10 Things I Learned From J K Rowling, part 5 (conclusion)

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First, Happy Thanksgiving!

If you need some light reading, this week-long series about Harry Potter is just the thing. If not, you arrived just in time for the best part. (Check out part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4)

So last night, I was reading Harry Potter on the couch and Savvy was watching one of her cartoons in her play area. Either on her TV that’s in there or on her iPad.

And she came in with her boogie board writing device. It’s like a stencil – no, it’s like a… it’s like an iPad that you write on. I don’t know where we got it.

She was practicing writing sentences and she needed some help with some words.

hp-2And she looked at the book and saw I was reading Harry Potter.

And so she asked me if I was at this scene or that scene, basically stuff from the second or third movie.

I told her no, this is the first one. Where here he finds out that he has a wizard and he goes to wizard school.

And she just started rolling off that story. “Oh! This happens and this and this and this…”

So I started reading out loud to her from the point at which I was.

And let me tell you what.

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She was entranced.

I’m a good reader. I read with emotion and I change the voices around and stuff. But children love to have their parents read to them, especially a favorite story that they’ve seen and know the characters and know the story. Like Harry Potter.

I told her when I was done with the book we were going to watch the movie, and that we would probably watch one of the movies every night this week. She was thrilled.

But I remember Jenny saying she read the books to her kids and how much they loved them.

So maybe when I’m done with this book I’ll get the other ones and read them to my six-year-old.

The chapters are short so you can probably read them out loud in about 15 minutes. We could read one every night at bedtime or something…

She was literally sitting on the floor gazing up at me as I sat on the couch and read words about characters that she knew. Harry and Hermione and Hagrid.

Really opened my eyes.

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And if we buy the books and read them to her, then later on she will be able to read them herself.


I guess I’m buying all the books. I want to have that kind of quality time with my daughter.

So that’s another thing I learned from J. K. Rowling.

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14 thoughts on “10 Things I Learned From J K Rowling, part 5 (conclusion)

  1. you’re a good dad by all reports so I’m sure you’ll preview, but Harry Potter gets heavy fast. And if your kid is sensitive, well it’s going to be rough.
    I’m holding my kiddo off on 6 and 7 because he is not ready for that kind of trauma yet.

    1. Well, so far I’m reading the book mostly myself just to see how it compares to the movies and to impart some insights when I find them. If something gets too heavy I won’t let her read it

  2. My oldest daughter loved the series. She was probably around ten at the time. She also loved ‘Series of unfortunate events.’ My son however, didn’t get I to either, despite my daughter reading them to him at a young age. He loved the Percy Jackson stuff though. Couldn’t get enough of it.
    My kids were traumatized by Family Guy, so my bar for uncomfortable issues in children’s lit is pretty low. :). But so far none of them are ax murderers so it’s all good.

  3. My daughters had to buy the complete set for their families. The grandchildren read them over and over. These books are timeless. JK Rowling really hit it out of the park.

    1. I’m telling you, kids really get into it. I suppose that’s not a great revelation!

      But you will, too. In the old days they used to say the Flintstones was a cartoon but it was at least 50% for adults. Same thing with bugs bunny. Here, I think Rowling has written a story whose main characters are children but it is not 100% written to children. At least half of it is much more sophisticated and that gives the adults – the buyers of the books – something to enjoy in the story. Of course, enjoying reading something that thrills your children is always a rush.

      But I would say, you will learn about writing a mystery when you read this book! That is one thing I have definitely learned.

      We should have you on the show again to talk about the experience of reading Harry Potter to your children and what you are picking up as far as writing tips.

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