On Friday, November 18th, the PDX HPA hosted “Fantastic Beasts at the Bagdad”, a ticketed fundraiser for TransActive Gender Center, in the Backstage Bar at the Bagdad Theater. Food and a ticket to the movie were included in the night, and we had quidditch pong, a wand raffle, and some truly excellent swag bags for each guest. We also were allowed to enter the theater through a “Portkey Door”, which meant our guests didn’t have to stand in the long line that had formed at the front.
We sold enough tickets for a small donation for TransActive, but our guests once again demonstrated that they are the best people in the world. Aside from buying tickets for the wand raffle, a number of people insisted upon donating without receiving tickets in return. The proceeds were large enough to allow us to split them between the HPA and TransActive.
We will be donating a total of $400 to their organization, but this event was about far more than that. TransActive and organizations like them need support more than anything else right now. Aside from the people who attended and donated, we also spread the message of TransActive’s good work to a lot of new people. Jenn Burleton, director of TransActive, was at our party, and she spoke to me of how genuinely kind and giving she’d found everyone to be.
All in all, it was a fun night, and we did some good. That’s as it should be. We don’t know what we’ll be doing next, but I can guarantee it will be magical.
Get those Time Turners ready! Our next event is going to be “Fantastic Beasts at the Bagdad”, on Friday, November 18th, 2016, at the Bagdad Theater. We have two rooms reserved in the Backstage Bar, where we’ll be celebrating the newest addition to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding world. There will be food, drinks, a wand raffle, and a special Very Magical Person entrance into the theater, so our guests do not have to wait in line.
All of this, of course, is in continued support of the Protego campaign. Our charity partner for the event is TransActive Gender Center, a local organization that focuses on supporting children, families, and educators. All profits from ticket sales will be donated to them, with the wand raffle proceeds being applied to future HPA endeavors.
You can buy tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2706955
The Fantastic House Elves working to plan and manage this event are truly fantastic! A continuing thank you goes out to Andrea Snow, Robin Coon, Wes Cronin, and Brandie Sylfae!
On Sunday, July 31st, the first ever Hogwarts Early Admission Program took place! Meeting in the Hogwarts Small Hall (temporarily located at the Multnomah Central Library), students, alumni, and interested Muggles got together for an afternoon of well-mannered frivolity. Dueling skills were honed with the ancient game of Reducto, Protego, Expelliarmus. Teams formed to compete in a fast-paced Transfigurations challenge. The History of Magic exam tested even the most attentive of students on their knowledge of recent Wizarding history. We finished our afternoon with a special reading from “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, led by our very own Headmistress, Brandie.
Prizes were given to the top students from each class, and to some students who, while not well-informed, were at least very creative. House points were awarded, and Ravenclaw took the House Cup! Congratulations, Eagles!
Of course, it was great fun for everyone involved, but we came together for a more important reason. Our charity partner for this event was Youth Progress, an organization that helps high-risk youth. We put out a call for school supplies, clothing, and hygiene items, and the response was overwhelming! Donations came from almost every person walked through the door, in quantities we did not expect. It was a very good thing that several backpacks were donated, or we would have had difficulty carrying it all out!
It was a warm reminder that the HPA and fans of Harry Potter everywhere are capable of doing so much good and making a tremendous change in the world. We came together to make this first event of a new era the best it could be, and from here, anything is possible!