Reading's great for kids, we can all agree on that, right? Well, it turns out that some books excel at making kids better than others. At least, according to a group of scientists. And the recent findings are going to make a lot of smug potterheads even smugger.
Because a paper revealed that children who read Harry Potter are more likely to be open-minded and less prejudiced against minorities.
The paper analyzed three different groups of children, adolescents, and young adults: fifth graders, high schoolers, and college students. Thirty-four Italian students across these grades were then asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding immigrants and over the course of six weeks were asked to discuss certain passages from the books.
The students who identified with Harry "personally" had more favorable and tolerant views towards immigrants.