A professor at the University of Vermont has published a new book in which he claims that Millennials dislike George W. Bush because of Harry Potter.
In Anthony Gierzynski’s new book, “Harry Potter and the Millennials: Research Methods and the Politics of the Muggle Generation,” the political science professor details a national survey he conducted of 1,100 college students, in which he found that those who had read the Harry Potter series and saw the movies were “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.”
Interestingly, Gierzynski found that those who had read the series or watched the movies had much “warmer” feelings towards groups who are often discriminated upon, such as Muslims, African Americans, and the LGBT community. Further, the survey also suggested that the Potter fans are more skeptical and less cynical. Sixty percent of Potter fans surveyed voted for Barack Obama Obama, and over eighty percent have no love for Bush.
So, now we find a real reason for the GOP to hate Harry Potter. Not only was the fictional character the bane of their existence for the simple fact that he was a wizard, but now we see what the long term effects of the Potter series may have been. Harry Potter has very possibly helped create an entire generation of LIBERALS. Equality-seeking, proof-requiring, violence-hating, open-armed, caring lovers of diversity.
Of course, this is one study–far short of what is needed to prove the case. But it is a start, and would be a fascinating field of study for various disciplines to get a look from multiple scientific perspectives. Further study into the subject could help explain how pop culture influences and even shapes and molds the values and beliefs of those who participate in it.
In the meantime, brace yourselves. The “Religious Right” may be about to start the war on Harry Potter all over again.