Harry Potter has been on the scene since the first WPI class in ’99 and is considered one of the most influential book(s) in history. Psychologists found that reading “Harry Potter” improves attitudes toward stigmatized groups, such as immigrants, the LGBTQ community, and refugees. The 2014 study from the Journal of Applied Social Psychology is entitled, “The greatest magic of Harry Potter: Reducing Prejudice” and received widespread coverage as can be seen in a round-up of articles:
- NPR – Does Reading Harry Potter Have An Effect On Your Behavior?
- Business Insider – Science suggests you might be a better person if you like Harry Potter – here’s why
- Stanford – Harry Potter and the Elixir of Empathy
- The New York Times – Can ‘Harry Potter’ Change the World?
How have the series’ storylines shaped your attitudes toward these groups?
Have you used Harry Potter’s plots and themes to open discussions about prejudice with your children or grandchildren?