Harry Potter for President?

The sixth J.K. Rowling book "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" sold more than 9 million copies worldwide on the day of its release. The book went on sale at 12:01 am on July 16, with lots of media attention and midnight parties held at major bookstores. The Borders group alone sold over one million copies of the novel within the first 48 hours of its release--more than any other book in Borders' history.

Rather timely, a new Zogby Interactive poll shows that the love of Harry's adventures at Hogwarts' School of Wizardry and Witchcraft transcends partisanship: Three in five American adults who have read previous Harry Potter books say they will read the "Half Blood Prince" as well; 65% of Democrats and independents are planning on it, and so are 66% of Republicans.

One of the recurring events in all Harry Potter books is the Sorting Hat's task of assigning first-year students to the appropriate tower of residence: Gryffindor, the house of loyalty and courage; Ravenclaw, the house of intelligence and wit; Hufflepuff, the house of loyalty, patience and hard work; or Slytherin, the house of cunning and ambition.

Even though Harry and his companions Ron and Hermione are Gryffindor residents, the majority of the surveyed (41%) rather see themselves in Ravenclaw. Gryffindor comes in second place with 30%, Hufflepuff at 23% and Slytherin at 2%.

Asked where George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton should be sent to, 52% of respondents place Bush in Slytherin, the breeding ground of evil wizards including Lord Voldemort, Harry's wicked archenemy. 50% think Slytherin would also be the right house for Hillary Clinton. "The responses," commented Zogby, "unsurprisingly were driven by the respondents' partisan affiliation."

Interestingly, 57% of Harry Potter fans would elect the smart and hard-working Hermione Granger, the girl and mudblood of the magic trio, President of the United States. Only 25% would vote for Harry himself, and only 5% for clumsy redhead Ron Weasley.

Who knows, if this is any indication, we may have a female POTUS in 2008.

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Posted 07-26-2005 1:11 PM by Doug Casey