Harry Potter Alliance Member and Undocumented Student Julian Gomez on How You Can Help This Nation's Immigration Problem

But this is no ordinary fundraising campaign. The HPA is making it fun for people to donate by offering 12 perks, “one of which hasn’t been announced yet,” said Julian. The twelfth mystery perk is going to be “a smaller perk for people who want to donate, but don’t have that much money and still want to get a perk.”

The full list of perks can be viewed on the Equality FTW IndieGoGo page. But hurry, some are limited –- like the Team Starkid production signed poster, or a handcrafted phoenix pendant by Evanna Lynch (the lovely Luna Lovegood) herself -– and you only have until September 8th to donate and snag a perk. 

Imagine Better is another subproject from the HPA that focuses on different fandoms besides the Harry Potter franchise. “The first campaign that we did was called ‘Hunger is not a Game,’ where we used the Hunger Games books and movie to fight hunger,” said Julian.

No new campaigns have been announced yet, but Julian assures us that the next groups of fans to be called to action will be those of the hit BBC show Doctor Who

“I think Harry Potter fans have a lot of passion, and they need an outlet for their passion," said Julian. "Harry Potter might be over [in terms of books and movies], but it’s not over for fans."

And what better use of that passion than to try and change the world?

“At first,” Julian added, “people [get involved] because they want to be like Harry, they want to fight injustice, and then afterwards, they get really into advocacy and start doing it on their own.”

It’s easy to get involved and be a part of the wonderful Harry Potter fandom and make a difference at the same time. The HPA does everything online, and joining is as simple as going to the webpage and clicking the “sign up for action” tab. By frequenting the website, you can find out about events, how to help out, stay up to date with the HPA newsletter, and even how to be a part (or start) a local chapter – it’s like magic at your fingertips. 

Julian is currently an English major and a sophomore at The Honors College at Miami Dade, and when he graduates with his bachelor’s degree, he hopes to work with non-profit companies by making videos and doing social media related things. 

From one Harry Potter fan to another, I see a bright future.

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