July Meetups

Summer Cookout
July 13th, 12:00PM

Welcome Witches & Wizards to this summer’s sensational barbeque! Join us as we enjoy kabobs, burgers, and perhaps even a game of volleyball or two!

The cookout is to take place at Bill Frederick Park overlooking the lake under one of the nearby pavilions. Guest’s should keep in mind that no alcohol or fireworks are allowed at the park. Parking for regular vehicles is $4 for the day (larger vehicles have a higher price which may include **per person fees) though otherwise there is no entrance fee. While we are not allowed to bring our own grills there will be quite a few grills available by the pavilions.

**Please keep in mind that this event is a potluck. Please sign up on the event page with what you would be interested in bringing so that we can better organize the event.

RSVP: Facebook or Meetup.com

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Book Club: Lev Grossman’s The Magician
July 21, 7:00PM

For the next book club meeting we will be reading NY times bestseller The Magicians by Lev Grossman!

“Quentin Coldwater is a high school senior, but he’s still secretly obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read when he was little, about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory. Compared to that, everything in his real life just seems gray and colorless. That changes when Quentin finds himself admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the practice of modern sorcery.

But magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure and meaning he thought it would—until he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. The Magicians is a grand, glittering fantasy that reinterprets the grand tradition of C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling in a brilliant novel for adults.”

Come meet with us to discuss the book, enjoy great company or even just to grab a drink and hang out! The venue was a huge hit at our last book club meetup so it will be the same time and place.

RSVP: Facebook or Meetup.com

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Unofficial Meetups for the month:

Some of our members will also be gathering for the official opening of Diagon Alley! This is an unofficial meetup; the Heads of House are not coordinating the event. In order to participate, please join the Facebook group and communicate with members on the event located here.

LeakyCon is a multi-fandom convention with it’s roots in the Harry Potter fandom. It’s taking place July 30th through August 3rd at the Orange County Convention Center on International Drive. The Central Florida Slug Club and Tampa Bay’s Portkey to Magic will be having a joint meetup at some point (we’re still waiting for scheduling information from the convention organizers.) We’ll update all forums and social media sites with information as we receive it. If in doubt, check the events located on Facebook and Meetup.com for further information. The Slug Club will also be doing a photo scavenger hunt during the con. Information for that can be found on Facebook or Meetup.com as well.

King’s Cross Experience

Written by Mark Eaimsirakul, Slug Club Slytherin

Where to start about King Cross here in London… Well, many of you may know that I am a graduate of Hogwarts and now working for the famous muggle, Frank Kincaid, but I still visit time to time to teach first years a special lesson on the History of Hogwarts. To begin, you must have a ticket (Park to Park ticket or annual pass) to even enter Kings Cross station. You can upgrade your ticket to the right of the entrance if you do not have the correct ticket. A Porter will greet you and help you into the appropriate queue after your ticket has been checked. The first part of the queue is a long stretch area with posters about London. One of the poster is for Divine Magic perfume. I remember being told that Harry Potter and Professor Dumbledore stood in front of that poster once… (but it can all be just a rumor). Further up in the queue is a grab and go stand for Muggles to grab something to eat on the train. This is also the area where your luggage is kept prior to departure.

You will soon approach a staircase that will lead you to the various platforms (just ask a Porter if you need the lift). The platform is somewhat dim and loud with the sounds of trains. Now here is the tricky part: you need to to go on platform 9 3/4 but you don’t see it right? just walk through the pillar thats marked “platform 9” to get there. I suggest running into it of its your first time. Once you walk into it you will arrive to platform 9 3/4. The first thing you will see is the Hogwarts express greeting young witches and wizards on there journey. A student left some of his luggage and pet owl in the area you wait for a station master assign you a cabin.

You are able to board the Hogwarts Express once you receive a cabin assignment. Each cabin can hold up to 8. Once seated, your journey to Hogsmeade will begin with a beautiful view of London. Through the frosted glass you can see students walking around to find a cabin to sit in. Once you leave the city and enter the countryside you will pass Malfoy Manor. NOW BE CAREFUL! Dementors may try to enter your cabin so have your wand at the ready! Once you pass the countryside you will arrive to the black lake and dark forest with a great view of Hogwarts Castle. At this point its only moments till you arrive to Hogmeade Station.

Its a magical journey and I heard that Muggles are able to visit platform 9 3/4! Please come visit King Cross and the magical Hogwarts Express. Maybe you may run into me there 😉