Friday, June 18, 2010
Just a warning for some people (Ahem, Sam): This is a really gooey post about a book series that I love so much, I felt the need to write about it.
About 10yrs ago, Harry Potter made me fall in love with reading again. It sparked something inside of me that made me long to be apart of a magical world. The story is so well written and so clever and so much fun and I absolutely adore the characters. Today marks the grand opening of the theme park in Universal Studios. I actually teared up reading the articles about it and still have goosebumps seeing how excited people are for it. It's pretty amazing that a story about a boy wizard could stir up this much extravaganza and excitement.
Last weekend they finished filming the final movie (Deathly Hallows Part 1 comes out in November, 2010 and Part 2 comes out in 2011). That adds up to 9 and 3/4 years of filming. I learned that fun fact from Entertainment Weekly and thought it was very cool (if you don't know why that's cool, the platform to get onto the train for Hogwarts, is platform 9 3/4). It's bittersweet to think that they are all done. I can't wait to see the final films, but I don't want it to be over. I suppose that's how all you Star Wars people felt after Revenge of The Sith came out, eh?
I will not be watching any of the clips that are released between now and when the movie comes out (Dawn and I have made a pact not to partake in such things). Not seeing clips and stills beforehand will make it so much more enjoyable when I finally do get to see the film. Yes, I have already read the series (twice) and I already know what happens, but that's not the point. The point is that I want to see the film in it's entirety on the big screen. Not in small doses.
If you have never read Harry Potter or think it's just a story for little kids (it's not), you really should check it out. It takes you to another place and it's FUN. One day I will be able to visit the theme park and show Charley how much the series means to me. But until then, I can live vicariously through other people's experiences and wait for my turn with the Sorting Hat.