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End of an Era July 15, 2011

Filed under: Books,Movies — Me! @ 4:09 am

Alright. This is the obligatory post-DH blog that I feel like I should write, even though it’s 3:40AM and I have to be up at 9AM because my friend is coming over for a TV marathon and we’re baking cupcakes.

This is probably going to be really short because I don’t think I’ll talk about the movie itself at all right now – I’ll save that for the forum. What I’d rather talking about is what I’m going to miss. I read something the other day that put it much more eloquently than I’ll end up describing it, but I can’t find that post right now so I’ll have to paraphrase the idea. Basically, the author said she (I think it was a she) won’t be missing Hogwarts or Harry or whatever – we all have the books, we all have the movies. We can read or watch them whenever we please. Harry’s world will always be open to us, whether it’s a re-read of a favourite scene, chapter, book, or the entire series. That will always be there. What I’ll miss instead is the anticipation – not knowing what’s going to happen in the next book. Staying up late on a school night with your friends, theorizing because you just re-read the books and were able to look at a single sentence a different way, which brought on theories upon theories. The rush you feel when you read the title of the upcoming book for the first time, hear the release date.

I’ll miss lining up at midnight for the books and movies, just hanging out with some friends, and being able to make new friends with the people beside you in line just because you shared a common interest. Laughing, cheering, squeeing because you didn’t know what was going to happen.

We can always go back and read the books or watch the movies, but it just won’t be the same.

I feel like we’ve been spoiled, growing up with Harry. We’ve been able to go to midnight releases, we’ve experienced all the anticipation, glee, sadness, etc. in real time. Nothing will ever be as big, or mean as much to us, as these books. Nothing will top the feeling of seeing the movie for the first time with a theatre packed full of people at midnight.

Anyway, it’s not 4:08AM. I’m not really sure if any of that makes sense because I’m probably somewhat sleep deprived at this point so I’ll just leave it at that. I’m sure someone understands what I’m trying to get at.

I hope you all enjoy(ed) the movie.