I remember walking out of a bar in Georgetown during the summer of 2007, and seeing a small crowd gathering on the street. My first thought was that a line was forming, waiting, to enter the supposed hot-spot of the night, but upon further examination I realized the building was a Barnes & Noble, and the crowd was gathering to await the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In a somewhat less than sober state, and a tad overdressed for the occasion, I hopped in line with the rest of the Potter fans because nothing, not even a booze soaked night of fun with friends, was going to keep from unraveling the fate of our well beloved characters, bound within the pages of that final book.
Now, with the final movie set for release on July 15th, I can say the feeling is bittersweet. For the past 14, that is FOURTEEN, years (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published in 1997) Potter fans of all ages have been delighted, fascinated, and entranced by the mystical world of witchcraft and wizardry that J.K. Rowling originally brought to us. And though we no longer have something to look forward to every holiday/blockbuster season, it is nice to know we can always revisit the pages and DVD’s that capture a place and people so familiar, they almost seem real.
Perhaps there is a charm or spell to slow the advancing of time, so Potter fans can hold on to this feeling of anticipation and excitement for just a little while longer….~~*IMPEDIMENTA*~~….No? Didn’t work? Damn. Well then, I guess I will see you all in theatres on the 15th!