Perhaps the most wildly popular books that have been challenged in the past two decades are J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. In 2012, the American Library Association announced the infamous series had topped their annual list of banned books for that year. In June 2017, the series officially turned twenty years old. In honor of the anniversary, The New York Times assembled this extensive collection of teaching resources, articles, and more related to the series, culled from the newspaper's archives. Here, visitors will find discussion questions, an all-Harry Potter themed crossword puzzle, a lesson plan that invites students to write their own ending to one of the Harry Potter books, and the Times's original book reviews of all seven books. In addition, this collection includes some of the Times's most popular articles about the series, including a 1999 article about how the book was being challenged in a number of school districts. This compilation will be of interest not only to those who work with youth, but to Harry Potter fans of all ages interested in the conversations the series has sparked since its 1997 debut.
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