HP Alliance Launches Deathly Hallows Campaign: Fight the Starvation Wages Horcrux


Nov 01, 2010

Posted by John Admin

Yesterday, at a two hour long LiveStream event, the Harry Potter Alliance officially launched The Deathly Hallows Campaign, which will span nine months and calls Harry Potter fans to help destroy seven real world horcruxes.

The first horcrux to be destroyed is the Starvation Wages Horcrux. The Harry Potter Alliance today sent a letter to the parent company of Warner Bros., Time Warner, asking them to change to Fair Trade chocolate for its Harry Potter merchandising. On behalf of The HPA, its Executive Director Andrew Slack writes:

I applaud Warner Brothers’ ethical sourcing guidelines regarding child
labor and in the past I have appreciated talking with Mr. Bishop about
Frankford Candy Company’s appreciation of corporate responsibility.
Unfortunately when it comes to chocolate, the world has embarrassingly
low standards for what it deems ethical, so much so that a great deal of
our chocolate comes from farmers who continue to be exploited and
pushed into situations that perpetuate poverty and, in many cases,
children who are enslaved on cocoa plantations. This problem is so
widespread that the only way to guarantee that the chocolate products
that are sold in the name of Harry Potter are not coming from such
exploitative situations is to source them and sell them under the Fair
Trade system and label.

You can sign a petition in support of the campaign here on the HPA website. The Harry Potter Alliance sent out an email this morning with the remarkable announcement that in under 24 hours since the campaign’s launch, over 1,600 signatures have already been collected. But we can’t stop there.

Print out the petition from this link and get your friends, family, school peers and community to sign. Tweet a message of campaign support, such as the example below, in order to spread awareness:

I signed @thehpalliance’s petition for Harry Potter chocolate to be Fair Trade @twxcorp #deathlyhallows http://t.co/LdijnBE

Additionally, the campaign against the Starvation Wages Horcrux is an HPA House Cup competition. The House with the most signatures by the 31st of December, 2010 (at which point the petition is no longer available to sign) will have a Wizard Rock band write a song about how they won the contest. The HPA website names three ways you can help your House prevail:

1. Sign the petition with your name and House.
2. Encourage your fellow Housemates to sign the petition.
3. Ask your friends/family to sign the petition.

The House Cup Winner will be announced on the 1st of January, 2010.

Lastly, the HPA is inviting its chapters and members to host Lumos Parties on the 19th of November as you watch “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.” More details about what that entails can be found via this link.

Find out more information about the campaign here on the HPA website. You can watch the live stream of the campaign’s launch at this link.

18 Responses to HP Alliance Launches Deathly Hallows Campaign: Fight the Starvation Wages Horcrux

Avatar Imageginny_weasley1998 says: First! that picture is cool!Avatar Imageginny_weasley1998 says: SIGNING THE PETITION!Avatar ImageHPAKate says: There's over 1800 signatures now. I've got the database open right now, its amazing to watch the numbers climb so fast!Avatar ImageHPAKate says: There's over 1800 signatures now. I've got the database open right now, its amazing to watch the numbers climb so fast!Avatar ImageHPAKate says: sorry about the double post!Avatar ImageTheDeathlyHallows07 says: signed it and linked it on facebook for all my friends to see! go HPA!Avatar ImageVerdande says: If I print out the petition and get people to sign it, can I scan it and mail it somewhere?Avatar Imageizziewitch says: @TheDeathlyHallows07, how did you link it? I tried (hitting the button at the bottom of the page) but nothing came up except a very blank facebook page. (Not being great at computers-!- how do you do it?) txAvatar ImageWeenyOwl says: Eating chocolate should make a person feel good in every way - including knowing that you're not doing any harm in the world by what you're consuming.Avatar Image2tal says: That is a wonderful alteration of the symbol of the DH! And a grand idea that the HP fans would choose ("It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." CoS) to make the world a better place. One of my favorite quotes of my father's is: Leave it better than you found it! It is something I've tried to incorporate in my life and a message that runs through HP.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Thats amazing!Avatar Imageginny_weasley1998 says: Good posting Rosie :)Avatar ImageTheDeathlyHallows07 says: @izziewitch act like you are going to do a status change. (click in the box as if you are going to change your status) several different options should pop up (it says "Attach:") the options are "Photos" "Video" "Event" "Link" click on "Link" it should then enable you to type in a url.Avatar Imageizziewitch says: Thanks!Avatar Imageizziewitch says: Thanks!Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: Signing up nowAvatar Imagehonigmuffin says: I hope we'll get a public answer or something the like from WB. Awesome campaign. Also, I love the campaign logo.Avatar Imageda_member0808 says: I signed! :)

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