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Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter Musings


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I love Harry Potter.
I consider myself a real fan of the books and the movies.
But I have a confession...

I'm not a *super*fan.
I've never gone to a midnight viewing or book release.  I don't know each character's patronus or the ingredients of Polyjuice Potion. 

So why is it then that I've gotten all caught up in the "finality" of it all?  I'm almost dreading going to see this last movie in the theater-- because it's the last one.

It must be because I see the whole Harry Potter series so intertwined with the history I have with my husband.  

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Our very first date was opening night of the first Harry Potter movie in November 2001.  We were in college.  I hadn't read any of the books yet.  But then I did.  By the end of that school year I had read the first two books (and with the crazy classes I was taking, any recreational reading was a huge deal!)  

In May of that year we got engaged but spent most of the summer apart.  He had graduated and already had a job in California, and I split the summer between Utah and Idaho.  I read books 3 and 4, partly feeling like it was something we still had in common, even being so far apart.  We were married in August and saw the 2nd movie that November, nearly like a re-enactment of our first date the year before.

We continued to read the books and see the movies when they were released: one just a few weeks before our second child was born, one while we were on vacation celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary... 

In the next week or so we'll get a sitter for all the kids and go see the final movie.  I'm pretty sure I'll cry (I know I did reading the book)  It's definitely the end of an era.

Certainly not the end of my husband and me though!  I'll be forever grateful to Harry for bringing us together.  And to my husband for keeping us together.

Plus it's not really goodbye.  I have kids who love to read you know.  Emily, I'd like to introduce you to my friend Harry. 


7 comments:

  1. Geez, here's your old husband, getting choked up while reading a crafting blog! Love you baby.

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  2. Ditto.

    (I feel like Patrick Swayze in "Ghost.")

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  3. I loved this post! I am not a super fan either, but I love these books. We are going to see the movie on Saturday. It will be so sad to have all the Harry Potter mania done.
    I love your new journal entries. HILARIOUS!

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  4. Well said! I'll miss him also. Suggestion, try the Percy Jackson books. I have laughed and laughed through them... not to replace Harry, nothing can, but to find something else that is enjoyable. And to read to kids eventually.

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  5. oh I know, I'm going to be so sad after I see the new/last movie (haven't seen it just yet. can't wait.) What a great series!! I love that quote above about the Chamber of Secrets, lol!!

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  6. Great Harry tribute! I feel like he's been with me through my entire twenties. I too was dreading seeing the movie...the finality of it all was huge. And yes, bring tissues to the movie because you'll need them. :)

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  7. I've never done those things either, but I've read all the books about 3 times. I cried like a baby during the final film. And I have them all on DVD. My 6 year old is very excited to discover that this summer he will be able to start reading them himself! :)

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