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Newsweek Feature on the HPA and Quest to Change World Through Charity

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Posted by: sue
July 14, 2009, 09:17 PM

It is no secret that Harry Potter fans are dedicated, giving caring people. Newsweek has a new profile online tonight of one bright example of a Harry Potter fan: Andrew Slack of the Harry Potter Alliance. In a piece titled "How Crazy are Harry Potter Fans," the piece focuses on the efforts of Andrew and the HPA to reach out and make a difference in this world through acts of charity and raising awareness.

"Remember how the kids at Hogwarts assembled Dumbledore's Army to fight against the Dark Arts? Well, that's kind of happening in real life, too. Except this Dumbledore's Army is a registered nonprofit, a team of Harry Potter fans/missionaries that wants to eradicate poverty, illiteracy, and genocide. Seriously? "We are living in dark and difficult times, as Dumbledore says, and we have a choice between what is right and what is easy," says Andrew Slack, the founder of the real-life Dumbledore's Army, also known as the Harry Potter Alliance, which started in 2005 and counts more than 100,000 members across the globe. These Harry Potter-ites live by the motto "the weapon we have is love" (a.k.a., "Love is the most powerful form of magic," Slack says) and wear T shirts with the slogan WHAT WOULD DUMBLEDORE DO? Through blogs and YouTube videos, they've raised more than $15,000 in aid for Darfur and Burma and donated 14,000 books to children in need worldwide."

Noting that Andrew got the idea to found his DA while as doing volunteer theater work, Andrew a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University, who also studied peacemaking in Northern Ireland, got some help from Harry Potter, well more like Paul and Joe Degeorge of wizard rock group Harry and the Potters. Paul and Andrew are still the driving force behind the HPA, which is making their presence known tonight, on the eve of the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

"At screenings of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince this weekend, members plan to stand in ticket lines and recruit new members. They'll hand out stickers that say DUMBLEDORE TAUGHT ME … and you can fill in the blank yourself. (One possible answer: "Don't go searching for lockets in caves.") If you think sounds borderline ridiculous, Slack himself would agree with you. "Of course the Harry Potter Alliance is silly," he says. "But that's one of the reasons why it's so effective. Look at Harry. When he's not fighting Voldemort, he's playing Quidditch or Exploding Snap." Slack and his followers might not be able to levitate their broomsticks, but that won't stop them from spreading their own brand of magic."

Reminder, we at TLC are supporting the "What Would Dumbledore Do" campaign tonight and invite you to join us as we take over Twitter and remind the world that the magic and spirit of Dumbledore lives on.

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17 Comments

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2573 Points

Cool!

Posted by ErinM {Roar} on July 14, 2009, 09:22 PM report to moderator
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765 Points

That’s awesome. The HPA does an amazing job.

Posted by Verity Weasley on July 14, 2009, 09:26 PM report to moderator
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16258 Points

Cool. Dumbledore taught us a lot of things.

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on July 14, 2009, 09:47 PM report to moderator
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459 Points

I never really noticed how Dumbledore’s words actually mirror the current state of our world.

Posted by lupinwandcaster on July 14, 2009, 09:52 PM report to moderator
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3134 Points

I’m so happy to hear that Newsweek has decided to write a positive article about Harry Potter! Usually, they make obnoxious remarks about the HP phenomenon and JKR. Great work, HPA!!!

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622 Points

The publicity is cool, although the tone of the article is kind of annoying. Whatever; if it spreads the word, then I really can’t complain.

Posted by The Hufflepuff Giraffe on July 14, 2009, 10:31 PM report to moderator
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622 Points

The publicity is cool, although the tone of the article is kind of annoying. Whatever; if it spreads the word, then I really can’t complain. Squee!

Posted by The Hufflepuff Giraffe on July 14, 2009, 10:32 PM report to moderator
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80418 Points

It’s ok…

Posted by Won_Two on July 14, 2009, 11:49 PM report to moderator
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:)

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1457 Points

HPA in Newsweek=Outstanding…glad to see a positive message being spread!

Posted by Flora Lovegood {<3WBM<3} on July 15, 2009, 09:12 AM report to moderator
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617 Points

That was cool, but three thoughts: 1. Houses at Hogwarts (Gryffindor, Slytherin)- Where’s my Hufflepuff?! 2. PotterCast is totally weekly…you just don’t know which day we’ll put it up :) 3. Book discussion is still totally a possibility. We don’t have ALL the answers!

Posted by CrazyChlojo on July 15, 2009, 09:22 AM report to moderator
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617 Points

That was cool, but three thoughts: 1. Houses at Hogwarts (Gryffindor, Slytherin)- Where’s my Hufflepuff?! 2. PotterCast is totally weekly…you just don’t know which day we’ll put it up :) 3. Book discussion is still totally a possibility. We don’t have ALL the answers!

Posted by CrazyChlojo on July 15, 2009, 09:22 AM report to moderator
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(quote)Members of the Harry Potter Alliance, like most Harry Potter fans, share a youthful starry-eyed idealism bordering on childish naiveté.
I’ll choose to take that as a compliment lol

For a story that’s more than two lines in length, it’s amazingly cool … for the most part anyhows. And, it explains what the HPA is and does so, that has to be a good thing. Go HPA :)

Posted by Moose_Starr on July 15, 2009, 10:51 AM report to moderator
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141 Points

I’m so happy to be part of the harry potter alliance.

Posted by minishiva on July 15, 2009, 01:47 PM report to moderator
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great job HPA NW chapter! these lovely ladies recently hosted live potter cast and lupin/willow/parselmouths in Bellevue, WA. thanks NW intstigators!

Posted by wimsey estel on July 15, 2009, 02:15 PM report to moderator
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