Return to the Mystery: Religion, Fantasy, and Entertainment - Website
During the past decade, there has been an explosion of films and television programs containing religious and spiritual themes. Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ was only the tip of the iceberg. As new generations of Americans work out their spiritual and religious questions, they are increasingly turning to fantasy.

We'll explore the deeper appeal of films like Harry Potter and The Matrix, and we'll ask how fantasy in media reflects a changing spiritual imagination, especially in younger Americans.
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12 weeks ago
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) - Video
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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april 2013
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) - Video
Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him.
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april 2013
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - Video
It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.
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april 2013
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) - Video
Harry finds himself selected as an underaged competitor in a dangerous multi-wizardary school competition.
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april 2013
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) - Video
With their warning about Lord Voldemort's return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts.
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april 2013
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) - Video
As Harry Potter begins his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked mysteriously "This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.
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april 2013
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) - Video
As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.
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april 2013
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) - Video
Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord.
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april 2013
Daniel Radcliffe Sings "The Elements" - Video
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe performs his party trick, which is singing "The Elements" by musical humorist Tom Lehrer.
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april 2012
Artwork of Mary GrandPré 02 - Artifacts
Mary GrandPré (born 1954 in South Dakota) is an American illustrator and writer, best known for her cover and chapter illustrations for the American editions of the Harry Potter books, published by Scholastic. As of 2007, her artwork, which GrandPré creates with paint and pastels, has illustrated more than twenty books, as well in gallery exhibitions and periodicals such as The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly and The Wall Street Journal.
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march 2012
Artwork of Mary GrandPré 01 - Artifacts
Mary GrandPré (born 1954 in South Dakota) is an American illustrator and writer, best known for her cover and chapter illustrations for the American editions of the Harry Potter books, published by Scholastic. As of 2007, her artwork, which GrandPré creates with paint and pastels, has illustrated more than twenty books, as well in gallery exhibitions and periodicals such as The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly and The Wall Street Journal.
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march 2012
Behind the Paper Curtain: The Magic and Math of Harry Potter, The Pop-Up Book - Video
Paper Engineer Bruce Foster frequently makes presentations in schools, explaining what paper engineers do and how they work with artists and writers to create pop-up books. He begins by talking about Disney's film Enchanted, for which he designed the opening and closing pop-up scenes, and ends the talk with something that never fails to delight his young audiences — Harry Potter. 
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september 2011
UCLA Quidditch Team - Video
UCLA students get together to play a game inspired by the Harry Potter series.
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april 2011
Nikki Giovanni - Video
Nikki Giovanni is a woman who isn't afraid to speak her mind, and her writing is all the stronger for it. In this exclusive video interview with Reading Rockets, the poet and author discusses everything from Rosa Parks to reading with her son. She even clarifies the link between books, chocolate, and Harry Potter!
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october 2010
Unicorns, Dragons, and Other Magical Creatures - Website
This lesson will explore images of magical creatures from around the world. After discussing the special attributes of such creatures, students will view images of specific mythological creatures from two cultures and listen to stories about them.
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june 2010
How Fair Use Prevailed in the Harry Potter Case - PDF
In a highly publicized decision issued on September 8, 2008, US District Court Judge Robert Patterson ruled that Steven Vander Ark's Harry Potter Lexicon infringed J.K. Rowling's copyright. Although J. K. Rowling prevailed in the litigation, the big winner actually was fair use.
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april 2010
Who Am I in This Story? - Video
A reader can take on a number of roles in a novel: the protagonist, the narrator, the author, or another character. In this program, students and novelists examine the complex ways readers may identify with characters in a novel.
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april 2010
Where Do Novels Come From? - Video
This program explores the genesis of characters, plot, themes, and interpretation from the novelist's point of view. Participants examine the relationship between the novel and the objective reality from which it may spring.
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april 2010
Are Novels Real? - Video
Must a novel's setting and characters — and the characters' motivations and stories — bear some likeness to reality? This program explores how novels connect with readers. Teachers, students, and novelists probe the origins of stories.
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april 2010
Harry Potter, St. Augustine, and the Confrontation with Evil - Video
Library of Congress Maguire Chair Holder Jean Bethke Elshtain discussed St. Augustine's discourse on evil and his rejection of a dualistic universe in which evil is an active, freestanding principle poised against good.

Speaker Biography: Jean Elshtain, a political philosopher, has been the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago since 1995. A distinguished author, her books include "Just War against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World"; "Faith Matters: Religion and Public Life in America," co-authored with Aziza al-Hibri and Charles Haynes; "The Jane Addams Reader"; "Who Are We? Critical Reflections and Hopeful Possibilities. Politics and Ethical Discourse"; "Augustine and the Limits of Politics"; and many others. She is also the author of more than 400 essays in scholarly journals and journals of civic opinion, and some 200 book reviews. Elshtain was named to the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in American History and Ethics in September in the Kluge Center of the Library.
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april 2010
Sir George Ripley's, A Treatise of Mercury and the Philosopher's Stone - JPG
While Harry Potter is fictional, many alchemists spent their lives trying to create the Philosopher's Stone. Sir George Ripley's, A Treatise of Mercury and the Philosopher's Stone, documents one such quest. Ripley, a 15th century Englishman, wrote many well known texts on the Philosopher's Stone. Sir George's enormous wealth convinced many in his time that he had, in fact, discovered the stone.
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april 2010
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