If you're still waiting for your invitation to Hogwarts, don’t worry — you're not alone. At this point, the mythical school of witchcraft and wizardry from the Potterverse is more than legendary, and it’s definitely a bummer that the series is over. Luckily, there are more than a handful of folks in the Sunshine State who are looking for ways to keep the magic alive. Thanks to a massive Harry Potter con in Orlando this summer, you can dress like your favorite character, see movie stars and even get an autograph from Hermoine’s crush, the Bulgarian Quidditch star, Victor Krum.
Can you say swoon?
The LeakyCon Harry Potter Fan Convention is coming to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from July 31 to August 2, 2020. During these three days, you’ll have the chance to jump into your favorite costume and then hear from some of the biggest behind-the-scenes Potter experts.
Buy that black lipstick and paint on your Bellatrix lips before heading to sessions led by Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan), Josh Herdman (Gregory Goyle), and Stanislaw Yanevski (Victor Krum) to learn what it was actually like to be a part of the Potter cast.
You’d better start practicing your Wingardium Leviosa spell because this event is going to be fly.
Tickets range a lot in price, depending on how many days you plan to attend and whether or not you make an early-bird purchase.
If you go after one of those early tickets, a single day pass costs $52, but if you’re in the mood for a three-day bash with an autograph and the rest of the works, get ready to shell out as much as $399.
Dressing up for the event is basically a must, so don't forget to don your house robes and whip out those wands. A costume contest, live entertainment, Potter-themed programs, kid's crafts, and a massive wizarding market Pigmy-Puffed full of vendors are on the list of festivities!
Keep in mind that no real weapons — including knives and swords — will be welcome at the event. This means that your Death Eater costume will be probably better off with a very terrifying wand rather than a scythe.
Whether you've been waiting your whole life to break-out your favorite Harry Potter cosplay or are just trying to see the dreamy Vitor Krum up-close, this is the perfect event for anyone who enjoyed JK Rowling’s books and the movies enough to want to learn a bit more about the magic.
Leaky Con Orlando
Price: $52 to $399 depending on your ticket package.
When: July 31, 2020, through August 2, 2020
Address: 9800 International Dr., Orlando, Florida
Why You Need To Go: Grab your broomstick and throw on your swankiest cape. This is your moment to live out all of your Harry Potter dreams, surrounded by the actual movie cast.