“We will fight!” Hermione said. “We’ll have to, to reach the snake! But let’s not lose sight now of what we’re supposed to be d-doing! We’re the only ones who can end it!”
Hermione wasn’t always right, but she did know a thing or two about taking charge. As Ron said, “we wouldn’t last two days without her!” Of course, there are many examples of great leadership throughout Harry Potter. That’s what the Harry Potter Alliance is tapping into for their first annual Granger Leadership Academy. The HPA has created the academy in order to encourage grassroots fan activism in their Chapters and teach attendees about the specialized work of the organization:
“Granger Leadership Academy is the HPA’s first annual leadership conference designed especially for HPA Chapters — but open to anyone who is interested in developing leadership skills and learning more about the HPA’s unique brand of fan activism! Our conference, held October 17 through 19, 2014, is designed to bring our greatest leaders together in one place and allow them to establish strong connections with each other, share ideas, learn from our talented Chapters Staff, and emerge well-equipped to lead their community to a more just and magical future. Of course, this will be no ordinary leadership conference, as all programming and activities will be injected with the spirit of our most cherished stories. Whether most inspired by Hermione’s community organizing chops or Neville’s ability to stand up for what’s right regardless of the risk, attendees will be given the tools to become the heroes of their own narrative!”
Today is the final day for early bird registration ($40) which includes programming, keynote speakers, and dinner on Saturday night, all taking place at The Hotel at Auburn University. The conference offers a special rate at the hotel, $119 per night for up to four people, if reserved by September 26. The conference, as noted above, is intended for the HPA chapters, but we agree that there is value in exploring new leadership abilities for anyone interested. Plus, there’s this:
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A weekend full of leadership, activism, and wizard rock? What could be better?! Check out the HPA website for more information on programming and the call for workshop proposals.