You could call 2011 the year we said good-bye to Harry Potter. Sort of. But not really. Because while the franchise has come to an “end,” it will never really leave us.
The stories we love best do live in us forever, so whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.
Harry Potter is a very unique series, because its original core group of fans have grown up with its characters. How many of us were children or teens when we picked up the first Potter book? The first book was published in 1997 in the U.K. and a year later in the U.S., with the first movie hitting theaters in 2001. And now here we are, 14 years after that first book came out, and we still treasure Harry Potter and all his friends. They are loved ones; they are part of us.
Harry Potter has been an influential force, and these books and movies shaped a major portion of my life — and many others’ lives.
This year, the final Harry Potter film came out, marking the end of red carpet premieres and midnight release parties and over a decade of waiting for the next installment. But Harry will never leave us. He’s part of us, and there will never be another series quite like this one.
This video perfectly captures the best of this series, and why it so beloved by so many. I hope you’ll check it out, and share your memories of Harry Potter in the comments below!