I still can’t believe it has been seven years since Deathly Hallows came out! I can that midnight release at the North Haven Barnes and Noble so clearly. I can remember waiting in that line with dear, close friends, and meeting unexpected classmates that I hadn’t even known liked Harry Potter waiting in the line, too.
I can remember walking into the store, all the decorations that were up, and I can remember handing over my ticket to get that last, final tome. Sadly, I had to leave shortly after I got it, because I had work the next day. Regardless of me having work bright and early the next day, the adrenaline made it so that I didn’t get tired at work, even though I had gotten no sleep the night before because I had been reading. I can still remember how *every single customer* who saw my Deathly Hallows book off to the side (I worked as a cashier and would read in-between customers and after I had done everything to tidy up the front end) asking me, “So, does Harry Potter die?”
There was so much death in DH, so many tears that were shed. And the poignancy of The Forest Again is something that no other book I have read since can ever match. That one short chapter was one of JK Rowling’s best pieces of writing for the series. I can remember reading that chapter, and feeling as if I were there - as if I were Harry.
That is an experience, I think, that many in my generation had. We literally grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. I first read the books when I was eight, and DH came out when I was seventeen (that was the first, and only, time I was the same age as Harry in the books). A lot of people thought that Harry Potter would die out with time, but the fandom is still alive and buzzing with excitement over a lot of things recently - a play is coming out that is going to focus on Harry’s childhood spent with the Dursleys, amusement parks (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - going to the recently opened one at Universal Studios Japan next month!), the Fantastic Beasts movie is going to be coming out as well, Pottermore was an interesting experience and while it did not live up to expectations - it does provide some wonderful tid-bits of information, and most recently - the little blurb JK Rowling wrote about Harry’s and the others in the DA in the form of a Rita Skeeter gossip column in the Daily Prophet.
No matter how many series or fandoms I get into, the Harry Potter series and fandom is my main one. When I am super stressed out, I always end up reading Harry Potter fanfiction or doing something Harry Potter related, because to me the Harry Potter series is home.