“I am honoured and humbled that Harry’s name has been given to such an extraordinary campaign, which really does exemplify the values for which Dumbledore’s Army fought in the books.” – JK Rowling

About PDXpelliarmus

PDXpelliarmus is the Portland Chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance.  We engage our local community to promote literacy, equality, and human rights, to raise funds for worthy nonprofits, and to encourage fan activism and civic engagement.

Our annual activities include participation in the Accio Books campaign, collecting books for local and international schools and libraries.  (In 2018 we collected almost 800 books to donate to Roosevelt High School and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico.)  We host the Hogwarts Early Admission Program, a free day of crafts and activities at a local library.  For the past two years, we’ve teamed up with McMenamin’s Kennedy School to celebrate Harry’s birthday with a special event and school supply drive.  (In 2018, we collected 27 new backpacks, 6 large boxes, and 2 shopping bags filled with supplies, and $600 in cash, for elementary schools in Centennial School district.)

In December, we present the Yule Ball, an evening of well-mannered frivolity that includes a feast, music, dancing, butterbeer, and magic.  In 2017, between ticket sales and the Yule Ball raffle, we were able to donate $3000 EACH to two nonprofits, Girls Build and ChickTech, in support of the #WithoutHermione campaign.

In October of 2018, PDXpelliarmus became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, incorporated in the State of Oregon.  Our EIN is 83-2006002

Our Heads of House

  • Brandie Sylfae – Headmistress
  • Bas Porter – Deputy Headmistress
  • Bart Sylfae – Keeper of Keys and Grounds

You can contact them at hpa.portlandchapter@gmail.com.


About the Harry Potter Alliance

The Harry Potter Alliance is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that takes an outside-the-box approach to activism by using parallels from the Harry Potter books to educate and mobilize people across the world toward working for social change. They work with volunteers of every age who wish to make a difference in their lives, their communities, and the world. By translating some of the world’s most pressing issues into the framework of Harry Potter and other stories, we hope to make social issues more accessible and activism less intimidating. We aim to provide specific ways in which volunteers can take action on a variety of different human rights and social justice issues, as well as provide volunteers with the understanding and confidence to pursue causes in their local communities.

More information on the Harry Potter Alliance can be found at thehpalliance.org.