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Ascendio Updates

Hi all! We're working on plans for our next event - ascendio2012 which, as you may know, is taking place back at Universal Orlando (this time at the Portofino Bay Resort) from July 12 - 15.

Just to let you know about a few upcoming developments:

1. The deadline for formal programming submissions is February 29; as always, the wonderful programming you want to attend is totally and completely in your hands. We welcome proposals from every types of attendee — academics, shippers, crafters, artists, cos-players, fanfic writers, WizardRock artists & fans, authors and more! If you’re ready to submit your proposal, you can do so here – or keep reading this page to learn more about the types of programming sessions we hope to host at Ascendio, and how to submit your proposal.

As at past HPEF events, almost all of our formal programming sessions are attendee-generated, which means that we ask you, the Ascendio attendee, to host discussions, lead round tables, and, if your academic or fannish interests lie in that direction, even present a paper about a specific Harry Potter-focused or -inspired topic. Past programming sessions have included Creating a Byronic Hero: Severus Snape and the Gothic Fathers of Harry Potter; Creating Without Canon: Writing Next-Gen Fanfic; Norm-Formation, Inconsistency and the Rule of Law in the Wizarding World; When Fans Become Activists, and more. Click here for more info, and to see how to submit this year.

2. Special Guests already announced for Ascendio include returning guests Chris Rankin and Lev Grossman, as well as a bunch of members of Team StarKid - and we welcome Veronica Roth, Aimee Carter, Beth Revis, Mark Oshiro (aka MarkReads), Michelle Hodkin, Veronica Roth, Kaza Kingsley agents Carlie Webber, Lindsay Ribar, Joanna Volpe and editor Molly O’Neill, as well as the Hindi sisters from The Hillywood Show.

3. We're going back to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on July 12 until 1:00 in the morning! More information is here.

4. Ascendio seeks talented singers and musicians to help assemble a program of music inspired by Harry Potter. Here is your chance to perform your favourite Wizard Rock song, create an original dance with HP music, present a short theatrical sketch of HP-inspired material, or put together an ensemble of “Double Double” complete with croaking frogs! Click here to learn how to audition!

The hotel is almost full (and with a rate of $210+tax per night for quad occupancy, where each hotel guest gets early admission to the WWoHP and Express Line passes on most rides, we can understand why) but Ascendio registrations will be available through the spring, and we hope to see you there!

Visit the website, follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook to stay up to date with all our news - and Friend us at ascendio2012! See you in July!


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Ascendio would love to meet you this summer, as we gear up for an amazing evemt at Universal Orlando from July 12-15, 2012.

if you're coming to LeakyCon or live in or near Orlando, and want to learn more about Ascendio, register, meet some of the con team or be thanked for registering, join us at Jake's American Bar on the groud floor of the Royal Pacific on Friday, July 15 from 3:30-5 for margaritas and nibbles. If you can't make it then, we'll be sticking around a little later than that, and hanging out in the Orchid Court late Saturday afternoon, too.

You don't have to be registered for LeakyCon - or already registered for Ascendio - to stop by and say hi to us - and in September, we'll be at Dragon*Con, too, with some fan table and bar-side festivities! More info about location/dates coming next month.

See you there!
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Bill/Fleur Wedding?

I heard that someone did a cosplay (second) wedding at Infinitus... dressed as Bill and Fleur. It's been a dream of mine to do a Hogwarts Wedding... either as Lily and James or Ginny and Harry, since my husband and I have the right colorings. (I've got red hair, he has dark hair and glasses...)

I'd love to hear more about how the cosplay wedding went, and maybe see some pictures? I'd LOVE to do something like this, and would love any tips/hints/etc! (And if you've had one of these on your own, not at a con, please feel free to comment, too!)

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Jul. 22nd, 2010

Hey everyone! I'm hoping someone here can help me out. I lost my sheet with contact info, and I met up with some awesome people. Three of whom were at the Marauders Meetup - we were talking about RP. One of them was Melissa and she was with her friend who loved James Potter (I apologize for forgetting your name!). I can't find your email anywhere! And another person was Teddy who was trying to pitch Vault 713 to me. If anyone knows who I'm talking about please direct me to them? Or hopefully they're watching this comm. Thanks!

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Plant Signs

If you noticed the plants around the hall areas and in the Herbology class room (which I think was Pacifica 11?), they all had little signs on them. Posting these just in case you didn't get to read them all and wanted to (also I know that I ended up writing more than the number of plants, so I think one or two of them never got posted). :D

plant signs under the cut!Collapse )
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Wizarding World of Harry Potter


Now that so many of you have been to TWWOHP, please share your reviews! What rides/attractions did you go to? What was it like? Are all the rides really fast or is there a slow one? Were the restaurants friendly to people with different dietary needs? What advise would you give to others? What would you do differently next time you go? Should we create a comm for this? :)

ETA: if you've reviewed the park in your own LJ, please share the link!
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Win a Ride with Chris or Christian

If you have a ticket to Night of a Thousand Wizards, we’ll be selling tickets for a special raffle – six lucky people will have the chance to fly through Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with either Chris Rankin or Christian Coulson! Raffle tickets will cost $5 each, and will be available at the Registration Add-Ons desk on Thursday, and on Friday until 2 p.m. – we may have them on Wednesday, too, but we wont be sure about that until that day.

All proceeds from this raffle will be divided among the HP Alliance, Kids Need To Read and HPEF.

Raffle winners must have a ticket to Night of a Thousand Wizards and must be in the Sindbad Theater by 11 p.m. on July 16 or their prize will be forfeit.
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Repo! fans?

Not going to Night of a Thousand Wizards? Hate sleeping and need something to do that evening? Join us at The Enzian in Orlando for Repo! The Genetic Opera, performed Rocky Horror Picture Show-style by the shadowcast Keyboard Samurai.

Repo! The Genetic Opera is a fun film about drugs, plastic surgery, and the repossession of organs. The best part is that everybody sings! The Keyboard Samurai cast is great, so if you want to laugh at some raunchy jokes and sing loudly, this is the place for you. Even if you haven't seen the movie, it will be a great experience.

Show starts at Midnight on Friday, July 16th
Cost: $10.00 for General Admission
$8.00 for Students/Senior Citizens

Tickets can be purchased in advance here - http://www.enzian.org/film/day/2010/07/16/

We already have two people willing to drive over there, leaving room for 6-8 additional people (depending on how friendly you’re willing to get with your fellow con attendees). We’ll probably be going over in Potter costumes, but feel free to wear whatever you’re comfortable in (Potter clothing, Repo! Costumes, street clothing… as long as you’re legal.) Due to the adult nature of the show (not the movie itself but from the shadowcast and audience participation bits), attendees should be 18+.

Please let us know if you have purchased your ticket (we strongly suggest buying a ticket in advance just in case they sell out) or are thinking about coming. We'll be meeting at 11pm outside of the common room.
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Hi! I'm a fanficcer and fanartist, an I was wondering, is there any general fanfic and/or fanart meet-ups organized for Infinitus? If not, who would be interested in one? I'd love to go to one, but I have no idea how to organize it. Does anyone want to?  :)

Also, a couple of us over at the HPEF forums were thinking about a meet-up for Spanish-speakers. Is there any interest in that? Again, I have no idea how to organize one, but maybe someone out there wants to do it :D


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Costume Policy for WWoHP on July 16

Universal Orlando sent us its costume policy for July 16, 2010. Please note that the policy applies to all Infinitus registrants from 2:00 in the afternoon until the close of Islands of Adventure, and applies to Night of a Thousand Wizards ticketholders through that event and until attendees return to their hotels or vehicles.

It has been decided that leniency with our costume policy will be extended specifically for our Infinitus Night of a Thousand Wizards event. Guests will be allowed to wear their costumes in the parks, beginning at 2pm, on the date of their event – July 16th.

Infinitus attendees may wear costumes to the theme parks after 2pm, only on July 16, 2010 Infinitus conference badge must be prominently displayed at all times. If a guest is spotted without a prominently displayed conference badge they will be requested to exit the park.

No masks, veils, long trains or live animals will be allowed.

Universal Orlando will have sole discretion to make a decision on whether a costume is appropriate and will be allowed to ask guests to make costume adjustments or to escort guests out of the park.

At no time may the costumed guest give the impression that they are a Universal Orlando employee.

Note that some costumes may not be permitted on certain attractions.

Note that wands will not fit inside lockers.

During the exclusive event in Wizarding World of Harry Potter, bartenders and staff reserve the right to request that a guest remove any type of facial covering for identification purposes. As guests exit the event, they may walk through CityWalk in costume, no masks or facial coverings. As costumed guests exit through CityWalk they may not enter venues or linger.


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