The Answer Sheet: 'Harry Potter' Too

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 02/04/2014

J.K. Rowling, please keep Harry Potter revisionist history to yourself

The author of the wonderful series needs to stop saying what she should have put into the books.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:49 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Harry Potter

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Beyond 'Beloved': books that are commonly challenged

Here we go again with parents who think that their sensibilities about particular books should apply to everybody.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:46 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Harry Potter' Too, Banned Books, Challenged Books

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 11/12/2010

Schools field teams for Quidditch World Cup

Thanks to Harry Potter, Quidditch has become a hot school sport and this weekend New York City hosts the Quidditch World Cup, draing more than 750 athletes from 60 teams -- college (including Harvard, Middlebury, Yale, Duke and Oxford), high school and recreational leagues.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:05 PM ET, 11/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Sports | Tags:  deathly hallows, golden snitch, harry potter, harry potter and the deathly hallows, harry potter movie, j.k. rowling, middlebury, new york city, quidditch, quidditch world cup

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 09/04/2010

How 'Twilight,' other dark fiction affect teen brains

Scientists, authors and education experts are meeting this weekend at Cambridge University to investigate how fiction with dark themes, such as the "Twilight" saga and the "Harry Potter" series, affects and alters the teenage brain. Here's a Q&A with the conference organizer, who talks about what parents can/should do about it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:23 AM ET, 09/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Literature, Literature, Literature | Tags:  altering teen mind, brain research, cambridge university conference, dark themes in young adult literature, edward cullen, effects on teen brains, emergent adult, emergent adult conference, harry potter and twilight, his dark materials, how teen brains are affected by reading, neuroscience and teenage brain, teenage brain, themes in YA lit, twilight, twilight and teen mind, twilight saga, young adult literature