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Learn About Ursula K. Le Guin's Predecessor to Harry Potter

Clip: 08/02/2019 | 2m 45s Video has closed captioning.

Watch to learn why Neil Gaiman thinks Harry Potter wouldn't have existed without Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea, a fantasy novel she published in 1968 featuring a wizard school.

Aired: 08/02/19

Rating: NR

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