When someone questions my knowledge about Harry Potter pic.twitter.com/6Jyx77Xt2v
— Harry Potter (@ltsHarryPotter) January 16, 2017
Harry Potter books have been read by millions of people around the world since they first hit the shelves in 1997, but experts believe younger readers are the ones who are most influenced by the good morals in the novels.
A new study, which was published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, assessed three different groups of children from the age of ten upwards.
Q: "Why is the scar on Harry's forehead lightning shaped?"
JK Rowling: "To be honest, because it’s a cool shape." pic.twitter.com/513CbVsdNs
— Harry Potter (@ltsHarryPotter) January 19, 2017
Each of the participants were asked to discuss the more complex subjects and themes within the magical series.
In the books, written by J.K. Rowling, non-magical people are referred to as Pureblood and Mudblood, and are persecuted by some wizards for being different. This is a very similar view Nazis had in Germany during World War II.
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The study found that children who identified with Harry, who has an accepting and kind nature through, were deemed to be more open-minded and less likely to be prejudicial.
Researchers believe that this reveals that reading certain novels may leave a powerful impression on you at a young age, and this can influence your views greatly in adulthood.
When someone says they're the biggest Potter fan because they've seen all the movies, but haven't read the books pic.twitter.com/P5RAzyRycs
— Harry Potter (@ltsHarryPotter) January 10, 2017
Yay for Harry for extending his good influence in the real world!
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