10 Movie Moments that Deserved to be Bookslapped

How does a major studio adapt seven books to the big screen? Only Warner Bros. really holds the magic antidote to curing that toxic book adaptation genre. The Harry Potter film saga did what most other franchises could only dream of accomplishing. One of the single greatest literary phenomenons transformed into the biggest film franchise in history with its essential cast portraying the same characters for nearly a decade.

However, as much the movies are revered, it's not easy for Potterheads to avoid ruminating over what went wrong. The faults of every book adaptation is open to interpretation. The cast may be perfect to some but mismatched for others. Colossal moments of the story can be entertaining while small details are entertaining but opened a can of plothole worms. Sometimes something just looks cool and it fits with what the movie is going for. And there are just some moments that need to be Bookslapped. For this list, there are ten to be exact:

Lumos Maxima
The third installment of Harry Potter opens to the young wizard in his relative's home practicing magic on his bed. A glow warms from his wand and fades in and out as he chants "Lumos Maxima". It's a wonderful tribute to us muggles (non-magic folk) who have all sat in our beds way past our bedtime reading comic books, listening to music, or whatever.

BookSlapped: It breaks one big rule in the wizarding world: Wizards under the age of seventeen are prohibited from doing magic outside their training at Hogwarts. If you use it, the Ministry of Magic will know about it through a trace. There is some debate over whether this rule strictly means in front or involving muggles, however the guidelines are pretty clear: Magic formed accidentally through intense uncontrolled emotions are the exception; deliberate use can land you in pretty hot water. Minutes later when Harry blows up his aunt in front of his muggle relatives, he doesn't and won't get into trouble. His uncle cries out, "You can't do magic outside of school!" It's a little confusing when the rest of the movies then try to explain away that you can't purposefully use the smallest hint magic because Harry is underage and under the trace.

P.S. Could we have replaced this opening with an explanation as to who the Marauders are?

Twin-Speak
The Weasley family feels like our own kin with a majority of fans loving the jocular twins Fred and George. Their quips towards others and each other are fast-paced and clever, and they are pretty much attached to the hip.

Bookslapped: That didn't necessarily mean every time they spoke it had to be unison. It's like the script didn't have time to allow each twin to be their own person, so they were compiled to talk about everything at the same time. This could be argued that the always knew what the other one was going to say so that's why they joke collectively, but it's one of those small moments where you wish more of the twin's escapades were used instead of being so condensed down.

Maze Obstacles
In Harry and the Goblet of Fire, the fourteen year old wizard is forced to partake in a deadly maze. Throughout this cinematic portion Harry spends most of his time spinning around corners of the maze while his opponents are bewitched. He inevitably reaches the end alongside fellow Hogwarts student Cedric Diggory, who together beckon each other to take the coveted victory cup.

Bookslapped: The maze is filled with obstacles; one of several includes Harry answering a riddle by a Sphinx blocking his path. A small hiccup within the movies is that Harry's actual intelligence wasn't exhibited that often. Answers sort fall into his lap or he's directed to a solution by another character. But this one scene among many reminds us that he could intellectually hold his own quite well.


Burrow on Fire
In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry stays with the Weasley family at the beloved Burrows residence over the Christmas holiday. During his stay, Bellatrix Lestrange and a host of other deatheaters swarm the house and set it on fire. It's mostly an action sequence showing that not only are these guys purely evil but that no one can hide from them...

Bookslapped: The whole sixth book humanizes Tom Riddle's background with understanding his past and then shreds that humanity into a million little pieces. Yeah, in the sixth movie we get that he was a little kid in an orphanage and a teenager digging around for dirt on horcruxes. But, his violently dysfunctional pureblood family and the years he spent ruthlessly making horcruxes is completely left out. Setting the Burrow on fire, or having Harry flirt with waitresses without protection at the beginning of the movie, just to reinforce the Harry/Ginny relationship, does not an interesting scene make. Neglect of what the horcruxes mean to Harry's well-being and defeat of Voldemort doesn't necessarily help the seventh and eighth movies be more easily understood for non-readers either.

Quidditch
The beloved high-in-the-sky competition takes up a very brief portion of the sixth movie. Ron's vision in the Mirror of Erised nearly comes trues: he comes to the rescue for the Gryffindor team, who were facing a huge uphill battle against Slytherin. Gaining a victory over the cunning and ambitious house, Weasley is a king. Luna, sporting her adorable lion hat in support of her friends, becomes the commentator for these series of games.

Bookslapped: This part was meant to take place in Order of the Phoenix. Facing High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge at Hogwarts, Harry, Fred and George get themselves kicked off the Slytherin team leaving (the completely deleted) Angela Johnson to find replacements. Not only does it show earlier on Ron's skills on the field but also Draco Malfoy's ruthless taunting and teasing. The really brief sports scenes in Half Blood Prince just seems inserts to what the movie could've covered.

P.S. Could we even replace the Burrow or Quidditch scene with the importance of Severus Snape's true identity as the Half Blood Prince?


Voldemort's Death
When I was first told by an acquaintance that Harry Potter and  Deathly Hallows book is entirely different from the movie, I didn't believe him. And, then I read it. There are a lot of scenes that could be listed here but I think the death of the big bad Voldy is number one.

Bookslapped: Harry just doesn't kill Voldemort quietly in the courtyard where no one witnesses the permanent death of the most evil wizard of all time. Nor does Voldemort flitter away into the air like sunburnt skin shedding itself. Nor does Harry use the Elder Wand to kill Voldemort; he actually uses his own wand and the Elder Wand is beckoned to Harry solidifying he is its one true owner. Nor does it show how Harry becomes the Master of Death by owning all three objects when he faces Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest...Nor - well, we'll just stop there.

Ron is Silenced
There's no secret to Potterheads that J.K. Rowling had admitted she struggled with writing Ron Weasley throughout the series. So much so she considered killing him at one point during the sixth book - which thankfully she chose otherwise. However this doesn't stop the incessant scene-stealing created by scriptwriter Steve Kloves, who admitted to finding Hermione more interesting than Ron.

Bookslapped: For one exampkle in the big twist of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry's life is in danger against prisoner escapee Sirius Black and Hogwarts teacher Remus Lupin. Battered and bruised, Ron defends his friend by declaring, "If you want to kill Harry, you'll have to kill us too!" Instead the line goes to Hermione in the movie. In fact a lot of scenes where Ron comes to his friends' defense are toned down or deleted. Poor, Ron.

GOBLET OF FIRE?!?!?
One of the biggest gripes about the franchise may be the unavoidable cast change from Richard Harris (who passed away between the second and third movie) to Michael Gambon who assumed the role of beloved headmaster Albues Dumbledore. Though personally I prefer Gambon's portrayal to Harris', the fervent disapproval by fans of this scene can't be ignored.

Bookslapped: In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, tween Harry is forcefully entered into the dangerous Triwizard Tournament. Only students under the age of seventeen were allowed to volunteer to compete. With an aging line and preventative spells cast around the goblet for which students entered their name, there is no way Harry could not have entered himself. So Dumbledore asks calmly: "Harry, did you put your name in the Goblet of Fire?". It is not: HARRY, DID YA PUT YA NAME IN DA GOBLET OF FIRE?!?!.

Harry Potter Alumni Director Helming Fantastic Beasts Trilogy

The Harry Potter universe had thought the film series had ended with the release of the final installment Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in summer 2011. The last movie marked the epilogue to Harry Potter's longtime rivalry against his villain Lord Voldemort. Surprising fans and critics J.K. Rowling was announced to be penning the script to the movie adaptation of her best-selling companion book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

As news continued to be mulled over by the media, it was at first rumored that Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron would return to the magical series. It was news that was quickly denied by the studios and the director himself.

We finally have confirmation from Variety that Harry Potter alumni director David Yates will be helming the next Harry Potter related franchise. The director worked on the last four films of the series including Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Slated for release in November 2016, the series centered around magizoologist Newt Scamander who documents his findings and adventures of magical creatures in the titled book. The first film will be one of three over a planned trilogy. There is no word yet on who has been or will be cast as the main character, but has explored several potential rising stars for the job.

What do you think of David Yates as the director of the new franchise?

LeakyCon Day 4: Leading as a Lady, Charming a Witch, and The Process Porn Panel

Leading as a Lady with Amber Benson, Scarlett Byrne, Mary Kate Wiles, Joanna Sotomura, Alain Huffman.

These talented women have made a name for themselves playing versatile and interesting characters both in movies and television. With a focus on how and what it takes to be a leading lady in an often-male dominated business, these spirited actresses shared their experiences of what inspired them to become actresses, how women are paving the way both in front and behind the camera to create empowering entertainment, what to do with rejection as a professional actress, and maintaining space between their personal and professional lives.

Amber Benson  with a lot of gusto and enthusiasm shared some inspiring words about how women today can forge their own creative paths and declared her want of seeing versatile female characters in television, movies, and books.

David Martin
12 Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches, Lessons from Ron's Wooing of Hermione
The variety of Harry Potter panels at LeakyCon was nearly endless with subjects ranging from Severus Snape's motives to JK Rowling's headline-making announcement in 2007 about Dumbledore's sexuality, and wandlore.

David Martin pursued another aspect of the Harry Potter fandom; the transformation of Ron Weasley when brothers George and Fred gave the young lad a book for his birthday. It wasn't just any book, but a guide of how to charm witches; a penchant for understanding his female peers that young Ron lacked.

Every seat in the conference room was filled as Martin, with chocolate in hand to reward fans who answered questions correctly, guided us not only through the transformation of Weasley's relationship with Hermione from friend to boyfriend but also specific lessons in what he personally thought might be offered in 12 Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches.

The cirriculum Martin posed Weasley learned included listening, taking action, letting his beloved witch to make relationship decisions, and being a knight in shining armor when the appropriate moment to called for it. The panel was humorous, filled with insight over the relationship changes between Ron and Hermione, and even inspired attendees to implore Martin to offer a published version of his book online. Only time will tell but it was surely a memorable experience.

Lev Grossman, Rainbow Rowell, Holly Black, Malindo Lo, and Varian Johnson gathered together for The Process P*rn panel.

No, it had nothing to do with mature bedtime activities. Instead the authors shared their experiences of what they went through to begin their stories, massage their characters into outlines (or not outlines), researching, and superstitions pertaining to following routines, being comfortable while writing, and editing.

A favorite story offered during the panel was when Rowell confessed that while writing her books at a local coffee shop, one of her superstitions formed over sitting in the same booth every single day allowed her ideas to flow. When she came to sit at the shop one day to begin her writing day, she was shocked to see that the decoration of the shop had changed. It inspired her and her husband to take measurements of the booth she liked to write in and have it recreated and furnished for her own use at home.

As an aspiring writer it is easy to read guides about "what it takes to be a writer" and get caught up in all of the different suggestions that blogs offer. With five published authors appearing together (rather than a  one-on-one Q&A), it was refreshing to hear how much the answers ranged widely for each guest over whether their characters "talked" to them to how they managed a full-time job as a homemakers or journalists. Walking away from the panel, a new perspective was born that not all writers use the same methods to fuel their creativity.

Universal Orlando Celebrates One Million Riders on the Hogwarts Express‏



The new Universal Orlando theme park Diagon Alley has only been open for one month, and already the Harry Potter expansion is celebrating it's first milestone. A new and popular attraction that journeys guests from Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, and vice versa, commemorated its one millionth rider. Congratulations to the lucky witches and wizards who will no doubt remember this special day!

Can you pledge allegiance to a Hogwarts house?

Recently I touched on another sorting hat subject where I expressed doubts of being sorted into Gryffindor. The question I posed was how does a modern-day muggle fit into the criteria of Gryffindor when there are rare many wizarding acts of bravery to perform. My lack of conviction made me question whether I belong in other houses such as Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw (though not Slytherin - sorry!).

Which prompted me to ask another question: can we pledge allegiance to one Hogwarts house?

At eleven years old young Potter and his friends understand that the sorting hat takes their choice into account during their initiation into Hogwarts. Specifically, Potter had the option of being Slytherin but through pleading with the power of that be, he was sorted into Gryffindor instead. Through and through, Potter is a staunch member and representative of this house. Despite his arduous and challenging journey and battle against Lord Voldemort - despite all the crushes, friendships, and deaths,  Potter bleeds red and yellow.

Rarely are there exhibitions of characters that blur the traits between houses - except perhaps Hermione Granger. Deemed the brightest witch of her age, astute and brave, her sorting hat ceremony experienced a hat-stall; a long rumination made by the sorting hat of where to place the prospective student. Granger tied between Gryffindor and Ravenclaw before being selected for the former. This comes as no surprise to readers as Hermione's dramatic display of intelligence may inspire us to question if she would be a better fit for Ravenclaw because of her value for books and cleverness. Often we overlook her fateful decision in the Sorcerer's Stone of choosing friendship and bravery over anything else, but her ability to look ahead and plan out against obstacles sometimes makes us believe otherwise.

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What strikes me in the Harry Potter series is - as said by Professor McGonagall in Sorcerer's Stone - your house becomes your family. As we know from Potter's experience he found his best friends that last a lifetime in Gryffindor, as well as Ravenclaw with Luna Lovegood, and quite a few enemies from the house of Slytherin. Hufflepuff played a relatively small role but had its greatest challenge when Cedric Diggory died in the Triwizard Tournament. However, a majority of his accomplices in life and his education come from his house.

Repeatedly throughout the series characters define themselves and their house but rarely break the barrier, mold, typecast. A major source of evidence with this is how Slytherin was not given a character who shatters the shackles of their houses' "evil" reputation. The journey of Severus Snape acting as a double agent to protect Harry Potter on the behalf of his love for his mother Lily inspires some to re-sort Snape into Gryffindor, but his motives can doubly be argued that they were more for his own gain than the personal protection of Harry. As much as muggle society is divided into cliques from highschool to the workplace, so is the wizarding world divided into the reputation of the houses.

The case may be best made with the Weasleys and the Malfoys. Easily, we remember and know that both families were separated by vast differences dealing with political power, wealth, and beliefs in half-blood acceptance versus pureblood domination. As the central focus for the former family, the Weasleys are befriended and surrounded by other Gryffindors such as members of the Order of the Phoenix. Having a deeply devoted cause for dark magic and loyalty to Lord Voldemort, the Malfoys join forces with other Slytherins. As much as each family is set in their ways of political advocacy in the wizarding wars, we rarely see them interact with members of other houses in a positive or polite matter; often it is when they are at odds in verbal disagreement and physical battle.


As much as I love the Harry Potter series, personalities are more complicated than a four-trait system - which is where sorting becomes complicated. It's fun to identify yourself and your friends into a house, but how well does that system work when people are so much more complicated.

Occasionally, I find myself leaning towards other houses like Hufflepuff due to my likes, dislikes, and personality traits. My mom would have me sorted into Gryffindor while my sister sorts me into Hufflepuff. Intelligence and learning is something that I value highly, as doing well in school was a main source of comfort when friends were hard to come by. Fellow Harry Potter fans that find themselves a mix of two houses sort themselves accordingly; Gryffinpuff, Slytherclaw, Ravendor, Hufflepin - but I find it hard to distinguish myself into one or the other. How well does the sorting hat truly capture a person's personality if said student is a flavor of more than house?

If we're lucky enough when we are young to be boisterous and proud, our true colors are not afraid to shine through. But as we grow up, we don't remain stagnant. Our beliefs, actions, motives, and sometimes even personality traits can shift, shrink, and magnify. Those who may be introverted when they are younger morph into outgoing and enthusiastic extroverts; some who may be willing to be a follower when they are young can grow into a role as a leader. And yet through all the trials and obstacles that Harry and his friends experience, they all remain idyllic members of their fated house.

In the way that muggles look back on their elementary or high schools by how they were divided or united by groups; popular, jocks, band, artsy, debate, drama, etc. is our sorting something we wholly accept and do not judge? Is it possible to remain a member of one house?

Opening Ceremonies and Quidditch at LeakyCon 2014

A day prior to the Open at the Close event held at Universal Studios, the official festivities of LeakyCon 2014 began at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. An open book for many of its convention goers Thursday allowed convention goers to get a sneak peek of the events and panels to come.

LeakyCon separates itself by other conventions with its dedication to bringing fans together. One of the special ways convention goers can spend time and get to know each other is through meet-ups. These clubhouse-esque meetings were held in the morning where fanboys and girls met their peers and made friends for the duration of the weekend ahead. The uniting of fans was a fun opportunity to become familiar with those we surely would see again over the next four days. 

Possibly the big event of the day's activities was the opening ceremony; a comical show starring a variety of stars and actors that were on hand for panels and autograph signings made up the cast. This year's story themed around 'Alice in Tumblrland' a young girl who follows down the social media rabbit hole to identify herself as a fangirl and save her beloved fandoms that are risk for destruction.

I've included a video below of one significant scene where Alice meets the Eleventh Doctor and 80s time traveler Marty Mcfly (Back to the Future); both time wards who give her valuable advice for moving ahead in her journey. Another significant scene may have also been the grand finale when the villainess Maleficent insults some of our favorite character's terrible demises.

The evening events included a panel of Disney Sing-Along and Wizard Rock concert. But there was another ceremony that I was excited to participate in. A little sporting event known as Quidditch was taking place in the Merchants Alley. The Harry Potter Alliance faced off against LeakyCon in the first ever annual Quidditch Tournament.

Where gamers 'fly' around with broomsticks between their legs, cast bludgers between hoops, and try to capture the golden snitch, seeing the popular contest from the Harry Potter books in person was exciting and much more captivating than I had previously thought. Though I was not quite certain of how the muggle version of this game is played, the boundaries of how the players gain points was quite intricate and easy to catch on.

Following the Quidditch match, it was time for me to head back home where I would begin another exciting day at the convention filled with a questions answers with the Harry Potter cast, wandlore, and John Green goodiness.

LeakyCon Rebrands Itself as GeekyCon


Big news comes to Harry Potter fans as our favorite convention gets an overhaul. LeakyCon started in 2009 as a Potter-central for lovers of J.K. Rowling's series. As the convention has grown, so has its array of panels, guests, and activities becoming more inclusive of other fandoms such as Doctor Who and Supernatural.

In the next year, LeakyCon is going back to its roots and is welcoming a new era of convention-goers for the same proud geeks and fandoms called GeekyCon. Check out the new press release below, and my personal coverage on my first LeakyCon experience to be posted soon!

LEAKYCON REBRANDS ITSELF AS “GEEKYCON” AS ANNUAL FANDOM CONVENTION COMES TO A CLOSE IN ORLANDO AMID SOLD-OUT CROWD
Sci-fi/fantasy film, television and young adult book convention will return
to Orlando as GeekyCon July 30-Aug. 2 2015
ORLANDO, Aug. 3, 2014 – Geeks around the world will now have their very own annual convention as LeakyCon, the leading sci-fi/fantasy film, television and book convention, rebranded itself as GeekyCon during at the close of its 2014 show in Orlando. The 2015 show, now called GeekyCon, will return to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando July 30-Aug. 2 with advance tickets going on sale Aug. 9.
Since its inception in 2009, the event has given attendees an opportunity to meet celebrities from their favorite movies and television shows and authors of bestselling young adult books, in addition to attending a wide array of special events, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, workshops, live performances, music concerts and a marketplace with a variety of vendors. The 2014 convention, which was attended by close to 5,000 people, featured a special private event at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando.
“GeekyCon will continue in the tradition of LeakyCon and be a celebration of fandom,” said Melissa Anelli, co-executive director of Mischief Management, which operates the event. “GeekyCon brings notable guests and compelling programming together with fans to create a positive and uplifting environment where attendees can enjoy themselves and each other.”
Mischief Management will return LeakyCon to its roots as a smaller, Harry Potter-only event held in different locations around the world. LeakyCon 2015 is being planned for the second half of the year with dates and location to be announced in the coming months.
Stephanie Dornhelm, co-executive director of Mischief Management, added, “our events are about bringing people together and offering exciting, stimulating and thought-provoking content, and letting attendees interact with the people who create that content.”
GeekyCon is one of the largest and most recognized annual fandom conventions in the world and is attended every year by thousands of fantasy film and television fans as well as book enthusiasts. The event was started in 2009 as LeakyCon, a conference for Harry Potter fans and has since grown to include fans of some of the most popular films and television shows such as “Doctor Who,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Hunger Games,” “Supernatural,” “The Hobbit,” and many others. The event also offers fans a literary track that draws some of the biggest authors in the young adult genre, as well as programming with personalities from YouTube and top Web shows. Past events have been held in Boston, Orlando, Chicago, Portland and London. More information is available at www.GeekyCon.com.

Open at the Close kicks off LeakyCon 2014

July 30th marked the very first day of the LeakyCon convention. In Orlando, Florida thousands of fans from all walks of life and fandoms united to geek out over Doctor Who, Supernatural, Glee, and of course - the famous boy wizard himself, Harry Potter. Opening the four day weekend of panels, signings, and wizard rock was the exclusive event held Universal Studios Orlando. Called Open at the Close, fans who purchased an extra option ticket were given private access to the new Universal theme park Diagon Alley, with unlimited traveling to Hogsmeade. I happen to one of the very lucky 1,500 to attend!

Was this event going to be magical for everyone? Dare I say, the outcome was touch and go for many fans. When the Open at the Close tickets went on sale earlier this summer, one of the perks to the event was to ride the extraordinarly popular Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts attraction. The ride is a new multi-dimensional rollercoaster that takes witches and wizards to their vaults at Gringotts and meet some unexpected death eaters along the way. It's an attraction that has gained more than several hours to stand in line in order to experience.

Unfortunately, and unexpectedly, we received news prior to the even that the ride was going to be closed for maintenance. We were instead allowed access to the attraction's lobby. Though this wasn't one of the questions that I had in mind before the event, people wandered if there was enough to do within the time allotted to explore Diagon Alley.
Absolutely - I think every square inch of the theme park had it's photo taken by me. Every few minutes I had to stop and admire the spectacular opportunity it was to hang out with fellow Harry Potter fans and explore Diagon Alley.

The Gringott's Bank queue is extraordinary. The first time you walk through the brick wall barrier between the muggle world and Diagon Alley, is something you'll never forget. If you ever imagined standing in front of Weasley Wizard Wheezes or Gringotts Bank, the theme park is as if you are standing right in the middle of the film and your imagination. One of my personal favorite scenes from the last film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 takes place in Gringotts - when Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter, and Griphook try to break into the bank to get to Bellatrix Lestrange's vault. Stepping inside through the queue of Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts puts you right inside the films. And, for it to be enjoyed by taking as many pictures and videos as we wanted - I could've stayed there all night!

Universal Studios and Leaky Con truly knew how to take care of us. Our dinner was complimentary as was all the non-alcoholic beverages and ice cream. Drink all of the free Butterbeer we could ever dream of! Gobble down all of the free Strawberry and Peanut Butter ice cream we could imagine. All of the shops and dining were open for our browsing, picture taking, and enjoyment.

And, also there was the entertainment. At dinner time, (midnight or so) we were treated to some very awesome performances. Our first show was performed by the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts troupe. From the Tales of Beedle the Bard, we watched a beautiful puppetry-fable inspired by the animated sequence from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Then, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees knew how to croon her way into our hearts - we were treated to several of her hit jazzy songs including “A Cauldron Full Of Hot, Strong Love" and “You Charmed The Heart Right Out Of Me.” The entertainment was the extra magical ingredient as I sat to eat my dinner, give my camera rest from all the picture-taking, and enjoy the moment.


Included in the event was unlimited access to ride the Hogwarts Express train from Diagon Alley to Hogsmeade. The attraction is perhaps one of my favorites - if not my personal favorite - of both theme parks. Being able to walk through Kings Cross Station and onto the gorgeous train that journeys all of our favorite Harry Potter characters to Hogwarts is something out of a fairytale.

Let me say - that I spent so much time exploring Diagon Alley, I almost missed out on getting to Hogsmeade before the event ended. Thankfully, I still had enough time to explore all of the shops open to us - Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Dervish and Banges.

None of this would've been possible without all of the hard witches and wizards stationed through Diagon Alley and Hogmeade, and LeakyCon teaming up with Universal Studios to hold this event. I'm sure there is more of awesome memories to come this weekend, and Open at the Close kicking of LeakyCon 2014 was spectacular.

Something I'll never forget happened. Without the constriction of heat or crowds, I was able to stand in front of Hogwarts all lit up and bask in the moment. Sitting and drinking my pumpkin juice, it was hard to believe that I was there. How many times fans - including me - imagine to experience something like this? Every witch and wizard I spoke to was kind and friendly (except for Dark Wizards occupying Knockturn Alley). Every hour was an experience of purely geeking out and relishing in the Harry Potter magic. Hogwarts welcomed me home.

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