Let's face it, as much as they might have tried, no one's kids went out and became witches or wizards after reading the beloved Harry Potter series. So those concerns are pretty void.
But, as the movie series comes to a close this week with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, fans of both the book and movie series are becoming sentimental, many commenting on the lessons they've learned from Harry and his friends that they can apply to their own lives.
The Plain Dealer featured an article on one girl, Katelyn Sowa, 14, of Cleveland, who won the essay contest, "How Harry Potter Changed My Life." Here's some of what she wrote:
The books and the movies have taught me to be myself. "Harry Potter" may be a fake story about a boy who lived under the stairs at his aunt and uncle's house and is also a wizard, but it teaches kids a lesson.
In the first "Harry Potter" book, people didn't believe that he was a wizard and could do the things that wizards do. But they were wrong. And when people tell me that I can't do what they do, like solve really hard math problems, I tell them I can do everything that they do. It may take me awhile to do it, but I'll get it.
So what have you learned from Harry Potter? Has it influenced your life in any way? How will it affect your parenting, if at all? Or will you let your children read it, knowing even the imaginary halls of Hogwarts can be a great teacher?
We want to hear from you.