What is Harry Potter?
Harry Potter is a popular children's book series written by J.K. Rowling. The books center around a boy wizard named Harry Potter and his fellow students at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There are seven books in the series, all of which center around Harry and his quest to escape and eventually defeat his evil enemy Lord Voldemort. The first book of the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States) was published in 1997, and the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released in 2007. There are now eight movies based off of the books, with the eighth and final movie released in July 2011. 1
Concerns for Parents
- Although the books were originally marketed as children's books, the subject matter becomes more mature throughout the series. In later books there are deaths of main characters, some violent scenes, and some mild profanity.
- In the past there was some controversy regarding the moral and spiritual implications of the witchcraft in the series. Some parents protested the influence of the books.2 However despite these few objections, most people and families have decided that the books were not hurtful to their homes.
- The Harry Potter books are very popular and have become a beloved series that have influenced many children to enjoy reading. Parents should investigate and even consider reading the books if they have any concerns about appropriateness for their children.