if you believe there's something unnatural about a middle 60's aged man being a huge fan of the harry potter phenomenon, read no further.
the problem, if you can call it that, is that harry, hermione and ron came along too late in my life. too late, that is, to blame my fascination with harry and the gang on humoring my kids. by the time the series came along, my kids were well on their way to adulthood. without that excuse, my excuse is, i have none. but with the reading of the harry p and the sorcerer's stone, i was hooked. i've marked the years with keen anticipation of the next book. and so it was with the movies.
the sorcerer's stone, the chamber of secrets, the prisoner of azkaban, the goblet of fire, the order of the phoenix and the goblet of fire-- all great movies. but, the deathly hallows part 1 left an awful taste in my mouth; thus it was with anxious anticpation i've waited for the release of dh part 2.
we saw it today, in imax real-d 3d. in a word, WOW! the movie was at once, funny, touching and in all, extremely satisfying. an awesome finish to a great run.
hp's fandom adopted this cast of characters as their own, watching them grow from neophyte wizards, watching with excitement as with each new edition the young wizards become more a force to be reckoned with, and in the end formidable wizards each in their own right. the fans have soldiered alongside harry and his band through every trial and triumph, rooting hard for good and even harder against the evil voldemort and his vile minions.
the journey that is harry potter is complete for me, but it has not reached it's end. it is not over. the books, the movies are there waiting for generations yet unborn to buy a ticket on the hogwart express, to be swept up and away into the fantastical world of magic and wizardry, into the amazing world of harry potter. what a ride it was. what a ride it will be, again and again! aio