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Sunday, August 3, 2014
Reading Harry Potter makes you less bigoted, studies report
As if there weren’t enough reasons already to read the Harry Potter books, recent scientific studies have offered up more, according to an article posted by MTV.com on Aug. 2. These studies have shown that the books can make readers less prejudiced against immigrants, homosexuals, and other minority groups and make readers better people.
The Journal of Applied Psychology published an article last month explaining that reading stories is an effective strategy for changing the attitude surrounding social “out-groups.” The studies they’ve published were conducted with a wide range of individuals, ranging from elementary school children to university students. Three studies in all were run and documented.
It was found that after reading and discussing the books, students of varying ages who identified with Harry Potter as a bit of a hero (or who disidentified with Voldemort) had more positive attitudes about minority groups. They were able to begin thinking from the perspectives of those such as immigrants, refugees, and LGBT communities.