July 15, 2011
We’ve all come so far - from Let the magic begin to It all ends here, and now, it has finally been an entire year since the last installment of the series.
The memories from the final movie are still as strong as ever.. When the Trio broke into Gringotts; when Snape and Harry had their confrontation in the Great Hall; when Ron and Hermione went into the Chamber of Secrets and had their long-awaited kiss; when they watched Nagini attack Snape; when we sobbed during the Prince’s Tale and The Forest Again; when we received our last word of advice from Albus Dumbledore in King’s Cross; when Neville had his big moment; when the theater burst into applause when Molly Weasley defeated Bellatrix Lestrange; when The Boy Who Lived managed to finish off Voldemort; when the Trio stood on the bridge together alone for the very last time; and finally, when they watched their children board the Hogwarts Express nineteen years later, with Leaving Hogwarts brought back to accompany the scene.
These memories will stay with us forever and are a big part of who we are today.
Let the magic live on forever. To Harry Potter!
Here’s to the last midnight premiere, to outfits and wands, to tattoos and painted scars, to the late hours that passed with ease, to the yelled spells and stifled screams of excitement, to feelings of comradery and the shared of understands of strangers, to the boy under the cupboard and the man in Hagrid’s arms, to Jo, to me, to you, to the magic never ending.
Why are we all still here, a year later?
We never left. We never will.
↳ JULY 15, 2011
One year since the release of Deathly Hallows Part 2.
One year since we waited in line for the premiere.
One year since the end of our childhoods.
One year since tears were cried and hearts were broken.
One year since we welled up with pride.
But the magic still lives on.
Here’s to one year. Raise your wands, Potterheads, to the cast, to the crew, to J.K. Rowling, to the fandom, to the generation, to us.
Potter Ever After: “Harry Potter will never truly be gone as long as there are those who remain loyal.”
(and of course I made t-shirts: http://www.redbubble.com/people/mechantefille/t-shirts/7487661-potter-ever-after)
Good luck…Harry Potter.
8.3 million copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were sold on its first day of release back in 2007; 3,000+ midnight screenings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 were sold out within days of opening for sale; $7.7 billion and counting have been grossed for the Harry Potter franchise to this day.
The story of Harry Potter is one that many across the world have found themselves cherishing, becoming a global phenomenon in only a matter of a few years. In the past decade, millions of people have shown their devotion and admiration for the little boy with the lightning scar; making this the highest grossing franchise in history. But for so many of us, it’s much more than that. Harry has become our best friend, allowing us into his world and letting us watch as he grew up right before our eyes. We were there with him as he discovered his powers and responsibilities. We were there during his heartbreak and agony. We were there and fighting alongside him on that fateful day back in May of 1998.
With that being said, he’s also been there for us. He helped us during our low points, he’s guided us through the highs, and he also provided a safe haven for us if we ever felt the need to escape. I’ve never been able to look at Harry Potter as just a story, because it isn’t. I’m so thankful to Jo, and to Harry, and especially to you guys, because you’ve made my time in this fandom an incredible one and I can’t imagine a better way to have spent these past 10 or so years. So thank you again and long live Harry Potter.