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To watch Harry Potter whilst my 3 year old is still up?

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RollTheBallRollTheBall Fri 12-Dec-14 14:54:50

I have 2DS' 1 and 3 and we have all come down with a nasty bug this week (D&V).

I have just got off the phone to my DM who said that she feels terribly sad for me as we have really been unwell over the last few months and asked what I was doing for the rest of the day.

I told her that DS2 is having a sleep, DS1 is laying on the sofa curled up with a few toys and I am going to have a cup of tea and put Harry.Potter on because my brain can't handle another episode of CBeebies at the moment.

She was shocked that I would watch that whilst DS1 is still up as it is quite scary in places and she thinks that it will give him nightmares.

He's Autistic and pays no attention to what I am watching on TV, only when CBeebies is on so I don't think that I'm doing any harm by watching a film that I want to watch once in a while.

I am prepared to be told IABU but I thought that I would come here to hear your opinions because I was shocked that she thought it would scare DS.

EnchanciaAnthem Fri 12-Dec-14 15:00:55

Hmm, I'm not sure. My DD is 5 and sensitive so she wouldn't like it but there is much worse that you could have on! I'm called uptight because I don't have Friends or The Simpsons on around DD though so don't listen to me. I normally watch cooking shows if I want to watch something 'for me' when DD is around, but as I said..uptight, apparently!

Sorry to hear you've all been so ill though, we've been the same and its bloody tiring after a while isn't it! Hope you feel better soon. smile

momb Fri 12-Dec-14 15:02:06

Depends which one: Philospher's stone and Chamber of Secrets are scarey but well explained and simply written. Good triumphs over evil and there is a happy outcome: thus a three year old, even if scared in the middle,can be comforted and OK.
From that point I don't let my 10YO watch yet, as she is immature, woudl appear Ok but take it away , stew and get upset.

AgentDiNozzo Fri 12-Dec-14 15:04:49

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RollTheBallRollTheBall Fri 12-Dec-14 15:11:33

Thank you for your replies, I'll find something else more suitable and watch it tonight.

I had no idea that he could understand it enough to have nightmares over it blush

slithytove Fri 12-Dec-14 16:20:58

I do with 21 mo old blush

JamaicanMeEatMincePies Fri 12-Dec-14 16:24:04

All of mine saw hp younger than that, not the later ones which are a bit dark, but the early ones. They are not sensitive types though.

TimelyNameChangey Fri 12-Dec-14 16:34:44

I wouldn't.

solidussnake Fri 12-Dec-14 16:45:02

i watched the first three when they first came out and when the first 3 came out i was still in primary school! absolutely loved them :D
I see it as, they are kids films, kids books. they're really not that dark. if they get upset, "they're not real sweetie" or watch it when they go to bed.
if a film was a 12 and my mum and dad wanted to watch it, they would. no 15s or anything. 12s were fine with us.

curiousgeorgie Fri 12-Dec-14 16:47:18

My just turned 4 year old watched 1-4 a year ago and totally loves them...,

RoundRobinSparkles Fri 12-Dec-14 16:53:21

My 3 year old loves Harry Potter!

RoundRobinSparkles Fri 12-Dec-14 16:55:40

She's not very sensitive though and doesn't scare easily.

I probably would have been terrified at that age though. Ghost busters gave me nightmares at 5.

dragdownthemoon Fri 12-Dec-14 17:50:38

When my daughter was three we watched Harry Potter films on our Family Film afternoon regularly, her two big brothers love the books and the films. She really enjoyed them and there have been no problems with nightmares or anything.

Smartiepants79 Fri 12-Dec-14 17:58:20

I can sympathise with wanting to watch it while he still around but I wouldn't have it on myself.
I would never choose to show a child under the age of 5 Harry Potter. It's not suitable in my opinion especially the later ones. They are children's books but they're for 8/9/10+ yr olds not 3 yr olds.

s113 Fri 12-Dec-14 21:36:44

I bought the "HP and the Deathly Hallows" today in HMV. I had to ask where it was - I wasn't expecting to find it in the "Family Films" section!

simbacatlivesagain Fri 12-Dec-14 21:38:23

which one? 1st one is fine-later ones scary

Anydrinkwilldo Fri 12-Dec-14 21:47:36

My 2.5 year old loves harry potter and men in black

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