If you like Harry Potter you’re less likely to vote for this presidential candidate
Despite the books and the films both being over, it seems that this month Harry Potter fever has been reignited. This probably has something to do with the fact that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is currently slaying London’s West End, the city’s equivalent to Broadway, and that the script for the eighth instalment of the boy wizard’s (or man wizard now, we guess) adventures is out on 31 July!
Oh, there’s also the small matter of Warner Brother’s trademarking a bunch of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stuff, too! Basically, it’s a great time to be a Potterhead right now.
Now there’s been even more news for Potter fans. A recent study conducted by the journal PS: Political Science and Politics has revealed that Harry Potter fans are more likely to dislike Donald Trump.
The study, which has yet to be published in full, took respondents age, gender, education, religious views, and political persuasions into consideration and still found that those who loved Potter were not too partial to Trump.
The reason for this has to do with the similarities that many readers draw between Trump and Voldemort.
Speaking to Time, Professor Diana Mutz from the University of Pennsylvania said, “[I]t makes some sense that if you have been exposed to these long series of books where [Voldemort] is the ultimate kind of incarnation of evil, that the characteristics that are more aggressive tactics and so forth that Trump represents are less attractive, even leaving aside how it affects your policy attitudes.”
The study, which comprised 1,200 subjects, also found that it was those who had read the books rather than just seen the films who were most likely to be anti-Trump.
This comes after J.K. Rowling tweeted that she felt that Trump was actually worse than Voldemort. Ouch.
We’re not too sure what to make of all this. But what we do know is that, come 30 July, we’re going to be queuing outside our local bookstore, dressed in our Hogwarts robes, our owls in tow, and ready for the next Harry Potter adventure!