In a matter of hours, I will be watching the final Harry Potter movie. This is a very big deal.
Bedecked in my green tie and white collared shirt, It's strange to think that this all started when I was six in 1997. Harry Potter has become an almost sixth sense thing where all of my memories have some Harry Potter referenced item. Some of the favorites involve it.
When the first movie came out, I was in fourth grade. My whole class was very into it and we all decided to cast one another in different characters in the movie. Of course we had multiple Harrys, Hermoines, and Rons. We would reenact scenes from the movie during lunch or whenever we had a break. That same year, all of the kids had read the fourth book and did book reports on it.
Now, ten years later, some of us might be going to the midnight premiere and some it may have been a one time thing. It's so strange that Harry Potter has managed to exist for so long and how much things have changed since the first book came out.
We have gone through three presidents, entered a war, seen the economy boom and fail, experienced new technology, watched countries fall apart from natural diastors and war, seen the death of one of the large terrorists of the 1990s, and experienced climate change.
More personally we've graduated middle school and high school, become adults, experienced pain and excitement, and most importantly found a way to decide who we are. Harry potter has been there for all for this.
As JK Rowling said, "Weather you come back by page or screen, Hogwarts will always welcome you home."
Now here's to my childhood, May Harry Potter always be The Boy That Lived.
Let the tears ensue.