Happy 20th An­niver­sary, Harry Pot­ter!

It’s been two decades since The Boy Who Lived ar­rived in the United States, and we’re cel­e­brat­ing like our dress robes are go­ing out of style.

Parents (USA) - - Contents - by MARISA L SCALA, RAVENCLAW

You don’t have to make a trip to Di­agon Al­ley to find th­ese new books, games, and toys.

Tips for Pass­ing Down Pot­ter

You love Harry, and now you’re ready to share him with your kids. Betsy Bird, col­lec­tion-de­vel­op­ment man­ager at the Evanston Pub­lic Li­brary, in Illi­nois, has smart ideas for div­ing in with your witches and wizards. CHOOSE AN EDI­TION THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

Bird re­cently started off her 6-year-old daugh­ter with the Jim Kay Il­lus­trated Edi­tion, which breaks up the chap­ters with beau­ti­fully de­tailed pic­tures. DON’T SKIP THE SCARY PARTS You might not be able to pre­dict what will be un­nerv­ing to your chil­dren—it could be Lord Volde­mort, or the Durs­leys might be deeply up­set­ting. It’s bet­ter to help your kids fig­ure out how to cope with the sus­pense­ful parts. TRY NOT TO GET HUNG UP ON THE VOICES

There are lots of char­ac­ters in the se­ries, and you can ex­haust your­self com­ing up with a dif­fer­ent speak­ing style for each one. Just do the ma­jor char­ac­ters. Or, start­ing when he’s around age 8, your kid can as­sume some read-aloud du­ties. TAKE BREAKS! Bird al­ter­nates Pot­ter chap­ters with dif­fer­ent books ev­ery other night and plans to go on hia­tus be­fore the fourth book, in which the se­ries takes a much darker turn.

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