It was 2002 before I had the oppertuninty to read the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Although the book had been released two years earlier, there was a very long waiting list at our school library to read it. 2002 was a terrible year in my life. Although I was only twelve years old, I had experienced a lot. The girls in my sixth grade class were brutal to me. Terrible rumors were spread about my personal life. I was completely shunned by my classmates, to the point where I needed to switch classes to handle attending school. Then my grandfather passed away, and the sadness I already felt was tripled. While completely surrounded by family, I felt as if I was all alone in the world. I felt anguish and worthlessness no twelve year old should ever feel. But, in the midst of it all, I found comfort in the story of a little boy who beat the odds. As I immersed myself in the fourth book, I found myself forgetting about the trials around me. I was transported to a magical world where good always triumphed over evil--and being unique was something to be proud of. The hero of the story was not always loved by the people around him--but he was strong, and courageous and fought a valiant fight. Hermione was not beautiful or fancy--but she didn't need to be. Her intellect was what made her valuable.
Years passed, and my life got better. I attended several midnight book releases, and finished each book within days of its release. While I no longer needed to use the Harry Potter series as a crutch, reading the books brought me much joy. I learned lessons that will forever be important in my life.
This weekend, I finally saw the final Harry Potter movie.
I've heard a lot of people say that it was an emotional experience for them. Many have said they feel as though their childhood ended with the closing credits of the movie.
But, this was not the case with me. I didn't cry during the movie. I didn't feel sadness as I watched the ending scenes of the Harry Potter saga hash out. During most of my experience in the theater, I smiled with contentment.
The series brought me too much joy for me to mourn its finale.