Friday, July 15, 2011

The End of Childhood

 Yesterday I was in attendance as the lights dimmed and Harry Potter led the fight against the Dark Lord for the final installment of The Harry Potter Series. It was a mixture of emotions as the final credits began and it struck me that the Boy who lived was over. The magical story of witches and wizards had come to a close. Is this what it feels like to realize that your "childhood" is gone? Before the movie began there was also a preview for the final movie of the Twilight series. The stories that I grew up with are all ending. The books written, blockbuster movies finished, sold out premiere's over. All and all it was quite strange to see that door close. What will step in to fill the abyss? Part of me believes that there never really will be another great series like Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling stole my heart from the first few pages of book 1 and kept it all the way to the end. Now, the movies weren't perfect but come on they can't really do justice to the number one selling series of all time. It really was great though seeing them come to life and the special effects that I had seen in my head jump off the page and onto the screen. When the time comes I definitely want to read these books to my children like my mom did to me when I was young.

Yes, I have fond memories of staying up far past my bedtime reading about Hogwarts and He who must not be named. The adventures that they went on took me to a place where anything could happen and the characters were just real enough that I felt maybe my letter to Hogwarts had been lost in the mail. Summer was spent awaiting the arrival of the next Harry Potter book and then seeing just how quickly I could finish it before passing it off to my sister or my mom. Yes, those were the days. A bit of that magic is lost now but still I will always be a Potter fan. I've been to Universal Studios and walked the streets of Hogsmeade. They really spared no expense and did a wonderful job with Potter World. I still have cravings for the Butterbeer. It simply was delicious! The best I can do to describe it is creme soda with butterscotch flavoring and cream on top. 

Last night for the first and last time I dressed up as Hermione Granger. It was fun using things I had around the house to make my outfit. My robes were my graduation robes from High School and I had a Gryffindor shirt I had bought from the theme park. I was quite impressed with how the ensemble came together. This wasn't the first time though that I had dressed up in Harry Potter style.

One Halloween when I was young I was Harry Potter himself. Pretty Great don't you think? :) Yes, although the series is now over it will live on forever in my heart.

                                              Long live Harry Potter, the boy who lived.

Random Fact: Even a small amount of alcohol placed on a scorpion will make it go crazy and sting itself to death.

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