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Harry Potter Alliance Featured in the New York Times

Posted by: Mel
March 21, 2012, 07:20 PM

The Harry Potter Alliance is currently being featured in an article in the New York Times. The article discusses HPA's "Hunger is Not a Game" campaign, as well as some of their past work:

Perhaps the most effective practitioner of fan-fueled social change is Andrew Slack, the 32-year-old founder of The Harry Potter Alliance and the force behind Imagine Better. Since Slack, who started out as a comedian, founded the Harry Potter Alliance, he has motivated Potterphiles to send five cargo planes with $123,000 worth of relief supplies to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, donate more than 88,000 books across the world, raise awareness about net neutrality and genocide and make forays into politics — taking on Maine’s 2009 ballot initiative that sought to repeal same sex marriage.

The Maine campaign, called “Wrock 4 Equality,” featured a “wizard rock” concert followed by a day where local fans canvassed while those watching via livestream phone banked. The lobbying day was cast as a “House Cup Competition,” in Harry Potter parlance, where participants could earn points for their preferred House at Hogwarts. The group made over 3,500 cold calls in one day.

The Harry Potter Alliance has a $175,000 annual operating budget, but they leverage it in big ways: volunteers in over 90 chapters around the world have engaged an active membership of about 100,000 within a larger network of 1 million. Slack thinks of himself and his team as community organizers on the Internet: “The Harry Potter online fandom is the community that we are organizing. We’ve always gone to them.”

You can read the rest of the article here, and once you finish you should spread the word! Email it, Tweet it, post it to Facebook - however you care to get the word out! The Imagine Better project is an important campaign and we should feel proud that it was born out of fandom.

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748 Points

Now I’m in MyHogwarts, I hope I can get involved in HPA more. This thing is so cool.

Posted by Gene *ROAR* on March 21, 2012, 08:11 PM report to moderator
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Posted by . on March 21, 2012, 08:58 PM report to moderator
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The HPA do such amazing things! They deserve much more recognition!

Posted by Livi22-((ROAR!)) on March 22, 2012, 05:48 AM report to moderator
926 Points

Cool. The HPA are awesome! XD

Posted by Grindylow_101 on March 22, 2012, 12:41 PM report to moderator
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Cool. The Harry Potter Alliance are awesome!

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on March 23, 2012, 10:36 AM report to moderator
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I love all the charity work all the Harry Potter fans and even JK Rowing herself does :)

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on March 23, 2012, 04:14 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

Very nice indeed!

Posted by Won_Two on March 25, 2012, 02:41 PM report to moderator
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Congrats to the HPA! :D

Posted by lovelle on March 30, 2012, 08:06 AM report to moderator
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