Harry Potter movies can help children to be more creative
March 22, 2012
According to a group of scientists, ‘Seeing Harry Potter films could make children and young people more creative. “
The researchers believe that “the screening of films for children with a magical element can enhance their imagination, and urged schools to expose young people to books and movies like the Harry Potter series.”
They found scenes like Quidditch, where wizards fly on broomsticks, cast spells and use wands, and were most effective.
Investigators say they believe in supernatural events, like the animals speaking human languages, or a witch flying on a broom, involves the ability to build an alternative world.
And research has shown that most children aged four to six years old in everyday life, magic allows them to see problems from different perspectives.
In the study by Lancaster University involving 52 children aged four to six years old. They were divided into two groups and show two clips of 15 minutes of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The group first saw the clips with the “magic” as content, with witches and wizards who perform spells, using wands and flying broomsticks, while the second group saw the scenes with the same characters, but without any content magical.
The results show that after watching the videos, the group seeing the magic scenes in general, scored “significantly better” in the three areas that couples the other group.
Researchers Dr. Eugene Subbotsky, Claire Hysted and Nicola Jones, Department of Psychology at Lancaster University, concluded: “The magical thinking allows children to create fantastic imaginary worlds, and thus improves the children see the world and acted upon from multiple perspectives.”