We Do Stuff Sometimes: The Time I Joined the Harry Potter Alliance


So we all know the main theme in the Harry Potter series: good beats evil. Doing good things makes the world suck less. And there’s actually an activist–well, that’s not really the right word. “Activist” online has a weird connotation now. Let’s just call the Harry Potter Alliance what it is: an organization that uses the books and other pop culture things to make the world suck a little less.This part is from the official HPA website: “(t)he Harry Potter Alliance is a coalition of fandom leaders and members who feel passionate about the power of story to inspire and affect social change. Just as Harry and his friends fought the Dark Arts in JK Rowling’s fictional universe, we strive to destroy real-world horcruxes like inequality, illiteracy, and human rights violations.” The Facebook profile says, “We Are Book Eight.” If that isn’t the coolest thing ever, don’t even talk to me.

I honestly never knew this existed. Until a few weeks ago. I joined up with the local HPA chapter, and holy crap. It’s one of the coolest organizations I’ve been a part of. And it’s an actual activist group. One that is actually trying to decrease worldsuckage.

If you’re interested in joining our chapter (you don’t have to live anywhere near here, it’s cool!), you can click here, follow our Twitter here, and our Tumblr is here! (I’m the one in charge of the social networking pages. Just…FYI)

Ley

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