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Harry Potter Fans Join Real-Life Dumbledore’s Army

Although J. K. Rowling has written the final book in the Harry Potter series, there is still a very active community of fans online. Andrew Slack decided to tap into that community and form the HP Alliance [2], a non-profit group that is “dedicated to using the examples of Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore to spread love and fight the Dark Arts in the real world.” Basically, the HP Alliance is a real-life version of Dumbledore’s Army, but, instead of Voldemort and Death Eaters, the group fights poverty, illiteracy, and genocide all over the world.

Earlier this month, the HP Alliance won the Chase Community Giving challenge on Facebook and $250,000 in prize money. According to a video on their Facebook page [3], the HP Alliance will use the money to increase their book donations, fight for LBGT equality, and raise awareness on global warming and human rights issues. The HP Alliance was supported in the Chase Community Giving contest by Harry Potter fan sites such as Mugglenet and The Leaky Cauldron, as well as celebrities like Dan Brown, Neil Gaiman, Tom Felton, Chris Rankin and Nathan Fillion.

How cool is that? I love that the theme of love triumphing over evil in the Harry Potter books is inspiring activism. I’m trying to think of another instance of books motivating people to get involved like this. I think Twilight fans have organized some blood drives, but that’s all I can come up with. Can you think of any other charities inspired by books?

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