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I can't help it but post this right away. Another parent's concern for young children. Yes, indeed. How young is too young?

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It's a modern little-kid rite of passage: luggingHarry Potterto and fro, begging for toy wands and Hogwarts birthday parties.

But the boy wizard is nearly grown and the love of magic he inspires in the very young is now tinged with pure evil, dripping with teen hormones.

Parents revel in their kindergartners and first-graders taking on the big books, their rousing playground games of Quidditch on improvised brooms and trick-or-treating with big round glasses and greasepaint thunderbolt scars.

Enthusiastic young readers and healthy imaginations? Of course.

But potentially frightening images deep into the book and movie franchise -- including the latest movie blockbuster Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince-- have parents trying to decide when, if ever, to pull the plug.

How young is too young now that bite-sized fans can't mature with Harry as his first wave of admirers did, as they dressed as their favourite characters waiting giddily outside bookstores and movie theatres year after year for J. K. Rowling and Hollywood to dole out Potter along a growing-up timeline they all shared?

Today, the life-and-death saga is out there in full -- in libraries and bookstores, on DVD and in the homes of friends, with the last book released in a frenzy in 2007. And the story is there in the love of many parents, too, including some who note that movie No. 6 was released last week with a PG rating, unlike the previous two marked PG- 13.

"As a librarian, the issue of young children andHarry Potteris a constant concern," said Paula Laurita in Athens, Ala. "Rowling intended for the first book to be for children nine-and 10-years-old. Naturally, as Harry aged so did the plots. In reality, books six and seven are young adult literature, not juvenile literature."

Canadian Sue Carkner in Ottawa has a dilemma with her nine-year-old daughter.

"After a few chapters of the second book, we realized she was having nightmares and stopped. We wouldn't let her see the movies at that point. We had to wait about six months for her sophistication level to catch up to her reading level," Carkner said.
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