Sometime around my 8th birthday, I was introduced to a scrawny boy with messy black hair, dazzling green eyes and a knack for finding trouble. He was the resident of the cupboard under the stairs at number 4 Privet Drive in Surrey. He would go on the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His name was Harry James Potter, the boy who lived.
In September of 1999, I never imagined that 11 years later, I would be attending a convention dedicated to his story at a theme park imitating his world. Back then, who would have known that Harry Potter would grow from a popular series of childrens books to a global phenomenon worth approximately $23 billion. As of June 2008, more than 400 million copies of the books had been sold worldwide. The still incomplete series of films has grossed more than $5 billion at the box office since 2001.
Infinitus 2010 is the seventh event planned by HP Education Fanon, Inc (HPEF). The first was held in 2003 in Orlando. The most recent was called Azkatraz and was held in San Francisco, CA in 2009. Infinitus is the penultimate event planned by HPEF and Im going to be there. Keep checking for more about the conference. The full schedule is available here.
This is my first time going to a fandom convention, so Im more than a little bit excited. Stay tuned for inside interviews, pictures and videos, including my top five fave Harry Potter viral videos.
One of the first events was Wizard's Chess, organized by a group from the Sarasota Medieval Fair. More to come soon.