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Friday, August 1 • 1:00pm - 1:40pm
Engaging in Positive Fandom: A Discussion

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These days, fandom can be really exciting. Creators get instant feedback, fans can interact with the people they admire, and both interactions can create inspiring and fulfilling relationships. But how do we make sure to encourage those relationships to remain positive? What are appropriate and inappropriate ways to be a fan or have fans? How do fans remain positive and passionate without tipping into idolatry and obsession, and how do creators engage their audience without taking advantage of admiration and devotion? 

These are going to be difficult questions to answer, and the leadership of LeakyCon and the HP Alliance have been looking for a way forward. This group of fans and creators want to hear your thoughts and ideas on the subject, as well as share some of their own experiences and thoughts. Improving the world of fan engagement for everyone is important, and we want to start the conversation on how to do it right here, right now, with you. 


Laura Castleman

As the daughter of two librarians, Laura Castleman grew up reading voraciously: but she will always have a special place in her heart for Harry Potter.  After getting her bachelor's degree in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon, she has worked for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), and Indiana University's Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS... Read More →


Paul DeGeorge

Paul is a fandom innovator. He plays in Harry and the Potters, co-founded the Harry Potter Alliance, created the Snitchwich, and orchestrated the Nerds for Obama campaign last fall. He is the executive director of the Harry Potter Alliance.
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Dani Palmer

Staff Photographer, International Quidditch Association
Dani has been doing this for 5 years now. What exactly “this” is may be ambiguous, but involves having been a Slytherin since the age of 9 and this zany Leaky/Geeky community in every way possible, from writing for personal and help blogs on the topic of the con to volunteering as head of Slytherin House. As a disability and LGBTQIA+ advocate and photographer by trade, Dani spends most time using fandom circles to engage in bettering the... Read More →

Meghan Tonjes

Musician, Vlogger and YouTube personality, Meghan’s videos have garnered over 15 million views. As a guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show, she shared her music and publicly detailed her past with bullying during the ‘It Gets Better’ initiative. Featured on Upworthy.com, her video entitled “I AM FAT” quickly went viral and encouraged her audience to reclaim the word ‘fat’ without all of the negative... Read More →

Friday August 1, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm