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Thread #139161   Message #3793338
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
01-Jun-16 - 10:56 PM
Thread Name: BS: Deathly Hallows Part 2
Subject: RE: BS: Deathly Hallows Part 2
The books were written for children and adults, but they aren't easy reading books for small children. I read the first five books out loud, because we always read at bedtime (until the kids were in high school - a great family tradition!) Most kids could probably read them on their own at 3rd or 4th grade level, at least the first couple of books. The books grow in sophistication and length as the protagonists get older.

The difference in this series of books and other series (for example, the Jean Auel series about early mammoth-hunting Homo sapiens), is that Janet Rowling had the entire story plotted out when she started the first book. It was intended to be this series with all of these parts of the story. The Auel books were written after the first one was a huge success, but they wandered around and after about three of them I gave up. You couldn't call books 2-7 sequels, they were part of the original intended story. That gives a continuity that one doesn't always find in sequels.