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DeathlyH September 15th, 2007 10:15 pm

Re: Are we too old for Harry Potter ?
 
A ninety year-old lady who thinks Dumby's "hot"? Now that's something I've never heard of before. :D

HedwigOwl September 15th, 2007 10:22 pm

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Originally Posted by FleurduJardin (Post 4776965)
I hadn't known that, that Jo didn't write it as "kiddie lit" books. I did find the series, especially from GoF on, not at all for younger children (though they do seem to enjoy it). And it was a friend past 60 who put me up to reading them, not the one I mention above, someone else. Up to then, I had dismissed HP as children's books and didn't bother. I didn't know what I was missing!

What irks me is that newspapers like the NY Times still won't put those books on the mainstream best-seller list, though they did review it. Not on the best-seller list when it outsold anything in sight and broke all the all-time records! :rolleyes:

Actually, the history of "children's" tales, or as they of course became known later, "fairy tales", were never the kind, fluffy stories we find on book shelves today. I mean, just read the classic children's tales in any culture, they're fairly scary and brutal, and often deal with loss, cruelty and death. I agree there may be an age too young for some of those tales, including HP, but I find that most children are sophisticated beings who would have no problem with any of them.

And yes, the NY Times and those other papers irk me as well. Kind of uppity of them, isn't it?

Muggle_Magic September 15th, 2007 10:49 pm

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Oh please... I'm sure the creators of this sites, Aurors, Unspeakables, etc. are all older than 16. I'm more than twice that. There are members here who are over (gasp) 50 years old. All those people have read the books, or they wouldn't be here. They certainly didn't feel they were too old.

Plus, after GoF, this was really not a children's books series any more. I learned recently that JKR never meant it to be, it was the publishers of the first book's decision.

DeathlyH September 15th, 2007 10:53 pm

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Originally Posted by Muggle_Magic (Post 4777936)
Plus, after GoF, this was really not a children's books series any more. I learned recently that JKR never meant it to be, it was the publishers of the first book's decision.

I absolutely agree. The Harry Potter books are so, so, far from children's books.

PrivetHedge September 15th, 2007 11:47 pm

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Originally Posted by MollyWheezes (Post 4776539)
Has anyone over the age of 16 been told that they are too old to read Harry Potter ? I am 36 and and have read everything about harry and co about 10 times. Most of my friends think i need to get a life, but i cant help it, i am obsessed . I think HP has no age limit . To me it is escapisam and also these books are the only ones my kids have actually been eager to read. They are so well written any age can enjoy them. If they get people reading instead of watching television,that is not a bad thing ? Dont you agree !

I am 38 and no-one has ever called me a nutter for reading and liking the Harry Potter books.
Yeah, well, you collect plugs, don't you? Birds of a feather...
Sorry about that. Sometimes the cat gets at the keyboard when I have my back turned. Please ignore her. :relax:

I was first turned onto the books by my wife and my then 5-year-old cousin (who thought my wife was the slammin'est thing since velcro sneaker fasteners when he found out she knew all about Quidditch and Hagrid and the Sorting Hat). The first movie was on the TV the next day after that encounter - I was so impressed I started in on the books.

We then turned my mother onto the books. She hasn't gotten all the way through the series yet. She got a little bogged down when we bought her the Irish translation of Philosopher's Stone. Her Gaelic's a little rusty, but she's working through it side-by-side with an American print.

MaWeasley September 16th, 2007 3:47 am

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I'm too old for a lot of things, but sitting in my rocking chair reading Harry Potter is something I find quite easy.

Not too many of my contemporaries are eager to discuss Harry Potter theories at length, unfortunately, but thank goodness I have all the wonderful minds of all ages here to share my obsession.

DocHollidaywe September 16th, 2007 5:15 am

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There is no such thing as being to old to read any book really.

Sometime when I have some spare time I will open up a book I read as a small kid.

You are also never to old to be a big fan of anything! I am 21 and a proud HP fan!

Wright1771 September 16th, 2007 9:51 am

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I'm 59, am I too old for Harry Potter?

mrchee September 16th, 2007 10:21 am

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If you ever cared about what someone thought, you deserve your own self-doubt

sxcashtray September 16th, 2007 10:42 am

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no because children dont tend to read books the size of bricks do they.
i thought dh was a bit gruesome in my 1st reading of it and im 18

LoonyMagic September 16th, 2007 11:44 am

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I don't think so.

I'm positively delighted when I see or speak to adults reading Harry Potter. It makes me realise just how wonderful JKR is and how great her books are. They've reached to children as young as 5 and adults as old as 99. It's just extraordinary :D

magic_is_might September 16th, 2007 6:53 pm

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I'm only 15 and i don't think i am too old for it (though i have been told by several people how childish i was for stilll liking them. I've grown up with HP for 9 years, and still am not tired of it :)

skrewtmaster September 16th, 2007 7:33 pm

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My parents think I'm very sad to read and re-read the HP books and many people in my year say that it's sad (but they know rather alot about the books. hmmmm) but I don't care. I think that anyone can read and enjoy the books.

MollyWheezes September 16th, 2007 7:49 pm

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Originally Posted by skrewtmaster (Post 4778942)
My parents think I'm very sad to read and re-read the HP books and many people in my year say that it's sad (but they know rather alot about the books. hmmmm) but I don't care. I think that anyone can read and enjoy the books.

I dont think your parents think you are sad , if you asked them to read one or two of the books, then maybe they will understand what good reading they are. And as for your fellow students maybe they ,like most people in the world LOVE HARRY POTTER !(just in secret)

Dora_Tonks_2010 September 16th, 2007 8:40 pm

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Noone is too old!! People tell my momma that she is too old for Harry Potter and she is only 36, and people tell me I'm too old and I just turned 16 yesterday!!! My grandmother especially!! Of course she doesn't like HP........

Lillbet September 17th, 2007 5:24 pm

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Originally Posted by MollyWheezes (Post 4776539)
Has any older readers been told that they are too old to read Harry Potter ? I am 36 and and have read everything about harry and co about 10 times. Most of my friends think i need to get a life, but i cant help it, i am obsessed . I think HP has no age limit . To me it is escapisam and also these books are the only ones my kids have actually been eager to read. They are so well written any age can enjoy them. If they get people reading instead of watching television,that is not a bad thing ? Dont you agree !

No. Why should teens and kids have the monopoly on fun and imagination? From time to time I get a little tired of the oversexed tripe that passes for entertainment these days (gratuitous sex does not equal plot, tyvm), and HP is a nice break. My friends don't want to talk about it or don't read the books, so I come here. If it makes you happy, who cares?

I think we had a thread for older readers before DH- not sure where that went, but it was nice. You're in good company. :)

Redhart September 17th, 2007 8:41 pm

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You know, it's true. I've read a few "adult" books lately and was sadly disappointed in them. Give this middle-aged girl Harry Potter any day.

gertiekeddle September 17th, 2007 9:14 pm

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Pretty obviously people of all age read and enjoy Harry Potter - and people with the most different background.

I don't think people are ever 'too old' for anything.

FleurduJardin September 17th, 2007 9:52 pm

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Originally Posted by Lillbet (Post 4780110)
No. Why should teens and kids have the monopoly on fun and imagination? From time to time I get a little tired of the oversexed tripe that passes for entertainment these days (gratuitous sex does not equal plot, tyvm), and HP is a nice break. My friends don't want to talk about it or don't read the books, so I come here. If it makes you happy, who cares?

I think we had a thread for older readers before DH- not sure where that went, but it was nice. You're in good company. :)

Actually, there are some so-called adult (I mean mainstream) books that I do enjoy (no sex scenes, just good plots, good premises). But I agree Harry Potter is a nice break from the nitty-gritty. Not that there isn't realism and dark spots in HP but you know that it's an imaginary world, compared to, say, Richard North Patterson's passionate pleas on very adult themes like the death penalty (which doesn't seem to keep Voldemort from his sleep, if he does sleep, at least he has no qualms about it) or the Right to Choose and other such themes.

Yes I do remember a thread about "older readers" too. I haven't seen it lately, but there's been so much going around, I haven't really been looking for it. I hadn't even really looked at it when it was around, though it seemed interesting. Unfortunately we all have limited time for this, considering we all have careers to pursue, families to take care of, social obligations, etc.

I do love coming home from a hard day in the "outside world" and plunging back in HP, in book or dvd form. And I'm way past (do I dare say it?) 50!!!

Conclusion: No, definitely, nobody's too old for Harry Potter. Somebody set the limit at Nicholas Flamel's age (600+) Looks OK to me. ;)

LotusFawkes September 18th, 2007 3:57 am

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I think anyone who thinks someone is too old to read the HP books are Muggles and have either forgotten or never knew about the magic of the imagination. Look at all the "old" people who went to see Star Wars and grew up on Star Trek.


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