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Counting Down To Harry, Wednesday

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Phoenix Rising Conference Tee, 2007

It has come to my attention that I bred earworms among many of my readers yesterday. Yes, yes, Save Ginny Weasley can definitely do that to you!!

Today’s shirt is very special to me. I didn’t stencil it. I didn’t reconstruct it. It came as-is and it’s perfect.

This is my conference tee from Phoenix Rising, held in New Orleans, Louisiana in May 2007. It was the last Harry Potter conference I attended. It occurred just two months before Deathly Hallows was released. There was something palpable in the air, a very “this is it” sort of feeling. It was the last mass gathering of hard-core Harry Potter fans that I attended. It’s the conference where I met, in real life, many of my online friends. It’s was also the debut of my Harry Potter quilt, My Magical Lens.

hpcrafters_pr meetup

We had crafty meet-ups.

Phoenix Rising hpcrafters_pr ATC swap
We swapped ATC cards.

Buttons for Phoenix Rising

I gave away hundreds of buttons, as well as providing buttons for a number of podcasts.

We drank hurricanes and listened to Wrock. My BookCrossing group (now defuct), book-bombed all the common areas with free books. There were costumes, and characters and theorizing, and asking, repeatedly, urgently, Is Snape good or evil?

Jewels, Stephanie, Jennifer and Petra
We went to a ball and got to be Cinderella, or Ginny, or Hermione…or Fawkes for a night.

This is the shirt I pull out when I’m feeling nostalgic for that all-too-short weekend. My sister and my best friend were there. There were friends from all over the world, all in the same hotel, breathing the same air. That conference was special, it hummed the feelings we were all having building up to the release of the final book, the one that would close our canon. For many of us, it was the first and the last time we got to see each other, to occupy the same space. Hopefully, very hopefully, it won’t be the last.

Yeah, a shirt really can make me feel all that.

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Counting Down To Harry, Tuesday

Counting Down to Harry, Tuesday

Save Ginny, purchased at a live H&tP show during Lumos, Las Vegas, 2006

I’m not sure when I first discovered Wizard Rock, but it was probably some time in 2005.

I had heard a whisper, a whisper about Harry & the Potters. Back in 2005, Facebook wasn’t the thing, MySpace was. So I went there, and I looked, and I found them.

They’re not the best vocalists in the world, but I love their lyrics and I love their heart. They’re fans and they get it.

The first opportunity I had to see Harry & the Potters perform was at Lumos in 2006. I bought this shirt without a second thought and I have worn it until the threads are starting to come out. It’s one of my favorite H&tP songs…and one of my favorite fandom tees.

We’ve got to save Ginny Weasley from the basilisk

We’ve got to save the school from that unseen horror

We’ve got to save Ginny Weasley from the basilisk

We’ve got to save the school again

Since the early days of Wizard Rock, about a million other bands have come on the fandom scene. My heart still belongs to Harry & the Potters…and I admit it, a little of it belongs to Draco and the Malfoys.

What?! Every girl has a little touch of poison. Click for a listen. 😉

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