The Leaky Diary: Day 5

 

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Just in case you haven’t read The Leaky Diary: Day 1The Leaky Diary: Day 2, The Leaky Diary: Day 3, or The Leaky Diary: Day 4, my name is Kelsey and I got the chance of a lifetime to attend LeakyCon in Orlando Florida with Harry Potter and the Art of Spying authors Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest. This is my Leaky Diary where I explore some of my favorite parts of the experience, give some vacation advice to those interested in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and thank all of the wonderful people that made the trip a fantastic success!*

*Unlike Tom Riddle’s Diary, the goal of this blog series is not to convince you to open a secret chamber, kill a bunch of students, or do anything equally nefarious. I just want to tell my story. Still, as Arthur Weasley says, “never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”

A week ago today the Harry Potter and the Art of Spying authors gave their presentation at LeakyCon. Whew! It’s hard to believe that it all went by so fast! Since I helped run the PowerPoint, I sat up front and got to be just as nervous as the authors. Turns out, when you let smart people talk to other smart people about something everyone loves, the presentation goes pretty well.

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My Favorite Moments:

  1. Discussing the relationship between the disguises in Harry Potter and disguises used by real spies. Peter mentioned that the best disguises are ones that can be donned and removed very quickly. Turns out, the CIA actually hired John Chambers, the make up artist who worked on Planet of the Apes, to teach them make up techniques for their disguises. So now you know, it’s better to be an animagus or to have an invisibility cloak than to try to use polyjuice potion all the time!
  2. Watching the movie clip in which Harry learns all about Snape’s sacrifices through the Pensieve. The whole room fell absolutely silent for the movie and then erupted into applause. It was a fantastic way to end the presentation.

“After all this time? Always.”

3.  Giving away free stuff during our trivia challenge! We stumped some people with the question “On which floor and behind which tapestry is the Room of Requirement? Too bad they hadn’t been reading the trivia on our blog! There were some potterheads who knew almost everything though. Our tie breaker was the code from the cover of our book, which we discuss in this blog. 

Although we were sad to see the end of LeakyCon, the Esther Day Charity Ball was the perfect way to ring in the final day. I am not a huge party person, but it was wonderful to see so many happy people in one place.

This may be the last Leaky Diary, but don’t worry, you’ll hear much more from the authors and me in the coming month. The book will be released worldwide on September 8th after a fantastic launch at the International Spy Museum. Do you have questions about LeakyCon, Harry Potter World, or Harry Potter and the Art of Spying? Post them in the comments or ask the authors!

 

The Leaky Diary: Day 4

IMG_0860[1] Just in case you haven’t read The Leaky Diary: Day 1The Leaky Diary: Day 2,  or The Leaky Diary: Day 3, my name is Kelsey and I got the chance of a lifetime to attend LeakyCon in Orlando Florida with Harry Potter and the Art of Spying authors Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest. This is my Leaky Diary where I explore some of my favorite parts of the experience, give some vacation advice to those interested in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and thank all of the wonderful people that made the trip a fantastic success!* *Unlike Tom Riddle’s Diary, the goal of this blog series is not to convince you to open a secret chamber, kill a bunch of students, or do anything equally nefarious. I just want to tell my story. Still, as Arthur Weasley says, “never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”

Today I want to talk about the MuggleNet Scavenger Hunt and the cosplay sightings that really made my weekend. LeakyCon is all about meeting other people and sharing the Harry Potter experience, so both the scavenger hunt and the cosplayers were essential.

Mugglnet had an exhaustive scavenger hunt that sent players to booths all over the marketplace. The second question was: “Find the secret word/riddle at the Harry Potter and the Art of Spying Booth” Now, if you’ve been following our blog, you may guess what that secret word is. If not, check out this Crack the Code blog post to find the word and the role it plays in the Harry Potter series. I really enjoyed helping everyone solve the riddle, and I think the authors did too! Kelsey 570 We also did some serious role playing , as I’m sure you noticed in the first photo above. Snape killed Dumbledore as McGonagall looked on with her usual stern expression. You should have seen the crowd that gathered to watch the reenactment! Snape and McGonagall were very good sports about the whole thing, too. Kelsey 603 Now, as you probably know by now, those of us working on Harry Potter and the Art of Spying are firmly convinced that Severus Snape was the best double agent EVER. Rita Skeeter’s interviews with his headmaster portrait reveal his personal experiences working for both sides during the years leading up to the second wizarding war. Now, just imagine how excited we were when the legendary Snape impersonator @vladimirsnape debated Snape’s role as a spy with us and then bought a book! Seriously, talking to him was like talking to Alan Rickman, if Alan Rickman were actually Severus Snape. IMG_0865

The Leaky Diary: Day 3

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Author Peter Earnest admiring an official Firebolt owned by an actual Quidditch player!

Just in case you haven’t read The Leaky Diary: Day 1 or The Leaky Diary: Day 2,  my name is Kelsey and I got the chance of a lifetime to attend LeakyCon in Orlando Florida with Harry Potter and the Art of Spying authors Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest. This is my Leaky Diary where I explore some of my favorite parts of the experience, give some vacation advice to those interested in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and thank all of the wonderful people that made the trip a fantastic success!*

*Unlike Tom Riddle’s Diary, the goal of this blog series is not to convince you to open a secret chamber, kill a bunch of students, or do anything equally nefarious. I just want to tell my story. Still, as Arthur Weasley says, “never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”

Yesterday, I talked a little bit about how exciting it was to share information about Harry Potter and the Art of Spying with people who had never heard of it before. However, it was also AWESOME to hear from people who had already learned a little about the book or who knew something about the International Spy Museum, which one of the authors, Peter Earnest, directs. The book is exclusively available through the Spy Museum until our launch in early September.

LeakyCon was the first time we got to hear from real people who think that the combination of spy craft and Harry Potter facts is a fascinating concept. And when you hear the words “my friend was fangirling over this book so I had to stop by” from a major Harry Potter fan, you know you’ve got something great in your hands.

Several people had already purchased the book at the International Spy Museum or received it as a gift from family members or friends who visited the museum and knew their favorite potterphile would appreciate the book. One girl had heard of the book because she has recently begun a book review blog and had tried to get an advanced reader copy. The authors were so pleased to sign her book and we look forward to hearing what she thinks of it soon!

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The blogger in question with her brand new book!

 

Other people had heard Lynn and Peter speak on Mugglenet’s Alohomora! podcast back in May. I was amazed that so many people recognized the authors after just hearing their voices on a radio show! It was also nice to finally meet the Mugglenet staff who have been SO supportive over the past few months. From reading and reviewing the book to inviting the authors to speak on Alohomora! they have demonstrated precisely the kind of teamwork and friendship that I’ve come to expect of the Harry Potter family.

Thank you MuggleNet for everything! And thank you to all of the LeakyCon attendees who shared their thoughts with us. It was magical getting to hear from all of you!

What awesome Harry Potter conversations  have you had either at LeakyCon, on social media, or with your friends?

 

The Leaky Diary: Day 2

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Just in case you haven’t read The Leaky Diary: Day 1, my name is Kelsey and I got the chance of a lifetime to attend LeakyCon in Orlando Florida with Harry Potter and the Art of Spying authors Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest. This is my Leaky Diary where I explore some of my favorite parts of the experience, give some vacation advice to those interested in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and thank all of the wonderful people that made the trip a fantastic success!*

*Unlike Tom Riddle’s Diary, the goal of this blog series is not to convince you to open a secret chamber, kill a bunch of students, or do anything equally nefarious. I just want to tell my story. Still, as Arthur Weasley says, “never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”

Today, I want to talk about our first day at LeakyCon in the marketplace, where we had our very first booth. The book is not officially released until September, so this was the first time we could show people what we’ve been working so hard to publish!

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From left to right: Authors Peter Earnest and Lynn Boughey signing books at the LeakyCon marketplace!

With such a new book, the most exciting part was just telling people about a cool new Harry Potter interpretation that many had never heard of before. One visitor who works for Warner Brothers said that our book was one of the most unique things for sale in the Marketplace. That is such a HUGE compliment because I absolutely LOVED almost everything I saw in that room. I particularly loved the coasters decorated with pages from old Harry Potter books sold by the booth right across from our own. There were also bags, bracelets, necklaces, t-shirts, wands, and posters galore. A lot of the vendors had Etsy stores, so I would look for their stuff online if you’re interested!

I also loved seeing everyone’s cosplays. Here’s one of the best Luna Lovegoods I saw all week! She actually dressed up as someone different every day and purchased a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying.

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She’s holding a copy of the Quibbler while our very own wizard holds a copy of the Leaky Prophet. What’s the Leaky Prophet, you ask? It was a newspaper we gave to anyone who wanted one that looked a lot like a Daily Prophet, just without the moving pictures. Rita Skeeter interviewed authors Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest for us, which is definitely an entertaining read. You can find a copy here!

I got to do my own dressing up, although my costume was not nearly as elaborate as some others. Lynn and Peter got me my very own Harry Potter and the Art of Spying wizard robe! (I have no idea why I had the urge to strike the Super Woman pose. I guess the robe felt a bit like a cape in that moment)

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Did anyone else spend time in the LeakyCon marketplace? What were some of your favorite vendors and cosplayers?