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What a long, magical trip it’s been

hp7 posterLast night, like fans everywhere, I got gussied up in my best Hogwarts gear and went to see the final Harry Potter movie premiere at midnight.

Despite the fact that I’m running on about three hours of sleep (yawn!) and lots of caffeine today, I’m so glad I was able to be a part of the midnight madness one last time. The excitement was tinged with some sadness that it’s all over, though… After my ten-plus years of fandom — including late-night movie premieres, midnight book releases (the last one as an indie bookseller), and Potter parties — it really does feel like saying goodbye to an old friend.

I’m prolonging the afterglow (and trying to stave off the sense of mourning) by listening to “LeakyCon Radio” over at Sirius XM, running live from the convention all weekend. Obviously, I’d brave a basilisk to be at LeakyCon in person, but since I can’t be there I’m thrilled to be able to eavesdrop on the panel discussions and interviews.

Stay tuned for our movie review of Deathly Hallows, Part 2, and in the meantime, feel free to share some fandom memories of your own in the comments.

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.



  1. Roger Sutton says:

    >Katie, did you like it?

  2. Brenda Ferber says:

    >I remember taking my then five year old son to the first HP movie. He sat on my lap, shaking in fear from Voldemort. I felt so bad, I thought I'd made a huge mistake taking him there at too young an age. But the next day he insisted I start reading the books to him, and he has been a huge fan ever since. Those books have shaped the incredible young man he is today. How I loved sitting next to him for the last movie, holding his hand as he cried. There is a whole generation of kids who have grown up with Harry. How lucky!

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