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Friday, August 1


The Real Restricted Section: Saving 'Undesirable' and Banned Books
What do Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, Huckleberry Finn, Atticus Finch, and Holden Caulfield have in common, aside from being among the most beloved and influential literary characters? Answer: If a small group of people had their way, you never would have heard of them.

Despite the modern times we live in, the Restricted Section is very much a real place, and books are disappearing from shelves and out of the hands of young readers due to complaints about the content, the author, and other issues. This presentation will share key topics such as the differences between “challenged,” “banned,” and “restricted” and what these concepts mean for books. Learn about the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, and how libraries are trying to uphold their positions as gatekeepers to information for all patrons. Most importantly, find out why books like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and countless others are still on the chopping block in many libraries—and what we can do about it before it is too late.

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Kate Powers

Library Media Specialist, James M. Quinn Elementary School
Kate is the Library Media Specialist at the James M. Quinn Elementary School in Dartmouth, where her students have been named Best in State four times in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Kate loves reading, writing, endurance running, craft beer, really good coffee, and traveling... Read More →

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


Hannah Hart Previews Her New Book!
Join the tipsy YouTube sensation, comedian Hannah Hart, as she previews her new book, My Drunk Kitchen. Be some of the first to hear the dish and even possibly get your hands on it!


Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart is an American internet personality and comedian. She is best known for starring in My Drunk Kitchen, a weekly series on YouTube. Apart from her main channel, she also runs a second channel where she talks about life in general and gives her opinions on various topic... Read More →

Friday August 1, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm


"Frankenstein M.D." Exclusive Preview
It's alive! Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved wizards Pemberley Digital have teamed up with PBS Digital Studios to create Frankenstein M.D., and LeakyCon attendees will be seeing the first two episodes live before anyone else in the world.

This reimagining of Mary Shelley's groundbreaking science fiction novel features Victoria Frankenstein, an obsessive and egocentric prodigy, in the lead role, creating a new female heroine for the timeless story and the type of modern twist on classic lore in which the team at Pemberley Digital specializes. 


Anna Lore

Newcomer and rising star Anna Lore is from the great Midwest, where she first set foot on stage at the age of six. Since then, her love for entertaining has taken her from live theater to improv and sketch comedy and more. Anna has been in Los Angeles for just over two years and has... Read More →

Bernie Su

Bernie Su was an Executive Producer and the Head Writer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. He also served as an Executive Producer and Director of Welcome to Sanditon. He is the Executive Producer, Co-Creator, Head Writer, and Director of Emma Approved.Outside of Pemberley Digital projects... Read More →

Steve Zaragoza

Steve is a well-known YouTube comedian, actor, writer, movie nerd, toy collector and self-proclaimed “goofball man baby.” He is the current host of SourceFed and SourceFedNERD and has appeared on numerous other YouTube channels and shows, including Epic Meal Time, Soul Pancake’s The... Read More →

Friday August 1, 2014 2:30pm - 3:20pm


Redefining Humanity Through Wizards, Time Lords, and Zombies
In the modern era, humanity is constantly discovering new ways to enhance and extend the human life in manners never before dreamed possible. Stories such as Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and The Walking Dead have captured their audiences by forcing them to question what it means to be human. What is Voldemort’s most inhuman characteristic? How does the Wizarding World define “human”? What did the Last Human teach Rose about inhumanity? What makes the Doctor so definitively nonhuman? How do Rick and his companions navigate a changing definition of humanity during a zombie apocalypse? These are the focal points for this investigation into the very essence of humankind.


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 →

Friday August 1, 2014 5:00pm - 5:40pm
Saturday, August 2


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.


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


Quidditch: A History
Meet with representatives from the International Quidditch Association and learn the history of the real-life sport! Discuss the sport of quidditch, from its founding at Middlebury College in 2005 to the seventh annual World Cup, to feature 80 teams in South Carolina this April. IQA representatives, including members of Quidditch UK, will illustrate the sport's unique appeal to both Harry Potter fans and players from a more athletic background, and will provide information on how to start a team at one's own high school, college, or community.


Logan Anbinder

Logan is the International Quidditch Association'€™s Mid-Atlantic Regional Director. He is also the former president of the University of Maryland’s team and acts as one of the IQA's Convention Representatives. He has given presentations and organized demonstration matches at cons such as Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. You will see him around the LeakyCon pitch as he organizes the LeakyCup for a second year... Read More →

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


The First Ever LeakyCon "Make Magic" Fellowship Presentation
Presenting the photography project “Fiction Happens," the first winner of our Make Magic fellowship. We are so excited to share Amanda's vision with all of you!

Saturday August 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am


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.

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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... Read More →

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


Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches: Lessons from Ron's Wooing of Hermione
On Ron's seventeenth birthday he received the book Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches. Ron was obviously impressed with the book; he gave a copy of it to Harry on Harry's 17th birthday five months later. This presentation speculates – humorously – about what Ron might have learned from the book by comparing his behavior before and after he read it. Ron seems to have learned such classic fail-safe charms as listening, complimenting, flirting, faithfulness, and being a shoulder to cry on. A book that can get those lessons through to a 17 year-old boy is "pure gold" indeed. If it worked for Ron, maybe it would work for some of us other clueless males as well.

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David Martin

David Martin is proud to be a Hufflepuff and has been involved with Harry Potter since 2004. He is a regular member of Potterdelphia; he is a husband, a father, and a grandfather. He is currently a semi-retired college teacher of computer science. And he wishes that Hermione had... Read More →

Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W102 B