The Harry Potter Alliance
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Harry Potter Alliance is a website that allows high school and college students who love Harry Potter to continue his fight for good in the real world. For kids who aren't into, for example, sports but want to be part of a team that does something positive, it's a fantastic organization. It's also a great way for kids to meet other like-minded kids, even if they may have a hard time socially. The only bummer is that younger Harry Potter lovers may want to get involved, but it's definitely for more mature fans.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- forming arguments
- cultural understanding
- global awareness
- personal growth
- perspective taking
Responsibility & Ethics
- following codes of conduct
- honoring the community
- respect for others
Engagement, Approach, Support
This site is designed to appeal to the serious Harry Potter fan, and it does a great job. These folks really understand the community, and it's a very engaging way to get kids into social justice. The site's design is outstanding.
As kids get together to talk Potter, the HPA nudges them toward the real world, where many people face Voldemort-esque threats every day. Social skills learned here can translate to future confidence.
It's a little tricky to figure out what you can actually do on the site, but there's a ton of support, extensions, and real-world opportunities, including LeakyCon, a conference for social warriors.
What's it about?
The Harry Potter Alliance is the website for a nonprofit organization that promotes social justice through the lens of Harry Potter's wizarding world. As the site says, \"Did you ever wish that Harry Potter was real? Well, it kind of is.\" Just like Dumbledore's Army fought to create unity and empowerment for underserved wizards, the HPA focuses on making the real world a better place. Kids who join the alliance can get involved with online campaigns, join a local chapter, or attend LeakyCon, a yearly conference.
Is it any good?
The Harry Potter Alliance is an outstanding outlet for Harry Potter lovers who want to continue Harry's work in doing good in the world. It might seem silly, but there are some great parallels between what Harry, Ron, and Hermione do and how people continue to fight for social justice in the real world. It's a great take on fandom, a way to create a community and use that passion for a greater good.
For kids who identify as "nerds" or don't feel connected to a certain crowd at school, the HPA could be right up their alley. The site isn't limited only to Harry Potter fans but branches out into other fictional heroes from Doctor Who to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's a great way for kids to turn the fantasy of heroism into real-life heroic actions.
Families can talk about...
- Families can talk about the parallels between Harry's world and our own. There may be no Voldemort on earth, but what are forces of "evil" that cast a shadow over those working for positive change?
- Harry, Ron, and Hermione are all different. How does each of them contribute to the fight in her or his own way? Have kids identify ways to contribute with their own positive traits.