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Harry Potter and the Millennials: The Boy-Who-Lived and the Politics of a Muggle Generation

58 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 24 Aug 2011

Anthony Gierzynski

University of Vermont - Department of Political Science

Julie Seger

University of Vermont - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

In this paper we report research on the political impact of the Harry Potter series on the politics of the Millennial Generation. The Harry Potter series is rich with lessons that are relevant to politics — acceptance of differences, support for political tolerance and equality, anti-authoritarianism, opposition to the use of violence and deadly force, and the corruptness and ineptitude of politicians. We tested whether exposure to the series was related to individuals’ perspectives on such issues using a survey of college students at a number of different colleges and universities. Our findings indicate that Millennials who became immersed in the story of the boy-who-lived are different from their fellow Millennials with regard to these politically relevant perspectives, and, furthermore, our findings suggest that the Harry Potter series had something to do with these differences.

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Gierzynski, Anthony and Seger, Julie, Harry Potter and the Millennials: The Boy-Who-Lived and the Politics of a Muggle Generation (2011). APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1902219

Anthony Gierzynski (Contact Author)

University of Vermont - Department of Political Science ( email )

United States

Julie Seger

University of Vermont - Department of Political Science ( email )

United States

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