Well today’s the day. The day Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 opens. I’m all ready to see the movie today with my friends (I even re-read the second half of the book and I’m thinking of dressing like Bellatrix LeStrange).
- should be easy
But as I enter the theater today I will have a little bit of melancholy with me (and 20 boxes of tissues). I’ve been a Harry Potter fan since I was little. Heck I remember when I first heard about Harry.
I was in the 4th grade and my teacher subscribed the class to Scholastic Magazine and the first issue had Harry Potter on the cover and had an excerpt from Sorcerer’s Stone inside. My teacher decided to do this thing with the students that had them all read a paragraph of the 5 page preview, most of the students couldn’t read well so I ignored them and read the excerpt to myself. I loved what I read so much that by the time they came to me to read my measly little paragraph I have already read the 5 pages twice.
The next thing I remember is me running into my house yelling to my mother “MOMMY MOMMY I WANT HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE FOR CHRISTMAS!” And sure enough I got the book for Christmas (in fact I found out that I was getting it for Christmas around November because my Auntie didn’t know how to hide things properly) and loved reading every page of it.
Now let me be clear, I’ve always loved to read books.
- In fact, prior to Harry, I was a huge Nancy Drew fan
In fact my fandom of Harry demanded me to get the books THE VERY DAY they came out (sadly I never went to any midnight releases), and I was able to speed through the books and finish them that night.
- above: Me the day after a Harry Potter book was released.
I loved J.K.’s writing style and the characters she created. In the early books I found myself identifying with Hermione Granger because she was smart and loved to read.
- we also had the same hair
As the series progressed I found myself identifying with Luna Lovegood and her “weird-ness”.
- Ok Harry I know Luna’s a little Loony but at least she has more personality than Ginny.
I know this has been said a million times but I feel like I grew up with Harry Potter. Sure I didn’t know magic (would have helped a lot) and I know that Harry’s life was harder than mine but the way J.K. wrote these adventures made me feel like I was there with him along the way.
- and if I really was I would have slapped Harry for this.
Another thing that I loved about Harry that (at the time the books were coming out) it was one of the few things my mother and I could agree about. See my mother decided to read the books after hearing about the Catholics calling it evil because of magic.
Sorry that video is an hour long the other one I watched a couple months ago is gone.
Anyway when my mother heard of the controversy and decided to read the books herself. She LOVED them and was able to convince my grandfather (who’s so catholic he reads bible verses at his church services whenever he can) to read and like them.
The movies (no matter how un-faithful they were, a fact that I now can fully accept) also introduced me to some of my favorite British actors of today. While some were introduced to Alan Rickman through Die Hard and Robin Hood, I knew him through Serverus Snape and how he almost sings his first line in Sorcerer’s Stone.
The same goes for all of the adult characters in Harry Potter, only a few I had heard of prior to their appearances in Harry.
- and part of me will always wonder this; If the movies had included the trickster ghost Peeves, would they have gotten Sacha Baron Cohen to play him? Cause if so that would have been awesome.
You could call this a good-bye to Harry but I don’t think I ever will say good-bye to Harry. Sure the books are done and now so are the movies, but now we have Pottermore and hopefully J.K. Rowling will write another series that enchants me just as much as Harry did. And who knows, maybe one day I’ll have kids and if I do I definitely will read them the Harry Potter books and show them the movies.
- and I’ll definitely name my kids better than Harry and Ginny ever would.