It started with a seemingly off the cuff remark.
"I hope there are no animal products in the cake.”
It was enough to make me pause. Did I just read what I thought I did? Was a student at Hogwarts actually just admitting she was … *gasp* vegan!?
The creature-loving Slytherin, Liz Tuttle, is the Wizarding World’s first open vegan and, with regards to Hermione Granger, its second-most outspoken creature advocate. (We have yet to see actual activism on Liz’s part.)
The Protego Foundation’s own Tylor Starr is also a co-host on the friendly, weekly, vegan, animal rights podcast, The Chickpeeps, which was started by Evanna Lynch (the Irish actress who brought Luna Lovegood to life onscreen in the Harry Potter films). Recently, The Chickpeeps podcast was awarded “Best Vegan Podcast of 2020” by the UK’s best-selling Vegan Food and Living magazine.
PROTEGO FOUNDATION X ROOM OF REQUIREMENT APPAREL COLLAB: MAGICAL MENAGERIE TEE, PART OF PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT PROTEGO FOUNDATION
Of all the quintessential shops in Diagon Alley, one that springs to the forefront of minds of witches and wizards of all ages, is the Magical Menagerie. Visiting the Magical Menagerie, which is located just across the street from Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, is as much a rite of passage as receiving a Hogwarts acceptance letter. After all, it’s the one-stop-shop for Hogwarts-approved companion animals, rat tonic, talon clippers, and an assortment of non-Hogwarts-approved creatures ranging from cuddly Puffskeins to exotic Fire Crabs.
Most famously, the Magical Menagerie is where Hermione adopted everyone’s favorite fluffy, ginger half-Kneazel, Crookshanks!
However, the Magical Menagerie has some less-than-pleasant descriptions in the Harry Potter books:
Hogwarts-enrolled witch and wizard dog-lovers get the short end of the broomstick in one major way. Crups, corgis, and any other canine are not a Hogwarts-approved animal companion. They can’t stroll around the Hogwarts grounds with you and ogle at the giant squid. They can’t join you on your broomstick for laps around the Quidditch pitch. And, they can’t join you round your Common Room’s crackling fire eating bits of toasted Field Roast sausage. But that doesn’t mean they have to miss out on all the magic.
2020 is here—and with the beginning of the new year, we asked you all what animals you would like to see us working to protect. We had some readers reach out and ask for how you can help the animals that are currently suffering from the bushfires in Australia.
While we wish we could end the horrific fires that are currently sweeping through Australia with a swish and a flick, there are organizations hard at work to help the animals in need.
The new year is bringing some new and exciting changes to the Protego Foundation team! Originally founded in 2015 as the Fwooper Foundation by Tylor Starr and Kathryn Henzler, we have seen a couple of name changes and a lot of growth during the past few years.
September 1st is fast approaching, and in the Wizarding World, that means it’s almost time to board the Hogwarts Express to attend another year at Hogwarts! As all the witches and wizards flood Diagon Alley to get their school supplies, we have an item everyone (muggles included!) will definitely want to have on their back-to-school list.
Hello friends--wizards, witches, and muggles! One of our favorite Wizarding World-YouTubers, Cherry Wallis, has been keeping a big secret, and we at the Protego Foundation are BEYOND excited for it!
When we at the Protego Foundation heard about the new Harry Potter x Vans collab, we were all hesitantly excited. We were excited because, duh, Harry Potter shoes!! But we were hesitant about that excitement because Vans has been using more and more leather in their products over the last few years. Now that the new Harry Potter collab is out, we are sad to see so many of the shoes have been made with cow skin. To help our fellow creature-friendly witches, wizards, and magical people shop compassionately, we have created a handy guide below to explain which shoes you should wear to your next Wizard Rock show, and which ones you should avoid like a bad case of dragon pox.
To those who fight for animal rights, Dobby's story is one of inspiration
Twenty years ago today, the Wizarding World saw some of the worst events unfold as good fought against evil. In that chaos many heroes were born, but many others were lost—and on the anniversary of this battle, J.K. Rowling apologizes for the death of one of these heroes.
This year is special for us at the Protego Foundation because J.K. Rowling has apologized for the death of Dobby, the free-elf.