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Old April 29th, 2011, 9:38 pm
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Re: Are we too old for Harry Potter?

One good thing about the Harry Potter books (particuarly the early ones) is that they are simple enough to be enjoyed by anyone but yet have deeper messages that older people can understand (commentary on slavery, prejudice and class division)


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Old April 30th, 2011, 5:20 am
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I'm 21 and I watched 2 of the movies when I was about 16-17 (wasn't much of a fan, only went because some of my friends were fans) and I didn't really care for the series. My second year in college, my friend decided to buy the books and I borrowed them from him. Been a huge fan ever since. (about 2 years) Though I do not really go around saying I'm an HP fan, I try to strike up conversation with someone I meet who is a fan.

HP is very good for kids as just the thought of doing magic alone will attract a kid, but the meaning of the books, the foreshadowing, character developments and such is something I feel only a teenager or adult will be able to understand and appreciate.


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Old May 1st, 2011, 7:35 pm
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 think that says a lot for the excellence of JKR's writing. Books which can be shared by 4 year olds and 65 year olds have got to be something special.
Very true such a broad span of interest. I don't know any other series of books that could say the same.


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Old May 2nd, 2011, 2:30 am
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Re: Are we too old for Harry Potter?

When i read the series for the first time (only the first four books were published), I was 11 years old. I just loved the adventure, the magic, the magical school, and all of those fantastical things. I even daydreamed that one day I would get my Hogwarts letter because I was 11 years old, the age you needed to be to be at this amazing magical school.*

Fast forward to my teenage years, there are things that I started to notice that I had not noticed as a child. All the magical things isn't *what catches my attention now. It is the complexities of the characters, the complex story, the parallels between this magical world and the real world, the themes, among many other things.

Fast forward to my actual age, 22, I noticed things little details that I have overlooked on my teenage years. For example, my most recent discovery is that Remus Lupin was actually a very coward character. Even though he was one of James' best friends, in poa book, he still treats Harry as a student, and not as a sort of nephew. I mean Harry is all alone in this world, why he can't be more of a paternal figure for him? also, Harry has always adressed him by his last name, Lupin. He was a coward when, even as a head boy, could not stop his friends on bullying snape. When he wanted to leave his wife and his unborn child. He could not take all these responsibilities! (also, it looks like he and tonks married because tonks got pregnant. If you notice it, they marry and she quickly is pregnant.) what fascinates me is that the "good" characters aren't pure good, they have flaws. I could go on and on with other characters, but I think those discussions belongs to other threats. (if You are interested in discussing with me, you can always owl me )

So, there you go, Harry potter is for all the general audiences because it reaches you in different levels. And as you get older (and hopefully, more intelligent and mature), you start to notice the deep stuff on these books.*

It's ironical that Harry potter are seen for some ignorant people "childish" since they are very complex and deep. As what sometimes *is considered "adult," can be sometimes very stupid and brainless.*


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Re: Are we too old for Harry Potter?

Never. There are aspects that appeal to all people in all walks of life.


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Old May 5th, 2011, 4:16 am
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Re: Are we too old for Harry Potter?

The themes present in the Harry Potter books are ones everyone can apply to their lives, regardless of age. Some may read the books for entertainment and get a chuckle and smile out of them, while the books may completely inspire and change another's life. You can never outgrow these books, i just think that the way you view them changes with age.


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A good story is a good story, regardless of your age.


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Re: Are we too old for Harry Potter?

I hope im reading these classics to my grandchildren when they re-make all the films


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Old May 6th, 2011, 3:57 am
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I hope im reading these classics to my grandchildren when they re-make all the films
Me too, me too. They are classics aren't they? I can't imagine times changing so much that these novels aren't seen as remarkable literature. I think they're pretty timeless


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Old May 6th, 2011, 11:02 am
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NO WAY.

There is no such thing as being to old for Harry. My dad read the books even before me. Everyone who enjoys a little magic likes it.
+ it's one of those books who ccan be read by anyone, any age, any race, any religion, anywhere.


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Old May 9th, 2011, 9:41 am
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Re: Are we too old for Harry Potter?

I really think the people who think Harry Potter is for kids only don't know anything about Harry Potter.

I'm 21, and everyone at work knows I'm an avid fan; they find it rather funny that I'm so into a "kids' thing".... They always direct Harry Potter questions from customers to me. But they just don't get it, and I feel bad for them.


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Old May 9th, 2011, 5:51 pm
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[QUOTEOne good thing about the Harry Potter books (particuarly the early ones) is that they are simple enough to be enjoyed by anyone but yet have deeper messages that older people can understand (commentary on slavery, prejudice and class division)


][/quote] This is one great reason why at 67 these books have captured and held my interest. As a sister (nun) they have been also a rich and deep source of prayer!


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Old May 10th, 2011, 12:21 pm
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I plan on doing something Harry Potterish for my extended essay part of the ib diploma course, all my friends and my dad say im too old but 16 isnt too old to like Harry Potter.


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Old May 11th, 2011, 10:02 pm
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Re: Are we too old for Harry Potter?

I believe Harry Potter is an ageless series. It's a wonderful adventure story for younger kids that they can appreciate more and more as they grow with the series. I began reading when I was 13, I'm 25 now and am very impressed at how smartly the series is written. My husband was never into HP but over the years as my love for it grew his interest and admiration for the series has grown as well.


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Old May 13th, 2011, 5:45 am
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No I dont think we're too old to read the Harry Potter books.
Heck I'm 30 years old and turning 31 in June and I'm still into the Harry Potter phenom and thinking of going and buying the 2 disc DVDs of Harry Potter Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets


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Old May 14th, 2011, 1:05 am
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Re: Are we too old for Harry Potter?

Nooo we can never be too old! I'm nearly 21 and grew up reading the books and watching the films every year at the cinema.

I remember when I was in my first year at secondary school and went to see the first film, now I'm nearly in my last year at university and watching the last film soon.

But It doesn't matter how old you are


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Old May 16th, 2011, 11:10 am
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I don't think one can be "too old" for a book....

Well I myself think it was perfect timing for me because I was at primary school when I read PS, CS, POA and GOF and I was a teenager when OOTP, HBP and DH came out. So I kinda grew older and the books did too, which is amazing. They have always been part of my life! So it's kind of sad that it's over now....


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Old May 26th, 2011, 9:45 pm
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Re: Are we too old for Harry Potter?

I think the beauty of the series is that it can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Harry is a character that, at some point, everyone can relate to. Older generations remember what it was like to be at that age and younger generations are able to grow up with Harry. It is all of Harry's experiences (starting a new school, making new friends, dealing with being an outcast at times, losing his loved ones, and many, many more) that make the series so personable and relatable. I'm everyone has dealt with at least one of these issues, and if they can't relate to Harry, there is surely another character that they can.

It's a story of fantasy, adventure, love, friendship, loyalty, humor, angst, sadness, joy, hope, loss, and triumph. In my eyes, that doesn't make it a "children's story" but a classic. We may be reading about an 11 year-old boy and friends, but his adventures and maturity make it able to be appreciated by all ages.


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Old June 18th, 2011, 2:39 am
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I was 31 when I started reading the books. I've never had anyone to tell me that I was too old for them. As a matter of fact, I know quite a few of my older friends are big HP fans as well. We get into many discussions and analyze the books. It's fun!


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Old June 18th, 2011, 2:49 am
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Re: Are we too old for Harry Potter?

I was 16 when I started reading the books, around the time chamber of secrets was released in the theaters . . . I'm 24 now and haven't gotten tired of them yet!


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