In the best-selling series of books that bear his name, Harry Potter and his friends are heroes. It turns out that the same is true in the real world — at least as far as the friends go. Some of the boy wizard’s biggest fans are coming together to protect marriage and keep families together. The Massachusetts-based, non-profit Harry Potter Alliance, “dedicated to using the examples of Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore to spread love,” has organized a “magical day of activism,” according to the group’s executive director, Andrew Slack.
On October 24, two Harry Potter-themed “Wizard Rock” bands, Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys, will perform in Portland and then join with concertgoers and other volunteers to ask the citizens of Maine to say “No” to Proposition 1 and allow marriage equality to prevail. “The parallels in Harry Potter around equal rights, including marriage equality, abound,” says Slack. I’m sure that Professor Dumbledore would certainly agree; the character was famously outed as being gay a couple of years ago by J.K. Rowling, the books’ author.
I read the first few books in the series and saw a couple of the movies, but I just can’t see them as anything more than entertaining — and fictional — adventures; I certainly don’t get trying to make them come alive in the real world. Nonetheless, I definitely applaud the efforts of these die-hard fans as they work to help families become, well, families in the eyes of the law.