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Posted by: sue
July 20, 2009, 07:53 AM

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.

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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 :)

Posted by holeysaintgeorge on July 20, 2009, 12:21 PM report to moderator
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Good stuff…

Posted by Won_Two on July 20, 2009, 01:32 PM report to moderator
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Wonderful…I agree. with you, Emerald…As soon as it’s out, I’m there1

Posted by Confederate Lady [CL, Rawwrrrr] on July 20, 2009, 04:09 PM report to moderator
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this is great :D
haha I feel like dumbledore came out of the closet again! :p
but its the dumbledore we know & love in public

Posted by Mary11_hplvr*WBM* on July 20, 2009, 04:44 PM report to moderator
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congrats, HPA! so wonderful bringing HP fans together for such a good cause

Posted by wimsey estel on July 20, 2009, 05:16 PM report to moderator
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GO HPA!

Posted by ~^%^~TheWanderer~^%^~ [{ROAR!}] on July 20, 2009, 06:27 PM report to moderator
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For some reason I was totally out of the loop about Andrew writing a book. But, awesome! I know it’ll be really cool.

Posted by The Hufflepuff Giraffe on July 20, 2009, 10:52 PM report to moderator
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Niiiice!

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This is awesome!!!

Posted by minishiva on July 21, 2009, 10:03 AM report to moderator
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i love how all our fandom “ambassadors” are writing books! i will buy all of them!!

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that’s absolutely wonderful!!

Posted by smgkkg on July 23, 2009, 05:48 PM report to moderator
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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!

Posted by R-for-H {ROAR} :D on July 26, 2009, 08:45 AM report to moderator
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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!

Posted by Triathene on July 30, 2009, 11:37 PM report to moderator
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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…

Posted by Finny ..::WBM::.. on July 31, 2009, 06:20 AM report to moderator
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