Professor Says ‘Harry Potter’ Books Brainwashed Millennials to Elect President Barack Obama

Next time an old, conservative person blames my generation for electing President Obama to the White House, I’ll just blow their senior citizen mind by saying it’s really Harry Potter‘s fault. In a new study, University of Vermont Political Science Professor Anthony Gierzynski says the reason why Obama was elected is because the millennial generation internalized the messages from a fictional book series about warlocks, quidditch, and Emma Watson.

Via the Daily Caller

“The lessons fans internalized about tolerance, diversity, violence, torture, skepticism and authority made the Democratic Party and Barack Obama more appealing to fans of Harry Potter in the current political environment,” Gierzynski said in an email to The Fix.

Gierzynski reached his conclusions concerning Harry Potter’s political influence by surveying over 1,000 Millennial-aged college students at seven universities around the country.

Among the people he surveyed, 60 percent who had read Rowling’s books said they voted for Obama in 2008. A whopping 83 percent who read the books had unfavorable views of the Bush administration.

Yes, Professor Gierzynski… Only college students who read Harry Potter are responsible for the election of the President. You know, not the droves of demographic minorities and middle-age women who also turned our for both the 2008 and 2012 election.

Thanks for nothing, Dumbledore.

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