Katie's Timeline of Awfully BIG Adventures

Katie takes the Media by Storm!

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New media articles are being published left and right now. It is imposable to keep track of how many there are today but Katie is overjoyed with the positive reactions so far. There are at least 6 languages, and at least nine countries that have now picked up her story. Buzz Feed is the highlight of this selection with over 50,650 TOTAL VIEWS!! WOW!
"I Just wanted to say thank you so much for your continued support!"-Katie

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Katie's Voicemail Greeting from LUNA • Evanna Lynch!

Luna Lovegood’s ethereal voice is now katie's personal outgoing voicemail message. In 2013, The Harry Potter Alliance volunteer organization held an indiegogo campaign to raise money for Equility for The Win. The campaign had specific perks that would be given out for each dollar amount that was donated. Evanna Lynch agreed to record personalized greetings to let fans know that they can’t answer their calls for various nargle reasons.

Katie is on a Gameshow episode of Let's Ask America!

Let's Ask America!
In the 4th week of September 2013, Let's Ask America; a popular US TV Gameshow, featured Katie as a contestant. The show features four players per episode and contestants compete with each other to win money by answering questions correctly. Katie unfortunately did Not go on to win the episode. This however has not deterred her from future TV shows, so stay tuned!

NEW Show FanAddicts! Katie Fights for her Title as #1 Fan!

Tune in Wednesday night Aug 28th 2013 for the new show FanAddicts on the Reelz Channel! Katie will be featured alongside her good frined Steve. Watch as they battle over the title of the Biggest Harry Potter Fan. This was a bit of a surprise to Katie to be featured on the show so soon, as the producers had originally stated that due to time constraints she might not be featured yet on this season. Instead that she would be featured with her own episode on season 2. This is exciting news so enjoy the episode even if its just to watch Katie's dear friend Steve aka Harry Potter Himself!

Harry Potter Convention #6: LeakyCon Portland

Leakycon 2013 Portland Katie AianiAt the begining of July 2013 Katie returned from her 6th Harry Potter convention, this time in Portland Oregon! Leakycon is one of the fastest growing conventions around and she wasn't about to miss out on the adventure!

Here she met Anthony Rapp from RENT, Hank Green from the Vlog Brothers, Jon Cozart from Harry Potter in 99 seconds from Youtube's PAINT channel, Ellie Darcey-Alden who portrays young Lilly Evans in the Harry Potter movies. She also managed to find time to run a Portland Fittie 5k costume race, participate in an Icona-Pop Potter cover music video, buy some new wands, played with a pair of new Google Glass, go to the MinaLima design panel, make new friends, and explore Portland!

Katie's JK Rowling Tattoo!

jobs for english majorsAs of April 2013Katie now has two Harry Potter related tattoos! Her left wrist has the outline of the golden snitch with the deathly hallows symbol inside and on her right forearm she had the personal words of encouragment and signature of JK Rowling inked in purple forever. It reads "Keep fighting! Your inspirational. With Love & admiration -Jo"
These words are memories and a lifestyle that Katie wants to not only live her life by every day but to never forget as well.


interview tips for panel interviewsOn December 26th Katie recieved the best Christmas gift she had ever recieved! Her sister kristy called her to come home early from work and that "this is not a drill! There is a letter here with your name on it with no return address and a Scottish Royal Post stamp!" Katie Rushed home as fast as she could to find her letter waiting for her when she arrived. The rest was all recorded by her sister and placed on youtube for the world to watch.

The letter was originally a form letter sent out to anyone who writes to Jo but it was made more special as she had used her personal parchment that had rarely been seen before by any fan who received a letter from her (Which is rare to begin with as she does not have time to write back to fans all the time.) After she wrote a personal note replying to my letter I had given her when I met her in November at the Casual Vacancy Book Signing she then signed it both with her regular JK Rowling autograph as well as a personal Jo signature.

Meeting JK Rowling

Harry Potter Fan meets JK Rowling October 16th 2012, The day my life changed forever. It took 12 years of hard work and perseverance to achieve the nearly impossible.
JK Rowling recently released her first publication after the Harry Potter series and her very First Novel for "Grown Ups" called The Casual Vacancy. She is know to have a fear of presenting in front of an audience and rarely ever does book signings let alone travels to the United States. However things were about to change as the Official Announcement came that she would be here in none other than New York City to celebrate her new publication with a book signing for the Casual Vacancy.

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Katie's Harry Potter Collection

interview tips for panel interviewsKatie has been collecting Harry Potter merchandise since before the movies were even made. She has been a fan of both the books and the movies for over 12 years. She fell in love with the books when they were first placed on the shelves here in the US back in the 90's. Her collection has expanded over these many years. It contains objects ranging from Band-Aids and toothbrushes, to cardboard cutouts and prop replicas. Her favorite pieces include her collection of over 15 versions of the 1st Harry Potter book in a variety of languages and of course her autograph from JK Rowling herself. It has taken years to collect the amount of merchandise she has and most of the objects were given as gifts. Many have asked how much it is estimated to be worth? Katie says "It is priceless, I would never consider selling it."
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Box Office Magazine: Says Katie Aiani is the #1 Potter Fan in the World!

navigating office politicsBox Office Magazine Declares Katie Aiani as the #1 Harry Potter Fan in the World! Katie Submitted 101 reasons (See Them on the Right) why she is the Biggest HP fan and was published in the magazine on the inside cover as well as an entire page to herself within the issue! The Magazine editor said that their inbox was so full it broke down with the thousands of fan entries they recieved. Katie's was still by far the best entry they recieved!

Katie was also published in an issue of an Evening Standard Newspaper in London in July 2011.

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Attending LeakyCon Potter Convention in Chicago 2012

interview tips for panel interviewsIn August 2012 Katie ventured from California to the LeakyCon Potter Convention for a quick 3 days in Chicago! It was her very first trip to Chicago and completely worth it! While there she accomplished one of her Top Life goals of meeting the Graphic Design team for the Harry Potter franchise. The Mina Lima Team were gracious and sharing in their advice. Katie grew up admiring and studying the many forms of artwork that the Harry Potter graphic design team produced. It inspired her to be in the Successful Carrier field she has chosen today, A Professional Graphic Designer and Web Designer! While there she also met and received autographs from three Harry Potter actors Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Robbie Jarvis (the young James Potter), and William Melling (Nigel Wolpert).
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Attending Ascendio Potter Convention Orlando 2012

journalism video resumesIn July 2012 Katie took off to Florida to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the second time and to attend her fourth Harry Potter Convention, Ascendio. The convention was her favorite convention of all time with panels on everything from how to decorate your home hogwarts style to a live action Hogwarts House wand and sword battle out on the lawns. Katie was filmed for a morning Orlando News show playing Quidditch while advertising for the Convention. Ascendio was the final HPEF Potter fandom convention that took place at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at the Universal Orlando resort.HPEF is the organization that brought you the previous conventions Infinitus 2010, Azkatraz 2009, Lumos 2006, Sonorus 2006 & more!
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London Deathly Hallows Part 2 Premier 2011

jobs for english majorsIn June 2011 Katie flew from California to London to attend the London World Premier of Deathly Hallows Part two. It was the final Harry Potter movie premier and would take place in Trafalgar Square in the heart of London. Hoping to arrive before anyone else she was shocked to find the Canadians had beaten her to forming the line and was numbered 30th in line that would soon grow to over 10,000 fans. Katie waited a week in line in the pouring London rain catching pneumonia and all the while determined to try and meet JK Rowling author of the Harry Potter books. While waiting on the red carpet for the event to finally start Katie was picked out of the massive crowd to be interviewed by Warner Brothers and other TV news shows!
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UK Harry Potter Fan Trip 2011

interview tips for panel interviewsKatie took her second Ultimate UK based Harry Potter Fan Trip in July 2011. From London to Edinburgh Scotland, the tour explored the film locations of the Harry Potter movies. For the next nine days Katie could be found playing Quidditch on the lawns of Alnwick Castle, running into the barriers of Platform 9 3/4 at the real Kings Cross Station, and hiking the Scotish highlands for the waterfall used in the triwizard tournament. For the second time in her life Katie boarded the real Hogwarts Express steam engine train used in the films and rolled through the Scottish countryside wishing she could truely end up at Hogwarts!
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Quidditch World Cup New York 2011

jobs for english majorsNovember 2011, Katie took off to attend the Quidditch World Cup On Randall's Island, NYC. Sponsored by the IQA, or International Quidditch Association this was the 5th International Quidditch Cup. Quidditch has become an international College sport and is on its way to be a recognized Olympic Sport in the future.

The Quidditch pitch played host to more than 100 teams from 5 different countries on 10 fields. As a treat for the fans a real Powder Blue Ford Anglia car was brought in for photo opportunities. There was plenty to do with an abundance of Wizard shopping and over a dozen Wizard Wrock bands, fire jugglers, sword swallowers, contortionists, live animals including owls performing at the event. At the end of the weekend Middlebury College went on to defend their long standing title against Florida State and won for the fifth year in a row.

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Harry Potter Exhibition Seattle 2011

interview tips for panel interviewsWhen the Harry Potter Exhibition announced they were finally coming to the West Coast of the US we were disappointed when we found out it would not be coming to California but instead to Seattle Washington. Katie was stuck working and feared she would not be able to visit the display. When they announced the Exhibition would extend their stay Katie loaded up the car with her sister and boyfriend and they drove for 24 hours straight up the coast to get to the Exhibition on their final weekend being open. It was the longest drive she had ever done but was determined to attend.

The Exhibition was complete with a sorting ceremony with a talking sorting hat, a Herbology Section where you could repot Mandrakes, A Quidditch hoop section where you could toss some real Quaffles, and tons of props, costumes and set pieces from 7 of the 8 movies. Katie's favorite part was handling the real leather quaffles and viewing the real Golden Snitch and Quidditch robes from a variety of Wizard teams up close.
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Infinitus Potter Convention Orlando 2010

jobs for english majorsThe Infinitus Harry Potter Orlando Convention took place at the Portofino Bay Resort Hotel in 2010 and was the eighth HPEF run Potter convention. The convention was host to over 1,000 fans, a Night of Frivolity Ball, Wizard Wrock, Quidditch, Stage Shows, Educational Programing, Potter Debates, Talent Shows, full scale Sword and wand Battle outdoor show, and much more.

Of course with this trip taking place in Orlando Florida, Katie would spend the second part of the trip inside The Village of Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for her second time.

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Azkatraz Potter Convention San Fransisco 2009

interview tips for panel interviewsIn 2009 Azkatraz Harry Potter Symposium descended upon San Francisco CA. This was a 4 day conference focused on the books, the movies, quidditch, wizard wrock, fan creativity, programing, Starkid Potter, and the business of Harry Potter. Azkatraz was the convention Katie Met Darren Criss and the Starkid Potter gang. This was before they had the international mind blowing popularity they do today. Katie was among the dozen fans who enjoyed their company and got to know the group while they played guitar and sang their Harry Potter musical songs for the fans in person.
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Harry Potter Fan Trip UK 2007

jobs for english majorsIn 2007 Katie took her very first trip outside the United States to travel to the UK on her first Official Harry Potter Fan Trip. The trip started in London England and ended in Edinburgh Scotland. The tour included a panoramic tour of London, the real Platform 9 3/4, a ride on the real Hogwarts Express train, A Scottish highland hike to the viaduct as well as Hagrid's Hut and the water falls film location, Alnwick Castle, Gloucester Cathedral, Lacock Abbey, Loch Ness, Christ Church, New College, a Tour of Oxford, Edinburgh and a private party in Edinburgh Castle complete with a leaving Hogwarts style banquet feast! On the trip she was assigned a roommate from New York for the trip and they have been best friends ever since. The trip changed her life and was the best trip she ever took.
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Sonorus Potter Convention California 2007

interview tips for panel interviewsIn 2007 Southern California hosted a small and personal convention called Sonorus. It was a Hogwarts banquet style Dinner with English food and an evening of presentations for the fans. There was a nice selection of vendors and fans of southern California were able to meet for the first time. That night Steve Vander Ark gave his most famous presentation on how he found the real Hogwarts on his trip to Scotland, and John Granger spoke on educational aspects of Potter.
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Whimsic Alley Harry Potter Store LA California

jobs for english majorsWhimsic Alley a complete one stop shop for all things Harry Potter. The store is in the heart of Hollywood on Wilshire blvd here in Southern California. Katie has been friends with the owner, Stan since it first opened in Santa Monica as a small shop. It was the place she wanted to go and visit for every birthday and even celebrated the midnight release of The JK Rowling spinoff book The Tales of Beetle the Bard at Whimsic Alley. The store is now not only a shop but has a large replica Great Hall complete with floating candles, and four house tables that play host to weekend celebrations, parties and Potter events. They sell complete replica costumes, official Harry Potter merchandise, Wizard food, drinks and candy, wands, wizard hats, Potter jewelry, prop replicas, and more. Check out their website here
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On the Radio!

interview tips for panel interviewsKatie has been interviewed on over four different Radio Shows in the US! In the shows Katie discusses her being voted the biggest Harry Potter fan. The two most asked questions are: Do you have a boyfriend, and how much money have you spent on all of your collection? Yes Katie has a boyfriend of almost 5 years now. And as far as money spent on the collection, most of the items were collected over time and given as gifts for holidays or from friends from around the world. You can listen to one recording above.
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Katie On TV!

jobs for english majorsKatie has been on TV for her Harry Potter obsession many times. She was featured on multiple morning news shows in London while attending the Red Carpet Deathly Hallows Part 2 Premier. In 2011 A South Korean TV channel KBS recorded an episode of US Potter fans and Katie's Room and Potter collection was featured in the show.

Katie also took part on an Episode of Proving Ground hosted by G4TV with host Ryan Dunn, know for his role in Jack Ass and Jessica Chobot from Attack of the Show. In the episode the show creatively replicated a real life Quidditch game complete with full size hoops, a flying golden "snatch", and flying broomsticks attached to numerous weather balloons.

Proving Ground was a show where trial meets error in crazy attempts to put classic moments from video games, comic books and movies to the test. The show was to start airing in the beginning of June however on June 20, 2011, Ryan Dunn tragically died in a car crash in Pennsylvania. The show was pulled temporarily and on June 19, 2011, G4 decided to honor Ryan and show the remaining episodes. The filming of the Quidditch episode took place only a month before Ryan's sudden death. Ryan was a genuinely funny guy and the memories of the full day filming with him will never be forgotten.

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Meeting the Potter Actors!

interview tips for panel interviewsKatie has officially met almost all of the Harry Potter actors. Even a few of the movie makers themselves including David Yates, David Heyman, David Barron, and Steve Kloves. Some of the actors include Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), James and Oliver Phelps (Fred & George Weasley), Miriam Margolyes (Pomona Sprout), David Bradley (Argus Filch), Warwick Davis (Filius Flitwick), Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan), Katie Leung (Cho Chang), Georgina Leonidas (Katie Bell), Luke Youngblood (Lee Jordan), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Afshan Azad (Padma Patil), Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas), George Harris (Kingsley Shacklebolt), Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks), Julie Walters (Molly Weasley), Dave Legeno (Fenrir Greyback), Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy), Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew), Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley), Arthur Bowen (Albus Severus Potter), Will Dunn (James Sirius Potter), Daphne de Beistegui (Lily Luna Potter), Ryan Turner (Hugo Weasley), Helena Barlow (Rose Weasley).

Most of the persons mentioned above were met at the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Premier on the red carpet. However some actors like Chris Rankin and Evanna Lynch were met multiple times at the many Potter conventions. Katie has also met the entire cast of the Starkid Potter team most famous for their shows 'A Very Potter Musical' and 'A Very Potter Sequel'. She has met Darren Criss multiple times and even talked with him one on one before he rose to stardom on television.

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Harry Potter Tattoos

jobs for english majorsKatie currently has two Harry Potter tattoos on her left wrist and right arm. The first is the outline of a golden snitch with the deathly hallows symbol inside. Katie designed the tattoo herself and is proud of the symbolism of eternal life, and flight that it holds for her. The second tattoo is placed in purple ink on her right forearm and it is pieces of the letter that JK Rowling wrote to her in December 2012. It reads "Keep fighting! Your inspirational! With Love & admiration Jo. Her 'Jo' signature is very special to Katie as she usually signs JK Rowling as her proffesional autograph but gave her a more personal signature instead.
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Growing Up Potter!

jobs for english majorsKatie has been a fan of Harry Potter for over 13 years. She was only 12 when she discovered the book series. The first words she overheard were from her dad reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book aloud to her little sister. "Alas Earwax!" Dumbledore exclaimed. I was disgusted by the thought of a book that talked of earwax flavored treats! My sister however had plans for me and shut me up in my room with the book telling me not to come out until I had read it. I hated reading growing up, and surprised myself when I opened the book that night and never put it down. The story was magical, relatable and perfect. I grabbed the second book and dived right in. Later in the year 2000 my sister and I attended our first midnight book release party at our local Barnes and Nobles book store all dressed in homemade costumes. When the very first Harry Potter movie was finally released in 2001, I recieved a large double sided movie poster from the theater at our first midnight Potter showing and it became the very first item in my Potter collection.
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