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‘Potter readers more open to diversity, politically tolerant’

world Updated: Jun 17, 2013 01:56 IST
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Who said Harry Potter series was only about magic and children? A political science professor has suggested that the influence of the boy wizard and his world goes way beyond.

Harry Potter series’ influence on the Millennial Generation (1982-2002) could extend far beyond the fantasy world of Hogwarts and wizardry.

Anthony Gierzynski’s Harry Potter and the Millennials: Research Methods and the Politics of the Muggle Generation shows that readers of the seven-book series and viewers of the movie franchise tend to be more open to diversity; politically tolerant; less authoritarian; less likely to support the use of deadly force or torture; more politically active; and are more likely to have a negative view of the Bush administration.

About 60% of those who read all the Potter books said they voted for Obama in 2008, and 83% of the full-series readers said they viewed the Bush administration unfavourably.

Gierzynski and students in his Film, TV and Public Opinion course collected qualitative data via interviews, essays and an anonymous survey of 1,100 college students from 2009 to 2011.

An extensive questionnaire determined levels of Harry Potter fandom on a scale of one through five based on a quiz and readership levels.

About 30% self-reported as being very much into Harry Potter with 35% having read all seven books in the series and two-thirds at least some of the books.