the end of harry potter.

May 18, 2011


About six months ago, I began to read Harry Potter for the first time. Years later than most everyone else, I discovered Hogwarts and Quidditch, Dumbledore's love and wisdom, Harry's goodness and courage, and most especially, a much greater love for friendship and bravery.

I've been so excited to begin a lot of my other summer reading, (like: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and The Help. I breezed over them both while at Barnes & Noble this past weekend and had to be pulled away) Except once I finally finished the last page in the last Harry Potter book, I didn't feel like reading anything else. In a weird way, it's like I had to allow myself at least twenty-four hours to "mourn" the end of the Harry Potter series.

Is that too much?
Most likely.

But if anything, that means all the late nights regardless of early morning classes were well worth it. The first book that ever made me feel similar was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I must have read it when I was twelve or thirteen years old, but I remember crying throughout the final chapters, not only because Francie was growing up, but because the book was ending.

It all sounds silly, but finishing a book can almost feel as sad as goodbye.

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10 comments:

Brittany said...

Ugh. Yes. I know that feeling.

And I'm so glad you got into HP. It's magic.

Brittany said...

Oh and a bicycle date sounds fabulous. Let's do it.

Mary said...

Not too much at all. After seven books, we were all pretty invested in those characters, so it took some time to let them go.

Jodie said...

I know exactly. When I finished reading The Hunger Games, I just sat there on my bean bag staring mindlessly haha. It's a sad day when a good book world ends!

Griffin and Gretchen said...

I rememeber reading the 7th book when it came out and the further and further I got into it, i stopped reading so fast (as hard as it was) because it was ending! I still have a hard time with it haha

Lyse said...

thats exactly how I felt when I finished both of those books. But i think part of it was because I was growing up a little bit with them.

kylee said...

precisely why i'm in the middle of re-reading harry potter. i'll probably be just as devastated that it's over as i was the first time.

Jalene said...

the first time i read the 7th book of HP, i think i cried for the last 30 pages. i was sooooooo sad it was over. i'll probably do the same thing with the movies.

Emma Karen said...

I think I always have mourning sessions when I finish books... and then I talk about it for days until my family tells me I have to stop cause it's annoying.

7upkels said...

@lyse - yes! that is perfectly said. in a weird way i felt the exact same!

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