Friday, July 8, 2011

Harry Potter: It's Really Almost Over

For those of you who don't know, the London premiere for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 took place yesterday, with an enormous crowd of fans and a livestream for all of us not in London.

And it was incredible. Not only did each of the actors get a chance to speak a bit about their experience, but towards the end, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermione), Rupert Grint (Ron), and J.K. Rowling all gave speeches in front of the crowd and for all those watching online.

 Below is the video of the speeches. I suggest you grab a box of tissues. I sat here, watching, reminiscing, and crying my eyes out. It makes you realize just how deeply these characters are cared for.

J.K. Rowling has changed my life with a series of books that were, as Rupert Grint says, "the best part of my life." It's truly the end of an era, but I couldn't be happier with how it's going out. I have faith that the final movie will blow my mind.

I'll leave you now with two quotes straight from J.K. Rowling:

"No story lives unless someone wants to listen." - J.K. Rowling

"The stories we love best, do live in us forever. Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." - J.K. Rowling

Thank you, Jo!


Laura (The Zealous Reader) said...

I was tearing up for the speeches but as soon as the chanting "Thank you" started I was bawling. Harry Potter has been such a magical journey for me and I can't believe the movies are finally over.

If I could hug J.K. Rowling forever I would do it. I love her to death for what she's done for literature, for nerds, for gingers (LOL!), but especially for being such a huge part of my childhood and adolescence. Absolutely amazing.

booksntea said...

I can't wait for the final movie! And the speeches just made me even more excited. Tears started rolling once Emma started crying!

Khadija said...

I;m crying right now. I never realized how emotionally invested I was in Harry Potter until just now. Its so hard to beleive that it'll be over. But it's true we can revisit it all any time we want. It'll never be as enchantingly new as the first time we turned the page or watched the screen but I know the stories and characters will always hold a very special place with me. I can honestly say Harry Potter shaped me as a person. I grew up with Harry Potter! ^-^

Audrey (holes In My brain) said...

OH my gosh, i was in tears when i saw this, especially when everybody started crying! D:

soulunsung said...

Seriously, your post makes me want to cry. Really!

Suz @ A Soul Unsung

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Laura - I couldn't have said it better :-)

booksntea - Emma did me in too. Once she started crying, I couldn't hold off my own tears.

Khadija - I never realized how emotionally invested I was either. Not until this year rolled around and the prospect of the series really and truly being over hit me. I've always loved the books and the movies. I've grown with them, laughed with them, and cried with them, but now all those emotions are magnified 1000 times. Because the end really is fast approaching. And Jo's right. We can always go back and reread and rewatch, but like you said, it will never be like that first time. And I always remember that first time and treasure the memories that Harry Potter has given me.

Audrey - For some masochistic reason, I've watched this over and over. Crying more and more.

soulunsung - Let it out! We can all cry with each other and hug each other and pass around our boxes of tissues.

Lori said...

I watched this the other day and cried my eyes out! I can't even watch it again. When Emma started crying I lost it. I haven't been apart of the HP world for long, but I still feel like...what are we going to do without it...?

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