Interesting Independent Internet Projects: The Harry Potter Alliance

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By Claire Frank

The Harry Potter books and movies have connected fans all across the world through online forums, music, art, fanfiction, YouTube parody musicals, and even a charity.

The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) is an online, non-profit organization run by Harry Potter fans. HPA is committed towards fighting illiteracy, inequity, and human rights violations.

HPA was originally founded in 2005 by comedians Andrew Slack and Seth Soulstein, as well as Paul DeGeorge of wizard-rock band Harry and the Potters, to draw attention to human rights violations in Sudan.

With chapters in 17 countries (the closest to Tuscarora is the Fairfax-based Carpe Futurum), HPA has raised millions of dollars for various charities across the globe. The organization has run campaigns over the years focused on topics such as literacy, US immigration reform, sexism, mental health, body image, gay rights, and climate change.

 

HPA has worked with multiple non-profit organizations, including The Gay-Straight Alliance Network , The Genocide Intervention Network, and the Project for Awesome.

HPA has been hailed by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling as “an extraordinary campaign, which really does exemplify the values for which Dumbledore’s Army fought in the books.”