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A Very Potter Senior Year is not the end of the Harry Potter fandom

They talk about how the books have ended, the movies have ended, and now the Starkid fan musicals have ended. They moan about how Harry Potter and it’s experience is over and done with.
I’m more optimistic. At the London Premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two, J.K. Rowling said, “Whether you return by page or the big screen Hogwarts will always welcome you home.”

A generation of people who grew up in the 1990s and now those growing up in the early 21st century, have been affected by this world she has created.  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida is only a few years old. Pottermore has only revealed extra info and trivia about the Harry Potter universe from the first three books–there are four more. Harry Potter has been compared to The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. Both of those book series were written over 50 years ago. People are still reading those books and rediscovering those worlds. I believe Harry Potter is in a similar position.

I hope that over a hundred years from now all three of those book series will still be read and appreciated.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his first adventure of Sherlock Holmes in 1887 and over 120 years later BBC’s Sherlock fans wait eagerly for the next series and across the pond in the  U.S. CBS airs their own modern day version of the detective with a genderbent Watson in Elementary.

Sherlockians keep the magic of Sherlock Holmes alive. Fans share what have inspired them. What’s even more amazing is what fans are doing right now to prove how Harry Potter has made a difference in their lives.

The Harry Potter Alliance is the number one reason I believe Harry Potter’s influence is unlikely to be forgotten anytime soon. It’s a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and spreading awareness of social issues such as illiteracy, poverty, environmental issues, and working to end violence. It mobilizes the power of it’s large fanbase and urges them to bring the lessons of tolerance, love, and determination found within the Harry Potter books into the real world. It draws parallels from the books and points to similar situations in the real world and tells people how they can help.

It helped raise over $123,000 to send emergency supplies to aid Haitians.

In 2010, it won $250,000 from the Community Chase Giving contest on facebook and put the money towards literacy programs and LGBT rights programs.

And now, in 2013, it is continuing to work with other organizations such as The Gay-Straight Alliance Network,The Genocide Prevention Network, and Rock the Vote.

I am in awe of the good work the HP Alliance and other organizations like it do everyday. They’re people trying to make a difference. I’m equally thrilled by how they’re linking the arts to these efforts. I’m sure J.K. Rowling couldn’t have anticipated how large an impact her book series would have on the world, but I hope she is pleased.


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