Merry Meet! Today is Sun Day…my favorite day of the week. It marks the end of the week for me, a time to relax, rest, and spend time with family. Today it is extremely HOT and HUMID, So…. we headed out to a cool dark theater to see the final Harry Potter movie. The Deathly Hallows Part 2!
The movie was Awesome!…really well done. I jumped, I cheered, I cried. But what I did most was marvel at the fact that I have followed JK Rowling’s vision since my youngest daughter was the same age as Harry, Ron & Hermoine were in the first book..11 years old. I first heard about the Harry Potter books while watching a Rosie O’Donnell show. She was raving about the books, how wonderful they were, how imaginative and she had JK on her show. Now, my girls already loved books and loved to read series books. I believe that the first book had been out for a bit and the 2nd book had just come out at this time. The very next day I went out and found them on a table in the kid’s section…they were just paperback at the time. I bought the first two books and brought them home. Sara read them and was hooked! She then gave them to her sister to read …and she loved them too. Then the 3rd came out…and so forth. At that point, I decided to read them myself and was hooked as well. Oh how I wish I had the creativity to have thought of someone like Harry Potter and the world he lives in….to me the books were pure magick! We all have our own set now too! LOL
*CORRECTION! LOL My youngest, Kate, reminded me that it was she who read them first…and I remembered then that she had to really talk her sister into reading them…Sara had no interest in reading them at first. LOL But of course, once she read them, she loved them too. Sorry Kate! hahah! 🙂
We attended midnight Book release parties at Barnes & Noble after that, dressing up in our Gryffindor gear and round glasses like Harry’s. Of course we waited with bated breath as the first movie came out…and were NOT disappointed at seeing the characters and the story come to life on the big screen! The characters looked as they were described in the books, the quidditch field was pure magick, Hogworts was a dream come true…..for me even the soundtrack was perfect. The wait between books and movies seemed too too long. A fond memory of mine is the day the 7th book came out, my whole family would be arriving in Hilton Head for a week’s vacation. As soon as we realized that, I found the Barnes & Noble there and pre- ordered 5 books! One for myself, my two daughers, my son in law, and a friend who was with us. Before we even arrived at our beach condo..we stopped and picked up our prized books. What a fun time it was…we all spent the week reading our books by the pool or on the beach. Some of us finishing faster then others…teasing each other about what we had read that they hadn’t yet…sometimes caught with tears in our eyes or letting out a loud gasp…which would result in “Don’t tell me..I’m not there yet”!!! LOL I will always remember that trip because of that book!
Having read the books multiple times, I’m reminded of how these wonderful books spurred on the love of reading again for a whole generation of children. Whether they were old enough to read it themselves, or have them read to them….they brought families together in the common love of the books. Never had such a phenomena been seen…at least not in my lifetime. The movies of course enhanced the experience. In a time where kids are glued to the TV or playing games on the Wii and Playstation, how wonderful it was to see them reading again. My grandmother was a 2nd grade teacher for over 50 years..I give her full credit for giving me my love of reading…She would have been thrilled to have seen children reading with great joy again. For my kids, the love of reading has continued..for me too. My granddaughter Lily, who is 2 1/2..already loves books too..she will sit for an hour and bring multiple books to be read to her…and will often finish the sentence for us…I just love seeing that!!
Now that my girls are grown, I look forward to the day that Harry, Ron and Hermoine and all the lovely characters are introduced to my grandchildren. Is the last book and last movie the end of an era? Well, I don’t think so….I think that they will continue to give great joy to young minds (and their parents) for ages to come. I am quite sure that there are many more books out there.. some yet to be written..that will bring joy to children and aid them in their love of reading ….but I truly believe that it will take something really special to equal what the Harry Potter books did. Do you still remember the books you loved as a child? Did you pass that love to your children and grandchildren? I still have the books my children owned and even some of the books that I owned as a child. There is no end to a good story….it just continues for generations..as long as we see to it that they do.
So THANK YOU JK Rowling and Harry Potter for your wonderful world of imagination. A whole generation has loved and enjoyed it…… and many more in the future will as well. Pure magick!
“A blessed companion is a book, – a book that, fitly chosen, is a lifelong friend,… a book that, at a touch, pours its heart into our own.” ~Douglas Jerrold
Blessings and Love, Autumn