GeekyCon celebrates everything about being a fan. It blends the nerdy fun of a Comic Con with the community and excitement of South by Southwest in a uniquely intimate environment where fans can finally be their true selves — where that is the coolest thing in the world to be!
Once upon a time, GeekyCon was called “LeakyCon.” The idea for LeakyCon was born on the eve of what some said was the end of the Harry Potter fandom. It was 2007, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows had just been published, and a small group of staff members from popular Harry Potter fan site The Leaky Cauldron sat in a crowded hotel room during Prophecy, a fan convention in Toronto, Canada. Reliving their experiences from the weekend, the Leaky Cauldron staffers, including GeekyCon’s future Executive Directors Melissa Anelli and Stephanie Dornhelm, decided that by combining their favorite aspects of existing conventions with the special feeling of community found within The Leaky Cauldron website, they could plan a convention for Harry Potter fans that was unlike anything anyone had seen before. And so, LeakyCon was born.
The first LeakyCon took place two years later in Boston as a Harry Potter convention, and now, five conventions and two continents later, Leaky has grown with us as we’ve come to realize just how much we all truly have in common. In 2015 we will return to Orlando, a very special place for us, where we realized the immense potential for powerful experiences that occurs when you mix fandom, community, and belonging. In 2014, LeakyCon changed its name to GeekyCon to better encapsulate the geeky spirit so vibrantly a part of the convention. In past years, GeekyCon has hosted incredible talent, including Broadway veteran Anthony Rapp, many Harry Potter actors (Evanna Lynch/Luna Lovegood, Devon Murray/Seamus Finnigan, and more), and A Very Potter Musical creators Team StarKid. In addition to programming with special guests, at GeekyCon you’ll jam out to rock concerts with the likes of Harry and the Potters, The Whomping Willows, and Hank Green. If you’re a fan of young adult literature, GeekyCon Lit (headed by New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson and Leigh Bardugo) is perfect for you!