'Harry Potter' ends: A bittersweet end for one Potterite

A Potter fan shares her thoughts as the film saga concludes

(Stephanie Brown )
July 13, 2011|By As told to Jordan Bartel, b

Middle River resident Stephanie Brown, 28, is a hardcore Harry Potter fan who has been enthralled with the wizarding world for nearly 10 years. Before she headed to the massive Potter fan convention LeakyCon this week in Orlando, Fla., b asked Brown to share her thoughts as the final film hits theaters.

I embarked on my first voyage to Hogwarts in book one in 2002. 

I was a college sophomore at Brigham Young University-Idaho looking for a new good book to read. My college roommate, Amber, approached me with a promise that if I read book one, that I would fall in love with the story and characters. 

In my mind, I was a grown-up who needed to read more “adult” novels. Against my better judgment, I decided to start the series while on my six-hour flight home to Utah for spring break. I loved it so much that by the time I returned to campus a week later, I had read books one through four and couldn’t get enough.

Since 2002, I have been to every “Midnight Magic” book release event and every midnight movie premiere. I’ve grown to love the characters because I feel like I know them. 

I love Ron Weasley. He is my favorite from the trio, mainly because of his dim-witted humor and his foul mouth. He’s fiercely loyal, he’s a lover and a fighter, and realizes in the end his true self-worth (and that he’s a hero, too). Severus Snape comes in close second, mainly because of the complexity of his character. J.K. Rowling keeps you guessing until the very end as to whether he’s on the side of good or evil. I loved his journey.

The end feels like “graduation.” Going into the final film installment of “The Deathly Hallows,” I’ve come to realize that it’s finally over. What I’ll miss most is the rush of excitement and anticipation that came with each new book and movie release. At LeakyCon, I’ll have about 3,000 other avid Harry Potter fans — including some of the movie’s actors — to help me cope with the feelings that will come with giving Harry a fond farewell. 

Getting into the series was one of the best choices I ever made. I’m happy to have the other movies/books to look back on, and I am sad that in a way, I feel like I’m saying goodbye to the characters that I’ve loved for the last 10 years.

But I’m getting closure, which feels good. However, I can’t pretend that I won’t “mourn” the end of the series for a while.


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