My First Magical Experience at LeakyCon

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What is a LeakyCon? for those that might be asking. LeakyCon (named after the Leaky Cauldron pub found in the series) happens to be the popular Harry Potter fan convention that has been held all over the world in exciting locations like Boston, London, and Dublin. And now officially in Texas. This event was held in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center this past weekend (Aug. 10-12) and was the biggest LeakyCon yet. The sold-out show was packed with panels, celebrities, a bustling marketplace and more cosplay than you can wave a wand at – all brought together with a love for J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World.

As I am still recovering from LeakyCon this past weekend, I wanted to share my experience with all you guys. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from LeakyCon. While I am a fan of Harry Potter, it was my first experience with this particular Con. This was quite a change from the comic conventions that I have attended before, so I was a bit iffy. However, it did not take long to realize that LeakyCon far surpassed my expectations. First and foremost, Harry Potter fans are the best. Seriously, the best. Fandom is a great thing to be a part of in general, but I have never experienced such a level of acceptance, sincerity, and openness from any other cons I have ever met. The vendor booths were amazing; from potions, graphic tees, an endless variety of wands, golden snitch bath bombs, hats, and beautiful illustrations. The cosplay and outfits from kids all the way to adults were awesome. I just love walking around and everyone was just happy and happy to share their passion for the love of the wizardry world with others. 

If you ever get the chance to attend, I’m telling you, DO IT. LeakyCon is such a positive, friendly experience. The response to LeakyCon's Dallas stop was so strong that its organizers are already planning the encore. The 2019 event will be Aug. 9-11, and tickets are on sale now.


Check below for a bunch of magical photos from the event. Enjoy! -xo Mel 

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Coffee + Flowers

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This year’s San Diego Comic-Con trip, I decided to put together a little itinerary before I left Dallas of some cool spots to visit while in San Diego ... and I am glad I did! I got to see this is a beautiful little spot in San Diego. It's so bright, cheery, and feminine with large windows and a flower shop inside, as well as enough tables and cozy seating. The food is simple and delicious and the coffee is yummy. The little gift shop area is cute to shop for art, soaps, cards etc. while you wait for food and drinks. The decorations inside/outside is so cute. It's a great place to hang out with friends or take pictures. We will definitely come back to try more on their menu. 

Coffee (Communal Coffee) + Flowers (Native Poppy) = amazing concept!

Photo Credit: My daughter Mariah 

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2018 San Diego Comic-Con Recap

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It was a heck of a year at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. It may have felt smaller than usual, due to the absence of usual heavy hitters like Marvel, Star Wars, Disney, Pixar, Game of Thrones, and Westworld, but there was still plenty to get excited about at SDCC this year. Almost 150,000 people flocked to San Diego to be the first to see exclusive content from their favorite TV shows and see new trailers for the most anticipated upcoming movies. This has been my daughter's and my yearly vacation spot and every year we discover more and more what all San Diego Comic-Con has to offer. 

Whether you were hunting for rare Funko Pops, attending the Funko Friday event (recap coming soon), trying to find the best cosplayers at Comic-Con, or wanted to watch the latest exclusive footage from upcoming shows and movies like Titans, Doctor Who, Iron Fist 2, The Walking Dead, Netflix's Disenchantment, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Shazam, Wonder Woman 1984, Aquaman, or any other of the massive future hits that showed up this year to engage directly with fans, there is always something for everyone at Comic-Con. You could even visit the Taco Bell experience from Demolition Man, which the line was wrapped around the building to get into. We definitely got to experience more of the outside world (Gaslamp Quarter area), cosplayers just walking up and down the strip, restaurants all themed out comics even on their menus for the weekend, the DC Universe Experience, and all that Petco Park had to offer. 

As always, this year’s Comic-Con was quite an adventure. There wasn’t any jaw-dropping news, but with all the new trailers, footage, panels, cosplayers, exclusive merchandise, and, of course, comics, there was plenty to see. Amidst all the madness, it was a return to fandom for me and my daughter. Looking forward to 2019 Comic-Con adventures. 

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Check out more images from our weekend @SanDiegoComicCon in the gallery below.