The Search for Fred and George

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WORDS Brendon D’Souza

So I headed off to Supernova on Saturday 24 June with a couple of friends from uni. It was my first time ever to the pop-culture expo and the plan was to cosplay some of the characters from the City of Bones, a novel by Cassandra Clare.

These characters are styled in black leather, something which I don’t own; so in the end I wore normal clothes and felt very underdressed, given the effort that attendees had put into their costumes.

Arriving at The Dome in Olympic Park at 8am, I took my place in the growing line in front of Captain America and Jake.

It was either Princess Fiona from Shrek standing in front of me or Merida from Pixar’s Brave.

Suddenly a very realistic Iron Man trod past. His arms even creaked as he moved. Further in the line I saw Batman. Of course I couldn’t leave without asking for a photo. After all, he’s Batman.

We passed through the doors and into The Dome. There were a variety of stalls displaying model swords, comic books, video games and even original cell artwork from many different animated cartoons.

There were a range of cosplayers from all sorts of series. They were all happy to pose, in character, for a photo. Some of the best ones were the Tardis, Scooby and Shaggy, R2D2, Sakura from Card Captors, Sora from Kingdom Hearts, two unlikely friends – Gumby and Deadpool, Roxas from Kingdom Hearts, the cutest thing – a baby Mario and Darth Vadar all dressed up.

I found out that James and Oliver Phelps, who play Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films, would also make an appearance on the day. Waiting in line to get their autographs I managed to sneak a few shots from afar.

Supernova only comes around once a year and I’ll definitely be back for the next one.

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