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10 real-life ways muggles can experience Harry Potter

By: Laura Moss on Nov. 19, 2010, 12:40 p.m.
DragonCon attendees dressed as Voldemort and Professor Snape


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Longing to leave the muggle world behind and spend a magical weekend with your fellow Gryffindors, Ravenclaws, Hufflepuffs and Slytherins? Register for a Harry Potter convention and you'll be rubbing elbows not just with Hogwarts students, but also with your favorite professors, Ministry of Magic officials, Death Eaters and possibly even the Dark Lord himself.

What can you expect at a Harry Potter-themed conference? LeakyCon promises panels, workshops and keynote addresses for the Potter scholars, but there's also plenty of fun and games. Naturally, there's a quidditch tournament, movie screenings and plenty of wizard rock. The Infinitus convention has its fair share of formal Harry Potter programming, but you can also enjoy wizard chess, Potter-inspired art and the Night of Frivolity Ball, which will have you dancing just like Harry and Parvati did at the Yule Ball. If you can't make it to one of these annual events, there are plenty of other fantasy conventions where you're sure to run into a wizard or two. Professor Snape and Voldemort himself were spotted at this year's DragonCon in Atlanta.