If you ran into a Pikachu or a Storm Trooper over the weekend, they were likely on their way to Vancouver’s Fan Expo.
It’s where comic book, film and TV devotees dress up, and sometimes get a chance to meet their favourite actors. This year’s event saw upwards of 25,000 people over the three days.
One actor, who recently moved to Vancouver, lit up a room full of Harry Potter fans as the Expo opened its doors for the final day this year.
You could barely hear Tom Felton’s name as he skipped into the room. The actor, best known for his role as Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter, answered questions from locals and had no trouble listing off some of his favourite traits about B.C. fans.
“…reservation and politeness, and consideration. You blend the two wonderfully together. You’re very friendly and polite.”
.@TomFelton q: "How often do you deal w/small children afraid of you b/c of your Malfoy character? TF:" w/great pleasure."— Ria Renouf (@RiaCKNW980) November 13, 2016
As for what fans thought of the Q&A…
“I like all his stories about what happened on set, when he’s talking about his experiences when he’s filming Harry Potter.”
“I loved how good-natured he was. Just generally.”
“He is just so nice to everybody…how nice he was with the people.”
Felton moved to Vancouver earlier this year to join the cast of CW’s “The Flash.”
Vancouver Fan Expo was also a chance for Christina Carr, who dressed up as a re-imagining of Disney character Maleficent, to show off her costume – which includes animatronic wings.
“Each section has its own little motor, and there are little, sort of, worm gears… and it just opens, and pushes and pulls them back in.”
Carr says it took about three months to make.
For one man, who dressed up as a Space Marine from the Warhammer 40,000 video game, the expo was a chance to celebrate all the hard work he’d put into making his costume.
“Inception to first wearing was two-and-a-half years. Working part time on it, and in a small condo in Vancouver.”
He says he also had to learn a number of techniques to create the costume.