2011: The Year We Said Good-Bye to Harry Potter (sort of)

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.

J.K. Rowling said it best at the London premiere of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 this past summer:

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!

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3 responses to “2011: The Year We Said Good-Bye to Harry Potter (sort of)

  1. Harry Potter is really amazing. I felt like I grew up with the series because I was close to the age of the characters when each book came out.

    I’ve watched JK Rowling speech at the premiere so many times, it’s really touching !

    What an awesome fanvid, My favorite one is The War by agentofCHAOS13x

  2. Great post. And although I definitely feel like Harry Potter is ending in many ways, it’s also equally true that it’s never leaving. The wizard wrockers and still wrocking, and LeakyCon 2012 is still to come!

  3. Harry Potter was my one childhood freind(and still is) so when the series ended a part of me died. I actually suffer from HPSED(Harry Potter Series End Disorder) and the only way to lower the symptoms is reading Dramoine fics. Tis a sad life, it is.

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