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October 19 – 23, 2016
Los Angeles

Join thousands of witches and wizards from across the globe as they gather for a weekend-long celebration of "The Boy Who Lived" and the extraordinary impact his story has had on both the Wizarding and Muggle worlds.

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FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS from the WORLD OF HARRY POTTER

From actors and artists, to authors and editors, we are gathering a group of guests who have had a hand in bringing the magic of J.K. Rowling's world to life for fans the world over.

Ellie Darcey-Alden

Actress
(Young Lily Evans)

Charlotte Skeoch

Actress
(Hannah Abbott)

Charlotte portrayed Hannah Abbott in the Harry Potter films and provided voice work for the Harry Potter video games. Following a short affair with the world of acting, Charlotte trained as a dancer in London. However, she swapped leotards for literature, returning to university to study English Literature. Her writing has featured in Company Magazine, Huffington Post and numerous other media outlets. However, Charlotte found her true vocational calling in teaching; she is currently a teacher of English and Head of Drama at a boys' school in Winchester, though she sometimes wishes it was Hogwarts.

Nick Shirm

Actor
(Zacharias Smith)

Nick Shirm grew up in Barnet, North London and is best known for playing Zacharias Smith in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix film and video game. After his time as an young actor, he went on to study music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has become a full-time musician. Most recently Nick performed in the Gareth Malone Voices 2015 Tour and has been recording Gareth's Christmas album which is coming out very soon. Nick is the singer of the band Manifesto and one half of the future soul duo Goldsmoke.

Pierre Bohanna

Head Prop Maker
Harry Potter Films I – VIII

Pierre Bohanna is a modeller and prop maker who has worked on films such as the Harry Potter series, The Dark Knight, and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Pierre has worked at the three major studios of Leavesden, Pinewood, and Shepperton, making specialized props and models for films including Judge Dread, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, and First Knight, as well as a large order of props for Titanic. You can see his work in upcoming films Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rogue One, Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars: Episode VIII, and The Justice League.

Bryn Court

Head Sculptor
Harry Potter films and parks

Bryn Court has worked in the UK film industry for over 22 years as a Sculptor. His work can be seen in films including the entire Harry Potter series, The Gladiator, the Bond movies, The Mummy Returns, and The Dark Knight Rises. Since then, he has been involved in the Harry Potter theme parks for Universal in Orlando, Japan, and Hollywood, designing and working on sculpture elements including the Gringotts Dragon, Diagon Alley, and the interior set for Escape from Gringotts. He has recently finished work on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be released in November.

Katy Fray

Prosthetic Makeup Artist
(Films VI–VIII)

Laurent Guinci

Costume Designer
Harry Potter Theme Parks

Laurent Guinci is a French designer who has lived in London since 1994 and the creator of LFG Design. After years as a designer, Laurent began working in the film industry on features like Harry Potter, Bridget Jones, In Bruges, and James Bond, among others. He is now the creative director for Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter. He is also the costume designer for Warner Bros. and Universal Studios’ theme parks in the USA and Japan, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, King Kong Skull Island, The Hulk, and the upcoming Volcano Bay waterpark.

Harry and the Potters

Wizard Rock Band

Harry and the Potters are the first wizard rock band. Since forming in 2002, they have played over 800 shows in libraries, rock clubs, art spaces, bookstores, basements, backyards and pizza places all over the world.

They also helped co-found the Harry Potter Alliance and are the creators of the Golden Snitchwich: a peanut butter and Golden Graham sandwich that you can catch in your mouth, just like Harry Potter did in his first Quidditch match. This blast of protein and carbs is the ideal food choice for busy convention attendees looking for a boost of energy now and later. Find out more at catchitinyourmouth.com.

Tonks and the Aurors

Wizard Rock Band

Tonks & the Aurors is a wizard rock band created and fronted by Steph Anderson. Since 2007, Tonks & the Aurors has traveled the country playing in libraries and bookstores and has released four full-length albums and an EP. Recently, Steph has expanded her “Muggle” discography to include an additional album and three EPs featuring songs that draw inspiration from The Hunger Games series, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, John Green’s books, and even The West Wing. She has two albums in the works currently: a compilation of re-recorded Tonks greatest hits and an EP about U.S. history!

Draco and the Malfoys

Wizard Rock Band

Bradley Mehlenbacher and Brian Ross began playing wizard rock in response to their friends' band Harry and the Potters. They decided to write music from the point of view of Harry's rival, and the rest is wizard rock history. They have released five full-length studio albums as Draco and the Malfoys, and Bradley has a side project as Remus and the Lupins. They continue to play and host house shows in Rhode Island, where the band first formed. Wikipedia says they broke up in 2011 and is very wrong indeed.

The Parselmouths

Wizard Rock Band

The Parselmouths are a Slytherin all-girl band started in 2004 by Kristina Horner and Elle Sonnet. Inspired by the boy-who-lived (and determined to rock out just as hard), they wrote songs about everything from kicking house elves and getting Hagrid fired, to the peculiar tattoos their dads have (dark marks). In later years they cleaned up their act a smidge, added Gryffindor Eia Waltzer to the band, and pondered a bit about house unity. But only a little. The Parselmouths "retired" in 2011 to work on other projects, but are excited to reunite at LeakyCon for one final show. They might not be the same old Slytherin "mean girls" they once were, but they'll be Voldemort Fangirls for life.

The Mudbloods

Wizard Rock Band

The Mudbloods are a Wizard Rock band originally from Austin, TX. They released music and toured the country from 2005 to 2009. Their performance at LeakyCon will be their first in seven (the most magical number) years. The band's studio lineup included Adam Dubberly (guitar and vocals), Kyle Bradshaw (lead guitar), Kyle Lowder (drums), and Brandon McCullough (bass). When touring they were often joined by Tyler Nicholas on bass. Their songs such as "Be My Witch" and "A Pensieve Full of Unrequited Love" remain Wizard Rock staples to this day. You can hear their music at TheMudbloods.bandcamp.com

The Whomping Willows

Wizard Rock Band

The Whomping Willows, known in human form as Matt Maggiacomo, began playing wizard rock in 2004 at a house party with Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoy. Several years later he began pursuing wizard rock full time and has never looked back. He has played over 700 shows as the Whomping WIllows and sold 10,000 albums. He also serves as Executive Director of The Harry Potter Alliance and is on the Board of Directors Uplift.

Lauren Fairweather

Wizard Rocker

Lauren began her Wizard Rock career in 2005 when she and Nina Jankowicz created The Moaning Myrtles. They released two albums before Lauren began writing independently, including for her personal YouTube channel and the collaborative project 5 Awesome Girls. Lauren continues to write and perform multifandom music, and sells handmade crafts on Etsy and at conventions.

Tianna and the Cliffhangers

Wizard Rocker

Tianna Mignogna was too cool for Harry Potter. That is, before her second grade teacher read Sorcerer's Stone to the class and she fell in love. Now Tianna is a Slytherin singer/songwriter based out of Pittsburgh, PA. The moment she first heard The Whomping Willows’ “Draco and Harry” she knew she was a goner for wizard rock. Once she put down the pots and pans and picked up the guitar, her main influences were solidified as Tegan and Sara, Tonks and the Aurors, and Joan Jett. She prioritizes belting, banjolele, and brainstorming how to annoy the average straight white male in power. Since 2008 she's recorded four albums and three EPs full of music based on books, fan fiction, and TV series such as Harry Potter, My Immortal, and In The Flesh. Five US tours led up to Tianna's latest EP, "That’s So Gay" that is entirely based on queering media. As Sarah Wilkes puts it, “[Tianna and the Cliffhangers] make[s] me want to be bigger, bolder, gayer.”

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WEDNESDAY

OCTOBER 19

Open at the Close: The LeakyCon Field Trip to Hogwarts! Admission to the park begins at 3p.m.
Buses will be running on a loop beginning at 2p.m. for those who purchase a bus ticket with their park admission.

More details coming very soon!

THURSDAY

OCTOBER 20

Meetups galore! Come find your fellow Pukwudgies, Slytherins, and Spoonies. Meet your new friends for the weekend, and enjoy the Marriott’s courtyard with a favorite book in tow.

Our Opening Ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. and you won’t want to miss it! Once we’ve finished the first installment of our weekend-long story, go grab a bite to eat and come back for our first night of Wizard Rock.

FRIDAY

OCTOBER 21

Start your day at 10a.m. with a game, a panel, or the next chapter of our story. Then spend your day in sessions ranging from academic lectures to Arithmancy 101, to Q&As with our special guests.

Don’t forget to stop in the LeakyCon Marketplace and check out our magical vendors. At night, party like it’s 2007 at our second Wizard Rock show!

SATURDAY

OCTOBER 22

The fandom, the canon, the classes, the designers. Saturday’s programming covers all of these topics and more! Spend your day connecting with the rest of the world’s biggest Harry Potter fans, then dance the night away at a very magical version of our Esther Earl Ball.

Saturday will require CONSTANT VIGILANCE! You never know which people from our story may be walking the halls with you.

SUNDAY

OCTOBER 23

Sunday’s your last chance to share your favorite old theory, hope for future stories, and feelings about representation in the Wizarding World. Make one last stop in the Marketplace before heading to our Closing Ceremony at 3p.m.

After the Closing Ceremony, fireplaces will be available for you to floo home—just remember to speak clearly!

Your Entire Leakycon Experience In One Magical Ticket

Your ticket for LeakyCon is like your ticket for the Hogwarts Express. Once you’re on board, a truly magical fan experience awaits you! You won’t pay for extras like guest autographs or photographs, and you will get access to all the exciting programs, panels, discussions and special events we can conjure.

There are two types of tickets to LeakyCon: The General Pass and the now sold-out Marauder Pass. If you would like the chance to upgrade your ticket to Marauder status, you can add your name to the waiting list here.

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Under-18 Wizards at LeakyCon

Just as students must be 11 years old to attend Hogwarts, we recommend that all attendees be above the age of 11. All attendees under the age of 18 attending LeakyCon without a registered parent or legal guardian must present a signed and notarized permission form at check in. Please feel free to download the permission form here.

Attendees under the age of 18 whose parents or legal guardians are also attending the convention may forgo the permission form, provided the parent checks in at the same time as the child. Children under five may attend for free with a parent or legal guardian.

Modifications and Cancellations

You can change or modify your registration prior to October 10, 2016, but please note that the last day to request a refund for the cost of your registration is September 1, 2016. To modify your registration, please email [email protected] and be sure to include your Order ID.

To downgrade or cancel your registration, send an email to [email protected] and be sure to include the Order ID you receive after you purchase your pass. Please note the cancellation/refund deadline of September 1, 2016 when choosing to downgrade your pass. It can take 2–3 weeks for the refund to be deposited in your account.

Modifying Your LeakyCon Pass

You can change or modify your registration prior to October 10, 2016, but please note that the last day to request a refund for the cost of your registration is September 1, 2016. To modify your registration, please email [email protected] and be sure to include your Order ID.

Autograph & Photobooth Policy

Autograph and photobooth sessions are subject to guest availability. As such, we can not guarantee that all guests listed will be sitting for autograph and photobooth sessions during the event. Be sure to check the final schedule for a full list of autograph and photobooth sessions.

LeakyCon is one of the very few conventions to offer autograph sessions at no additional charge; however, to keep autographs free, they cannot be guaranteed. In an effort to minimize wait times and run signings efficiently, the following procedures apply to all non-Marauder Pass holders: (If you have a Marauder Pass, the following only concerns you if you would like to enter the drawing for an additional autograph or photobooth pass over and above those guaranteed with your registration.)

Access to autograph and photobooth sessions are granted via drawing unless indicated otherwise by LeakyCon staff. Access to those sessions that are not via drawing will be first-come, first-served. Please keep an eye out for the LeakyCon schedule to see the specific rules for each session.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Drawings will take place on-site at 8 a.m. on the day of the autograph or photobooth opportunity (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the Hollywood room.

Autograph and photobooth sessions will take place in the LeakyCon Marketplace which will be open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

  • 2007

    LeakyCon was conceived in 2007 by the creative minds behind The Leaky Cauldron, the leading online fan destination after which the convention was named. Its founders wanted to create a place where fans could come together to celebrate their common love of Harry Potter in a safe, welcoming and — above all — fun and friendly environment.

    Two years later, LeakyCon became a reality.

  • 2009

    The first-ever LeakyCon took place from May 21–24, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. It featured appearances by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix screenwriter Michael Goldenberg, Scholastic editor Cheryl Klein, and members of the popular Harry Potter podcast “PotterCast.”

    The weekend also featured performances by Wizard Rock bands, including Harry and the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys, and The Whomping Willows.

  • 2011

    In 2011, LeakyCon coincided with the release of the eighth and final Harry Potter film. Fans celebrated with Harry Potter film stars Evanna Lynch, Chris Rankin, Scarlett Byrne and many others.

    The hugely popular comedy troupe Team StarKid, lead by founding member Darren Criss, performed their most popular tunes, and attendees explored Hogsmeade Village in the newly-opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Resort.

  • 2012

    In 2012, LeakyCon landed in Chicago. The convention that had begun as a celebration of all things Harry Potter had since grown to include many of the other stories that Potter fans loved. From August 9–12, 2012, thousands of fans came together to celebrate those numerous shared passions.

    LeakyCon 2012 featured appearances by YouTube sensations John and Hank Green, Team StarKid, and the cast and creators of the Emmy award-winning web series The Lizzie Bennett Diaries; actors from the hit television show Glee; Harry Potter film stars, Evanna Lynch, Scarlett Byrne, and Robbie Jarvis, among others.

  • 2013

    In 2013, LeakyCon went international, hosting conventions in both Portland, Oregon, and London, England.

    Attendees at LeakyCon Portland continued to celebrate their love of all things fandom, with guests like Rent star Anthony Rapp, The Hunger Games’ Jackie Emerson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer actors Amber Benson and Tom Lenk, and Harry Potter actors Devon Murray, and Scarlett Byrne.

  • 2013

    In London, Harry Potter pride was in full effect, with members of the cast, and crew joining thousands of fans for a truly magical weekend; the first of its kind in Europe!

    Guests included Harry Potter stars Evanna Lynch, Scarlett Byrne, Alfred Enoch, Chris Rankin, Robbie Jarvis, and Ellie Darcey-Alden.

    Attendees also experienced a special LeakyCon-only tour of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.

  • 2014

    2014 saw the return of LeakyCon to Orlando, Florida as we celebrated the opening of Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Resort.

    Guests included YouTube superstar Hannah Hart, fandom parody masters Team StarKid, and AVbyte, The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, Supernatural actress Alaina Huffman, Doctor Who writer James Moran, and many more!

    It was at LeakyCon 2014 that the now multi-fandom convention was renamed “GeekyCon,” allowing LeakyCon to return to its roots as the Harry Potter fan event it is today!

A magical rate for this magical gathering

We have secured a special, low rate at the Marriott Burbank hotel – the home of LeakyCon 2016 — just steps from the Bob Hope Burbank Airport, and minutes from Hollywood and the many sights and sounds of Los Angeles, Universal City, and the all-new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Bookings for LeakyCon 2016 are being accepted now!

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