Harry Potter is nearly all grown up

It's a little-kid rite of passage: lugging Harry Potter to 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.


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