Harry Potter and the entire Harry Potter series have become classic, must read books over the last twenty years. Harry Potter takes you on a journey into a wizarding world that we have all imagined from time to time. 

With the popularity of the Harry Potter series comes a whole slew of movies, apparel, and the most interesting, classes. If your child is signing up to step into the world of Harry Potter through a class, make sure that they read the books first. You don’t want your child to miss out on the magic of one of the best book series ever written! Yes, the movies are good, but we always believe that the book is better than the movie. 

Here are some of the benefits of your child reading the Harry Potter series.

1. Your child gets to use their imagination.

If you want your child to use their imagination, reading the Harry Potter books is perfect. Your child will get the chance to imagine what Hogwarts looks like and where Harry sleeps at the Dursleys' under the staircase. They can learn about the Dining Hall and imagine what it might be like to wear the Sorting Hat. Maybe they’ll cast spells and take a walk through the Dark Forest? Harry Potter is such a well written, descriptive story that the possibilities are endless.

2. It will grow their love for reading.

After your child has finished the Harry Potter series, they will be able to see how a book can transform your world. Hopefully, it will spark a new love for reading

3. Their vocabulary will improve. 

The Harry Potter books are full of rich words and amazing storytelling. The books will teach your children words they have never used before and how to use them in the right context. These stories will capture their attention, while also making their brains work. 

4. They will learn essential life lessons. 

The life lessons in Harry Potter are never ending, but here are a few favorites that your children will learn about, both from reading the books and taking Harry Potter classes. 

  • Teamwork is always better than working alone. 
  • Be a good friend. 
  • We always need to think about the feelings of other people. 
  • Being “cool” isn’t everything. 
  • You can’t believe everything you read – and you can’t judge a book by it’s cover! 
  • Sometimes, it’s okay to break the rules.
  • Being different isn’t bad. 
  • Always stand up for what you believe in. It can be scary, but it will always be worth it. Change can be good. 
  • Family is more than just a group of people that share the same blood. 
  • Real friends will always back you up.
  • Love is the most important and powerful force of all. 

5. The books are inclusive! But they include some incredible female role models. 

Harry Potter books have been written so they appeal to all audiences. For girls, they also offer some amazing female role models, like Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, and Professor McGonagall.  

6. The books are an easy read. 

The Harry Potter series was written for children — and adults — of all ages. Elementary school children won’t have a hard time following along. If you think your child is too young to read the books themselves, try reading them out loud at bedtime. They are an easy and fun read that both you and your child will look forward to each night. 

Next on the Hogwarts express...a Harry Potter class! The classes will let your child use their imagination again in a more hands on setting, with other children that share their love for Harry Potter. It will reignite their love for reading and solidify the life lessons that can be learned in the book, such as team work and never giving up. 

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