Good morning. My Minnesota view outside my window is overcast and gloomy. Rain spatters the windows of my home and for once I find this weather quite appropriate for my mood.
I feel…. melancholy. I feel a little overcast myself really.
Last night, as the clock struck midnight and many (most) of you were well into the sleep world… I was sitting in a crowded, chatty movie theater waiting anxiously, and a little precariously as the opening to Harry Potter 7 part 2 lit upon the big screen.
I think most die-hard Potter fans would agree that this final movie is at once exciting and sad.
I have talked about it more than once here about how Harry Potter came into my kids lives in the later part of 1998 and Scholastic brought it into my home on that lovely little paper ordering sheet that the kids and I drooled over. Through the years we read them together, and last night while I was here in Brainerd Minnesota watching the movie, my college son was in Mankato Minnesota doing the same thing. 😀
While the movie was exciting and with 5 theaters showing it last night in my small town alone at 250 seats per theater and $8.50 per ticket… well I can only imagine the impact heard around the world –
to me it did not generate that same excitement I had standing in the forefront of a line that wrapped around Barnes and Noble or insert book store of your choice here…. waiting for the next book to get in my eager hands.
I am forever grateful to be a part of this era of Harry Potter. To have lived it first hand as the books were printed, as the excitement grew, the first movie to the last. I wonder if they even fully know the impact they made not only on the lives of children, but on their parents, not only the movies – but the BOOKS – THE BOOKS. The books that made readers from non- readers all over the world.
I leave this morning this ode to Harry Potter:
AND for those of you who have shared with me that you have not read the books… have not seen the movies and are on the outside scratching your head as to the over all over the top obsession I have with these books…. here is a 6 minute recap of all that has happened in the movies to bring you up to full speed (also – full spoilers here to all previous movie – but not this last one)
Have an awesome rest of your morning! I am reading today, and enjoying my day off. 😛