I'm feeling extremely emotional right now, all because of this series of books and movies about Harry Potter. A friend of mine and I went last night for the premiere of the eighth movie, and while I'm not going to discuss it yet, I will say that it was an emotional and satisfying experience in so many ways. I have to say this was the best Harry Potter movie I've watched and I'm glad for it, since it was a fitting finale. And can I even say, I loved how they handled Snape? That was one of the most moving scenes. I cried. For a long time, I've waited for the next Harry Potter-something - be it a book or a movie. And now, I realize that there's nothing to wait for. (Okay, there's the Pottermore but it's just a one-time thing.)
(The first and the last movies)
Thank you JK Rowling for...
- Taking that train journey in 1990 and dreaming up Harry Potter. Did you realize then that millions of people were going to love him and his friends?
- Writing a magnificent set of books that have earned the place of honor in my bookshelves.
- Sending my most-adamant cousin to me with the fourth book in his hands, thus setting me in a wonderful world of discovery and magic.
- Providing me with a dinner topic when I'm stuck with people I don't like or know nothing about, but who have heard of Harry Potter
- Creating a series that I recommend to almost everyone who is looking for a read, before even asking them what kind of books they read.
- Creating a magical world that was as real as the world we live in with all the same people issues and similar world problems.
- Allowing the movies to be produced, and although I wish they were more honest to the books, I'm glad all of us fans have the same idea of how Hogwarts looks, how the Room of Requirement can be magically revealed, or even how the Marauders' Map shows live updates (move over Foursquare!) about where people are.
- Creating a feeling of community among all Harry Potter fans.
- Inspiring real-world replicas of the magical world of Hogwarts, including wands and theme parks, for those of us who don't know when to say enough.
- Creating rich, multidimensional characters, each with a powerful back-story, each being characters that we can identify with.
- Creating a villain like Voldemort, who I hated for his ambitions, but who in the end was another boy gone wrong without guidance and support. I like to remember him as the very-human Tom Riddle.
- Creating a world that we can disappear into, and making us believe that magic and miracles are possible.
- Giving us something to wait for, with each new book and movie, although now it feels very strange not having anything to wait for. Can you write another series? But, oh-please, don't ever write a sequel to Harry Potter.
- Making us feel that it is entirely normal to wait in lines for hours for the book release and movie premiere.
- Making us feel that it doesn't matter whether we are 10 or 90, but it's still perfectly acceptable to squeal when Harry Potter is mentioned anywhere.
- The 12 BEST bookish/movie years of my life...
And now I feel so emotional, just like Hagrid, and will need a handkerchief as huge as his to escape into.