Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Just finished reading aloud Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to my 5.5 year old. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Kid, 12 years old July 29, 2018 I could go on for pages about EVERY SINGLE THING I love about this series. Harry Potter bares absolutely no resemblance to the simple, sweet stories of Cinderella and Rapunzel, and it's absolutely disrespectful and patronizing to the series, it's intended audience, and it's themes that you think they are. Flag as inappropriate  Yea. recommended age 12+ Kid, 9 years old July 10, 2014 Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts I'm sorry. At 11.5yrs old, I told him he can watch #4 and 5. he's only watched #4 once. I wasn't scared a bit and could handle the vocabulary in these books. the murder story of 13 people could be frightening for youngsters. 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. Film 1: PG-13, 12+ window.setTimeout(function() { I thought it was an adventure. }, 500); Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Harry rides a Nimus 2000. That's what the Harry Potter books are all about. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Harry Potter readability/lexical rating/ATOS level: 15 years of age + Overall/potential inappropriateness rating: 26/50 })(); If your child quakes in the stare of the Basilisk or quivers when the boy who lives comes to die, she will still learn that love is so great that its power is above any other twisted, evil event in the series. Goblet of Fire, PG-13, 12+ Flag as inappropriate  My 4 year old son has seen the first two and we've read the first book. It's a stunning masterpiece. My library issues the following classifications for the Harry Potter series: Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Harry Potter is amazing. My son is 9 and extremely sensitive and imaginative. videojs.options.flash.swf = "https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/all/libraries/video-js/video-js.swf" Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts I think you might want to wait until a child can understand it. Flag as inappropriate  It just depends on the child. Parent of a 5 and 9-year-old written by pvavarou January 14, 2014 In regards to the movies, we watched the first 3 and will not watch any of the others until he is older as they get quite a bit scarier after the third one. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Flag as inappropriate  Please stop underestimating us!!! Flag as inappropriate  Harry Potter has NEVER been for 4 year olds. So, in conclusion, it is my opinion that your child should run straight through platform 9 and 3/4 and hop on the Hogwarts Express as soon as he possibly can. =) We're a Christian family, and just starting to consider allowing our younger kids to start this series. For over ten years, I have been teaching college courses on interpreting and creating ethical messages in various media. Harry Potter has NEVER been appropriate for a 4 year old. if (Drupal.settings.csm_informizely != undefined) { Join as an Advocate Personally, I believe it depends on the emotional maturity of the child. She is an avid reader and regularly reads until 10:00 pm. Flag as inappropriate  I mostly skipped through the discussions about "snogging" and the like; when I reread the sixth book (which I generally don't reread because of Dumbledore's death and it's just my least favorite book) a year or two later, I realized I had skipped it. Flag as inappropriate  Reading the book before the movie makes them less scary and shocking and sometimes more enjoyable. Peter rabbit's father was eaten in a pie, the Velveteen rabbit's boy almost died, and Alice nearly loses her head. Sex in the Media Careers They are amazing books and movies, and I recommend them for all ages. Based on my experience, trust your parental instinct, talk to your child, and look at the movies' ratings. Yes, the torture scenes and battle scared me. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts It's just too mature a story for a child of 7. 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. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts I think, as usual common sense is a few years on the safe side. Flag as inappropriate  Coronavirus Support I thought it was a really good series, and I understood most of it, but I keep rereading and discovering new things. Thank you for taking time to write all of this out! If you have a sensitive child who bursts into uncontrollable tears when they see a dead bird then it probably wouldnt be wise to let them read the last few books, but on the other hand if your child is mature and strong enough to deal with life and death etc etc then it should be no problem. Flag as inappropriate  The rereading at an older age is, in my opinion, the more important experience. Avoid meanness and crassness in movies and books, and you will have a sweeter, more fun, and more confident child than most. Teen, 15 years old written by obviouslytomboy6 February 7, 2015 I'm so grateful for Common Sense Media's rating systems! Executive Editor, Ratings & Reviews | Mom of two I read the first book in second grade; for me, the only "scary" element was in the movie, when Voldemort's face is on the back of Quirrell's. Lord of the Rings is an example of a book that is just as magical and awe-inspiring, but far less emotionally complex. This book touches on the darkest idea (the splitting of the soul - like The Lord of the Rings (Sauron and his Ring)), but besides this, there's nothing too disturbing (besides a very upsetting death and the shocking revelation of the Half-blood Prince at the end). Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Sierra Filucci Teen, 13 years old written by MadeW98 February 27, 2012 If you've seen the others, don't hesitate to watch this. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts I started them when I was 9 or 10 I can't remember Flag as inappropriate  Board of Advisors Frannie Ucciferri Enact Your CCPA Rights I was approximately 8 I read them all in third grade I agree with you!!! Scariness is hardly the only reason to reserve a book (or series, or movie, or series of movies) for an older kid. Personally, I let my child read The Hunger Games at 5, before Harry Potter for the reasons you mentioned in your post, and because I found it less challenging in terms of writing, theme, and content. Her behaviour afterwards certainly fits the circumstances. Kids develop at there own pace. Teen, 17 years old written by allopezreader March 7, 2016 We gave her lots of TLC and she said she loves the book and doesn't want to stop reading it, but suggested she not read it before bed anymore. 4 counts of profanity-57% For some kids it may be earlier or later. Avoid meanness and crassness in movies and books, and you will have a sweeter, more fun, and more confident child than most. Flag as inappropriate  It's a wonderful place, and by the time I was eight, I'd read all of them and seen all of them. 2 counts of sexuality-28% 1- I suggest reading the series in order, then after you finished the Deathly Hallows, watching all the movies in order. When I first read the books, the majority of the more mature stuff went over my head and I came to appreciate it on later run-throughs of the series. 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. See the full list Enact Your CCPA Rights Personalize your media recommendations. The rereading at an older age is, in my opinion, the more important experience. Overall, I would just say think about yourself or your kid as a reader. Harry Potter is a universe, meant to be entered again and again. He says he is scared by the things he reads in the book. We Recommend I started reading Harry Potter when I was about six and my cousin did as well (he's only a few years younger than me). Harry Potter has NEVER been appropriate for a 4 year old. Again; the Harry Potter series isn't for little children. Kid, 12 years old July 29, 2018 Goblet of Fire, PG-13, 12+ Because of all this, I love the Common Sense Media site! Teen, 14 years old written by Beth99 July 21, 2014 I LOVE THAT WHOLE SERIES!! However, if you can wait, wait them to be older (8 years is about right). I stopped cause i needed my rest at night!

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