I met my best friend standing outside of the Harry and the Potters concert at The Witching Hour in 2005. She lived in Sarasota and I lived in Baltimore. In 2007, I flew to Sarasota to be a bridesmaid in her wedding where I met my husband. We were married in June of 2009. All of that happened because of the Harry Potter fandom. I’d love to share the rest of my story with you and I would love to hear how your life has been changed in terms of relationships you have forged in fandom. Who have you met and what kind of relationship have you built? How did you meet - at a con? Online? Has your life changed for the better or for the worse? Do you think that if you removed fandom from the equation your relationship would be different? Have the friendships that you have made through the fandom had a negative or positive impact on your relationships with people who are not into Harry Potter? Serade Black lives in Florida with her husband where she works for Delta Airlines and is the Marketing Director for the Sarasota Medieval Fair, where she is also a staged combat performer. She's currently working on finishing her degrees in Mass Communications and Film Production. This is her sixth symposium and is an avid Sirius/Hermione shipper. While at the cons with her best friend, Tatiana422, she cosplays Bellatrix and enjoys terrorizing mudbloods and drinking butterbeers. She's one of the directors for the Live Action Wizard Chessmatch and co-creator of the House of Black Productions Fan Films. Tatiana422 currently lives in Sarasota, FL with her husband and daughter and works as an Administrator for a physical therapy clinic while going to school for Digital Design. She was introduced to the world of Harry Potter by her mother, shortly after the release of the fourth book and Infinitus will be her sixth HP conference. She cosplays Narcissa Malfoy and can be spotted with her sister and partner in crime, Serade Black (as Bellatrix) plotting evil deeds and sipping martinis. She is a co-director of the Live Action Wizard Chess Match, founding partner of House of Black Productions Fanfilms, and charter member of the CB Club. In her free time, she enjoys taunting muggles, shopping for shoes, and kicking house-elves.