Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy


We turn fans into heroes.

aka The Harry Potter Alliance

Binghamton, NY


The Harry Potter Alliance turns fans into heroes. We use the power of story and popular culture to make activism accessible and sustainable. Through experiential training and real life campaigns, we develop compassionate, skillful leaders who learn to approach our world’s problems with joy, creativity, and commitment to equity.

Ruling Year


Managing Director

Katie Bowers

Main Address

PO Box 241

Binghamton, NY 13903 USA


Harry Potter, Social Activism, Civic Engagement, Social Media, Youth Development, Fandom, Online Community





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

For many people, activism is not accessible or sustainable.

Our programs

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Accio Books!

HPA Chapters

Wizard Activist School

Fandom Forward

Dumbledore's Army Fights Back

Granger Leadership Academy

Hero Training

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We strive to make activism accessible, sustainable, and joyful through story-based advocacy and leadership development.

The HPA organizes Harry Potter and pop culture fans to make a difference through activism, leadership, and service. Through the power of story, we help fans understand complex social justice issues and find meaningful, exciting ways to take action.

The HPA currently employs three full-time employees and one part-time employee. In addition, the HPA has over 80 active volunteers.

The Board plans to review strategic plan objectives quarterly and the HPA holds an annual retreat at which strategic plan outcomes are evaluated. We also regularly collect and analyze data from chapter organizers, members, donors, event & training attendees, social media, our website, and more.

Our model works. Our reach has extended to 250 chapters in 35 countries. Over five years of study, we have found that our Chapter Organizers consistently report being more knowledgeable, passionate, and committed to the social justice causes we introduce them to. In 2018, 100% of attendees of our most intensive training expressed that following the conference they felt confident in their identity and abilities as activists. We have influenced legislation on marriage equality and net neutrality, organized thousands of fans to successfully compel Warner Bros to make all Harry Potter-brand chocolate fair trade, and much more. Our methodology has most recently been featured in USA Today, Rolling Stone, and Yahoo Entertainment. The HPA is in the process of completing a new, comprehensive 3-year strategic plan, including developing a new action hub that will make it easier (and more fun!) to make frequent and meaningful impact on everything from gender equity to racial justice.

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