Talking to children about Harry Potter (above, played by Daniel Radcliffe), can introduce philosophical subjects such as ethics (Is power more important than good?) to epistemology (How can we know ghosts and trolls?) and metaphysics (How do spells work?)

If you’re a teacher and you’re planning to do philosophy with your class then resist the temptation to reference weighty tomes written by dead Greeks (...)

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder was today in an induced coma after being the victim of a serious assault, police said. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder is in hospital with serious head injuries after being involved in a fight in Christchurch. A Christchurc(...)