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At what age were your kids ready for Harry Potter?

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I love HP, and I am excited to share with my DS, but I am not sure when he will be ready. We have shown him the movies 1 and 2 with a lot of editing for content and intensity. But today he wanted to watch 1 again, (DH is reading the book) and we sat with him through it, ready to fast forward. He was not bothered by the intensity or themes, and I did not see anything that I was not comfortable showing him.

I don't think I am ready to share the dementors with him, and I don't think he is ready either, but I just wondered what a more global take was about age appropriateness.
 

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Fairy tales are just as violent.

At least HP presents women in strong roles (Hermione, Professor McGonagall, etc).

I'm not sure I'd show the movies as young as I'd show (or read) the books. Books have always been different to me...there'sbeen a big difference in my mind regarding books vs. movies.

As it is, I've the first six in hardback in a very coveted position, waiting to be read to DD (probably starting around her 4th/5th birthday), and book seven on waitlist.

I had students reading it in fourth grade who dealt very well with it, if that's an indicator.
 

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My older ds watched the first HP movie at six. He hasn't seen the other ones or had the books read to him.
 

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At least HP presents women in strong roles (Hermione, Professor McGonagall, etc).

I'm not sure I'd show the movies as young as I'd show (or read) the books. Books have always been different to me...there'sbeen a big difference in my mind regarding books vs. movies.

I do love how the female characters turned out. After the first, I thought, "Oh geez. Another fairy tale/Disney theme where mom is only a good mom because she died for her child/fawn/baby elephant." Hermione's character has become so wonderful. I hate that she gets such short shrift in the movies--the 4th never mentions SPEW!

I am with you on the books vs. movies. When reading, your mind will take you as gory as you want to go. My personal take on movies and books is the opposite. I get much more intense and elaborate in my head than in the movies.
 

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I've started reading the books to my 2 y/o. I don't think he understands really, but he likes being read to (and I can only take so much of Hop On Pop and Curious George...lol).

The movies...it depends...I'd say probably as soon as they can comprehend the difference between real and pretend...I don't really shield/plan to shield James from stuff like that. *shrug*
 

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well mine are 4 and 7 and they've been into HP for a good long while, as have i
: BUT. I think that yes, the movies are more intense than the books, and that book 1 is no less than a world away from book 6, kwim?? I read to my kids from all the books, but I find that everyone is more comfy if I paraphrase/skip parts starting around book 4. We saw GoF in the theatre when it came out, with both kids donning "invisibility cloaks" and plastic magic wands from the Leaky Cauldron shop
but in hindsight I think that movie was too creepy at the end for them. They know movie 5 is coming out this July, and they both have mixed feelings about wanting to see it in the theatres. I think I'll make it a date with DP so I can preview it and warn them. I'm not much into censorship of media (within reason of course), but I definitely make a point to know my kids well enough to know what would bug them and what wouldn't. good luck!!


...we need a wizard icon, yathink?? :nana:
 

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The movies suck IMO!!! My boys(7) prefer the books and hate the movies, they just liked the 2nd film, they hated GOF and they don't want to see OP(it's their favourite book), becuase they'll say it will be bad as the other movies, I want to see OP becuase it's my favourite book also, I want to see how it turns out(I don't think it will be that good anyways). The only thing I like about the films is McGonagall, I luve her character.
 

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My DH started reading them when DS was 2. He is on book #3 now. DS usually plays while being read to and he enjoys DH reading to him. He liked the movies to but he only recently saw those.
 

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The first movie came out in 2001 I believe so that would have made my kids like 8 and 10 or so. They'd have been just fine seeing it younger though I think. Ds oerhaps more so than Dd. They saw them all in theatre and loved it.
My Ds had read the book prior to seeing the movie, but Dd has not read them.
 

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My son just finished reading the series (well, the first 6 books
and really liked them. We have seen some, but not all, of the movies, following the book that he had just finished at the time.
 

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I agree!

Can you expand on this? I am not trying to start a debate, but I have heard others say that they won't let their kids do HP, and I don't understand why not. I started this poll because I realize that some elements are not appropriate for every age, but I don't understand the underlying reasons for never doing it.
 

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Well, I guess I'm a bad mom... DS, his dad, and I went to the theatre to see GOF when DS was like 7 months old.
: Of course he didn't really pay much attention, but Robert and I just really wanted to see it.


As for the books, I'll probably start reading them to him as soon as he'll sit still long enough for me to read him something like that. I tried reading The Hobbit to him, but he just tries to take the book.
 

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Can you expand on this? I am not trying to start a debate, but I have heard others say that they won't let their kids do HP, and I don't understand why not. I started this poll because I realize that some elements are not appropriate for every age, but I don't understand the underlying reasons for never doing it.
Well, I can't answer for those particular posters, but a lot of Christians are against HP... something about witchcraft being of the devil or whatever.
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There are tonnes of high quality middle readers available for children not ready for Potter. One series is the Measle books by Ian Ogilvy. Unlike the Potter books, they don't advance in maturity level as the series progresses. That is the biggest issue with younger kids and HP. Measle is also more light-hearted. The first is Measle and the Wrathmonk. I also highly recommend Here be Monsters by Alan Snow.

DD1 is now 5 and I'd be comfortable letter her read the HP series next year. She has read unexpurgated versions of fairy and folk tales and can handle some pretty raw and scary stuff. However, I still don't think she's quite ready for Potter because she has neither experienced nor read much about the death of loved ones.
 

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There are tonnes of high quality middle readers available for children not ready for Potter. One series is the Measle books by Ian Ogilvy. Unlike the Potter books, they don't advance in maturity level as the series progresses. That, is the biggest issue with younger kids and HP. Measle is also more light-hearted. The first is Measle and the Wrathmonk. I also highly recommend Here be Monsters by Alan Snow.
Thanks for the suggestions. I always am on the lookout for new series for DS.

For now, I think we will stick with the first one. Maybe I can make it a big deal for birthdays--each year a new HP.
 

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Less than one! DS sat straight up at the midnight premiere of Goblet of Fire and stared at the movie screen, watching the movie intently, for at least an hour when he was six months old...then he went to sleep.
 

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Ds is nine and is only now ready to start reading he books on his own. He has listened to the COS on cd and loved it. I have let them all watch the movies though(my son is the only one we have ever taken to see them at the movies though) and my girls are 4 and 5. They all love HP.

Edited to add I think it depends on your children and if they are able to handle certain fantasy violence. My girls were actually rooting for the dragon
 
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