J.K. Rowling, the creator of the Harry Potter franchise, has the potential to swing the upcoming United States elections in Hillary Clinton’s favor, according to Mashable.
A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania reveals that Harry Potter fans in the USA are less likely to vote for Donald Trump. The study was conducted with the help of GFK, a data collection company, which conducted a poll amongst 1,142 Americans to draw a correlation between the popularity of the Harry Potter franchise and the sentiments in favor of Donald Trump.
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More importantly, the study revealed that Donald Trump is more unpopular amongst the fans that prefer J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books over the movie series. The researchers were motivated to conduct the research after Harry Potter fans started comparing Donald Trump with Lord Voldemort when the Republican candidate called for a ban on Muslims.
J.K. Rowling has always preached tolerance, non-violence, and liberalism through her stories based on the Harry Potter universe. In J.K. Rowling’s stories, Harry Potter has always stood up for oppressed elves and “mud-bloods,” magical people born to one or more non-magical parents, by fighting Lord Voldemort who desires to establish pure-blood supremacy.
For Harry Potter fans, it was not too much of a stretch of the imagination to draw a parallel between the fictional villain and Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, has been accused of instigating violence against immigrants in the United States. According to Mashable, Professor Diana Mutz, the head of the research team, has cited the exact reason which makes Donald Trump lose favor with Harry Potter fans.
“Potter protagonists work against authoritarian characters. Trump portrays himself as a strongman who can bend others to his will, be they the Chinese government or terrorists.”
Professor Mutz further warns that the extensive reach and popularity of Harry Potter books amongst the American population may turn the tide against Donald Trump.
Draco: My father will hear about this!
Trump: Mudbloods at Hogwarts? I’ll build a wall. I’ve met Voldemort. Nice guy pic.twitter.com/O8RvrbgDld
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J.K. Rowling was more than happy to learn the outcomes of the research as she is known to have voiced her displeasure against Donald Trump on numerous occasions. Apart from movies and books, the famous author is extending her influence over the internet, a domain where Harry Potter fans have already established a massive fandom. According to the Washington Post, enthusiastic Harry Potter fans have been sharing their own Harry Potter stories on the internet for years.
Keeping up with the growing trend, J.K. Rowling will be launching a new series of eBooks under the theme of “Pottermore Presents,” and which will be sold on Pottermore.com at a price of $2.99. The eBooks will feature only stories that revolve around Hogwarts and, according to the Wall Street Journal, the stories in the upcoming eBooks will focus on other characters like Horace Slughorn, Minerva McGonagall, and Dolores Umbridge.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the books will also focus on Lord Voldemort by exploring his relationship with Professor Slughorn when he still went by the name of Tom Riddle.
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J.K. Rowling’s new eBook series will showcase the intricate details and the lives of various and little-known characters found in the Harry Potter universe.
Additionally, the eBooks will enable the reader to understand how J.K. Rowling relates to the multifarious characters she has created in her magical world. Every character in the Harry Potter universe has a history and an inspiration behind them. For example, previously, many of Harry Potter fans were puzzled by the fact that Hermione’s Patronus — a magical symbol that represents the wizard and which is conjured up to ward off evil – took the shape of an otter. Teen Vogue reveals that J.K. Rowling’s own love for the mighty marine mammal can be a possible reason for depicting it as Hermione’s Patronus.
The eBooks will serve as a valuable source of trivia about the Harry Potter universe by allowing fans to know more about previously lesser-known characters.
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