Do You Believe in Magic?
It was the night we had all waited for, the night that was to bring 15 years of a magical journey to an end. As my friends and I walked into the movie theater, we were immediately surrounded by people dressed as witches and wizards, snitches and half-giants. We continued to retrieve our tickets and walk toward our respective theater, passing movie posters declaring, “It all ends here”. For the generation that has grown up with Harry, Ron and Hermione, the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2, was the end of an era. Memories of my parents picking my siblings and I up after school to go see the first installments in the franchise came flooding back. After seeing the film, there would no longer be countdowns to further books and movies, there would no longer be further insight into the world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It would in fact, all end here. What started as just a single children’s book when a generation of early elementary school kids were just learning to read, had turned into seven books, eight movies, one theme park, one interactive website, and countless Potter based fan sites, organizations and items of merchandise. These books managed to create an entirely new world for my generation to grow and learn with. I have memories of learning how to read with the early Harry Potter books, and reading them to my younger siblings. As the characters got older and matured, so did I, and the last movie premiering the summer after I graduated high school marked the end of my childhood along with many others who had grown up with the series. With her writing, JK Rowling has effectively morphed the culture of adolescents around the world. Since the first book was released, over 325 million copies of the books have been sold; they have been translated into 65 different languages, distributed in over 200 countries and made JK Rowling worth about one billion dollars (“Harry”). With that level of...
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