Expecto patronum! Harry Potter’s final frontier

Harry Potter and the deathly hallows (courtosy of Wikipedia)

Dylan Lujano

The time has come for the seventh and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, which comes in two full-length parts. Midnight on Thursday, Part 1 will be released which begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the Horcruxes-the keys to Voldemort’s immortality.

Harry Potter has made a tremendous mark in the film and pop culture world. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was released to box office gold nine years ago this week. I can remember going to the midnight showing like it was just yesterday. It was rainy night and everyone was so ecstatic to see the film, having no idea what we were in store for. When we got out of the movie I was so enthralled with a magical world of wizards, I didn’t want to leave. Since it was around the holiday season, I wanted everything involved with the film – toys, books, and everything in between.

At that age, I would consider myself a little obsessed with Harry Potter, but I was more enticed with the magical world that JK Rowling had invented. I even remember searching for auditions for the future films because I wanted to be a part of it so badly. I thought if I couldn’t attend Hogwarts, I could at least pretend.

For my generation, almost everyone has seen at least one of the films and read the books. It’s mind boggling to think that when the first movie came out I was 12 years old, and now the final film is being released. So many things have changed through the years, and this franchise is still going strong.

I wonder if another film can uphold to the Harry Potter series, but more importantly I wonder if a another film yet to be made will take an audience to a magical world, like HP did, and make them not want to ever leave.

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