Nov 16, 2010

It Doesn't End Here

Wrote this after reading the last installment and when I was barely in college (so sorry for the lavish use of adjectives).

Harry and I were both 11 years old when the movie was released.
after a decade,
Harry and I will be ending our formal schooling.
Posted on July 31, 2007; 1:02 am
The release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" marks the end of a decade, the end of a truly amazing story.  It's been a wonderful journey, a great adventure, an incredible ride reading these books, especially this last one.  And all of us fans are united, connected in a way by the love we have for the books and the emotions we've felt reading them.  The joy and the laughter, the fear and the suspense, the shock and the excitement.  But probably the most profoundly felt among all of us is the deep sadness and despair over the ones we've lost.


Hedwig, Harry's beloved, sometimes temper mental, but always loyal, snowy-white, amber eyed owl.

Mad-Eye Moody, with his magical, fascinating, and sometimes creepy electric-blue eye-ball.  "Constant vigilance!," was his motto.

Fred Weasly, the other half of the tricky, mischievous, dynamic duo.  Fred and George could always make us laugh, even in the darkest of situations.  When George lost an ear, the first thing that came out of his mouth was a joke.  George without Fred just doesn't feel right.  We all loved them, and now that Fred is gone, things just aren't the same.

But perhaps the saddest of all the losses is that of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks.  Killed at the hands of Voldomort's Death Eaters.  They were starting a new life together.  Having gotten married and having had their first baby.  Now, Teddy Remus Lupin must grow up without ever knowing his parents.

But these losses are all part of the experience.  The experience of the final chapter in this truly epic tale of our beloved hero, the noble, the chivalrous, the brave, the completely selfless and truly great Harry Potter.

I'm sure the deepest sadness felt among us all is of the loss of our beloved series.  The realization, the shock that it's really over.  That this is it, the end, there will be no more.  I'm sure that many of us, I being one of them, didn't want to read the book.  A part of us did want to read it of course, wanted to find out how it finally ended.  Burning to know how Voldomort was finally defeated.  But the other part of us wanted to hide the book.  To never read it.  For as long as we didn't read it, it wouldn't be over for us, at least for now.

But as much as we didn't want it to end, we persevered, to join Harry, Ron, and Hermione on their final adventure.

It's all been an incredible journey.  A wonderful, fantastic, amazing, magical journey.  One that can never be experienced again.  But all though the series has ended, we must fight to keep Harry Potter alive!  Never let him be forgotten, so that others can experience the euphoria we have felt.

But all though future generations may come to love the series as much as we have,  WE are the lucky few who can say, "We were there!"  We were there when this incredible series, this epic phenomenon all started and when it ended.
And it doesn't end here. Harry Potter will transcend into the classics. Like the bible, each generation will have its own interpretation, and personally, every time I read it, I always discover something new - something supported by my philosophy classes and the new experiences I gained. 

To those who still don't have tickets to the premier of Harry Potter 7 Part 1, there's an org in school (which has a very cute promo poster!) selling tickets. Check them out somewhere from Wednesday to Thursday this week:)

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