Leakycon changed my life.
Not in the whole meaningful way. The community changed my life that way long before I attended the conference. But I was going to do a grand Tour de Europe before I go to university. So, Leakycon was going to be this one-time thing, since I would be saving up for that, then going through university. I forgot one thing about myself, though. I enjoy the ambience of a place more than a place itself, so I fell in love with Leakycon and I enjoyed it so much more than I enjoyed Switzerland at any given point. Now I’ve decided I’m not going to do a Tour de Europe and instead I’m going to save up all my extra money and go to Leakycon as many times as possible. And I’m constantly trying to convince my parents to let me fly to Portland without them at the age of 17 (adult in the wizarding world, right?) and I’m looking into any way to make extra money. My parents are muggles, and they are not thrilled about this change.
In all seriousness, though, Leakycon is the only time I’ve ever felt fully accepted in my entire life for more than a couple of hours.