November 16, 2010 08:00 AM

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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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