James Broderick Walks His First Red (Black) Carpet

11/16/2010 at 08:00 AM ET
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When you’re part of a Hollywood family, your first movie premiere is a milestone that rivals your first day of school.

James Wilkie Broderick, the 8-year-old son of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, completed that rite of passage on Monday night, attending the New York premiere of part one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with his parents.

“It’s his coming out party,” his proud papa told PEOPLE. “He loves Harry Potter. Now, he reads [the books] himself. We got up to No. 4. He hasn’t read this one.”

The only downside to the evening? The carpet wasn’t actually red — as the producers went a little darker to match the mood of the film.

“He’s disappointed that the carpet is black,” Matthew said. “But he’s really looking forward to [the movie].”

James was dressed smartly for the occasion in a red plaid tie, tiny black velvet jacket, jeans and sneakers. He admitted to being a Harry Potter fan, but corrected Dad to say that he doesn’t actually read the books himself.

“Every time I read it, somebody read it to me,” he told PEOPLE. “And the only time I tried to read it, I didn’t like reading it, because it was too hard. That was, like, two years ago.”

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— Jeffrey Slonim

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its all good on

Happy faces in this another first time one for the scrapbook memory for James, Sarah J and Matt! He will always be Ferris to me. Joy and love for their son and daughters is important to them, which gives the kids the best chance for a successful life!

ll65 on

I can’t wait for HPDH1 too! Love the book series…SNAPE RULEZ!

Kewl on

OMG @ it’s all good I love Ferris Bueller too! James is such a cutie and I love his middle name. I wish the twins were there too.

P.S Harry Potter is great for kids who usually don’t like reading.

Shannon on

Dapper dude. 🙂

Mrs. R. on

I LOVE that not only did his parents WAIT until he was old enough to actually REQUEST going to a premiere that mattered to him… but that he corrected his father and was extremely honest about his own capabilities.

What a bright, articulate, terrific kid!

I’ve always admired SJP and MB.

chevjuls on

Such a handsome young man, just like his dad when he was Ferris Bueller, he is so cute, his mom and dad are doing a good job raising out of the spot light, the only time you see SJP kids is if they are going to the doctor or Wilkie going to school, so it’s nice to see him out at a function with his parents.

Anonymous on

that quote from james wilke about how he didn’t actually read the books himself is so endearing. he seems like such a smart, funny, kid. and the photos from the premier are great… i love jw’s velvet suit!!

Mina on

He is so cute with that long hair and suit. He reminds me of Damien from the Omen (thats a compliment in my world).

CelebBabyLover on

chevjuls- Sometimes we see SJP playing at the park with the girls as well. But I see your point, and agree completely! Anyway, James is adorable, and in that last picture he looks a lot like one of his sisters (I just can’t remember which one at the moment)! 🙂

MiB on

Hahaha! I suddenly got envious of an 8 year old boy! Now that’s a first! But he really does seem like a sweet boy, I hope he enjoyed the movie!

Brookie on

How cool is that?!?! We’re not just going to take you to see Harry Potter. You’re going to MEET the real Harry Potter! I’m so jealous 🙂

Sarah on

Sorry. Yes, it’s great that he had the “connections” to go to such a fancy event, but 8 is (IMO) way too young to see HP7. J.K.Rowling herself said that the first book was for an 8 or 9 year old at the EARLIEST and that if they read one book a year, they’d be “old enough” for what happens as the books progress. Each book = about 1 year of Harry’s schooling. In HP7 he is 17 and the subject matter is much more appropriate for children that are, at the VERY least, 13 or older.

Bringing an 8 year old is just innapropriate as the subject matter is quite scary…

I hate, hate, HATE it when people bring young kids to PG-13 and R rated movies. These days even PG movies can be rather risque. WHY do people want their kids exposed to these things before they’re really old enough to handle it? Beats the heck out of me!!