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The Harry Potter Alliance

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Fans can fight real-world evil with social-activism site.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Harry Potter fought to create good in his world, and now his fans can follow in his footsteps. The Harry Potter Alliance is an incredible way to introduce kids to social consciousness using Harry's adventures as a model for making the world a better, kinder place.

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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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • forming arguments
  • reading

Social Studies

  • citizenship
  • cultural understanding
  • global awareness

Skills

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • personal growth
  • self-reflection

Emotional Development

  • empathy
  • perspective taking

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • honoring the community
  • respect for others

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • forming arguments
  • reading

Social Studies

  • citizenship
  • cultural understanding
  • global awareness

Skills

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • personal growth
  • self-reflection

Emotional Development

  • empathy
  • perspective taking

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • honoring the community
  • respect for others

Kids can learn that they have a voice, and the Harry Potter Alliance offers lots of ways for them to use that voice for good. They'll learn social skills and, ultimately, organizing skills for charity drives, protests, or online campaigns that promote change in the world. They'll learn that getting together with their Potter-loving friends can make a difference in the real world. The Harry Potter Alliance brings like-minded kids together in a way that makes doing good feel like magic.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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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?

QUALITY

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.

      Website details

      Genre:Civic Engagement
      Topics:Misfits and underdogs
      Price:Free
      Pricing structure:Free

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      • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
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      • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
      • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
      • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
      • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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