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October 30, 2003

Harry Potter and the Pounding Headache

Three young patients saw Dr. Howard J. Bennett in Northwest Washington in June, complaining of headaches. So? you might think, as I did. The common thread was that each had been reading the latest installment in the beloved Harry Potter series. These kids, ages 8-11, had been staying up late reading the hefty tome, 870 pages long and weighing in at a couple of pounds. They were suffering from eye strain. Two of the patients opted for acetaminophen instead of heeding the doctor's advice to cut back on the reading time.

Three patients hardly constitutes and epidemic, but Bennett says with the way J.K.Rowling's books have been increasing in size each time, we may well see more "Hogwart's Headaches." He is quick to praise Rowling for her part in the rise of literacy among children. I concur.

Headaches from staying up way too late reading? Welcome to my world :)

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Certainly better then headaches from too much TV or finger strain from too many video games. At least they're reading! ;-)

Posted by: Chris at Oct 30, 2003 10:04:30 AM

Yes, I am really happy about it. And when fundies come say that Harry Potter is the work of the devil and should be banned, I want to say "so you are against literacy for children, correct?"

Posted by: Alicia at Oct 30, 2003 3:42:09 PM

Headaches after three days and 870 pages?
Those kids are pikers!

Posted by: pam at Oct 31, 2003 11:17:39 AM

I attribute it to the fact that reading in this manner is new to them still. Given time, they will develop the same endurance as the rest of the voracious readers I know. :)

Posted by: Alicia at Oct 31, 2003 12:13:09 PM