This weekend, my husband, son and I participated in an event, along with thousands of people around the world, that represents the end of an era. As our family tradition would have it, we went to see the latest (and in this case the last) Harry Potter flick, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.’ According to Variety.com, its release was “colossal”; the “biggest-ever global debut with a colossal $475.6 million, including industry records for both international and domestic debuts.”
As a fan, it delights me to see the success of the Harry Potter phenomenon, albeit bittersweet. It’s the same feeling from 2007, when the final book was released, a decade after the first one. My son, really our whole family, has been enthralled with HP since we read that first book. Adam was 4 years old when ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ was first released. My husband and I both read it first, then I read it aloud to Adam. Those were the best of times, reading aloud that is. My son picked up reading the books on his own by the time the third one, ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ was released. Seems like we couldn’t wait for the release of the first movie in 2001.
So, here we are, 7 books, 8 movies, numerous video games, tons of daydreams, and one Halloween costume later, at the end of the era. Thank you J.K. Rowling, for creating such a fantastical and treasured set of stories and characters that have come to life even more so through these movies. It’s been a thrilling ride that we shared with Harry and his friends, and we will not soon forget “the boy who lived.”