One thing that a lot of millennial parents have in common: we grew up reading Harry Potter. For those of us with children old enough to dig into the dark arts, either as a read-aloud exercise or independent readers, there is a conundrum: how to keep from reading all seven volumes at once. After all, we have fond memories of waiting for the books to come out. Memories of poring over every detail and rereading the series in preparation for a new book. Memories of going to a midnight sale of a new book. Our kids won't have that. They won't have to wait for the films, or even wonder where early Hogwarts students went to the bathroom.
I started reading the books to my own children when my oldest was 5, my second was 2, and my third was but a mere twinkle. We burned through the first three, before my spouse and I decided we were going way too fast, and that the later books aren't exactly written with littlest kids in mind. Fortunately, it was around that time that the (amazing, magical, gorgeous) illustrated editions started coming out from Scholastic. Now we wait for those to read "the next book." And, sure, this means that we've read the first three a few times, (and watched the movies and listened to the audiobooks and colored in the coloring books and waved replica wands about while reciting spells), but in a quest for other magical books to read while we wait, we've discovered a Gringott's-worthy treasure trove of magical and fantastical books.