Programming Descriptions for PotterVerse 2 Now Live

Hello “House”mates!

Wizards & Muggles, the First round of programming descriptions for PotterVerse 2 is now live on our website! Featuring spotlights on all our Fantastic Guests, wand demonstrations, the return of Antipode, the 2nd Annual Yule Ball, and much more to come!

Start planning now, and remember, Early Bird Registration discount rate ends THIS SUNDAY June 24th, so register now for the lowest rate: https://potterversecon.com/registration/register-for-potterverse/

We are still working on adding new guests to the event, and hope to announce them soon. We also have some spaces left in our special Meet and Greet event “The Wizard’s Council”, and you can also pre-order our Con T-shirt as well as add on a VIP level to get some fun extra stuff.

We’re looking forward to seeing you back at the event this year, when the magic returns!


PotterVerse 2 Registration Cost Increase Coming Soon, New Guest Announcement

Housemates and Faculty, Wizards and Muggles! Have you registered for Potterverse 2 yet? Like the sand in Slughorn's hourglass, time is running out to register at the Early Bird (owl) rate! A 3 day pass is currently $80 and the price goes up to $90 on June 24th!

That's just one week left to get the cheapest registration rate! Visit our registration page for all the ingredients in the spell, and register for Potterverse 2: https://potterversecon.com/registration/register-for-potterverse/

We also wanted to announce that Tolga Safer has joined us this year as a guest. Tolga played the character of Igor Karkaroff’s Aide that was created especially for Safer by director Mike Newell for the movie version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

We are still working on adding new guests to the event, and hope to announce them soon. We also have some spaces left in our special Meet and Greet event “The Wizard's Council”, and you can also pre-order our Con T-shirt as well as add on a VIP level to get some fun extra stuff.

Quick Links:
>> Register for PotterVerse 2
>> Reserve Your Room for PotterVerse
>> Apply for Vendor Room
>> Apply for Artist Alley
>> Submit a Panel or Request a Guest


PotterVerse 2 Guest Announcements: Jon Campling and Trevor Butterfield

Hello “House”mates!

PotterVerse is happy to announce our next group of guests for this year:

Jon Campling played one of the Death Eaters in the two Deathly Hallows films and is also a wand craftsman and wand dueling instructor. Jon will be conducting a number of dueling workshops at the event, and will have many of his wand designs available for sale at the event. Jon will be at the event for all three days.

Our other new guest is Trevor Butterfield. Trevor played many parts in the original Star Wars films (an Imperial Officer and a stormtrooper in The Empire Strikes Back and in Return of the Jedi he portrayed the bounty hunter ‘ Bossk ‘, a stormtrooper, a Calamari warrior, Lieutenant Blount and the Rancor keeper’s assistant Giran), but switched over to doing Special Effects work and contributed to most of the Harry Potter films as a Senior Special Effects Technician. Trevor can give a great deal of insight into what it takes to make the magic happen on film. Trevor will be at the event for all three days.

Both Jon and Trevor join our already announced guests of Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski), Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout), and Simon Fisher-Becker (The Fat Friar).

We are still working on adding new guests to the event, and hope to announce them soon.

Our full weekend discount price is still in place at $80, and we also have some spaces left in our special Meet and Greet event “The Wizard’s Council”. You can also pre-order our Con T-shirt as well as add on a VIP level to get some fun extra stuff.

Quick Links:
>> Register for PotterVerse 2
>> Reserve Your Room for PotterVerse
>> Apply for Vendor Room
>> Apply for Artist Alley
>> Submit a Panel or Request a Guest


PotterVerse 2 Guest Announcements: Dan Fogler, Puffs United!

Hello “House”mates!

PotterVerse is happy to announce our first group of guests for this year:

Our headlining guest for this year is Dan Fogler. Dan played Jacob Kowalski in the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Dan will be at the event on Saturday August 18th and Sunday August 19th.

Next up is the first of our Puffs United! group: Miriam Margolyes. Miriam played the head of Hufflepuff house Professor Sprout, and has appeared in numerous other fan favorite shows, including many appearances in the British comedy Blackadder. Miriam will be at the event all three days.

Also joining us this year from our Puffs United! group is Simon Fisher-Becker. Simon played The Fat Friar, The Hufflepuff House ghost. Simon is also well known for his appearances in Doctor Who as Dorium Maldovar. Simon will be at the event for all three days.

We have a great group of additional guests we are working to get finalized and will be announcing very soon. If you haven’t purchased your registration yet for this year, it’s a good time to get that set since our full weekend discount is still in place at $80. We also have some spaces left in our special Meet and Greet event “The Wizard’s Council”–and while you’re at it, you can also pre-order our Con T-shirt as well as add on a VIP level to get some fun extra stuff. Pre-orders for all of our announced guests (Autographs and Photo Ops) will be available immediately.

Quick Links:
>> Register for PotterVerse 2
>> Reserve Your Room for PotterVerse
>> Apply for Vendor Room
>> Apply for Artist Alley
>> Submit a Panel or Request a Guest


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!


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!


Hotel Room Block Now Open!



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!



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



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!


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


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!


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.








And all kinda of silliness happened throughout the weekend:

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.

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