC and entered into the world of children’s publishing. She now wrangles manuscripts as an editor for Paper... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Briggs

Elizabeth Briggs

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Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She’s the author of the new adult CHASING THE DREAM series and the young a... Read More →
avatar for CL Gaber

CL Gaber

AUTHOR, ASCENDERS SAGA
Hello everyone! I'm CL Gaber, author of ASCENDERS and the new ASCENDERS: SKYPUNCH. ASCENDERS is a new book series about a 17-year-old girl named Walker Callaghan who finds herself in an epic romance and adventure of an after-lifetime. Some great big exciting news about ASCENDERS will... Read More →
avatar for Beth Revis

Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. Her latest release THE BODY ELECTRIC is a same-universe-different-characters... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in sociocultural anthropology and English. Jessica is most interested in all sub-genres of romance. She greatly enjoys character driven plots that pull the reader into the pages and won’t let go... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Del Sol

11:00am PDT

LGBTQA in YA
We're way past coming out stories (though we love those, too). This panel will discuss LGBTQA in YA--where we've come from, where we are, where we have to go

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Hamessley

Jordan Hamessley

Jordan Hamessley is the senior editor of the children's division at Insight Editions in the Bay Area. Insight is known for great licensed books including many Harry Potter projects! She is actively building the children's list. Prior to Insight, Jordan edited and developed content... Read More →
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the force behind Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009 when Mark discovered Harry Potter, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Ribar

Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →
avatar for Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about unruly teenagers with criminal leanings. She has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is “you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce.” She lives in Portland... Read More →
avatar for Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh has a BsC in film directing from Boston University and an MFA in film directing from Columbia University. She is writer/director of the multi-award winning short BITCH and has worked as a film editor, and a music video director for Black Dog/RSA. She recently co-wrote... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
La Sirena II

12:00pm PDT

Keynote Lunch: Heroines of YA Fantasy
Fans of YA Literature & aspiring writers: join us for our Saturday Keynote featuring a panel of best-selling YA authors alongside an upscale buffet lunch. Superstar authors Victoria Aveyard, Alexandra Bracken, Susan Dennard and Sarah J. Maas will discuss Heroines of YA Fantasy–both on and off the page--moderated by booktuber & author Sasha Alsberg.

Moderators
avatar for Sasha Alsberg

Sasha Alsberg

Sasha Alsberg is also known as Abookutopia, her popular booktube channel, which boasts 248,000 subscribers and counting. Known for her enthusiasm for books, as well as her uncanny resemblance to Lily Collins (naturally, Sasha is a Mortal Instruments fan), Sasha’s current obsessions... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Aveyard

Victoria Aveyard

Victoria is the author of the New York Times bestselling RED QUEEN, the first in a trilogy about a society where the color of your blood means everything–if you’re a Red, you have nothing, and if you’re a Silver, you have everything… including superpowers. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestselling author of THE DARKEST MINDS trilogy and PASSENGER. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s... Read More →
avatar for Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author... Read More →
avatar for Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the THRONE OF GLASS series (Queen of Shadows, the fourth book, will release globally on September 1st, 2015) and the A COURT OF THORN AND ROSES series. She currently resides with her husband and loyal canine companion in Pennsylvania. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. Sarah is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom I

1:00pm PDT

Magic, Technology, and Power: The Wizarding World's Problem with Justice
Magic in the wizarding world of Harry Potter and technology in our ordinary Muggle world are two sides of the same coin. Both magic and technology enhance our natural powers. Their uses also shape our natural and social worlds. We will examine and seek to understand the socio-political effects of magic in Harry Potter - in particular, the wizarding world's profound and systemic injustices.

Speakers
JH

Joel Hunter

Dr. Hunter holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and is an Honors educator and instructor at Truckee Meadows Community College. With a background in engineering, his primary research area focuses on the intersections in the practices and aims of science, philosophy and religion. He has several... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Del Mar II
  Academic
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Ethics and Morality

1:00pm PDT

Fanfic Flurries
Words, wit, and wonder: This workshop will capture the fun of fic-writing in an energetic, interactive environment. Participants will receive randomly-drawn challenges involving characters, tropes, and scenarios, and will have a limited time to write 100-word drabbles. The bravest can then share theirs aloud before we move on to the next round!

Speakers
avatar for Cass Morris

Cass Morris

Cass Morris works as a writer and educator in central Virginia and occasionally moonlights as a bookseller in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She completed her Master of Letters at Mary Baldwin University in 2010, and she earned her undergraduate degree, a BA in English with a... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
La Estrella

1:00pm PDT

Chris Rankin Q&A
Come ask Percy Weasley, AKA Chris Rankin, all your burning questions!

Speakers
avatar for Chris Rankin

Chris Rankin

Chris Rankin played Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, and is a fan favorite in HP fandom and at conventions. Chris’s professional acting career kicked off in 2000 when he won the role of Percy, whom he played in five of the eight HP films. A huge HP fan both before and... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

1:00pm PDT

Wizarding World SAY WHAT?
18+ discussion about the weird, the strange, the perplexing bits and pieces we are teased with in Harry Potter novels!  Come talk about the weird!

Speakers
avatar for Krista Domin

Krista Domin

Krista Domin is an avid Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock and Downton Abbey fan. She is a graduate of the MA in Educational Leadership program at the University of Central Florida. Prior to that she received her BA in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire.


Saturday July 9, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Del Mar I

1:00pm PDT

YA Keynote Author Signing
Attendees with tickets to the YA Keynote get first access to this signing session. Others will be let in as time/space allows.

Meet & greet with authors & get books signed. Bring your own books, or purchase them at our on-site book sellers.

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Aveyard

Victoria Aveyard

Victoria is the author of the New York Times bestselling RED QUEEN, the first in a trilogy about a society where the color of your blood means everything–if you’re a Red, you have nothing, and if you’re a Silver, you have everything… including superpowers. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestselling author of THE DARKEST MINDS trilogy and PASSENGER. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s... Read More →
avatar for Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author... Read More →
avatar for Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the THRONE OF GLASS series (Queen of Shadows, the fourth book, will release globally on September 1st, 2015) and the A COURT OF THORN AND ROSES series. She currently resides with her husband and loyal canine companion in Pennsylvania. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. Sarah is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom III

1:00pm PDT

Career Planning 101
There are many paths to publishing & ways to have a fruitful career. Should you go traditional, small publisher, digital first, self-published or hybrid? What are the pros & cons of each option, and when should you get an agent? Which career paths are better for which genre?

Speakers
avatar for Kamilla Benko

Kamilla Benko

Editor, Paper Lantern Lit
Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. When she grew up, she moved to NYC and entered into the world of children’s publishing. She now wrangles manuscripts as an editor for Paper... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Briggs

Elizabeth Briggs

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Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She’s the author of the new adult CHASING THE DREAM series and the young a... Read More →
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
avatar for Thao Le

Thao Le

Literary Agent, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
THAO LE is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency. She also handles the agency’s financials and select contracts.Thao is currently looking for: Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators.For... Read More →
avatar for Carlie Webber

Carlie Webber

Carlisle Webber is the founder of CK Webber Associates, an agency specializing in middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. Prior to opening her own agency, she worked for the New England Publishing Associates/Publish or Perish Agency and the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She is a graduate of... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
La Sirena II

1:00pm PDT

Author Worst Case Scenarios
It's not always smooth sailing once you're agented. From having to rewrite your book from scratch, to parting ways with your agent, submission woes and when your publisher opts not to publish the next book, our panel will discuss author worst case scenarios and how they got through.

Speakers
avatar for Alexa Donne

Alexa Donne

Author, Leviosa
Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing... Read More →
avatar for Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling YA novels The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means, both of which contain an embarrassing amount of Harry Potter and Doctor Who references. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she earned a Masters of Bioethics. She lives in Los Angeles, Calif... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Schusterman

Michelle Schusterman

Author
Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored... Read More →
avatar for Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about unruly teenagers with criminal leanings. She has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is “you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce.” She lives in Portland... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Del Sol

1:00pm PDT

Slash and Feminism
This panel considers the extent to which slash can be a feminist activity. The panel will look at the pros and cons of slash fiction through a feminist lens, examining whether focusing on male characters and male sexuality reinforces a typically male bias or whether slash can be said to satisfy a desire to reclaim popular narratives to subvert the male gaze. Is the ability to write fiction without content limitation in and of itself a feminist activity, and how can parallels be drawn between media reactions to slash fiction and the suppression of women’s writing? The panel will look at how the female characters in canon heterosexual relationships are dealt with (or dispensed with) in slash fiction. We will also consider character bashing of canon female characters and question whether or not female writers in a largely gendered space have a responsibility to consider the role and characterization of female characters when writing slash.

Moderators
avatar for Emily Roach

Emily Roach

Contemporary Literature and Culture Postgraduate, University of York
Emily has been an active reader, writer and community moderator in Harry Potter fandom since 2010. She writes all pairings and genres but is particularly active in H/D and Snarry. In 2012, Emily completed an MA in Children's Literature and wrote her thesis on fanfiction and queering... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dictacontrion

Dictacontrion

Dicta is a fanfiction writer, reccer, and tumblr user. She reads and writes primarily in the Harry Potter fandom and ships Harry/Draco, though all things Buffy and Larry Stylinson hold a special place in her heart. When not splashing in the fandom pool she teaches, writes things that... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Minkel

Elizabeth Minkel

Columnist, New Statesman
I'm a journalist who writes about (mostly) books and fan culture.
avatar for Aja Romano

Aja Romano

Web Culture Reporter, Vox
Aja Romano is a staff web culture reporter and film reviewer for Vox.com. A longtime member of fandom, she has over a decade of experience as a writer, editor, and geek culture reporter for media outlets including the Mary Sue and the Daily Dot. She is a frequent radio guest and panel... Read More →
avatar for Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh has a BsC in film directing from Boston University and an MFA in film directing from Columbia University. She is writer/director of the multi-award winning short BITCH and has worked as a film editor, and a music video director for Black Dog/RSA. She recently co-wrote... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom II

2:00pm PDT

The Ethics of Severus Snape
Aristotle wrote that the tragic hero has to be a man “who is not eminently good and just, yet whose misfortune is brought about not by vice but by some error or frailty.” In Shakespeare, tragedy is in large part caused by a flaw in character and/or misjudgment. In Harry Potter, Severus Snape can be seen as a tragic hero, though he is not the main character, his misjudgment is vital to the entire story.

Speakers
avatar for Nancee Lee-Allen

Nancee Lee-Allen

Presenter, Pegasys Partners
Nancee was first introduced to Harry Potter while teaching British Literature at a shelter for runaway and abused teens. She quickly fell in love with the wizarding world, especially the Weasley family. Nancee holds a BA in Communications and Masters in Psychology. Nancee is a member... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Del Mar II
  Academic
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Ethics and Morality

2:00pm PDT

Scrapbooking with peeves
Available for the first 20 attendees, this workshop will instruct students some basic to moderate scrapbooking skills. Each student will leave the workshop with a mini-album to insert their Leviosa pictures into.  Everything will be provided to them including the paper, glue, scissors, accessories and instructions.  Of course, if they so choose, they can bring their own supplies. Otherwise, they will need to play nicely and share with the other witches and wizards.

Speakers
avatar for Peeves

Peeves

Crafty Poltergeist
peeves is a very crafty poltergeist and loves to share the scrapbooking love. there will be NO scissor juggling in the classroom.


Saturday July 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
La Estrella

2:00pm PDT

Dueling Quickcourse for Beginners
If you constantly find yourself propositioned by other witches and wizards to prove your spellcasting abilities, but tend to be the first with a sore bum and your wand halfway across the floor, then you need to strengthen your dueling skills! Come learn the essentials and practice with people who aren’t out to hex you to pieces! Don’t forget to bring a wand (and if you don’t have one, make one at our Creativity workshop!).

Speakers

Saturday July 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Del Mar I

2:00pm PDT

Live with the Three Patch Podcast
Join the Three Patch Podcast for a lively discussion of Harry Potter and BBC Sherlock. Do you read, write, or draw Potterlock? Did HP fandom influence your Sherlock fandom participation? How would the Sorting Hat handle the Sherlock characters? Who’s more mysterious, Snape or Mycroft? Sherlock Holmes: wizard, Muggle, or Squib? The discussion will be recorded for the August 2016 episode of the Three Patch Podcast.

Speakers
avatar for Emma Grant

Emma Grant

Three Patch Podcast
Emma Grant has written almost 1.5 million words of fan fiction since 2002, about half of those in the Harry Potter fandom. When she's not writing or reading fic, she teaches, spends time with her family, travels, and contributes to the Three Patch Podcast.
avatar for Lorrie Kim

Lorrie Kim

Author, Snape
Lorrie Kim lives in Philadelphia, PA with her clever, grumpy, magical spouse and their geeky offspring, one born between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince and one in gestation during the publication of Deathly Hallows.
avatar for Rachael Vaughn

Rachael Vaughn

Rachael is a podcaster, vidder, and lawyer. She founded Snapecast in 2006 (http://snapecast.com) and her team Vatican Cameos (http://vaticancams.tumblr.com/) was named the winner of GISHWHES in 2013. She has helped organize a number of fan-run cons including Lubricus (http://www.bf4f.org... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

2:00pm PDT

MISTI Con Meet-Up
A meet-up for MISTI Con attendees! Come see friends old and new, or find out about MISTI Con 2017.

Speakers

Saturday July 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
La Sirena I

2:00pm PDT

Author Signing
Meet & greet with authors & get books signed. Bring your own books, or purchase them at our on-site book sellers.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Briggs

Elizabeth Briggs

., .
Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She’s the author of the new adult CHASING THE DREAM series and the young a... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie Diaz

Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel, EXTRACTION, when she should’ve been studying and making short films at San Diego State University. She has since written the next two books in the Extraction series, REBELLION and the forthcoming EVOLUTION, out September 8, 2015. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling... Read More →
avatar for CL Gaber

CL Gaber

AUTHOR, ASCENDERS SAGA
Hello everyone! I'm CL Gaber, author of ASCENDERS and the new ASCENDERS: SKYPUNCH. ASCENDERS is a new book series about a 17-year-old girl named Walker Callaghan who finds herself in an epic romance and adventure of an after-lifetime. Some great big exciting news about ASCENDERS will... Read More →
avatar for Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about unruly teenagers with criminal leanings. She has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is “you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce.” She lives in Portland... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Del Sol

2:00pm PDT

Platform & Marketing for YA Authors
How do you build an author platform, both before and after a book deal/publication? What are some of the most effective tools for reaching the YA audience? Do you HAVE to use social media as an author? This panel will discuss!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction at HarperCollins. Her debut YA novel, THE MURDER COMPLEX, was published in June 2014, quickly followed by her first middle grade series, THE BALANCE KEEPERS in September. She’s the creator of the... Read More →
avatar for Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author... Read More →
avatar for Beth Revis

Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. Her latest release THE BODY ELECTRIC is a same-universe-different-characters... Read More →
avatar for Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling YA novels The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means, both of which contain an embarrassing amount of Harry Potter and Doctor Who references. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she earned a Masters of Bioethics. She lives in Los Angeles, Calif... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Volpe

Joanna Volpe

Joanna represents all brands of fiction from picture books to adult novels. Her picture book taste is the most eclectic, ranging from sweet to fun to smart to quirky. For other fiction (both adult and children’s) she has an affinity for stories that have a darker element to them... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom II

2:00pm PDT

Debut Authors Tell All
What is it like to go from aspiring to published? Leviosa authors will tell you all the things they *don't* tell you about being published, especially what to expect between selling & being on shelves.

Speakers
avatar for Kamilla Benko

Kamilla Benko

Editor, Paper Lantern Lit
Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. When she grew up, she moved to NYC and entered into the world of children’s publishing. She now wrangles manuscripts as an editor for Paper... Read More →
avatar for Elly Blake

Elly Blake

Elly Blake loves fairy tales, old houses, and owls. After earning a BA in English literature, she held a series of random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, reporter for a local business magazine, and finally part time library assistant. She lives in... Read More →
avatar for Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is a South Asian fantasy writer. Her short stories have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Strange Horizons, Book Smugglers Publishing and Shimmer Magazine. Her first YA fantasy novel, THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN (MacMillan, May 2016), is a re-envisioning of the Hades and Persephone... Read More →
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
avatar for Heather Kaczynski

Heather Kaczynski

After graduating cum laude with a degree in biology, Heather returned to her first love of books, and now works in a military library near NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, where she gets to buy books for kids and teens. This setting gave her the inspiration for her YA novel, ... Read More →
avatar for Chelsea Sedoti

Chelsea Sedoti

Chelsea Sedoti fell in love with writing at a young age after discovering that making up stories was more fun than doing her school work (her teachers didn’t always appreciate this.) In an effort to avoid getting a “real” job, Chelsea explored careers as a balloon twister, filmmaker... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
La Sirena II

2:30pm PDT

From Guns and Handcuffs to Fit Aurors and Receding Hairlines: Harry, Draco, and the Art of Shipping Through the Yearsf
In movies and books, we've watched Harry and Draco go from ickle firsties on their first trip to Hogwarts to meeting on the same platform 13 years later with the next-gen kids. As fans, we've shipped them in Hogwarts-era and eighth year, in countless AUs, in Epilogue-compliant and in EWE scenarios, and many other ways besides! Join a panel of enthusiastic H/D fans as they discuss the origins, the evolution, and the current trends in this enduring HP ship.

Moderators
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Femmequixotic (Femme)

Slash and Queer Lit Track Director, Leviosa
Femme has been a fan writer of one stripe or another since she could pick up a pencil. Before stumbling upon online fandom in the early ’90s as an X-Phile, she spent her childhood writing Anne of Green Gables and Gilligan’s Island fanfic—juvenilia which is probably better left... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Diana Copland (oldenuf2nb)

Diana Copland (oldenuf2nb)

Diana Copland began writing in the seventh grade, when she shamelessly combined elements of Jane Eyre and Dark Shadows to produce an overwrought Gothic tale that earned her an A- in creative writing, thanks entirely to the generosity of her teacher. She wrote for pure enjoyment for... Read More →
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Sassy Cissa

Cissa has been reading in HP fandom since 2005. She began as a devote Harry/Hermione and Draco/Ginny shipper. In 2006 she found Harry/Draco fanfic and hasn't looked back. In 2006 she wrote her first H/D fanfic--please don't go looking, it was truly terrible--and hasn't stopped. H/D... Read More →
avatar for Dictacontrion

Dictacontrion

Dicta is a fanfiction writer, reccer, and tumblr user. She reads and writes primarily in the Harry Potter fandom and ships Harry/Draco, though all things Buffy and Larry Stylinson hold a special place in her heart. When not splashing in the fandom pool she teaches, writes things that... Read More →
avatar for Gracerene

Gracerene

Grace is a fanfiction writer who's written countless stories, primarily in the Harry Potter fandom. She is mostly a slash writer, with a particular love of H/D, but she's been known to write other pairings and pairing types as well. In addition to writing, she also reads and recommends... Read More →
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pir8fancier

pir8fancier is a fanfiction writer who has written many, many words in the Harry Potter fandom. She is known as a slash writer, but she also has dabbled in het-based fanfiction. Other fandoms that she written for includ, Pirates of the Caribbean, due South, Stargate Atlantis, and... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 2:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom III

3:00pm PDT

Harry Potter and the Moral Spectrum of Care: Using Feminist Ethics to Analyze Morality
Ragan attempts to problematize (and ultimately deconstruct) the binaristic understanding of morality (“good” and “evil”), particularly in terms of its constructions of motherhood and masculinity. Focusing on four characters—Molly Weasley, Narcissa Malfoy, Albus Dumbledore, and Severus Snape—with seemingly solid categorization in a traditional moral system, she employs an ethics of care standpoint to evaluate each character’s actions and broaden the understanding of the moral paradigm presented through the complex, problematic network of relationships.

Speakers
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Shelby Ragan

Shelby Ragan is a first-year PhD student in English Studies with a concentration in Children’s and Young Adult Literature at Illinois State University. Her research interests include constructions of gender, constructions of morality, and the ways the constructions of each of these... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Del Mar II
  Academic
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Ethics and Morality

3:00pm PDT

Harry Potter bookmarks
Come make your own Harry Potter bookmarks, and we'll laminate them for you to take home!

Moderators
avatar for Peeves

Peeves

Crafty Poltergeist
peeves is a very crafty poltergeist and loves to share the scrapbooking love. there will be NO scissor juggling in the classroom.

Saturday July 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
La Estrella

3:00pm PDT

Fandom Flirting
Understanding boundaries and personal space is the only surefire way to make sure your fandom flirtation never goes too far. Where screens, keyboards, and miles of land previously stood in between you and your internet friends, you're now face to face IRL. Things might get a little steamy. Ain’t nothing wrong with that. So let’s do it right.

Speakers
avatar for Olivia Dolphin

Olivia Dolphin

Editor, Wizards in Space
Olivia Dolphin is a dolphin*, writer and publisher, oversharer, and ships herself with Oliver Wood (still). Her favorite thing to talk about is the Sorting Hat, and she plays for the Hogwarts Tonsil Hockey Team. She’s the Senior Volunteer Coordinator for the Mischief Management... Read More →
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the force behind Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009 when Mark discovered Harry Potter, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

3:00pm PDT

Chris Rankin Signing/Photos
Come meet Chris Rankin, get his autograph & have your picture taken with him! Complimentary with Leviosa registration.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Rankin

Chris Rankin

Chris Rankin played Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, and is a fan favorite in HP fandom and at conventions. Chris’s professional acting career kicked off in 2000 when he won the role of Percy, whom he played in five of the eight HP films. A huge HP fan both before and... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Del Fuego

3:00pm PDT

The World As Character
The world your characters inhibit can be as vivid as the characters themselves. Our panel of authors will discuss how they approach worldbuilding.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Victoria Aveyard

Victoria Aveyard

Victoria is the author of the New York Times bestselling RED QUEEN, the first in a trilogy about a society where the color of your blood means everything–if you’re a Red, you have nothing, and if you’re a Silver, you have everything… including superpowers. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestselling author of THE DARKEST MINDS trilogy and PASSENGER. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s... Read More →
avatar for Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is a South Asian fantasy writer. Her short stories have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Strange Horizons, Book Smugglers Publishing and Shimmer Magazine. Her first YA fantasy novel, THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN (MacMillan, May 2016), is a re-envisioning of the Hades and Persephone... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction at HarperCollins. Her debut YA novel, THE MURDER COMPLEX, was published in June 2014, quickly followed by her first middle grade series, THE BALANCE KEEPERS in September. She’s the creator of the... Read More →
avatar for Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
La Sirena II

3:00pm PDT

Parental Guidance Necessary?: Parents & Adults in YA
Poor parents–and other adults–usually get short shrift in YA. Why is that? Do parents have to be absent or awful in order for teen characters to have adventures? What are our favorite books that depict realistic & complex adults in YA?

Moderators
avatar for Chelsea Sedoti

Chelsea Sedoti

Chelsea Sedoti fell in love with writing at a young age after discovering that making up stories was more fun than doing her school work (her teachers didn’t always appreciate this.) In an effort to avoid getting a “real” job, Chelsea explored careers as a balloon twister, filmmaker... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
avatar for Beth Revis

Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. Her latest release THE BODY ELECTRIC is a same-universe-different-characters... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Ribar

Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →
avatar for Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about unruly teenagers with criminal leanings. She has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is “you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce.” She lives in Portland... Read More →
avatar for Carlie Webber

Carlie Webber

Carlisle Webber is the founder of CK Webber Associates, an agency specializing in middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. Prior to opening her own agency, she worked for the New England Publishing Associates/Publish or Perish Agency and the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She is a graduate of... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Del Sol

3:00pm PDT

Prepared to Prance
The mark of every civilized society, dance has an incredible ability to bring people together -- and witches and wizards are no exception. This lively, on-your-feet workshop will teach a fusion of historical court and country dances with modern music, demonstrating the fun and flirtation inherent in the steps. No dance experience is necessary, though the ability to count to 8 and know one's right from one's left are encouraged. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes.

Speakers
avatar for Cass Morris

Cass Morris

Cass Morris works as a writer and educator in central Virginia and occasionally moonlights as a bookseller in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She completed her Master of Letters at Mary Baldwin University in 2010, and she earned her undergraduate degree, a BA in English with a... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Del Mar I

3:00pm PDT

Vladimir Snape, Snapecast, and Snape
The more you think about Snape, the more inspiring he becomes.  Vladimir Snape has based years of multimedia work on his analysis of Snape, including wrock music, cosplays, and activism.  Rachael Vaughn (moderator) produced Snapecast, vids, cosplays, fanfiction, and conferences based on her love for this snarky character.  Lorrie Kim's love of Snape led to the book Snape (Story Spring Publishing), which traces the Harry Potter series from Snape's point of view.  Bring your own Snape love to this panel for presentations followed by audience discussion.

Moderators
avatar for Rachael Vaughn

Rachael Vaughn

Rachael is a podcaster, vidder, and lawyer. She founded Snapecast in 2006 (http://snapecast.com) and her team Vatican Cameos (http://vaticancams.tumblr.com/) was named the winner of GISHWHES in 2013. She has helped organize a number of fan-run cons including Lubricus (http://www.bf4f.org... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lorrie Kim

Lorrie Kim

Author, Snape
Lorrie Kim lives in Philadelphia, PA with her clever, grumpy, magical spouse and their geeky offspring, one born between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince and one in gestation during the publication of Deathly Hallows.
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Vladimir Snape

V. Nigel Taylor is an actor and the lead singer of Platform One. Since the film release of Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 Nigel has been impersonating Professor Snape. As Vladimir Snape he has held Q&A panels, providing fans with a unique opportunity to interact directly with the character... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom I

3:00pm PDT

Registration Desk Open
Pick up your Leviosa badge, program book, purchase available meal add-ons or Day Passes. The Registration Desk is also the best place for Information, including the day's most up-to-date schedule, venue maps & more.

Please note: Leviosa Merchandise is located in the Vendor Hall in La Sirena III/IV.

Saturday July 9, 2016 3:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Registration Desk

4:00pm PDT

Has The Sorting Hat Been Wrong?
What was Peter Pettigrew doing in Gryffindor? Or Lavender Brown? Are their personality attributes strictly restricted to a single house? Maybe we sort too soon, or maybe we shouldn’t sort at all. Join in on a discussion of House traits and how they define us. We explore what the Sorting Hat sees in each student being sorted and whether or not those characters live up to the traits their Hogwarts House is known for.

Speakers
avatar for Olivia Dolphin

Olivia Dolphin

Editor, Wizards in Space
Olivia Dolphin is a dolphin*, writer and publisher, oversharer, and ships herself with Oliver Wood (still). Her favorite thing to talk about is the Sorting Hat, and she plays for the Hogwarts Tonsil Hockey Team. She’s the Senior Volunteer Coordinator for the Mischief Management... Read More →
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Proma Khosla

Proma Khosla is a dancer and entertainment writer living in New York City. She has been an active member of the Harry Potter fandom since 2004, attending conferences annually since Lumos in 2006. She worked with Team StarKid on ‘A Very Potter Sequel’ and has been to dozens of... Read More →
avatar for Zack Luye

Zack Luye

Zack Luye works as a director, podcaster, and musician. Zack enjoys reading, cleaning, and readying for battle with his pet direwolf, Strike.
avatar for Hannah Panek

Hannah Panek

Hannah Panek was born in 1989, just like Taylor Swift. She likes Harry/Hermione fanfiction, sudoku puzzles and the song Gringotts Goblin Coaster by Harry and the Potters. Hannah is the Volunteer Coordinator for Mischief Management’s LeakyCon and GeekyCon, and a host on the Game... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

4:00pm PDT

The Hillywood Show®
Come meet the creators behind some of the most beloved parody videos including the Harry Potter "Friday" and Supernatural "Shake It Off" videos. The Hillywood Show®, aka Hannah and Hilly Hindi, will be showcasing several of their parodies and answering your burning questions.

Speakers
avatar for The Hillywood Show®

The Hillywood Show®

Meet Hannah and Hilly Hindi and buy merchandise--Saturday only!


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom II

4:00pm PDT

Revision Tips & Tricks
There are many ways to skin a cat (err, metaphorically). Learn how to effectively revise a book.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author... Read More →
avatar for Alexa Donne

Alexa Donne

Author, Leviosa
Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing... Read More →
avatar for Thao Le

Thao Le

Literary Agent, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
THAO LE is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency. She also handles the agency’s financials and select contracts.Thao is currently looking for: Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators.For... Read More →
avatar for Beth Revis

Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. Her latest release THE BODY ELECTRIC is a same-universe-different-characters... Read More →
avatar for Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about unruly teenagers with criminal leanings. She has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is “you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce.” She lives in Portland... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Del Sol

4:00pm PDT

Imaginary Boyfriends
YA and romance go hand in hand, and often the male love interests of YA are the characters that launch a thousand ships. Let's talk about our favorite book boyfriends, the tropes that abound in male leads & what kind of boys are missing.

Speakers
avatar for Sasha Alsberg

Sasha Alsberg

Sasha Alsberg is also known as Abookutopia, her popular booktube channel, which boasts 248,000 subscribers and counting. Known for her enthusiasm for books, as well as her uncanny resemblance to Lily Collins (naturally, Sasha is a Mortal Instruments fan), Sasha’s current obsessions... Read More →
avatar for Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the THRONE OF GLASS series (Queen of Shadows, the fourth book, will release globally on September 1st, 2015) and the A COURT OF THORN AND ROSES series. She currently resides with her husband and loyal canine companion in Pennsylvania. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. Sarah is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency... Read More →
avatar for Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling YA novels The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means, both of which contain an embarrassing amount of Harry Potter and Doctor Who references. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she earned a Masters of Bioethics. She lives in Los Angeles, Calif... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in sociocultural anthropology and English. Jessica is most interested in all sub-genres of romance. She greatly enjoys character driven plots that pull the reader into the pages and won’t let go... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
La Sirena II

4:30pm PDT

Mark Oshiro Reading
Join Fandom Guest Mark Oshiro as he reads an excerpt from his first novel, a sci-fi/dystopian mystery that’s equal parts Octavia Butler and Veronica Mars.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the force behind Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009 when Mark discovered Harry Potter, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
La Sirena I

4:30pm PDT

Non-binary Gender for Genre Fandoms
This panel will discuss possibilities for reading and writing beyond cis-gendered expectations, binary gender roles, and heteronormativity, particularly in genres where individuals are already superpowered, magical, and otherwise extraordinary. Join us for critical lenses and fannish feels about creating and consuming content representing a greater spectrum of identities and an expansive understanding of imaginary worlds.

Moderators
NN

Noeon (Noe)

Slash and Queer Lit Track Director/Meetup Director, Leviosa
Noe has been active as fan for many years. She thinks her first fannish work was for LOTR book fandom, although she also cosplayed Battle of the Planets as a small child, worried for years over the fate of Starblazers, and will forever be in love with the Fourth Doctor. These days... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aja Romano

Aja Romano

Web Culture Reporter, Vox
Aja Romano is a staff web culture reporter and film reviewer for Vox.com. A longtime member of fandom, she has over a decade of experience as a writer, editor, and geek culture reporter for media outlets including the Mary Sue and the Daily Dot. She is a frequent radio guest and panel... Read More →
avatar for Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh has a BsC in film directing from Boston University and an MFA in film directing from Columbia University. She is writer/director of the multi-award winning short BITCH and has worked as a film editor, and a music video director for Black Dog/RSA. She recently co-wrote... Read More →
avatar for Vaysh

Vaysh

Vaysh has been in fandom since... OMG 2003 when she discovered Sam/Frodo and slash, practically at the same time! Today Vaysh is active in both the HP and the Stucky fandom (HP on LiveJournal, Stucky on tumblr). She is one of the editors of the Daily Snitch and mods several Drarry... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Del Mar I

5:00pm PDT

Snape and Sirius in Canon
Sometimes, you can’t help the hate. But as much as they loathed each other, Sirius Black and Severus Snape were similar: brilliant, immature men with ruined lives who willingly gave those lives to protect Harry Potter. Both kept Harry’s parents’ love alive and passed that love and protection to Harry. Both knew themselves to be good despite being hated. And if we look closely, we see that both died knowing the good in the other.

Speakers
avatar for Lorrie Kim

Lorrie Kim

Author, Snape
Lorrie Kim lives in Philadelphia, PA with her clever, grumpy, magical spouse and their geeky offspring, one born between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince and one in gestation during the publication of Deathly Hallows.


Saturday July 9, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Del Mar II
  Academic
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Ethics and Morality

5:00pm PDT

Horcrux Hunt Wrap-Up
Come turn in your collected Horcruxes to Games Master peeves!

Moderators
avatar for Peeves

Peeves

Crafty Poltergeist
peeves is a very crafty poltergeist and loves to share the scrapbooking love. there will be NO scissor juggling in the classroom.

Saturday July 9, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
La Sirena II

5:00pm PDT

Mark Reads Tobie Easton
Mark Reads will be reading the first chapter of Leviosa author Tobie Easton's debut novel Emerge! Check it out and get a sneak peek HERE!

Speakers
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the force behind Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009 when Mark discovered Harry Potter, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
La Sirena I

5:00pm PDT

Patronus or Plot? How Characters’ Wants and Needs Shape Story
Kamilla Benko, editor at Paper Lantern Lit, will share the equation that PLL uses to locate the heart of (almost) any book written, and how to use this same formula to turn a vague idea into a three-act outline, then into a novel, and then into a series. Benko will use the Harry Potter books to show how this secret sentence has been applied to the Wizarding World and how writers can use it when creating their own character-driven plots.

Speakers
avatar for Kamilla Benko

Kamilla Benko

Editor, Paper Lantern Lit
Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. When she grew up, she moved to NYC and entered into the world of children’s publishing. She now wrangles manuscripts as an editor for Paper... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Del Sol

5:00pm PDT

Craft Faire
Shop for HP & fandom inspired crafts at our popular Craft Faire event!

Saturday July 9, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
Del Fuego

5:00pm PDT

Agent One-On-One #2
Agent One-On-One Session #2. Those who have purchased an agent pitch session ticket ahead of time can sign up for one of our pitch sessions (1, 2, or 3), and may pitch as many or few of the agents as they like during that time block.

Speakers
avatar for Thao Le

Thao Le

Literary Agent, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
THAO LE is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency. She also handles the agency’s financials and select contracts.Thao is currently looking for: Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators.For... Read More →
avatar for Suzie Townsend

Suzie Townsend

After teaching high school English for several years, Suzie Townsend started publishing at FinePrint Literary Management in January 2009 and worked her way up from intern to agent. Now an agent at New Leaf Literary, she represents adult and children’s fiction. Suzie reps, among... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Volpe

Joanna Volpe

Joanna represents all brands of fiction from picture books to adult novels. Her picture book taste is the most eclectic, ranging from sweet to fun to smart to quirky. For other fiction (both adult and children’s) she has an affinity for stories that have a darker element to them... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in sociocultural anthropology and English. Jessica is most interested in all sub-genres of romance. She greatly enjoys character driven plots that pull the reader into the pages and won’t let go... Read More →
avatar for Carlie Webber

Carlie Webber

Carlisle Webber is the founder of CK Webber Associates, an agency specializing in middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. Prior to opening her own agency, she worked for the New England Publishing Associates/Publish or Perish Agency and the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She is a graduate of... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
La Estrella

5:30pm PDT

Author Signing
Tobie Easton will be signing copies of her novel, Emerge! Buy them at the Leviosa merchandise table in La Sirena III/IV! Check out Emerge and get a sneak peek HERE!

Speakers
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 5:30pm - 6:00pm PDT
Common Room

5:30pm PDT

Alohomora! Podcast Live
One of MuggleNet's most popular podcasts, Alohomora! explores the Harry Potter series one chapter at a time, week by week. Crafted to fill the void left in the aftermath of the final movie release, Alohomora! is the place to discuss the novels in a new, in depth way, that has never before been done. The team of seven hosts - represented at Leviosa by Alison Siggard, Eric Scull, and Kat Miller - recently finished their four year journey of re-reading the series, and have moved on to topic episodes. Join them for an hour of debate and discussion of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World!

Speakers
avatar for Kat Miller

Kat Miller

Marketing & Creative Director, MuggleNet.com
Kat - a proud Ravenclaw with heavy Slytherin tendencies - has been a part of the Harry Potter fandom for most of her adult life. Now in her mid-30's, she has read the Harry Potter series so many times, she has lost count! As MuggleNet's Creative & Marketing Director, she has the pleasure... Read More →
avatar for Eric Scull

Eric Scull

Eric Scull is a co-host of the long-running Harry Potter podcast "MuggleCast" since its start in August of 2005. Appearing on over 700 podcast episodes including MuggleCast, Alohomora!, Game of Owns, The Cinescope Podcast, and producing podcasts Improvised Star Trek and HR unConfidential... Read More →
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Alison Siggard

Alison, a 21 year old Californian-currently-residing-in-Utah, has been a Harry Potter fanatic since she was five, and has since read the series over fifty times. A proud (and often conflicted) Gryffinpuff, she is studying to be a high school English teacher at Brigham Young University... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
La Sirena II

5:30pm PDT

Is Your Patronus a Pony? (MLP:FIM Meet-Up)
Many Harry Potter fans also love other fandoms. This will be a place for Bronies and Pegasisters to speak about their love of Potter and Ponies. A place where FANDOM IS MAGIC! A round-table discussion on what the Harry Potter and My Little Pony fandoms have brought to each of our lives, and be a safe place to openly discuss what it means to be a fan. We will also discuss how we choose to express ourselves through art, fanfic, cosplay and social justice.

Speakers
avatar for Nancee Lee-Allen

Nancee Lee-Allen

Presenter, Pegasys Partners
Nancee was first introduced to Harry Potter while teaching British Literature at a shelter for runaway and abused teens. She quickly fell in love with the wizarding world, especially the Weasley family. Nancee holds a BA in Communications and Masters in Psychology. Nancee is a member... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Del Mar II

5:45pm PDT

Diogenes Club Meetup: Cake, Tea, and Silence (FREE)
Introvert heaven:  cake, tea, and companionable silence.  Want to be around other people but not talk?  Come to the Diogenes Club for restorative quiet time.  We provide tea and cake.  You can bring your laptop, your art supplies, your knitting -- just no talking.  Named after the silent club owned by Sherlock Holmes's smarter brother and hosted by Three Patch Podcast.

Exhibitors

Saturday July 9, 2016 5:45pm - 6:45pm PDT
Del Mar I

6:00pm PDT

Stucky Meet-up
Can't get enough of your favorite super soldiers? Come to this meetup to chat about all things Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes! 

Speakers
NN

Noeon (Noe)

Slash and Queer Lit Track Director/Meetup Director, Leviosa
Noe has been active as fan for many years. She thinks her first fannish work was for LOTR book fandom, although she also cosplayed Battle of the Planets as a small child, worried for years over the fate of Starblazers, and will forever be in love with the Fourth Doctor. These days... Read More →
B

blithelybonny

BB has been aggressively immersing herself in fandom ever since she watched Moulin Rouge in 2001 and decided that what would be awesome would be if Christian met Satine's daughter and they got married because that's fine, right? After filling notebooks with terrible Mary Sue fanfiction... Read More →
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Vaysh

Vaysh has been in fandom since... OMG 2003 when she discovered Sam/Frodo and slash, practically at the same time! Today Vaysh is active in both the HP and the Stucky fandom (HP on LiveJournal, Stucky on tumblr). She is one of the editors of the Daily Snitch and mods several Drarry... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
La Sirena I

6:00pm PDT

Hamilton SingAlong
It’s the great Hamilton singalong! (Awesome. Wow.)

Are you young, scrappy, and hungry? Are you looking for a mind at work? Will you never be satisfied with the amount of Revolutionary heroism or Lin-Manuel Miranda in your life?

If the answer is yes, you know there’s only one place for you to be: the Hamilton singalong! Come share your favorite memories of the Hamilton cast and crew and your favorite stories of Hamilton and the other founding fathers! Come discuss LMM’s epic Hogwarts house sorting with Emma Watson — don’t worry, you won’t have to rap battle it out, unless you really want to! Most of all, come sing your hearts out and meet other Hamilton fans! It’s your one chance to be in the room where it happens — do not throw away your shot!

Speakers
avatar for Aja Romano

Aja Romano

Web Culture Reporter, Vox
Aja Romano is a staff web culture reporter and film reviewer for Vox.com. A longtime member of fandom, she has over a decade of experience as a writer, editor, and geek culture reporter for media outlets including the Mary Sue and the Daily Dot. She is a frequent radio guest and panel... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Del Sol

8:00pm PDT

Magical Ball
Saturday July 9, 2016 8:00pm - Sunday July 10, 2016 12:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom
 
Sunday, July 10
 

9:00am PDT

Material Culture of the Wizarding World
J. K. Rowling has imagined a fairly complete world in the Harry Potter novels, but she has not told us everything about it. What can we figure out about the Wizarding World from the physical objects that are produced and used in that world? How are brooms made? How is dragon skin (used in gloves) obtained? Why are quills used instead of pens? What can we deduce about trade with the Muggle world? Let's discuss.

Speakers
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David Martin

David Martin is proud to be a Hufflepuff and has been involved with Harry Potter since 2004. He is a regular member of Potterdelphia; he is a husband, a father, and a grandfather. He is currently a semi-retired college teacher of computer science. And he wishes that Hermione had... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Del Mar II
  Academic
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Wizarding World: Its Social Problems, Material Culture, and Real-World Parallels

9:00am PDT

Scrapbooking with peeves
Available for the first 20 attendees, this workshop will instruct students some basic to moderate scrapbooking skills. Each student will leave the workshop with a mini-album to insert their Leviosa pictures into.  Everything will be provided to them including the paper, glue, scissors, accessories and instructions.  Of course, if they so choose, they can bring their own supplies. Otherwise, they will need to play nicely and share with the other witches and wizards.

Speakers
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Peeves

Crafty Poltergeist
peeves is a very crafty poltergeist and loves to share the scrapbooking love. there will be NO scissor juggling in the classroom.


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
La Estrella

9:00am PDT

Opportunities Missed and Taken: Race, Class, and Gender in Harry Potter
Join in a facilitated discussion about race, class, and gender in all aspects of Harry Potter. Are you excited about the re-casting of Hermione for the Cursed Child? What do you think of Fantastic Beasts so far?

By the end of this session, participants should have a deeper understanding of how the reader's background influences their demands on the presentation of race, class, and gender in the Harry Potter universe, while identifying missed opportunities and inclusive interpretations.

Speakers
JS

Jillian Staniec

Jillian Staniec plays Quidditch, has a Masters in History, and works in an archive. Her life goals are to learn stuff about things, help others, and travel. She hopes to do all three of these at Leviosa!


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Del Mar I

9:00am PDT

Schmagents & Schmublishers
There are a lot of shady agents, agencies and publishers out there--what are the red flags & how to protect yourself against scammers.

Moderators
avatar for Laura Ferrel

Laura Ferrel

Writer/Editor
Laura Ferrel has been a Harry Potter fan since 1999 and a Harry/Draco shipper since 2002. She earned a degree in creative writing, and has spent her professional career primarily as a writer and editor for a variety of publishing and media companies. Outside of work, she enjoys wine... Read More →

Speakers
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Thao Le

Literary Agent, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
THAO LE is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency. She also handles the agency’s financials and select contracts.Thao is currently looking for: Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators.For... Read More →
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Joanna Volpe

Joanna represents all brands of fiction from picture books to adult novels. Her picture book taste is the most eclectic, ranging from sweet to fun to smart to quirky. For other fiction (both adult and children’s) she has an affinity for stories that have a darker element to them... Read More →
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Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in sociocultural anthropology and English. Jessica is most interested in all sub-genres of romance. She greatly enjoys character driven plots that pull the reader into the pages and won’t let go... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

9:00am PDT

The Boob Tube: When Fannish Women Infiltrate TV Writers’ Rooms
The TV business is undergoing a fundamental change from a white, male, heteronormative tradition to a more inclusive, diverse space. But it’s not without growing pains. Lilah and Aziza break down what it’s like as fannish women to infiltrate the secretive and enigmatic television writers’ room.

Speakers
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Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh has a BsC in film directing from Boston University and an MFA in film directing from Columbia University. She is writer/director of the multi-award winning short BITCH and has worked as a film editor, and a music video director for Black Dog/RSA. She recently co-wrote... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Del Fuego

9:00am PDT

Sci-Fi Tropes in YA
Clones, time travel, gadgets, aliens... the list goes on! Let's talk about all our favorite YA sci-fi tropes!

Moderators
avatar for Alexa Donne

Alexa Donne

Author, Leviosa
Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing... Read More →

Speakers
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Elizabeth Briggs

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Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She’s the author of the new adult CHASING THE DREAM series and the young a... Read More →
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Stephanie Diaz

Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel, EXTRACTION, when she should’ve been studying and making short films at San Diego State University. She has since written the next two books in the Extraction series, REBELLION and the forthcoming EVOLUTION, out September 8, 2015. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling... Read More →
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Axie Oh

Axie Oh is a graduate of the University of California-San Diego where she studied Korean history and creative writing. She was the recipient of Tu Books’ 2015 New Visions Award, awarded to an unpublished author of color. Her debut YA Sci-Fi novel, THE AMATERASU PROJECT, is scheduled... Read More →
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Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. Her latest release THE BODY ELECTRIC is a same-universe-different-characters... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
La Sirena II

9:30am PDT

Adversarial Slash Relationships and Why We Love Them
Friends to lovers is a great fic trope, but what about those ships where both individuals canonically despise each other? What is it about enemies falling in love that makes our slashy toes curl, and why is it that some of us consistently find our OTPs not in the warm and comforting sides of fandoms but rather in their more hostile, wands out, swords drawn environs? Join us as we explore the snarky, difficult aspects of slash ships where Our Lovers' path to True Love is a bit rockier--and more likely to involve a well-placed hex or two along the way.

Moderators
Speakers
FF

Femmequixotic (Femme)

Slash and Queer Lit Track Director, Leviosa
Femme has been a fan writer of one stripe or another since she could pick up a pencil. Before stumbling upon online fandom in the early ’90s as an X-Phile, she spent her childhood writing Anne of Green Gables and Gilligan’s Island fanfic—juvenilia which is probably better left... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Minkel

Elizabeth Minkel

Columnist, New Statesman
I'm a journalist who writes about (mostly) books and fan culture.
avatar for Aja Romano

Aja Romano

Web Culture Reporter, Vox
Aja Romano is a staff web culture reporter and film reviewer for Vox.com. A longtime member of fandom, she has over a decade of experience as a writer, editor, and geek culture reporter for media outlets including the Mary Sue and the Daily Dot. She is a frequent radio guest and panel... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am PDT
Del Sol

10:00am PDT

Finding Your Place in the Wizarding World: Race and Identity in Harry Potter
Many characters in Harry Potter struggle with their identity and how it impacts their standing in the Wizarding World. Often this identity is shown through the lens of blood status, however, less discussed is how the intersectionality between race and other identities shape people in the Wizarding World. How does the intersectionality between race and other identities shape people in the fandom?

Speakers
avatar for Lily Meade

Lily Meade

Lily Meade is an aspiring novelist, vlogger, and graphic designer. She has been a Potter fan since kindergarten, when an elderly shopkeeper gifted her an HP ornament to quell some soft hysterics. Harry Potter was the largest chapter book she’d ever completed and the beginning of... Read More →
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Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the force behind Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009 when Mark discovered Harry Potter, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter... Read More →
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Robyn

Presenter, Black Girls Create
Robyn has been a nerd since her first Scholastic school fair. Life forever changed when she discovered the Harry Potter series and nothing was the same for her or the people around her. Robyn is a true California girl, born and raised all over Southern California she now lives in... Read More →
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Tayci Stallings

Writer
I am part of the Harry Potter fandom and I like a lot of other stuff too (DC, Black Panther, etc). Mostly video games.I really like talking about representation and the lack there of.


Sunday July 10, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Del Mar II
  Academic
  • Type Panel
  • Theme Wizarding World: Its Social Problems, Material Culture, and Real-World Parallels

10:00am PDT

Registration Desk Open
Pick up your Leviosa badge, program book, purchase available meal add-ons or Day Passes. The Registration Desk is also the best place for Information, including the day's most up-to-date schedule, venue maps & more.

Please note: Leviosa Merchandise is located in the Vendor Hall in La Sirena III/IV.

Sunday July 10, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Registration Desk

10:00am PDT

Make your own paper wand!
You don’t have to spend a fortune on your own magical wand–all you need is a sheet of paper, a glue gun and some paint to craft your own swish & flick accessory. A fun craft project for cosplayers, parents & kids alike. Workshop attendees will leave with their very own hand-crafted wand!

Speakers
CD

Cheryl Dyson

Although Cheryl had to be coerced to read Harry Potter in the early days, the insidious tentacles of fandom slowly drew her in, until she was happily debating the morality of Albus Dumbledore and wondering at the magical origin of werewolves with a group of like-minded Potterites... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Del Mar I

10:00am PDT

Participatory Culture Roles: Lurkers, Geeks, Trolls & Ringleaders
From dial up modem to digital media, fans take on a range of roles when making connections. Some stay quiet, yet faithfully read blogs, websites, fanfiction and more. Some produce content, while others curate and archive it. This interactive presentation will explore online behaviors within affinity groups of any franchise or group. Whether you are a lurker or a ringleader, come discuss the many faces of online fandom!

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Leogrande

Cathy Leogrande

Author/Educator, Le Moyne College
Cathy Leogrande is a Professor in the Teacher Education Department of the Purcell School of Professional Studies at Le Moyne College, a Jesuit college in New York. Her teaching and research focus on new literacies and popular culture to provide K-12 teachers skills to address issues... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Del Fuego

10:00am PDT

Inside the Publishing Process
How does an author go from an idea to a real life book you can hold in your hands? This panel of authors will discuss the publishing process, including getting an agent, submission, working with a publishing house and all the comes after!

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie Diaz

Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel, EXTRACTION, when she should’ve been studying and making short films at San Diego State University. She has since written the next two books in the Extraction series, REBELLION and the forthcoming EVOLUTION, out September 8, 2015. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling... Read More →
avatar for Tobie Easton

Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
avatar for Jordan Hamessley

Jordan Hamessley

Jordan Hamessley is the senior editor of the children's division at Insight Editions in the Bay Area. Insight is known for great licensed books including many Harry Potter projects! She is actively building the children's list. Prior to Insight, Jordan edited and developed content... Read More →
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Lindsay Ribar

Author, PenguinTeen
Lindsay Ribar is the author of the YA novels THE PROS OF CONS (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman); ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES; THE ART OF WISHING; and THE FOURTH WISH. She spent nine years as a literary agent, and now works in contracts at DAW Books. Ask her about... Read More →
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Michelle Schusterman

Author
Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

10:00am PDT

Friends 'til the End: Friendship in YA
When the most important relationship in a book is friendship. Or: does a YA book have to hinge on romance?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestselling author of THE DARKEST MINDS trilogy and PASSENGER. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s... Read More →
avatar for Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author... Read More →
avatar for Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling YA novels The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means, both of which contain an embarrassing amount of Harry Potter and Doctor Who references. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she earned a Masters of Bioethics. She lives in Los Angeles, Calif... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
La Sirena II

10:00am PDT

Agent One-On-One #3
Agent One-On-One Session #3. Those who have purchased an agent pitch session ticket ahead of time can sign up for one of our pitch sessions (1, 2, or 3), and may pitch as many or few of the agents as they like during that time block.

Speakers
avatar for Thao Le

Thao Le

Literary Agent, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
THAO LE is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency. She also handles the agency’s financials and select contracts.Thao is currently looking for: Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and is selectively open to Romance, and Picture Books by authors who are also illustrators.For... Read More →
avatar for Suzie Townsend

Suzie Townsend

After teaching high school English for several years, Suzie Townsend started publishing at FinePrint Literary Management in January 2009 and worked her way up from intern to agent. Now an agent at New Leaf Literary, she represents adult and children’s fiction. Suzie reps, among... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Volpe

Joanna Volpe

Joanna represents all brands of fiction from picture books to adult novels. Her picture book taste is the most eclectic, ranging from sweet to fun to smart to quirky. For other fiction (both adult and children’s) she has an affinity for stories that have a darker element to them... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a degree in sociocultural anthropology and English. Jessica is most interested in all sub-genres of romance. She greatly enjoys character driven plots that pull the reader into the pages and won’t let go... Read More →
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Carlie Webber

Carlisle Webber is the founder of CK Webber Associates, an agency specializing in middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. Prior to opening her own agency, she worked for the New England Publishing Associates/Publish or Perish Agency and the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She is a graduate of... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
La Estrella

10:00am PDT

Common Room
Kick back & relax in our Common Room! We'll have comfy chairs, games, art to peruse, PLUS the Three Patch Podcast Sherlock space. The perfect place to unwind and meet friends.

Sunday July 10, 2016 10:00am - 2:00pm PDT
La Sirena I

10:00am PDT

Potterlock Lounge
The Potterlock Lounge is Three Patch Podcast's unique BBC Sherlock immersion space that also features HP and Sherlock fandom staple Fox Estacado's multifandom art and merch. Come in and hang out in the Potterlock Lounge and get your multi-fandom/Potterlock love on.

Exhibitors
avatar for Fox Estacado Arts

Fox Estacado Arts

I create original art inspired by the Harry Potter books and movies. I make art prints, enamel pins, bags, t-shirts and other apparel decorated with my original artwork


Sunday July 10, 2016 10:00am - 2:00pm PDT
La Sirena I

10:00am PDT

Vendor Hall
Browse our vibrant & varied Vendor Hall!

Exhibitors
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mosshollow_hill.1v34s4v7

Mosshollow Hill
Creativity. Education. Community. That's what we celebrate at Mosshollow Hill. Visit our booth and learn how to needle felt yourself a House badge, chat with us about Potter and all things nerdy, and feel at home! I'm so excited to see old friends and make new ones. Prophecy in 2007... Read More →
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Mud in My Blood

Mud In My Blood
Harry Potter themed products for the Mud Blood and Pure Blood alike! Candles, posters, t-shirts, potions, butterbeer, and more! Free gift for Facebook fans at Leviosa! Watch my Facebook page for details!
avatar for Michelle Cromwell

Michelle Cromwell

owner, Cromwell's Curiosity Shop
Snape. Wizarding history and mythology, crafting, causing mayhem >:D
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joenell luma

Fan art/ draw guests as harry potter characters
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Barnes & Noble

Purchase books by Leviosa guests (and get them signed!), plus of course snag more copies of Harry Potter (because you can never own too many sets). If you’re local to Las Vegas, please visit Barnes & Noble Northwest (2191 N Rainbow Blvd), with whom we’re proud to partner to... Read More →
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Janae Phillips

Director of Leadership and Education, Harry Potter Alliance
Janae Phillips is a multimedia storyteller focused on finding the through lines that connect us all. In a decade of work as a trainer and organizer, including five years as the Director of Leadership and Education at the Harry Potter Alliance, she has worked with thousands of the... Read More →
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Hungarian Wand Shop

We make wooden magic wands and wand accessories
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Dryad Tea

Dryad Tea offers over 65 tea blends inspired by music, mythology, literary works and general geekery. We carry handmade accessories to match!, Vendors Room - 2
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Sunday July 10, 2016 10:00am - 2:00pm PDT
La Cascada

11:00am PDT

Harry Potter and Nazi Propaganda
This session will be a comparative analysis of the propaganda mediums used in Nazi Germany and those used in the Harry Potter novels. By analyzing how fascist political propaganda influenced antisemitism in Nazi Germany, comparisons will be made as to how fascist political propaganda influenced blood purity laws in the magical world.

Speakers
CB

Carolyn Barishman

A lifelong Harry Potter fan, I have always known my future would be exploring Harry Potter in academia. After finishing a degree in English at Virginia Tech I packed up all of my Potter collectibles and headed out to Colorado State to earn a Masters in Adolescent Fantasy Fiction... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Del Mar II
  Academic
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Wizarding World: Its Social Problems, Material Culture, and Real-World Parallels

11:00am PDT

Stich & Witch
Come finish the project you started in another workshop (House scarf knitters take note!), and craft with like-minded witches & wizards! Open to all crafters from knitting, crocheting, felting to painting, drawing and even spinning. We will have people on hand who can help you with projects too!

Speakers
avatar for Krista Domin

Krista Domin

Krista Domin is an avid Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock and Downton Abbey fan. She is a graduate of the MA in Educational Leadership program at the University of Central Florida. Prior to that she received her BA in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire.


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Del Mar I

11:00am PDT

Cursed Child SPOILER ZONE
Have you seen and/or read alllll the glorious plot spoilers for Harry Potter & the Cursed Child? Come join your fellow (happily!) spoiled fans and dish! There's so much to discuss! This roundtable will be a 100% spoiler zone, so don't come unless you have been spoiled or wish to be.

Speakers
FF

Femmequixotic (Femme)

Slash and Queer Lit Track Director, Leviosa
Femme has been a fan writer of one stripe or another since she could pick up a pencil. Before stumbling upon online fandom in the early ’90s as an X-Phile, she spent her childhood writing Anne of Green Gables and Gilligan’s Island fanfic—juvenilia which is probably better left... Read More →
NN

Noeon (Noe)

Slash and Queer Lit Track Director/Meetup Director, Leviosa
Noe has been active as fan for many years. She thinks her first fannish work was for LOTR book fandom, although she also cosplayed Battle of the Planets as a small child, worried for years over the fate of Starblazers, and will forever be in love with the Fourth Doctor. These days... Read More →
avatar for Alexa Donne

Alexa Donne

Author, Leviosa
Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

11:00am PDT

Ball Jointed Dolls & Other Dolls Meetup
Ball Jointed Dolls or BJDs are a popular and unique fan hobby or art form. There are quite a few who have converted their BJDs into Harry Potter characters. Others just love the hobby and this is a chance to get together with other BJD collectors. We also welcome other Doll collectors including Barbies, Pullips, Monster High, Tonner, etc...

Sunday July 10, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
La Sirena I

11:00am PDT

Playing the Blame Game: Who's Behind the Shortage of Femslash?
This panel will look at both sides of the issue, from the creators to the fans. On the creator side, we’ll consider how female representation in media (or the dearth of it) affects the number of shippable female characters. On the fannish side, we’ll look at some commonly cited reasons why fandom, which is majority female, tends to avoid writing f/f stories. Taking into account popular fandoms like Harry Potter, Teen Wolf, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, Supernatural, Legend of Korra, Once Upon a Time, Steven Universe, and Homestuck, we’ll examine some potential causes for the comparative lack of femmeslash and look at some possible solutions.

Speakers
SG

Stephanie Guerdan

Stephanie Guerdan wears the hats of an editor, blogger, podcaster, cosplayer, grumpy feminist, and lifelong fangirl, often simultaneously. (She looks good in all of them.) She can be found writing for the Lady Geek Girl and Friends blog as Lady Saika, and she makes up one half of... Read More →
avatar for Aja Romano

Aja Romano

Web Culture Reporter, Vox
Aja Romano is a staff web culture reporter and film reviewer for Vox.com. A longtime member of fandom, she has over a decade of experience as a writer, editor, and geek culture reporter for media outlets including the Mary Sue and the Daily Dot. She is a frequent radio guest and panel... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Del Fuego

11:00am PDT

Inspired by Potter
Harry Potter set a high bar for magic in YA. This panel of authors will discuss the influence of Harry Potter on their writing, and how they approach magic in their books.

Moderators
avatar for Natalie Simpson

Natalie Simpson

Natalie is an Atlanta based, long time Harry Potter and YA fan. She is a member of Dragon Con's YA Literature Track staff as of 2015. She works in Public Policy in Atlanta and spends more time than she cares to admit watching Netflix and reading all the YA she can find.

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Aveyard

Victoria Aveyard

Victoria is the author of the New York Times bestselling RED QUEEN, the first in a trilogy about a society where the color of your blood means everything–if you’re a Red, you have nothing, and if you’re a Silver, you have everything… including superpowers. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known... Read More →
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Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestselling author of THE DARKEST MINDS trilogy and PASSENGER. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s... Read More →
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Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction at HarperCollins. Her debut YA novel, THE MURDER COMPLEX, was published in June 2014, quickly followed by her first middle grade series, THE BALANCE KEEPERS in September. She’s the creator of the... Read More →
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Stephanie Diaz

Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel, EXTRACTION, when she should’ve been studying and making short films at San Diego State University. She has since written the next two books in the Extraction series, REBELLION and the forthcoming EVOLUTION, out September 8, 2015. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling... Read More →
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Tobie Easton

Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
La Sirena II

11:00am PDT

Leaving Feast
Detox Sunday morning at our special Leaving Feast/brunch, and say goodbye to all the amazing friends you’ve made!

Sunday July 10, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom I

12:00pm PDT

Disney Goes to Wizarding School
An abundance of Disney characters have magic powers, where did they learn these and how? Did the ministry ever get involved? This will be a fanon discussion on how the Disney realm fits in to the wizarding world.

Speakers
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Krista Domin

Krista Domin is an avid Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock and Downton Abbey fan. She is a graduate of the MA in Educational Leadership program at the University of Central Florida. Prior to that she received her BA in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire.


Sunday July 10, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Del Sol

12:00pm PDT

What Is Canon?: A Debate
As the Harry Potter universe - and the Wizarding World at large - continues to expand, the question of What Is Canon? seems to come up time and time again. Join the World's #1 Harry Potter website as they hold a classic debate about what is and isn't canon, from Fantastic Beasts to Cursed Child, and beyond. Bring your opinions, and be ready to defend them!

Sunday July 10, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Del Mar II

12:00pm PDT

My Pet Book
Merlin's Beard! Keep this one away from your shoes! ChefMitchie, creator of BirthdayMischief.com, is going to teach us how to tame a number of edible ingredients to create one beastly book. In this workshop students will take home the "know how" to re-create what they've learned into a real cake later! This class is designed for attendees ages 10 and older. (underage Witches and Wizards should plan on bringing their adult or Guardian; House Elves do not count). Workshop is approx. 60-90mins. Most supplies provided by instructor. Students should bring: apron, wand, notebook, pen/pencil or standard parchment with self-inking quill, and a smile.

Speakers
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ChefMitchie

Owner & Chef, Mitchie's Munchies
Michelle Curran aka “Chef Mitchie”, is a self taught cake and sugar artist originally from Atlantic City, NJ. now based in Las Vegas, NV.  (though she’ll tell you “I got all my skills while hiding under my Grandma’s kitchen table as a kid – well I had to hide, one... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Del Fuego

12:00pm PDT

Query Workshop
Join Leviosa agents in this hands-on query workshop! From the basic ingredient of a query to how NOT to be That Guy (who breaks all the unspoken rules), you’ll leave with the tools you need to write a fantastic query letter.

Speakers
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Suzie Townsend

After teaching high school English for several years, Suzie Townsend started publishing at FinePrint Literary Management in January 2009 and worked her way up from intern to agent. Now an agent at New Leaf Literary, she represents adult and children’s fiction. Suzie reps, among... Read More →
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Joanna Volpe

Joanna represents all brands of fiction from picture books to adult novels. Her picture book taste is the most eclectic, ranging from sweet to fun to smart to quirky. For other fiction (both adult and children’s) she has an affinity for stories that have a darker element to them... Read More →
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Carlie Webber

Carlisle Webber is the founder of CK Webber Associates, an agency specializing in middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. Prior to opening her own agency, she worked for the New England Publishing Associates/Publish or Perish Agency and the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She is a graduate of... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Del Mar I

1:00pm PDT

Where The Wild Words Are - Generating Story Ideas for Fan & Original Fiction
One of the top questions every writer gets is "where do you get your ideas?" While answering "from a locked vault in Gringotts" is awfully fun, the truth is ideas are all around us: a family anecdote passed down for generations, a headline that catches your eye or a question that won't let you sleep at night. Come learn some tips and techniques for finding the ideas to spark your imagination.

Speakers
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J.C. Davis

Author
J. C. Davis writes all things kidlit, including Picture Books, MG and YA. Her debut novel, CHEESUS WAS HERE, a YA Contemporary, was released in 2017 by Sky Pony Press. Ms. Davis is represented by Mandy Hubbard of the Emerald City Literary Agency. In addition to writing, Ms. Davis... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Del Sol

1:00pm PDT

After Rainbow Rowell: Fandom In YA
The success of 50 Shades of Grey rapidly changed the publishing industry's awareness of fandom. Hard on its heels, Rowell's 'Fangirl' helped begin changing publishing's attitude towards fandom. In only a few years, fanfiction and fandom have gone from being the dirty little secret of YA authors and publishing insiders to being an openly acknowledged, commonly discussed hobby. A year after Rowell's Harry/Draco-esque 'Carry On,' we're finally seeing a wave of new takes on fandom enter the YA book market. We'll discuss how some of these books interpret and describe fandom and what they have to say about fangirls and fandom as a community—and what "getting it right" looks like for us as fans.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Minkel

Columnist, New Statesman
I'm a journalist who writes about (mostly) books and fan culture.
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Aja Romano

Web Culture Reporter, Vox
Aja Romano is a staff web culture reporter and film reviewer for Vox.com. A longtime member of fandom, she has over a decade of experience as a writer, editor, and geek culture reporter for media outlets including the Mary Sue and the Daily Dot. She is a frequent radio guest and panel... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom IV

1:00pm PDT

Characters We Love (and love to hate)
In this interactive workshop, participants will peel back text to examine how and why some lesser characters bring about strong fan responses that they did. Who could have foreseen the Blaise Zabini situation? Why didn’t poor Hannah Abbott, or Malcolm Baddock, get the same reaction? What about Isaac in TFIOS or Madge Undersee in the Hunger Games? Let’s give them some love and address what draws readers to some minor characters.

Speakers
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Cathy Leogrande

Author/Educator, Le Moyne College
Cathy Leogrande is a Professor in the Teacher Education Department of the Purcell School of Professional Studies at Le Moyne College, a Jesuit college in New York. Her teaching and research focus on new literacies and popular culture to provide K-12 teachers skills to address issues... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Del Mar II

1:00pm PDT

Auction
We're auctioning off decor, art from the Art Gallery, handmade crafts, books & more! Come see what we've got and take home something awesome.

Sunday July 10, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom I

4:00pm PDT

Volunteer Thank You Social
Any volunteer who works a minimum of 5 hours is invited to our Volunteer Thank You Social! We'll share the invitation, with location details, at Leviosa with any volunteer who qualifies. Enjoy snacks, unwind & win prizes! Come to room 8219 to join the fun.

Don't worry--volunteers who can't stay so late on Sunday will be included in other thank yous--we'll be supporting our volunteers with prize raffles & perks all weekend!

Speakers

Sunday July 10, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
TBA