The wizard lobby is wading into Maine’s fight over gay marriage.
The Harry Potter Alliance, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that is "dedicated to bringing the themes of Harry Potter into the real world" announced today a grassroots effort to help defeat a Nov. 3 ballot initiative in Maine that seeks to repeal a recent state law legalizing same sex marriage.
The alliance announced an Oct. 24 concert series in Portland featuring Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys—two indie rock bands that sing songs from the perspective of Harry Potter characters.
The bands and concert attendees will then spend the day canvassing voters to vote against Proposition 1 in conjunction with Maine Equality, a gay rights group. Then, the bands will play a second concert, which will be live-streamed to fans who are also being asked to take part in a phone bank that day.
The lobbying day is being constructed as a House Cup Competition from the books—including the creation of a feature in the phone bank system that allows participants to register and earn points based on which House at Hogwarts they identify with. Headlining the effort is Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films.
"The parallels in Harry Potter around equal rights, including marriage equality, abound," said Andrew Slack, the Alliance’s executive director, in a statement promising a "magical day of activism."
The same sex marriage law was passed in May and signed by the governor in September, but opponents of the law succeeded in collecting enough signatures to put the issue on the November ballot—meaning it cannot go into effect unless the voters approve it.
The ballot question is worded this way: "Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?"
So voting "yes" will repeal it and voting "no" will enact it. Or as the Harry Potter Alliance might put it to voters: What Would Dumbledore Do?