J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has created a world in which millions of children lose themselves. Whether it is the setting of the books, which is at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the characters, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermoine Granger, the villains, Voldemort and Draco Malfoy, or the action of the stories readers can’t resist turning the page to discover the new surprises that are in store.
However, while many children enjoy devouring this series it has many parents concerned of the content their kids are reading. Some believe that the stories are too dark for their young kids and want the reading age to be raised. Others don’t want their child reading recreationally about a school where children are brought up in the likes of witchcraft. Do these concerns have any foundation? Are the Harry Potter books something that parents should dissuade their kids from reading?
I had never read a Harry Potter book before this summer; I had only seen the movies. I thought that the movies were pretty light aside from a few choice scenes in certain movies for which even I had to close my eyes. I decided to read through the series and see what my choice would be regarding whether I would want my child to read the series. Based on the movies, I don’t expect there to be too much I wouldn’t want my child to read but I can always change my mind. Book one, here we go.