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Old December 23rd, 2005, 10:59 AM  
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Default Harry Potter casts injury-protecting spell

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The study, published in the most recent issue of the British Medical Journal, found a dramatic drop in the number of children between aged seven and 15 admitted to hospital for musculoskeletal injuries during the weekends of June 21-22, 2003 and July 16-17, 2005. Musculoskeletal injuries are injuries to bones or muscles, including sprains and cracked or broken bones.

The study by John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford examined weekend admissions coinciding with the launch of the last two wizard-in-training books by J.K. Rowling, The Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince.

The study said it was sunny in the Oxford area during both weekends, great weather for children to be playing outside, perhaps using their inline skates or scooters.

Researchers studied children aged seven to 15 — the age range of children interested in the books — turning up in hospital on the launch weekends compared with the rate for other summer weekends in previous years.

The average number of children seen on other weekends was 67, but on book-launch weekends the hospitals saw 36 and 37 children. "At no other point during the three-year surveillance period was attendance that low," the study said.

The study concludes the "Harry Potter books seem to protect children from traumatic injuries" and then it provides a sly recommendation that society would benefit from "safety-conscious, talented writers who could produce high-quality books for the purpose of injury prevention."

Avid readers have snapped up 265 million copies of the six Harry Potter books in 200 countries. The series has been translated into 62 languages.

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