Draco Malfoy of Harry Potter, Nellie Oleson of Little House on the Prairie, Lumpy Rutherford of Leave it to Beaver, Amber Von Tussle of Hairspray, Nelson Muntz of The Simpsons, Regina George of Mean Girls, all 3 Heathers of the eponymous movie, and last but not least, pretty much all the ducks in the Ugly Duckling: regardless of one’s generation, such bullies are a staple of child and adolescent life in literature, movies, and television. Throughout the media, bullied kids’ “crimes” are varied: they may have a different race, religion, or sexual orientation; they may be too poor, too rich, too heavy, too short; they may suffer for their lineage, as do the magical children of Muggles in Harry Potter. Sometimes they are just the new kid in town. Sometimes they are the socially clumsy kid without friends, an easy target for...

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