Why are Harry Potter books so addicting?

Afraid of harry potter?

November 7, 2003 - Witching hour, but no cause for fear. When both hands of the clock point to the twelve tonight, there will be cheers everywhere in Germany - "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" will finally appear. Incredible: some adults consider the stories about the sorcerer's apprentice dangerous

Bookstores sell the coveted novel long after the store has closed, and hold readings and parties. Postmen ring at an unusual hour - JK Rowling's books in their luggage - and children in disguise stand in line to get their hands on the longed-for, over 760-page reading. On the first day alone, two million copies are delivered and opened.

Some parents worry

But not everyone is happy too. Some parents worry that their children will get addicted to the Harry Potter novels. And other adults even believe that the books harm young readers and make them sick.

Fear and nightmares

A pedagogy professor at the University of Hanover claims that he should have thrown up with the disgusting descriptions in the novels. Snail choking is really not that nice. Professor Reinhard Franzke is even convinced that after reading the stories children would be afraid, have nightmares, no longer be so nice to other young people and get worse at school.

Crazy opponents Especially sad: Two years ago Harry Potter opponents in Pittsburgh (USA) even burned a pile of JK Rowling's novels along with other supposedly dangerous books, CDs and videos at a stake.

Harry Potter not dangerous

But fear not, most adults don't think like the Potter opponents. And almost all scientists explain that Harry is no better or worse than fairy tales like "Cinderella" or fantasy books like "Lord of the Rings". The expert Massimo Introvigne, who deals with new religions in his work, also shares this opinion. He is also sure that young readers know very well that the stories of Harry Potter are only made up and take place in the fantasy world.

Little magician, great role model

Nevertheless, the imaginary little magician can of course be a good role model in reality: Because in the books a distinction between good and bad, says Introvigne. Nevertheless, it would be shown that the good characters are constantly in danger of succumbing to evil - and that they must constantly fight against it. You sometimes feel the same way when someone annoys you and you want to annoy them. Though you know full well that this is not right.

Reading instead of watching TV

Introvigne and many others also think it's great that so many of you have rediscovered reading and no longer watch TV as much. He even knows that from his own experience. Even his eight-year-old daughter now prefers to read Harry Potter than to sit in front of the telly.

Your parents help out when it's too scary

The scientist recommends that your parents talk to you about the books. If you don't understand something or something particularly creeps you. But the same applies to you: if you get scared while or after reading, go to mom and dad and talk to them about the stories.

Reading breaks for headaches

Finally, a tip: Even if it's incredibly exciting and the book seems to be stuck to your hands - take small breaks in between! An American doctor has found that bookworms can get headaches when they read fascinated, tense and incessantly. This is not only the case with Harry Potter, but with every super exciting read.

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