Hello old friend. I have missed you dearly. But before I start trolling away I need to talk a little bit about an experience that was truly one of the best of my life.
I have been wanting to go to you for the past 3 years but my schedule ALWAYS conflicted. GRR! So getting the chance to go this year not only as a Potterhead but as a special guest just put my happiness over the top. I was on cloud 9 the entire time running around the convention like a crazed animagus. Siriusly.
I think the coolest part of the con, other than being constantly surrounded by Harry Potter, cosplay, and Starkids, was meeting fellow Potter-dorks like myself. YOU GUYS. For every person that came up to me, took a picture with me, jammed with me, smiled at me, tweeted at me, or fangirled with me, just know that as much as I may have made your day-YOU MADE MINE. Harry Potter fans, Starkid fans, Nerdfighters…these fans are not only the most respectful, creative, and committed fandoms I have ever witnessed…these fans are a part of a family. And Leakycon is like one big fandom family reunion…an escape from the outside world. A magical place we can all come together, completely geek out, and not be afraid of criticism or bullying, or people calling us weird or strange or different. WE ARE WEIRD. WE ARE STRANGE. WE ARE DIFFERENT. AND WE LOVE IT.
Leakycon IS Hogwarts. And I now know it will always be there to welcome me home :)
Thank you so much Melissa, Pat, and everyone involved in running it. You made me an extremely happy little witch.
Our rehearsal time kept getting cut down more and more. And we only had Darren for an hour before the show…
We never saw Darren actually reading the lines, the only thing we had time to do with Darren was walk him through and tell him where to stand in every part, so Darren did a great job!
We kept on lying to people, pretty much, we kept on saying “Oh it’s just gonna be a reading. It’s just gonna be a reading, don’t worry guys…” The more and more we were like “We’re never gonna actually get to do this show,” so we were like “This is our last shot, this is the last time we’re gonna have some of this people, it’s the last time we’re gonna be able to get Darren.” So we just kept on making it bigger and bigger without telling anybody.
Darren thought he was just going to be sitting, reading, until the day of. He got there and we said “Alright, Darren, here’s your costume back. We’ve gotta draw that scar on your head. You’re gonna stand here and here.” And he was like “You guys. You stinkers. I knew you were gonna do this.”