I do not for even a second ever resent my mom or grandma for not allowing me to read Harry Potter. If I had really wanted to read them anyway, I would have borrowed them from the school library, or friends in my class. My mom has a few old fashioned, and by today's standards, closed-minded morals and values she raised me on. And I think I grew up pretty ok :) I grew up knowing I have to make up my own mind about the world.
I didn't read the Harry Potter series back then, and I still haven't read it today. I kind of don't plan to, because my personal, uninfluenced by anyone or anything, interest in the Harry Potter series is little to none.
Maybe one day I'll pick it up and read it on and off like I can imagine myself doing. But as of today there are no plans of that, and it has little if anything at all to do with the morals I was raised on.
I love contemporary fiction, I like historical fiction, I can appreciate science fiction to a small degree. I like romance. I like scandal. The Harry Potter series doesn't make the cut genre-wise. (Not saying that the Harry Potter series doesn't have romance or scandal.)
On the other end of the spectrum, my boyfriend and his siblings were read the Harry Potter books by his mom when they younger, when the books were popular. It's funny, my boyfriend has no interest in reading himself, by he could listen to his mom read him Harry Potter for the rest of his life with no complaint. His family are major "Potterheads" and because of them, I have seen all of the movies.
You are probably falling out of your chair realizing that I've never read Harry Potter but I've seen all eight films. You are probably ranting and raving at me in your head that I am missing out on so much, that the books offers explanations on so many things, characters I'd just love, and plot holes that are in fact not plot holes because they're covered in the book.
I was raised reading realistic fiction, children's and young adult, and a surprising amount of non fiction for my age. I love almanacs, especially, though they aren't the kind of book you read cover to cover. My mom and dad bought me the children sized almanac and I'd read myself to sleep with it in hand.
My dad has less old-fashioned ideas of what I could and could not read, he'd even help me pick children's science fiction titles, and even some fantasy titles at the library. I'd get twenty pages in and tell him I was getting bored. He'd frown but he would understand. (My dad's absolute undying love for science fiction is where I get my appreciation, because I'm a daddy's girl and I'm supposed to at least appreciate everything he loves.) When I wanted a one hundred percent winning recommendation, I went to my mom, or my aunt, who introduced me to V.C. Andrews books, which I can never ever get too much of!
So I guess in some sort of conclusion, my non interest in Harry Potter may be from my childhood restriction of it, but it is mostly because of the fact I simply prefer other genres.
When vampires were a big deal, I only read a single vampire-related novel, which was the first installment of Night World by L.J. Smith. My boyfriend's brother insisted I read it, interestingly enough. Dystopians are a big deal right now, and I haven't read any modern dystopians at all. And all of my friends have read the Hunger Games, naturally, and they would probably love to see me reading it, but I simply don't wanna. I just wanna hang out and see the movies with them :)
I can't help but wonder, if I were raised in my boyfriend's shoes, being read Harry Potter every night before bed, would I still grow up not having any interest? If my boyfriend had been raised in my shoes, would he be dying to get his hands on Harry Potter? Does your raising influence your interest in books, and genre?
Were you allowed to read anything you wanted as a kid? Did your parents pick books for you? Do you 'rebel' against what morals you were raised on and read books that would make your grandma faint?