“Wizard activist” isn’t a term you hear often, but that’s one of the many things that Jackson Bird is. As a video creator, transgender advocate, and the Communications Director of the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), Jackson activates online fan communities towards social action. This civic engagement and youth organization “turn fans into heroes,” whether it be raising money to send five cargo planes of life-saving supplies to Haiti, or convincing Warner Brothers to change their Harry Potter chocolate to be 100% Fairtrade.
When not rabblerousing with HPA, you can find Jack on his YouTube channel, schooling the masses on LGBTQ issues, and answering the age-old question, “Will It Waffle?” And his work hasn’t gone unnoticed: In 2015, he was a LogoTV Social Trailblazer nominee, and a finalist for Forbes 30 Under 30. Jack is young, but he’s no novice to the stage. He speaks about online culture, transgender rights, and social justice at events like TEDxYouth and San Diego Comic-Con, and his videos have been featured on Upworthy, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Mashable, Daily Dot, and more. His biggest wish is to one day be recruited by the Avengers–but we think he’s a superhero all on his own.
Bird might be one of the YouTubers with the biggest mainstream influence right now, if you know where to look.
The Harry Potter fan community strives for inclusion, acceptance, and understanding. Harkening to Harry's own morals, we don't just tolerate those different from the mainstream, we befriend them, we love them, and we protect them.