After Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 premiered at 12:01 on July 15th, 2011 people across the nation, or better yet, across the world, were saying it was “the end of an era.” After fourteen great years of reading J.K Rowling’s fictional world of wizards and witchcraft, and of watching her story translated into some of the highest grossing films of all time, audiences everywhere have been captivated by this story.
"It was everything you could want to cap off, in our lifetime, one of the greatest film sagas ever that I've experienced," one man gushed to MTV.
“In a way it’s like my childhood is ending, but whenever I miss it I can always pick up one of the books or watch one of the movies and it brings up all the memories from growing up,” said Val Irigoyen from Chicago.
"You have it pictured one way in your mind, but then seeing it on the screen, just seeing how the directors bring it out, and so far, I've been very pleased," announced filmgoer Bill Croft from Augusta, Georgia.
"Even though I have all of the books and know the ending, Harry Potter doesn't seem over until this movie comes out," explained Amanda from Worchester State University.
This type of reaction from viewers is what every filmmaker hopes for. In many ways, the Harry Potter films are a terrific example of what’s best about the world of the movies - the ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of diehard fans of the book and Potter novices alike, to bring beloved characters and places to life, to unite dazzling special effects with a story driven by relationships and emotional power, and undoubtedly, to bring down the curtain with all of us wanting more.
Even though the Harry Potter film franchise has come to an end, its unforgettable story will never leave us. We’re sure these timeless movies will be watched over and over again, just as the books that started it all will be read and beloved, for generations to come. As Harry Potter creator J.K Rowling once said, “The stories we love best do live in us forever.” Harry Potter is definitely one of those stories.