Prophecy Day 2 proved to be as good as Day 1. Here is the rundown.
Day 2 started at 11:59 pm (well technically 10 pm, but we’ll get into that in a bit) when we went to hear the Leaky Mug Podcast. By “we”, obviously, I mean Greg and Me. By Greg and Me, obviously I DON’T mean my husband, Greg and me. Fortunately for me, Greg in Toronto was here (obviously, I mean, we are IN Toronto after all) and he had an interest in going to the podcast as well. What was crazy was that we had to line up for TWO hours before the podcast started just to get in. That was a bit crazy. They had us sitting like 3rd graders in a HOT corridor waiting, waiting, and waiting. While it was fun to watch kids from the various houses chair themselves on (I seem to remember Gryffindor and Hufflepuff being the loudest), the wait was a bit ridiculous. But, Greg in T and I were able to keep busy by discussing old Canadian TV (specifically, “You Can’t Do That on Television” and “Today’s Special”- two awesome awesome shows from my childhood) and asking various HP related situation questions, i.e., what would your patronus be (mine would be an animal that is both insightful and lazy and Greg would be some kind of bird) and what class would you like at Hogwarts (we both agreed History of Magic as long as it wasn’t taught by Prof. Binns).
We finally got into the podcast at midnight(ish) and were pretty close to the back of the room. The folks from Leaky and Muggle did a good job and the crowd went CRAZY. At one point I turned to Greg and said, “do you realize, this is about a BOOK?!?” That was pretty amazing. Anyway, the podcast was definitely an experience and I am (pretty) glad I stayed up for it.
Today was filled with more sessions, although I will say that I was able to sleep in until 11 am and that was fantastic. Here is the roundup:
Greg (now I am talking about my husband Greg and will be referring to him as such until otherwise noted) went to a lecture by John Granger, titled, “Harry’s Victory over Death: The Christian Content of Deathly Hallows”. I know he enjoyed it and I am sure we will be talking about this session on a future podcast.
Greg then went to (I am still sleeping at this point, mind you) a session titled, “Reinventing Potter: Exploring the Vision of Alfonso Cuaron.” by: Venessa V. Scrivano. Greg told me that the session was really cool.
We both then attended Travis Prinzi’s session titled, “Voldemort: Shadow, Sociopath, Sinner.” Once again, Travis did a great job. His lecture was insightful and entertaining.
I then attended a session by Connie Neal
titled, “Harry Potter’s Hero’s Journey: In His World and Our’s.” Connie is a very dynamic speaker and I enjoyed this.
I am not sure what Greg did after this, but I went to a panel about Shipping Harry with different characters in fanfiction. It was pretty interesting, although the audience was a BIT rowdy. Finally, I attended part of Steve Vander Ark’s session about the geography of the wizarding world. I have to say this guy ROCKS.
There is PLENTY more to talk about but I am too exhausted to keep typing.
In the meantime, check out today’s National Post article, titled, “Hogwarts Heaven” where I was interviewed.
Talk to you soon,