The Harry Potter Alliance has launched the Imagine Better Project in their aim to expand the successful model of the HPA in order to use ”the magic of all stories to help inspire and uplift the story of humanity”, starting with The Hunger Games.
At 7pm EST tonight (midnight GMT) the Imagine Better Project will launch the Hunger Is Not A Game campaign during a Livestream with Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films), Lauren Fairweather (The Moaning Myrtles), HPA’s Executive Director Andrew Slack and leading figures of the Hunger Games fandom such as Savanna New from the Hunger Games Fireside Chat podcast. Hunger Is Not A Game is “the largest Hunger Games fandom campaign to fight social injustice” and you can watch the Livestream at this link.
As today is International Women’s Day the Livestream discussion will focus in part on ass-kicking women in fiction, particularly Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games as well as the series’ author, Suzanne Collins and a number of female characters in the Harry Potter series. Slack writes that J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins are “two women who have created female characters that have shown their power in fighting systematic injustice and standing up for human rights. He continues:
“We sincerely believe that female empowerment is the most important way we can fight poverty on a large scale. And so that’s what we’ll be doing throughout our partnership with Oxfam America as we focus on fighting global poverty and how empowering women on small farms can change everything.”
Hunger Is Not A Game will partner with Oxfam’s GROW campaign “to fight systematic injustices in food distribution throughout the world”, encourage and organise food drives for your local area, fight water in partnership with DoSomething.org and fight a real-world President Snow with United to End Genocide’s Day of Action on the 16th March. Find out more about Imagine Better’s Hunger Is Not A Game campaign at this link and don’t forget to watch the Livestream right here. You can also share the names of women in fiction who inspire you on the Imagine Better website.