Is It Really The End?

Monday, March 28th, 2011 | Author: Rhea

Hi! I’m Rhea, one of the new Potter Pensieve bloggers!

About two weeks ago, the long awaited publicity for Deathly Hallows Part 2 started. New images and sneak peeks have been cropping up online (all of which I have avoided watching with surprising ease).

Every Harry Potter fan is waiting desperately for 15th July and dreading it at the same time. The words ‘the end’ are used most often to describe this day. A few months after the last movie comes out, the Harry Potter news will begin to lessen. The time that is passing so quickly now is the last time there will ever be new images and new clips to watch. This is the last wait. After this, everything that we have looked forward to knowing will be known to us. This is the last time we can speculate. I keep thinking to myself- is this really possible? Is it really getting over? It feels like my childhood is drawing to a close. I know that sounds overdramatic, but that is actually the way I’ve been feeling.

After indulging in these dismal thoughts for a while, I pause and try to make myself feel more optimistic. We are all fans of this amazing series because it has captivated us and helped us grow as people. The Harry Potter series has found a way into our hearts and even our souls. When we look back at these days, the series and everything that it has taught us will be a mingled in our memories. The series will always mean a lot to us because we have all gone through a significant time in our lives with it. Every time I tell myself this, I realize, all over again, that Harry Potter will never truly end.

I’ve also realized that Harry won’t just be part of my memories. I’ve started rereading, not only the later books, as I usually tend to do, but the earlier books as well. With every reread, I find a new thought, a new layer, something else for me to think about. Going back to the beginning has reminded me that the words ‘Harry Potter’ do not merely spell memories for me. I have the good fortune of loving a story that has a new meaning, even in the context of my life, every time I read it.

So, even as I bid goodbye to anticipation, I know that the books that have helped me grow into the sixteen year old that I am, will help me grow further. This fills me with a huge amount of happiness. After all, if the series that we have grown to love and that has helped us grow as people can help us evolve further, the decline of a phenomenon looks pretty pale in comparison, doesn’t it?

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  1. Christine says:

    Rhea- I am totally with you here. Although I don’t have the strength that you do to stay away from all of the DH2 promotion! I’ve been drawn to it like the earth’s strongest magnet or something. I can’t wait for it to come out, and yet, once it’s out it will be the end like you pointed out. THE END.

    To be honest, I’ve been trying to avoid thinking about it that way because it makes me really sad inside. But when I do think about it, I realize that the Potter fandom will take forever to die. With fans as strong as us, and the release of Jo’s Scottish book, and whatever else they’ll think up to release.

    And of course, like you said, there’s ALWAYS something new to discover when you read the series over again, as I intend to do until my eyes fall out. Great first post :)

    • Rhea says:

      Thank you so much! I usually do see everything the comes online, but this time, somehow, I didn’t need any strength not to watch it. I just don’t feel like watching any of it. I really don’t understand how I’m feeling like this. Usually, I can’t help watching everything as soon as it comes online. I think I just want the last one to be a complete surprise!

  2. Adam says:

    Rhea, your post gave me goosebumps! haha! I’ve been thinking a lot about the end really…I’ve literally grown up with the series. Ever since I learned to read, I’ve been reading this series. It’s transformed our ways on life in a way. Our ways of thinking. At least for me it has…I’ve often found myself relating to Harry in the series, saying “Oh! That’s happened to me!” Not many books can do this the way HP can. And now, in a matter of months, days even, this journey will be over…And what is shocking is that it will all be over in one day. Think..a lifetime of the series, and then it just ends.

    But what I struggle with is: what exactly is ending? We know that the series has ended. It ended a few years ago. We know that the movie series is ending…but is the fandom really ending? Will the fandom really ever end? The hype over the series and everything will definitely die down. This is a given. But there will always be fans! So this is what will keep HP alive, the way I see it. So, even though I’m devastated and shocked that the series will soon be over, I’m reassured because I know that the fandom will never become extinct. :)

    Also: Yes! Always something new to find when re-reading! Hence….The Potter Pensieve Podcast! lol.

  3. Kim says:

    Rhea! Welcome and what an awesome first article! Love it…

    I’ll admit, I’m very sad about the end. I came into Harry Potter somewhere near the end. I only had to wait for Book 6 and 7. But it doesn’t make the end any less bittersweet for me. In some ways, I’m glad that things will finally be wrapping up. Every good story has an end. And the end to this story is far more powerful than any before it.

    However, I’m afraid of what will happen after the end. For us, Harry Potter will always be an important part of life. It will always be something we love and go to for comfort, entertainment, a friend. But what will happen when the final movie ends? When that last chapter finishes and we have no more adventures to go on with Ron and Harry and Hermione?

    Because let’s be completely honest. There is no other epic series that can capture our hearts that way Harry has. I’ve tried. Percy Jackson isn’t even remotely close to the same.

    • Christine says:

      I envy those that came in toward the end. In fact, I got one of my friends into Harry Potter after all of the books had come out, and I kept reminding her: “Think about how you would feel if you had to wait for the next book after you just read that”. Because she’d go right into the next book.

      But it was okay because She still has to wait for new movies to come out ;)

      But not to fear, regardless of the fact that the final movie is ending, Potter fans are strong enough to carry the series on if we choose to.

      MAKE THAT CHOICE!! That’s why we’re a part of the Potter Pensieve Team :)

  4. Marcel says:

    Hi, Rhea! What a great read that was. I’m pretty sure that we all had these thoughts crossing our minds at one point or another… Something that’s been with us for so long, suddenly gone? What does it mean?? 2012 is drawing ever nearer, the Aztecs must have been right! But in all seriousness, like Adam said : the book series has been over for quite some time now, the movies are about to be as well. So what? To me, the Potter Pensieve is proof that the fandom will live on, the theorising, analysing and reminiscing will continue because this story has marked and affected us all in some way or another. We wouldn’t be here otherwise. This community has brought together so many wonderful people from all over the planet! I’m thinking the friendships that result from that are a testimony of Harry’s legacy in the real world. No, the fandom might change in the future but it will never truly vanish.

    And by the way, hats off to you for not succumbing to the temptation of watching all the new clips and snippets that are coming out. I won’t either. I remember watching all the new stuff they threw at us before HBP was released and was kind of angry with myself for having seen half the movie before it hit theatres. I refrained myself from making the same mistake with DH:Pt 1 and found it to be a much more enjoyable experience.

  5. Katherine says:

    Reading this was like seeing my own thoughts published! I feel exactly the same way you do, like its the end of my childhood. I literally grew up with the series!

    But I hope that this fandom will keep going. I’m sure it will! – and if it doesn’t, they’ll always be one other crazy Harry Potter fan out there – ME!