When the first Harry Potter book came out in 1998, my son was 5 1/2. We were up in the mountains with our dear friends whose kids were 7 and 9. All they could talk about was Harry Potter, and my poor son wanted to be like the big kids.
But he couldn't read yet, and I wasn't sure how much of the story would be appropriate. So I read the book first. And as soon as I finished it, I read it again -- aloud, to my now ecstatic child. Indeed, over the last decade (yes, it's been that long!), reading the Harry Potter books (and seeing the movies and playing the video games) has become a rite of passage for kids everywhere.
But as the books go on, their subject matter matures along with the heroes. The scary bits get scarier, the villains viler. Beloved characters die. So it's always a good idea to assess your child's ability to handle fright and peril before you see the movies or read the books.
Here's a quick, age-by-age guide to enjoying Harry Potter (with the big caveat that allRead More »from What's The Right Age for Kids to Jump on the Hogwarts Train?