Programming Descriptions by Day

The Program Descriptions by Day follow this format:
Time
Program Title: Moderators/Panelists
Location
Description

Sunday, July 21st Programming Descriptions

8:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Puffs:The Play - Watch Party

Plaza 1/2/3

9:15 AM - 9:45 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.


9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Christian Fans Praise & Worship Meet-Up: David Martin

Hudson B/C

Want to meet up with other Christian Potter fans? Like going to Sunday services but don’t want to leave the con? Let’s get together for an informal, costume-friendly, all-are-welcome praise and worship service on Sunday morning! 

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration

Hotel Lobby

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The Owlery Game - Stop By and Drop Off Your Letters: Kevin A

Common Room

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

Grand Pre South 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.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Author Reading and Q&A: D.R. Perry and Irvin Khaytman

Plaza A/B

D. R. Perry, author of Providence Paranormal College, A Change In Crime, Wiser Guy, and Be Counted, and Irvin Khaytman, author of The Life and Lies of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, will read selections from their current or upcoming books and will answer questions from the audience.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Fanfic Authors and Enthusiasts Meetup: Stacy Pisani

Hudson B/C

Mingle and socialize with the authors of the MISTI-Con 2019 Fanfiction Collection and with other fanfiction enthusiasts! We will have an informal group discussion about how authors and readers engage with transformative works. Then, we'll enjoy live readings of excerpts from the collection. This meet-up is open to all. There will be a separate adults-only fanfic meet-up at another time.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

History of Magic in New York: Jonathon Rosenthal, dyAnne Irby, Margaret Walchak, and Deanna Kelley

Salon 4

Both NYC itself and its surrounding suburbs are home to all kinds of mystery and magic. We will provide some interesting details about ghosts and mediums, witches and mystics, fairy tales and folklore from the city to the area around this convention.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Snape Trivia for All Ages!: The Niffler, Geeklet, and Lorrie Kim (mom)

Westchester North

How well do you know Snape? Come for three rounds of trivia about the mysterious man himself! A kid-friendly event, run by kids (ages 11 and 15) and open to everybody. Correct answers could win you something from the trolley!

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

WOrM Scout Group Photo Shoot: Dariti Peterson

Plaza 1/2/3

Meet up with your fellow WOrM Scouts to get a group photo & engage in some fun with your scouting friends!

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Puffs: The Original Cast Trio Reunion Panel: Langston Belton, Julie Ann Earls, and Zac Moon Grand Ballroom

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

The Owlery Game - Winner Announced: Kevin A

Common Room

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Canon Debates: Which Side Are You On?: MuggleNet

Westchester South

The wider and more expensive the fandom becomes, the more lines of discussion we have to debate. In this highly structured panel, individuals will sign up in advance to participate in head-head debates on the fandom most contentious topics. Through three rounds, six debates in total, one wizard with the most audience support will advance. The final will crown one debater the ultimate champion, and a prize shall be awarded. Are you tough enough to take on the wizarding world’s most hotly contested topics?

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Fantastic Magical and Mythological Creatures: Marybeth Ghuste

Hudson B/C

As Harry Potter, I will explain various creatures, what they do, and how to protect them. I will also explain the urban legends of some of the creature in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Gothic Influences on Harry Potter: Julia O'Connell

Salon 5

What do Harry Potter and Dracula have in common? More than you might think! For the darker elements of the series, J.K. Rowling draws on a literary movement of the 18th and 19th centuries known as the Gothic. Join Julia O'Connell, writer of the blog The Gothic Library, in taking an in-depth look at the Gothic influences on Harry Potter, from The Castle of Otranto to The Picture of Dorian Gray.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Herbology: The Darker Side of Herbs: Lynne Allison

Salon 4

JK Rowling touched on both poisons and protections in the Harry Potter books and films. Learn about herbs as poisons - a history and folklore of poison plants, what they look like and a few diabolical poisonings. We'll discuss the poison garden, who cultivates poisonous plants today and why they are important. In folklore, herbs also have magical protective properties. Hear about them and make your own protective herbal amulet.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

A Magical Board Game Meetup: Mike Belsole and Dylan Kennedy Grey

Common Room

Learn and play some Harry Potter board games! Our friendly professors will teach you how to play in a fun and welcoming environment. Some games will be familiar and others will be brand spanking new! All of them will be fun. We will have lots of games to choose from, but feel free to bring your favorite Harry Potter game too.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

I'm Only Here for the Butterbeer: Black Girls Create-Bayana Davis, Constance Gibbs and Robyn Jordan

Salon 4

The Harry Potter franchise has capitalized off of their wide fan-base, creating merchandise, video games, new book covers, and of course Pottermore and the Extended Canon. Fans disenchanted with the content coming out of the Wizarding World discuss navigating this merchandising Renaissance while staying true to their fandom experience.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

SLUG Club Meet-Up (Special Lego Users Group): Jill Staniec

Plaza A/B

Let's meet up and chat about LEGO. What's your latest build? What do you do with your LEGO? What would you own if you could own it? If you were a Master Builder for a Harry Potter LEGO set, what would it be and why? What HP build can you make with generic LEGO pieces? Bring photos of your favourite LEGO builds to share with the group, and your creative spirit.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Twelve Fail-safe Ways to Charm Witches – Lessons from Ron’s Success with Hermione: David Martin

Salon 5

On Ron's 17th birthday in "Prince" he received a book - "Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches" - which he later told Harry "explains everything you need to know about girls." By the end of “Hallows” Ron has won Hermione's love, so maybe that book had some good advice. This humorous presentation speculates on what that book might have said. Perhaps that advice might help us other clueless males.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Adversarial Relationships in Fanfiction: Kristin Cavuto

Salon 5

What is more exciting in fic than a good adversarial ship? Whether you are into Harry/Draco or Hermione/Pansy, or ships in other fandoms like Tony/Steve in the MCU or Sherlock/Moriarty, the thrill of the love/hate relationship, or that of enemies to friends to lovers is always a good time. Come join us to talk about why we love to watch them fight and then..make up. The focus will be on slash, but het readers are also welcome. 

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Button Pin Swap: Ni Augurey

Plaza 1/2/3

Pin. Button. Brad. Brooch. Lapel pin. Stick pin. Flair. Badge. Whatever you call them, you can't stop at just one. Join us for a brief meetup to swap and chat about our favorite geeky designs or just to show off your collection of assorted bling. Enamel, metal, paper, plastic; antique or made this year, all kinda of buttons! Swapping is optional and solely the responsibility of parties involved.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

WOrM Scout Court of Honor/ Wrap-up meeting: Dariti Peterson

Hudson B/C

This will be the final meet up for WOrM Scouts at MISTI-Con 2019. Scouts will exchange stories of adventures at the con, and talk about what we’d like to do at future meet-ups. We will also have a nice awards ceremony to present badges and awards that have been earned before we say farewell until next time.

5:50 PM - 7:00 PM 

Merlies Fashion Showcase

Westchester South

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dinner and Closing Ceremonies 

Grand Ballroom

10:00 PM - ???

After Parties

Locations TBA