Saturday, July 16, 2011
Ok. It is all over. I LOVED the movie! I knew I would, but it was fantastic. A lot of it is exactly how I pictured it... it helps that the movies had come out before I finished the series so as I was reading and watching it all kind of meshed into the same thing. I laughed, I cried and I feel grateful to have had this experience to share with my family. We have seen them all together and my son has come to the last 3 or 4 (I can't remember) and has watched them at home with me. We will always have Harry Potter as something we did, and will continue to do, as a family. My favorite line in all the books is the same as in the movies. When snape produces his patronus and Albus says "after all these years" and Snape replies "ALWAYS"! It is heart wrenching to realize all that Snape has sacrificed for love. This is ultimately a story about love. Not your typical love story, even with all the magic and unbelievable creatures in the world of Harry Potter, it is more real than any other love story I have read or seen. It is about pure and deep emotion. Something Voldemort did not possess and something you must have to really live! I can't wait to see what these young actors do next.
So I thought I would post a "before I see the movie" and an "after". I know, I am a huge nerd. I don't care. I feel like it is the end of..... something? For the past ten years I have looked forward to going to the HP movies with my whole family and have read and re-read the books in anticipation for how it will come across on the big screen. For the most part I have been very happy with the results. I love the books and I love the movies. Now, this very afternoon, it will all be over. I have mixed feelings about it ending. I know what happens. I have read the books. It is just so much more real to see it and experience it. I am excited and a little sad. I don't know when or if something like this will come along again in my lifetime. Most books/movies I am tired of by about the third one. Never with Harry Potter. I feel like I am a part of the magical world and, yes, I do believe! From the first time I read "you are a wizard, Harry" I was hooked. JK Rowling created a world that will live on forever. I can't wait to read the books again when Hayden can enjoy them. They are characters that I have grown to love and will revisit them often. I feel like I watched them grow and now they are ready to move on also. The boy who lived is now a man. I feel a motherly affection for these kids and I am ready to see what else they have in store for us!