HPA Featured in L.A . Times


Jul 20, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

The ongoing efforts of the Harry Potter Alliance are featured again in the press, this time in a new article from the L.A. Times. Noting again the charitable and social awareness activities and campaigns by the group, the piece points out that the HPA and Harry Potter fans “accomplishments include signing up new voters at Wizard Rock the Vote
events, collecting over 13,000 donated books to give to local community
centers and a youth center in Rwanda and raising $15,000 for the
Genocide Intervention Network’s civilian protection program for
displaced Darfuris and Burmese.” In an interview with founder Andrew Slack, we also learn about plans for a new book involving the fans and the current “What Would Dumbledore Do” campaign.

“Using the recent release of the movie “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
Prince” as a platform to re-energize a fan base that might be losing
interest after the culmination of the Potter narrative in 2007, Slack
is working on his own book and inviting Potter fans to assist in its
writing. It’s called “What Would Dumbledore Do?” and he envisions it as
a self-help guide to living in the world according to the tenets of
Albus Dumbledore. He describes it as “Eckhart Tolle’s ‘A New Earth,’
but written through the prism of Harry Potter.” To that end he has
asked fans to share what they’ve learned from Dumbledore on an open
blog at WhatWouldDumbledoreDo.org.

“[Dumbledore] is a fictional character, nobody here is delusional,” he
said over the phone from his home in Boston, speaking at his usual
mile-a-minute pace, “but so many of us have looked up to him. He is a
comfort, a support. He is the wizard who always made Harry feel safe.
What does it mean to be like him? And how does that affect our view of
public policy? That’s where things get really interesting.”

Update: You can also see this scan of TLC staffer James featured in the UK Nottingham Evening News about his involvement with the HPA at the release of Half-Blood Prince.

29 Responses to HPA Featured in L.A . Times

Avatar ImageLilySev777 says: Wow this is amazing! Great job Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: awesum!!!!!!!!Avatar Imageminishiva says: That's GREAT!!!Avatar Imagebella vita says: Glad the HPA is finally getting some well deserved attention from the media for its amazing work although I didn't like the line "a fan base that might be losing interest after the culmination of the potter narrative in 2007". Where are all these media people getting this crap from that we're losing interest? HBP made $20 million more domestically than OOTP did in its first five days, yep that clearly means that we've all lost interest!Avatar Imagekiwimci says: I love this new What Would Dumbledore Do campaign and love the doctrines that come out every once in a while. Also I can't wait for the book to come out, speaking of LA times read their review of HBP on that link also which was really good. Really tapped into not only why the film was good but how each in the series are dependable and consistently good- which is so rare in movie world when you think about itAvatar ImageJrg1990 says: The WWDD campaign has also been focussed on in media outside the US. The Nottingham Evening Post in the UK ran a story this week in their EG entertainment guide section regarding the campaign, scans of which can be found online at: http://i690.photobucket.com/albums/vv268/Kayrakise/img003.jpg Its so great to see this campaign being focussed in so many different areas!Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: They are awesome. I love the What Would Dumbledore Do thing. It was cool.Avatar ImageFlora Lovegood says: This is so awesome! I already tweeted it b/c i was excited for the HPA What great PR :) We are still adding #dumbledore right!?Avatar ImageAlivia Naomi says: I'm so glad that HPA is getting publicity, expecially in the L.A. Times. Avatar ImagePhylis says: That's great!Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: awsome!!Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: awsome!!Avatar Imagelily11 says: that's amazing!!Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: This is really great. That book "WWDD?" sounds great. I'd *definently* buy it when it comes out! :DAvatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Very cool! :)Avatar Imageholey_saint_george says: I'm so glad that the HPA is getting some well-deserved attention! I'm not really happy that they said the potter fans are losing interest. NO! WE'RE NOT! WE'RE GOING TO BE HERE FOR A LONG LONG TIME :)Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Good stuff...Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: Wonderful...I agree. with you, Emerald...As soon as it's out, I'm there1Avatar ImageMary11_hplvr4l says: this is great :D haha I feel like dumbledore came out of the closet again! :p but its the dumbledore we know & love in publicAvatar Imagewimsey estel says: congrats, HPA! so wonderful bringing HP fans together for such a good causeAvatar ImageTheWanderer244155 says: GO HPA!Avatar ImageThe Hufflepuff Giraffe says: For some reason I was totally out of the loop about Andrew writing a book. But, awesome! I know it'll be really cool.Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Niiiice!Avatar Imageminishiva says: This is awesome!!!Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: i love how all our fandom "ambassadors" are writing books! i will buy all of them!!Avatar Imagesmgkkg says: that's absolutely wonderful!!Avatar ImageR-for-H says: It is great to see the rest of the world knows about what hundreds of Harry POtter fans do for charity, I don't think people realise the sheer amount which is done!Avatar ImageTriathene says: We have to remember that not every fan is as diehard as we--and Deborah Netburn may not be close enough to the fervor to see our staying power. Bravo to HPA and bravo to Dumbledore!Avatar Imagefinny says: that is wonderful! i was never aware how hard the hp fans work to help other peoples! i don't understand how can other people can think bad of the books and even banish them...

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