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.
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.