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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?


The End of an Era…

Saturday, October 09th, 2010 | Author: Emily

Firstly, I would just like to say a big hello to everyone,   and I am very excited to be a part of this project! Today I am going to share with you a piece of writing that I wrote all the way back when the first pictures of the epilogue scenes being filmed for Part 2 of Deathly Hallows were leaked.

“Why does this make me so sad? An enormous punctuation mark on my childhood is fastly approaching. A full stop. These movies, these books, these characters have been such an integral part of my life for the last 10 years, I wonder, how to say goodbye? How to imagine life without them? I find comfort knowing that there are others out there that care as much as I do, but sometimes it makes me feel isolated. All I receive is an incredulous look and a roll of the eyes. Emily, it’s not real. But to me it is real and so many others of millions of people, this is real. The power of J.K.Rowling’s writing captivated me from the very first sentence and it has formed me into the person that I am today. The era of Potter is coming to a close right before my very eyes, and I feel like I am going to lose a part of myself along with it. I seems silly to say, but what am I without it? It is part of my identity. What will we all do, those who have stuck by Harry through all of these years, when those final credits roll? When we hear “Hedwig’s theme” for the very last time? (Probably cry, a lot!) 10 years of living and breathing Potter has all come down to this, the conclusion of the most amazing story probably ever written. I am consumed with bitter sweet feelings. After all, isn’t this what we have all been waiting for? This is what we wanted, all of those days we counted. But, do I really want it to end? It feels like only yesterday that I received the first film on VCR, has it really been that long? That long since we all fell in love with Dan, Rupert and Emma?

Every trailer, every teaser, every new picture filled me with the complete joy and anticipation that only Potter can bring. I don’t want to lose that feeling. I cannot help but wonder how I am going to feel when we see the WB logo for the last time. Where will I be? Who will be with me? I grew up with these people. The actors, the crew, the editors and the people I met over the Internet. We have shared all of our ups and downs, and they have helped my through the toughest times in my life. All because of one boy under the stairs. Everything that I know about lie, and death for that matter, is contained within these books. The power of love and friendship.

These movies will never be the books, but they represent all that I love about them. I owe everyone so many hours of pure joy and excitement in my life. So I will continue to contemplate the ending and try to come to terms with the conclusion of my childhood. It sounds so Peter Pan, but I really don’t want it to end. All I can do is reminisce about all of the great times we spent together, and for that I will be eternally grateful.”