Life in the Fast Lane


'Til Next Time, Hogwarts!

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This entire week, I was both excited about and dreading the screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. I wanted closure to the series that changed many people's lives over the course of 10+ years. But I also didn't want it to come to an end just yet.

Last night at 9:00, my siblings, cousins and our friends entered Cinema 9 for the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health's premiere of the movie. I was feeling all sorts of things as the lights dimmed: nervous, excited, ecstatic, nostalgic. Then the somber opening credits started to roll, accompanied by the all-too-familiar melody of John William's theme song.

Before I could recognize or control what was happening, I was back in Harry's world, watching as he and his friends journeyed hither and yon to find the Horcruxes and destroy the Deathly Hallows before it was too late.

I can't put into words, really, what Deathly Hallows Part 2 really did for/to me. I cheered, I mourned, I laughed, I teared up, I smiled, my heart grew heavy, my heart soared. I felt that I was watching my dear friends live out their lives on the big screen for the world to see; that I had the opportunity to find closure alongside them and say goodbye. Although I've been struggling to do so for the last four years.

It's because, four years ago, on the day bookstores opened their doors to people who've lined up for hours just so they could be the first owners of the Deathly Hallows book, I was one of them. I fell in line at seven in the morning and waited for almost four hours before I could hold that 750-pager in my hands. As soon as I got home, I started reading the first page and a little over three hours later, I was done. And, for the most part, so was my childhood.

I started reading the Harry Potter series back in high school. I was a bit older than Harry, Ron and Hermione when they first boarded the train to Hogwarts, but I somehow grew up alongside them, too. I knew what Expelliarmus and Expecto Patronum meant. I waited to see when Ron and Hermione realized that they loved each other in a more-than-brother-and-sister way. I wanted to be Seeker of a Quidditch team (and be sorted into the Gryffindor House). I wanted to witness a classic Fred and George Weasley commotion. I would've loved to walk with Albus Dumbledore and talk to him for hours. Heck, I would've even tasted a booger jellybean from Diagon Alley. I read all the books (some of them twice) and saw the movies (at least thrice each, save for this most recent one)

I've had the privilege of witnessing Harry, Ron and Hermione mature through the years as well as their actor counterparts. Seriously, I feel really proud of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson — as if I were their big sister. They've all grown into wonderful people and amazing actors and their own friendship is just as magical. I've come to love the cast of the entire franchise and somehow, I don't think they mind when in my head I now picture Severus Snape as Alan Rickman. The cast made the Potter series into what it is today.

So going back to Deathly Hallows Part 2, I wasn't quite ready to say goodbye, even if I knew what would happen because I read the book. (But for the sake of those who haven't watched yet, I won't say anything.) I didn't want the inevitable fight scenes to take place because I didn't want to see the outcome unfold. I didn't want to see the end credits roll, but when they finally did, I tell you, I was the first one to applaud. The rest of the theater soon followed suit.

I realized something, though, as we left the theater, hearts heavy but eyes twinkling.

Yes, the series may be over — both book and film versions.

But it doesn't mean that it has to end.

We have the privilege of reliving Harry's wonderful journey whenever we pick up any of the seven books or re-watch the eight films. We can take trips down Diagon Alley, visit Hagrid's house, laugh with the Weasley twins, wish we could pull Cho Chang's hair (hey, she got Cedric and Harry for a time; not fair!), and hear McGonagall say, "I've always wanted to use that spell."

Over and over again.

Besides, as the brilliant J.K. Rowling put it, "Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home."

Thank you to her, to the cast and crew, to her editors and to everyone who worked on the franchise, for letting us Muggles be part of Harry's amazing journey.

We'll never forget any of it.

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  1. The series may have ended [movie & book], but the story of Harry Potter will remain in our hearts and memories forever.

    We can always read the books or collect the entire movie series, right? Kudos to the entire cast of Harry Potter!

  2. @ Jagged Core: Sorry for the late reply! Just got around to checking my blog today. Crazy!

    Anyway, I totally agree with what you said. The series will live for as long as we let it live through us. :D

  3. @ Mia: Thanks for dropping by! And yay for knowing another Potter geek!


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