Clinton praises ‘Harry Potter’ series
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWarren policy ideas show signs of paying off Biden at campaign kickoff event: I don't have to be 'angry' to win Top Dem: Trump helps GOP erase enthusiasm gap; Ohio a big problem MORE on Tuesday praised the “Harry Potter” book series, saying it helps readers build empathy for immigrants and the LGBT community.

Speaking at an American Library Association conference, Clinton cited “years of data” and a study tying the series to young people’s tolerance toward different demographics, Yahoo News reported.

“It’s impossible for me to overstate the impact on children who see themselves in the pages of a book and are introduced to people unlike themselves,” Clinton said at the event, one day after the 20th anniversary of the first “Harry Potter” book’s release.


The books categorize characters as “pure-blood” and “Mudblood,” among other categories, as allegories for those who are different in society.

Clinton added that books in general allow young people to be exposed to new people and make them less likely to form stereotypes or prejudices against people unlike them.

“If we’re serious about raising curious, empathetic, brave citizens, that starts with raising readers,” Clinton said.