The research showed that readers identified with the character of Harry Potter and “disidentification” from the Voldemort and the Death Eaters “moderated the effect” of prejudice.
J.K. Rowling herself wrote on her website:
"The expressions ‘pure-blood’, ‘half-blood’ and ‘muggle-born’ have been coined by people to whom these distinctions matter and express their originators’ prejudices.
As far as somebody like Lucius Malfoy is concerned, for instance, a muggle-born [wizard] is as bad as a muggle. Therefore Harry would be considered only half-wizard because of his mother’s grandparents.
If you think this is far-fetched, look at some of the real charts the Nazis used to show what constituted ‘Aryan’ or ‘Jewish’ blood.
I saw one in the Holocaust Museum in Washington when I had already devised the ‘pure-blood’, ‘half-blood’ and ‘muggle-born’ definitions and was chilled to see that the Nazis used precisely the same warped logic as the Death Eaters.
A single Jewish grandparent ‘polluted’ the blood, according to their propaganda.”
Is it any surprise, then, that another study found that Harry Potter fans had a lower opinion of Donald Trump? You decide.
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