J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter has captured the imagination and hearts of millions across the globe (including us parents too!) But it seems the boy wizard is having a magically moral effect upon our kids as well
A recent study, published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, found that J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter is helping our children to understand why there’s no need for prejudice in this world.
The research was divided into three separate studies, which determined that kids who read Harry Potter were more tolerant than those who hadn’t become engrossed in the Hogwarts adventures.
In the first study, 34 elementary school students were found to have ‘improved attitudes towards immigrants’ after reading and discussing the issue of prejudice in the novels, but only if they identified themselves with Harry himself.
The children were also able to identify similarities between Harry’s defence of ‘mudbloods’ and the unfair attitudes held against immigrants.
We can’t think of a better reason to read Harry Potter to your little ones!
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