People Who Read Harry Potter Are Better Humans In General, Study Says

If you read Harry Potter you are a better human being than those who don’t, according to science.

A new paper published in the Journal of Applied Psychology claims ‘reading the Harry Potter series significantly improved young peoples’ perception of stigmatised groups like immigrants, homosexuals or refugees’ writes Elite Daily.

It seems like all those tweets that JK Rowling correlates with moments in the wizarding franchise actually hold some weight.

Personally speaking, I quit the books after the Prisoner of Azkaban… Now I think about it, I do stigmatise immigrants, homosexuals, and refugees a lot. Guilty!

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I suppose when you think about the term ‘Mudblood’ used for non-magic folk, it can be traced to pretty much any other racially discriminatory slang.

If kids reading the Harry Potter books realise it’s wrong when Draco Malfoy picks on people who have no say in who they are fundamentally, then it makes sense that they grow up to be pretty open-minded adults.

There are parrellels in the book with famous quotes from history.

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For example, when Albus Dumbledore slates the Minister of Magic, he says:

It echoes a statement made by Martin Luther King, Jr during his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech:

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Similarly, the Pacific Standard notes of the study:

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Answering a fan’s question on the topic last year, JK Rowling said:

So there we have it. If you’re mad for Potter you’re probably not a Nazi. And they say children’s books are stupid!