|Posted by Christina Cooper on July 13, 2011 at 1:02 PM|
How do I start this? It doesn't seem right. Harry has been with me for as long as I can remember. Like so many in my generation, my parents began reading Harry Potter to me when I was in first grade. It seems like just yesterday when I turned 11, and wondered why I didn't receive my Hogwarts letter in the mail. It doesn't seem right that after fourteen years, I'm suddenly supposed to say goodbye to the series that has been with me for as long as I can remember.
JK Rowling has always has a high place on my list of heroes and inspirational people. She created this incredible world whilst on a train in King's Cross Station. Not only does she have an incredible imagination, but she made kids want to read again. People that never loved reading, would become enthralled in Harry's story.
I've grown up with Harry. When he would experience things, I would too. Voldemort didn't kill my parents and leave me an orphan with a lightening scar on my forehead, but I still experienced similar situations between friends, school, and family that Harry dealt with.
It's going to feel very weird to walk out of the theatre early Friday morning. It will really mean that my childhood is over. I don't think there's anything, whether it's a book series, movie or TV show, that can take over the Harry Potter sized void in my life. Of course I'll still have the books to constantly reread, but I won't ever be able to attend a midnight show, or listen as Dan, Rupert and Emma give interviews about the Harry Potter films.
I'm going to miss everything about the series, but I know that the magic will never end. Harry Potter will live on through Pottermore, an d of course the fan support of the series. I write this article as I'm waiting in line to see the final film at an early screening... And it doesn't seem fair. I haven't come to terms with the end, and to be honest, I don't think I want to. Why do I have to say good bye to the series that has been with me for as long as I can remember? Harry put it very well: "I'm not going home.. Not really." And even like Dumbledore said, "Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it!" and JK Rowling, "Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home" I think I'm ready for it all to end.
Of course, I'm going to miss these people:
And of course, then one who's responsible for it all:
I have stuck with Harry until the very end.
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