Harry Potter makes kids more creative
Harry Potter, whether it is through reading the books or watching the movies, is a world made purely through imagination and creativity. A study shows, however that watching the movies can actually make kids more creative.
A study conducted at Lancaster University in the UK shows that watching these creative movies can in turn inspire creativity in children. In a press release by the university, the study claims that young kids who watch fantasy films like Harry Potter, can boost their imagination.
The study was small- involving only 52 children from ages 4-6. Half were shown short 15-minute clips from the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone involving magic. Those who watched the clips with magic scored significantly higher than those who viewed general content from the movie.
Dr Eugene Subbotsky, Claire Hysted and Nicola Jones from the Department of Psychology at Lancaster University said that, “Magical thinking enables children to create fantastic imaginary worlds, and in this way enhances children’s capacity to view the world and act upon it from multiple perspectives. The results suggested that books and videos about magic might serve to expand children’s imagination and help them to think more creatively.”
The children were tested for creativity with such tests as asking them to pretend to be a rabbit or driving a car. They tested their ability to create a new and alternative world in everyday life.
The study ultimately shows that these types of fantasy films are not merely for entertainment, but to encourage kids to think differently and come up with new ideas and ways of doing things.