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Fan Conference Celebrating Geek Culture Comes to Portland; LeakyCon 2013 Brings Harry Potter Stars, Festivities, Celebration of Fandoms and Literature

Portland, OR, June 21, 2013 --( LeakyCon, a convention that grew out of the worldwide Harry Potter fan community, will be held at the Oregon Convention Center June 27 through 30, 2013.

LeakyCon blends the nerdy fun of a Comic-Con with the community and excitement of South by Southwest in an intimate environment. It celebrates everything about being a fan, from creations and costumes to debates and discussions.

LeakyCon will include appearances, performances, and special events featuring the wildly successful theater troupe and YouTube sensation Team StarKid, as well as actors from the Harry Potter films, including Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan), Scarlett Byrne (Pansy Parkinson), and Ellie Darcy-Alden (Young Lily).

Additional special guests include Jackie Emerson (Foxface) from The Hunger Games, Amber Benson (Tara Maclay) and Tom Lenk (Andrew Wells) from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, Anthony Rapp (Mark Cohen) from both the original broadway cast of Rent as well as the film adaptation, and actors and creators from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the successful modern-day vlog adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice.

Among the events offered over the four-day convention are live rock shows, panels, workshops, meet-and-greets and special guest signings, a 5K nerdy fun run, talent and costume competitions, and the Esther Earl Rocking Charity Ball, held on the final night of the convention. With a focus on community and giving people of all ages a place to call home, LeakyCon delivers a unique experience to all who attend.

LeakyCon will also present LeakyLit, a special two-day "conference within a conference" focusing on Children's and Young Adult literature. Planned in coordination with New York Times bestselling authors Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman, the lineup of writers, agents, and editors includes heavy-hitting industry professionals such as Lev Grossman, David Levithan, Lauren Myracle, Laini Taylor, and more.

Started in 2009 with a conference of 750 attendees in Boston, MA, LeakyCon has continued to grow over the past four years with events in Orlando, FL and Chicago, IL. In 2013, LeakyCon will hold two events for the first time, one in Portland, OR with an expected attendance of 4,000 and the first international LeakyCon in London, England with 1,500 attendees.

LeakyCon has raised more than $200,000 for various causes in its short history. In 2013, LeakyCon also announced the first LeakyCon Academic Scholarship and Arts Fellowship to help the fan community in the pursuit of education and creation of works of art.

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About LeakyCon
LeakyCon is a fan conference which comes from and celebrates everything about the Harry Potter fandom. LeakyCon is a place where fans can be themselves.

LeakyCon 2013 is the fourth Harry Potter fan conference produced by Mischief Management and follows LeakyCon 2012, held in Chicago, IL in August of 2012.

The four-day fan conference is strongly rooted in the Harry Potter fandom, featuring appearances by Devon Murray, Scarlett Byrne, and Ellie Darcy-Alden, all actors from the Harry Potter film franchise, as well as a full literary track that includes New York Times Bestselling Authors Maureen Johnson, Lev Grossman, Robin Wasserman, and more.

LeakyCon features a wide array of formal and informal programming for attendees, including exclusive special events, a literary track, speaker panels, roundtables, rock concerts, a quidditch tournament, costume contests, podcasts, vendor room, craft show, and a charity ball.

LeakyCon 2013 is June 27 through 30, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR.
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