The Harry Potter Alliance’s equality campaign video is a moving tribute to fandom
The Harry Potter Alliance is hosting its annual Equality FTW campaign, a fundraising drive to allow the fandom non-profit to continue its many charity drives and political advocacy—including a project Hermione herself would approve of.
An impressive IndieGoGo campaign featuring contributions from major figures across the Vlogbrothers’ network of YouTubers and fandom celebrities has raised over $80,000 so far to fund the organization’s work. Young Adult authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lev Grossman, Glee heartthrob Darren Criss, Harry Potter actress Evanna Lynch, and LeakyCon (newly christened GeekyCon) founder Melissa Anelli have all joined forces to fundraise for the venerable HPA.
John Green pledged to match up to $10,000 in donations, a goal that was easily met earlier this week after his substantial fanbase, which overlaps considerably with the Harry Potter fandom, stepped up to donate to the cause.
The newest HPA project, named after one of the Harry Potter series’ most beloved characters, is designed to raise a new generation of fandom activists. The Granger Leadership Academy, named after Hermione Granger, is a leadership conference taking place this weekend (October 17–19) at Auburn University. The goal is to empower people to turn their fandom into real-world activism, something that HPA founder Andrew Slack found transformative in his own life.