Harry Potter Age Guide
By Common Sense Media
Discovering the joys of Harry Potter is a rite of passage for kids today. Since J.K. Rowling released the first book more than 15 years ago, kids have been devouring the books, watching the movies, and — at least for super fans — playing games and apps and visiting websites devoted to the young wizard. One of the delights of discovering Harry Potter is that you see him grow up. But along with that, the subject matter of the books and movies gets scarier, the villains get viler, and beloved characters die.
If your family is just getting into this magical world, here’s a quick age guide for enjoying Harry Potter with your kids. Keep in mind that all kids are different, so assess your child’s ability to handle frights and peril before you see the movies or read the books.
7-8: Kids can start to read alone and enjoy the early movies and video games.
Read alone: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Watch: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Play: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
9-10: For the first time, the movies become really dark.
Read: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Watch: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Play: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
10-11: Beloved characters die, and the movies get even scarier (you might wait until 12+).
Read: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Play: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
11-12: Your kids can probably handle everything J.K. Rowling sends their way. (But you might want to accompany them to the more mature movies.)
Read: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Watch: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Play: Harry Potter: Spells
And for a complete list of every single piece of media related to Harry Potter, check out Common Sense Media’s list.
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