HP Costume Ball at Geek Central! Sunday October 26

Pandemonium Books & Games, the sf/f bookstore and gaming spot in Central Square, Cambridge (Massachusetts), runs a weekend-long geek culture festival in October called Geek Central. Events happen all around the Square and will include a geek-themed burlesque show, panels with local sf/f authors, and more.

Some of us who have been informally throwing events like the “Hogwarts Alumni Reunion” at Arisia and going to afternoon tea in costume, etc. have been talked into throwing a Harry Potter themed Costume Ball at the Elks Lodge! So, here we go!

It’ll be mere days before Halloween, which only makes it an even better excuse to get your Potter on! We’ll also have prizes for best costumes.

Note: this costume ball is for adults! Alcohol will be served.

PRICE: Tickets are on sale now. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: only $10 for the first 25 early birds to purchase! After that it goes up to $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

DATE: October 26 (Sunday) 2014 from 7pm – 11pm.

HOW TO PURCHASE: Visit Hogwarts Alumni of Boston and use the online shopping cart there.

We’re also looking for volunteers and sponsors. If you can help out in any way, whether working a door shift, helping decorate, donating prizes, or spreading the word, drop us a line!

MISTI-Con Pre-Reg is OPEN!

Woooo! I’ve been waiting for this day since last MISTI-Con! Seriously, I’ve been to a lot of Harry Potter conventions. I’ve been to some huge ones and some small ones and this one is just the most fun I’ve ever had at a convention. So many people are making art and participating it’s like Harry Potter Burning Man. I’ve been planning what costume(s) I’m going to make for a year already.

Their fundraiser (sorry, that Fundrazr) went live yesterday, and I quote:

“MISTI-Con is a Harry Potter fan convention designed to be a more intimate, immersive fan experience. It will focus on the talent, art and achievements of the members of the fandom itself, highlighting the fantastic participatory nature of the community.

The Margate provides us EXCLUSIVE use of their hotel. All the hotel rooms and conference halls will be for MISTI-Con’s use, and the full hotel has been reserved for MISTI-Con attendees. The hotel facilities will also include a huge outdoor events tent that will house the larger convention programming. Most wonderful of all, the Margate allows MISTI-Con to extensively decorate as much of the hotel as possible, creating the immersive environment that is part of our larger goal.”

To pre-register or donate to the fundraiser for very cool fannish perks, click here: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/cjnC2/sh/73CHe8

or visit www.misti-con.org for updates and more information about the convention, which will be Memorial Day Weekend 2015 (May 21-25).

Upcoming cons! Got my room for MISTI-Con … and HPEF poll?

The new MISTI-Con website went live today and I have already made a room reservation at the Margate!

Check out the newly revamped MISTI site: http://www.misti-con.org/misti-news.html

MISTI-Con 2015 will have a wizarding world’s fair theme. Can’t wait.

Meanwhile, HPEF, the folks who put on Ascendio, Azkatraz, Infinitus, and many of the other memorable HP cons of the last decade, are exploring the idea of doing another, but smaller, con ALSO in 2015. Seattle or Minneapolis. They have a poll up on the subject which you can fill out as a Google Form (link).

I’m all in for MISTI. It was so much fun. I’d want to do HPEF also, but Seattle is a bit far and the budget only goes so far. If only we could get HPEF and Misti each doing every other year but not the SAME year…

Third Annual Hogwarts Alumni Reunion at Arisia

For the third year in a row I hosted a Hogwarts Alumni Reunion at Arisia on Saturday night. This year the party was not as crowded, but we still had quite a decent turnout of folks in their witch and wizard hats and school robes, and I gave out at least dozen prizes for costumes–the more elaborate the costume, the more elaborate the prize. :-) (Some photos below…)

One of the more amusing interactive elements was I asked people to write a spell, curse, or potion they had invented since their graduation from Hogwarts. (As well as “what do you see in the Mirror of Erised?”)

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Hogwarts Alumni Reunion: January 18, 2014

Yep, we’re doing it again, the Hogwarts Alumni Reunion party at Arisia, the multi-fandom sf/f con in Boston that has costumers and GLBT folk in equal measures. As a result — and because of who I know to begin with — this party tends to have a lot of slashers and costumers. Wands may be needed to enter. If you are a Muggle you may have to convince a nearby witch or wizard to help you in.

More details and RSVPs on this facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1430475487163829/

We’re still recruiting folks to help with decorating, food/drink, cleanup, etc. If you would not mind getting a hotel room in the party block I would love to hook our rooms together if possible so we can have more space? Let me know.

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Slytherin Hazing at the Geeky Kink Event NE

As expected, “Slytherin Hazing” was fantastically fun.

For those who don’t know, I am the guest of honor this weekend at a combination science fiction/geekdom/BDSM/Kink convention called the Geeky Kink Event. When they asked me what presentations I wanted to do, out of the blue I said, “OOoh! Let me run a Slytherin Hazing session, cosplayed as Draco Malfoy!” Being the geeky kinksters they are, the organizers readily agreed.

Wig Check! iPhone so handy for that...

I tested out my costume for the hour or so prior to the session, wandering the hallways and demanding to know where people’s wands were. (“Just because the war’s over is no excuse to go unarmed!”) I also had a few interactions as myself… for example the guys running a card game who were having people sign up for texts about the game. I put my actual name down. The guy thought I was pulling his leg by writing down the Guest of Honor’s name. Then he blinked and said, “Oh my. Good costume.”

Draco ready to separate the riff raff from the elite...

Anyway. I set up my stuff in the room. I had brought a couple of canes (including one New York Yankees cane… yes, you heard me right, New York Yankees cane, made by KJ Canes… BECAUSE THE YANKEES ARE THE SLYTHERINS OF BASEBALL… ahem…), some floggers, some potions (ahem, firewhiskey), some potions ingredients, et cetera. In these live role play situations you merely have to be ready for anything. Continue reading

Fic: The Lot of Severus (Snape/Draco, Hard R, Biblical)

So, I’m speaking on panels at Balticon this weekend, and one of the most fun was Literary Never Have I Ever, in which each writer had to name a “literary sin” they’ve never committed, e.g. “I’ve never written a story in the second person.” If no one else on the panel had either, the person who brought it up was challenged to do it by next year, and if only one person had, they had to describe the circumstances under which it was done. One of the other writers mentioned “ripping off old school Old Testament stories.” I raised my hand, having realized I wrote a Harry Potter Sodom and Gomorrah story.

I later went to link people to the story and realized… I had never posted it before! Wow. I think I must have written it for a fest, then set it aside at wrote something else because it didn’t have enough sex in it for the prompt? I’m not sure. It would have been back in 2008, most likely, and I can barely remember what happened last week!

So anyway, I figured I had better share the story now. Voila! You asked for it Balticon, Harry Potter and the City of Sodom.

Title: The Lot of Severus
Word Count: 2,015
Pairing: Snape/Draco
Genre: Voldemort-wins!AU, Biblical retelling
Warnings: Hints of non-con offstage, character death
Rating: Hard R
Summary: An old testament story done Harry Potter style

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Dozen Best Things That Happened At MISTI-Con

I find I’m too tired tonight to write a long screed. MISTI-Con was fantastic and I decided to boil it down to my favorite moments, in no particular order:

  • That moment when Voldemort and a procession of Death Eaters entered the Masquerade Ball… and 50 or 60 people all drew their wands spontaneously from their dress robes, ball gowns, costumes, etc. (I’ll be looking for my wand for a few days post-con, the way you look for your glasses while wearing contacts…)
  • The fact that Voldemort was there to have the equivalent of a “first dance” with… Harry Potter. (Grin. Welcome to the new age of magical cooperation!)
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  • MISTI-Con Day Four

    Wow. What an amazing con this has been. I’m crying as I write this because I’m back in my room after the masquerade ball and I’m suddenly struck with the fear that this will be the last “real” Harry Potter con. I’m probably being silly, because this one was by all accounts so fantastic, so successful, so creative… why wouldn’t there be more? I don’t want all there to be left is massive celebrity cons like Leaky.

    MISTI-Con was a bit like Burning Man–everyone here was a participant, really, there was no major division between “audience” and speakers/teachers/performers. Everyone was here to be here with each other.

    Before I get into details, here are links to two photosets of Ball Costumes:

    Set #1 and Set #2.

    I started the day with a good breakfast at the Union Diner, which is right across the highway from the resort and which gives a “Wizard Discount” of 10% off. No, really, it said right on the receipt “Wizard Discount.” Yes, I went in full robes.

    Oh God. That sad moment when you pack your wand away at the end of a con. It’s coming too fast. I don’t want it to end.

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    MISTI-Con Day Three

    I’ve never had so many costume changes in one day at a con before.

    I started the day dressed as Draco. I haven’t done the full on student Draco cosplay, wig and all, since the night of the release party of Book 7, when I appeared as a witness in the Trial of Severus Snape. My face is older-looking than it was then, and I’ve put on weight, so I can’t quite pass as a 16-year-old boy anymore. (I did still manage to get a few doubletakes from friends who took a while to recognize me.)

    Oh, Tumblr Photoset of just a smattering from today is here: http://tmblr.co/ZkkBQxknRfA4. My favorite is Fawkes the Phoenix photobombing a portrait (Josee LeBlanc and Meka).

    I decided to do Draco so I could present Leanna Renee Hieber with a gift. She arranged all the literary guest programming and I wanted to thank her, so I did a piece of calligraphy art that is meant to look like something Draco would have given to his mother after practicing his quill work. I doubt the Malfoy’s have a refrigerator to magnet it to, but you get the idea.

    I forgot to take a photo of the piece, but it says “Sanguis Supra Omnia”, which means “Blood above all.” In my Malfoy family imagination, Lucius taught this motto to Draco meaning “blood purity equals superiority,” but I have little doubt that Narcissa would teach a different interpretation: “Family first.” Continue reading