Before I go on - and trust me I will - I wanted to share this video that Sarah from Sarah's Random Musings shared on her blog at the end of May:
That's seven films rolled into 4 short minutes. And it's incredible.
In one month, all of that will be over. The end of the books was a sad day for me and I tried so hard to savor every last word on every single page. Closing the cover of The Deathly Hallows felt like the beginning of goodbye. A month from now, that goodbye will be real. The characters I've grown to love, to hold dear to my heart, and seen come to life on the screen, will be signing off. Their stories will have ended and all I can think is, that's my childhood. Right there. 12 years culminating in one night and 2 and half hours. Seven books, eight movies, 4,100 pages, translated into 17 hours and 32 minutes. All over.
Just thinking about it makes me want to cry. If you didn't grow up with Harry Potter, if you didn't read it throughout the past years, then the feeling isn't the same. Sure, maybe you still feel sad by the passing, but for those who are my age, for those who opened their doors and the hearts, their eyes and their minds to an 11 year old boy and his magical world, when they themselves were just children, July 15th is both a blessing and a curse.
We will see the end of something monumental, something life-changing and beloved. This is our childhood coming to a close.
Below is a video of cast members summing up their Harry Potter experience in one word. It couldn't be more perfect - Emma, Dan, Rupert, everyone really, say exactly how the series made me feel. And it gets me because it's how I feel too.
Now if I had to describe my Harry Potter experience in one word, I think I'd say...everything.
Because that's what Harry Potter is/was/and will always be to me. A world was touched by Harry Potter and I cannot thank J.K. Rowling enough for the memories, friendships, and hours I spent lost in Harry's world. The series helps defines who I am as a person because it was such a part of my growing up. That being said, watching this video makes me cry, so if you feel the same as me about Harry Potter, be prepared for a few tears.
So, like the image at the top says:
Keep calm & holds hands.
The magic will never end.