What a great end to a wonderful ride.
My movie experience was, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the greatest I have experienced in this lifetime. We arrived at 7 pm for the midnight released and the line was already insane. Characters from every shape and size showed up, as well as other people dressed like we were, Hogwarts Students.
We met. We saw. We conquered. Never before have I felt more at home and comfortable among fans of a series than I did that night. There is something magical about the Harry Potter fandom that just does it. There was no drama, no catty behavior, no expectations and not one thing bad about it. Everyone played trivia in line, people shared candy, basked in the glow of the evening sunshine (and breeze) and shivered whenever the dementors passed by (there were 2 at our theater). But not even those soul suckers could cast a viel of gloom over everyone's excitement and love for a series that molded us all.
The movie itself was phenomenal. The corny jokes, the hints dropped here and there throughout the movie that only those who've read the books could fully appreciate really just...it was so awesome. You could hear people in the theater titter and giggle when those couple moments came up, and it really just put the icing on the cake for me as well. There were cheers, there were many tears, and at the end everyone could feel the glow and the bittersweet moment of realization that the end had come.
I will never let the series die. As many of my fellow fans know, the books and the celebrations, the Weasley sweaters and Hogwarts scarves, the house points and the owls, the platform 3/4 between 9 and 10...it will live on forever.
What Harry Potter did to the globe is unignorable to those who were there in the thick of things, and those who came after, and those who will come in the future. The community it created, the generation who now calls itself the Harry Potter Generation, wont let history forget the enormity and the importance of the little boy with a lightning shaped scar. The boy who lived. We'll never forget what Harry did for us (all of us) individually. He helped us forget the pains of adolescence in a safe way, he helped us remember the importance of loyalty and love, he helped us imagine during a time when imagination was transforming into a computer screen and keys. He reminded us that know-it-alls and hand-me-downs are greater than fame, popularity, and greater than the You-Know-Who's in our lives.
I will never forget to imagine. I will never forget to love. But most importantly, I will never forget that, if a time comes where I ever feel lost, alone, or scared...help will always be given at Hogwarts.
Hogwarts will always be there to welcome me home.