A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Violence & Scariness
The Harry Potter movie trailers show fantasy violence. The trailers are rated appropriate for all audiences.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The site's posted rules state that fan-fiction submissions "may be PG-13, which will allow for scenes of violence, mild language, and implied sexual encounters." Fan fiction may also include same-sex fiction at a PG-13 level.
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The forums are closely monitored for offensive materials, but not the chat rooms, there could be mild profanity in the chat rooms.
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Products & Purchases
A few ads to support the site itself, but they aren't overbearing. There's a link to the "MuggleStore" filled with HP merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that on MuggleNet kids can get information about every Harry Potter book and movie, as well as background information on the storyline's creator, J.K. Rowling, through the varied network of the links. There are loads of chats, fun trivia, and games to play. The chat and forum rules clearly state what's not tolerated and what the consequences are for breaking the rules. There are a few ads, but they provide support for the site. Parents should note that user-submitted fan fiction may be at a PG-13 level, and trailers on the site contain fantasy violence.
Is It Any Good?
Created and maintained by older teens (and a smattering of twenty-somethings), this site offers everything a Harry Potter fan could want. In addition to the features mentioned above, there is a carefully monitored discussion forum with strict rules about what can be posted, including rules about what topics can be covered in fan fiction.
Similarly, the chat room seems well-intentioned and at the time of review, there were not any provocative screen names or off-topic posts. And the site does have a list of Harry Potter-related links it connects to, including some role-playing games that are more for adults than student wizards.
Online interaction: MuggleNet aims to have a positive atmosphere in chats and forums, and its rules for participation reflect this.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.