Harry Potter Fans for Hope in Rwanda


Mar 18, 2009

Posted by Melissa Anelli

This week, through Sunday March 22, Harry Potter fans are coming together to create videos that contribute to the Candles for Rwanda Project. The HP Alliance is spearheading the effort to collect hundreds of videos from Harry Potter fans worldwide.

April 7th is the 15th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, where about 1 million people were killed in 100 days. At the time most of the global community remained passive. To show that we recognize the people of Rwanda as part of the international community, we are submitting videos that will be played on CandlesforRwanda.org, and the best of which will be played at the memorial that will take place in Rwanda on the anniversary.

Making a video is easy: It should be no longer than 30 seconds, and the file size no longer than 100MB. All you do is light a candle, look into the camera, say, “Hi, my name is [name (your name is optional)] and I’m lighting a candle of hope for Rwanda.” Then you hold the candle for about 10 seconds; this part is really important.

Send your video to [email protected]. If you can’t send it in e-mail, you can use YouSendIt to make sure the file gets through.

The Harry Potter community is working together with the Nerdfighting community to gather videos; please watch this video at the Vlogbrothers channel for more explanation of this project and why it’s important to contribute.

While Accio Books! is growing strong, taking part in this project will earn 50 points for your House. Let your prefect know you’ve submitted a video and he or she will assign you points.

Please submit your video by March 22. Thanks so much!

34 Responses to Harry Potter Fans for Hope in Rwanda

Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: Been spreading this everywhere on groups. Glad that it's on here so that everyone could catch up. The points are good but this is for a good cause which is the main thing, so I hope everyone will join. I'll create mine surely before 22. :)Avatar Imagejenbabe705 says: Yes! I already made my video!Avatar Imagechuckaw says: I have made my video too...and I also started a group so you could post a link to your video so that everyone can view these great videos. To find the group on MyLeaky...just search for Rwanda and it should come up. Keep the videos coming as this is a wonderful project and I can't wait to see the final product...let all the candles of hope light Rwanda and give them hope!!!Avatar ImageLis Lovegood says: I just joined the HPA a few days ago for Accio Books. I'm so glad I did! I always knew this was a loving, giving fandom but I never completely realized how dedicated everyone is! It makes me proud to be a HP fan (especially a Hufflepuff!)Avatar Imagedehonestiss says: i made my video the other day. who are the prefects so we can claim our points?Avatar ImageMary11_hplvr4l says: i'm gonna have to find a candle..Avatar ImageSareptheRavenclaw says: This is a great charity and a great cause, but I think that giving away points is taking away from the whole spirit of giving and caring. Avatar ImageLillylove says: I guess I'm going to have to get up to speed with all you folks & get some type of video deal for our computer...currently we don't have that capability. The HPA does so many wonderful things. This project will be a very beautiful and powerful one.Avatar ImageSidish_black6 says: We got perfect. . . ???Avatar ImageSidish_black6 says: I mean prefect. . . :)Avatar Imagesnapealicious says: Everyone that can light a candle......please do so. This is important.Avatar ImageAlexCarpenterFanGirl says: I think this is a great cause to stand up for and help! I'm still surprised to find out that my friends don't know about this, or don't know enough to care! Slowly, but surely, the word is getting out, and everyone should help light a candle for this.Avatar ImageLoonyLoopyLunaLovegood says: Honestly, this is so simple. Please do it! Even if you are not a Ravenclaw, you should. I did mine a few days back. And I didn't burn myself. If I can do it, so can you. Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: This a wonderful cause. I should get more involved in this sort of work. Avatar Imagekendra.dumbledore says: I made mine yesterday and I just sent it in! Such an awesome and easy way of showing you care. :)Avatar Imagerebel says: what a good project to remember this terrible eventAvatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: Trying to convince dad to let me :]Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: wait a sec, here. Let your prefect know? who are our prefects for Gryffindors?Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I intend to make a video as soon as possible. This is such a creative yet wonderful way of showing that we all care.Avatar ImageX-Lillie-Lovegood-X says: Is it okay if i film it on my phone?Avatar ImageLoveStory2209 says: That is so cool! My church went to Rwanda, and now we have a close friendship with everyone there. They really need help over there...Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: This is a great cause! Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: yes! my dad said yes on the much convincing on my side!!Avatar ImageKatetheKeeper says: Who are prefects?Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: This is great.Avatar ImageMadamPenna says: dooooooone!Avatar ImageKimberlyZ says: come on ravenclaw!Avatar ImageKalin says: Rwanda is unfortunately a reminder that Voldemort and Death Eaters aren't just figments of Jo Rowling's imagination; there really are people out there who kill using arguments echoing those of Pure-blood supremacists and they really do de-humanise themselves to the extent that they end up killing for fun, sport or just something to do. Light a candle please.Avatar Imageonespeedonly says: Sorry, but I must have missed the announcement on house prefects. Who are they, please?Avatar ImageChrissyPuff says: I just love the HP community and how we can ban together for something like this. Makes me smile. I'll get my video together!Avatar ImageAvelina_Went says: This is such a great cause, makes me proud to say I am a Harry Potter-fan. Thanks for posting this. I am making mine today!Avatar ImageVeganMudblood says: I sent one yesterday. Let's keep the videos going! Avatar ImageLeander21 says: this is a very good thing to doAvatar ImageBradyboy says: Great job guys!

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