Tomorrow’s Esther Day event

Earlier this summer we launched The Esther Day Project, a campaign to prepare for our favorite holiday. While Esther Day is August 3rd, we’re honoring Esther Earl and the power of love all summer long. Tomorrow at 2:30 PM Eastern, HPA President Andrew Slack will be joined by Lori and Wayne Earl, Esther’s parents and […]

Read More
Posted in Esther Day | Tagged , , ,

6 months of winning!

Thanks to you, our second-annual Equality FTW campaign was our most successful ever. We raised $184,838 – almost double our goal. Because of your generosity, we’ve been able to accomplish some great things in the last seven months. Our Hunger Games campaign “Odds In Our Favor” is truly catching fire: our “The Hunger Games Are Real” video has over 400,000 […]

Read More
Posted in Accio Books, Chapters, Empowerment, Human Rights, Hunger Games, LGBTQ, Literacy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Accio Books!: Bringing Magic to Detroit

This year we are bringing the magic of Accio Books to Detroit! We are partnering with the Brightmoor Community Center and the Whomping Wolverines of the University of Michigan because low literacy is a major issue in Detroit. A little wand waving and a quick Google search leads curious witches and wizards to a mind-boggling statistic: 47% of Detroit residents qualify […]

Read More
Posted in Accio Books, Harry Potter Alliance News, Literacy | Tagged , , , , ,

Are You Psyched for the New Hunger Games Movie?

This evening is the release of the new Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire. We are excited to see the movie. We are excited to see our brothers and sisters in the 12 Districts begin to rise against the Capitol and the suppression and economic hardship it supports. As fans, we understand the true message of the […]

Read More
Posted in Action, Chapters, Harry Potter Alliance News, Hunger Games, Panem | Tagged , , ,

On Theatre and Shared Experiences

If you’ve read my blogs before, by now I’m sure you know that I have been heavily involved in the theatre for the majority of my life. It’s not just the acting – performing live on stage in front of a crowd of people – that I’ve always loved, but also how the theatre brings […]

Read More
Posted in Philosophical Musings, Stories | Tagged , , ,

Equality FTW Update

We’re going into the final stretch of the Indiegogo campaign for Equality FTW! The support that everyone has shown has just been incredible so far, with $78,354 raised as of the posting of this blog, 2,039 backers and so much buzz going around the internet we can’t keep track of it all! Thank you so […]

Read More
Posted in Connect, LGBTQ, Literacy | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Theatre Experiences: Staged Readings vs “Normal” Performances

I have been in the theatre now for almost 13 years, and have a lot of experience in many forms of performances over the years, from children’s community theatre to professional (though unpaid) theatre to rehearsing for months on end on Skype for musicals at HPEF & LeakyCon conferences and more. There are so many […]

Read More
Posted in About, Harry Potter Alliance News, Stories | Tagged , , , , , ,

Crafty Blog: Simple Beaded Earrings

As a jeweler, I love to make beaded earrings. They’re relatively easy to make, and the end result is an elegant piece of jewelry that you have created yourself – always a fun conversation piece. You can use any mixture of beads, metal for the wire, etc that you want and make them as long […]

Read More
Posted in Crafty, Harry Potter Alliance News | Tagged , , , ,

The Story’s the Thing: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

When most people think of the story of The Last Unicorn (myself included), they usually think of the  film adaptation – and yes, I did say “adaptation.” I came across the novel this past month in a used bookstore, and thinking of my beloved childhood movie, I snatched it up immediately. The novel was written […]

Read More
Posted in Philosophical Musings, Stories | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Fandom Convention Musings

Every year when I return home from a Harry Potter convention, I think back to the defining moments of the weekend and what makes going every year so magical and wonderful. At past conventions, it was rehearsing and performing musicals and plays with some of my best wizard friends, or meeting Tamora Pierce at my […]

Read More
Posted in Connect, Philosophical Musings, Stories | Tagged , , , , , , , ,