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The boy who lived lives on.
Harry Potter has taught us so much about life, love, and learning.
What justifies keeping some books out of the hands of young readers?
As Harry Potter turns 20, a scholar says protesters who try to censor books do not trust young readers to discern the difference between fantasy and reality. But why?
Platform 9 and ¾, the portal to Harry Potter’s magical world, at Kings Cross in London.
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first in the phenomenally successful series, turns 20 this month. Despite criticism of their status as 'literature', the books remain a magical experience for children.
Castles in the air?
Are Edinburgh Castle et al really acing their English equivalents?
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What do you do if you marry a beast?
In the world of Harry Potter, beasts are to be protected, not feared. But this concern for monsters is hardly modern.
Young adult literature is booming – and the secret is in the communities of young book lovers forming online.
Experts once thought that young adult literature was doomed. Now it's got some of the fastest-growing sales in publishing. What changed? Social media might be the key.
The Witch, film poster.
Were evil witches really stealing children in the 17th century?
JK Rowling: the keeper of Hogwarts’ keys.
The world famous author has found a novel way to keep casting spells over her audience of Potter-mad muggles.
A great deal of detail about poverty and inequality in South Africa remains unspoken.
Some hard-to-hear facts are not included in the World Bank's new discussion note on poverty and inequality in South Africa.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has engaged fans on, among other things, how to pronounce Voldemort’s name.
JK Rowling should have stated clearly in her books the nature of the characters rather than doing so after their publication through, for example, media interviews.
Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69.
Rickman was an unmistakable, unmissable performer.
A recent exchange highlights the complicated nature of ownership when it comes to the Harry Potter universe.
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JK Rowling has come under fire for signing an open letter opposing a cultural boycott of Israel. The form of the complaints, and Rowling's response, tell us much about the author-fan relationship.
Banned Books Week highlights books that have been challenged or permanently removed from library shelves.
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While legal precedent makes banning books difficult, it still happens.
Dire predictions on the future of children’s brains are shocking, not least because of how flimsy the evidence is to support these views.
Baseless claims about the damage done to kids' development create needless panic. And they distract from legitimate, evidence-based concerns with which parents need to engage.
Outsmarted by a mouse: the scariest creature in the woods.
Toon a Ville
Julia Donaldson's tale of brains and brawn may only be 16 years old, but like Harry Potter it has joined the ranks of the all-time greats.
Perhaps it had something to do with living in a dark cupboard, but Harry had always been small and skinny for his age … [he] had a thin face, knobbly knees … and wore round glasses held together with a…
Cut the cackle.
So J K Rowling is having second thoughts about pairing off Ron and Hermione in Harry Potter. She says that it would never work and she ought to have allowed Hermione to marry Harry, but didn’t as she followed…
When it was revealed this weekend that JK Rowling was the author of a recent critically acclaimed but obscure crime novel - The Cuckoo’s Calling by one Robert Galbraith - it made perfect sense to many…