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Episode Info: We head back to the wizarding world in the second half of our LeakyCon convention special! We celebrate reaching the big 5-0 episode count and share how the podcast has allowed us to grow as fans and people. We also explore the takeaways Victoria encountered at the con about the Harry Potter fandom, its commitment to social justice, and the impact on our own lives and worldview as members of the generation who got to grow up with Harry. We have another group of five fantastic fangirls to hear from as well! They are: Hayley Burson, an avid Harry Potter fan and costume maker. With her husband Michael, they specialize in creating screen replications from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. She’s also a co-host on Hold My Butterbeer, a podcast about all things wizarding world canon. Where to Find Hayley: Instagram & TikTok: @hobbitparty Hold My Butterbeer Podcast: https://www.holdmybutterbeer.com/podcast Facebook: @michayleycosplay YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoDsgsIsSeZKHoRVc_Rtv0Q Porshea Patterson-Hurst, Bayana Davis, and Connie Gibbs from Black Girls Create. Through substantive but accessible content, Black Girls Create is an intersectional hub for black creators and critical fandom. They collaborate to champion the increased media representation of Black women specifically, and people of color in general. Bayana Davis, serves as Editor in Chief of Black Girls Create & co-host of the #WizardTeam podcast, Connie Gibbs is Black Girls Create Managing Editor and co-host of the TARBIS podcast, and Porshea Patterson-Hurst, contributor at Black Girls Create, volunteers with the Harry Potter Alliance and co-hosts the Game of Thrones podcast Castle Black. Where to Find Black Girls Create: Instagram & Tumblr: @blackgirlscreate Twitter & Facebook: @weblackandnerds Blackgirlscreate.org WizardTeam & TARBIS Podcasts: http://blackgirlscreate.org/bwc Where to Find Porshea: Twitter: @porshea_obvi Where to Find Connie: Twitter & Instagram: @constar24 Constarwrites.com Where to Find Bayana: Twitter: @yana_hallows Melissa Anelli has been reporting on the Harry Potter phenomenon since 2001, and since then has served as the webmistress of the premier Harry Potter fansite The Leaky Cauldron, authored the New York Times bestselling book Harry, A History and founded Mischief Management, a company that produces fan events, LeakyCon included, focusing on community, content, and creativity where she serves as CEO. You may know her from the long-running Harry Potter fan podcast Pottercast or from one of the Mischief Media podcasts, Make New Mistakes and Extraneous. It’s no surprise that we’ve been seriously inspired by Melissa and been fans of hers for years, so we were thrilled when she took time out of running the show at LeakyCon to chat with us. Where to Find Melissa: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @melissaanelli http://www.melissaanelli.com/ Buy Melissa’s book Harry, a History on Ama...
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