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Harry Potter and the Prisoners of Guantánamo: What Gitmo Detainees Are Reading

First Posted: 08/23/10 02:54 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:25 PM ET

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TIME:

There's not a lot to look forward to if you're one of the 176 prisoners held in the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay -- no visits from loved ones; no parole or release date; and for many, no prospect even of a day in court to answer charges. Still, at least there's Harry Potter. He may not come riding in on the back of a hippogriff to free his favorite captives from their own version of Azkaban, but he shows up once a week on a cart of books from the prison library, offering an escape of the imagination treasured by many. Indeed, the Harry Potter series has been one the most popular titles among the 18,000 books, magazines, DVDs and newspapers on offer from the prison library at Guantánamo.

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