I discovered the Harry Potter series the year that the last book came out. It didn’t seem like the end to me, it was only the beginning. The Order of the Phoenix movie had just came out and there were still three more movies to go.
The midnight showing of The Deathly Hallows part 2 was the best movie experience that I have ever had. There were all these people sitting in line for hours with us, we’d talk about the series, play trivia games, there were people handing out extra Harry Potter cookies that they had made, and the theater gave us pumpkin ice cream to sample (it tasted like pumpkin pie, but with a different texture and it was frozen). When the movie started there was lots of giggling and shushing going around until everyone calmed and was pulled into the movie. We all laughed and cheered and gasped and cried at the same parts. Even though we didn’t know each other we were all connected by this amazing series.
It wasn’t until the summer after the last movie came out that I realized that it was over. With all the movies coming out it never occurred that the series was over and had been for a couple of years by that time. It made me sad.
Now eight years after the last book came out I am reading the series for the eighth time, I’m taking a college class that is devoted to studying Tolkien and Rowling, and a theater near me just had a showing of the Sorcerer’s Stone again. Harry Potter is not gone. This is not the end. As Rowling said, “Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
Even though the series has ended it is still alive on page, on screen, and in our hearts. We will not let it die.