On Harry’s 39th birthday I was reflecting on all the amazing things and people that are part of my life that I wouldn’t have had without the Harry Potter fandom. My darling friend Mary Feliz perked up and wanted to know more, so here’s a brief overview of some of the real-life groups that Harry Potter has given the world.Read More »
With Project for Awesome coming up, I realized I haven’t told you my favorite programs to throw money at yet! Here’s number one:
The Harry Potter Alliance takes all of that fan power and puts it to real-world use. They’ve successfully campaigned for slavery-free chocolate in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter parks, run a woman-led leadership program, and donate hundreds (thousands?) of books to areas in need. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Conveniently, they’ll be part of the Project for Awesome this weekend, you- and I- will have lots of ways to donate to them, from “liking” the videos that people made to support the HPA to giving directly to the organization.
The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) is a fairly young organization, having been formed only ten years ago. Their premise is that the energy that fans put into their beloved media can also be used as a powerful force for change in the world. Thus far they’ve harnessed that energy to get Warner Bros. to change their chocolate to 100% fair trade sources, sent five planes of supplies to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, donated hundreds of thousands of books all over the world, and all sorts of other projects.