Dark and intense themes, romance in great book for older tweens
The Harry Potter franchise tends to get darker, but better. An example for their change is this one. This one has REALLY dark themes, and Voldemort’s threat is higher than ever. Lots of the book is intense, and now, they have romance.
Educational Value: 2/5. Like the previous book, J.K. Rowling educates kids about fantasy-set worlds and the creatures in there.
Positive Messages: 2/5. Some good lessons about teamwork, friendship and courage, but with a dark tone like this book, the messages seem lesser,
Positive Role Models: 2/5. Harry, Ron, Hermione and Dumbledore are still solid role models who promote the importance of courage, teamwork and friendship, but in some parts of the book, they end up fighting with each other, making them seem lesser role models than in the previous ones.
Violence: 4/5. Lots of dark and intense scenes. Voldemort’s threat is higher than ever, and now, he can actually touch Harry! Harry gets searing pains from his scar, with detail like “feeling like his head may split open”. An old man dies to Voldemort. The Golden Trio get into fiercer fights with their enemies. A hand gets severed and there’s some blood. Harry also gets tortured by Voldemort. (Spoiler Alert: A key character dies at the hands of Voldemort.) Characters also argue with each other.
Sex: 2/5. It’s time for the Yule Ball, which means lots of romance and drama. Ron is jealous when Hermione goes to the dance with Victor Krum, even sabotaging it, leading to drama between them. Harry has a crush on Cho Chang, and asks her to the prom.
Language: 2/5. Ron says “piss off” once, as well as other infrequent uses of “hell”, “damn” and “Mudblood”.
Consumerism: 0/5. No consumerism at all.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking: 1/5. Characters drink Butterbeer.
Overall, this book is very good, but with intense and dark themes, this book is best left for kids 12 and up.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking