CNN Feature on Harry Potter Alliance and Andrew Slack


Jul 16, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

With so much attention on the release of the Half-Blood Prince movie, there is also coverage of the larger Harry Potter today, with a new CNN feature on the Harry Potter Alliance and a new interview with founder Andrew Slack. He says he was motivated to help found the HPA as he “saw that the books weren’t just empowering personally,” he said. “I
think the books speak to something that is very unique, because
["Potter" author] J.K. Rowling has been able to express a story about
the importance of love.”

The HPA is described as “a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging Potter fans in social activism,” with the piece highlighting some of the efforts readers here at TLC will recall: “The alliance also helped hundreds to register to vote last year,
according to Slack. Earlier this year, the Harry Potter Alliance
conducted a book drive for children around the world, an effort led by
“Potter” actress Evanna Lynch. Slack said they raised over
13,000 books, 4,000 of which went to youths in Rwanda who were very
young at the time of the Rwandan genocide”

CNN includes comments from several of the 4,500 members, and mentions the current “What Would Dumbledore Do” campaign. The news site also makes note that Harry Potter author JK Rowling has praised the group publicly in the past. “It’s incredible, it’s humbling, and it’s uplifting to see people going
out there and doing that in the name of your character,” she told Time
magazine in 2007. “What did my books preach against throughout?
Bigotry, violence, struggles for power, no matter what. All of these
things are happening in Darfur. So they really couldn’t have chosen a
better cause.”

Finally, the article makes mention that there are some who criticize the efforts of the HPA, with the piece reading: “Some bloggers have criticized the group for taking their fandom too
far or using young fans’ love of Harry Potter to promote an agenda. Slack denies that he has a partisan agenda. “I sort of took it as a
compliment,” he explained. At the same time, he hopes that at least
some of their causes, such as promoting literacy, are things that all
can agree on.” Members of the group agree: “There are issues I didn’t know much about or hadn’t thought about too
deeply that I’m now involved in, like Darfur,” Bolton said. “It has
introduced me to new issues and new ideas.”

16 Responses to CNN Feature on Harry Potter Alliance and Andrew Slack

Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: first comment!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: wow!!! the HPA is really fantastic!!Avatar ImageAliyah95 says: That's so cool! It's amazing that a book series can open people's eyes to the problems facing the world. Yay, first post!Avatar ImageAgrippa1 says: That's terrific exposure for the HPA!Avatar ImageNiphai says: That is a great article. I hope the HPA is getting new members now, and that it'll grow even further..Avatar Imagehp29 says: That's amazing, so happy more people are recognizing the great things HPA does, it is well deserved! Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: *yay* another HPA article but, good grief of course there will be some people that criticize the HPA. There's always someone critizing something. There are campaigns over at HPA but, there is no cohersing anyone to support anything. And, I cant understand how it can be taking the fandom too far. Dumbledore's Army was about doing something. Fans will be fanatical. Surely it's a good idea to have a not for profit that can point that enthusiasm in the right direction. Maybe to some people, the notion of fans doing something for free like giving books to people without books, is just too frightening to cope with ...Avatar Imagedream_thedream says: You know you're doing something right if you're getting criticized. Huzzah for the HPA getting more and more recognition for the great things it's done... I love that I get to be a part of something that's doing so much good for the world. And that it combines my favorite thing in the world, HP, with doing good and standing up for what you believe in. Ridiculously awesome. And Andrew Slack is wicked cool. :D Just sayin'. <33Avatar ImageTasyaWeasley says: that greatAvatar ImagePaintTheSky says: Long live Dumbledore, and the HPA!Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: cool. They may be getting the more widespread attention that they really wanted.Avatar Imageminishiva says: I can believe the Harry Potter Alliance is on CNN wow that is awesome, HPA is going places.SQUEEAvatar ImageWON_TWO says: That's good news!Avatar Imagemonicahp2009 says: I'm happy that the HPA is getting the acclaim that they deserve. Good for Andrew and good for the HPA!!Avatar ImageThe Hufflepuff Giraffe says: Awesome! This is so exciting - I can't wait to see what comes of it! I love the HPA.Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: That’s amazing

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