Harry Potter fans are doing more than screaming when Daniel Radcliffe walks into the room. Over 10,000 fans have formed The Harry Potter Alliance, a new kind of activism, using the online network of fan communities. Their motto is “The Weapon We Have Is Love.”
“There are so many of us who love Harry Potter and want to do more for our world,” says Andrew Slack, founder of the Alliance, explaining that he wants to fight the dark arts in the real world and have people break through their Muggle mindsets.
I think it’s working! So far, the Alliance has raised enough money to send five cargo planes to Haiti bearing medical supplies after the earthquake there, with three of the planes named Harry, Ron and Hermione. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, was thrilled, and sent this message:
To everyone who has helped raise such an incredible amount for the earthquake survivors in Haiti: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU……
Like many others, I made a personal donation to the DEC shortly after the earthquake happened; but never did I expect such an amazing response from all of you. You cannot imagine how awed, moved and humbled I am to know that planes named Harry, Ron and Hermione are going to be flying off to help. Jo
The Alliance has also been working for marriage equality, genocide prevention and literacy worldwide, and they’ve bought thousands of books for libraries in Rwanda and the Mississippi Delta.
Here’s the Alliance’s mission: “Just as Dumbledore’s Army wakes the world up to Voldemort’s return, works for equal rights of house elves and werewolves, and empowers its members, we: Work with partner NGOs in alerting the world to the dangers of global warming, poverty, and genocide. Work with our partners for equal rights regardless of race, gender, and sexuality. Encourage our members to hone the magic of their creativity in endeavoring to make the world a better place. Join our army to make the world a safer, more magical place, and let your voice be heard!”
Harry Potter fans are not just geeks in strange robes in love with children’s books – they are putting the ideals of the books into real practice.
Watch Andrew Slack enthuse about his organization:
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