by Melissa Uhrin
Once again, Saskatoon has erupted into a glorious schmozzle of nerds and I am in my element amongst my people. Let’s just draw from all of my loves why don’t you? Carrie Fisher from the Star Wars. Draco Fricken Malfoy from the Harry Potter. Face explosion. What do you do when all of your worlds collide? Leave the squealing “fan-girl” at home, break out the tactical nerd kit that has been collecting dust for the past year, and bring along your A-game to create some life moments.
While in my many wanderings through the expo grounds, I just happened upon Carrie Fisher, out amongst us regular folks, glitter bombing her bodyguards, with her French Bulldog "Gary Fisher" leading the way. In between all of her autograph signings, photo ops and panels, she took the time to come out and see what kind of handmade goodies there were to discover.
I was also set up as an exhibitor selling my nerdy jewellery and accessories and Carrie Fisher stopped at the booth next to ours for a solid fifteen minutes to chat about how she loves attending these smaller expos (this year's Sask Expo drew in 15,000 people), primarily for the opportunity to browse through all the handcrafted items created by fans. (As opposed to all the "officially licensed" goods churned out in masses). She then noticed the crocheted Princess Leia cap, popped it on her head, posed for a couple photos and was off to surprise another unsuspecting vendor.
Her panel was exciting and opened up a tiny glimpse into her and Han's relationship and why it might have ended. "Too much smuggling...Ladies smuggling is bad." And you would think that all that time in hyperspace would get boring after awhile, but "...No. No it doesn't, we have robots for that." Heh. Princess Leia, you sassy lady.
Later on, a couple of my girlfriends and I had a photo op booked with her, and we had it all planned out. Screaming happy signs to be held, overly excited faces to be shown and we were going to ask Carrie Fisher if she wouldn't mind looking a little bored in the picture. It's all about the contrasts is it not? Well, she one upped us and said, "Why don't I just have a little nap on your shoulder?" Perfection.
Well, while the character is just a little jerk that has been bullied by his dick dad his whole life (and could probably just use a hug), the actor bringing Malfoy to life is the incredibly down to earth and genuinely nice guy, Tom Felton. I have met many an actor and musician over the years, but due to my all-encompassing love of all things Harry Potter, meeting him via photo op was an opportunity I would not pass up. Donning my Hermoine-post-polyjuice-potion get-up, I stood in line and weaved through the cattle lines. In a flash he grabbed my wand from me, sending a curse straight to my heart and the ensuing hi-5 for my great costume stirred my stowaya inner-fan girl from my robes and the resulting smile on my face has not disappeared since. Ugh. Such a girl.
Favourite words to come of my mouth this weekend: "I think I see Gryffindor colours past the Sasquatch on the right."
Sask Expo: The place where all levels of nerds are winning their respective games of life.