Nice post about the allure of 'untapped potential'. Echoes ideas discussed by Dan Levitin about how when people think of Mozart they like to see a 'natural talent' and not the thousands of hours of practice that led to such a developed talent at such a young age.
My new blog post:

Harry Potter and the Illusion of Potential
Why is the story of Harry Potter so appealing? The success of the series depends on engaging characters and compelling storytelling-it's a classic tale of good vs. evil and a coming of age story. That's true, but many stories have those qualities. I think there's a deeper magic at work here, one that capitalizes on a pervasive cognitive illusion.
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