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Mon, March 18

Farewell Harry Potter...

I just finished reading the final installment of Harry Potter after prying it from my son's hands. I've been looking forward to the book and the movie for months now. It's hard to say what these books have meant to me. As much as I've enjoyed the books myself over the years I've also enjoyed sharing them with my boys. They have painted beautiful memories in my mind of my children's youth.

My oldest, all of eight at the time, read the first one and was hooked from that very moment. I don't recall where he got it from but I do remember being curled up with him at bedtime reading them together. He complained that I read too slowly. My younger son hasn't read them all yet but loves them just the same. He enjoys the movies and video games more than the books. Both have been Harry Potter for Halloween at least once. My older boy got to the mailbox for the most recent book before I did. I look forward to reading them with my daughter when she's ready.

I never expected to fall in love with Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Dumbledore, or any of the other wonderfully written characters. Nor did I ever imagine that I, as a middle-aged muggle, would fantasize about visiting Hogwarts or Diagon Alley via the floo network. Being able to escape reality in this way, even for short periods of time, has such benefits. It's also brought reading back to an entire generation who were becoming lost in the computer age.

The trials and tribulations of Harry and the gang parallel life in ways that young adults today can relate to. War, evil, death, fear, friendships and triumphs are all just parts of the wizarding world. They may be on much more earthly levels but these events happen every day, not only in our children's worlds but in ours as well.

J.K. Rowling has given Harry to the world to enjoy and explore. I, for one, would like to thank her for the amazing journey. I will truly miss Harry and Dumbledore's Army taking on the evils of the world without question and knowing full well what possible consequences lay before them. I bid you a fond adieu Harry Potter and to J.K. Rowling, I hope you fall in love with a new idea very soon...


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