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Help! My Wife Changes “Harry Potter” to “Harriet Potter.” Is This Bad for Our Daughter?

Help! My Wife Changes “Harry Potter” to “Harriet Potter.” Is This Bad for Our Daughter?

Advice on manners and morals.
April 4 2018 8:00 AM

Dear Prudence: The “Wizard Privilege” Edition

My wife often makes classic book protagonists female. I’m worried our daughter will be confused when she reads them herself. Help!

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