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{A&E} Poll: Is Harry Potter Good or Bad for Kids?

Last week the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I DVD was released, so I thought it would be interesting to bring up the topic of whether or not Harry Potter is okay for kids to read.

I recently read an article on Beliefnet.com (an online magazine on religion and spirituality) that discussed the most inspiring moments from the Harry Potter series. (Click here to read the article.) For this author and many parents, Harry Potter is good for kids. It encourages reading and great lessons can be learned from the books.

But there are many people who would disagree. Harry Potter is, after all, about witchcraft, and the themes are dark and maybe too scary for young readers. Some schools have even banned the books from their libraries.

I’m interested to know what you think of the books and movies. Take the poll and leave a comment below.

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Ashley Evanson is the Online Editor at LDS Living. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves looking at design blogs, wishing she could be as hip as the people she reads about. Her favorite color is light tan.

How do you feel about Harry Potter in general?

I'm a die-hard fan.
I like the books.
I like the books, but they're not for kids.
I won't read the books because themes of witchcraft bother me.
I have no interest in the books.
I've never read the books, but I love the movies.

Do (or would) you allow your kids to read the Harry Potter books?

Yes
No
Maybe

What age is appropriate to begin reading Harry Potter?

8-9
10-12
13-15
16+
No age is appropriate.

Do (or would) you allow your kids to watch the Harry Potter movies?

Yes
No
Maybe
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