Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Read-Aloud Update

Last night, we read chapters 23 ("Malfoy Manor") and 24 ("The Wandmaker")  to Ramona.

I say "we" because Betsy and I traded off the reading, due to the happenings at the end of 23, the opening of 24, and, you know, well, crying.

I won't say what happened, in case you haven't read it. But if you want to talk about it, the support group can meet in Comments.


Jennifer said...

I love that we are reading the series aloud together! I was going to take a break after Goblet of Fire, but Z wore me down. I confess I had to brace him for the ending being the worst thing that ever happened. I wish I had more endurance for read alouds but my voice gives out after only a chapter. Enjoy, friend!

Ann-Marie Ulczynski said...

I can't wait to get there! My oldest is only five and a half. What age do you start Harry Potter? I don't think I will last until she is 11!

Karen Edmisten said...

Jenn, I love that, too!
We keep bracing her for things, trying to do it without spoilers. Some things she already knew (for example, she knew the sadness was coming in Chapter 23) despite our desperate attempts to keep her spoiler-free. The books have just been around too long, and we have too many friends who have read them.

So happy that we've been enjoying them at the same time!!

Ann-Marie, the answer to that question varies according to the family and the child. :)

My middle daughter got to hear and see everything sooner than my oldest, because we did all the books and movies together. That worked out well with their temperaments, though. Anne-with-an-e (the more sensitive one) was 10 when we started, and Betsy was about 8. We started reading Book One, after I previewed it, in 2003, the year the 5th book came out. We proceeded relatively slowly, but soon we were caught up and by 2005, when Half Blood Prince came out, we were eagerly awaiting the release. :)

When I started them with Ramona, I think she was about 8, but we spaced them out, and we had a long pause between books 3 & 4. There was also a pause between books 4 & 5, I think, but once we got to Book 5 this summer, we kept going (with interruptions) and we're almost done.

Here's a past blog post that goes into a little more detail about ages, editing while reading aloud, sensitive kids, etc., so I hope that helps, too!