The series we all (all should!) know and love, Harry Potter, took it's final bow last night and the curtain closed on a little piece of my adolescence. In the seventh grade I was introduced to HP and never looked back. I immediately read all of the books that were already published and then counted down the days every year until a new book would be released.
I savored every last word every time a new book came out, typically locking myself in my bedroom and not sleeping or eating until the book was finished. Sometimes this scared my mom, but she loves the books too so I think she understands.
As I began college I was worried that I wouldn't find friends at UNCW that enjoyed HP. Luckily I was completely wrong. I continued to read, see movies at midnight and begin new HP friendships. In addition to midnight movie showings, I've also gone to midnight book releases for the second half of the series.
Trying to finish "re-reading" Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince before getting the 7th book at midnight, 2007
The group awaiting Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows--in our glow & the dark glasses!
The bff, KMK and me, pumped with caffeine and our love for HP
You've now learned that yes, I am a little obsessed with the series, and also that I used to have very short hair. It was a bad decision and time in my life I don't typically like to discuss.
Thrilled to work for my sorority, I realized that our training in the summer of 2009 would interfere with the premiere of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Getting worried that once again there would be no one else who liked HP, and that there wouldn't even be a theater in the town of Woodstock, VA (population 4000ish), I was relieved to find that the other consultants shared my love. And we saw HP in that little theater, in the little downtown of the quaint town of Woodstock, VA.
My dreams came true last summer when twelve days after it's opening my mom made plans for us to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios during our vacation in FL. Nearly. Peed. My. Pants. We got up extra early to be at the park an hour before it opened, and there was still a tremendous line.
Hogsmeade with "snow" on the roof...in Orlando...in July
Hogwarts, with the best ride inside!
Enjoying a delicious swig of pumpkin juice with my sister
and a frothy butterbeer with Mom!
Of course the journey does not stop there. Yet again another chapter in my life had began and even though I had been proved wrong every time, I thought to myself "I hope people in my grad program like Harry Potter!" And sure enough...they did.
With work the next day we all loaded up on caffeine and went to the midnight showing for Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. It was worth every bit of being a zombie for the next few days.
Cool horcrux cake we saw at dinner before the movie--neat!
Waiting in line with KC & MG, we're pumped!
And as we all know...it didn't end there. While I wished for the longest time to re-read the 7th book before seeing the last movie, the spring semester stole my soul. Have I had time this summer? Yes. Unfortunately I still didn't do it. Alas though the last movie must still be seen.
So how did I miss it all? Well in the wonderful world of residence life one must sometimes carry the duty phone and not leave campus, especially at night. While I could have looked for someone to cover the night, two of my intern friends are out of town so we're all going to go and see the movie on Monday. I'm of course sad to have missed the midnight "Harry Hype," the chanting, screaming and bantering that occurs in the theaters as midnight approaches. However, I'm glad to have gotten a full nights sleep, minus waking up to a 12:30am call that a sprinkler busted and was spewing water 20 feet in the air. I love my life.
Now I say goodbye. To a group of characters I sometimes felt I personally knew while reading. To characters I cried for when they were killed during the series. To a group of characters I "grew up with" and watched grow up, learn & fall in love with each other.
Did you go see HP last night? How was it? Don't worry--you won't spoil anything for me!