Last week, I wanted to post about the conclusion of the Harry Potter movies, but a lack of time prevented it. I’m glad that I took my time in creating this post, though, as it let me get my thoughts together.
In the weeks preceding the release of the movie, I had mixed emotions. I, of course, wanted to see the movie right away because I’m a huge HP nerd (case in point: I re-read the entire series over the last couple of months and re-watched all the movies last week to prepare myself…). However, part of me really wanted to postpone it because I just couldn’t imagine not having some sort of HP something to look forward to. We did end up seeing the movie Friday evening (there really was no doubt in my mind that we would), and while it was a great movie, and a satisfactory conclusion, I was left feeling a bit disappointed. There were things I would have put in the movie, or things that I would have kept faithful to the book, but sadly, no one asked my opinion. But that’s not what this post is about.
So many of the posts I’ve seen about the HP conclusion, and so many of the comments I’ve overheard (including comments from my aunt’s 16-year-old granddaughter) have been along the lines of “Oh, it’s the end of my childhood.” Why? Why does that mean the end of your childhood? Can you not read the books anymore? Can you not re-watch all the movies? Can you not plan a vacation to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Are you not freakishly obsessed with the upcoming release of Pottermore? Just because there are no more movies or books does not mean I will cease to be the age equivalent of 13. For example, one of my birthday presents was the Lego Harry Potter Wii game. Paul and I sat up and played that until close to midnight last night. How old am I? (Well, since you asked, 26. Yesterday was my birthday. 😉 ) Anyway, the point of all of this is that you’re a child for as long as you want to be, and the end of the HP movies does not signal the end of my childhood. Dumbledore said it best: “I will only truly have left [Hogwarts] when none here are loyal to me.”
So long for now, Harry. I’ll see you next time ABC Family has another Harry Potter Movie Weekend Event. 😉