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Moms Talk: What Can Harry Potter Teach Your Children?

Is it simply fiction or are there valuable life lessons to be learned from the best-selling series

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 , 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.

Beth Hatch July 13, 2011 at 08:18 PM
My children will benefit from the series mainly because I will have great stories to read to them at bedtime, when they get a little older and are out of picture books. I think the imagination is being lost through television and video games (yes, I am a stodgy librarian). The series allows kids to imagine again, to dream, to play, to believe that they too may be extraordinary. Reading is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give to their child.
Deborah Fish Gordesky July 14, 2011 at 04:06 PM
Considering how much time this generation of kids spend on thier electronic devices, the best thing about Harry Potter is the encouragement to read the written word. We have tickets to tonight's midnight show, which has encouraged my 14 year old to spend last night and this morning to finish reading the last 250 pages of the book that he hadn't completed. He had read all the other books and most of this one a long time ago. Ironically, the fact that his 12 year old brother had finished this one and knew what happens in the book and could compare what is done in the movie was good incentive to complete the series before seeing the movie tonight!

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