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Fans Can Expect Fun, Fantasy and Friendship at Infinitus

By Hanako M. Ricks I am writing this blog live from Orlando, where the Harry Potter fan conference Infinitus 2010 is taking taking place this weekend. Fans have traveled from all over the world to attend this event, which will have loads of fun fandom related events, a ball, and a special Infinitus-only event within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Here is a rundown of today’s highlights:

Live Wizard Chess Performance – Similar to the life sized game played in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but more human (and maybe not as barbaric?)

Welcoming Feast – Attendees will be welcomed to Infinitus the Hogwarts way, with a fun-filled feast. This menu is full of Mexican faire, and full menu details can be found here.

Wizard Rock – Wizard Rock is so big, it will be featured not once, but twice on Thursday. Rock out with bands The Butterbeer Experience, The Remus Lupins, The Moaning Myrtles, Justin Finch-Fletchley and The Whomping Willows as the perform during the Classic Wizard Rock segment, and then join later on for Wrock Pub Night, which will feature Witherwings, Swish and Flick, The House of Black w/MC Kreacher and Ministry of Magic.

There are also scheduled meet-up groups throughout the weekend; these groups in the “Find Your Flock” section of programming consist of members who have either met in other forums, or have only known each other online, and are finally getting a chance to meet the people who share the same interests within the fandom. This schedule for Friday is as follows (via the Infinitus website):

Australians & New Zealanders! (9 AM, Common Room)
If you’re Antipodean, still marveling at the stars being upside down in the night sky or the direction the water goes down the drain, or just in search of some Vegemite, swing by the Common Room and you can throw your arms around your countrymates.

Quidditch Players & Fans (10 AM, Common Room)
Discuss your favorite teams, matches you’ve played in and enjoyed, playing strategies and more!

HP Group Leaders (10 AM, CityWalk Starbucks)
If you organize a local meet-up group, bookstore reading group or other local HP fan group or project, join us at the CityWalk Starbucks at 10 A.M. for coffee, conversation, and possibly some free wifi.

Hufflepuffs (11 AM, Common Room)
Badger bonding session! Come join Hufflepuffs and their friends & supporters for a mellow meet-up.

Inside the Age Line (11:30 AM, Common Room)
Younger Harry Potter fans get together – kids’ track registrants are welcome if their parents stay nearby.

Outside the Age Line (Noon, Outside the Common Room)
Older Harry Potter fans, including parents and grandparents.

Death Eaters (Noon, Common Room)
Some are masked and unforgiving, some join because they are terrified of the alternative, some remained loyal and imprisoned and others hid in the open for years. Discuss their stories and beliefs.

Marauders (3 PM, Common Room)
Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs – their generation’s friendships, betrayals, loyalties and tragedies shaped Harry Potter’s story. Discuss the four boys, their friends and their enemies.

Meet (the) Beedle (the Bard) (4 PM, Common Room)
The wizarding fairy tales kept canon going just a little longer, and have inspired fanfic, fanart, music and more. Discuss the stories and their characters.

Ravenclaws (5 PM, Common Room)
Wit, learning, ready minds and the confusion between the film and book color schemes!

Slytherins (6 PM, Common Room)
Perhaps at this meet-up, you’ll make your real friends – and see old friends (and rivals) as well!

Nerdfighters (8:30 – 10PM, Common Room) – Just Added
Come join in and let your nerdiness shine with fellow Nerdfighters who never FTBA. If you are itching to chat about the vlogbrothers, fiveawesomegirls, or more nerdy topics, then this event is for you.

RP, LARPing and more (9 PM, Hotel lobby)
People who RP Harry Potter, whether it be through forums, Livejournal/Insanejournal, LARPing, or some other method, are all invited.

3rd Hogwarts Alumni Grad Party! (9:30 P.M. at THE GROOVE) – just added
Come in your school uniform (no robes) or awesome 80′s attire. A tradition that started at LUMOS in Vegas and continued on in New Orleans for Phoenix Rising to hang out with those over 21 and like to have a good time! The Black Sisters will be out front if you wish to go in together, otherwise catch up with the crew later! THE GROOVE, located in CityWalk, Is 21 and up that night and its $7 at the door after 10 p.m., but no cover until then (hence the meeting up before!).

I will be updating several times each day with highlights and updates from Infinitus, so keep checking in for more details.

Also, if you have any questions for Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley) or Christian Coulson (Tom Riddle, Chamber of Secrets), let me know and I’ll see if I can get them answered during the Q&A sessions that are scheduled for this weekend.

And let the fun begin!!

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