So, where were we? Oh yes, #1 Son came home from the library with HP having no idea that it was on my banned book list. (Lesson #2: Work on communication skills with my children.) He was already half done and I had a decision to make.
1. Rip the book from his hands and go into a screaming rage about evil librarians.
2. Wait until he went to bed and sneak the book out of the house and hope he would forget about it.
3. Tell him the honest truth.
I chose #3. I told him that I had never read the book myself and would be more comfortable reading it before deciding if he could finish the second half.
I didn't put that book down until I finished reading it completely. Not because I was anxious to resolve this issue, but because I was so drawn into the story. As a writer, I was in awe of Rowling's skill.
But what really amazed me was the use of Christian symbolism throughout the story. I found that I could easily baptize this story. (Was it C. S. Lewis that spoke of baptizing the imagination?) I let my son finish the book and then we discussed it together.