After I expressed my extreme Con envy last week I ended up getting to go to one for a day. It may not have been San Diego Comic Con, but the Harry Potter convention Ascendio was still a really good time.
Where I live in Florida is only a short drive of about two and half hours from Universal Studios in Orlando, and I simply could not pass up the opportunity to get to meet some of my online friends in person. So I drove down there for the day on Saturday. I had not been in the lobby of the hotel more than 30 seconds before I saw an Umbridge, Petunia (complete with the infamous plum pudding), and more Hogwarts students than I could count. Some of the cosplay I witnessed was out of this world incredible.
Naturally, Snape was a very popular character and man oh man were there some good ones. There was one guy who looked exactly like Alan Rickman as Snape – the feathery wisps of hair, the nose, the robes…everything. At one point he was walking in front of us and his robes were billowing out behind him so that I really felt like I was walking behind Snape in a corridor of Hogwarts. Then there was my favorite Snape: Vacation Snape. This Snape was decked out in white pants and a Hawaiian shirt – yeah, it was awesome.
But the absolute, hands down best cosplay I saw was Arabella Figg. This woman was incredible. She had the full on costume like the other people did, but she seriously never broke character. I watched her shuffle around, bent over, clutching her handbag no matter where she was. We saw her on multiple occasions throughout the day and without fail, she was still in character.
The friends that I was hanging out with had agreed to be in a skit of the “Tale of the Three Brothers,” which ended up being quite hilarious. But the story I want to tell happened after it was over. I went out to find my friends and I saw them standing at a table talking to someone. I went over to them and stood there quietly, not wanting to interrupt the conversation. I looked at the person they were talking to and all I could think was that he looked really familiar. Then he spoke. In a British accent. And I knew.
Let me just say, I am so proud of myself. I did not change my outside demeanor at all when I figured out who this guy was. Anyone looking at me would have had no idea that on the inside I was jumping up and down squealing something along the lines of, “OMG OMG OMG OMG!! That’s Chris Rankin!! I’m standing at a table with freaking PERCY WEASLEY!!!! OMG OMG OMG!!!” And my friends were talking to him like they were old chums. Whatever, no big deal. Yeah, so that happened.
Later that evening was the Ball. I didn’t get to stay for much of that since I had to drive back home, but I could tell it was going to be a good time and there were even more people dressed in spectacular costumes. The friends that I was with do a podcast called Edition and they recorded live from Ascendio the entire weekend. If you want to hear more about the convention you can listen to it here. You may even get to hear a small snippet from yours truly during the interview with John Granger (Yep. I met him, too).
It may not have been the full Con experience, but it was still my first Con experience of any kind and I loved every minute of it. Fingers crossed that I will be able to make it to Leaky next month!
***If you want to see some more pictures, you can see them here.
Have you ever been to a con? Which one? Any fun stories to share? Let me know in the comments.