Today I spent almost no time at the con in the daytime since that was spent on my first ever trip to Wrigley Field. Separate writeup coming to my baseball blog later about that trip.
Got back to the hotel around 6pm, and the evening’s order of business was the Hogwarts Alumni Reunion party at 8:30pm.
This was another one where we just talked and talked and talked. I had on the schedule to give out wizarding costume awards at 11pm, but at 11pm none of the people in costume other than myself and co-host Lyda Morehouse were present. At one point it looked to me like two Death Eaters in full masks came in, but before I could get over to that side of the room, they had gone back out. And perhaps I was just imagining they were Death Eaters and they were actually from some other fandom? I never got around to doing any Tarot readings either.
But people did enjoy the slashy slide show and the butterbeer. Thanks to the shopping prowess of Naomi Kritzer we had all the butterbeer components and did not run out of ingredients until nearly midnight.
All told we handed out 84 “temporary wands” (glow sticks and fairy princess wands with a star on the end), ate 100+ “edible wands,” and nearly two full pounds of Bertie Botts Beans. Looks like over a hundred people picked up MISTI-Con postcards as well. Valerie Frankel came by and handed out ribbons promoting her Henry Potty parody books, too. And the Easter Bunny came and handed out eggs. (Not kidding.)
I once again set up a Mirror of Erised and asked people to write what they saw in it. Here’s the list:
“What do you see? What is your heart’s desire? Write it here!”
A thirsty wizard
Hermione on ice
a proper cup of tea
Hogwarts in Rockton on the Moon
The con man going to Jail