- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 12:43PM
We've finally got the confirmation that Harry Potter readers are, of course, just better people.
A study published in Journal of Applied Psychology claims that those people who read the Harry Potter novels are more open to stigmatised groups such as immigrants, homosexuals and refugees.
If you were to think about the content that Potterheads are exposed to in the books, it does make sense.
Throughout the seven books that follow the life of Harry Potter, readers become accustomed to the terms 'mudblood', half-blood' and 'pure-blood'.
According to the study, kids that were able to read the books and identify that the characters who judged or made fun of people for being a 'mudblood' or 'half-blood' (basically because of their background) were doing the wrong thing, then they would grow up to be open-minded adults.
This type of life lesson also comes from some of the speeches from highly regarded characters in the book, such as this one from Albus Dumbledore:
"You place too much importance, and you always have done, on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognise that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!"
The study also mentions that this theory technically only works if you identify with Harry or his friends within the story. If you're more of Slytherin-loving person then well... awkward.