For those of you who don't know Amortentia is the name of the strongest love potion in the Potterverse. In the second book, Chamber of Secrets, Gilderoy Lockhart throws a huge Valentine feast. He decorates the Great Hall in pink and encourages the other teachers to have a love theme to their classes during the day. He has also dressed up dwarves into cupids, which roam the halls and deliver anonymous poems written by students for other students. This whole spectacle is cut from the movie, but I would've loved to see it in the movie. This con was basically a Valentine feast. The whole premise was decorated with hearts, pink and love quotes from the books.
Anyway, the place where this thing happened was in a teeny tiny town called Storvreta. It's 112 km from where I currently live, which isn't that far actually. But due to horrendous public transport in this area of the country it was an adventure to actually get there. I got on the bus to the local train station. Got on the train to Stockholm C. Met up with Anna and then we got on the train to Uppsala. There we switched and got on the train to Storvreta. Due to Uppsala and Storvreta being in a different county than Stockholm and Södertälje we had to buy an extra ticket to be able to ride those last two trains -.-' The bus left home at 1.20pm. I arrived in Storvreta at around 3.30 pm. Over 2 hours? Really? -.-' From the train station in Storvreta we got picked up by Rebecca and her husband.
But when we arrived we had such a great time. All three of us got ticked off on the name list and then we spent most of the time talking to Björn and Kristina. From time to time we got to talk to Sarx and Malin as well. The party participants could arrive from 4pm and then the party started at 5pm. We had arrived a bit earlier than 4pm. When it was about half an hour to go 'til 5pm a lot more people had arrived. Most with some sort of Harry Potter related accessory (House ties, wands, Deathly Hallows necklaces etc). While we waited the last 30 minutes we did two rounds of a name game to sort of try and learn each others names. The first round you said your name and your favourite ship from the Harry Potter books (for the uninitiated a "ship" is two characters from the books/movies that you want to get together romantically). My favourite ship changes from time to time, but for about a year now my favourite ship has been Snamione (Snape+Hermione, don't hate). The second round was your name and your favourite character, which is a much harder question. But the character I've loved for the longest time (since I was 8 and read the first book) is Dumbledore.
Then the doors to the Great Hall opened. We were invited in and greeted by Gilderoy Lockhart himself. We were offered a welcome drink (I'm still not sure what it tasted like, it was pink and glittery and really sweet). The standing joke of the evening was that it was Amortentia - the love potion. All of us got an autograph on a pink heart-shaped post-it from Lockhart to place on our tops. I had my Polaroid with me and I managed a shot of Lockart, which he later signed so I got a signed photo of Lockhart (only wish it'd move). It got a lot och exclaims and "can I see it?". Everyone there got really into character and acted completely starstruck at the sight of Lockhart.
Like the one about Bellatrix trying to get Voldemort to love her back. But the song that I remember most vividly was a song about fandom in general.
This is fandom, this is awesome, this is great. It's our fandom, it is mighty, we are great. And all the memories that we share, we should write them down and post them everywhere. So that everyone can see how different life could be.
After that followed a reading by Peeves. It was a story created earlier in the day where someone had written something and then scrolled that part of the paper away for someone else to continue the story. It was hilarious and surprisingly coherent. The penultimate part of performances was a Potter play called Harry Potter och Dödsdatorerna (a word play on the Swedish title of Deathly Hallows - Dödsrelikerna, loosely translated it would be Deathly Computers in English). The play started with Dumbledore saying that this year Hogwarts would be modernised and that everyone would get a computer. Harry got an HP laptop (cause initials xD), Draco got an Apple laptop (cause Drapple xD), Neville got an iPad (called "padda" in Swedish, which also is the word for "toad"), Hermione got a smart phone (cause she's smart), and Ron got an old school fat screen computer (cause second hand) xD Draco faceraped Harry, Ron mentions trolls and Quirrell comes running screaming about trolls, Ginny checks in at the Chamber of Secrets, and Hermione mentions that Barty Crouch Jr apparantly has fled to the Muggle world in a blue phone box (Doctor Who reference got lots of applause and screams) and then comes the part where all the Death Eaters do the Pottermore House placement test and only Draco ends up in Slytherin while Snape ends up in Hufflepuff and tries really really hard to act all nice and Hufflepuff-y. Towards the end Hogwarts will have a ball and all the characters have to look up online who the fans think their character would be most suited with. Harry and Draco end up together of course, Hermione and Luna, and Ron and Aragog xD Then in the end Dumbledore is revealed to be Voldemort and he's defeated. Snape is really happy cause that means he can stop being Hufflepuff-y.
Now my bags are packed. Better what out cause I'm coing back to a place I know. And there's nowhere else I'd rather go. There are places out there where people get you, people will understand. That it's not just a book. It's you childhood and it's music, so join the band. I'm coming home.