Watching Harry Potter Films Helps the World Learn English
LONDON, ENGLAND -- (Marketwire) -- 12/10/12 --
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Expelliarmus! An international study has found that Harry Potter
films help people across the world learn English.
Research by Kaplan International Colleges, a leading provider of
English courses, revealed that Muggles around the globe are improving
their language skills by watching the eight-part Harry Potter movie
The study showed that 79% of people said that watching films helped
them to understand English better and the wizarding adventures of
Harry Potter were the most popular movies for enhancing language
Kaplan discovered that 24% of people increased their understanding of
English from watching the boy wizard while 11% claimed that the epic
romantic disaster film Titanic helped their learning. Seven percent
said their language skills were boosted by Pixar's Toy Story.
Keith Hawk, Senior Staff Member at MuggleNet, said: "It is certainly
not surprising to the millions of 'Potterheads' that the Harry Potter
films have been selected as the number one way to learn English
through the cinema."
"The Harry Potter series will assist any child or adult willing to
learn the English language through the use of cinematic or literary
The research also revealed that those people who said Harry Potter
helped them learn English were more likely to want to travel to the
UK to study the language.
London was one of the most-used filming locations for the series,
featuring in every film from the Philosopher's Stone to the Deathly
Hallows: Part 2.
Kevin McCarthy, Head of Study at London & Partners, said: "London is
a welcoming and diverse city awash with familiar sites people would
have seen on Harry Potter films such as platform 9 3/4's at King's
Cross and Leadenhall Market. There are so many instantly recognisable
"The student-friendly capital is also a key place to come and learn
English or take a course in higher education, with hundreds of
different courses and thousands of opportunities available to learn
both in the classroom and whilst exploring its culture and 300 free
museums and attractions."
Along with films, Kaplan asked hundreds of their past and present
language school students whether watching television shows, listening
to music, reading comics or playing video games helped them to
The results have been turned into Kaplan's How to Learn English
Infographic, which was created by graphic designer Sergio Fernandez
About Kaplan International Colleges
Kaplan International Colleges is part of Kaplan, Inc., an
international education services provider offering higher education,
professional training, and test preparation. Kaplan is a subsidiary
of The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO).
MuggleNet is the world's no. 1 Harry Potter fan site. The site is
composed of news, editorials and synopses of the Harry Potter books
and films. MuggleNet is owned by Spartz, Inc., an Indiana corporation
registered by Emerson Spartz in 2007. http://www.mugglenet.com/.
About London & Partners
London & Partners is the official promotional organisation for London
attracting and delivering value to businesses, students and visitors.
London & Partners is a not-for-profit public private partnership,
funded by the Mayor of London and our network of commercial partners.
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