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Friday, August 1
 

11:00am

The Hobbit from Book to Film: Has Peter Jackson Crafted Another Masterpiece or Jumped the Shark?
The latest Hobbit installment, Desolation of Smaug, has fans in an uproar over departures from the book: new characters, scenes worthy of a theme park, love triangles in a book originally written with no female characters, dwarves who now not only confront the Dragon, but balance for a while on his nose... What is a Tolkien fan to think? What drives these artistic decisions when translating a fantasy book to its film form? Is Jackson's version too hot, too cold, or just right? Come debate!

Speakers
JW

Jim Wert

Curator, Nerd Cave & Tolkien Museum
Husband, proud father of four, serious Tolkien/Lewis geek, presbyter, management consultant, closet thespian, appreciator of fine ales,occasional Madeye clone


Friday August 1, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W101

2:00pm

Wandlore - A Complex and Mysterious Magic
No other symbol identifies a wizard more clearly than the instrument that channels his or her most powerful magic: the magic wand. Go beyond the very basic view with which most wizards approach their wands and discuss the importance of wand loyalties and the ʺfeelingsʺ that wands develop. Come look deeper into the wands of our favorite wizards and attempt to unlock their mysteries.

Speakers
GL

Greg Laslo

Greg Laslo is the founder and Master Wandmaker of the Hungarian Wand Shop. Greg became a fan of Harry Potter by reading the first book to his children nearly 14 years ago and has loved the Potter world ever since. He has been making wands for over seven years, and the study of wandlore... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W102 A

3:00pm

FYeahCopyright & Fanworks
Calling all fanfic writers, cosplayers, musicans, app creators, and fandom fans! Learn all about the current state of Fair Use, copyright, and transformative works from Attorney Heidi Tandy, and get answers to questions about what is next for fandomers who like to get creative.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Tandy

Heidi Tandy

Attorney, Heidi Tandy
Heidi is a copyright/trademark attorney with a focus on brand protection and fair use; she is Of Counsel with Price Benowitz. Heidi wrote the chapter on Harry Potter in SmartPopBooks' FIC, founded FictionAlley and FYeahCopyright, and serves on the Legal Committee for the Organization... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 3:00pm - 3:40pm
W102 A
 
Saturday, August 2
 

9:00am

The Potter and the Pilgrim: Alchemical Parallelism by Chaucer and Rowling
Geoffrey Chaucer and J.K. Rowling have something in common: both of these authors rely strongly on alchemical imagery to construct their plots and establish their thematic elements. This panel will explore the symbols of alchemy used in Fragment VIII of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale and the Second Nun’s Tale utilize parallel alchemical structures that suggest a motif of spiritual superiority over the materialistic physical realm. This structure will be likened to the overarching alchemical architecture of the Hogwarts Saga, displaying how Rowling, as a modern author, harnessed the literary strategy of the Father of English Literature.

Speakers
CE

Carol Eshleman

Archbishop Rummel High School
Past Speaking includes: on Potter - Ascendio, St. Andrews University in Scotland, University of North Alabama, UNC Charlotte; on Chaucer - UNC Chapel Hill. Has had guest posts on the Hogwarts Professor blog. Received Master's Degree in English with concentrations in Teaching and British... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 9:00am - 9:40am
W103

10:00am

Love and Mirrors: Percy Bysshe Shelley and House Lannister
Percy Bysshe Shelley considered the search for love a quest to find one’s other half. “We are born into the world and there is something within us which from the instant that we live and move thirsts after its likeness” (Shelley, “On Love”). Jamie and Cersei Lannister take this definition of love to its most extreme end. Explore the relationship of House Lannister’s twins in term’s of Shelley’s definition of love. Investigate the romantic affairs of Tyrion Lannister as he seeks to be acknowledged as more than a “halfman.”

Speakers
CE

Carol Eshleman

Archbishop Rummel High School
Past Speaking includes: on Potter - Ascendio, St. Andrews University in Scotland, University of North Alabama, UNC Charlotte; on Chaucer - UNC Chapel Hill. Has had guest posts on the Hogwarts Professor blog. Received Master's Degree in English with concentrations in Teaching and British... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:40am
W102 B

12:00pm

The Lost Boys: The Rise and Fall of Tom Riddle and Draco Malfoy
By most accounts, Tom Riddle and Draco Malfoy are just not good people. While the two do make a lot of poor choices where they could have avoided them and have done some truly reprehensible things, this panel takes a look at the question of how much the two boys' upbringings had to do with the adults they became and the choices they made. We will take a look at the long term effects and wide scope that childhood abuse and neglect can have and examine popular ideas of sociopathy versus the more complex reasons that can lie behind the behaviors we see in Riddle and Malfoy. Rowling’s masterful backgrounds and the histories behind Harry’s enemies provide a rich environment to explore the ideas of good, evil, and whether the two are truly so black and white.

Speakers
avatar for Dani Palmer

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... Read More →
SP

Sara Paulson

Sara Paulson is an early childhood education major at University of Arkansas, where she also plays that pesky muggle sport, Quidditch, and sometimes is on the sidelines of a game with her bassoon. When she's not busy with school or work, you can find her watching Pokemon or wrocking... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W102 B

1:00pm

The Hobbit vs. The Lord of the Rings: A Fan-Based Discussion
What started as a simple children's book in The Hobbit eventually morphed into the full-blown, mythic epic of The Lord of the Rings. Come join a spirited discussion of Professor Tolkien's two most popular works. What do these books have in common? Where do they diverge? What's the difference between Bilbo's Adventure and Frodo's Quest? Which makes for a better movie?

Speakers
JW

Jim Wert

Curator, Nerd Cave & Tolkien Museum
Husband, proud father of four, serious Tolkien/Lewis geek, presbyter, management consultant, closet thespian, appreciator of fine ales,occasional Madeye clone


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W101

1:00pm

What Says Quinapalus?: Artifical Fools in Modern Media
Shakespeare's wise and witty fools are among the most insightful characters in the literary canon. Robert Armin called these figures "artificial fools," stressing that their foolishness was feigned, and that they were, in fact, highly intelligent. Their songs, quips, and jests provide invaluable commentary on the themes of their respective plays, and they frequently use humor to guide other characters' development. This lecture will read modern characters such as Finnick Odair, Stiles Stilinski, and the Fresh Prince as descendants of Shakespeare's artificial fools in order to better understand their narrative purpose. The lecture will further make the case that Boy Meets World's Eric Matthews exemplifies the tradition.

Speakers
RW

Robin Whittle

At LeakyCon 2012, Robin collaborated with her best friend, Maggie Brevig, on both a lecture about technology in magical fantasy worlds ('Sufficiently Advanced Technology') and a roundtable discussion of female teenaged action heroes ('Buffy, Korra, and Katniss: Action Girls in the... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W103

3:00pm

Tolkien's Dragons
It is the Year of Smaug and we have just experienced one of the most dramatic dragons ever to hit the silver (or golden) screen. What is the story with Tolkien and dragons? This panel will dicuss his lifetime desire to integrate them into his fantasy world, how he defines and designs them, and even how to defeat them. Bonus points if you can name all six.

Speakers
JW

Jim Wert

Curator, Nerd Cave & Tolkien Museum
Husband, proud father of four, serious Tolkien/Lewis geek, presbyter, management consultant, closet thespian, appreciator of fine ales,occasional Madeye clone


Saturday August 2, 2014 3:00pm - 3:40pm
W101