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Thinking Aloud
A Social Critique of Harry Potter
J. K. Rowling has described her Harry Potter series as "a prolonged argument for tolerance." Some may not care too much about underlying themes - as long as they get their quidditch and magic - but one Oxford scholar presents a compelling case in support of Rowling's social statement. Prejudice in Harry Potter's World outlines the many moments in which Harry, his magical friends, and millions of readers are learning a thing or two about social equality.—Original airdate: 8/27/2008

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