Monday, July 11, 2011

Harry Potter and Mama

Well, it isn't really goodbye...the books and films will never truly disapparate from our lives. 

In just a few days, the final film will undoubtedly break box office records, but it will also break millions of hearts, young and old, who simply don't want to see the series come to an end. My heart is one of them. To not have something Harry to look forward to will be a dreaded adjustment.  At least after the novels, we had the films.  Now, we have to say goodbye.

I was the last among all my friends to even know what Harry Potter was--I thought it was a new toy. People kept calling me "Hermione" in class and I thought they were calling me some derogatory name. Even my professor spent a good ten minutes at the beginning of each class all excited about something called Harry Potter coming to film...all I wanted to do was get to that day's assignment and lecture.

My mama introduced me to the Harry Potter series at a time when I truly needed a little magic in my life.  You see, I was struggling with the pressure to do what everybody else was doing--what everybody else expected me to do--and the dream of writing a story about a world I created when I was five years old.  Though I was writing my story whenever I could, people kept telling me it was a childish thing to do and that I needed to grow up. Couple this with my decision to wait for love and I was a right mess.  I spent many nights sad, confused, and lost.

Then, my mama brought me Harry Potter.  It's a moment I will never forget, and something I will always share with her.  Since then, I have forever captured my childhood world in writing--a world that, at times, was my only escape. 

Once completed, I gave the book to my rather surprised mama, who, after reading it straight through, said with tears in her eyes, "This book is my baby girl's soul, and it's absolutely beautiful. What an incredible gift and what an unforgettable story."

I couldn't have heard any greater words than those from my mama.

This is how I will remember Harry Potter.  

In the words of Professor Lupin: So, now, I'll say goodbye, Harry. I feel sure we'll meet again sometime.  'Til then...mischief managed.  


  1. I will have to wait to see it until my kids come back from their grand parents house sometime in August.

  2. Date night this week will be HP7 part 2, and maybe a nice dinner. Woot!!!

  3. I cannot wait to watch it. I will be so sad to not have a film or a book to look forward to for the first time since they entered my life. It was back in college when I was introduced to them by my then roommate and I fell in love. I can't wait to see how it all comes together but I will sorely miss the "newness" of a Harry Potter experience. That being said, you are right, it will never really leave us. Lovely post, sweets.

  4. I'm dreading each day that goes by, knowing that in a few days, it will all be over. I mean, like you said, it's never truly over, but the movies were my go-to place when the book series finally ended, and it felt like when DH book was finished, we still had a long series of movies left to look forward to. It's really tough imagining that by the end of this week, they too will be over.
    And you aren't the only one who has truly been changed by Harry Potter. This book was my childhood, and part of me just can't wait to someday pass it down to my children! :D

  5. Ms. Rawlings has made a fortune!

  6. Sorry to say, I'm not a HP fan. BUT, my boss totally looks like Harry Potter, does that count? ;)

  7. I can't see it until I'm in a city with a movie theater at the end of the month. Like you, I didn't know about HP for the longest time. And I'm so glad I found it. You have a sweet story about your mama and HP. We can all use a little magic in our lives. :o)

  8. Midnight premiere (dressed as Hermione Granger, of course) here I come!

    I'm not sad to see it come to an end. Because, after all, as an avid reader and writer of HPFF, I happen to know that the story will ALWAYS continue. :)

  9. Keep writing Frisky Virgin! As Eva said "Ms Rawlings has made a fortune!" I ask why not you? Keep writing.

  10. It's such a bittersweet feeling to say goodbye to these characters... Like saying goodbye to a very good friend...

  11. I must have rewatched the trailer a hundred times.

  12. OT: :) From what I'm hearing--they outdid themselves with this finale.

    Lost.In.Idaho: Perfect date night!!!

    Jewels: The newness of something Harry Potter is what I will miss, too--having that to look forward to.

    Thank you, sweetie.

    Anna: It's going to be difficult to see it end. It's wonderful to see how Harry Potter brought so much joy to so many people's lives. It's been a special thing to see.

    Eva: She did, indeed, and it was/is well-deserved.

    Yvonne: Well...yeah, I think that counts! ;)

    J.Day: We certainly do need a little magic from time to time. And thank you--it's something my mom and I will always share. :)

    Chanel: Aww, you write HPFF?! That must be so much fun!

    Carole: You're so sweet, thank you for that, truly, thank you. *HUGS to you*

    Beliza: It really is like saying goodbye to a friend.

    Drake: Same here. It's going to be epic.

  13. I feel the same way, sweetie. Also, much like you, I was late to board the Hogwarts Express, but I'm really happy that I did. It's been a brilliant ride that I'm to see end.

  14. Kat: It really has been a phenomenal ride. I would trade my Platform 9 3/4 ticket for anything. :)