Collecting Harry: Tips and Tricks for Harry Potter Collectors Kathy Hohmanst, Vicky McKinley, Tiffany Vincent Harry Potter collecting has been an often-overlooked aspect of the fandom, as well as being routinely discounted by other collectors. We are here to bring it out of the shadows and into the conference! Whether you collect newspaper clippings or waterballs, this session is for you! We'll start with a brief overview of the major categories of collectibles, from the ones sold as "collectible" to those as unusual as toothbrushes, and then give some background on the major manufacturers of these items. On a practical note, we'll dispense some advice on how you can get started or continue collecting Harry, where you can find the best deals on Harry Potter items (both those that are discontinued and those still on the retail market) and the many creative ways you can organize and display you collections. We'll leave plenty of time for audience participation (bring your own tips to share, and lists or photos of your collection), and we'll discuss ways to keep the discussion and networking going after the conference (including a new website just for Harry Potter collectors!). After the session we hope to have a room reserved for a small Harry Potter swap meet (bring some items to swap or show, but keep in mind space will be limited). Kathy Hohman is a retired science teacher who now runs an Adult Harry Potter Club at the local Borders Book Store, where she is also the Youth Specialist. She collects all things Harry Potter and can spot anything HP from twenty paces. Vicky McKinley is an avid Harry Potter fan and collector, having started her collection of all things Harry in 2000. She is also a college professor, and has traveled to Britain to see the Harry Potter sights and expand her collection. Tiffany Vincent is a computer programmer in the mundane world. Using her knowledge and vast artistic ability she enjoys re-creating Harry Potter props in her home studio.