Our Summer in Videos

We have had the busiest summer in quite a while. No complaints here, busy is good! We haven’t had a whole lot of time to sit down and write quality blog posts, but we have had a camera on hand. Sometimes it’s much more convenient to just film the moments we want to share with you, and that’s exactly what we did. We devoted our time to Warped Tour and LeakyCon this summer — meaning not only did we attend these events, but we designed all new products to go along with them, and sold them ourselves at booths. All the labor is done by yours truly, hard work isn’t always glamorous, friends. Being able to interact directly with our customers is one of our most favorite things to do. You guys are always so awesome. Now onto the videos! We hope you enjoy them.

This video was filmed pre Warped and LeakyCon. It was the night before the public opening of the Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Studios Orlando, and we decided it would be a good idea to eat Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. Spoiler alert: it’s not. This video features two of the five Harry Potter inspired T-shirts we created just for LeakyCon. You can buy them here!

We only did the 3 Florida dates of Vans Warped Tour this year instead of the 8 we tackled last year. I can guarantee you, though, that the experience proved to be just as sweaty and busy. Tour was undeniably different this year, but we did everything we could to make our brief time memorable. Sidenote: we did quickly find out that the reason the tent next to us had an immense line of excited girls in front of it was because of YouTuber VeeOneEye. He was very sweet to his fans, and gave his full attention to every single person he met.

This was, easily, our favorite of the three to film. All of the footage was recorded via our iPhones, so we apologize for the grainy quality. On the second day at LeakyCon we decided to put up a simple green sign promising free candy to anyone willing to share their favorite Danisnotonfire and/or AmazingPhil quote with us. We were shocked by the amount of people not only eager to share, but who let us film them for a YouTube compilation. People LOVE Dan and Phil.

We just want to say, thank you to everyone we met this summer for being so awesome. Going into new or chaotic situations is sometimes overwhelming and a bit stressful, but everyone we met (besides the inevitable party poopers of the world) was wonderful. Thank you for making our summer a great one!

Diagon Alley Opening Day

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WE DID OUR WAITING! OVER THREE YEARS OF IT! Think way back to 2011. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade had been open and running smoothly for four years when the first rumors of an expansion began circulating the Wizarding Wireless Network (aka the internet). True Potter fans knew way down in the pits of their magical souls that a Diagon Alley addition was on its way. What this meant exactly was anyone’s guess. It was fun to speculate at how Universal would incorporate more magic into an already phenomenal attraction, and it wasn’t until May of 2013 that we finally, officially knew that a train, the Hogwarts Express, would transport people back and forth between two lands: Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

It wasn’t until The Today Show visited Universal in late June 2014 that an official opening date was finally announced. Diagon Alley would open to the public on July 8. Forget any sneak peaks or soft openings, we wanted the full experience. As soon as we heard the news, the strategizing to get into Diagon Alley on opening day began. We already knew massive crowds would flood through the gates of Universal Studios as early as possible on Monday morning, so we decided to enter through Islands of Adventure instead. (I should preface: the night before we booked a room at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort. All guests who stay at a Universal hotel have early access into the parks.) We wanted to be on the first official train from Hogsmeade into “London.” We were the first guests into IoA, the first in line at Hogsmeade station, and the first group to get off the train at King’s Cross Station. Our group of six got separated after we exited the train, but a kind and professional Universal administrator gladly rejoined us. I cannot reiterate enough how brilliant the Universal staff was on opening day. Every single staff member we encountered was enthusiastic, informative and patient.

After waiting maybe over two hours total, we entered into London dressed in our finest wizarding wear, and our heads exploded.

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We have yet to ride Escape from Gringott’s, mainly because we refuse to wait in the seven hour line. I think we’ve decided to wait until the hype dies down a little bit before we attempt the wait. We don’t want to spoil all the surprises, but some personal highlights included Knockturn Alley – it’s cold, dark, spooky and everything you want it to be; the Quidditch shop and all the new gear, including Chudley Cannons, Ireland and Bulgaria souvenirs; Florean Fortescue’s, shout out to the sticky toffee pudding ice cream.

I promise that these few pictures don’t do Diagon Alley justice. From the moment you enter through the brick archway, you are entirely immersed inside the wizarding world. Everything you see, every building to every minute detail, is straight out of Jo Rowling’s mind. All in all, we really didn’t have to wait as long as we prepared ourselves for. We went in expecting long lines and irritated people (which we definitely ran into), but overall, opening day was sensational. Diagon Alley, without a doubt, goes above and beyond everything we imagined. There’s so much to do, and so much to see, that an entire day exploring might not even be enough. If you have any questions or comments about the new expansion, please ASK! We can visit as often as we like, and we’ve been doing our research thoroughly.

ICYMI: We have released our exclusive Harry Potter collection on our website! It’s being sold specifically at our booth at LeakyCon, but we decided to share it with everyone else as well. Get your shirt now before they’re gone forever! It’s always free shipping for anyone who lives inside the United States!

Exclusive Harry Potter Collection

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LeakyCon is less than a month way. LESS THAN A MONTH. We can hardly believe it’s finally happening, as we applied to be vendors back when snow was on the ground. SNOW. Now, we live in the beautiful, sunny state of Florida (where snow is simply a memory), just minutes from the Orange County Convention Center, where this year’s festivities will be held, July 30 – August 3.

It’s been a longtime dream of ours to be a part of LeakyCon in some way, but it’s also been a dream to one day design apparel inspired by the Harry Potter series. We are wholeheartedly, unashamedly, passionately dedicated to the series, so having the opportunity to put together an exclusive collection of T-shirts solely for LeakyCon is a dream come true. Over the last few months we have perfected five designs that we are so proud of. All the shirts will be sold at our booth, along with several other fandom-inspired items, and our trademark vintage denim. You can also purchase the shirts early on our website!

Each design is printed in black ink on super-soft white T-shirts. Sizing ranges from Small to XLarge. You can visit the LeakyCon section of our store site to get a better look at each of the designs. Remember, all shipping is free to those who live in the United States! To everyone outside the U.S., we ship worldwide, so shop away!

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Which design is your favorite? We, of course, can’t decide. We’re obsessed with them all! We had the opportunity to attend opening day of the Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Studios on Monday the 8th, so keep an eye out for a blog dedicated to just that! It was pure madness, only in the best way.

**UPDATE:  The official programming schedule for LeakyCon 2014 has been released! Go check it out now!

A Celebration of Harry Potter

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If there is one thing you guys should know about us, it’s that we are gigantic, unashamed, Potterheads. I say should know because we believe in letting our geek flag fly. In the words of Simon Pegg: “Being a geek means never having to play it cool about how much you like something.” Well, we don’t merely like Harry Potter, we see it more as a way of life. For example, in our world, JK Rowling is queen and anything HP-related is cause for celebration. This past weekend, Universal Studios Orlando held A Celebration of Harry Potter expo, and you can bet we donned our wizard robes, packed our wands and joined in the celebrating.

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hpcc19 (800x571)A significant part of the expo focused on the Diagon Alley expansion to The Wizarding World, said to be finished this coming summer! The Hogwarts Express will transport people back and forth from “London” to Hogsmeade. Based on what we heard this weekend and the live webcast Thursday morning, we are beyond excited to learn just how immense and detailed Diagon Alley will be. It will include The Knight Bus, Knockturn Alley (Borgin & Burkes), three stories of Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, Madam Malkin’s, Quality Quidditch Supplies, The Daily Prophet… just to name a few. It’s going to have everything true Harry Potter fans love about the books and movies. Apparently, there will be a life-size dragon atop Gringott’s Wizarding Bank which will house the “Escape from Gringott’s” ride. We’re envisioning a roller coaster of sorts racing through the underground vaults. For more specific information regarding the expansion, visit LeakyNews

Overall, the most brilliant aspect of the expo was that Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley), Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley, not pictured) were there to not only grace our presence, but to answer fan questions about everything Harry Potter. To have seen these people, this cast of characters that we grew up with, in the flesh was almost unbelievable. This is an experience we will never forget, and we feel so grateful to have been able to attend.

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hpcc6 (800x571)We feel this is as good a time as any to start revealing information about this summer, when we have plans to take our love for Harry Potter to the next level. We are still figuring out details, and we don’t want to give too much away, but we can confidently say that if you are as passionate about the series as we are then you are going to love what we have in store! For now, we’ll just say that we are planning to be apart of something huge that is taking place in Orlando in July. This also means that new, and magical, products are headed your way! Keep your eyes and ears open and we will continue to reveal information. Until then, peace and love, muggles.