Keynote & Featured Presenters

All of us here on the Expeditious crew are extremely excited for the line-up we’ve assembled for our Keynote speaker and featured presenters. Bringing together many different aspects of the Harry Potter community is our number one goal for Expeditious, and we have tried to find presenters that illustrate how diverse our fandom is.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Expeditious 2010 is excited to announce that Melissa Anelli will be our Keynote speaker!

Melissa Anelli is the New York Times Best Selling author of Harry, A History. A former NYC news reporter, she joined the Leaky staff in 2001 and has had a ball serving as its webmistress. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, and currently writing her second nonfiction book.

Her first book, Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon, has been (or shortly will be) published in more than eight countries and four languages. It is also available as an audiobook in English and German. You can find more info at www.harryahistory.com.

Her personal site is at penbitten.com, and you can also get updates via Twitter and Facebook.

Tickets for Melissa Anelli’s Keynote Speech will cost $5. People with Early Bird registrations will receive a FREE ticket! Congrats for registering early!

FEATURED PRESENTERS

Travis Prinzi is a popular author and speaker on the intersection of fantasy and politics, myth and culture in Joanne Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. He is the author of Harry Potter & Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds and editor of a yearly collection of scholarly essays on Harry Potter, Hog’s Head Conversations. He appears on The Leaky Cauldron’s PotterCast as a “Potter Pundit.” He has been a featured speaker and led panel discussions at five Harry Potter conferences and has lectured on everything from Harry Potter to religion to education to hit TV shows like The Office at university campuses and libraries in the United States and Canada. He is the proprietor of TheHogsHead.org and runs The Hog’s Head PubCast. Heholds graduate degrees in education and theology from the University of Rochester and Northeastern Seminary. He lives in Rochester, NY with his wife Tricia, daughter Sophia, and their dog, Moses.

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Freya Fridy is an editor at the Wizrocklopedia, the wizard rock website. Other than that, she is daydreaming, reading, writing, or prattling on about something. Possibly singing (badly) or laughing (loudly). She loves wearing a costume and drinking champagne, preferably at the same time.

You can check out the wizrocklopedia at www.wizrocklopedia.com or on twitter at www.twitter.com/wizrocklopedia

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Wendy Moy Ransom: intentional victim/purveyor of Dissociative Identity Disorder, second-hand store archeologist, reconstruction visionary, discovered a never-ending love of dress-up and theater at a very young age, and saw no compelling reason to give it up. After several unsuccessful campaigns to declare Halloween as a new day of the week, or at least as a monthly holiday, she succumbed to the theater bug and began to infect others as well. When the theater bug began to wear off, she was bitten by historical re-enactment. The venom from this bite has proven not only to be virulent and tenacious, but is susceptible to spontaneous mutation, leading to a broad spectrum of appearance. Occasionally time-lines and other dimensions will cross-contaminate, producing a full-blown case of the Rennies or Steampunk Fever. She cautions attendees of Expeditious to be forewarned that her condition is sometimes contagious, and there is no vaccine or cure. You might also know her as the following cosplay personas…Cassandra Luna (Auror  “visiting” as Divinations professor at Hogwarts), DITZY (a mildly concussed fairy), Jade (Bosun of the Crimson Reign, pirate), SKYE McKAY (mystic priestess of unknown power, working as airship engineer for an all-female pirate hunting crew), TIAN HUANG (Chinese/Mongolian Shaman of the Weretiger Clan, Tuchux). Don’t Mess with Her: 18th century Woodland Indian of the Great Lakes region