Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Until The Very End

Over the past 13 years, my life, as well as the lives of millions of kids growing up, was filled with spells, wizards, nargals, headmasters, house elves, a Dark Lord, and so much more. For 10 years, Warner Brothers has helped us fans truly visualize what it is like to live amongst the students at Hogwarts and experience the magic ourselves. Last summer, Universal Studios gave fans a chance to literally walk into the doors of Hogwarts and stroll the streets of Hogsmeade and even try a bit of Butterbeer. All of this came about because of one poor author with a dream, a napkin, and a pen on a train ride to London.

But now after all these years and so much time spent in the world of Harry Potter, it sadly comes to a close. I'm not sure what will happen after Deathly Hallows Part 2 ends, but I know a part of me will be lost. I will always have the books to look forward to reading and the DVDs to watch endlessly, but Harry will no longer be having new adventures. He's married with kids now (spoiler alert) and I just can't believe we have made it to the end.

I never thought that a series of books and film could take over my life so completely, yet here we are years after Sorcerer's Stone was first published and I am a complete and udder fanatic for it. This was and will always have been my childhood. I grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. I experienced everything they did. They taught me how to stand up for myself, fight for what's right, love those that are close to you, and that sometimes being expelled is in fact worse than being killed.

I can never thank Jo enough for what she has done in my life. Not even taking into account what she has done for us redheads. You don't know how many people have come up and talked to me just because I looked liked a Weasley. But Jo really helped mold my life as a child, teenager, and now young adult. There are just so many things I wish I could say to her, but all that seems fitting now is "Thank you so much for everything. Thank you for never giving up on your dream and sharing with us the story of Harry. It truly inspired me in more ways than you will ever know. Thank you."

In 3 days, Harry Potter comes to a close and it only seems fitting that in 28 days, my childhood come to a close. Harry Potter has been my life and I would never give that up.

This is for those who have stuck with Harry until the very end.

"You'll stay with me?"
"Always."
"Until the very end."


"No story lives on unless someone wants to listen.
The stories we love best do live in us forever.
So whether you come back by page or by the big screen,
Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home."
-JK Rowling

11 comments:

  1. So sad, yet so touching. It's a good thing Harry Potter will never be forgotten.

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  2. I feel all sad now. *sniff* :'(
    At least there's Pottermore to look forward to! I'm excited about that. :D

    ComaCalm's Corner

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  3. I seriously almost cried when I read this. Love it.

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  4. Definitely just cried. Boo.

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  5. Geez, way to bring on the tears...

    (But do people really come up and talk to you simply b/c they think you look like a Weasley?? Lol.)

    PS: the "spoiler alert" should probably go BEFORE the spoiler, hehehe.

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  6. you spoke very true words. looking back to when i was a little kid, the most profound memories i have, are the ones of Harry Potter, of my third/fourth grade teacher reading Harry Potter out loud to our class. I remember getting utterly swept away . . it was truly magickal...can not believe HP is over - first the books, now the films....suspect the theaters will be loud with sobs when the credits role...gosh, it is really sad.

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  7. This post made me so sad! I'm so sad its ending! It really is the end of an era if you think about it.
    But, like a previous poster said, there's still Pottermore!

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  8. That was amazing post. By the end, I had tears in my eyes. What an epic journey that was

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  9. I agree with you completely! Harry has been part of my life for more than half of it and I can’t imagine my childhood without him and Hermione and Ron and everyone else. I agree with Jo's quote about it always being there. For all of us whose hearts were touched by this series, Hogwarts and Harry will always be real!

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  10. Sadly enough I only read Harry Potter two years ago, but I'm pretty broken up about it all the same. I can only imagine what it feels like for those of you who grew up with it. This is a great post, I've been weepy about this for a week now and this didn't help! Tomorrow night is going to be an emotional roller coaster. But it's good to hear I'm not alone.

    Oh and I think I will steal that video for my post, too ;)

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  11. Wow. You really know how to tear at the heartstrings. This post made me so sad in that pleasant nostalgic way. Harry Potter has been a huge thing in my life for a long time. Seeing it end is going to feel like losing an old friend. I'm not sure what to look forward to anymore. I can only hope that Rowling keeps writing. Even if it's not Harry, I still can't wait to see what she has to offer.

    Also, I love that song and video. Great pick.

    ~Evie
    evelynconnor.blogspot.com
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