The HPA, or Harry Potter Alliance, strives to make the world a better place, by expanding on the lessons learned in the Harry Potter world. That’s a cause any Potterhead can get behind. This information was brought to us by US News.
An Alliance slogan, “Nobody should be forced to live in the cupboard,” reveals these are more than just fans. The group, which claims to have a network that reaches well over one million, uses Rowling’s best-selling series as a platform for progressive political activism. That slogan, which references Harry Potter’s cupboard sleeping space at the Dursley family home, also encompasses the group’s fight for what they call “immigration equality,” “LGBT equality” and other human rights.
Since the Alliance’s founding in 2007, those fans have also consistently proved their doubters wrong. They raised $123,000 for relief efforts in Haiti, which sent five cargo planes full of aid to the country after a devastating earthquake in 2010. A video by Alliance member Julian Gomez, in which he came out as an undocumented “Muggleborn American,” garnered over 10,000 views in a day.
And a recent fundraiser called “Equality for the Win,” whose funds will partly go to fighting for gay marriage rights in Maryland and Maine, raised more than $95,000. The Alliance says it has raised close to a million dollars total since inception.