When HPEF announced that Ascendio would be their last HP convention, I started to look for what would be my next one. I started googling HP Conventions and landed upon MISTI-Con. I didn’t know anyone involved with it, which made me nervous. I read through everything on the website, and I liked that it would be a smaller and immersive convention. I met two of the staff in a presentation I did in Orlando, and when they told me they were from MISTI-Con, I figured the universe was trying to tell me something. Within weeks, I booked my room for the next summer, and took a chance. As fate would have it, I volunteered to work on the convention and ended up helping in Programming.
I arrived at the convention a day early to help with set-up, but I had never met any of the staff in-person, and this was a bit nerve wracking. I am an ambivert and can be quite shy around people I do not know. However, I quickly learned the size of the convention was perfect for me. I was blown away by the decorations, and being surrounded by HP geeks, and all things Potter. I loved the programming – great academic offerings, amazing fan programming and talented artisans sharing their HP crafting in classes. At the end of MISTI 2013, I was asked to join the staff as a Co-Head Organizer, something that completely took me by surprise. I have been working on MISTI since then.
The thing I loved most were the people. There were people I only recognized from other conventions, and at MISTI I was getting to know them. I was relatively new to cosplay and was surrounded by the most incredible cosplayers, and they were sharing their love of HP and costuming and were so willing to help others. MISTI has a fabulous Costume showcase, but it isn’t a judged competition, and they make a place for anyone that wants to be involved. It was a truly magical experience. I am so glad that I took a chance on MISTI, and I have made some great friends through the convention. I can’t wait to see my friends and make new ones at the next MISTI.
When MISTI says they are by fans, for fans, it is a great description of the convention. If you are a Harry Potter fan, and are looking for great programming and being surrounded by some awesome folks, I would encourage you to give MISTI-Con a chance. I am so glad I took that chance, because it has become such a big part of my life.