Holy Web!: Richard Dawkins warns Harry Potter could have “negative effect on children”

Outspoken atheist Professor Richard Dawkins is to warn children of the dangers in believing “anti-scientific” fairytales such as Harry Potter.

Prof Dawkins will write a book aimed at youngsters where he will discuss whether stories like the successful JK Rowling series have a “pernicious” effect on children.

The 67-year-old, who recently resigned from his position at Oxford University, says he intends to look at the effects of “bringing children up to believe in spells and wizards”.

‘I think it is anti-scientific – whether that has a pernicious effect, I don’t know,’ he told More4 News.

‘Looking back to my own childhood, the fact that so many of the stories I read allowed the possibility of frogs turning into princes, whether that has a sort of insidious affect on rationality, I’m not sure. Perhaps it’s something for research.’

Holy Web!: Richard Dawkins warns Harry Potter could have ‘negative effect on children’

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Ann says:

    And Richard Dawkins joins James Watson in the taking-a-position-a-thousand-miles too far department. Yeesh.

  2. Barry says:

    Dawkins and Watson are right … reading is dangerous! Children may learn to think and imagine …

  3. Anonymous says:

    that is not true

  4. Harry Potter is sexy nice and if you dont wont your kid watching it thin dont let them whacth it dont take it out on him

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