Thursday, July 9, 2009

Kids Haunted By ‘Harry Potter?’

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The latest Harry Potter movie could leave kids deeply disturbed.

Glenn Sparks, professor at Purdue University, studies the effects of scary movies and says Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince has potential to leave kids frightened and traumatized.

He fears the flick depicts “realistic horrors” like violence, bleeding, and drowning – all things that older kids realize can actually happen.

However, kids don’t always know the extent of those dangers, so they’ll be struck with automatic fear and anxiety watching their beloved Harry Potter fend for his life.

Younger kids could be disturbed by the grotesque and monstrous creatures on screen, resulting in nightmares.

Sparks says the dark wizard flick will likely cause “short-term emotional distress” in a child, or, in some cases, may become the scary movie they’ll always regret watching well into adulthood.

He says parents should monitor their child’s reaction in the theater and can talk about the parts that made them upset right afterwards.

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