Harry Potter and Health Trends

Yes, there’s a connection.

When I worked at a magazine in New York, one of my tasks was standing at red carpet events, interviewing celebrities. One such event was for the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire premiere held at the Ziegfeld Theater in midtown Manhattan. The throngs of screaming, squealing fans had packed every inch of 54th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. To be completely transparent, I wasn’t a Potter fan. When the movie's stars came down the red carpet, I mentally referred to them as “the one that plays Harry,” “the redheaded guy,” “the girl” and “oh, here comes Ralph Fiennes, who I loved in The English Patient.” 

HarryPotterLet’s fast forward two years to a crowded summertime train going from the Hamptons to Manhattan.  I was sitting in a four-seater with two seats each facing each other. There was an older woman across from me, a 10-year-old boy to my left and a super hot guy about my age sitting diagonally. The two males were both reading the highly anticipated and just-released final book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And guess who talked with gusto on the ride home about their shared passion? Those two. I had nothing to offer. I decided right then that I would finally get on this Harry Potter bandwagon and quickly devoured the books back-to-back, followed by the films back-to-back. 

Right, so what does this have to do with healthy living? This: Just because something is very trendy or mainstream doesn’t necessarily make it a bad thing. Some things really are worth the hype. Like avocados. And yoga. And fresh air. (And Harry Potter.) 

And some aren’t. I like to see proven scientific research behind things to be sure the hype is worth it—the health realm is rife with false, unsubstantiated claims and companies looking to make money off the hype. It’s worthwhile doing a bit of research and using common sense before you get swept up in the craze and waste money needlessly.


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