Programming Descriptions by Day

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Program Title: Moderators/Panelists
Location
Description

Friday, July 19th Programming Descriptions:

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration

Hotel Lobby

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

MISTI-CON Video Blog: Lawrence Neals and Cassandra Neals: GeekLifeRules

Hallway Near Hudson B/C

Come out to the MISTI-Con table to share your Harry Potter and MISTI-CON stories, thoughts, feelings and adventures in our online VLOG. Interviews will be compiled and shared each morning and eventually put together as a video diary at the end of the convention.

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Volunteer Coordination Meeting: Sara Melnick and Jill Staniec

Plaza A/B

Volunteers, stop by this session to review the plan for the day and have a Q&A with the Volunteer Coordinators.

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

The Owlery Game - Packet Pick Up: Kevin A

Common Room

Drop by and sign up to be an Owl and compete to deliver letters for your House!

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

A History of Magic Wands: Carol Oster - The Wandcrafter

Hudson B/C

Master Wandcrafter Carol Oster will present and discuss the history of magic wands, their characteristics, and the characteristics of several famous wands used by the heroes of the Battle of Hogwarts. 

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Discussing HP in 2019: Engaging with Fandom despite the Furor, Failures, and False Controversies: Irvin Khaytman and Lorrie Kim

Salon 4

When “the eighth story” and a new film franchise were announced for the Wizarding World, it appeared the fandom was in for a renaissance. However, several years past 2016, that’s not the case. The, ahem, divisive reception to the expanding Wizarding World™ has thrown a wrench into our favorite pastime of HP analysis. Join the authors of books about Dumbledore and about Snape to discuss engaging with HP in this fraught new era of fandom.

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Interactions with Lifelike Magic and Technology: Brian P. Bernard

Salon 5

Portraits and summoned creatures are examples of lifelike magic created by wizards. Films and artificial intelligence are examples of lifelike technology created by muggles. This academic presentation will highlight similarities in how both populations interact with their lifelike creations and explain why ignorance is bliss and a little learning can be a dangerous thing. (Note: a lot of learning is still good though.)

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Magical School of Curricula: Moderator: Sarah Guan; Panelists: Sarah Guan, D.R. Perry, Cecilia Tan

Plaza A/B

Harry Potter’s educational system derives largely from the British boarding school model, but there are a lot of other options out there. How might magical school look different in another country -- or another world? Author discuss the thaumaturgical pedagogy of their imaginations and the factors they consider when developing a magical curriculum.

9:00 AM- 9:45 AM

WOrM Scouts Welcome Meeting & Recruitment Rally: Dariti Peterson

Plaza 1/2/3

"If you are a Magical being of any age, like to do good deeds, earn badges, and do crafts, come join the World Organization of Magical Scouting! At this welcome meeting, we’ll meet new magical scouts, rededicate returning members, have fun doing some badge activities, and an awesome magical scout craft that you may find useful at MISTI-Con!"

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Harry Potter and The Fool's Journey: Exploring Canon Through Tarot: Jennifer Levine

Plaza 1/2/3

The Tarot has many things to teach us, including revealing new secrets about our favorite book series. The Fool's Journey is a metaphor for the journey through life with each Major Arcana card symbolizing a phase of that journey. Who is The Fool in Harry Potter's journey? Is it Harry, is it the reader, or could it be Dumbledore? We'll answer these and other questions, also discussing how we use Harry Potter in our readings. All skill-levels are welcome: novice to veteran.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Homenum Revelio: The Ways A Story Changes Us: Kitty the Wolf 

Plaza A/B

Behind our actions are the influences of stories we let inform our personal policies or that help us interpret the world. Aspects of Harry Potter inspired us to think creatively, interact inclusively, plan ambitiously, act ardently. What aspect hit you in such a way that you conduct yourself differently now? What action can you trace the origin of back to the series? Tell us the story that epitomizes the books’ effect on you. 18+/Possible TW

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

How to plant a Harry Potter themed garden: Madam "Betz" Stump

Hudson B/C

Many botanical gardens around the world have Shakespeare gardens featuring plants mentioned throughout The Bard's works. But what about a Harry Potter Garden? Madam "Betz" Stump will cover the plants included in the series and give you ideas on how to create your own Harry Potter themed garden and provide handouts to take home in which to design a Harry Potter garden of your own choosing. This lecture back by popular demand.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Hogwarts BSU: Black Girls Create - Bayana Davis, Constance Gibbs and Robyn Jordan

Salon 4

While there are only a handful of Black characters in the Wizarding World, Black Potterheads have found home in Hogwarts the same way others have. At Black Girls Create we started a project called Hogwarts BSU, which allows Black Potterheads to create fanfiction, fanart, and more in order to imagine life as a Black Hogwarts student. In this panel we will discuss race in the Wizarding World, our favorite Black witches and wizards, as well as the importance of writing yourself into the spaces you wouldn’t be seen in otherwise.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

The Quest for the Deathly Hallows: Cheryl Nelson and Jennifer Drucker

Salon 5

Is the Elder wand the spear that pierced Christ's side? Do the deathly hallows connect to the holy grail? How does Grindlewald connect with Nazi Germany? Delve into European mythologies and history as we journey through the quest of the Deathly Hallows.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Different Traits...Different Houses: Jen Forestello

Hudson B/C

Hard work, Bravery, Wisdom, and Cunning from this partial list of traits you would be able to pick the house that each belongs to. But what if the Founders had valued different traits instead? How would those traits come to define that house and be reflected in the students? Or the school as a whole?

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

From Hogwarts to Christopher Street: LGBTQ+ issues in our Canon, Fanon, and Fandom: Nicole Bee, Kristin Vaught Cavuto, Sam Ruff, Julie Schwartz

Westchester North 

All Wizarding World fans have their own personal connection to the works, however for those who sre LGBTQ+ there is another level to the way the material is experienced. The sexuality and gender of the reader can influence the way Canon is interpreted, thereby the way that Fanon/Fanworks are created, and Fandom itself is experienced. Join us in a supportive and safe environment, as we examine the struggles and strengths of LGBTQ+ fans. 18+/Possible TW

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Snape, Dumbledore, and the Powers of Love and Choice: Katy Herman

Salon 5

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” “The weapon we have is love.” These two lines set up the entire Harry Potter series, and establish two not magical, but rather human, powers as the most important in the story. Perhaps no other parts of the series emphasize that more than the lives of Snape and Dumbledore. In this presentation, I explore how the two of the most iconic and controversial characters are shaped by the powers of love and choice in parallel and yet opposite ways.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

They Won’t Hurt You Unless You Attack Them: Animal Familiars in the Wizarding World: Melissa D. Aaron (Moonyprof)

Salon 4

J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world is filled with animals that are not Fantastic Beasts, but which appear in witch trials. Cats, toads, rats, and owls, the feared accomplices of witches, become assistants in Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts: Mrs. Norris and Mrs. Figgs’ multiple cats, magical service animals; French tabbies, magical guards; the familiars of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, pets at Hogwarts. This presentation draws on witch trials, folklore, fantasy, and children’s stories as the sources for the animals of Rowling’s universe. 

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Why So Old-Fashioned? A Note on J. K. Rowling's World Building: David Martin

Plaza 1/2/3

The witches and wizards in the Harry Potter novels use many “old-fashioned” things, such as quills, parchment, and torches, although other contemporary fictional representations of witches (such as "Bewitched" and "Sabrina") show them using telephones and electricity. Why did Rowling build her world so differently? This presentation shows that such old-fashioned are the logical consequence of "The International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy."

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Writing Rules of Magic: Moderator: Cecilia Tan; Panelists: Sarah Guan, Stephanie Guerdan, D. R. Perry, Lindsay Ribar, Cecilia Tan

Plaza A/B

A panel of authors and editors discuss building the expressions and limitations of magic in fantasy realms, portal universes, and alternate histories. What can magic do -- and what are its limitations and costs? Where does power draw from, how is it invoked, is it innate or learned? How do authors and editors decide what lines to draw -- and how do they keep themselves consistent? Authors may also discuss their sources of inspiration and challenges they’ve encountered.

12:00 PM - 1:45 PM

KEYNOTE: Evanesco Representation, Accio Inclusion: Diversity in Harry Potter - Moderator: Robyn Jordan, Panelists: Bayana Davis, Constance Gibbs, Lorrie Kim and Lawrence Neals

Grand Ballroom

J.K. Rowling explained away racism in the Wizarding World, saying that “there was mutual respect and a sense of kinship between all wizards, no matter what their race.” In this keynote, we will discuss the problem with this statement and the ways in which race and racism show up not only in the Wizarding World but in the fandom as a whole. How does the intersectionality between race and other identities shape people in the fandom and characters in the series?

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

A Ukulele Performance of Fun Nerdy Songs (Originals and Covers): Miss Nerdstiles, Cat Smith

Westchester South

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

The Spelling Test: Grace Kendall and Mike Belsole

Westchester North

Wands at the ready! Come test your magical knowledge at The Spelling Test, a pub-style trivia contest all about the spells in the Potter universe. Brought to you by the duo that ran the bafflingly difficult Fandom Trivia last MISTI, this clever quiz will see if you know your accio from your engorgio! So dust off your battered copy of Standard Book of Spells or risk being stupefied. Will you charm your way to victory or end up being cursed? Only tempus will tell…

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Fandom Families Meet-up: Stacy Pisani and Chloe Pisani

Plaza 1/2/3

Are you attending MISTI-Con with your kids, or are you a kid attending with your parent(s)? Families are invited to this informal gathering to get to know one another, do a craft project, have a snack, or play a game together. PLEASE NOTE: all children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire meet-up, and all adults must be accompanied by a child. 


2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Fantastic Beasts and How to Classify Them: Samuel Ruff

Hudson B/C

Join Samuel for a Care of Magical Creatures lesson exploring how the muggle classification system can be used in the magical world. Don’t know what that means? Come and find out!

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Herbology: The Magic of Herbs: Lynne Allison

Salon 5

For most of the last 5000 years, herbs were the only available medicine. Learn about herbal use in folklore, and JK Rowling's take on creating the magical plants of Harry Potter. Then, fast forward to modern herbalism and it's practical uses. The gentle art of herb usage can be accessed by everyone. Learn about safely introducing herbs, tips on where to buy herbs or on growing your own. Two simple infusions, or teas, will be prepared. 

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

If Harry Potter Were Written Now: Moderator: Cass Morris; Panelists: Sarah Guan, Stephanie Guerdan, Cass Morris

Plaza A/B

A panel of publishing professionals discuss how the Harry Potter franchise might look different if it were the product of the late-2010s, not the late-90s and early 2000s. How might the themes be different? How might it reflect current YA trends? Would it reflect a more diverse community? What might a hypothetical 2020s reboot look like?

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

The Foreshadowing of Borgin & Burkes: Irvin Khaytman

Salon 4

When Harry accidentally Floos to Borgin & Burkes in Chamber of Secrets, he encounters an array of fascinating Dark artifacts. But nothing in the HP books is ever listed without reason: the wares of Borgin & Burkes keep popping up in the series in several exciting ways. This presentation will go through several patterns and parallels surrounding those objects throughout the HP books, leaving you in further awe of Jo Rowling’s early foreshadowing.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

How Harry Potter Influenced My Writing-Moderator: Bess Carnan; Panelists: D.R. Perry, Lindsay Ribar, Cecilia Tan

Plaza A/B

Many authors writing fantasy and YA fiction now are members of the “Harry Potter generation”. How has that affected them? Join a panel of published authors talking about how Harry Potter inspired them, introduced them to new concepts, or got them interested in publishing. 

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Kickstarting Your Album - Lessons from a Successful Campaign: Lucky Annie and Saber Tompson of Misbehavin' Maidens

Westchester North

Kickstarter is a great tool for raising funds to create a top-notch, professional studio album. Learn from folks who have run successful album Kickstarters about their best tips and tricks for making it worth the time investment!

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Law Enforcement in the Magical world: Lilyseyes

Plaza 1/2/3

"Have you ever wondered how the Magical world dealt with crime and criminals? If your child's accidental magic Apparated them away, how would you have found them? If someone broke through your wards and stole your bag of Galleons, how would you get it back?

This presentation will try and answer those questions and others, such as: What is the Ministry of Magic's Department of Magical Law Enforcement really like? How do the Aurors train? What are Hit Wizards? Do they have some type of an emergency communications system? What would a tactical response look like? How would the Aurors have change since the Second War? 

Join us and share your views!"

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Sorting Marvel: The Niffler (age 11)

Hudson B/C

What would the Sorting Hat say to Iron Man, Black Widow, or Valkyrie? Come join an 11-year-old Marvel Cinematic Universe fan for a rousing crossover discussion! All ages welcome.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

What Americans Get Wrong about Harry Potter: David Martin

Salon 4

Because the Harry Potter novels are written in English, and because we love them, it is easy for us to forget that the novels are set in a British context. Reading these novels with American eyes, we can misunderstand some points of the story. This presentation begins with details (e.g., Why Ron says that the fifty pence piece is “weird.”) and moves on to what “pure blood” means in a British context.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

"And my soul, Dumbledore?" The Snape-Dumbledore Relationship: Lorrie Kim

Salon 4

"You disgust me." "You have used me." "Severus...please..." Did Dumbledore use Snape or save him? What was his plan for Snape with the Elder Wand? Was he as guilty as Snape when he was young, or even more? Join the author of Snape: A Definitive Reading as we delve into the original series, Cursed Child, and the Fantastic Beasts films to understand the highly charged partnership between Dumbledore and his right-hand man.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

#WizardsAgainstCancer: Narcissa Snape, Andromeda Flamel, and Vladimir Snape

Plaza 1/2/3

#wizardsagainstcancer is the hashtag used by Vladimir Snape as he chronicled his battle with cancer. If you have been following his journey, or if you or someone you love have been profoundly affected by cancer, this meet -up is for you. Be supported, be heard, be loved. Possible TW

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Podcast Mashup: SpeakBeasty & Alohomora!: MuggleNet

Salon 5

Join hosts from MuggleNet podcasts Alohomora! and SpeakBeasty as they discuss the overlap between the "Harry Potter" series and the "Fantastic Beasts" films. Where does it work well? Where does it fail miserably? What does it mean for canon? And how can we use our "Harry Potter" knowledge to predict what will happen in later "Fantastic Beasts" film installments?

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Write your own fandom song!: Christie Mowery, Grace Kendall, Leah Hamm, Ashley Hamel

Westchester North

Have you ever wanted to write a song about Harry Potter, or any other fandom that you love? Witch rockers Christie Mowery, Leah Hamm, Ashley Hamel and wix rocker Grace Kendall will step by step teach you how they navigate the process and by the end of the hour, will help you to write your own fandom song!

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Writing in the Post-Potter Age: Moderator: Irvin Khaytman; Panelists: Stephanie Guerdan, Irvin Khaytman, Cass Morris, Lindsay Ribar

Plaza A/B

Harry Potter, with its rise concurrent to that of the flourishing of the internet and the start of social media, saw an investigative and discourse-prone readership. As the books came out, fans made predictions, picked apart inconsistencies, hunted down easter eggs, and generally dissected the books not just thoroughly, but quite publicly. How do authors now write with expectations born of such engaged readership, social media, and spoiler culture?

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Madam Malkin's Consignment Shoppe Drop-Off for consignors: Bess Carnan

Grand Pre South - near Hudson A

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Crabbe and Goyle are Dead: A Staged Reading: Directed by Dylan Kennedy Grey; Cast: Decker Lenard, Beth Wade, Jo Cobleigh, Catherine Benjamin, Em Rose, Kat Ell, and Melissa Kennedy Grey

Westchester South

Crabbe and Goyle are Dead by Kitty Keim is an absurd comedy exploring the existential crises happening off-stage during a very famous, and equally tumultuous, seven year span at everyone’s favorite school of witchcraft and wizardry. Please join us for a staged reading of this brand new show which premiered last month at the Hollywood Fringe Festival! 18+

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Albus and Scorpius’s Excellent Adventure - A Musical Parody Show

Grand Ballroom

Join Scorpius Malfoy and Albus Severus Potter, esquire, as they endeavor to finish their final projects and possibly even found “Wild Slytherins” in a zany musical parody with plenty of classic pop and musical theatre classics with original lyrics by Cat Smith & Lawrence Neals!
The show kicks off with special opening Ukulele performance by Katie Pierce. The show will feature a cast of professional actors and performers, plus some special Wizards plucked from “all of time and space” (ie. the audience).

9:00 PM-10:30 PM 

Lip Sync Battle II

Grand Ballroom

11:00 - 1:30 AM

Rave N Claw 90s Dance Party with DJ Swish

Westchester


11:30 PM - 1:30 AM

Potter Movie Jumble: Kat Ell

Hudson B/C

We've all watched the movies...but not like this. The original eight have been cut into individual scenes and thrown into a random mixer. Come along as we go on a wild visual trip through the series we love.