Friday, July 20, 2007

12:24 am
i know this continues to prove that i might be the most sentimental and nostalgic person alive, but tonight (er, this morning) is the LAST NIGHT EVER of not knowing what is going to happen to harry potter. i mean, holy shit. i feel like my childhood is going to end in 24 hours. we've been waiting for this day for 10 years. it is so much a part of our lives. this is a part of an article i read that i REALLY appreciated and liked.

IN THE hours leading up to midnight on July 21, bookshops around the world will be invaded by an army of strangely dressed seven to 10-year-olds.
They'll be dressed in billowing capes, wielding wands, and perhaps sporting a lightning-shaped scar drawn onto their foreheads with eyeliner. These children are the visible face of Pottermania.
But there is another group of Harry Potter fans who, while probably queuing in the same bookshops in the first hours of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, are quieter, but nonetheless more deep-rooted in their allegiance to the boy wizard.
They are the Harry Potter generation — teenagers and young adults aged between 15 and 20 whose late childhood and early adolescence has spanned the years of J. K. Rowling's fantasy phenomenon.
They may or may not have liked the movie versions of the books, but they watched them anyway. They were children when Harry burst onto the scene in 1997's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, emerging, like him, from their cupboards under the stairs to have adventures in the wider world, and they grew up in step with him.
-Ronni Phillips, July 7, 2007, The Age

I love being known as the "Harry Potter generation"... being "deep-rooted" in our love of these books. I just feel so proud, even though of course I had nothing to do with it, but I will always be so grateful that I have been a part of this era of excitement over this world that is not real, but seems SO real to us all. of course the love of these books will never end, but being caught up in their releases and just being the age that the main characters have been really means a lot to me. it is something i will always treasure. i know i am going to read the book immediately after getting it, but i also want to turn each page slowly knowing that this is the last time i will ever read a harry potter book for the FIRST time. i love it. i love love love love love love love love love love love it. thank GOD for books. and for these amazing 3 young people that we have followed and have come to love. i honestly hope that their fates are... good? brave? happy? i don't know. i don't know what's going to happen. but i am so grateful to be connected to harry, ron, and hermione, no matter what.
thanks, jo.