Harry Potter’s real magic is reducing LGBT prejudice: study
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Harry Potter’s real magic is reducing LGBT prejudice: study

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 01 August 2014 11:28 Written by // Andrew Shaw

A new study has found that young people who read Harry Potter books show greater acceptance of LGBT people.

‘The greatest magic of Harry Potter: Reducing prejudice’, published in the Journal Of Applied Social Psychology, shows that secondary school students who had read more of the novels and identified with Harry displayed more tolerance towards gay people.

Primary school children, high schools kids and university students were recruited for the research, which looked for a correlation between their familiarity with the Harry Potter books and their attitudes towards minorities.

“We conducted three studies to test whether extended contact through reading the popular best-selling books of Harry Potter improves attitudes toward stigmatized groups (immigrants, homosexuals, refugees),” state the researchers.

The other studies showed that Harry Potter had a positive impact on attitudes towards immigrants and refugees, which were categorised as groups that are similarly discriminated against.

Author J.K. Rowling revealed in 2007 that she always thought of Dumbledore as gay, and has often spoken out against bigotry, saying that “homophobia is the fear of people loving”.

 

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Andrew Shaw

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Andrew Shaw is editor of Queensland Pride.

Comments (1)

  • Jono

    02 August 2014 at 15:03 |
    Much as I like seeing studies like this, I do wonder if it's a bit of a case of "post hoc, ergo propter hoc".

    Basically I'd be wondering if you couldn't read the results the other way around: a child from a very conservative religious background would be both less likely to accept LGBTI equality, and less likely to have read the Harry Potter novels.

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