When I have kids, along with reading regular storybooks and fairytales to them at bedtime, I’m going to read The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
Then right around age 11, I’ll give them my worn copies of the Harry Potter series to read.
I personally connected with Hermione and was able to relate to the books’ themes of friendship, love, life, death, tolerance, humility, war, good vs. evil, hate, trauma, sexism, and racism…The books helped me understand these concepts and the world around me when I was growing up. And, hopefully, my children will find ways to connect this deeply to the series.
And it will become just as big a part of their childhood as it was mine.
And we’ll bond over the stories and share in the magic together.
And it will be beautiful.