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8-5-2020 12:00 AM

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Department

Leadership and Organizational Studies

Advisor

Joyce Gibson, PhD

Abstract

This research looks at how the reading Harry Potter while growing up influenced millennials as leaders and their perception of leaders. Harry Potter is a book series that has touched the lives of many children. The story of the boy who lived is worldwide phenomenon that dominated bestselling book lists for years. Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996 for the purpose of this study, are the largest demographic that has read Harry Potter. Millennials are now at an age where they are not only entering the workforce in mass but becoming the current and future leaders. In this paper, the researcher will attempt to answer the following questions: has reading Harry Potter affected millennials as leaders? How has reading Harry Potter effect millennials as leaders? What did they take away as the major themes of the stories? Did those themes have an impact on how millennials lead? By looking at literature on how people learn, what makes people connect with the stories they are reading, and other research that has been done on the Harry Potter phenomenon, the researcher will show why exploring this subject is important to understanding the millennial culture. The researcher will be conducting personal interviews with individuals she knows are fans of Harry Potter; people that have been engrossed by the story that lived by reading the books multiple times, see all the movies, and engaging with other fans.

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May 8th, 12:00 AM

Has Reading Harry Potter Affected Millennials as Leaders?

This research looks at how the reading Harry Potter while growing up influenced millennials as leaders and their perception of leaders. Harry Potter is a book series that has touched the lives of many children. The story of the boy who lived is worldwide phenomenon that dominated bestselling book lists for years. Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996 for the purpose of this study, are the largest demographic that has read Harry Potter. Millennials are now at an age where they are not only entering the workforce in mass but becoming the current and future leaders. In this paper, the researcher will attempt to answer the following questions: has reading Harry Potter affected millennials as leaders? How has reading Harry Potter effect millennials as leaders? What did they take away as the major themes of the stories? Did those themes have an impact on how millennials lead? By looking at literature on how people learn, what makes people connect with the stories they are reading, and other research that has been done on the Harry Potter phenomenon, the researcher will show why exploring this subject is important to understanding the millennial culture. The researcher will be conducting personal interviews with individuals she knows are fans of Harry Potter; people that have been engrossed by the story that lived by reading the books multiple times, see all the movies, and engaging with other fans.

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