The end of an era

I read constantly. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m always reading a book and I’ll always have 4-5 more lined up right after. I’ve had a lot of favorites over the years including The Green Mile, Nineteen Minutes, Hunger Games etc but nothing even comes close to the Harry Potter series. I’ve re-read these books three times and I’m already excited to read them again. They were a massive part of my childhood and teenage years.

I became completely attached to the characters that JK Rowling created. They were so vivid to me that when the movies started to come out I was blown away by the accuracy of the casting. The characters in front of me on the big screen were exactly how I imagined them in my mind. I used to race to Chapters the day they were released and hole up in my room to finish them in one day so that no one would be able to ruin what happened for me. Then when the movies came out I’d buy my tickets in the first week or two and run over to the theater to see if they got it right again. I was never disappointed.

No books have made me cry the way these have. With the death of a new character throughout each book I’d find myself sobbing on my couch, re-reading the chapter to make sure I hadn’t read it wrong. It’s weird how attached one can become to words on a page. No one does it like JK Rowling. When I picked up the last book I remember sitting down on my back porch on a warm summer day and reading. I didn’t move until I had finished the entire book. I’m not exaggerating. When I finally moved my neck it felt like every muscle was completely numb. I remember turning the last page of that book and being devastated that it was all over. That these characters I grew up with had ended their journey.

Last night Lisa, Jason & I sat down to watch the 2nd half of the very last Harry Potter movie. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t want to see it because I didn’t want to be finished with the series. I wanted to hold off as long as possible but at the same time I needed to see it. It was exactly how I imagined it would be. I teared up at the same parts that I did in the book. I cried at the death of my favorite character which was done incredibly in the movie. Then as the movie ended I said goodbye to the best series I have ever seen/read.

A lot of people judge the HP books and movies. They think they’re for children or that they’re overrated. Everyone has an opinion. But those people also have to understand that everyone has something they grew up with. Whether it’s nija turtles, pokemon, my little pony or harry potter. All of these things were massive parts of our childhoods and were things we turned to on bad days or on days when we needed to escape from reality into a world of fiction. All I can really say is thank you JK Rowling for creating a world that I could disappear into for over 10 years. Nothing will ever come close.

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1 Comment »

  1. Jeyna Grace Said:

    I love HP and hunger games too! Nice post btw 🙂


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