Last month, J.K. Rowling released a new short story featuring the wizard himself, (conspicuously?) in tandem with the grand opening of Universal’s Diagon Alley theme park attraction in Orlando. Publicity stunt or not, it was undeniably comforting to catch up with Harry and the gang, a great big Hagrid-hug for our inner child. Break out the robes, polish up the wands, practice your bad British accents and keep reliving the magic today at PotterCon. The annual gathering of now grown-up Harry Potter fans features a costume contest, games, trivia, and plenty of Butterbeer—the alcoholic kind. Get assigned to a Hogwarts house during the sorting ceremony and trade spells, memories, and revisionist fan-fic endings with your fellow Pottheads. Maybe your owl just got lost en route from England, there’s still hope!
Sat., Aug. 2, 2 p.m., 2014