Harry Potter fans and Donald Trump voters are probably not one and the same. That’s the result of a new study conducted by communications professor Diana Mutz, which shows that reading the series of Harry Potter books directly correlates to an individual’s personal opinion of the Republican presidential candidate. In addition, the more books that a person has read, the more their opinion of Trump actually lowers as a result.
Mutz began conducting the study in 2014, polling a national sample of over 1,100 people on a series of questions related to political issues. She polled the same group a year later to further determine how the consumption of the Harry Potter books could impact their answers to said questions–including ones about Donald Trump. Interestingly, political affiliation did not impact the likelihood of whether or not a person has read Harry Potter–Democrats, Republicans and Independents were all equally likely to have read the books.
Mutz points out that the results of this study are probably partially due to the fact that Trump’s values seem to espouse those of Lord Voldemort, the main villain of the Potter books. One example parallels Voldemort’s favoritism of pureblood wizards over all other wizarding families against Trump’s view on Muslim immigrants and his frequent discussions about building a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico.
As for Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling? Well, she couldn’t be more pleased with the results of this particular study:
So anyway, this has made my day.https://t.co/mJSCdHLVPz
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 19, 2016
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