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Improving intergroup attitudes with Harry Potter
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Reading certain literature is proposed to augment individual views toward others in society and increase intergroup attitudes (Kidd & Castano, 2013). Vezzali et al. (2015) argued that the Harry Potter novels are an effective tool for improving attitudes toward stigmatized groups due to their popularity, accessibility, and ability to be easily integrated into school curriculums. Utilizing a six-week long reading intervention and a corresponding discussion with elementary school students, the goal of this study is to test the influence of the series’ underlying themes of social inequality and injustice. It aimed to validate research that Harry Potter is effective at improving intergroup attitudes by utilizing a group of more socially disadvantaged and diverse students.