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Is Harry Potter Suitable for Children?

Updated on July 28, 2015

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The first of many to come.
The first of many to come. | Source

Brief Overview of the Books

Alohomora ! Harry Potter has done it again for many critics and followers over the years. For those of you who might not know, Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by J K Rowling in Britain . All focused on a young boy, accompanied by his friends Hermoine Granger and Ronald Weasley , who faces the triumph over the Dark Lord Voldemort . This was over a course of seven years ( seven books ) filled with laughs , cries , and edge of your seat challenges . But, it wasn't all fun and games for the young wizard Harry Potter to overcome these circumstances. Little did he expect that he would have to face Voldemort, whose goals were to become immortal , rule the wizarding world , eliminate non-magical folk and any one else who stood in his way. Once the first book was published " Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone " young adults were curious about the new series pertaining to a person of their age overcoming the most torturous obstacles. Parents believed the first novel to be harmless and merely a children's book to develop imagination . Now, seven years later critics now believe that Harry Potter is too Dark to be a young adult novel . What do you suppose might have changed their minds?

Famous Trio

Harry, Hermoine, and Ron facing the Dark Lord AGAIN!
Harry, Hermoine, and Ron facing the Dark Lord AGAIN! | Source

Harry Potter Promotes the Devil?

Although young readers were flying to theaters and bookstores to see the films and buy the books, some parents refused to let their child become involved. When I asked a parent of four children why she stated " The books promote witchcraft and it is the sign of the devil ! " As a personal fan of Harry Potter for years I couldn't imagine hearing this! Yes the books and movies do portray magic, but it is after all a fantasy . Fantasy books are meant to involve you more and let you escape from what one would call REAL LIFE . I read a story through the internet about a girl who claimed that the Harry Potter novels helped her get through a troublesome childhood . She said " Of all that I went through with my stepfather and mother, I opened the books and started reading. It made me forget about everything that was going on and I felt I could relate to young Harry. To this day I am still waiting for my Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry acceptance letter. " As I kept reading I couldn't believe how a series of books could help this girl break away from the harsh cruelties of life. I applaud her for finding a way to escape, even if just through a book. Personally I related to all of the characters. Harry Potter , for the obstacles he had to overcome and the cruelties of life. Hermoine Granger for her book smarts and keen sense for knowledge. And finally Ron Weasley , who is a skittish red-head that is terrified of everything and is always getting stuck with hand-me-downs from his older siblings . But, lets face facts that as Harry Potter got older the books became darker . One would almost say that the author and the readers matured with each passing year.

Darker Harry Potter

Matured or Darker?
Matured or Darker? | Source

The Deathly Hallows

You're a wizard Harry!
You're a wizard Harry! | Source

The Fact Of The Matter Is...

Despite the many fans, millions of dollars from movies, and being translated in over sixty-seven different languages Harry Potter did become DARK . As you look back on the first movie poster to the latest one it portrays a darker image and a sense of evil coming. But, if you read the books the last few years were the most troubling for the wizarding world. This was when the Dark Lord finally came back to take over the only world Harry had left. Almost on the edge of your seat with anticipation of the next book from Rowling. I do hope some parents would think twice of Potter books. Just reading some of the reviews of children who grew up with Harry I would definitely agree that it is a terrific fantasy . In other words would I suggest young adults reading the Harry Potter series? Absolutely! It is a great way for kids to connect with the characters and experience a sense of imagination never accomplished by any other. I guess the true Potter generation had the opportunity to grow and mature with the books unlike many new readers. Unfortunately, for us there probably won't be any more Potter novels coming out, but we shall always cherish the true message that Rowling wanted to portray. Believe in magic , and overcome evil .

Relive the Magic

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Nice article. I definitely feel like the author did a good job of maturing the content for her maturing audience. It only makes sense. It became dark, because darkness had returned. Totally understandable. And Harry Potter isn't the first or last fantasy to portray magic in such a way... those people don't like it should get over it. :P Also, the Harry Potter Films is the best selling movie franchise of all time... over several BILLION dollars... :)

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      Mariah Aiken 4 years ago from Moncks Corner, South Carolina

      I absolutely agree with you 100%!! Thanks for reading my hub and Rowling was a genius for inventing Harry Potter.

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      Becky Kirembu 4 years ago

      I love the Harry Potter series! There's so much to learn from the series besides magic. For example, the series brings attention to the power of love and friendship. I doubt that Harry would have managed to smote Voldemort without the aid of his loyal friends and supporters. Yes, I would definitely let my children read the series and learn some of these valuable life lessons :)

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