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Saturday, August 2 • 12:00pm - 1:20pm
The Dumbledore Debate

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In what was considered a controversial move by many, JK Rowling “outed” Albus Dumbledore as a gay man in October of 2007 during her reading of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at Carnegie Hall. Reactions from the public met a wide range of emotion, but overall, it appeared that many people were pleased that Rowling had made the choice to divulge yet another piece of canon information to the ever-hungry fans. The decision to disclose this information in the way that she did, however, did sparked a debate that still rages among fans today. Should Rowling have revealed the beloved professor’s sexuality within the seven books of the series or was what she did enough? The panelist will continue this debate and invite those in attendance to join in on the discussion as well.

Speakers
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Rachael

Front Desk Clerk, Holiday Inn
Hello. I'm Rachael. =)
MC

Miranda Caddell

Wizard, The Puffskein Experience
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Denise Hemphill

Batgirl
Traveling to other galaxies, peanut butter cups, and my invisible critter crew. It includes a dragon so don't piss her off.
BJ

British Joe

British Joe is your average fanboy, from the North-West of England, "working" as a musician. (Yes, he’s British. Yes, he has an accent. No, he can’t introduce you to Dan and Phil.) From competing in LeakyStars to leading panels on his interests of Fanfiction and Pokemon, Joe is very excited to be back at LeakyCon!
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Mark Oshiro

Fan Guest of Honor, Mark Does Stuff
What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter a fictional world for the first time. He mixes textual analysis... Read More →
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Abby Ritter

Specialized Recreation Aide, The Arc of Oneida-Lewis
Abby is many things: a music therapist, former figure skater, disability and LGBTQ+ activist, and, above all, a professional fangirl. She has been attending Mischief Management conventions since 2012, and has been shouting/crying her face off during panels since 2013. She was a LeakyStars finalist in at LeakyCon Portland. The proudest moment of her life was playing her arrangement of Accio Deathly Hallows for Hank Green with the LeakyCon Pep Band... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 12:00pm - 1:20pm
W105