We tried but were unsuccessful at getting an interview with the organizers behind PotterCon, “the best day-drinking and mingling destination for witches, wizards, squibs, and magical creatures alike,” which flies through the Paradise this Saturday. Lucky for you, a Q&A from the producers of the touring spectacle just magically appeared in our inbox minutes before going to press …
Who came up with the concept for “PotterCon”?
The concept for PotterCon was created by two huge Harry Potter fans who were looking for a casual, HP-themed party for like-minded, kinda nerdy adults. However, the harder they looked, the more they realized this type of party didn’t exist. They got together with some friends and threw their own party, using the robes, wands, and other memorabilia they owned that sat in piles in their bedrooms. The rest is history.
What is PotterCon?
PotterCon is the only adult-oriented fan convention that brings together fans to celebrate the Boy Who Lived and his magical world through interactive activities. This full convention event features activities such as: live on-stage sorting ceremony and costume contest; trivia; house cup; potions, divination, history of magic; quidditch games and lessons; wizards’ chess; photo area; and more.
Why is “PotterCon” 18+, not all ages?
PotterCon isn’t just a celebration of a series that meant a lot to fans when they were kids – it’s a celebration of a series that still means a lot to fans now as adults. Fans have grown up, and so have their parties.
Will the Butterbeer at “PotterCon” be alcoholic or nonalcoholic?
The producers of PotterCon toyed around with a lot of different drink formulas before they concocted their version of Butterbeer, which is sweet, a little fizzy, a little creamy, and definitely alcoholic. They have a non-alcoholic version as well, but don’t underestimate the power of a little dash of butterscotch schnapps.
Who will the guest speakers be at “PotterCon”?
The producers of PotterCon believe strongly that the fans are just as much of the Harry Potter universe as anyone you may see on screen. Who is their special guest? You are. Every event is completely interactive and everyone has the same opportunity to get up on stage, because PotterCon is about celebrating you.
What can one expect from the costume contests at “PotterCon”?
The costume contest blows away the producers of PotterCon in every city. You will see some of the most elaborate, insane cosplay ever, but it isn’t always the person with the most customized or expensive costume. It’s all about creativity.