Please find below some links to a couple of very good articles on why it is a good idea for children to wait until they are well into the middle primary school years to start reading Harry Potter.
Increasingly we are experiencing parents of very young children questioning the schools policy on not letting them start reading Harry Potter series until Class 4 and asking for more information as to why it is best to wait. One article suggests that Class 4 age is still considered too young- but they are certainly not for the 6-7 year olds that are wanting to get started.
Harry Potter is a great fantasy but as renowned author and Steiner teacher Horst Kornberger points out “a certain foundation of the soul needs to be established before a child enters the gothic labyrinth of Hogwarts”. The books are based on a mystery novel and emotional suspense. The dark forces are hidden and unscrupulous, and become even more so as the books progress. This is exciting for a teenager but is not appropriate for younger readers who need to know who is good and who is bad so they can orientate themselves in a story. ” H. Kornberger, Story Medicine.
We hope you will find the articles food for thought and help back up our schools policy. Whilst we all appreciate J.K Rowling’s imaginative series (they are well written, entertaining and exciting books) let’s all try and keep them for the appropriate time. We still have high school students enjoying the series and rereading them-they are very quick to report they are glad they waited …