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Parents cautioned about new 'Harry Potter' film

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The new "Harry Potter" film opens tomorrow at midnight. The new "Harry Potter" film opens tomorrow at midnight.
Experts say parents may want to watch the movie with their children. Experts say parents may want to watch the movie with their children.
Theaters have sold out many showings of the new movie. Theaters have sold out many showings of the new movie.

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Indianapolis - The latest "Harry Potter" movie comes out at midnight tomorrow, but it might not get top billing with every family.

Does a movie scene still freak you out decades later? Experts say parents now need to think about their children before heading to the theater.

In Harry Potter's other-wordly world, they deal with fears, love, and death. Harry has dealt with death since the first film, when he lost his parents. But as the series flies by faster than his Nimbus 2000, characters close to him face their final act.

Purdue Professor Heather Servaty-Seib says the new film "might be a deeper issue this time, because of the face there is such a significant character that dies."

Young moviegoers are calling the films "cool" and are excited to see the new one. But some experts have a warning for adults.

"[If] the parent has any reservation about how the child reacts to this kind of intense content in films, the imagery and if there's a history in the child's history of being sensitive to those kinds of images, I will suggest they just pass on it," said Purdue Professor Glenn Sparks. "Not all children are going to be uniformly scared of this thing. Parents really have to know their child."

At a Lafayette pool Monday, some children called the films "scary" and parents said they wouldn't be going. While children may read the Harry Potter books, or hear them read watching the film may be a different story.

"It doesn't necessarily mean they are ready to see the movie," Servaty-Seib said. "They have complete control of the images that are produced in the text, but when they see a movie, they can't control those images."

With or without kids, at Lafayette's Wabash Landing Theater, they will be lined up. They sold out four theaters within four days of selling tickets to the film.

Experts say it's even a good idea to go with younger children to the film, size up their reaction and be ready to answer their questions.

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