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A recent exchange highlights the complicated nature of ownership when it comes to the Harry Potter universe. Luke MacGregor/ Reuters

Who owns Dumbledore – JK Rowling or the Harry Potter fans?

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. 'Shelves' via www.shutterstock.com

How do libraries get away with banning books?

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. zeitfaenger.at/Flickr

Don’t panic, the internet won’t rot children’s brains

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.

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