Do you think it’s possible that the Harry Potter books and movies have shaped the world views of a generation or two? If so, how have they shaped those world views? But if not, why not?
I’m especially interested in four aspects of the question:
- Ethics and Morals: Has the Harry Potter series formed or changed people’s ethics and morals? Has it propagated British values? Has it placed more weight on loyalty and courage than on intelligence?
- Science and Reason: What, if anything, has the Harry Potter series shaped or changed about people’s attitudes towards science, logic, and empirical evidence? Has it undermined their significance? Will the world see more or fewer scientists because of the series?
- Religion and Spirituality: Has the series shaped or changed anything about people’s religiosity or spirituality? If so, what?
- Politics: What, if anything, has the series shaped or changed about the Left/Right, Progressive/Conservative political conflict? Has it moved anyone Left or Right on the spectrum?
I confess that I have not been paying attention to the series. That’s not because I’m opposed to it, but because I lazy when it comes to reading fiction. But a question on Doug’s blog got me very interested in the influence of Harry Potter on our society. I would much appreciate your help understanding that influence.