Hello, and welcome, Harry Potter fans!  My name is Irvin, though I'm known around the Internet as "hpboy13."  I got into Harry Potter when I was nine years old, back in 2001, and I've been in the fandom since 2003.  I've been rather prolific in the fandom since then, writing fanfiction and filks and essays, and I am currently a columnist for Mugglenet, spearheading "The Three Broomsticks."  Hailing from New York City, I have also joined the real-life fandom there in the form of The Group That Shall Not Be Named, and have become an avid cosplayer.  I am the leader of the world's first wizard dance troupe, the Dancing Death Eaters.  I played Beater for the NY Badassilisks for 3 and 1/2 years, and I was the organizer of Avada KedavRock! 2012 and 2014, a set of large wizard rock concerts in NYC.

In short, I have a lot of Harry Potter stuff going on in my life, and I needed one place on the Internet where all of it could be centralized, and this site is that place.  You can check out my bio, or click on the links page to explore all my stuff.  Or, here are a few quick links.

Dancing Death Eaters Site             Cosplay Gallery             Writings

Feel free to shoot me an email about any of my stuff at DarkLordofDance@gmail.com or to find me on Google+ or Twitter

Recent Updates

  • Here's some of the newest stuff on this site - new things I've written, new costumes I wore, or just some other exciting news!
  • 1/9/17: New HP cosplay
    In keeping with my new goal of actually staying on top of cosplay: Tom Riddle
    Posted Jan 9, 2017, 1:08 PM by Irvin K
  • 1/4/17: Overhaul of cosplay gallery, lots of new HP essays
    I made an unsuccessful foray into the world of adulting, and fell completely behind in updating everything.  But, now having had some time on my hands, I updated both the cosplay gallery (giving it the first major overhaul in years) and the bibliography.  So...

    Cosplay Gallery Updates

    The side navigation pane of the cosplay site, which had been a wonderful feature when there were less than twenty costumes in the gallery, had become completely unwieldy as my number of costumes skyrocketed past 80.  It was just no longer helpful to have to scroll through all that.  Without having an ideal solution, I took all the Harry Potter costumes (44 of them) and collapsed them under an HP category, not to mention listing them out in a coherent order as opposed to order of cosplay: Harry Potter.  The Disney category was also getting slightly unwieldy, so I broke it up by year like I did the HP ones, ie. Disney 2016 The other categories were left as is, with the navigation pane having a tolerable 50ish entries, but I might continue to shift to this kind of layout as I continue cosplaying.

    Talking of HP, there is a boatload of new costumes: Mundungus Fletcher and Marietta Edgecombe

    I cosplayed my first ghost: Bloody Baron

    I started cosplaying fantastic beasts: Doxy and Phoenix

    In non-HP cosplay news...

    For Disney, I cosplayed Lilo of Lilo & Stitch and Ron Stoppable from Kim Possible.  I also achieved one of my all-time cosplay goals with Little Mermaid's Ursula

    For other book series...
    Anthony Lockwood from Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud

    Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, which made it into Publisher's Weekly!!

    And finally, because Pokemon is all the rage, my Halloween costume was Jessie.

    Bibliography Updates

    With a rejuvenated HP fandom and a lot of new material coming our way, I've been very busy writing!  While the bibliography is not wholly up-to-date on everything, it is updated with all the HP essays I've been churning out.

    There are five exciting new essays about the new film in my new Fantastic Beasts section of Editorials!

    Before all the crazy new material was released, I did a deep dive into canon about Lavender Brown: Lav-Lav the Misunderstood 

    The Cursed Canon Conundrum outlines the issues the Potter fandom had with figuring out the place of Cursed Child in the canon.  I take a step back to outline the arguments, before contributing my two cents at the end (it's a hot mess and not canon).

    The Final Straw was my response to Jo and Pottermore selling e-books of their content... and I was not pleased.

    More updates to follow when I get my act together, but that's quite enough to be getting on with.  I'll do better in 2017!
    Posted Jan 4, 2017, 12:33 PM by Irvin K
  • 4/1/16: New HP essay
    The Revised Forty updates the classlist of Harry's year that Jo showed during Harry Potter and Me with her writing in "The Original Forty" to present an up-to-date roster of Harry's year with as much canon information as we have.
    Posted Apr 1, 2016, 6:27 AM by Irvin K
  • 3/16/16: New costumes
    A trio of miscellaneous characters to start off the year: Regina George from Mean Girls, and (for my cartoon-themed 24th birthday) Cyclops from X-Men Evolution and Dee Dee from Dexter's Laboratory.
    Posted Mar 15, 2016, 9:47 PM by Irvin K
  • 1/18/16: New essays, etc.
    I dropped the ball and forgot to update this, but new HP essay about Snape and Dumbledore is up on MuggleNet!  Severus... Please...

    I've also been updating the severely neglected (oops) Bibliography section of the site.  There are lots of new links in the Theatre section, a new Rowling review (Review: Career of Evil), and links to the last two seasons of Dancing with the Stars recaps.  

    I also updated the (very outdated) Links tab with all kinds of good stuff, and updated my Bio for the first time in over three years.  Whew, now that's a good day's work!
    Posted Jan 18, 2016, 2:04 PM by Irvin K
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