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Harry Potter Fans for Hope in Rwanda

Posted by: Melissa
March 18, 2009, 10:49 PM

This week, through Sunday March 22, Harry Potter fans are coming together to create videos that contribute to the Candles for Rwanda Project. The HP Alliance is spearheading the effort to collect hundreds of videos from Harry Potter fans worldwide.

April 7th is the 15th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, where about 1 million people were killed in 100 days. At the time most of the global community remained passive. To show that we recognize the people of Rwanda as part of the international community, we are submitting videos that will be played on, and the best of which will be played at the memorial that will take place in Rwanda on the anniversary.

Making a video is easy: It should be no longer than 30 seconds, and the file size no longer than 100MB. All you do is light a candle, look into the camera, say, "Hi, my name is [name (your name is optional)] and I'm lighting a candle of hope for Rwanda." Then you hold the candle for about 10 seconds; this part is really important.

Send your video to If you can't send it in e-mail, you can use YouSendIt to make sure the file gets through.

The Harry Potter community is working together with the Nerdfighting community to gather videos; please watch this video at the Vlogbrothers channel for more explanation of this project and why it's important to contribute.

While Accio Books! is growing strong, taking part in this project will earn 50 points for your House. Let your prefect know you've submitted a video and he or she will assign you points.

Please submit your video by March 22. Thanks so much!

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5668 Points

what a good project to remember this terrible event

Posted by rebel on March 19, 2009, 02:55 PM report to moderator
4630 Points

Trying to convince dad to let me :]

Posted by Live Laugh Love Potter ♥ROAR♥ on March 19, 2009, 03:17 PM report to moderator
4630 Points

wait a sec, here. Let your prefect know? who are our prefects for Gryffindors?

Posted by Live Laugh Love Potter ♥ROAR♥ on March 19, 2009, 03:19 PM report to moderator
3048 Points

I intend to make a video as soon as possible. This is such a creative yet wonderful way of showing that we all care.

Posted by Kirk on March 19, 2009, 03:22 PM report to moderator
570 Points

Is it okay if i film it on my phone?

Posted by Lilliekatieinnes on March 19, 2009, 03:27 PM report to moderator
838 Points

That is so cool! My church went to Rwanda, and now we have a close friendship with everyone there. They really need help over there…

Posted by Ginny Granger *Squee* on March 19, 2009, 03:29 PM report to moderator
2224 Points

This is a great cause!

Posted by on March 19, 2009, 03:30 PM report to moderator
4630 Points

yes! my dad said yes on the much convincing on my side!!

Posted by Live Laugh Love Potter ♥ROAR♥ on March 19, 2009, 03:30 PM report to moderator
3908 Points

Who are prefects?

Posted by Imperiused! on March 19, 2009, 03:53 PM report to moderator
8069 Points

This is great.

Posted by Melinae ♥Squee♥/Professor Truffle on March 19, 2009, 04:07 PM report to moderator
1048 Points


Posted by Addie (madampenna) on March 19, 2009, 04:20 PM report to moderator
39680 Points

come on ravenclaw!

Posted by chocolaterabbits on March 19, 2009, 06:23 PM report to moderator
474 Points

Rwanda is unfortunately a reminder that Voldemort and Death Eaters aren’t just figments of Jo Rowling’s imagination; there really are people out there who kill using arguments echoing those of Pure-blood supremacists and they really do de-humanise themselves to the extent that they end up killing for fun, sport or just something to do. Light a candle please.

Posted by Kalin [WBM] on March 19, 2009, 09:48 PM report to moderator
829 Points

Sorry, but I must have missed the announcement on house prefects. Who are they, please?

Posted by onespeedonly on March 19, 2009, 10:54 PM report to moderator
1822 Points

I just love the HP community and how we can ban together for something like this. Makes me smile. I’ll get my video together!

Posted by ChrissyPuff on March 20, 2009, 06:21 AM report to moderator
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