Harry Potter and children’s injury prevention

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The launch of the last Harry Potter book – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – can be seen as both good and bad news for children’s health. In December 2005 researchers from John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK, reported in British Medical Journal that they

observed a significant fall in the numbers of attendees to the emergency department on the weekends that of the two most recent Harry Potter books were released. Both these weekends were in mid-summer with good weather. It may therefore be hypothesised that there is a place for a committee of safety conscious, talented writers who could produce high quality books for the purpose of injury prevention.

So now, when there has been a new book lauch, we can expect a drop in children’s traumatic injuries – but on the other hand it was the final book.

We seem to have an urgent need for another J. K. Rowling.