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To say no to the 6th Harry Potter book...

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TabbyTigger Thu 26-Apr-18 17:20:14

DD is 5. She’s just finished the first five Harry Potter books and, obviously, now wants to move onto the 6th. However from what I and other DCs remember, this one has more mature themes (romance/more detailed deaths) and is generally more complex. AIBU to ask her to wait a year or so before reading it or should I let her try and see how she does?

arethereanyleftatall Thu 26-Apr-18 17:22:08

It's fine. if she gets bored or doesn't enjoy it, she can always put it down and select something else.

Crispbutty Thu 26-Apr-18 17:23:10

I’m in awe that she can read those books at the age of 5!!

NotUmbongoUnchained Thu 26-Apr-18 17:25:12

I would because at 5 that’s an amazing level to be reading at. Just be available to answer all of her questions about it. Have you read it yourself?

TabbyTigger Thu 26-Apr-18 17:25:21

Crispbutty she’ll be 6 in July! She likes to copy my older DDs (12 and 14), who are both avid readers.

Dumbledoresgirl Thu 26-Apr-18 17:25:40

5?! I would have thought that was too young for any of the HP books. There is more to a book than reading the words.

But, having said that, I admit my one of my youngest's first words was harrypotter. But that was because he was around when his older siblings were watching the first film on repeat.

Winchester13 Thu 26-Apr-18 17:26:20

Does she read them by herself?! At 5?! Wow

TabbyTigger Thu 26-Apr-18 17:27:57

I have read it myself but many years ago. 12yo DD read the first two in the summer between reception and year 1 (so she was 4 turning 5) but didn’t get to the 6th and 7th books until she was about 7 and I felt that was the right age. I’m just not sure if 5 is too young!

greenlynx Thu 26-Apr-18 17:28:04

To be honest I'm surprised that she read first 5 at this age, so I would wait.

cloudtree Thu 26-Apr-18 17:28:45

No. Mine were allowed to do the first four in infant school and then they had to wait. They actually enjoyed the later books a lot more once they could understand and relate a bit more to what was happening.

TabbyTigger Thu 26-Apr-18 17:29:00

Winchester she’s been obsessed with wanted to read “chapter books” and “reading in my head” since before she started school grin probably the curse of having a family who don’t stop reading.

BitOutOfPractice Thu 26-Apr-18 17:29:53

There is more to a book than reading the words


Does she understand them?

And is this just a not very stealthy stealth boast? You seemed to be able to make this exact decision with your older DC

cloudtree Thu 26-Apr-18 17:29:54

There are hundreds of more suitable books for her to read

Dumbledoresgirl Thu 26-Apr-18 17:30:11

Was also going to say: I think it is a shame when children come to books too young. I remember reading Watership Down when I was 9 (which makes me sound positively slow compared to your dd!) I was totally able to read the words, but I did not understand the concepts at all. My husband ruined a few books for my children by introducing them to them when they were too young.

Why not ask your older children to recommend some other books they enjoyed around the age of 6 to their sister? There is plenty of time for her to come to Harry Potter. I didn't read it until my 40s but still enjoyed it.

TabbyTigger Thu 26-Apr-18 17:31:53

I had originally planned to read them with her - we read the first chapter before bed one night and then the next night I went to read the second chapter and she went “no mummy, I’m on chapter 8 now”. She’d read 6 chapters on her own in one day shock I’ve just let her get on with it since then, but am thinking of enforcing a break here. I don’t know how much of the 5th she understood - she cried when Sirius died but picked up the book about 5 minhtes later.

Witchend Thu 26-Apr-18 17:31:59

Dd1read the first 5 at that age. She then had to wait for the next two to come out, so got a natural break.
She read them when they came out, and it didn't effect her enjoyment of the series.

Mannix Thu 26-Apr-18 17:33:16

I'm on the fence. I think that at that age the themes of romance etc would sail over her head so that wouldn't worry about that.

However, it seems a bit of a shame to 'waste' a great book on a child who won't really understand it. Maybe she'll get more out of it in a couple of years?

But if she really wants to I'd probably let her. I was reading The Secret Garden at her age (although the chapter on everyone dying from cholera gave me nightmares!).

AlonsoTigerHeart Thu 26-Apr-18 17:33:43

There's no way a 5 year old understands the books


TabbyTigger Thu 26-Apr-18 17:33:47

12yo DC was actually a slightly more advanced reader I’d say - she just wasn’t interested in continuing the series as rapidly. She read lots of other stuff in between, but DD3 just wants to read the next one as soon as she’s finished the previousz

roboticmom Thu 26-Apr-18 17:33:51

I read them to my kids the first time at around age 5/6 because I love the books so much I wanted to share them with them :-) I stopped after the 4th which was a bit too intense with a child dying. I let my daughter read on age 9 because all her friends had read them. Depends how sensitive your kids are, I guess. I know a family that watched zombie movies with their 6 year old- everyone is different!

cloudtree Thu 26-Apr-18 17:34:15

How can she possibly be enjoying them to their full potential though. Number Five is all about teenage angst.

I persoanlly think you're spoiling them for her by letting her read them and it's a shame.

adaline Thu 26-Apr-18 17:35:03

No way does a five year old understand what's happening in those books.

TabbyTigger Thu 26-Apr-18 17:36:08

There's no way a 5 year old understands the books

It definitely depends on the child. She understood the first three for sure. She’s always asking what words mean though so she doesn’t just read without understanding.

TabbyTigger Thu 26-Apr-18 17:37:29

So it looks like I wouldn’t be unreasonable to withhold, which just confirms what I was thinking. I’ll hide 6 and 7 for another year grin

AlonsoTigerHeart Thu 26-Apr-18 17:38:55

The relationships, age experience, life choices of the characters are all things she has no Concepts of

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