As Harry Potter fever heats up, The Harry Potter Alliance is bridging the connection of Harry Potter with the serious issue of genocide in Darfur.Â The HP Alliance uses the popular series to mobilize over 100,000 young Harry Potter fans on social issues.Â According to the website:
Together we can wake the world up to the fact that the genocide in Darfur must be stopped the way Harry and Dumbledoreâ€™s Army woke the world up to Voldemortâ€™s return!
On Saturday, July 14, the HP Alliance is working with the Genocide Intervention Network and several human rights groups to organize hundreds of house parties all over the world. Each house party will listen to an HP Alliance podcast where Joe Wilson, former U.S. Ambassador; John Prendergast, senior advisor to the International Crisis Group; Dot Maver executive director of the Peace Alliance; and John Passacantando, executive director of GreenPeace will discuss the history of the Sudanese genocide and how regular people can do something to stop it. The podcast will also feature “Wizard Rock” bands like “Harry and the Potters” and is co-sponsored by the popular Harry Potter news site, the Leaky Cauldron.
According to Andrew Slack, the 27 year-old founder of HP Alliance:
JK Rowling used to work for Amnesty International. And it’s clear that the values of Amnesty resonate throughout Harry Potter. Take the upcoming Harry Potter movie: Harry must start an underground activist group called ‘Dumbledore’s Army’ to wake the Ministry of Magic up to the fact that Voldemort has returned. The HP Alliance is working to wake our government leaders up to the fact that they need to end the genocide in Darfur .
Check out the HP Alliance Myspace page for all the deets and stay true to the alliance mission “the weapon we have is love!”