'Ruined' by Reading

My daughter believes she can marry Harry Potter
simply by going to England and meeting him.
She hounds me: Why can't we go to England?
This is the problem with early reading.
She's literate at seven, but still believes
that Hogwarts Academy exists. Why not?
She's seen the movies and knows the books.
And it looks so real. What can I tell her?
At her age I was infatuated
with Nancy Drew. I wanted paper dolls
of Nancy and her friends. I wanted my family
to come up with mysteries for me to solve.
The detective life is old hat now,
and too realistic. My daughter wants magic.
I am the hardhearted dragon in the doorway,
telling her No, we can't go to England,
because the alternative is telling her that there is no Hogwarts, no Hagrid, no Harry,
no predestined marriage with Harry Potter.
She's still too young for the old French proverb
that if no one had ever learned to read,
few people would ever be in love.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK