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I am filled with nostalgia and love!

I never got super excited about the Harry Potter movies, so I'd planned on seeing this one quietly whenever I had the time. But then at the last minute I wound up going to a Thursday midnight showing with spiralstairs (who I hadn't hung out with in person in forever) and and teaberryblue (who I hadn't hung out with in person for like a week, so almost forever). Tea's write-up is more complete then mine would be. I didn't start to get sappy until we were at the bar waiting for the theater to open and I heard a man talking about how he'd started reading the series when he was the same age as Harry, and now, as an adult, he was going out to the midnight showing so he could see things through to the end. (We also talked to someone who may be the last unspoiled HP fan in existence - he'd decided after he saw the first movie that he would wait until they were all out before reading the books.)

I don't mind admitting that I feel more strongly about HP fandom then I ever did about the books or the movies. I loved the books, but I love what we made out of them more, and I'm grateful I got to see HP as an ongoing process rather then a completed story. I'm glad I have the kind of friends who would wander around NYC in death-eater outfits at 3am after the book 7 release, or go halfway across the country so we can talk about how Hufflepuffs are awesome and eat snacks.

I was given the first three books by my next door neighbor in 1999, when I was starting my sophomore year of high school, and only looked at them because I was on crutches and couldn't go anywhere. A year later I went to a midnight release for #4. By the time #5 came out, I had graduated high school and was working at the bookstore. I sneaked a look at the first few pages and then lived in fear Scholastic would somehow find out. For #6 I was living next to Harvard and seriously reevaluating my life choices. After the release I read in a bubble tea shop until they closed at 4am. A year and a half later, and a week after I moved to New Orleans, I applied to H_E and wound up in the puff den. The next summer I went to the book #7 release party in New York, with old friends and new friends and a couple complete strangers.

On Thursday, waiting in the theater, I flipped open spiralstairs's Deathly Hallows paperback while she was getting popcorn, and saw the dedication: ". . . and to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end."

And now, well, here we are.

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breathingbooks
Jul. 17th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Do you think someone who didn't like Part 1 (no coherent framework; too long; shouldn't have been split in 2) would like Part 2?
moonflowers
Jul. 17th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
You know, I never really got into Harry Potter but I have to admire the dedication that people have given it over the years. It truly is a book that will continue to grow with people, evolve with new readers, and continue to be a story everyone loves. I think it's great how fans like you can look back and see how the books molded into your life. :)
( 2 said to the lesser floods, "Be dry." — say to mountains, "Be ye removed." )