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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:32 pm 
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Is it suitable for a not yet 9 year old? I really cannot bear to read any Harry Potter for more than about 2 pages so I can't find out for myself. I am sure she will not understand the parody it supposedly contains but is there anything in it that could be just way too scary or unsuitable in some other way for her age group?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:56 pm 
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It depends upon your child and how easily they're scared I suppose. But there's nothing in it I'd have worried about a year 4 child reading. The whole witches/wizards/magic thing is so obviously drawn from fantasy, and at that age they're easily capable of distinguishing between fantasy and reality. In fact (shoot me if you want to) I let my almost 6 year old listen to the unabridged versions of Harry Potter on audio disc, although there will no doubt be some parts of it which go over his head at the moment. The Stephen Fry versions are well read, and I'm quite a big fan of using audio discs with children, not only for listening skills, but to imbue a sense of delivery and presentation, and to give access to literature which is beyond their reading abilities but not beyond their understanding.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:01 pm 
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My year 4 DD has read the whole series. I don't suppose she understood the subtleties but she certainly wasn't disturbed by the books in any way.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:02 pm 
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My DS has read all of them except the last one. The last one opens with a scene of civil servants in Whitehall; it put him off (as a former one of those, myself, I can only admire his discernment!). I can't remember which one Goblet of Fire is, but I think after book 3 or 4 they get increasingly dark. One of them opens with some horror scene which, to be honest, I found repellent when I read it (a baby on a gravestone?), but he seemed fine with it and he's usually quite a sensitive lad! He can't get through Michael Morpurgo, too upsetting, but perhaps that seems too real-life to him, whereas HP is obviously fantasy.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:15 pm 
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my son loved them at that age


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:18 pm 
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My DD has just finished it and we watched it at the weekend. She is nearly 11 and was fine with it.
One of the characters dies and theres a little (and I mean a little)hint of teenage romance, but nothing I would have got upset with her reading at 9.

One of her friends read them at 6 or 7.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:30 pm 
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DS read them at that age, and had no problems.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:36 pm 
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I introduced to my daughter the Philosopher's stone when she was 8. She wasn't keen on reading at all and said other people she knew said it was 'brutal', because it was full of killing. I encouraged her a lot and now she is 10, and finished the Deathly hallows when she was 9. I don't think it is a problem at all and it is the same with all children; with a bit of stimulus they can succeed.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:42 pm 
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splash wrote:
I don't think it is a problem at all and it is the same with all children; with a bit of stimulus they can succeed.


Exactly. Well said Splash.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:26 am 
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My son read them all while still in primary and is still reading them today, much to my disgust, although he is currently reading them in German. :shock: (apparently this is a good way to improve your MFL skills)


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