After nearly two months of feeling lost and quite ineffective at easing my own grief I’ve returned from the hellish (arm)pits of Mordor. Jim (a.k.a. Babycakes) and I are having problems so I’m a little fussy about a lot of things at the moment.
Other than that I wanted to introduce a new weekly series: Fandom Fridays.
Every Friday, starting today, I plan on spotlighting 2-3 things I think are noteworthy from one of the many fandoms I’m a part of. Oh and if you’ve got something you’d like to share or do a guest post on for future installments? Feel free to owl me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea. That’s right I said owl . This week’s fandom is….
First up on this week’s list is The Harry Potter Alliance.
The fact that HPA has been around for ten years and I’m only just discovering it now is mind blowing. Since 2005 they’ve worked to get fans to turn their love of all things Potter into a force that affects real, lasting and most importantly positive change in the world. Whether it’s providing books to under served communities through efforts like “Accio Books!” or partnering with another fandom to highlight the increasing wage disparity and lack of adequate, affordable mental health treatment options the Harry Potter Alliance is doing remarkable things. I for one, hope they continue the great work for decades to come. Remember, Potterverse didn’t end with book 7 and Deathly Hallows Part 2. Fans, new and old, can pick up where the last book and film left off. Continue the narrative, fight against injustice and inequality. Because as they’re fond of saying over at HPA, we are book eight.
Second and last for this week is the Harry Potter read along at the Alohomora podcast on MuggleNet. I can’t begin to express the level of awesome this is on. I consider this one of the best features of the MuggleNet site to date. Though Rosmerta’s Recipes runs a close second.
I think Alohomora is great because it allows long time fans another way to relieve the memories formed as we grew and changed alongside the Golden Trio. The hollow ache felt when yet another Christmas passed and the only gift received was a tube sock or wire coat hanger. Relief on learning that there was an explanation for the unusual things you could do and hurt at being rejected by others like you because you wanted to prove yourself in a new, unfamiliar environment. The knock kneed fumbling of a teen who’s finally discovered the opposite (or same) sex. More than that, the Alohomora podcast is a way for new fans to discover why so many people treasure the Harry Potter series and delves deeper into the how and why of event that transpired. The alternative views on characters’ motives drew me in and kept me coming back for more. The other unbelievably awesome benefit of this podcast? In my opinion I think this would be a great way to foster a lifelong love of books and reading in people that might otherwise think of it as a chore.
Not sure where to start? Yertle the Turtle thinks this might be a good place.
Are you a part of any fandoms? If so, which ones? If not, are there any causes that you feel strongly about and are involved with?