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The books that shaped Harry Potter, er, Daniel Radcliffe

You may be surprised by the books that Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who plays Harry Potter in the films made from the blockbluster J.K. Rowling series, lists as having most influenced his life. Take a look below.

Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, has asked thousands of people to list the books that have helped shape their lives.

Former president Bill Clinton, writer Malcolm Gladwell and many other notable people have made their “Book Prints,” and you can, as well, at the Web site. More than 15,000 adults and kids have participated so far. The site, which launched last October, also includes information on every book selected.

Here are lists compiled by Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Gates, as well as the book lists put together by singers Taylor Swift, Cody Simpson and Julie Andrews.

You may get some good ideas for summer reads for you and your children.

Here is Daniel Radcliffe’s list of favorites:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

[This was the title of the British version of the book that was called
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States]

Germinal, Emile Zola

The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is one of the most frequently listed books on the Scholastic site, as are the entire boxed set of Harry Potter books and, separately, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Here’s a list of the most cited books on the Web site.


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Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.


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