Creating one of the biggest fandoms in pop-culture history and standing tall even today is J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Despite being launched nearly 20 years ago, the books, movies, merchandise, fanfiction stories and so much more still has a mind-blowing impact on today’s youth.
But according to research, the tale of The Chosen One can actually improve your life. If you’re a big fan of Harry Potter, chances are it has had a tremendous impact on your personality. Studies suggest that there are definite psychological benefits in people who are into the world of Hogwarts.
It helps in improving tolerance towards people.
In 2014, it was found out that fans of Harry Potter displayed less prejudiced and more open-minded thinking towards minority groups. Fans of the series also showed high levels of empathy and kindness towards people from different races and creeds. It could be linked to Harry involving himself and being friends with ‘stigmatized groups’ in the series such as muggles and house elves.
It helps you to get to know your personality.
Everyone who knows about the world of Harry Potter knows the 4 houses – Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. Every house has a specific character traits and the ‘sorting hat quiz’ where the user gets sorted into his or her house is pretty popular on the fan site ‘Pottermore’.
Basically, Gryffindors are supposed to be brave and loyal. Slytherins are supposed to be ambitious and cunning. Ravenclaws are supposed to be smart and witty. Hufflepuffs are supposed to be hard-working and kind.
Most of the fans know which house they belong to and the characteristics they have. Isn’t it lovely that you can tell your personality with just a simple quiz?
It helps to sharpen your mind and cognition process.
If you thought all that wasn’t enough, reading the tale of The Boy Who Lived can also sharpen your mind. All the magical adventures of the trio along with the wonderful lessons it teaches us about friendship and bravery definitely lets our brain wander off into the beautiful land of the imaginary unknown.
It enhances our creativity by letting us escape into the amazing world of surreal ambiances and friendly creatures.
All of this surely helps us become better people – more tolerant, more open-minded and definitely more intelligent.