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Is 'Harry Potter & The Cursed Child' Appropriate For Children?

As much as I love my daughter's toddler years, I'm eagerly waiting for the day I can read more than just picture books to her at bedtime. OK, that's not entirely accurate. More like I'm waiting for the day I can read Harry Potter to her at bedtime and have her actually understand the story, especially with the eighth Harry Potter book being released this month. If your child has already been introduced to the wizarding world, you're probably even more excited for July 31, but is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child appropriate for children?

Don't worry, you don't have to send your children off to the muggle world while you enjoy the eighth Harry Potter story. According to The Telegraph, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is suitable for ages 10 and up, so the script should also be more than OK to read to your kiddos.

If you're thinking about your children younger than 10, I wouldn't worry too much. Think about how dark the other Harry Potter books became as the story progressed. Chances are, if your kids are excited about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, they've read the first seven books or seen the movies (If they haven't, prepare for lots of questions.) and I think those definitely go above the age of 10.

If anything, the age of 10 seems to be more about the heaviness of the story rather than anything scary of frightening. The website for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child noted that the plot centers around Harry as an "overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children" and his son Albus struggling with "the weight of a family legacy he never wanted." Basically? There's going to be some angst.

So keep all of that in mind if you decide to let your children see or read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Just think, if they were big enough to handle horcruxes and the death of Fred (Still not over that, J.K.), they can probably handle this one.