Informal Programming chair Mallory Vance wants to know what you’re interested in enjoying, watching, listening to and participating in at Ascendio. Click above, take the survey, and let us know! And please reblog to share the questions around!
We’re getting nostalgic for Infinitus! Check out our album on Facebook, where we are celebrating some of the most awesome costumes from Infinitus 2010. Have an awesome costume pic? Photo reply!
Beth Revis is going to be at Ascendio! Have you read her NYT best-selling book, Across the Universe? (if you haven’t, you must!)
Want to meet Beth, discuss her books AND geek out about Harry Potter with her? Beth is a huge Harry Potter fan and a rising star on the YA scene, and we are super excited to have her at Ascendio! Beth will be doing a reading/signing/book club, and will also sit on several panels relating to publishing and Harry Potter topics.
Reblog if you’re a fan!
We know you’ve been waiting to hear about our Wrock plans, and we’ve been quietly and excited plotting behind the scenes. Now we can finally announce that Ascendio will be adding an entire day of programming — and a Wrock Day!
Now Ascendio is officially Thursday - Sunday, with Thursday playing host to a series of Wrock concerts. So far we’ve confirmed that Undesirable #1, The Butterbeer Experience, Gryffindor Common Room Rejects, Carpe Geekdom will be there, and our IP chair Mallory is talking with even more bands!
Even better — Wrock fans who just want Wrock, or are on a budget, can enjoy our Wrock Day for just $50 Day Registration. If you have a Full Registration or Merlin’s Circle, or were waffling on getting either, both registrations will automatically include Thursday Wrock Day, as well as any other Thursday programming we add (currently we are brainstorming some fun, non-Wrock related informal programming for Thursday). Want to know more? Click here! Want to jump right to Registration? Click here!
Reblog is you love Wizard Rock, are coming to Ascendio or just want to spread the word!
We have more than 200 registrants, but in the spirit of holiday giving, just couldn’t bear to raise the registration rate yet. Buy one for yourself, or get one as a Christmas gift for a loved one (parents? WINK WINK)!
Don’t forget, with the Full Registration, you get all four days of programming (Thursday through Sunday!), two feasts, the Thursday Wrock concert, the Saturday night ball and access to everything else! Plus, you’ll be able to buy a ticket to our exclusive Park event, as soon as tickets go on sale (soon, we promise!). Unless you’re a baller and go for Merlin’s Circle (which, literally, gets you EVERYTHING, including the Park event ticket already included), a Full Registration is the best way to enjoy Ascendio. And until the price increases (which, woefully, it eventually must!), if you get a $200 Full Reg, it’s the same cost as getting day passes for Thursday, Friday and Saturday… but comes with two meals!
Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine’s book critic and tech writer, is the newest special guest to join the Ascendio programming roster. Mr. Grossman’s best-selling novels, “The Magicians” (2009) and “The Magician King” (2011) have been called “The Catcher in the Rye for devotees of alternative universes…” (Chicago Tribune) and “Harry Potter for grown-ups” (The Guardian).
Lev has been TIME magazine’s resident writer on books and tech issues since 2002 and posts all over the Internet, including Time.com, his personal blog at levgrossman.com, and @Leverus on Twitter. You may have read his 2010 TIME Person of the Year story on Mark Zuckerberg, or his 2011 piece on fanfiction, which featured Harry Potter fandom. Lev also edits TIME’s annual Best Inventions and 10 Ideas issues and pioneered their coverage of video games, blogs, viral videos, Facebook, and webcomics like Penny Arcade and Achewood.
At Ascendio, he will not only be doing a reading and signing of his books, but will lead Formal Programming sessions on Pottermore from the perspective of a gamer, a parent and a technologist, and give exclusive insights into his 2005 interview with J.K. Rowling and his 2011 article on fanfiction. Lev is no stranger to Harry Potter conventions — in 2009, Lev was a special guest at HPEF’s 6th event, Azkatraz.
The Loews Portofino is 1/3 sold out of our special room rate! Haven’t booked yet? You can do so now via our special event page.
The standard room rate – which is good on any night between July 8 and July 19, 2012 – is $210 plus tax for up to four people in a room. We also have Deluxe rooms available for $265 plus tax for up to four people in a room. All the rooms feature elegantly appointed accommodations, comfy robes, fantastic bathrooms and great tvs, but the Deluxe rooms include a little extra living space. Suites are available if you call or fax the hotel with our code, at 25% off the rack rate.
Know you’re going to Ascendio but haven’t registered yet? Our special $200 Full Registrations ($25 off the regular price of $225) are almost sold out! Don’t worry, you can still register after, but who doesn’t want to save a little mulah?
Remember that you can always add more events to your registration (or upgrade) later - so if you’re waiting for us to announce our park event and other special event details, you can go back and snag tickets to those later!
Chris Rankin *really* likes fandom… so much so he did his university thesis on it! Intrigued?
Come to Ascendio and hear Chris give a presentation on his fandom thesis! That’s right, Chris is back, attending his fifth HP convention! We’re super excited to have him back, and can’t wait to dream up fun and interesting ways to use him. :)
Reblog if you love Chris, or are just excited for Ascendio!
Gryffindor Common Room Rejects in the Infinitus Common Room performing “Something Is Gone,” a Remus/Sirius song.
Apparently GCR2 will be releasing a Remus/Sirius EP in the next year, so Remus/Sirius slashers, keep an eye out for that!
Blast from the past.. and a look to the future! Gryffindor Common Room Rejects will be playing at Ascendio’s Wrock Day on Thursday, July 12!