Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Harry Potter & Reading

I've always suspected that HP has had a great impact on more children and teenagers, and possibly young adults, reading (a cause I very much support!). Here are some of the results of a study on kid's reading attitude and behaviors Scholastic has released:

- 51% of HP readers, aged 5-17, say they had not read before for fun
- 65% say they're now doing better in school as a result of their newfound interest in reading
- More boys than girls read the books (57% vs. 51%) (surprising, seeing as more girls than boys visit MuggleNet)
- 62% of boys felt it important to read the books to feel "in" with their friends while only 44% of girls felt the same
- Almost 60% of 9 to 11-year-olds have read the books; 70% are interested in re-reading them
- 63% of 12 to 14-year-olds have read the books; 69% are interested in re-reading them
- 57% of 15 to 17-year-olds have read the books; 60% are interested in re-reading them

Beginning December 29, 2006, the first three HP movies will no longer be available to buy in DVDs. GoF won't be pulled from shelves until February 9, 2007. So buy your copies now if you haven't already! Currently, there is no word on any plans to rerelease in the future.

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