Sign Up Links:
The following can all be found at this link:
- Poi Workshop, Hula Hoop Workshop, Pole Fitness, and Wig Workshop Sign Ups
Photo sessions with Ellie and Joseph Darcey-Alden are now available! Click here to purchase and reserve yours!
May 8th, 2013
Welcome to the final post of the "Countdown to MISTI-Con!" If you can tell by how much we've worked, what we've had to pack away (see above) and what we've been keeping secret, we're so excited to see you tomorrow at The Marg, er…. the Ministry. That excitement has bubbled over so much we can't keep it all in-- we just had to give you a brief reveal at what it will be like to enter MISTI-Con for the first time.
(Note: We've enchanted the doors to the muggle Margate resort as a multi-use Portkey.)
As you pull the doors open, our Portkey will transport you to the Ministry Interdepartmental Service Training Institute. You'll be greeted by a Ministry official who will walk you to check-in and allow you to find your room. Later, another official will bring you to the Registration desk where our Registration witch or wizard will weigh your wand, find your conference badge, and provide you with all of the credentials you'll need for the conference. Please make sure to have photo and wand identification for this process and note that we have protections against those using Polyjuice Potion to change their appearance (that bit was for you, Mundungus Fletcher).
During these moments, you'll be treated to the sights and sounds of a day at the Ministry (especially since our employees will be hard at work until joining you in the evening for the Opening Gala), but we won't ruin that for you-- you'll have to wait just a bit longer and let you mind wander. As a last point of reference, please note we have closed the Floo Network during this event to discourage intrusion by uninvited guests. This means no muggles will be allowed even temporary entry without a conference badge. As such, please keep your badge on and visible at all times.
We hope that this very tiny peek into the world of MISTI-Con has whet your appetite. Remember as you pack, travel, arrive, and become immersed in our world, use #MISTICon across Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and other social networks to share your excitement. Remember, it's never to late to join the Order of Wulfric by becoming a MISTI-Con Volunteer. If you haven't already signed up on our website, make sure to let the Ministry Official at Registration know you are interested when you check-in. We'd love to have you join the team.
We can't believe we're saying this-- SEE YOU TOMORROW!!
May 7th, 2013
We can't wait for you to experience the magic that is MISTI-Con. There is something for everyone in our Formal, Informal and Special Event Programming. We know you are going to make some fabulous memories. It has been a privilege to work on this con for you. So grab your portkey, the magic awaits! - Traci "Trissa" Hall, Formal Programming Team Member
I'd like to thank the MISTI-Con attendees for showing the most spirit and enthusiasm I've seen preparing for a con yet, and we've been doing conventions for close to seven years. So many have participated in the MISTI-Con Facebook groups and forums getting to know each other. It's palpable, the excitement, this gathering of what now seems like old friends. It's this energy that will make MISTI-Con what I hope it will be, truly unforgettable. We look forward to doing our thing all week: entertaining, interacting, creating living art as we do, but it would be lacking and pointless without YOU. - Perseus and Draco LePage, Informal Programming Co-Coordinators
Have fun! It has been an honor to create MISTI-Con’s props and sets for you! - Carol Kane, Visuals & Decorating Coordinator
This being my second Harry Potter convention, I was more then delighted when I was asked to join this phenomenal staff. I can't wait to meet everyone, those who I've chatted with through Facebook groups, some whom I already know, and new people. I am excited to see everything come together after watching the core staff work extremely hard for these past long months. A big thank you to all the fellow staff, especially Clay, Jon, and Cassie, and I can't wait to see everyone in costume next week! - Jodie Fox, Sponsorship and Ad Sales
I have really enjoyed the sneak previews of some very good writers. I will enjoy watching them share their talents with the other Con-goers. - Sara Phillips, Fan Fiction Chair
Thank you all for making magic real! It has truly been an honor. I hope you enjoy what we've put together for you. I am also quite honored to have been chosen as the cover artist for the Program Guide. I feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment in conveying the heart and soul behind the spirit of MISTI-Con-- The fans like you! - Joshua Madruga, Head of MISTI-Con Death Eater Programming
I am so excited to share and create magic and mayhem with everyone at Misti-CON in just a few days! Come and find me at the con, if I don't find you first that is. I may have a secret or two to share... if you ask the right questions. -Deanna Georges, Logistics Assisting Staff
Welcome to The Margate, The Ministry, and MISTI-Con! - James Hinsey, Muggle Technology Coordinator
That's all for now. Visit again tomorrow for a final SPECIAL preview of something exciting at MISTI-Con!
May 6th, 2013
In today's "Countdown to MISTI-Con," we bring you a Ministry Missive from another of our fearless leaders, Co-Head Organizer and Logistics Chair Jonathon Rosenthal, who everyone knows is very excited about MISTI-Con (and the return of his sanity). Here's a message from Jon:
“Why do I do this?” I get asked this a lot, and I guess it’s a good question. For a while my answer to this was that I love the challenge, that I enjoy what I am doing. Over time, however, I think I've developed a clearer picture of the answer.
Allow me to step back for a moment to clarify what “this” is. Approximately nine years ago I became a fan of Harry Potter. Three years later, I found myself becoming the Head Organizer of The NYC Harry Potter Meetup, “The Group That Shall Not Be Named." In the process of growing the group’s membership, I helped develop bigger and more elaborate events and programs, all during the height of the Harry Potter phenomenon. In this, I found extraordinary connections being formed between people, moreso than any other social environment I have ever seen. Through our meetup, members were acquiring jobs, meeting mates (even spouses), finding roommates and apartment availabilities.
As I met people from every conceivable US city (and the world), I began to notice the creativity that was unleashed in our members: it was incredible. Artists got to work on projects they truly enjoyed, musicians were contributing to an entire musical movement, and so much more. With every batch of new members who joined, we would meet more extraordinary people who would help our fandom grow.
Put simply: Harry Potter fans are brilliant, fascinating and diverse. We are a literate and worldly community, capable of conversing about the geeky and most esoteric of topics. Like most communities, whenever the Harry Potter fandom gets together, our strength and brilliance is magnified. I’ve been to many kinds of conventions: business conventions, sales conventions, gigantic sci-fi fantasy cons, and tiny comic book conventions in church basements. None of them are like a Harry Potter con. At an HP con we have one universal “Shared Text” as John Granger puts it. It is this text that links us; to know that we all have the exact same interest.
Why I do this? Because "this" needs to continue to happen. Yes, Potter fans have the internet, forums and chats and social networks like Tumblr. True inspiration, however, comes from meeting each other in person, both locally through meetups and long distance through conventions & gatherings.
Why do I do this? Because each day there are more people becoming Harry Potter fans. They don’t know that a whole world of fandom and brilliant people await them. I will keep planning events as long as I still find people who say to me “I had no idea these events existed” or “I had no idea this was in NY” or “Thank you for getting me in touch with my local fan group.” I joke that in a way I am a fan evangelist, preaching about geek fandom and the concept of Meetups in general.
Why do I do this? Because everyone should know that there are people like them who encourage them, inspire them and just let them escape their everyday life.
- Jon Rosenthal
We'll see you in just a few days! Come back tomorrow for a very special "Countdown to MISTI-Con" post!
May 5th, 2013
We couldn't be more pumped for our wizard rock lineup at MISTI-Con and you should be too!
Starting during the Opening Gala in the Tent Thursday night, catch opening act Lily & James, the wizard rock duo from New York City who tore down the house at Aeternitas in 2011. On Friday evening starting at 7:00 PM, we're turning the Blackstone Lounge in to a wizard rock nightclub for Wrock in the Wizengamot, featuring Hawthorn & Holly, Bella and Le Strangers, Diagon Alley, The Blibbering Humdingers, and Swish & Flick. You can't stop there though: meet up with Matt Maggiacomo (The Whomping Willows) & Lauren Fairweather for After Hours with Lauren & Matt! They'll be taking requests and singing a variety of their hits beginning at 11:55pm Saturday night in the Mariah Room. All of our bands will have merchandise to hook you up with throughout the event, so make sure to show them some love.
In fact, if you want to show off your own wizard rock skills, don't forget we've got our side stage in the Main Lobby through out the weekend. If you would like to perform, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're so excited to hear your stuff. Speaking of excitement... there's a few people that want to say 'hello' to the MISTI-Con attendees at home:
|Matt Maggiacomo & Lauren Fairweather||The Blibbering Humdingers|
|Ashley Hamel from Bella & Le Strangers||Jay from Lily & James|
And here is a special message from Hawthorn & Holly:
"We are really excited to be playing MISTI-Con!! We are ready to rock out with you wizards at the Wrock Show!! GET READY!!"All of our awesome bands are just so swamped getting ready for MISTI-Con, but have no fear: they love all of you and are ready to have a blast this week! Tune in tomorrow for another "Countdown to MISTI-Con!" We're getting SO CLOSE!
May 4th, 2013
In today's "Countdown" post, meet author and Ravenclaw Amanda Havard, one of the author's in our fabulous literay track of programming. Her favorite Potter characters are Hermione and Neville, and her favorite Potter books are Order of the Phoenix and Half Blood Prince. A Potter fan for years, we're delighted to have her join our literary lineup. Here' what Amanda had to share:
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
So much inspires me! I’m a weird little creature who can find the magic in nearly anything. I, of course, love to dive into other people’s giant story worlds (Hello Potterverse) to glean any bit of their creators’ magic that I can. People-watching always gets me going. A great restaurant. A too-quiet street. A runway show. Travel. Staring into nothingness… It all works. More than anything? Music is my muse. I make soundtracks for my books that work like outlines. I can revisit a playlist and go through the emotions of a scene or storyline. I can get to know a character that way, and later on, you can too.
WHAT MAKES YOUR FANS UNIQUE?
Survivors fans are amazing. They’re usually one part superfan and one part conspiracy theorist. They love piecing together the insanity of the undercarriage of the crazy plot world I construct to decode the strangest mind-messes. They love not being able to prove where the history and mythology of our world ends and the story begins. They’re wonderfully passionate — as all wondrous fans are — about my characters. They get so invested. I don’t know if it’s because they know what I know — that my characters get up and off the page and are people you can interact with (With each other! With you! On Twitter! On Facebook!) — or just because they get so heavily invested in the myriad of big, bad, good, ugly, terrible, wonderful decisions they make. The way they love my characters makes them amazing. Nothing sets my heart aflutter like watching people (real people!) talk to my characters on Twitter. It brings the story to life for all of us and I love them hard for it.
WHO ARE YOUR WRITING INFLUENCES?
I have a million, I’m sure, as we all do. Aren’t we all touched by everything we read and devour? In terms of why-I-write-giant-story-worlds influence, I have to bow down to the great JKR. What a majestic mind. After that, it’s a hodgepodge of the styles that have influenced me and the writers who embody what I love about a story. For instance, there's a certain kind of genius that comes from minds including (but never limited to) Gillian Flynn, Sandra Cisneros, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Melissa de la Cruz.
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST HARRY-POTTER-RELATED MEMORY?
I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter a few years ago. We arrived in Orlando at night, not planning to go to the park until the morning, but I just couldn’t wait. It was December and freezing and the sky was a hazy night gray-white like it looks when it’s snowing. Walking up to Hogsmeade and Hogwarts with their faux-snow-covered roofs, against that sky, feeling absolute freezing temperatures even in Florida air? It felt . . . It felt real. Absolutely real. Since I’ve lived with this story since I was about ten years old, walking into it was a powerful moment. It was an emotional moment for me as a human being. It was a profound moment for me as a storyteller. I’ll never forget it.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST ABOUT MISTI-CON?
I’m most excited to meet, bond, geek out, and generally conspire with people who love out-of-this-world stories as much as I do. We’re the best kind of people. I can’t wait to fall in fiction and fandom love with a million of you.
We can't wait either! Amanda is the author of the supernatural young adult series, The Survivors, a transmedia franchise with an online following of 4 million readers. Originally from Texas, she now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, she's also inventor of the Immersedition, an app that reinvents the reading experience. Check out Amanda's work at www.amandahavard.com and follow her on Twitter and Facebook. Come back here tomorrow for another magical "Countdown to MISTI-Con" update. We're almost there!
May 3rd, 2013
Today's "Countdown to MISTI-Con" means sharing our final crafting round up! Our Corridor of Charmed Crafts happens on Friday May 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM in the Tent, so be sure to check out these glorious goodies and spend those sickles!
Wandcrafter's by Carol Oster
Wandcrafter's has been crafting magic wands since 2007. Visit us for all of your quill, pens, and potion container needs, but keep in mind it's her wands that turn heads! Each of them has a gemstone core and comes with a write-up of the wand's characteristics. What's the best part of being a wandcrafter? Watching a wand choose it's wizard or witch - magical!
The Venturian Chronicles by D.L. Mains
The Corridor of Charmed Crafts is also home to Author's Alley. Author D.L. Mains will be selling copies of Book 2 of her series "The Venturian Chronicles" which features a sneak peek at Book 3. This science fiction tale of mistrust and betrayal continues the story as a new hope is born in the form of the new heir to the Venturian throne. Can The Phoenix rise again beside its allies to break the terrifying grip of The Sovereign’s Reign?
Portkey to Magic by Michelle PudlakWhether you like house jewelry, owls, crochet caps or just want to show off your Potter pride, Portkey to Magic has all of the crafts you'll love. If you're looking to proclaim you're Potterish on your car, fridge, wall, door, or even while enjoying your tasty butter beer, check out Portkey's coasters, stickers, magnets and foam wall hangers; they've got something for everyone!
Clockwork Dragon Designs by Lisa Roberts
Born and raised in Salem, this horse trainer (by trade) recently rediscovered her artistic self and began making magical creations she can't wait for you to take home. Alongside her photography, you will discover crafts of a whimsical nature: hand-crafted magic wands, fantastical jewelry, and cosplay props. If that weren't enough, she's also the creator of Potter Pocket Pals, mini sculptures of your favorite Potter characters you can take with you anywhere. This booth also features "Kandi bracelets" and other cool items by DaritiDesigns.
The Quick Draw Quill by Joshua Madruga
Joshua has been drawing since he could pick up a pencil, getting into caricature drawing in college and turning it into a full-blown freelance business. Fun, whimsical and colorful, with a touch of fantasy and magic, Joshua's handiwork is also seen in our Program Guide, as he was designer and illustrator of the cover (along with his brother, Amos). Visit Joshua in the Corridor to get your very own magical caricature!
That's not all! There's so much more coming to the Corridor including Fairweather Friends, Ministry ID badges, and bottled dragon's blood. Plus more jewelry, more authors, and many more charmed crafts that need loving homes; so don't be a stranger and bring your galleons over on Friday night. See you tomorrow for another awesome "Countdown to MISTI-Con" post!
May 2nd, 2013
In today's "Countdown to MISTI-Con" post, we come bearing videos! Ray Smith, aka The Dark Lord Bartender you'll remember from previous cons at The Margate such as Aeternitas, has created not one but two more awesome video slideshows for you.
The first, a promotional video for our cosplay photographers The Enthusiasts, includes a large sampling of the photos they did for Aeternitas. A lot of the MISTI-Con staff appear here, so check it out:
The song you hear is called "Headed to The Ministry" and is by wizard rock artist Catchlove and features MISTI-Con performer Lauren Maggiacomo (Fairweather). Don't forget: you can get your photo session tickets to pose with with Ellie and Joseph Darcey-Alden (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Doctor Who's "The Snowmen") for $20 (singles or groups are welcome) in advance, so get yours today. The Enthusiasts will take 2-3 photos and you select your favorite to be printed as an 8x10.
Our next video is a bit of an origin story combined with a cheat sheet to remember who is on the MISTI-Con staff. Check out Ray's "Meet MISTI-Con" video, complete with smoldering cosplay photos:
The song you just heard was "Eff This, I'm Going To Hogwarts." As you can tell by the voice, we're really excited for Lauren to join us at MISTI-Con, but we're also equally as excited for all of the amazing wizard rock acts performing. Make sure to check out all of our musical performers throughout next weekend at this run down here http://www.misti-con.org/wizardrock.html. (Please note: Lily & James are not listed on that rundown but will be performing at our Opening Ceremonies Gala.)
We hope you enjoyed these videos and look for another "Countdown to MISTI-Con" post right here, tomorrow!
May 1st, 2013
Full registrations have closed. We're eight short days away from the most immersive Harry Potter conference ever attempted. And sure, by now you've heard about all of our amazing programming: our literary track with 5 rockstar authors, our keynote from MuggleNet's Academia podcast, our special guests Ellie and Joseph Darcey-Alden, our diverse wizard rock lineup, our opening gala event, our Mother's Day Brunch, and our Ministry Masquerade Ball.
That's a lot of course, but there's always more. Harry Potter conferences provide a rich array of workshops, panels, and roundtables, as well as hands-on demonstrations. So what makes MISTI-Con different? Well, we've come up with the following list to highlight some programming you'll only find at MISTI-Con.
THE LIGHTNING STRUCK TOWER
No but seriously. There's going to be an Astronomy Tent at MISTI-Con. If that weren't enough, there will be a series called Astronomy for the Witch and Wizard hosted by Professor James Snape (Sunday 10:15-11:15 AM, 2:00 - 3:00 PM / Lawn). The tent will be located on outside on the lawn like most of the outdoor programming. We haven't studied Astronomy since that fateful day when we lost the headmaster. It's been a while, but we're ready to learn again. Join the visiting professor (from Pigfarts, the wizarding school on Mars) as he teaches us all about the stars. Weather permitting, the tent will open Thursday and remain open throughout the conference.
THE COSPLAYER'S CONFERENCE
Truly, MISTI-Con is a perfect event for cosplayers, both seasoned pros or aspiring designers. The 4 Cs of Cosplay, hosted by Perseus & Draco LePage with MISTI-Con co-head organizer/treasurer Clay Dockery promises to teach students how to make their cosplay better and more engaging in a 4-part series. Another serial workshop, volunteer coordinator Christine Evans' Wig Workshop will show you how to style and maintain your human and synthetic hair wigs. Don't miss Advanced Polyjuice: How To Gender Bend Your Cosplay (Friday 2:00-3:00 PM / Belknap) featuring drag techniques and working with your body type. Make sure to submit to The MISTI-Con Costuming Superlative Showcase, affectionately called The Merlies, which welcomes any attendee to show off their style in their own costume or as a model for someone else.
WORKIN' ON YOUR FITNESS
Whether it's The Wizard Advanced Readiness Training (WART) or Glow in the Dark Quidditch (Friday 12:00 AM - 2:00 AM / Lawn), MISTI-Con has great active programming. If you love to run, the Running Club's David Leung will host a meet up (Friday 5:30 - 6:00 PM / Main Lobby). If dancing is more your speed, Irvin Khaytman hosts The Art of Wizard Dance for toe tappers (Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 PM / Blackstone). Feeling a bit more adventurous? Only witches can sign up for Flying Fitness Fun with Fawkes aka Josée Leblanc (Friday 10:15 - 11:45 AM / Gunstock) where pole fitness is the prime objective, but both genders are welcome at Hula Hoop and Poi Lessons With Sasha The Fire Gypsy out on the Lawn (click here for times). There's even an Improv Comedy Workshop for Wizards hosted by Bella and Le Strangers' Ashley Hamel (Sunday 4:00-5:00 PM / Antico). But, if all this physical activity sounds like too much, join Logospilgrim for Occlumency: The Art of Meditation (Saturday 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM / Gilford) for a lecture and some guided meditation.
HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
MISTI-Con is the only con where you'll be able to learn more about wizarding world flora and tending your garden than ever before. Point your green thumb to Growing a Harry Potter Garden hosted by herbology professor Madam Stump (Friday 3:15 - 4:15 PM / Belknap) which covers garden care using Muggle plants only. There's also Stump's lecture on Rowling's Use of Victorian Flower Symbolism in Potions (Sunday 9:00-10:00 AM / Belknap) for learning potion ingredients in canon and the mythology behind them. Rather get your hands dirty? Skylark Desserie hosts Urban Herbology (Saturday 9:15 - 10:15 AM / Lawn) to teach best practices for plant life and how to protect plants from those nasty magical creatures.
IT'S GOOD TO BE BAD
If you've ever felt inclined to explore the Darker side of the Potterverse, learn the essentials of being a Death Eater with these special programs. In Death Eater 101, members of The Morsmordre Imperium provide tips on how to cosplay as one of the Dark Lord’s followers. This two-part panel includes lessons in Character Development (Friday 9:00 - 10:00 AM / Paugus) and Role-Play (Saturday 2:00 - 3:00 PM / Gilford). Once your character is set, join Ravenia C. Fairbourne and Professor Snape for Dark Potions (Sunday 9:00 - 10:00 AM / Paugus) lessons in alchemy and transmutation, followed by Raithe Battholomew Nyghtnourne and Cold Slither's Death Eater Mask-Making Workshop (Sunday 10:15 - 11:15 AM / Paugus) where you'll make a mask as unique as your character.
This is just a small sampling of what MISTI-Con has to offer. Check out the full programming list on the MISTI-Con website and don't miss our FINAL Live Chat tonight at 9:00 pm Eastern. See you tomorrow for another Countdown to MISTI-Con!
April 30th, 2013
In today's "Countdown to MISTI-Con," we bring you a Ministry Missive from none other than Jennifer Drucker, our own illustrator and designer, who is also a culinary artist. Here's what Jenn had to say:
I was first introduced to Harry Potter through a lucky chance. I instantly fell in love with the series. I was drawn in by the lush descriptions of the sweets in the wizarding world and always wished that I could taste the Fizzing Whizbees, Chocolate Frogs and Cauldron Cakes. Since I could not find the secret passage into Diagon Alley I had to make my own, the muggle way.
When I first joined the Harry Potter fandom, I introduced myself by baking Harry Potter themed cookies. I was warmly welcomed into this wonderful community and lovingly nicknamed “That Cookie Lady.” Since then, I’ve provided specialized cakes for many Potter-themed events, including Accio Books, Evil Day 2 and Victory-Over-Voldemort Day. I’ve had more fun than I can express at these events with friends who have become like family to me. Hearing that one of my cakes is “too beautiful to eat” makes me the happiest of all Hufflepuffs!
My love of Potter, and cake decorating, inspired me to start my own business: “Jenny’s Cakes With Character." Hogwarts castle, a Quidditch pitch and all seven Harry Potter books piled high are just a few desserts I’ve magically created from cake, frosting and fondant. I shall have my very own cart at MISTI-Con where everyone can help themselves to cupcakes and cookies, so be sure to come visit me and grab a bite.
Luckily, I'm also able to use my artistic skills to help bring MISTI-Con together, beginning with the re-designed Ministry of Magic logo and the MISTI-Con webpage. You’ll be able to spot more of my work around The Margate: the Order of Wulfric pin, posters, postcards, flyers, photos and the Mother’s Day photo frames are just a few of my contributions.
Please come and say hi to me during the Corridor of Charmed Crafts as well. I’ll be selling some of my Wotchertonks art prints, bookmarks, and my Snarry comic, “Harry Loves Snape.” Snarry is the only thing I love more than cake!
When people ask me "Why MISTI-Con?" my answer is simple. These events are like being inside our very own Hogwarts common room where we can celebrate this fandom and how it’s enriched our lives. The chance to be involved in organizing that is worth it to me. I’m looking forward to seeing all the friends I’ve made at previous cons and all the fun we’re going to have.
- Jennifer Drucker
Don't forget that MISTI-Con full registration sales end TODAY! Register NOW and we'll see you in just 9 days!
April 28th, 2013
Welcome to the first post in our "Countdown to MISTI-Con" series! Over the next ten days, leading up to an exclusive sneak peek at a never-before-revealed MISTI-Con experience, we'll be posting daily about this immersive Harry Potter fan convention coming to Laconia, NH on May 9-13. Today's post has a lot to cover, so please read carefully to make sure you're up to speed.
First and most importantly, the MISTI-Con organizing staff wants to remind you that full registration packages WILL NOT be sold after Tuesday April 30. If you're still not convinced you're attending MISTI-Con, we invite you to check out our full schedule today and consider "the MISTI-Con difference." If you're already registered: that's great! We've still got room to sign up for Family Feud, hula hoop & poi workshops, Whose Wand Is It Anyway?, and more, not to mention Photo Session tickets for Ellie and Joseph Darcey-Alden. All sign-ups can be found here so hurry before time runs out. Register today if you haven't already!
If you've already got your photo session tickets, done your sign-ups and are waiting for the big day to finally arrive, we ask that you consider joining the Order of Wulfric, otherwise known as the MISTI-Con Volunteer Staff! We need folks in all departments, especially during the event. We know that spending your time at a convention doing "work" isn't the coolest way to spend four days, so in exchange for 10 or more hours, we're offering the Order of Wulfric limited edition pin as a thank you for your commitment. And there might be other secret benefits to volunteering, but we can't say much more just yet. If you're interested in making this the best con ever, sign up as a volunteer now or email email@example.com.
Next, MISTI-Con's conference guide can now be found on Android and iOS devices with Guidebook! With full schedule and program details, presenter/performer bios, a map of the Margate and more, your guide to MISTI-Con is ready to get sorted. Download it now and start program your to-do list at http://guidebook.com/g/MISTICon.
Lastly, MISTI-Con is always reachable via social tools like Facebook or Twitter (and by visiting MISTI-Con.org), but don't forget about our FINAL live chat this Wednesday May 1 at 9:00pm Eastern! Whatever your question, whichever your concern and whomever you need to speak to, our final chat is the only live forum where the MISTI-Con staff will be chatting with you. Take the time to put any of your last-minute fears at rest and join us this Wednesday night at http://misti-con.org/livechat.html.
We hope you're ready for what promises to be an incredible week, leading up to an unbelievable weekend. As always, remember: you bring the wands, we'll bring the magic!
April 27th, 2013
Don't miss the Corridor of Charmed Crafts on Friday May 10 only at MISTI-Con. Starting at 6:00 pm in the Tent, you'll be able to get all of the amazing wizard wares below.
Crafty Mischief by Sempraseverus
An artist and aspiring writer, Sempraseverus dabbles in all sorts of crafting, that is of course when he's not entertaining his dogs - he has five Great Pyrenees to look after. The Muse has our crafter firmly in his grasp with no intention of letting him loose and thats just fine with him. Of these clutches of inspiration, Sempraseverus says "I like it like that."
A Mad Menagerie of Magical Supplies from Nicki Noo Designs
For all of your important wizard "huggables," visit Nicki Noo Designs. Take your favourite Potter character home with you! They've even got Hogwarts-apporved pets! (Well, except Toads. Toads are not cool.) In addition, they've got bags that go with every cosplay, and other house-themed accoutrements such as wand holsters.
Relics, Props and Dark Artistry by Carol Kane
Proud Slytherin and MISTI-Con set-builder/pro-artist, Carol isn't afraid of the so-called Dark Arts. In fact, she loves all of the arts. Whether it's costuming, drawing, or creating sculptures, Carol's work ranges from large-scale props to miniatures. At MISTI-Con she'll have prints of drawings, a few costumes, and various small-scale sculptures & props on hand for purchase.
Learn more about the above creators and meet more crafty folks at http://misti-con.org/crafts.html. Beware: some of these items are ONLY available at MISTI-Con, so make sure you've got your ticket right here and catch you in the corridor!
April 26th, 2013
I am a Harry Potter-aholic. It began in an over-crowded movie theater, years ago, when I had reluctantly agreed to see “The Prisoner of Azkaban” with a gaggle of enthused friends. I was hooked. I didn’t stand a chance. The whimsy, the wickedness, the wonder, and all the other “w” words that might describe the wizarding world were the perfect combination for my intoxication with the series. I devoured the books shortly thereafter and have never managed to shake my affection for this fantastical series.
Beyond being a beautiful read for me, these books have been the catalyst for artistic inspiration. My love of drawing, specifically, was born out of a desire to illustrate the characters I saw so vividly in my head. I dabbled in writing elaborate fan-fiction. I took my love of costuming and fashion-design and began to create very decorative cosplays. I imagined an incredible amount thanks to Harry Potter. The experience has, and continues to, excite me as a creative-mind.
I had no idea that Harry Potter conventions existed until one apparated to my hometown. Terminus came to Chicago in 2008 and I bought a weekend pass, not knowing precisely what I was getting into. When I arrived at the hotel , my poor, little, rotten heart had an ecstatic fit. If you’ve been to a convention before, I don’t need to describe the details of the experience for you. If you’ve never been, I can’t bear to spoil it for you. The community of fans had come together to create a Potter-centric oasis, an immersive escape. I never knew this community existed before then, but was to become a second-family for me, in a way.
Now, we come to MISTI-Con. This, like all mad and wonderful creations, began as a “harmlessly hypothetical” conversation. That hypothetical conversation became an actual possibility and then became reality after an incredible amount of work and an incredible amount of love for the work. This convention is special to me because I feel that it is tailor-made for the Harry Potter fans that care about the fandom as a community and who want to celebrate expression and creativity. This con is about participation, immersion, and imagination. Creating this convention has been a delight and a dream for me as an artist. The staff has put a wild amount of detail into the artistic and thematic elements. We had lively discussions about what might be in Kingsley’s office, what hastily scribbled notes would be left lying in the Ministry Break room, even what different wizarding labor unions might be like. All of that has informed the convention's creation. The level of creative detail, I think, is unmatched by any other convention I’ve attended.
MISTI-Con is different because it really values the fan as an individual. That’s an important idea for me. I love seeing the innovation and creativity of all of the fans at conventions and this convention puts a spotlight on all of that. People can make of it what they want: they can participate fully, create proudly, and really get to know the rest of the community, which is, what I think, what Harry Potter conventions ought to always be about.
It has been a joy and an honour to be a part of this fiercely inventive and die-hard staff. I cannot thank my fellow MISTI-Team members enough for their devoted, hard work. After months and months of it, here we are, at long last. It’s been as wild as a ride through the Gringotts vaults, but it has been well worth it. I cannot wait to share this convention with everyone.
Learn more about Cassandra on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. You can also learn Wand Dueling with her at MISTI-Con, but only if you're registered! Full registrations will no longer be sold after April 30, so get yours now!
April 25th, 2013
The past few weeks we have taken this leadup to MISTI-Con to get our attendees (and those who haven't registered yet) pumped for what is going to be an amazing conference. Next up for our Literary Guest Interviews is Alethea Kontis, who responded with the video below.
New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a goddess, a force of nature, and a mess. Her debut YA fairy tale novel, ENCHANTED, was published by HMH (Harcourt Books) in May 2012. Find out more about Alethea at her website http://www.aletheakontis.com and follow her on Twitter http://twitter.com/aletheakontis and Facebook http://facebook.com/princessaletheakontis.
April 24th, 2013
The Corridor of Charmed Crafts will take place on Friday May 10 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Tent. To prepare your wallets to be a few sickles lighter, we've asked some of our conjuring crafters to give us a sneak peek at the goodies they'll be bringing along.
You may not be able to get your hands on a time-turner, but you can get your own Potter Pocket Watch pendant of your favorite Potter book or movie. These beautiful pendants contain magical moments taken from Potter books which are then frozen in time just for you (with special MISTI-Con pricing). How did Matthew manage to get the items so small and into a pocket watch?...1...2...3... Reducto!
Fandom Earrings for your Lonely Lobes by Emily Barnette
Emily Barnette has all your Fandom Earrings: Flitwick's charmed flying keys, Bertie Bott's Every-Flavor Beans, Deathly Hallows, owls, snitches, and potion bottles! Show your house pride with earrings in your house colors. Death Eater and Remus Lupin inspired earrings in different shapes and sizes and Doctor Who or Hunger Games earrings for the Whovians and Tributes will delight your little lobes. There's even muggle jewelry if that's what strikes your fancy; you might just find that perfect pair to match your robes for the ball!
Black Out Art by Kristina Moy
When Krissy isn't busy with cons or organizing various IQA events, she makes fun and beautiful art-inspired merch: art prints, magnets, stickers, postcards, notebooks and a lot of other things. So what sets her apart? She's also the Fandom Tea Lady! Her latest hobby of tea-blending has led her to create 41 fandom teas so far for fans of Potter, Sherlock, Merlin, Powerpuff Girls and more.. You’ll be able to snag tea sampler boxes as well as all her other crafts at MISTI-Con.
You can find out where to get all of the above creations and see more examples by visiting http://misti-con.org/crafts.html. There's plenty of MISTI-Con exclusives though, so make sure you've got your ticket by registering now. See you in the corridor!
April 20th, 2013
We've taken some time to share with you some responses from our Literary Guests recently. Joining those today is Zoraida Córdova, who tells us she's a Gryffindor, a Sirius fan, and loves Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire the most. Here's what she had to say.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
The women in my family! I come from a long line of women who work hard and are fearless. My grandmother and mother both left their whole worlds behind for a life in New York. I know they would have preferred it if I had pursued a career in law or medicine (anything but writing), but now they are my number one champions. I hope one day I can be like them.
WHAT MAKES YOUR FANS UNIQUE?
Writing about mermaids is still very unique. Even though there have been tons of mermaid books the last two years, it's not as mainstream as vamps or werewolves or witches. There's something that is so mysterious about mermaids and we've only scratched the surface.
WHO ARE YOUR WRITING INFLUENCES?
I wasn't a big reader growing up. I was obsessed with Saved by the Bell, Sailor Moon, Buffy, Dawson's Creek, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Charmed.
Towards the end of junior high, I had a writing assignment. We had to write a 3 page extra credit story. Mine ended up being 20 pages. It's the silliest thing I've ever written, but I loved doing it. Then I discovered Amelia Atwater Rhodes, and she was only 13 and published by Random House! That's when I decided that I could do it, too. I didn't stop trying.
Then I discovered Holly Black and Libba Bray. They're my favorite authors. Recently, I've added Laini Taylor and Rick Riordan.
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST HARRY-POTTER-RELATED MEMORY?
I think it was reading the Order of the Phoenix and bawling like a little girl. I didn't know how much I cared about Sirius until it was too late.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST ABOUT MISTI-CON?
I'm so excited to meet new people! It is my favorite part of conventions. Plus, the outfits. I'm planning on some cool mermaid scales for make up. Mermaid lovers, fantasy lovers, come say hi to me!
Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Zoraida Córdova writes stories about sparkly things like mermaids, merdudes, and more. Check out her blog http://dirtypages.blogspot.com to learn more. You talk to her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CordovaBooks or on Twitter https://twitter.com/zlikeinzorro too.
April 17th, 2013
I've been a bartender at the Margate Resort for ten plus years. I've always been a fan of fantasy stories, but Aeternitas changed everything. For the first time in a long time, my work and my fan experience were combined. I wasn't just Ray the bartender anymore, I gained a new persona: the "Dark Lord Bartender," in part due to my devilish good looks but also due to penchant for the baddies. I even had my own wizard rock song written and sang to me by Lily & James!
I've been busy since last time, and I've created 100 HP-themed drinks. In addition to the 15 signature beverages you might remember from 2011, I've added the following featured drinks, as seen in the above video:
- House Elf
- Gryffindor House Drink
- Hufflepuff House Drink
- Cedric Diggory (aka Dead Hufflepuff)
- Slytherin House Drink
- Ravenclaw House Drink
- Dark Mark
- Butter Beer
- Author Weasley
- Near Butter Beer (under 21 Butter beer)
Since Aeternitas, I've been waiting for this amazing group of talented creators and guests to return to my home. In addition to designing the drinks menu for MISTI-Con, I'm also the designer behind WART and other special events coming to MISTI-Con. I can't wait to show you what we've been planning. Please drink responsibly and don't forget: "You Bring The Wands, We'll Bring The Magic!"
MISTI-Con would like all 21+ guests to remember that during events held in the tent there is no credit card or room charge options, so these bars will be cash only. If you plan to consume alcohol, New Hampshire state law requires all persons (regardless of age) to have on them a valid Government-issued ID. So don't forget!
The only way to sample some of these tasty tipples is to attend MISTI-Con! Registrations are still available for a limited time, so make sure to get yours!
April 16th, 2013
Recently, Cecilia Tan shared with you her thoughts on inspiration, her influences, and Harry Potter books. Today, our very own Lady Malfoy (who answers to her American muggle pen-name Leanna Renee Hieber) answers our questions. We now present, witches and wizards, muggle ladies and gents, Narcissa Malfoy.
You can read Leanna's full response after the jump.
Leanna Renee Hieber is the author of award-winning, bestselling Gothic Victorian Fantasy such as The Magic Most Foul saga, The Strangely Beautiful Saga, and the upcoming The Eterna Files (due in 2014 from Tor Books).
For more information about her books, please visit leannareneehieber.com. She's currently serializing the Magic Most Foul finale for free on her blog so check that out at leannareneebooks.blogspot.com. You can find her socially on Twitter] and Facebook.
April 12th, 2013
Today we hear from James, our A/V chair and muggle tech coordinator.
When I first heard about MISTI-Con, I was in from the start. The other Harry Potter conferences in Florida were tempting, but out of my budget. I like cons that are close to home, like those in Boston I've attended. I love going to conventions. I get to meet, talk, and make friends with people who love the same things I do. As I got older through the years, I found just being an attendee was not enough. So I began volunteering to be on panels and discussions, sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for my favorite topics. Then I began volunteering behind the scenes as part of convention staff, doing my small part to make the event successful and satisfying for all.
Almost every programming item and event requires some form of muggle technology. I've been arranging the use of this equipment from people and organizations that I know and have worked with before, and will be transporting it up to Laconia. You'll see me running around setting up speakers or lights or projectors for something or other.
One of the reasons I took on this task is that my career in the 90s was in Video Production which entailed wrangling and using audio, video and lighting equipment for events and production shoots, as well as being a Videographer and Editor for hundreds of productions and a thousand local TV commercials in Rhode Island. I felt that I could use my experience and knowledge to help make MISTI-Con a success, as I had helped with the Aeternitas conference in the same way.
After I read all the HP books in 2007, I unknowingly entered into Potter fandom. I started making my Snape costume and as I searched for references I discovered websites for Potter fans. For many years, I've been part of science fiction fandom, but this fandom had a fresher and more creative vibe that was different from other geeky communities. Discovering Wizard Rock blew my mind. The HP books brought me back to my youth: to the days when I read juvenile (Young Adult of the 50's and 60's) science fiction of teen males overcoming their life's obstacles and exploring the universe. Harry Potter brought all those feelings back to me in a wholly new and inspiring way: with fantasy, not science fiction. There was a completely different emotional impact on me. The books were about people, not about logic or science or technology. Discovering more aspects of Potter fandom enticed me to go to a convention. I attended LeakyCon 2009, holding Costume Making and Wand Making workshops.
Shortly after LeakyCon, I joined Amanda Walter's HP-MA with its first gathering at the 500th Harry and the Potters' show in Norwood, MA. When Amanda asked about helping with Aeternitas my hand went straight up like Hermione. Aeternitas was a fantastic time and unforgettable, despite the loss of my vehicle to engine failure on the way up.
However, I did not let that deter me from working hard and having an epic good time.
I'm so glad to go back to Laconia this May with many of my new friends and I can't wait to make more. If you see me, please say hi and come visit my Astronomy Tent which will be set up on the lawn.
Love muggle technology? You can help James with setting up and moving equipment during MISTI-Con by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If muggle tech isn't your bag, there's lots of opportunities for volunteering right here http://www.misti-con.org/volunteer.html. You can only register as a volunteer if you've registered for the con and registration closes April 30, so get moving!
April 11th, 2013
As part of MISTI-Con's slate of literary guests, Cecilia Tan will be speaking on panels, reading from her work, and autographing books at the con. In this video she talks about what she found so inspiring about the Harry Potter books and Harry Potter fandom, gets into her Hogwarts robe and tie, and discusses how the freedom to be a fan is important to her life as a professional fiction writer. She also discusses her desire to create original fiction that is as addictive and delivers the same emotional "kick" as fan fiction, how Draco Malfoy took over her life, incredible + amazing things her fans have done for her, and what she's looking forward to the most about MISTI-Con.
We spoke with Cecilia and asked her a few questions. Read more of her response after the jump.
Cecilia Tan is a writer and editor. You can read her blog at blog.ceciliatan.com. On Twitter, Livejournal, Facebook, and Google+, she can be found as 'ceciliatan.'
April 8th, 2013
Before I came to Harry Potter, I was a professional artist working in sculpture and drawings. My work was shown all over New York, London and Miami. I did the whole "go to art openings" thing. Long story short, I left the art world because those kind of “artists” are weirder than all the crazies I have ever met from any fandom combined.
My art is fantasy-based. I create full scale sets of women flying, boys jumping out of windows or of punk girls wielding guns in a Greek Temple just before a battle. I build everything - the girls, their costumes, the guns, the columns and even the backdrops are made by hand. I love creating entire worlds from scratch.
When we began discussing the conference that would become MISTI-Con, I leapt at the chance to create my style of crazy sets. In fact, the original task given to me was to create two-dimensional cardboard standees. I think I scared the boys half to death when I told them what I really had in mind.
The first thing I made was Longclaw - a life-sized dementor made of papier-mâché. After he was completed, I started work on the big stuff. The work was going well and of course I enjoyed doing it, but it wasn’t until one particularly hot day in August that I had a revelation as to how lucky I am to be working on sets for MISTI-Con.
I was working outside with wood and power tools. It was so hot that I must have changed out of my sweaty sawdust-covered clothing at least three times. During those quick breaks I would check Facebook (it is a bad habit of mine) and see everyone’s reactions to my photos and goofy updates. I was surprised by everyone's excitement and support. Then it dawned on me:
Not only was I getting to do what I loved, but for the first time I was doing it for a group of people who genuinely appreciated my work and the effort behind it.Honestly, that means more to me than any success the art world could ever offer.
I can’t wait for everyone to see what I’ve built for this con and to have fun with all of you. It's been my honor to build for you.
- Carol Kane
April 5th, 2013
Next we hear from Jennifer Levine, our PR Coordinator.
I'm a Potterhead. I attended my first Potter con in 2007 and since then I have traveled across the country to attend more than 12 large-scale events relating to Potter: conferences, rock festivals, meetups and everything in between. Back in April 2011, having just gone to two events in the same month (a first even for me), I decided it was time to get involved in creating fan experiences, not just living them.
That first time at The Margate was in a word 'different'. I imagine it was what the early Wrockstockers thought of their outing to the wilds of Potosi: a Potter commune, isolated from the real world and truly exciting. We had a bartender-turned-fan behind the tap and a place to have fun and be ourselves, but that was what made it a Potter Con, not what made it special. There's something about Lake Winnepesaukee, the tent and that hotel that felt inherently "of the wizarding world." Cap off an amazing weekend of music, friends and fun with a great ball and it was an amazing time. But I couldn't help feeling we could go harder.
'Turn it up to 11' as the poets said.
Upon the announcement that there would be another conference at the Margate, I knew I had to be there. However, it was the folks at the helm: Clay Dockery, Cassandra Johnstone, and the never-not-Potterific Jonathon Rosenthal that convinced me that this was the con I should be working on. As if I had known it all along, their vision for a Ministry-themed conference, one that truly created an experience from check-in to check-out, was one I knew I had to be a part of.
Speaking as someone who has seen behind the curtain, read the back-and-forth discussions and debates, seen the work that has been put into the decorations, the logistics, the competitions and more, I can say with full confidence: You will be KICKING yourself if you don't come to MISTI-Con. I'm calling this "the MISTI difference."
Quality over quantity. Experience over exuberance. Immersion over exertion. Pound-for-pound, inch-by-inch, and thought-by-thought, MISTI-Con has been painstakingly created to make the most magical memories a Potter fan could want.
I wish we could show you all that we have planned, but that would spoil so much of it and we can't bear spoilers. The best part: you don't have to take my word for it. Registration is still open and there are still keynote presentation and special event tickets available. Get ready for the con experience of a lifetime. And don't forget: You bring the wands, we'll bring the magic.
March 22nd, 2013
As we approach the final month before MISTI-Con, we will be presenting you with posts from our staff highlighting the creative process that is bringing this con to life." Our first is from Clay Dockery, one of the three head chairs of MISTI-Con and its Treasurer.
As we begin the final month of preparation work for MISTI, and the projects, challenges, and special nuggets keep piling up, I keep coming back to one essential question:
Why did I decide to help organize this convention?
There are many answers to that question, far more than I think I can effectively express in a short blog post, but the essential answer is this- I think MISTI-Con is going to be special.
I love conventions in general, I love the camaraderie, the costumes, meeting people and going to panels, all the elements of fandom are enhanced and embraced at conventions. And I also love Harry Potter conventions, the people are interesting, the characters compelling, the panels fascinating, and the costumes extraordinary. Sometimes though things get left aside, or the focus of the organizers seems to be on something other than the experience of the fans.
I firmly believe that fandom and fan experience is an essential part of the creative process, that what we are doing is a part of something primal and folkloric, and that the con experience should be geared toward finding the creative spark (which can manifest itself in ANY form!) of each attendee, and to help that person express it.
What we are trying to do with MISTI is very ambitious, and there are certain to be challenges and hiccups all along the process, but I encourage you to come and try it out!
If we experience these adventures together, we can experience Jo Rowling’s world again, we can find our own creative outlets, and we can spend a few days immersed in a unique and special world!
And, because of that, I couldn’t imagine myself NOT helping to make MISTI a reality.
"I hope to see you there!"
Register Today! Registration, Keynote and Mother's Day Brunch tickets are still available but they are moving quickly and once we hit 500 people we are closing registration sales.
March 10th, 2013
Death Eaters in the Ministry! Is it another coup?? Fortunately not, MISTI guests. Whereas it is still true that since the end of the Second Wizarding War, those practicing the political and philosophical beliefs of the group know as The Death Eaters are not welcome in the halls of the London Ministry. The Minister has decided that as long as wizarding law is followed, Death Eaters would be allowed representation at MISTI-Con. This is to foster open dialog and show that everyone's ideaology should be respected.
As such, we openly invite law abiding Death Eater's to join us at MISTI-Con and especially partake in programming designed for their interests.
March 4th, 2013
March 1st, 2013
We have a double dispatch for you tonight. Day passes to MISTI-Con are now available for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
A single day pass is $75 or pick any two days (from Friday - Sunday) for $125. Thursday and Monday are not available as day passes
Day pass registration is now available via our registration page on Brown Paper Tickets
Programming Details and Schedule Now Available
- MISTI-Con Schedule Google Doc Spreadsheet
- Presentation Descriptions
- List of Presenters with Bios
- List of Presentations
Please note that the following is not yet online:
- Most Meetups
- Special and Informal Programming Descriptions
- Sign up and payment details for workshops with materials fee's and / or limited capacity.
Additionally, we have not copyedited yet, so please excuse typo's grammar errors, etc.
If you are a presenter and you have found an error please e-mail us at email@example.com.
Also stay tuned for PDF versions of our schedule as well as a Guidebook app (coming late April)
February 22nd, 2013
February 14th, 2013
At MISTI-Con the costumes are superlative!
On Saturday evening, MISTI-Con will be showering the most expressive and fashionable attendees with special accolades for their costuming services to the Ministry- the Merlie Awards!
For more details and to fill out the showcase participation form, please click on the image above or click here.
February 8th, 2013
Designed by Stephanie Schellin, our con shirt represents both the reconstruction and rebirth of a new Ministry. As well as the induction and christening of the Ministry Interdepartmental Service Training Institute.
For more information about the t-shirt and to place an order, click here or on the picture above!
February 5th, 2013
MISTI-Con to Host Special Guest
(Young Lily from Deathly Hallows 2)
Together With Her Brother Joseph Darcey-Alden from Doctor Who's The Snowmen
Fans will no doubt remember Ellie from her performance as Young Lily Evans in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, seen during Snape's “The Prince’s Tale” memory sequence.
What they may not realize is that she and her brother Joseph had the amazing opportunity to star in 2012's Doctor Who Christmas special "The Snowmen", which recently transmitted in the UK and US. Playing Francesca and Digby, respectively. The two performers will be appearing at MISTI-Con with planned signings and photo opportunities, details of which will be available closer to the event.
January 16th, 2013
January 15th, 2013
“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.”
-Maximilien Robespierre - 1750's French Politician
Voldemort was able to rise to power partially due to the previous administration’s fear of educating the public. We know now that every Witch and Wizard has the right to learn and study the art of magical self defense.
To encourage this, we have developed the Wizarding Advanced Readiness Training (WART). WART Students (WARTS) will undergo the most intense magical training the Ministry can come up with; meant to challenge you in the physical, mental and magical senses in each of 3 increasingly harder challenges. Will you have what it takes to win? Show that you are the best WARTS in the Ministry!
Click on the WART poster for more info and the sign up sheet! The W.A.R.T. is free with MISTI-Con registration!
January 10th, 2013
November 29th, 2012
Our Craft Faire application is now live! The MISTI-Con Craft Faire (Corridor of Charmed Crafts) will be held Friday night of the convention, May 10th 6pm-9pm. It will take place in our main events tent.
The Faire will also include Author's Alley, a section dedicated to Authors who sign up to market and/or sell their books.
The deadline for applications is January 31st, 2013. Additional information and the application form can be found at the link below:
November 6th, 2012
MISTI-Con is selling sponsorship opportunities and advertising space in our convention program. Help fund MISTI-Con while reaching an audience of 500 Harry Potter fans. We also have special packages for fan groups / non-profits. See the image below for pricing details and if interested please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also please feel free to contact us if you would like to propose different sponsorship arrangements.
October 19th, 2012
No Harry Potter convention would be complete without a Wizard Rock show and MISTI-Con has an incredible line-up waiting for you. Click here for more details or if you can't load the image below.
(Download the Wrock in the Wizengamot Poster in Hi-Res PDF Format! Warning, its 24 MB! We suggest "right-click save as")
October 6th, 2012
As part of our Formal Programming, MISTI-Con will also have a robust literary track. This is completely included in your registration! We are still working on adding literary guests and speakers, but here is a sneak preview of some of our confirmed authors:
|Amanda Havard - Author of The Survivorsand the inventor of the Immersedition, patent-pending interactive book, an app that reinvents the reading experience.|
|Leanna Renee Hieber - Author of The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul and more. She also plays Deputy Kellion in the web series Auror's Tale.|
|Alethea Kontis - Co-author of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Companion. Author of Enchanted, and her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in over ten anthologies.|
|Cecilia Tan - Cecilia Tan is the author of over a dozen novels including The Siren and the Sword, The Prince's Boy, and Slow Surrender. Her short stories have appeared everywhere from Ms. Magazine to Asimov's. She is also the founder of Circlet Press.|
You can find out more about these authors, including extended bios and website links on our Special Guests page.
September 26th, 2012
We recently finished interviewing and bringing on board our latest department chairs and assistant staff. It was incredibly difficult choosing from an AMAZING selection of applicants. We can't wait to work with our growing team, each of whom is dedicated to this fandom and passionate about the area of the convention they are responsible for. We will have their bios online very soon on our organizers web page.
|Fan Art Chair
|Academic Papers Chair
|Community Programming Chair
Logistics Assistant Staff
Fan Fiction Chair
|Formal Programming Team Member
August 27th, 2012
Founded in 1999, MuggleNet is one of the largest Harry Potter websites on the Internet. Besides being a huge source of HP conversation, Fan Fiction, and news, MuggleNet also brings its HP expertise to the real world at conventions and special events.
As part of our partnership, MuggleNet Academia host Keith Hawk (Twitter: @keithwhawk) will be bringing us two exciting interactive programs of his own design while the staff of Alohomora! will be hosting a LIVE podcast!
Harry Potter Family Feud! - Grab some friends and form a team and compete in this battle of survey results. Any team is welcome but we encourage players to make things a bit interesting. Weasleys versus House of Black? Squibs versus Animagi? Muggles versus Quidditch Players? No matter what happens, the audience wins =)
(Hogwarts Alumni versus Death Eaters at Aeternitas)
Harry Potter Jeopardy! - The ultimate battle of wits and trivia knowledge. Face off against other Rowlingphiles and movie geeks to find out who is the Ken Jennings of HP!
Additional details about how to sign up for both games will be made available as we get closer to MISTI-Con. HP Jeopardy players will be required to answer a series of paper quiz questions to qualify.
The LIVE ALOHOMORA PODCAST! - A massive and incredible project from the MuggleNet team, Alohomora is a website and podcast and community all to itself!
A product of rigorous and excited discussion between a few MuggleNet staff members, Alohomora! was crafted to fill the void left in the aftermath of the final Harry Potter movie release. Led by the rotating voices of the podcast, fans can now re-read the books alongside thousands online and share all their new insights on the show, as well as on the companion section. The project is entirely produced by fans, for fans.
Join the Alohomora team live as they record their podcast and take questions and participation from the MISTI-Con audience.
August 7th, 2012
Department Dispatch 2: MISTI-Con Welcomes The Enthusiasts!
The Enthusiasts are an amazing, convention loving troupe of photographers who specialize in convention and cosplay photography. They will be at MISTI-Con for the entire convention to help capture the awesome!
Click on their adorable mascot below for more info!
July 27, 2013
Introducing "Department Dispatches"!
We are pleased to announce a new section of our website "Department Dispatches". These will be periodic articles that will provide extended details about programs, events, and other elements of MISTI-Con. Our first Dispatch is all about the MISTI-Con Opening Gala, the first official event of the convention. Taking place in our huge events tent, it will be the start of an unforgettable experience.
Click the image below for more info!
July 24, 2012
Preliminary schedule now online
We have recently completed our initial schedule design with many of our major events and overall convention structure laid out. Please note that this is a PRELIMINARY schedule. Nearly anything on this schedule can change. Also we have many more programming events planned that we are not ready to announce, so stay tuned!
The schedule is in PDF format and can be downloaded here.
July 9, 2012
MISTI-Con passes are now available!
Click here to purchase your con registration now!
The Early-Bird Rate of $110 is only good until September 15th, so buy now to save!
The Early Bird registration includes all 4 Days of the convention with:
- Extensive Formal and Informal programming
- Admission to our spectacular opening ceremonies
- Admission to our Wizard Rock show
- A special performance by Charlie Ross of One Man Lord of the Rings
- The closing breakfast
- And much more!!
Ministry VIP and Chief Mugwump Packages Also Available!
Keynote and Mother's Day Brunch tickets will be sold seperately and at a later date.
Transport tickets via Ministry Van from the airport to the Margate Hotel will also be sold at a later date.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, and for making our Kickstarter a huge success. We are working everyday to make the MISTI-Con experience as immersive and wonderful as possible.
Here is another look at LongClaw, the MISTI-Con dementor created by Carol Kane.
May 24, 2012
Watch our Kickstarter video!
We launched our Kickstarter just 2 days ago and already are closing in on 200% of our goal. The Kickstarter is open for 29 more days though, and every dollar we raise will help make our con even better! In the next few days we will be posting updates on the awesome things that we will add to the con if we hit higher and higher goals.
And remember, the rewards for pledging are really cool, and most of them are exclusive to the kickstarter. Note that the Kickstarter is the place you can purchase early-bird con registrations (at the $150 pledge level) that include the t-shirt, an exclusive pin, and other "swag"!
Please go to our Kickstarter page and donate now!
May 22, 2012
MISTI-Con Is Coming!
The MISTI-Con Kickstarter is launching! We only have 30 days to reach our goal and get our start up funds. We are offering some great rewards to the people who make donations, and you can register for the con through the Kickstarter. Please go to our Kickstarter page and donate now!
MISTI-Con is also proud to announce a new partnership with MuggleNet to create special programming for this immersive Harry Potter fan experience taking place in May 2013. MISTI-Con's main focus centers on the talent, art and achievements of the members of the fandom itself, highlighting the fantastic participatory nature of the fan community. In this exclusive partnership, MuggleNet will also provide selected programming, including a live podcast, for the conference.