The end of an era

So by now you’ve figured out that I’m a bit of a geek. Craft geek, Doctor Who and Merlin nerd, you get the idea. One of my other facets of geek-dom is, probably unsurprisingly, Harry Potter.

Unlike a lot of fans who got to grow up with the characters, I didn’t get to read any of the books until about sophomore or junior year of high school (and even then had to sneak them!) since my parents were pretty anti-Potter. Though I have to point out that while I felt very immature a year or so ago going into the kids’ section of the library to check out Deathly Hallows, I also felt highly triumphant to have my librarian mom check out the book for me. Apparently I never quite transitioned out of that “teenage rebellion” phase.

Anyway. So while I didn’t grow up with the books, have never attended a big convention, and am not active in the really visible parts of the fandom, I have and still do really enjoy the books. I’ve waited outside for midnight showings of the movies several times, read through the entire series twice, and am always delighted to see the story or characters referenced in pop culture.

Sheesh, I’m even one of those people that likes to debate about how Neville could’ve totally been subbed in for Harry’s role. And this song gets me every. single. time. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the story, this is set after several main characters have died and Harry has snuck off to sacrifice himself to Voldemort so the fighting will stop. No good-byes to the people that have become his second family. The line “mom I’m coming home” always gets me, too (his parents were murdered by Voldemort when he was a baby)

So all that to say, it’s hard to know it’s coming to an end. I already get strange looks for being a Potter fan, often with questions like “aren’t you a bit… old for that?”, and I imagine that will only increase with frequency as the series gets less and less out of the public eye.

Man, I’m getting sad now.


Even though I’m a Ravenclaw, that made me feel better. 🙂