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Harry Potter Fans Seek to Help Other Fans Have the “Ultimate” HP Experience

HollywoodNews.com: Since I became a part of it in 2005, the Harry Potter fandom has never ceased to amaze me with the things that it has accomplished in the name of charity. Whether it’s something nationally or globally recognized – such as when the HP Alliance raised money to donate medical supplies to the survivors of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, or whether it was something a little less well-known – like fanfiction/fanart auctions to help a fellow fandom friend pay their rent or buy much needed prescription medication, we have always come together in the same spirit of the words of our favorite fictional Headmaster:

“Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who need it most.” ~ Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

And now comes our chance to help again, this time in the name of fandom love, friendship and fun. The International Confederation of Wizards is a network of fans who have banded together with just one purpose: to raise money to send two lucky fans who couldn’t otherwise
afford to go, to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The donations will cover airfare, on-site hotel accomodations, park tickets and spending money. As noted on their website :

Many of you have followed JK Rowling’s amazing adventure for years. Many of you have attended worldwide annual conferences, read fansites every morning and know the best way to say Red Wines in a German accent. And most of you have or will soon visit the Wizarding World in Orlando.

But not everyone can. Many of us in our fandom family do not have the finances and will not be able to see this amazing place and walk through what we’ve only been able to dream of. So, our goal is to do just that. Our goal is to raise enough money to pay for two lucky fan-friends that YOU, THE FANDOM CHOOSE to fly to Orlando, stay at an on-site hotel, enjoy 3 days at the Wizarding World and have plenty of spending money while they have the time of their lives.

As a huge Harry Potter fan, I can personally say that visiting this theme park a few weeks ago meant so much to me; to be able to see this world that has changed my life in so many ways and given me so many friends that I would never have otherwise found, is an experience that I wholeheartedly suggest every Harry Potter fan to experience. I am glad that this “contest” has been put together, and hope that they meet their goals to send some deserving fans to have the same wonderful experience.

Information on how to enter to win, qualifications, or to donate can be found at the International Confederation of Wizards’ website.

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