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Can reading 'Harry Potter' make you less prejudiced?

We're all told as children that reading opens our horizons and helps us learn, but does "Harry Potter" expand young minds more than your average kids' book?

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  • 20 Best-Selling Children’s Books of All Time

    20 Best-Selling Children’s Books of All Time

    The 20 bestselling children's books come chock full of all kinds of wonderful characters -- from bunnies and puppies to boy wizards and cats with crazy hats. Know a few, do you? See more »

  • Are you a hobbit? The Earth vs. Middle Earth Quiz

    Are you a hobbit? The Earth vs. Middle Earth Quiz

    You may be a fan of second breakfast or know enough Elvish to make your way around Rivendell, but do you really know what it takes to be the Lord of the Rings? Test your Tolkien knowledge and decide whether the following are fictions or realities. See more »

  • Are you wise about wands and wizards?

    Are you wise about wands and wizards?

    Hey, Muggle: Think you know all there is to know about Harry Potter? You'll need a nip of Felix Felicis for luck if you hope to get full marks on this ultimate Harry Potter quiz. See more »

  • Can reading 'Harry Potter' make you less prejudiced?

    Can reading 'Harry Potter' make you less prejudiced?

    We're all told as children that reading opens our horizons and helps us learn, but does "Harry Potter" expand young minds more than your average kids' book? See more »

  • Did Shakespeare use real witches' curses in 'Macbeth'?

    Did Shakespeare use real witches' curses in 'Macbeth'?

    Since the 1600s, performances of "Macbeth" have been plagued by accidents and mysterious mishaps. Is it all because Shakespeare used actual witches' curses in the play? See more »

  • How Cthulhu Works

    How Cthulhu Works

    He awaits the time when he will arise from his watery city to wreak havoc. Cthulhu made his first official appearance in the short story "The Call of Cthulhu," written by H.P. Lovecraft in 1926. Read all about the legendary monster known as the Old One. See more »

  • How LibriVox Works

    How LibriVox Works

    A Web-based service called LibriVox is reading and recording some of the great literary classics. But where did the idea for LibriVox originate, and how much will an audio book cost? See more »

  • How Poetry Works

    How Poetry Works

    Chances are you've probably read a poem or two in school, had to memorize a poem at some point, or maybe even wrote a poem yourself. But what exactly is poetry? See more »

  • How the Necronomicon Works

    How the Necronomicon Works

    According to sci-fi lore, if you've read the "Necronomicon," then you might just be teetering on the brink of insanity. Featured in popular culture in TV, film and comics, the book is a fictional creation of author H.P. Lovecraft. Learn more about the mystery behind the "Necronomicon." See more »

  • How to Find the Value of Old Books

    How to Find the Value of Old Books

    Everyone dreams of finding that rare first edition in Grandma's attic, but how would you know such a treasure if you found one? Book appraising takes years to master, but we've laid out the basics here. See more »

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