I really feel that we’re not giving children enough credit
for distinguishing what’s right and what’s wrong.
I, for one, devoured fairy tales as a little girl.
I certainly didn’t believe that kissing frogs would lead me to a prince,
or that eating a mysterious apple would poison me,
or that with the magical “Bibbity-Bobbity-Boo” I would get a beautiful dress
and a pumpkin carriage. I also don’t believe that looking in a mirror
and saying “Candyman, Candyman, Candyman”
will make some awful serial killer come after me.
I believe that many children recognize Harry Potter for what it is, fantasy literature.
I’m sure there will always be some that take it too far, but that’s the case with everything.
I believe it’s much better to engage in dialog with children
to explain the difference between fantasy and reality.