Harry helped me and plenty of other parents flesh out right and wrong and all shades in between for our children. The death of Harry's mother and father (as if that needed a spoiler alert) gave me an opening to explain why my own father, who died well before Charlie was born, was not in the picture. I learned a few lessons, too. The summer release of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" meant that we read in the evening, and in the morning Charlie went to camp. He made me swear I would not read ahead. I lasted for two days. On Day Three, I finished the book in time to pick up him up in the afternoon. The next few nights, I pretended that I was reading the words for the first time. When we got to (spoiler alert!) Dumbledore's death scene, I faked a few tears. He looked at me through his own real tears and hissed, "You read ahead!" He finished the final few chapters without me.