Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter: Mischief Managed

I was 11 when I discovered Harry Potter and I honestly can't remember how I got that very first book, whether it was because I saw people at school with it or a teacher told me to pick it up or even if I just walked into a bookstore with my mom and it caught my eye. But I remember the moment when I opened that first book and I remember the feeling that came over me.

Not to be cheesy, but it was magical. At the time, books 1 and 2 were out, so I read the first one, then promptly forced my mom to pick up the second one. From then on, I was obsessed. I went to the midnight releases, I waited in the lines, I imagined what would happen and how it would happen and now it's over.

It's really over and part of me is still in shock of it all. But the other part of me is overwhelmed with knowing that I experienced something astounding. Because I grew up with a series, with a group of witches and wizards that changed my life.

I filmed a vlog last night/this morning, right after watching the movie, but it's mostly me incoherently babbling about how lost I felt, but also how emotionally charged I was and still am. Harry Potter has honestly been one of the most important things in my life. Some might think that's crazy to say, but I don't, because I lived with it, grew up with it, and now will go on with the memory of it.

This is most likely my last Harry Potter post for a while because the series is over. I've said all I can say without giving you a novel. And I'm happy with how it all ended. It truly is the end of an era, but I'm lucky to have experienced it. I don't think other generations can really know the feeling that Harry Potter gives to so many older teens and people in the their early 20's. We've lived these books, desperately waited for the next installment, then saw our magical world come to life on the screen. And it was amazing.

Now, as I always do, I'll leave you with a Harry Potter video; a tribute, set to 'End of an Era' by the wonderful wizard rocker Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls.


P.E. said...

I know exactly how you feel. I was crying and smiling when I watched this video. The end of the movies really is the end of my childhood. Nothing will ever compare to Harry Potter which will live on forever.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I got teary eyed at a certain part in the film, but it was honestly after the movie when I was re-thinking about it and talking to my sister that I actually had tears falling down. It's weird to say and to explain...but not to the people that GET it, and a lot of people do get it, which is wonderful. This really was my childhood. I was about 7 or 8 when I found the first book and now I'm 21. My childhood has been filled with HP love. And I'll always cherish that this was my lifetime, that I had to wait and I had to obsess and wonder. We got to experience it in the best way possible.

I don't have a post about the movie up YET but I do have some fun HP posts this week. :)


Lori said...

Nikki!! You are always posting these videos that make me cry like a baby! I just keep watching them, too. So that I can prolong the end just a little longer...

Your comment about and intense closeness with strangers was perfect. That's exactly how it feels. I'm going to miss it so much.

I'm posting my very gushing and long thoughts on the movie tomorrow. I need to see it again, but I'm going to the stupid beach tomorrow.. ;)

Candace said...

I just recently (this year) started reading Harry Potter cause it was after my teen (or preteen) years when they started coming out. But your post made me tear up. I can just imagine the emotions your feeling. It's crazy that these books have done and meant so much to so many millions of people.

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