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Harry Potter fans hold fundraiser for Amnesty International

SOMERVILLE, MA, October 4, 2005 -- The Harry Potter series has exploded into a phenomenon, fascinating readers of all ages. The books and movies have made millions and inspired a unique community of fans, one whose members attend midnight book release parties and debate the series on countless websites.

There is another dimension to the Harry Potter phenomenon, one whose power has yet to be fully tapped. J.K. Rowling, the author of the bestselling series, has worked with human-rights organization Amnesty International since before her stellar rise to fame. The books tackle tough political and social issues, from racial prejudice to prisoner abuse.

Combining these important causes with the dynamic energy of the Harry Potter fan base could produce an exciting momentum for social justice, and it starts with the Harry Potter Alliance, a unique blend of Harry Potter fans and activists looking to spread the word and fight for human rights.

We’re kicking off this movement with a one-of-a-kind-event. Different Boston-based entertainers will come together to launch the alliance and raise funds for Amnesty International.

The event will feature the sketch-comedy stylings of The Late Night Players; Andrew Slack from, a blog on Harry Potter and its connection to social justice; the inspiring words of beloved storyteller Brother Blue; the pop-punk of Harry and the Potters a band which has achieved renown for their songs based on the series; and an appearance by comedian Jimmy Tingle [schedule permitting].

All these artists are dedicated to harnessing the energy and joy of the Harry Potter fan base in the service of an essential cause. It’ll be a fun night of laughter, music and wonder for all ages.

At Jimmy Tingle’s OFF BROADAY Theater, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville (on the Red Line Davis T and next to the Burren and across the street from Redbones), at 7 p.m., Monday, October 10. Tickets $15, half price for students with ID. Net proceeds to benefit Amnesty International. The theater is wheelchair accessible.

To purchase tickets please call TheaterMania toll free at 1-866-811-4111 or visit where tickets can be purchased online 24 hours a day. For more info, call the theater box office at 617-591-1616.

Published October 6, 2005

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