My Friend Harry’s a Wizard: Predicting Parasocial Interaction With Characters From Fiction

@article{Ingram2017MyFH,
  title={My Friend Harry’s a Wizard: Predicting Parasocial Interaction With Characters From Fiction},
  author={Joanne Ingram and Zoe Luckett},
  journal={Psychology of Popular Media Culture},
  year={2017},
  volume={8},
  pages={148–158}
}
We explored parasocial interactions with characters from a narrow range of books and movies, namely, those featuring the character “Harry Potter.” Following research that suggests that parasocial interactions are multidimensional, we investigated which personality, reading, and viewing motives predicted 4 dimensions of parasocial interaction with characters in the “Harry Potter” series. The pattern of significant predictors indicated that interpersonal aspects of reading (neuroticism and… 

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