“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”
With this little quote, J.K Rowling changed millions of lives and being a millennial, the Harry Potter books were a big part of my childhood and early teens and I know I won’t be the only person saying this.
If you thought reading Harry Potter changed you as a person, you weren’t wrong. Well, there’s some great news for all you Potterheads, studies suggest that reading Harry Potter actually makes you a better person.
Potterheads get another “told you so!” moment.
According to a new paper in the Journal of Applied Psychology, "reading the 'Harry Potter' series significantly improved young people’s perception of stigmatized groups like immigrants, homosexuals or refugees."
The study was made up of three components, one looked at primary school children, another at high school students and the third at university students.
The primary school children who identified with Harry Potter were found to have an improved attitude towards immigrants, the high school students who could emotionally identify with Harry were found to have more positive perceptions of LGBTQI people and the university students with less of an emotional identification towards Voldemort had improved attitudes toward refugees.
The study authors explained: "We conducted three studies to test whether extended contact through reading the popular best-selling books of Harry Potter improves attitudes toward stigmatized groups (immigrants, homosexuals, refugees).
For people who follow J.K Rowling, the results of the study wouldn’t be a complete surprise.
The author had once remarked, "The Potter books, in general, are a prolonged argument for tolerance, a prolonged plea for an end to bigotry."
So, Potterhead or not, the Harry Potter series is a great read for anyone who wants to widen her/his perspective. Science says so!
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