The schools are back so we all need something to look forward to for the first half-term of the year. And there’s nowhere better to escape from it all that London Comic Con. Here are some highlights of London Comic Con 27-29 October:

Potter heads will be positively apoplectic at the thought of meeting Argus Filch aka actor David Bradley, who appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001). Fans of furry characters of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry note that Mrs Norris, Filch’s faithful feline friend,  is staying at Hogwarts for the holidays. Pop culture fans will also recognise Bradley from his appearances in Dr Who and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

Did you know? J.K. Rowling has stated that she named Mrs Morris after a character in Mansfield Park.
Who’d have thought Argus Filch
was a closet Jane Austen fan?!

The brand new Marvel area will feature fan experiences and products galore to peruse with the latest super hero collectables, toys and apparel, exclusive artwork and thrilling content from the Marvel Universe.

Not only can you feast your eyes on thousands of comics with ‘kapok’ (and other Batman-esque battle cries), there’s a chance to be inspired to create your own, with live drawing sessions with comic-book artists and presentations from the best writers and creators in the world of sequential art (yeah, a fancy words for ‘comics’).

Get hot tips from the cosplay connoisseurs as they strut their stuff in amazing costumes – always one of the highlights of any Comic Con. For those who want to get competitive with their costumes, there’s a chance to compete for glory (register for the Cosplay Masquerade in advance). And don’t worry about having a costume fail while you’re there: the Cosplay Area has repair tool kits to fix up any mishaps!

Did you know? Many superstars are fans of Comic Con, including Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame.
How did he manage to go
incognito among the crowds?
He cosplayed – as Spiderman!

One of the big attractions of Comic Con is the special guest panelists that give you a behind-the-scenes insight of the shows and brands that we love. Whether it’s the voice talent of your favourite anime (past shows have included Adventure Time‘s Finn and Princess Bubblegum, see main photo above), the artists who create amazing special effects or a chance to quiz the writers and actors on whatever insider secrets you’re dying to know! Plus, in a show where you’re spending a lot of time on your feet, it’s nice to have a chance to sit for a while…

For more suggestions on how to make the most of your visit, see our ‘What’s So Cool about Comic Con’