How would they react to Harry Potter? I'm sorry to say but instead of trying to eliminate an outside reason for your children being mean perhaps you as a parent should teach them that it's wrong. I first started reading the first and second Harry Potter (by myself) when I was 6. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Order of the Phoenix: YA for rough action featuring strong, bloody violence and some gory imagery, consumption of alcohol, questionable behavior, crude humor, teen partying, and strong thematic content Teen, 17 years old written by PotterPokemon February 6, 2015 Overall rating: YA for Kid, 9 years old July 10, 2014 Order of the Phoenix: Rated PG-13 but if I wrote this article, I would write it a little differently. It's still not appropriate for a 7 year old. I highly doubt this is a coincidence as they started when he began reading the books. I would encourage her to pick up the series again at 10. Great middle age fiction book about Alex, a young precocious girl, who mysteriously gets transported to a strange world where Latin and Math combine in formulas and equations with magical effects. If you've seen the others, don't hesitate to watch this. I recommend encouraging her to read it, or re-read it later. Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, an American author of novels, children's books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction stated that the HP series was, "ethically rather mean-spirited." It was very simple and small and scope, intense, but friendly for a younger mind due to the writing and by extension the content and the themes. Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, an American author of novels, children's books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction stated that the HP series was, "ethically rather mean-spirited." Social Media Order of the Phoenix: Rated PG-13 Obviously, they do get darker, but I was only allowed to read the first one at that moment. Please stop underestimating us!!! I was not freaked out at all and probably enjoyed the spooky parts more than I should've. Expose your child to this series at an early age, and you won't regret it. I became a VERY big Harry potter fan around the age of 11, and still love every single one of them! A good age for watching the movies would probably be 12, depending on the child. It gets noticeably darker each installment, so it depends. He received the series for Christmas and has already read books 1-4. What she doesn't quite understand the concept, sometimes she asks, and I explain. I read the first Harry potter when I was 5 the first hunger games at seven and city of bones at eight I saw all the Harry potter movies when they came put (except the first three which weren't out) What matters is that the media we take in will powerfully influence who we are, and the younger we are, the more quickly and powerfully we are shaped by what we see. written by RainbowBunny9 June 30, 2019 They read the same things everyone else did, and were fine. It's still not appropriate for a 7 year old. Harry Potter is great series! Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Maybe the first two books can go younger but only if you as a parent are willing to do the teaching work required, reading and breaking down the meaning for your child. Flag as inappropriate  Flag as inappropriate  However, my freshman year of high school, my friend convinced me to read them. It was a good idea to start young when they were released because you had to wait 1 - 3 years for the next book. Harry Potter is one of the biggest franchises today that is based offof a kids book or movie. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Didn't find them that bad so yeaaah The Harry Potter series is a YA series, the Percy Jackson series is a Middle Grade/Children's series It's great to start the series at about age 12-13 (or perhaps age 11, Harry's age when the series begins?) How old is your kid? Eh....not one to tell parents what to do, but 7 is still way too young...10 is the ideal starting age. That alone. Flag as inappropriate  4 counts of profanity-57% 93comments Swallows and Amazons?). I'm also a mom with 4 awesome kids, ages infant to 13. if they don't understand or don't want to understand, they can gloss over it and pick up what they missed when they re-read it later in life), but I would and have limited what they can watch as a movie even if they were ok reading the books. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Adult written by DKC98 August 3, 2015 Flag as inappropriate  4 counts of profanity-57% Children under 4 will not be admitted. Same! Voting Tales of Beedle the Bard: New Young Adult (11+) He instantly loved reading it. They go back in time in an attempt to save Cedric Diggory from dying in 1994, but each time they try to meddle with time, they end up changing their present. When did this culture of coddling children begin? I remember reading the Order of the Phoenix in 5th grade. There are themes of Good and evil and they can make the gospel easier to understand for children and brought me closer to god. He finished reading the first book within 5 days. She seems ok with it - she's mentioned it's a bit scary and sad in parts and she stopped reading for a couple of days but is now right back in it. Parent of a 10 and 12-year-old written by TubinReuben July 15, 2014 Flag as inappropriate  This makes sense when you think about it - We are journeying with Harry Potter through his adolescence. Adult written by DKC98 August 3, 2015 I am a huge fan 100% and I have Harry Potter stuff all around my room Yes, the torture scenes and battle scared me. I have read books like The 5th Wave, Hunger Games and Divergent, so Harry Potter didn't bother me at the age of seven, but know your child. (function () { Browse Advice e.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? They are all named after people whom Harry and Ginny have a close relationship with and go on to influence their lives. in mind. Then, after attending the seventh book release party that summer, I decided that I would read the entire series. No. I agree. I think this is fair. Sex in the Media Teen, 16 years old written by dcasey98 July 1, 2015 He started reading on his own when he was about 2 and at six and in first grade he is reading at a fourth grade reading level but my parents always sit down with him and talk about what he's reading. In deciding age-appropriateness, the important thing is that the characters are emotionally simple, the world in it is manageable, not close to our big, confusing lifeworld. I have a teaching certificate in Montessori (early childhood) education, an MA in Liberal Arts, and an MA in Literary Studies. What a gift J.K. Rowling has given her readers, in narrativizing the longing for a personal calling, for unconditional love, for the opportunity to sacrifice oneself for one's friends! Sex in the Media But hey, I read the whole Hunger Games series at 10. If your child is getting scared by the 1st/2nd books they surely can't handle any of the later books, even 3rd book. She was scared enough that she was afraid to sleep in her room alone last night or even be up there alone. I think it all depends on the kid. the only problem is that the books are long. It's either for children or adults to some people, and even though it resembles the typical Young Adult series to a T, and even resembles adult literature in many ways, I still here people making up excuses left, right, and center, trying to limit its thematic significance by patronizing the absolute crap out of it. But I think it's good for children to learn that in the real world, there really are some Bellatrix Lestranges and Tom Riddles. If your child is mature and does not frighten easily, reading the first few books in the series should be fine. © Common Sense Media. Oh my gosh. I recommend encouraging her to read it, or re-read it later. Half-Blood Prince: YA for strong, bloody violence, mild language, alcohol abuse and parallels to substance abuse, questionable behavior, some language, some sensual scenes, and some sexual thematic material, teen partying, and strong thematic content Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts They're NOT for little kids. I have no problem with letting kids watch and read these stories. Terms of use 3 counts of violence-100% Our bloggers The movies however I watched when I was seven, so my advice to parents would be if your child is interested in Harry Potter ; read it with them. Flag as inappropriate  So it's best to have them grow up with it. It is not just names that Rowling researched: connotations that only someone who has studied mythology would know are woven into many parts of the series. No problems. Chamber of Secrets: U-MG for moderate violence and menace and moderate thematic material-all involving children One book I have read that my daughter actually loved is called Libellus de Numeros which is part of the Magicae Mathematica series by author Jim West. window.NREUM||(NREUM={});NREUM.info={"beacon":"bam-cell.nr-data.net","licenseKey":"22bc04bf17","applicationID":"185559085","transactionName":"MgBWbBRUCEtTAU1eDQtKdVsSXAlWHRJYUAc6CFVWB1IDSm0MVlMHOhNdXRFqFllVBw==","queueTime":0,"applicationTime":6200,"atts":"HkdVGlxOG0U=","errorBeacon":"bam-cell.nr-data.net","agent":""}, Teen, 17 years old written by harry potter 1234 July 9, 2020, Teen, 13 years old written by anonymous...... December 5, 2020, Adult written by Galadriel Thestral January 18, 2020, Kid, 12 years old December 31, 2019 I useally read for a LONG time at night so :/. Because of all this, I love the Common Sense Media site! Just for a benchmark comparison, here's The Hunger Games series: Half-Blood Prince: YA for strong, bloody violence, mild language, alcohol abuse and parallels to substance abuse, questionable behavior, some language, some sensual scenes, and some sexual thematic material, teen partying, and strong thematic content Deathly Hallows Part Two: (epic, albeit violent finale. Wide Open School However, my freshman year of high school, my friend convinced me to read them. Quidditch Through the Ages: Not Applicable for sitautions she glosses over, I assume it's too advanced for her to understand nor care to understand, which is ok. Kid, 9 years old July 10, 2014 Adult written by kmgs November 19, 2013 I could go on for pages about EVERY SINGLE THING I love about this series. The 3rd movie should be with the other two movies. She is empathic (and so am I) but does not normally get this scared. Well I started reading harry potter when I was 8, so a year ago. Our bloggers Thus we put more limitation in the movie-watching than with book reading. Wait until they want to read them and than let them. Flag as inappropriate  9-10+ Half-Blood Prince: YA for strong, bloody violence, mild language, alcohol abuse and parallels to substance abuse, questionable behavior, some language, some sensual scenes, and some sexual thematic material, teen partying, and strong thematic content Flag as inappropriate  Harry Potter certainly hit big enough initially to keep its wide audience, but to keep infantilizing the series and keep pushing it on kids way too young to appreciate it is to damage its future potential of reaching a wide audience. Senior Director of Family Engagement and Community Partnerships Bio Would you give a kid those? scriptElement.src = "https://insitez.blob.core.windows.net/site/7ce7f683-82c0-46f7-85d3-de63c9754a25.js"; Digital Citizenship Program Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts He finished reading the first book within 5 days. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts So, the movies might be from 10+ Though I know he can read them and understand them, he is not ready for them emotionally. I think that it doesn't matter your age, it matters how emotionally mature you are. Flag as inappropriate  I know he is saying that primarily because he wants to keep on reading the rest of the books. In short: Harry Potter when you look at the ALA's detailed content analysis, ranks older than The Hunger Games in many areas of content suitability, and equals it overall. Parent of a 5 and 9-year-old written by pvavarou January 14, 2014 I would listen I remember reading the Order of the Phoenix in 5th grade. Tales of Beedle the Bard: New Young Adult (11+) The Chamber of Secrets: (know your child) 7-8+ Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Support our work Movies: 1: PG-13/R, 13+, 2: PG-13, 12+, 3: PG-13, 11+, 4: PG-13, 11+ Kid, 9 years old July 10, 2014 Our WorkCommon Sense Media Film 2: PG-13, 13+ The movies are rated as follows (if the film in question struggled to maintain a certain rating in the face of the MPAA or other worldwide film classification bodies, the rating will include both, Ex. I agree with the above ages, but as you know your children best, you can flex these ages to how well you think your child could cope with them. Harry rides a Nimus 2000. Order of the Phoenix: YA for rough action featuring strong, bloody violence and some gory imagery, consumption of alcohol, questionable behavior, crude humor, teen partying, and strong thematic content I really wish these books had been handed to me at five instead of seven. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts It's sends the message that they're interested in books designed for little kids. But we also developed a ritual to go to every opening night of the last four movies. I have watched all the movies, and the sixth-eighth movies in a movie theatre. News and Media Literacy Being 14, I must say Harry Potter was a precursor of sorts to a young adult franchise collection (or, in some cases, failed after one installment made into a movie). I guarantee you she comprehended less than 10% of the story. It's a young adult series, which means that there are concepts that some kids won't understand, like how Voldemort's yearning for power destroyed him, and the innocent falling victim to death, and yes, there is a LOT of violence in 5-7, so I wouldn't reccomend to younger kids. I started reading Harry Potter when I was six or seven (in the second grade), got scared halfway through Chamber of Secrets, and stopped for a while. 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