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The HPA partners with Youtube celebrities John and Hank Green for election campaign ‘Don’t Forget To Vote, America’ (DFTVA), which went viral during the 2012 fall election. Art By: HPA

The HPA partners with The Box Scene Project, a charity organization for LGBTQ representation created after fans of “Glee” noticed unequal treatment of the popular TV couple Kurt and Blaine. Art By: The Box

When campaigning for marriage equality, the HPA uses the messages of love and tolerance from the “Harry Potter” series to draw parallels to the real world fight for LGBTQ justice.

The organization name, the Imagine Better Project, references J.K. Rowling’s famous quote, “We do not need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” The organization aims to inspire members to imagine a better world through their favorite entertainment mediums and then work to create that world rather than sitting idly by.

“I think we all know deep down that one of the reasons Harry Potter is so popular is because it artfully conveys a message that is so very needed at this time- that the forces of fear, intolerance and hatred come and go but they are no match for the power of love,” Slack said. “Harry Potter’s eleven years living in a cupboard for his identity as a wizard reminds us that no one should have to live inside of a closet for their identity.” As shown by their Hunger Is Not A Game campaign, the HPA works with more than just “Harry Potter” fans. The HPA’s umbrella organization, the Imagine Better Project, works with fans of “Doctor Who”, “The Hunger Games”, “Glee”, “Firefly”, “Star Trek” and more to build an activist community entirely composed of fans. “The Imagine Better project takes a grassroots approach to harnessing the energy of popular culture, modern mythology and social media for social change,” the website says. “It is a place where we take all of the stories and communities that excite us and turn them into fuel for a better world. Where fans of all stories can join forces to turn the fictions they love into the world they can imagine.” The Imagine Better project has inspired many other fan created activist groups. The Box Scene Project, spurred by the unequal treatment of LGBTQ couples in the hit TVshow “Glee”, has partnered with Imagine Better to raise nearly $71,000 for charity and LGBTQ representation.

Scene Project

“I call this model of change ‘cultural acupuncture’: where we find the energy in the culture and we move that energy authentically to create a healthier body for our world,” Slack said. “Stories are the needles, stories are what resonate.” The sudden increase in civic engagement and social activism stemming from fan culture surprises many people, but it has clearly found its place among the political and educational organizations attempting to do the same thing. “How do we convert that into learning communities? How do we get schools to begin picking this up?” Slack said. “When students walk into school on Monday, they saw movies on Friday night, and hidden in those movies are the ways to motivate students to not only learn about current events as passive audience members but to engage in current events as the people who are actually going to shape them. I believe stories have the power to be a gamechanger in humanity and how we view ourselves as human beings. Fantasy is not an escape from our world, but an invitation to go deeper into it.”

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