In the summer, once you have turned 11 years old, you get a mysterious letter with ecstatic news. Then on Sept. 1, you are on a train as it steams through the European landscape to your destination as you sit with anticipation. Night falls, and you glide along a lake on a boat with a glowing lantern guiding you to the doors of a majestic, historical castle.
Once you’re inside, you wait anxiously for a professor to call your name for a turn to take a seat in front of wizards and witches to be sorted into Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw by the famous, raggedy sorting hat. Now your life would gladly be filled with wands, potions, owls, flying brooms, and adventure instead of paper, pens, and a gravitational pull that keeps you grounded.
The first film edition of the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was released in Nov. 2001 and began the Harry Potter craze. Nine years later, the fan base of the Harry Potter series is still monumental as the seventh edition, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1, is hitting the theaters on Nov. 19.
It is no surprise that fans buy theater tickets early online or even camp out at the theaters to receive a ticket for the midnight showing release of Harry Potter films. Last year at Century 16 in Ventura, some fans even went to the extent of dressing up as wizards and witches. Since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the last installment of this magical journey, who knows how crazy fans will go this year.
The movie, produced by Warner Bros., will be separated into two parts to extend Potter’s journey for the fans and to fit all the criteria from the 759 pages of the book. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 will be released on July 15, 2011.
“The fact it’s two different movies is kind of dumb, like making all the fans pay for two separate tickets is sucky… But it means they aren’t going to be taking much out from the book, which is very good, “ exclaims college student Jacqueline Robarge, “and of course I’m going to the midnight showing! For one, I’ve gone to just about all the midnight shows and two, its super entertaining to see all the hyped up fans.”
However, Kara Mead, a junior at Foothill High, has a different input, “I like the fact that it’s being separated into two parts, it keeps the magic a little bit longer; the only bad part is that I have to wait for the second part.”
She proclaims, “I’m really sad that it’s going to be over soon. Harry Potter has been in my life for many years and it’s like losing a friend.”
The two part edition has sparked controversy across the nation but despite the different perspectives circulating the final installment of Harry Potter, fans around the world are eager for the for movie to hit the theaters as the magical journey is drawing to an end.