Kids gain from reading

Hi, my name is Megan and I am in the seventh grade at Centennial Middle School. I am writing concerning the Oct. 17 issue of The Herald and the Harry Potter article (“Hush up, Harry: Parent doesn’t want popular ‘Potter’ books read aloud in schools”). I would like to know why the Snohomish School Board might ban them.

If you are going to ban the Harry Potter books, then you need to ban all the other magical and mystical books too. What about the Lion, the Witch, the Wardrobe series, and the Wizard of Oz? Why would you want to take that away from children? If the fantasy books were taken away, children would lose the opportunity to use their imagination. Do they really think that tomorrow I am going to hop on a broom and try to fly, or try to turn someone into a toad or even try to go to platform 9 3/4?

The Harry Potter books are challenging for some and easy for others. The books inspire reading by kids who don’t read much. For younger children the books are interesting, especially when they are read aloud. Once you read the first book, you have an urge to read them all.

Most kids know that witches and wizards are not real. While reading your article, I read that the board has not yet banned the books and I strongly believe in that thought. In conclusion, I thank you for your time and patience.


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