09
Mar

A Shared Universe: Are You a “Doctor Who” Fan, Too?

Our sister event, (Re)Generation Who, is fast approaching! We still have some weekend passes left for the big event, which will feature appearances from Peter Capaldi, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and many others from all over the world of Doctor Who.

But even if you’re not a huge Doctor Who fan, the world of wizards and the world of Time Lords aren’t all that far apart. In fact, the two series have shared quite a few actors! (Re)Gen may be welcoming some of these guests in the future of the events — either of them — but for now, we can take a look back on performers who have journeyed into both worlds:

 

James Potter was a friend of the Ood

Adrian Rawlins, who sadly had to cancel his PotterVerse 1 appearance due to work, is known to fans as the deceased father of Harry Potter. But in the new era of Doctor Who, he played Dr. Ryder, who spent a decade attempting to tear down the trading of the gentle aliens known as Ood as slaves. Things… didn’t go too well for him.

 

Arthur Weasley was another adventurous dad

Actor Mark Williams had a brief stint alongside Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor. He appeared as Brian, father to companion Rory Williams and eventual father-in-law to Amy Pond. His time aboard the TARDIS was limited, but he did get to have a dinosaur-filled adventure, then a quiet lunch watching the stars with the Doctor.

 

Filch was the Doctor!

Known to Potter fans as the cross Argus Filch, David Bradley has appeared three times in the Whoniverse. He made a single-episode appearance as the murderous 24th century pirate Solomon in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. He came back again a year later as William Hartnell, the first actor to play the Doctor, in the docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time. And thanks to that performance, we saw him filling the late Hartnell’s shoes as the First Doctor opposite Twelfth Doctor — and (Re)Gen 4 guest — Peter Capaldi in Twice Upon a Time!

 

Barty Crouch Jr. was the Doctor, too!

Bradley isn’t the only Harry Potter cast member to have owned the TARDIS. Just five months after we saw him appear for the first time in Doctor Who — and just a month before his first full episodes, “The Christmas Invasion” — Tennant appeared as Barty Crouch Jr. in Goblet of Fire! But there’s still one more in this select group…

 

Ollivander was the War Doctor!

Sadly, we’ll never get to see the late Sir John Hurt at either of our events… but we’ll always remember him fondly for his contributions for both of the series we love so much. He helped Harry find his wand in Philosopher’s Stone, and he helped save Gallifrey in Day of the Doctor. That’s definitely some huge work.


There are plenty of other actors who have worked in both series — check out this Radio Times article for a bigger list!

If you’re a Doctor Who fan and love what PotterVerse brings to conventions, consider registering for (Re)Gen 4! We’d love to see you!

And there’s still plenty of time to register for this year’s PotterVerse. Get your registration and hotel reservation taken care of early, so you can be ready for all the announcements as they happen!


03
Mar

Happy Belated Birthday, Ron Weasley!

March 1 marked the 38th birthday (we can’t believe it, either!) of the memorable Ron Weasley. The fan-favorite character has been with us since the very first book, and well into the stage show The Cursed Child. And considering how many Weasley fans and cosplayers we saw at the very first PotterVerse, we know he has fans among our attendees!

We hope he’s not too cross at us for being a couple days late… it took a while to order the cake, and when it came back it had the wrong name and… you know how it is.

S to celebrate his big day, albeit a bit belated, we’ve collected a few links about the bestie of the Boy Who Lived:

Ron Weasley InfographicThis stylish pic is straight out of Pottermore, demonstrating everything you could ever hope to know about Ron. From food consumed to mentions per book to all the times he totally missed Hermione’s hints, they’re all charted here!

Ron’s Most Memorable OutfitsSyFy Wire celebrated with a run-down of Ron’s most stylish (and, er, otherwise) looks. From full disguises to frilly tuxes, they’re all here. Which is your fave?

Simon Pegg as RonSend the kids out for a second — this is Simon Pegg’s second stint as a grown-up version of the Weasley. He was celebrating Harry’s birthday here (sort of), but it’s still a hilarious bit for fans.

9 Reasons Ron Was the Best Harry Potter Character: Bustle steps up for Ron with this listicle, showing why they love the ginger of the Golden Trio.

Share your love over in our PotterVerse fan group and on our Twitter, too!


Want to meet more fans, along with actors and creators from the wizarding world of J.K. Rowling? Register for our August event! Prices are at their lowest right now, and you’ll be the first to know when we sign new guests and launch programming!

But if you can’t wait that long for some fandom fun, register now for this month’s (Re)Generation WhoDoctor Who fans can meet Peter Capaldi, Peter Davison, and Colin Baker, as well as actors and creatives from all across the history of the show. Plus, it’s run by the same team as PotterVerse, so you can expect the same family-friendly fun with a Doctor Who theme!


07
Jan

Hotel Room Block Now Open!

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Looking for a way to make the most of your magical trip? Don’t miss a moment of PotterVerse — stay with us at the con hotel!

This year, we’ll be holding PotterVerse at the Bethesda North Marriott in Rockville. Attendees can get a special room rate of $159/night using our special room registration page. Get your room early and have your trip all planned!

And if you don’t have a car, you’re still in luck: the hotel is less than 1/4 mile from the subway station, and a short Uber or Lyft ride (3.7 miles) from the train station!

Make sure to register now and grab you room at the same time!

 


04
Jan

The Magic Returns! PotterVerse 2 Comes to MD This August!

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We’re officially back for our second year!

PotterVerse 2 will be taking place this summer, August 17-19, at the Bethesda North Marriott in Rockville, MD. We’ll be announcing guests very soon, but you can register right now!

Adult tickets are $80 for the full weekend, with VIP add-ons also available. A full price breakdown is available in our FAQ.

If you’re interested in participating as a vendor or panelist, we’ve got sign-ups open for that, too!

>> Register for Vendor Room

>> Register for Artist Alley

>> Register for or Suggest Programming

Want to stay updated on the event and let your friends know where you’re going? RSVP to our Facebook event to let everyone know you’ll be coming back to Maryland for more magic!

More updates will be rolled out as we get closer to the event — including guest signings, programming, and more! Register now to make sure you’re on board for all the fun!


01
Jan

PotterVerse Returns ~ Join Us Jan. 4 for the Big Date Reveal!

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Before PotterVerse 1 even ended, you came to us asking if there’d be another. And at the time, we weren’t sure. We wanted to have an answer for you so much. But we didn’t have all the info we needed to make a promise.

Until now.

PotterVerse will be back for a second year! And we’re dropping the date, venue, and opening registration on January 4 (this Thursday) at 6 pm Eastern. We’ll also be opening applications for Panels, Vendor Room, and Artist Alley at this time.

Want to be among the first to get the news? RSVP to our Facebook event and you’ll be alerted right away when the news comes out. Remember, RSVPing to the date reveal event is not the same as RSVPing for the event itself — you’re not under any obligation to go anywhere. All you have to do check your notifications.

Remember: this Thursday, 6 PM Eastern!

And if you’re a Doctor Who fan looking for something to do this spring, check out our sister event, (Re)Generation Who! Tickets are currently at their best price — so if you want to meet Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Michelle Gomez, Rachel Talalay, and many more guests from across the Whoniverse, hop on over and register now!


22
Sep

Thank You for Coming to Baltimore, Maryland’s Harry Potter Fan Convention!

Hi all!

PotterVerse founder and Showrunner Oni Hartstein here.

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Hello!!! And thank you for attending the first-ever PotterVerse to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the books. We love conventions of all sizes, but take pride in being a boutique-style event that doesn’t push people through quickly and allows you to have meaningful interactions with our guests.

We use this format for all of our events – the next one being the (Re)Generation Who Doctor Who Convention this March in this very same venue. The biggest thing that happened this year is that our Children’s Program expanded from one room in a floor to an ENTIRE FLOOR.

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And all kinda of silliness happened throughout the weekend:

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We are so happy you could join us this year to make this our most successful event ever at over 2250 people in attendance. When I started this organization 7 years ago, my goal was to put a personal touch on fandom while welcoming families of all shapes, sizes, and colors to our family. I truly believe that art, silliness, and fandom save lives. They inspire people to pursue education, be better, help others, and contribute to our global communities. We’ve created a big family through our staff and attendees and I am so proud of what we have accomplished as a team.

I am so happy that we could do this together. Thank you so much.

A decision has not yet been made regarding if there will be a PotterVerse 2. We will announce that in the coming weeks. In the meantime, register to join us at (Re)Generation Who 4 at this very same venue this March.


06
Sep

It’s Almost Time! At-Door Registration, Local Info, and More for PotterVerse

The first-ever PotterVerse is just two days away, and the first of the Onezumi Events team are about to descend on Baltimore. The con opens its gates Friday at noon — so to make sure you’re ready, here are a few last-minute reminders.

 

Forgot to Register? You Can Still Get in!

We’ve had an amazing pre-reg turnout, but we’ve still got room for you if you haven’t bought your badge yet! Badge prices are on the reg page — also note you can still buy VIP Tier 1 status, which gets you a limited-edition print and access to our House Party with your fellow VIPs. (VIP Tiers 2-5 are now closed for 2017.)

Registration will be open at the following times:

Friday: 11 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 7 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 1 pm

 

Watch Out for Runners!

Sunday morning, Baltimore will be hosting the 9/11 Race to Remember. This means that many roads usually accessible may be blocked off for participants. Check out the map to make sure your drive won’t be affected if you’re commuting to or from the event!

 

Use Your Badge for Discounts!

Baltimore’s Show Your Badge program entitles you to discounts on food, transport, and more! Check out our list of participating businesses and bring your badge with you to save on your family weekend.

And don’t forget, the Ripley’s Museum will be offering half off to anyone with a PotterVerse badge! (They’ll also be at our event, showing off some of their unbelievable curiosities.)

 

Pick Up Your Merch!

If you got T-shirts or VIP goods, be sure to go to the merchandise table (G1 and G2 in the Vendor Room) to pick up your goodies! If you didn’t order a regular con shirt and want one, we will have limited numbers of popular sizes available for sale.

 

Follow Us on Social Media!

We’ll be using our Facebook and Twitter to keep attendees updated on late-breaking news, announcements, and changes where necessary. Follow us there to keep track of what’s on at the con. We might also be sharing some of our own photos and behind-the-scenes antics!

 

Further information can be found in our FAQ.

Can’t wait to see you all this weekend!


29
Aug

Get Your Tickets Soon! Pre-Registration Discount Ends THIS SUNDAY!

Want to get to PotterVerse and save a few extra galleons for merch and autographs? This weekend is your last chance! This Sunday, September 3, will be the last day for pre-registration. After that, you’ll have to get your tickets at the door.

So what does that mean?

That means at-door, you can expect to pay $90 for a full weekend pass — still much lower than many major weekend events, but a $5 increase from our current $85 pre-reg price.

You’ll also be able to pick up VIP Tier 1 memberships at-door, which will net you a limited-edition print by Monica Marier of Tangent Artists, entry to our Friday Night House party mixer, and early entry to the Vendor Room. VIP Tiers 2 and up have been deactivated for new purchases as of this past weekend.

That said — we are getting a huge amount of pre-reg for PotterVerse! We’re super happy about this, but we also know that means grabbing tickets at the door may be tough since we’re running the risk of filling the venue! So if you want to be absolutely certain of entry to the event (especially on Saturday), pre-register now!

As an aside: Speaking of high demand, this means that materials like program books might end up being in short supply. We’re doing our best to have enough for everyone, but we may end up running out. At the venue, please consider taking only what you need (one per family rather than one per family member) to make sure later arrivals can get a book as well. Thanks for your help and understanding!


26
Aug

Final Weekend to Order Con T-Shirts and VIP Levels 2 and above

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This weekend (ending Sunday August 27th at midnight) is the last weekend to order our Con T-shirt or VIP levels 2 and above. It is also the last weekend to reserve your room at the hotel for our discounted cost of $159 a night.

To reserve your room use our customized hotel registration link.

To register for the event, or to upgrade an existing registration, please use our registration page.


23
Aug

Need a Place to Stay? Hotel Block Extended!

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Just found out about PotterVerse and missed the hotel rate cut-off? We have good news! Thanks to arrangements with the hotel, we’ve been able to extend the room block for a little longer.

So if you want to be on site for all the guests, events, panels, and parties, reserve your room now! Special rates are $159 per night, an awesome discount from the Harborplace’s regular rates! Plus you’ll be right near two malls, plenty of restaurants, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum (which has a special half-off deal for PotterVerse badge holders), and more great things to do with your family and friends!

If you still haven’t registered for the event, be sure to do so now! Rates go up at the door, so be sure to grab the best deal while you still can!

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