It's official! Kids who read Harry Potter are better in all ways. Okay, maybe that's just being bias because we love any and everything Hogwarts, but there really is some scientific evidence to back claims reading Harry Potter makes you a better person.
The Journal of Applied Psychology (which already sounds super smart and like they know what they're talking about) published a paper that noted how kids who read the Harry Potter books and identified with the title hero were not only more open-minded than their peers, but also less prejudiced against minority groups.
All this time many just thought Harry Potter was a book series for "nerds" into magic. Ha! Not at all. Turns out J.K. Rowling was teaching kids the best lessons in life. Yes, she was teaching them to sound out some of the oddest looking words, but she was also teaching them to be less judgmental and more open to those who are different.
Those behind the paper published didn't just look at kids in fifth grade, but also a group in high school and even in college. They found that those who fully got the deeper context of Harry Potter caste system, the enslaved house elves, and more were more understanding of those who were different than them, including those labeled immigrants.
We're not sure if this is enough to get Harry Potter on an official reading list in elementary school, but we're all about it being a necessity alongside James and the Giant Peach, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and Where The Wild Things Are.
What we do know is that many colleges already offer many Potter-themed courses that include "Battling Against Voldemort," "The Science of Harry Potter," "Harry Potter and the Age of Illusion," "Preparing for Deathly Hallows," and much more. Great...now we want to go back to school just to take one of those!
So there you have it! Reading Harry Potter makes you a better person, so it's best to get your kids started sooner than later. (Even though they can totally play catch up at a number of universities who offer courses.)