Harry Potter Kept Kids Out Of The Hospital

Harry Potter Kept Kids Out Of The Hospital

In 2003 and 2005, researchers at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford tracked the number of emergency room visits from children ages 7 to 15 during two crucial weekends: the ones just after the release of "Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix" and "Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince." They compared these numbers to the typical ones that occurred over a three-year period, and concluded that reading Harry Potter saved a lot of children from injuring themselves. In fact, those weekends had about 50% fewer emergency room visits from kids.

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    J.K. Rowling's manuscript for Harry Potter was rejected about five times, mainly because publishers through it was too long for children. (1:06)

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    "Expecto patronum" is Latin for "I await a protector." (2:32)

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    J.K. Rowling told Alan Rickman secrets about his character, Professor Snape, so that he could better portray him in the films. (4:46)

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