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Accio Tolerance: How the Harry Potter Books Make Us More Accepting

It’s not magic, just good ol’ fashioned empathy, according to a recent study on the popular series.

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Despite all the spells and incantations used throughout the fictional Harry Potter books, perhaps nothing is quite as magical as what happens to readers of J.K. Rowling’s massively popular series right here in the real world. That’s because research indicates Potter-fans are more tolerant, more accepting, and generally better to one another after reading about the boy wizard’s adventures.

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Which Time-Travel Movies Hold Up to Science?

Time travel's officially impossible, says a Hong Kong scientist. We tell you which of your favorite movies are now rendered officially ridiculous.

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Ten Commencement Speakers You Wish You'd Had

These ten speakers inspired but still kept it real with their audiences, making their graduation speeches memorable years after they were given.


Graduation is an exciting time, but let's face it: Commencement speeches aren't always memorable. A completely unscientific poll of the GOOD office revealed that almost none of us recall our college commencement speakers, or what they said to us (although we suspect it was something like, "You've worked hard! Yay!"). So here are 10 commencement speakers—and their inspiring, funny, and just plain on-point words of wisdom—that we wish we'd heard on graduation day.

1. Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005: Jobs hits all the right notes in this speech, in which he shares his own humble upbringings and reflects on his pancreatic cancer diagnosis. He told the crowd, "Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

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Quidditch World Cup Takes Manhattan Should Quidditch be an NCAA Sport? The Real-Life World Cup of a Fictional Sport

Thousands of somewhat athletic Harry Potter fans donned silly outfits and custom brooms to participate in the real life Quidditch World Cup.

Click through to see the brooms, slogan T-shirts and the special field.

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