Harry Potter being considered "childrens fiction"?

@maezee (24475)
United States
December 18, 2009 8:32pm CST
Ha. I'm not just starting this discussion in hopes of justifying me checking out the 7th book last week from the library (although it felt odd.. for a 19 year old girl to be wandering around looking for titles in the "Childrens Fiction" section.. LOL.) But I always thought Harry Potter books in general were geared more towards teens than CHILDREN. I couldn't imagine being.. 10, or something, and understanding everything that's going on in the book. PLUS, things DO get a little PG-13 with that "scene" of the book where Cho and Harry kiss! Hmmm.. What do you think? What should these books be classified as, in your opinion? Childrens or teens? Or something else? And why do you feel that way?!
3 responses
@uath13 (8227)
• United States
20 Dec 09
They started off kinda kiddy but evolved & became darker as they went along & the kids aged. I'd say the later books belonged in Teen while the first couple could be kids.
• Pakistan
20 Dec 09
I agree with one of the responses up here,that the story grew from being a children fiction to teen/tween fiction along with Harry himself..Actually the kids who bought n read the first book as teens in 1997 also grew to become adults in their twenties when the last book 7 released in 2007. I am one of them..If someone was just 8, 9 or 10 (good enough age for understanding book 1 2 3) in 1997, he/she would have been 18,19,or 20 years old by the time Harry Potter and the deathly Hallows was released..I hope I explained my point correctly..So you know..the first three books should be kept under children section and the rest of them,i agree with PG-13 rating for them:)
• United States
19 Dec 09
I think the Harry Potter books grew up with their generation. The first couple of books could be kid's books but starting with the 4th book they were more for teens. I kind of resent the age classification game period. I think that no one should put an age limit on what people can read and enjoy. While I'm not much of a Harry Potter fan, I'd say that they are more than just books for children.