By Whitney Milam
HollywoodNews.com: The Harry Potter Alliance, a volunteer fan charity organization dedicated to “using the examples of Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore to spread the love and fight the Dark Arts in the real world”, partnered with The Leaky Cauldron, MuggleNet, HPANA, and Fiction Alley to found Helping Haiti Heal in order to assist with relief and help the Haitian people recover from January’s earthquake disaster.
Since its creation, Helping Haiti Heal has raised over $123,000 and sent 80,000 pounds of critical medical supplies to Haiti on five different planes; named, appropriately, “Harry”, “Hermione”, “Ron,” “DFTBA” (Don’t Forget to Be Awesome), and “Dumbledore”. Dumbledore, the fifth and final plane, successfully landed in Haiti on Tuesday, and to celebrate, the HP Alliance will present a livestream event featuring Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood in the films), contests, giveaways, discussions, and several other special guests tomorrow, Sunday June 27 from 2 to 6pm.
HP Alliance co-founder Andrew Slack writes, “Like the spirit of the Phoenix, from the ashes of rubble in Port-au-Prince and throughout much of the island, from the tears may there emerge new life. The people of Haiti will rise again!” Here’s to the real-life members of Dumbledore’s Army.
To find out how to vote for the HP Alliance in the Chase Community Giving contest and watch a video clarifying the group’s mission, click here or visit the official Facebook page. To find out how you can get involved in a troupe near you, check out the official site.
UPDATE: J.K. Rowling herself has responded to this incredible movement with a handwritten letter to the HP Alliance, saying,
Dumbledore–UNBELIEVABLE!!! Every time I try and think of words for what you and the HP Alliance have done for Haiti, my mind goes blank (and my eyes fill with tears).
You all have done the most magnificent, overwhelming, inspirational, and awesome thing! (And I mean ‘awesome’ in the true meaning of the word, not as applied to lip gloss or pizza).
With love and admiration always,
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By Whitney Milam