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So if people ever look down upon you for crying for fictional characters, you should give them a gentle, pitying look and feel bad for them. If they’ve never cried for a fictional character, then they’ve never loved one (and what a joy that is). If they’ve never cried at a book, a movie, a piece of music, then they’ve missed one of the great pleasures life has to offer. Just because fiction does not contain things that are real doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain truth, and we find it through the alchemy of our tears.
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As she began her career as an actress, Maggie Smith was told that she was too “dull, plain and sexless” to succeed in the industry. More than sixty years, one Dame of the British Empire, two Academy Awards, one Tony Award, and three Golden Globes (out of over twenty nominations) later, it could be argued that Dame Maggie has proven her detractors wrong. At seventy-eight years old she has defied all odds by not only remaining relevant as a ageing woman in the film industry, but by picking up steam along the way and becoming one of the most respected, prolific and well-known faces in the business. Still as much the image of grace, beauty and success as she ever was, it would appear that Dame Maggie Smith is in the prime of her career, with nowhere to go from here but up.

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Happy 8th Birthday to the Harry Potter Alliance!

To celebrate, reblog this with your story.

Why is the HPA’s work important to you? When did first hear about the HPA? What’s been your favorite campaign? Your biggest accomplishment as an HPA member?

We’ll be broadcasting live later tonight and sharing some of our favorites. And don’t forget there’s still three more days to snag some cool perks over at EqualityFTW.org.

Eight years ago, we played a show in a small basement theater just outside of Boston. This show was the launch party for an idea called The Harry Potter Alliance. Our new friend Andrew Slack got on stage and talked about his vision for bringing Harry Potter fans together to form a Dumbledore’s Army that worked towards real social change. 

Since that day in 2005, I have been working closely with Andrew to help realize his vision. These books had inspired us to start a band and to make art, but they had also inspired us to be better people. They taught us that the powers of love and friendship and courage are enough to overcome seemingly insurmountable evil. Harry and his friends proved that it doesn’t matter how old you are: you can still play a huge role in shaping the world. We hoped to create an organization that would help facilitate and empower Harry Potter fans everywhere, to bring them together, and to help them transfer a little of the magic of Harry’s world into our own.

Eight years later, I am truly honored to be a part of the organization that the Harry Potter Alliance has become. But that organization was not shaped exclusively by Andrew and me. We’ve had the support of the entire Harry Potter fandom, our thousands of members, our hundreds of volunteers and chapters, wizard rock bands, fansites, fan conventions, nerdfighters, Vlogbrothers, and even JK Rowling herself. 

Together, we have helped define and shape the concept of fan activism and we’ve proven that fantasy is not an escape from our world, but an invitation to go deeper into it. It is a testament to the impressive character and unyielding generosity of Harry Potter’s fanbase that we have been able to grow so large and accomplish so much. 

So today is a birthday that we should all celebrate. 

Happy 8th Birthday to the Harry Potter Alliance!

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