Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter Childhood

My step-daughters were 5 and 6 years old in 1998 when Harry Potter first came out, the year I got married.  They are now 18 and 19.  In other words, the Harry Potter phenomenon coincided exactly with their childhood, from the point when they started reading to the point when they started college.

They truly grew-up with Harry Potter--I mean, the character.  Their progress through school paralleled Harry's progress through Hogwarts.  They read all the books--multiple times.  We can quote all the movies.  Everyone but me has a wand ;-)

Needless to say, we were at the midnight showing of the final installment of the series.  And when it was over, there was this strange sense they had, that childhood was now over.  They were now adults.

What is there, now, to look forward to?  Life as we knew it is now over... ;-)


Burton Webb said...

I know your tongue is planted firmly with this observation, but as I sat in the theater last night I sensed the same thing.

The room was FULL of 18 - 22 year olds and there was a sense of completion at the end. The most interesting thing to me was the epilogue - As we saw the characters age (some less gracefully) I got the feeling that the students around me saw, perhaps for the first time, that they too would one day age, have children, get fat... in short, become their own parents. I think many left the theater somewhat unsettled.

It was a fascinating night.

Scott F said...