We had a few rainy summer days lately and my kids and I stayed indoors. It was a welcome time to slow down, play games, bake, and of course do some crafts and handwork. Having misplaced his cherished magical wand that his cousins got him at a Renaissance fair in Colorado, my son really wanted to make another wand…A Harry Potter wand…
My kids are crazy for Harry Potter.
It all began when my daughter suddenly started to read overnight. (or that’s how it seemed) She grabbed a hold of that first Harry Potter book and read every spare moment of every day. She quickly moved on to the second book.
I read the Harry Potter books as an adult. I really loved them and was one of those who rushed out and bought the new book on the first day that it was released. That was the beauty of the Harry Potter books back then. You had to wait at least a year to read the next in the series. It was almost as if you were right there with Harry as he grew up and you grew up.
I was a bit worried about my daughter starting the 3rd book and so I went to go talk to her Waldorf class teacher about it. (if you’ve read the Harry Potter books, you know that the books get progressively more complex and “dark”) My daughter’s teacher is a marvel. She embodies all of the intelligence, creativity, compassion and inner beauty that one could hope for in a Waldorf teacher and on top of that…she is very wise and is a Waldorf teacher of this new millennium .
She told me that it would be very discouraging to my daughter if I tried to stop her from reading the next book–a few of her classmates had already finished the entire series. She told me she herself read many challenging and sometimes scary books when she was young (as I’m sure I did too), but at that time, she was too young to KNOW that they were scary. I guess it’s much like reading fairy tales (which are often gruesome and dark) to young children.
What was important, my daughter’s teacher said was that we had a lot of other non Harry Potter books available for my daughter to read if she wanted to.
Sure enough, halfway thru book 3, my daughter put Harry Potter aside to read the new and lighthearted Emily Windsnap book. It was the break she needed and she went back to reading Harry Potter. I’m not going to worry this time though. Thru the help of her gifted teacher, I want to encourage and support my daughter’s passion about reading and I will trust her to go at the pace that she needs to. Harry Potter is, after all, a classic rendition of “the hero’s journey“–going on a quest to vanquish the evil and bring out the good in himself and in the world.
So my son made his Harry Potter wand and we made a few other handmade wands for fun. Below are pictures of how we made them and there are many tutorials on Pinterest.
But…the sun is out today and so my kids are busy outside making some Harry Potter…potions…