What we’re about
Welcome Harry Potter Fans!
We are HP-NYC, "The Group That Shall Not Be Named". We are the largest HP fan club in the world with over 4000 members. Our members span every type of person possible but we are united in the community that we have formed around these stories.
We understand that many people are wondering what it means to be a Harry Potter fan today, specifically because of the words and actions of the author of the Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling. In the 15+ years that we have been active, our members have formed countless bonds, relationships, friendships, families and more, and we refuse to give that up. So please accept the following as our Meetup “About Us”:
We at The Group That Shall Not Be Named fully condemn the words and actions of J.K. Rowling that seek to harm our trans, gender nonconforming, intersex, Jewish, and BIPOC brethren. Yet, we acknowledge not only the cultural importance, but also the personal importance of the Wizarding World that she has created. For many of us, especially the members of color and LGBTQIA+ members of this group, the story of Harry and his fight against Voldemort resonated with us as a story of good triumphing against evil, of the oppressed fighting the oppressor, of social justice winning against encroaching fascism. We came together as a fandom to identify with and celebrate those values as well as the characters and stories that came to represent them. Little did we know that the author harbored ill intent against many of those who found refuge in her words.
But we grew up. And we came to understand that the meaning we found in the Wizarding World came not from Rowling’s words but from our interpretations, our lived experiences, and the community we found together. As such, we continue to gather as The Group That Shall Not Be Named, not in spite of J.K. Rowling’s transphobia and hate, but to show the world that folks who are a part of and who support the trans and intersex communities and communities of color have always been here and refuse to be silenced. Every day that this story and this author continues to have cultural impact is a day that we seek to put ourselves in this narrative as those who have found each other through this community and celebrate each other’s unique contribution to this world.
We meet up, we enjoy each other’s friendship and camaraderie, and we show other HP fans that there is still a home for them. We also hope to educate others about this and provide a viewpoint for those who might not know about JKR’s hurtful messages.
That being said, what DO we do at HP-NYC? Well,
We meet regularly on the 1st Thursday of every month and have special events almost every month. If you are looking for a way to meet new friends and forge new relationships in this huge city of ours, then you've come to the right place.
We have a wide range of events and activities that are as diverse as the interests of our members. We strive to provide an experience that allows you to indulge in your talents and creativity while having a tremendously fun time.
Some of our events include:
- Trivia Nights
- Board Game Nights
- Movie Screenings
- HP Themed Crafting
- Fan Fiction Readings
- Cosplay Photoshoots
- Convention Presentations and Appearances
- In-Costume Ice Skating
We look forward to meeting you and hope you will join and help us make some magic!
Upcoming events (3)See all
- October Monthly Meetup - Film Screening: A Very Potter Musical!McHale's Bar & Grill, New York, NY
If you aren't familiar with A Very Potter Musical. This independently produced parody performed in 2009 at the University of Michigan, exploded in popularity and essentially launched an entire segment of Harry Potter fandom.
And now that we are able to host events at McHales Bar & Grill, we have access to its excellent audio / video setup and can host this screening =)
Our monthly Meetups are almost always free to attend. We do collect donations during each monthly Meetup (or sometimes hold a raffle). This helps fund our operating costs as well as supplies like prizes, crafting materials and more. Raffle tickets are
1 Ticket for $2
3 Tickets for $5
20 Tickets for $20
We are able to accept cash, charge and Venmo.
We also have a donation link available via Pledge!
Please do not let this discourage you from attending if you cannot contribute, it is only a request, not a requirement. Thank you for your support!
- Harry Potter Drag Brunch at Stella34Stella 34 Trattoria, New York, NY
Stella34 has weekly themed Drag Brunches and Harry Potter is on the line up.
We were very happy to read the following in the event description:
"Please note the cast and crew does not support JK Rowling's toxic ideology on the Trans and NB communities. The cast is composted of Tras/NB and Queer Performers. Please come out to see them!"
Tickets are $20 and every guest must purchase an entre.
Seating is first come first served. Please read the details notes in the link below regarding how to buy tickets to make sure you are seated with friends!
Costumes are encouraged so I hope to see everyone in their wizarding finest!
Ticket purchase link and event details:
- TGTSNBN Presents Urban Wizards Book Club: WickedBryant Park, New York, NY
Urban Wizards Social Club has grown beyond its roots as fans of the Wizarding World. We’ve always been fans of fantasy and science fiction literature, and it’s time to expand our horizons as a group and dive into other, more inclusive fandoms.
We will be running 4-month “units” to explore specific genres, themes, and areas of lore in depth. Months 1-4 will be “Wizards at School” …see what we did there? What makes each wizarding world unique? What are the “rules” its wizards must abide by?
For our final book in this unit: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory McGuire. The novel is a political, social, and ethical commentary on the nature of good and evil, and takes place in The Land of Oz, in the years leading to Dorothy's arrival. The story centers on Elphaba Thropp, the misunderstood green-skinned girl who grows up to become the notorious Wicked Witch of the West.