“And now Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”
If there’s one thing that seems to resonate with and define my generation, it just might be a magical boy with a funny scar and nerdy glasses. We’ve grown up with Harry Potter, eagerly following his own education and adventures. The books are always there to pick up and revisit like an old friend, and Daniel Radcliffe immortalised the Boy Who Lived in the Hollywood movies. This summer though, we reached the end of our Potterific journey with the July release of the final movie adaptation.
After attending a hilariously obsessive Potter themed party, a big group of friends and I went to the midnight showing here in Portland. There was a line around the corner, every screen set to go at midnight, and a whole array of Potter fans. A big sign into screen 10 read “Platform 9 3/4,” and I encountered a very convincing werewolf on my way to the ladies room. There was a buzz of excitement and even sporadic outbreaks of song.
I hadn’t read the seventh book in a while, and one of my friends hasn’t read any at all (almost blasphemy), so we were able to sit back and enjoy the movie without nit picking every tiny way in which it deviated from the book. Still, it was easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all, the sighs and gasps and cheers that igniting the audience like a lumos spell as the action played out.
For many, July 15th will go down as that day that our childhood ended. For me, I’m happy to have enjoyed all those Potter-inspired experience with great friends. And there’s no way we’ll ever stop quoting, “it’s levioooohsa, not leviosaaaah!”
ps. Yes, there is in fact an entire Harry Potter Wiki site, just in case you really need your fix of magic.
mugglenet.com for wizardkind and less magical fans
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
“Time is making fools of us again.”
“To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”