Potterheads, prepare your very best smug faces! We know that’s significantly easier for you Gryffindors and Slytherins, but the rest of you are going to want to be ready for this bit of news, too. According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, fans of Harry Potter might actually be better people.
But Potter fans have been telling you that.
those who read harry potter as a kid are genuinely just better people sorry i don't make the rules
— levi ackerdamn (@babysnitchery) December 25, 2017
According to the study, if you were emotionally connected to the Harry Potter stories, you’re far less likely to be prejudiced against minority groups, more likely to be accepting of other people’s differences, and more inclined to identify prejudice negatively. After years of study, lead researcher Dr. Loris Vezzali has found that the reduction in prejudice follows Potter fans from childhood to their adult years.
Harry Potter empathizes with characters from stigmatized categories, tries to understand their sufferings and to act towards social equality. So, I and my colleagues think that empathetic feelings are the key factor driving prejudice reduction. The world of Harry Potter is characterized by strict social hierarchies and resulting prejudices, with obvious parallels with our society. Harry has meaningful contact with characters belonging to stigmatized groups. He tries to understand them and appreciate their difficulties, some of which stem from intergroup discrimination, and fights for a world free of social inequalities.
We kind of expected the Hufflepuffs, known for being friendly and accepting, would have those traits. But it turns out the house you identify with doesn’t really matter when it comes to the reduction of prejudice. Even for Slytherins.
Twitter wasn’t exactly shocked by the findings.
Well duh pic.twitter.com/zGNDtjvgFq
— lalele (@petitbellele) December 31, 2017
I was kid when I read it. Now I'm a better adult. Thanx to Harry Potter.
— LoneIsTheNewHot (@chandnisahu30) June 27, 2018
I wish people that didn’t read Harry Potter would just like….read it??? I feel like the world would be a better place.
— Alison Charamella (@alison_charm) July 31, 2018
that i can confirm is true…..HA!
— ThatYankeeLady (@thatyankeeladyy) January 2, 2018
Here’s to Harry Potter making us better people for 20 years! Happy birthday JKR and Harry! ⚯͛△⃒⃘Ϟ❾¾ https://t.co/W5S9YDqvoj
— Character Classroom (@CharacterTeach) July 31, 2018
— Craig (@CJShep10) December 30, 2017
There are some excellent life lessons in those books. Genius.
— Bojangles Bananas (@Bojanglesbanana) November 16, 2017
We don’t know if this was all part of some master plan by Rowling, but her portrayals of prejudice and intolerance as literally evil have helped shaped an entire generation of people who are kinder, more compassionate, and more open to the differences of others.
That’s some serious magic.