Thursday, August 29, 2013 |
Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Jaap Buitendjik)
The first book in J.K. Rowling's wildly popular Harry Potter series was titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone when it was published in Britain and Canada back in 1997. But when Scholastic bought the American rights to the novel, the title was changed to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, because it was believed that children wouldn't want to read a book with the word "philosopher" in the title.
However, you can take the word philosopher out of the title but you can't take the philosophy out of the book. The characters in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone have a lot to say about the meaning of life. See if you can distinguish their wisdom from that of the great German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.