I certainly am seeing them differently even than I did two years ago. Flag as inappropriate  There is no reason to traumatize your children. I was perfectly fine with everything in the books (i didnt see the movies though) Kid, 11 years old July 8, 2016 Teen, 15 years old written by obviouslytomboy6 February 7, 2015 (In fact that kind of "depends-on-your-kid" thinking leads both kids and adults to believe that it's somehow more mature and better for kids to be able to "deal with" or "handle" troubling images, language, and concepts without registering anything emotionally. that's what they did for me and lead me to read Tolkien and Jules Verne. This article doesn't give kids enough credit! Early Childhood If your child is falling behind in reading or you just want them to do better I would try doing that Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Kid, 11 years old May 18, 2014 var e = document.createElement('script'); e.async = true; Flag as inappropriate  Social Media Learning with Technology and progress slowly through it. Harry potter is so amazing! Prisoner of Azkaban, PG/PG-13, 10+ You should start your own common sense site. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Adult written by Mama of 9 January 27, 2019 Reading recommended age 12+ I do not intend to let him watch #6-7.1/7.2 until at least 13 or older. Gaming I'm also a mom with 4 awesome kids, ages infant to 13. Careers Terms of use Same! Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Flag as inappropriate  I really wish these books had been handed to me at five instead of seven. Terms of use Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts The first child to die in this series dies in this movie/book. It includes the death of many beloved characters. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Print Flag as inappropriate  It's not about being "scary" so much as opening up some cans of worms that a young mind isn't ready for - Dolores Umbridge and torture, for example. Kid, 10 years old September 2, 2013 Love this one.) For example the first book mentions death, some children don't really understand this concept until they are much older but some do. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Kid, 11 years old June 15, 2017 Flag as inappropriate  Search Common Sense Media Flag as inappropriate  }, 500); If they want to read at oh, 9/10, let them, for goodness sakes! Harry Potter is amazing. Films: 1-2: PG, 9+, 3: PG/PG-13, 10+, 4/6: PG-13, 12+, 5: PG-13, 11+, 7: PG-13/R: 14+, 8: PG-13, 13+. Flag as inappropriate  Healthy Media Habits Reading the book before the movie makes them less scary and shocking and sometimes more enjoyable. Adult written by dhanyab October 26, 2015 The Hunger Games: Rated PG-13/R Kid, 11 years old February 19, 2012 Overall I rate them: I believe that Harry Potter should not be read by children under 12-13. I thought it was a really good series, and I understood most of it, but I keep rereading and discovering new things. 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. Of course, once you get to Order of The Phoenix, you have to be more mature to handle all the violence. 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. The Prisoner of Azkaban: (probably my favourite of the entire series, or at least close second to the finale, but it does have characters in peril, it's all very dark, and it has some thematic elements. Join as a Parent Adult written by koujokakyuu July 1, 2012 Here's a guideline: the Harry Potter series average classification, according to the ALA and most libraries, is YA (Young Adult). Tales of Beedle the Bard: New Young Adult (11+) Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts 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. What she doesn't quite understand the concept, sometimes she asks, and I explain. The movies are scarier than the books. I've always felt that Harry Potter was best for the double digits, or the middle school set. However, my freshman year of high school, my friend convinced me to read them. He was certainly disappointed to hear that he was going to have to wait, but he knows we only have his best interests at heart. Back to School Besides which, they'll be tackling Lord of the Flies in high school. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Now 11, I am currently rereading all the books. var IzWidget = IzWidget || {}; You get a five star review. Goblet of Fire: Rated PG-13 Little Kids (5-7) It's just. Our WorkCommon Sense Media She was completely fine with this! Did I understand every little thing that happened when I read the book at seven? It's still not appropriate for a 7 year old. recommended age 12+ It means we can enjoy the characters more. Careers Latino © Common Sense Media. Support our work Sex in the Media I had also watched the first seven films by the time the deathly hollows part two came out, and went to see it in the cinema. Also, not all children develop the same. Flag as inappropriate  My parent's don't push my brother to read anything. Flag as inappropriate  I do agree that the books get darker as the series goes on, but, in my opinion, the age range for each book really just depends on how well the kid can handle scariness and darkness. Nevertheless, don't watch the movies until you're 12 at least if you don't like passionate kissing and death of beloved characters. })(); They are ready to laugh at themselves (and everybody else), but they need something pure, and they deserve it. I'm now 13. There are other great books for young kids, and other ways to share important messages. I would like to say I am 19 and I may not have my own kids but I do have a brother that is six and many younger cousins and I have been a nanny for a while. For example the first book mentions death, some children don't really understand this concept until they are much older but some do. They're for teenagers. They focus on the more insignificant, imaginitive details, and Harry Potter is much more than that. Overall, I would just say think about yourself or your kid as a reader. It's not about age and restricting children due to their age is doing more harm then good. by the time they start to get darker, your kid is already old enough to handle it. It's sends the message that they're interested in books designed for little kids. And the fantastic thing about Harry Potter is that it really isn't just a book. and progress slowly through it. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Does this help? I would say no to the movies and their questionable edits. 0comments I know each kid is different, but there is nothing my parents could have done to stop me reading them all within a month. Flag as inappropriate  Flag as inappropriate  Teen, 13 years old written by writerreader December 28, 2015 So, along with making young kids immerse themselves in a teenage world (sad) the other side of this problem of HP being pushed on young readers and viewers is that teenagers--now being taught to think of HP as a story for little kids--are pushed *out* of the experience that Rowling created specifically with them (i.e, her own kids!) There are some really disturbing parts towards the end including a betrayal a scene involving reanimated corpses and the death of a beloved character really resonates with a reader. Alex, thanks for your story and your comments. I do agree that the books get darker as the series goes on, but, in my opinion, the age range for each book really just depends on how well the kid can handle scariness and darkness. I guarantee you she comprehended less than 10% of the story. Flag as inappropriate  Flag as inappropriate  I became a Harry Potter fan at the age of around 5, 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. 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. I only stopped for a day, but I read the last. Executive Editor, Ratings & Reviews | Mom of two Chamber of Secrets: U-MG for moderate violence and menace and moderate thematic material-all involving children Chamber of Secrets: U-MG for moderate violence and menace and moderate thematic material-all involving children You, and only you, know if YOUR child can handle it. Order of the Phoenix, PG-13, 11+ My 7 year old daughter has read HP 1 - 6 and is currently reading 7. 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. By age The later four are a perfect bridge from children's book to more adult books. See the full list Our WorkCommon Sense Media Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Harry Potter is a great series of books and movies. You, and only you, know if YOUR child can handle it. Harry Potter is a Young Adult series, not a children's series. I wasn't scared a bit and could handle the vocabulary in these books. It was really fun and iunspirational. The ALA ranks the series as YA for 12+, and all of the film's, particularly 3-8, are rated PG-13, with some having to have been cut extensively from R. Even the first two have high age ratings (9+) for solid PG films. Teen, 16 years old written by dcasey98 July 1, 2015 I've taught gifted and talented high school freshmen and sophomores, and I currently lead a writing group for kids grades 1-8, as well as a Shakespeare reading group. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts I read the entire series, by my own choice, at age 6 and a half in 6 months. The third book is especially iffy for a 7 year old, books 4-6 are pretty much off for her, and the 7th one should be strictly off limits. Screen Time Claire Trageser 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). Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Catching Fire: YA for strong, bloody violence, alcohol and mentions of substance abuse, and strong thematic material For one thing, the stories ennoble adolescents and their tendencies to act a little crazy. Flag as inappropriate  Since J.K. Rowling released Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone more than 20 years ago, kids have been devouring the books, watching the movies, and -- at least for superfans -- playing games and apps and visiting websites devoted to the young wizard. I am in my mid-twenties now, so I had no choice but to space out the reading when it came to the later books. Harry Potter readability/lexical rating/ATOS level: 15 years of age + and then I read all the books that were out at the time, before watching the films. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts I am 9 and are near the end of the seventh book and personally I think that anyone should read Harry Potter. Flag as inappropriate  Here's what I think: Parents and teachers both tend to overestimate children's ability to cope with mean-spiritedness in books and movies. Senior Editor, Social Media and Learning Resources | Mom of one Spanish Resources There are some scenes that can be frightening. Flag as inappropriate  Adult written by rebma97 July 19, 2015 The Half-Blood Prince: (epic and dramatic. Join as an Educator 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. Kid, 10 years old June 6, 2018 In its place, we've found her some other highly-rated, age-appropriate and less intense books and she's thrilled. this is ridiculous . 23456789101112131415161718 The only inappropriate thing in Harry Potter is some language in the 6th and 7th book. Thanks RhetCultureMom for bringing some good thought to this discussion. (He read aloud to me.) The ALA ranks the series as YA for 12+, and all of the film's, particularly 3-8, are rated PG-13, with some having to have been cut extensively from R. Even the first two have high age ratings (9+) for solid PG films. I don't this is true for all kids. Here's The Hunger Games, for comparison: Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts var sz = document.createElement('script'); sz.async = true; YouTube I think as long as a child is mature enough to read or watch the series they can. he prefers the book. Here's a guideline: the Harry Potter series average classification, according to the ALA and most libraries, is YA (Young Adult). Flag as inappropriate  Deathly Hallows Part One: 9+ Catching Fire: Rated PG-13 Christine Elgersma It all depends on what you think your kids can read. I will not let him read further though because he has been waking up several times a night with horrible nightmares. Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts Many of the comments seem so bizarre to me! Do not just hand it to your kid. It probably depends on your child's maturity, If they can handle it, they probably can handle Harry Potter. Violence in the Media Parents could read the book at the same time as their child to help them. It's a stunning masterpiece. Adult written by Julia from Sweden October 20, 2013 Flag as inappropriate  And so yes, I think that it is appropriate to allow young children to read them, because it will provide a basis for them to return to when they inevitably decide to reread them, whether constantly or after many years without picking them up. Follow Common Sense Media Browse More He says he is scared by the things he reads in the book. Along with death it forces you face uncomfortable realizations of about a beloved character and can seem hopeless at times. 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