UCI-led study finds Harry Potter fan fiction challenges cultural stereotypes of autism

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Digital media platforms enable marginalized groups to offer alternative representations.

The researchers found that fan authors weave either Harry Potter characters or created characters into the storyline to provide alternative perspectives on disability and difference. The characters and plotlines generally highlight personal experiences, such as reactions to initial autism diagnoses, or illuminate the use of various behaviors to cope with autism-related sensory overload, social anxiety and difficulty with personal interactions.

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