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Leviosa and the calling of Harry Potter

You guys!

So I went to leviosa2016 over the weekend and I guess the fruits of that labor are best summed up by the fact that i just spent several hours downloading a bunch of handwavey tech magic that would allow me to install Semagic on my Mac. Semagic! I HAVE MISSED YOU SO MUCH, Semagic. (Semagic is to LJ what XKit is to Tumblr, I suppose. Long may it reign.)

Anyway, I'm hoping this will make it easier for me to feel comfortable updating LJ and subsequently interacting on LJ again. I really have missed the community here and I'm hoping that I'll be able to keep up with so many of the lovely people I met this weekend!

I'm also super-lucky because I actually got to have an INCEPTION FANDOM MEET-UP while I was there, sort of! This is all thanks to bicrim, who was so fantastic about letting me try to indoctrinate her into the world of Inception by watching the whole crazy movie with me. During the ball, we commandeered a room and I was so delighted that so many people dropped by to hang out with us and indulge in my crazy love for this dumb stupid terrible great movie. rurounihime and snottygrrl pretty much let me squee at them about Arthur/Eames all weekend. And red_rahl not only stayed for the whole movie but joined me in my inarticulate, frantic attempt to explain to Bicrim why we loved the movie so much, and then GAVE ME THIS HOLY SHIT.



Isn't it the most gorgeous? Aren't they the best *__* Isn't she just incredible :D :D :D :D

A few people I have to call out for being so amazing this weekend:


  • dicta_contrion for being so lovely and nice and so smart and articulate, and for getting me excited about new H/D fic while also preaching the gospel of Not Being Afraid of Tumblr to all the old-timers. If you haven't checked out her LJ post about how to use Tumblr, it's a really nice intro!
  • oceaxe, who I had totally lost touch with and was totally delighted to meet and get to spend lots of time with this weekend. You're awesome. :)
  • femmequixotic and noeon for convincing me to do a bunch of panels that all turned out to be a really great time
  • writcraft for being such an amazing mod and contributor in all of her many panels, and such a smart, articulate thinker with so many broad areas of interests and such a fabulous ability to listen and process the conversation. I'm so happy I got a chance to meet you!
  • furiosity because I had never gotten a chance before to meet her despite our many years hopping around HP cons, and it was really nice to have a moment just to chat! I hope your Japan tour is epic, F!
  • Stephanie and her mom!!!! Stephanie IDK if you will see this, haha, but you are both great. <3
  • of course my lovely hotel roommates Jill, Tracy, and Elizabeth, who put up with me and my social neuroses most admirably. :) And Lilah Vandenburgh, who probably won't see this post but who is supremely fantastic.


Stuff I wish I'd gotten to do more of:
- Squee about H/D, especially all the new tropes and fandom developments I have woefully been missing out on
- Rant more about how much I hate the Cursed Child spoilers
- Rack up some hot tub time (though I'm here through tomorrow morning so I still do have some time for that!
- Drink and party lol. I was so worried about losing my voice before the Hamilton singalong I mostly just hung back and was a fuddy-duddy. NEXT CON.

There were so many old H/D friends I ran into this weekend and it just made me kind of ache to be back in this community again. I'm gonna post this, finish the 18 Pokemon GO articles I have been assigned, and then finish reading "The Stately Homes of Wiltshire," which is an H/D fic recced to me both by Oceaxe and Elizabeth. It's so good. *__*

I'm still failing at replying to comments! And I'm still failing at cross-posting to Dreamwidth! (sob, Dreamwidth) But I guess while I'm here I might as well wish a happy birthday to the only Cathy, two_if_by_sea <3

So tell me about this Misti Con deal? :D
Tags: 2016, cathy is a horrible minion, h/d, hello lj my old friend, hp, hp fandom, inception, o hai el jay
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I'll make sure Steph sees it! It was absolutely lovely meeting you! Thanks again a million times for helping Steph out with her panel.

You guys were so nice! And Steph didn't need any help at all, she did an amazing job, but it was my pleasure. :)
It was so lovely to see you again this weekend!

YOU TOO <333333 one day if you're ever in new york hit me up for a cup of coffee and a pleasant afternoon of chatting about fandom, if you please!
Wasn't the con the best? I had such a great time. Had total con drop yesterday but being on the strip in Vegas today has been sufficiently crazy to get me ready for the next leg of my trip up the West coast. I loved meeting you too, thank you so much for all of your awesome moderating and input on the various panels we were on together and for the very kind shout out. That art is absolutely brilliant too! So lucky, I'd have been full of squee :D

*waves* hello it is I stephanie! (i'm never on here anymore but my mom (piratesmile331 pointed me this way lol) it was lovely hanging out and paneling and singing and all that <3

TOUYA *____*

i mean, yes, it was great and I'm so happy to have met you both! :D your panel was really fantastic, you did a great job.
FUN FACT it's your fault i am akira/hikaru trash for life because i watched hikago entirely because you recced it so hard here back in the day

thank you! <3

I wish I'd known you were Otakuwench, because of course I remember you from Hikago fandom! This is so wonderful to hear. I'm so happy to have met you! Let's hang out soon once we're both back and settled in the city!
it was very nice to meet you!!

im sorry we kept interrupting your inception with daft questions and completely unrelated tangents

No you guys were fine! I wouldn't have traded it for the world :D
Ha! I love how many people you tried to Incept! BRING THEM.

I WILL :D :D :D :D
I'm about to post a serious thinky piece about what I learned at Leviosa and just wanted to say thank you for your contributions on the panels and to fandom more generally. You have literally made me a better person by educating people and you have helped shape a community in which I have gained self-knowledge and joy the likes of which I can't really describe. God, am I still fangirling? Ugh, I'm sure I'll stop at some point.

Anyway, welcome back to LJ and H/D!!!
Misti is this really immersive, lovely space. The hotel is older, and on a lake, and is all ours. The whole space is decorated, and the idea is that we are all actually witches and wizards, coming together for whatever the theme is that year. I found it to be very magical and sparkly! The panels are good, though most are at least somewhat less academically focused than at Leviosa. There is more cosplay, as both book characters and as the sort of "you as a witch" sort that I prefer. Everyone is very nice and welcoming. I left Misti last year full of squee and, honestly, a very magical feeling. It is an unironicly joyful space, and I loved that.
It was SO SO SO SO SO lovely to meet you!!! Any time you need some new H/D fic, just holler!
Yessss come to Misti. Everyone should come to Misti!

Thank you for the Adversarial Slash panel! It was the only one of yours I could attend, as this con was unusually full of fantastic things all scheduled at the same time. Such fun!
It was awesome to meet you and finally be able to put a face to your fandom handle and your name. Loved all the panels your were on and I attended. Absolutely inspiring.
So great to meet you and to attend all of your wonderful panels! :D
May I ask where those 18 Pokemon Go articles are going to be posted? I might, um, use them for teaching.

Lovely to see you on LJ again!

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