This weeks online reading to the Harry Potter Alliance website was intriguing for me. I have always heard of online sites for people to network with others who have similar interests or passions but I have never seen a site where people with a passion for something, like a book series or movie series, congregate to create civic action and social change.
The Harry Potter Alliance site, thehpalliance.org (click the blue line to be sent to the site) is doing just that. The site is not only for Harry Potter fans but it said to be mostly Harry Potter fans gets people connected through the internet for a common good.
Events are labeled after Harry Potter characters or “wizarding” terms to create a fun and playful feel to the action items but they are creating real change. For example the Granger Leadership Academy is a weekend of fun training to learn how to become a better leader and is based of of traits from Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series who is seen as a female hero.
This concept makes me think about why this is not more prevalent, or if it is where we can we network to find other organizations like these who have a found a playful way to encourage others to make a difference in the world around them.
To my classmates, I wonder have you ever seen sites like this for other activist groups?