The hosts of Alohomora! have collectively worked on Potter fansites for over fifty years.
That's a lot of brain power. So, you would think that hosting a podcast with that many years of Potter experience would be easy. You would be right. No, just kidding. The hosts make it look easy, but it's not. They do have a lot of fun though! Want to know more about their mundane Muggle lives? All the boring details are below.
Alison has been a Harry Potter fanatic since she was five, and has since read the series over fifty times. A proud (and often conflicted) Gryffinpuff, she graduated from Brigham Young University in English Education and currently teaches high school English and drama. Though she can connect absolutely everything to Harry Potter, she also loves reading, writing, music, traveling, hanging out with family and friends, and thinking about all of the above. She’s been told that she basically is Hermione Granger, from the bossiness to the naturally frizzy hair and everything in between.
Grace is a 31 year old graphic designer, illustrator, animator and web designer. She’s been in love with Harry Potter ever since she was young. The series has always been a source of joy and imagination for her. It always challenged her to be a better writer and storyteller in her free time. She’s a cosplayer, Dungeons & Dragons enthusiast, a video gamer, fantasy lover, character illustrator, and all around Tom Riddle aficionado. Frankly, she’s obsessed with all the antagonists for the entire HP series. In her opinion, a story is only as good as its villain.
Irvin is a 27-year-old Ravenpuff hailing from New York City, where he does taxes by day and all things geeky by night. Irvin has been “Potter’s controversial columnist” since 2011, writing under the moniker “hpboy13.” In 2018, his first book was published: The Life and Lies of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. In his spare time, he is the Dark Lord of the Dance, leader of the Dancing Death Eaters; an active member of NYC’s Meetup group, The Group That Shall Not Be Named; and an avid cosplayer. Aside from working hours, Irvin has no muggle life!
Kat, a proud Ravenclaw from Massachusetts, has been a part of the Harry Potter fandom for most of her adult life. Now in her mid-30’s, she has read (and listened to) the Harry Potter series so many times, she has lost count! As the podcast’s resident Eagle, she has basically memorized the lexicon, usually has the correct answer to a question, and loves to prove others wrong! The 10% of her life that she spends not thinking on, talking about, or reading Harry Potter, is dedicated to travel, studying American Sign Language, and petting her two adorable, soft kitties.
Katy, a ’79 baby and Carolina girl, fell in love with the Wizarding World when the first Potter movie was released in 2001. A professional fangirl, she has been creating websites since 1997 and podcasting since 2005, co-hosting Masters Cast and later Brite Cast. Like any good Ravenclaw, her curiosity is never satiated. When she’s not Pottering around the net (hah!), she can be found adding to her massive Rainbow Brite collection, traveling with her husband, or snuggling with their wiener dog and two cats.
Rex is a loyal Hufflepuff residing in Chicago. He works as a pediatric speech-language pathologist teaching future witches and wizards the difference between Wingardium LeviOsa and Wingardium LeviosA. The Harry Potter series ignited a passion of reading in Rex. His parents were thrilled that he finally found a series that sparked his interest. Little did they know an obsession would soon follow.
Jason Samuel Williams, also known by his pen name J. Sam Williams, is a High School English Teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lives with his wife, one dog and two cats. Author of a Harry Potter fanfiction, Williams also lends his talents to Meow Meow Pow Pow as a contributing editor to their Pup Pup Blog. He taught breakdancing for four years, was a sports journalist, and was the Editor in Chief of Immix, a social justice oriented literary magazine. He is honored to be part of Alohomora’s podcast team and is always up to talk through HP theories @Jabbernator on Twitter!
Tracy discovered Harry Potter a little late in the game (high school) but has loved it ever since. As a librarian, she’s a typical Ravenclaw who loves history, traveling, and writing. She’s a native New Yorker with Jamaican parents and loves to spend time with her twin sister (we don’t dress alike as adults, JKR), friends, and her adorable cat, Toffee.