The End of an Era

Big city. Small town. It makes no difference for this post. Whehter you are an avid fan or not, the Harry Potter series of books and movies have been read or viewed by millions of people all around the world.

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 marked the end of the Harry Potter saga that has plagued our entertainment industry for years… at least when we talk about new releases. For my readers I should tell you I am not a Potter obsessed fan. I did not dress up for any of the premieres and did not purchase all of the Hogwarts paraphernalia I could get my hands on. However, I have read the book series a few times and viewed the movies a few times as well. I found each book excellently written and enjoyed the magical scenes of every film.

My experience viewing he last installment on Saturday can be described as bittersweet. My brother, sister, and I ventured to the “Deathly Hallows” part 2 in the small town Jem theater of Harmony, Minnesota. That was the first movie I went to where the audience actually applauded during various scenes. I first picked up the first book a few years after my grandmother gave the first volume to my sister for a birthday present. I’ve loved the series ever since.

Although the end has arrived, all anyone has to do is open up to chapter one of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” or pop in the film to start the adventure all over again!


4 thoughts on “The End of an Era

  1. sami116

    As a kid I never thought Harry Potter would ever come to an end. It was magical how after a tragic ending to every book another one came out and enchanted me all over again.

  2. MMADfan

    I’m a pretty big HP fan — not the souvenir-buying sort, or the dressing-up sort (though for a party, that could be fun — I like costume parties!) — but I didn’t see the last two films. I was really disappointed in OotP, and since I’m not a huge movie-goer, anyway, I gave HBP a pass when it was in the theaters.

    Since the HBP movie pretty much bored me when it didn’t irritate me (the Burrow attack???) — though I thought that Jim Broadbent did a great job as Slughorn and saved the film for me — and since I didn’t like DH the book (though I’m still a fan of the series as a whole), I didn’t go to see DH 1 or DH 2. From what I’ve heard, though, the last two films were well done and didn’t have as many of the counter-canon kinds of scenes that a few of the earlier films did. I’m glad that the movie series has gone out with a bang and has been such a success — and that so many millions of fans weren’t disappointed in the final movie.

    Even though this is the “end” of Harry Potter, like you say, it can always begin again just by reopening the first book and reading about young Harry in the cupboard under the stairs. Or by slipping a dvd (or whatever other medium becomes dominant) into a player and watching the films again. And there’s always fanfiction, too. 🙂


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