We witness the last of the Harry Potter movies this month <sigh>. Seeing the end of this legendary tale, I have to wonder why this story resonates in us to such an extent. Yes, it is suspenseful, adventurous, etc, but it must be more than that. Is it the power of the friendships; characters so solid in what they seek; courage to face unimaginable fears?

For me, the Potter series was an eye-opener. It let my imagination run wild through the halls of Hogwarts and the forbidden forest. The words put me back in touch with my own creativity and imagination. J.K. Rowling released the inner middle-grader in me.

I remember the wave of excitement with the release of each book or movie. They brought Potter fans together with no barriers of age, language, or culture. Sitting in a bookstore until midnight, waiting for the latest Potter release, was a feeling of oneness with strangers. Everyone there, and in bookstores across the country—across the globe—wanted the same thing. We needed to embrace the friendships and hardships of characters we had come to love. Okay, and we were dying to know what happens to Harry!

So with the release of the final movie, we say thank you to Harry, Hogwarts, and most of all to the author and those who believed in her story enough to bring it to us. So raise your mug of butterbeer, or glass of pumpkin juice to J.K. Rowling as you curl up in front of a cozy fire in the Gryffindor Common Room to read your favorite Potter book.

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” –Professor Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

Written on July 30th, 2011 , Uncategorized Tags: , ,
Debbie Emory

Writing humorous fiction infused with death, dysfunction, and dads.