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The Psychology of Harry Potter

Resisting Social Influence

by Melanie C. Greenon Harry Potter

Resisting social influence can be terribly difficult–but it can also be incredibly important. In the world of Harry Potter, just as in our own world, heroism comes from standing up for one’s beliefs, even if that means going against the group or breaking the rules.1 This focus on moral courage is clear from the beginning of J. K. Rowling’s series. In the very first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the last few points awarded to Gryffindor House, the ones that push them over the edge to win the House cup over the hated Slytherins, are awarded to Neville Longbottom (a classmate of Harry’s, better known for his forgetfulness and blunders). Did Neville single-handedly face down the evil villain Voldemort? Did he battle a fearsome magical creature? Did he perform an amazing spell? No, none of the above. Neville learned those points for his attempt to stop … read more»

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Dear Diary . . .

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by David Brinon Star Wars

Well now wasn’t that fun? If only most “trials” could be as extravagant, harmlessly entertaining and so worth the price of admission!

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