As I mentioned in a past post, I was in Florida a little over a week ago for LeakyCon, a Harry Potter conference. It was absolutely amazing. I've wanted to go to a Harry Potter conference for years and years, and it's a little sureal that I was finally able to go to one. I still don't think it's entirely sunk in that I was actually there. However, that isn't what I want this post to be about. This post is just to rant about how amazing all of the stars that were present are.
The members of Starkid wouldn't usually be considered celebrities (except Darren Criss of course), but at a Harry Potter conference, they're almost as big as the actual movie stars. Since I was a fan of A Very Potter Musical from the day (night actually) it was first posted on Youtube, I was really excited for the Starkid keynote. Watching them preform live was amazing, and it was great because the whole audience was singing along. After singing a few songs, they sat down and talked for a bit with Firenze acting as a moderator. They seem like such awesome (and hilarious) people. I got my picture taken with them (along with a big group) and was able to say hi to Brian Holden who was saying hi to everyone. One awesome thing was getting to brag about seeing Darren Criss to my sister (who could care less about AVPM but it a big Glee fan) later.
There were quite a few actors from the movie(s) there as well. Chris Rankin (Percy) was there for the whole weekend. He kept making jokes about how he's always at these conferences, and he acted as moderator during the actor panel. He seemed to like joking around, and he even had us all sing the Hogwarts school song for the other actors.
All of the kids seemed to be having a lot of fun, and they were always really amusing during the actor panel and then the keynote. I probably wouldn't have been a fan of Benedict Clarke just because he plays Snape, and I'm not a big Snape fan. However, he was so hilarious. When asked what his dementor would be, he answered lemon meringue pie because of the sweetness of the lemon. He also won Harry Potter trivia against the other kid actors. It was hilarious because they started the trivia to find out whether Will or Helena was a bigger Harry Potter fan. Then, Benedict starts answering questions and beat them both by a long-shot.
Will Dunn (James Potter II) and Arthur Bowen (Albus Severus) were also hilarious. They seemed to stick together a lot. My dad and I actually saw them running around the conference area together. Will gave Arthur a hard time because Arthur hasn't read the Harry Potter books and Will's a big fan. Arthur actually said that he watched the first movie when he was really little, and it scared him. When asked about pulling pranks on set, Arthur said he tricked Will with nuts because Will's allergic. Will then called him an idiot. They really seemed like brothers because they bickered and teased each other a lot.
Rohan Gotobed (Young Sirius) also seemed pretty cool although he was quieter than the other actors. I don't remember him saying a whole lot, but he seemed like a pretty funny person based on the stuff he did say.
Helena Barlow (Rose) and Ellie Darcy-Alden (Young Lily) were both adorable. They weren't as loud as the boys, but they were really cute, and Helena seemed like a really big Harry Potter fan. She says she reads the books before she goes to bed a lot. During the actors photobooth, I stood behind Helena, and she was so sweet. Both of those girls are.
Ryan Turner (Hugo) was the youngest of the group, and he only really talked when directly asked a question. He was adorable, and even though all of his answers were only about a sentence long, there was a cheer from the audience. He actually reminded me a lot of my little brother. He's a really cute kid.
Scarlett Byrne (Pansy) was actually walking around and helping hand out movie tickets on the first day. No one seemed to notice she was an actor in the movie until the next day when she was on the actor panel. My dad and I saw her several times the first day, and I kept kicking myself afterwards because I should have recognized her considering I knew what she looked like and even follow her on twitter. She seemed like a really sweet person (the complete opposite of Pansy), but she did look intimidated at times. I don't blame her since this was really her first experience with the Harry Potter fandom. They had her go up on stage during the Draco and the Malfoys show when he was singing a song about Pansy. She just stood there smiling at him as if she wasn't sure what to do. Her and Evanna seemed really close, and Evanna's the one who got her to come to LeakyCon. After seeing her at the conference, I think I've really become a fan of her, which probably wouldn't have happened otherwise because she has such a small role in the movie. She seemed like such a nice person though.
Evanna Lynch (Luna) did a lot during the conference. She was on Pottercast and Mugglecast, went on stage during The Remus Lupins' and The Whomping Willows' performances, and even played bass for Harry and the Potters. She seems like such an amazing person, and she really is a huge Harry Potter fan. If there was one Harry Potter actor I would want to meet in my life, it would be her just because she's as big of a fan as anyone else at that conference. I've always been a fan of her, so it was awesome to see her in person. They couldn't have choosen a better person, or bigger Harry Potter fan, to play Luna.
It was so great to see all of these people at LeakyCon. They're all amazing, and I hope they have great careers outside of Harry Potter. To be honest, I'll probably watch anything any of them are in just because they're in it. They're all such awesome people and of course, great actors.