When I suggested that Harry Potter has been around since they were 8, I meant, well, that it’s been around since they were 8 - not that they necessarily started reading it then. Hell, my daughter knows what Harry Potter is, she’s 5, and I know for certain she hasn’t read it, dictionary or no.
But let’s back it up. When today’s college students say they grew up with Harry Potter, I still think it makes sense. If your average college freshman is 18 this year, they would’ve been 8 when the first book came out, 9 for the second, 10 for the third, 11 for the fourth, 14 for the fifth, 16 for the fifth, and 18 this year for the last. For the movies, they would’ve been 12, 13, 15, and 16, with two more on the way. Tack on 4 years each for college seniors. Of course I can’t say what age they were when they started actually reading the books, seeing the films, hearing names, seeing Harry Halloween costumes, passing by gawdy Barnes & Noble window displays, ads infinitum, but I do think it’s safe to say that, well, it’s been around and that they’ve grown up with it.
For us old farts, 10 years may be a drop in the bucket, but not so for the young’ins. I know a few 8 year olds who would agree with that.