Help the Harry Potter Alliance Welcome Refugees with Owls of Hope
The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) is a non-profit organization that takes inspiration from the Harry Potter books to fight for justice around the world. Earlier this year, we helped raise money and awareness for the group’s causes through the #ThankYouForTheMagic Birthday Campaign honoring J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. Now, as part of the HPA’s Dumbledore’s Army Fights Back campaign, HPA has launched Owls of Hope so fans can send messages of love and support to refugees.
Owls of Hope is a direct response to the United States Department of State’s cap on refugee admissions. The cap has just been set at 30,000 people, which is a record low for the country.
Furthermore, refugees face an increasing amount of anti-immigration policies and sentiments all around the world. They’re met with everything from harmful rhetoric to imprisonment in places such as the United States, Australia, and Europe. With Owls of Hope, the HPA aims to fight back against the hatred and show refugees that many people welcome them.
Fans within the US can send owls to refugees in Dallas, Texas. The letters will be distributed by two other non-profit organizations: For the Nations Refugee Outreach, which gives refugees educational services and resettlement support, and Northwest Community Center, which has resources for refugee children and families. Letters from outside the US will go to Any Refugee, a program that reaches out to refugee children.
Owls of Hope is inspired by the letters Harry received accepting him to Hogwarts. They brought him joy and hope for his new life in the magical world. The letters are meaningful to fans as well since they mark the beginning of Harry’s journey and help us connect with him. The HPA wants to share those same feelings with refugees. Fans can write anything welcoming and supportive to refugees – they can even talk about Harry Potter.