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The Importance of Play Houses for Kids

With dreams of summer and backyard camp-outs -- and the early spring reality of chilly mud advancing to the doorstep -- the children have requested that Cabin Fever haul out the play tents from the basement. I have a love-hate relationship with these...

Daniel Radcliffe Invites Obama Girls to Hogwarts!

How cute is this: Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the title character in the Harry Potter film franchise, has invited President Obama's daughters to visit Hogwarts! In an interview with the Daily Beast website, Daniel has offered to give Sasha, seven and...

A glimmer of hope for (extremely patient) Harry Potter fans

Could there have been a light left on over at Hogwarts?! J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has hinted she might be considering adding an 8th book to the popular line-up. I In an interview with Time magazine (who gave Rowling a #3...

Rowling: Dumbledore is gay

Those who considered the Harry Potter series unfit to read because of the witchcraft involved might really freak at J.K. Rowling's latest admission. According to the author, Professor Dumbledore, one of the main characters in the series, is gay. At...

Harry Potter stamps

Hold on to your wizard hats, Harry Potter fans! Great Britian has just unveiled a series of seven stamps depicting the covers of the popular series, just days before the final installment is released to bookstores worldwide. The Royal Mail said...

Model Trains making a comeback

I'm sure it isn't much of a surprise that sales of model train sets have been down considerably over the past twenty years, especially now that we are in the computer age and toys have become very advanced since those days, but I was thrilled to hear...

New dinosaur given a name which Harry Potter would approve

With approval from scientists and author J.K. Rowling, a new dinosaur species has a fantastic new name:  Dracorex Hogwartsia.  The new name comes from draco meaning "dragon,"  rex meaning "king," and hogwartsia, which is a nod to the...

Harry Potter: "budding Bodhisattva?" The boy wizard as positive role model

I've been reading No Time to Lose, Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön's commentary on the Buddhist classic The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva. Partway through, when discussing the seductive power of emotions, she makes a casual reference to...

Harry Potter might die in final book?

As JK Rowling starts work on her final entry in the Harry Potter oeuvre, the question on everyone's lips seems to be: will she kill off the boy magician in the last book? And Rowling is only fueling the rumors by posting on her web site that...

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