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 dont always know the extent of those dangers, so theyll 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 theyll always regret watching well into adulthood.
He says parents should monitor their childs reaction in the theater and can talk about the parts that made them upset right afterwards.
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