Saturday, September 24, 2011

Harry Potter and the Decade of Us

Dear Harry!

Now I'm 23. I'm becoming older than you'll ever be. Well, if I don't count your last chapter. But I didn't like it that much so it really doesn't count. There are so many memories you'll always live in. I'll die one day - You never will.

Listen to that music while reading ... (Oliver Boyd And The Remembralls - End Of An Era)

I remember when I first read your books. I started reading when the fourth book was published. I told to myself that I'll read them slowly, but when I started reading I just couldn't stop. It's like I discovered magic. I thought that during the New Year's holidays I'll read just the first one. No, I read the whole bunch of them, and the holidays passed - with You. I continued following your story and when the new books were published I couldn't help myself but start reading them in English before the Slovenian translation was published. Actually I can give you most credit for my English now because if there weren't you, I definitely wouldn't come to love English as much. And as J. K Rowling also progressed with style, so did my English became better and better. I read the books, listened to audio books, watched the movies countless times and I knew the first paragraph by hard:

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense.

The first movie, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was a total blast for me. I recorded it on VHS and watched it with my sister so many times. Probably it's the movie I've seen most times in my life! It was a must-see for every Christmas and when we heard John Williams' theme in the beginning we were already in another world. There are two moments in that film when I still get goosebumps and one of them probably is the best moment in all the films I recall. The musical theme and the joyful feeling in the scene when Harry wakes up on Christmas day is just fantastic. It has this magic as the Home Alone movies had and seeing Ron trying his new mom's jumper is just a scene to see over and over again. But the moment that's really significant to me is after visiting the London Zoo when uncle Vernon pushes Harry in the cupboard under the stairs and yells at him: "There's no such thing as magic!" Funny enough, it hasn't got anything to do with the words, but the performance of Richard Griffiths and how masterfully the sequence is put into film. Chris Columbus who also directed the original Home Alone movies definitely made a movie which appealed to so many 11-year-olds. And probably not just them, but to so many others too.

The magic continued when the second film was released. And so on and on until the last movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. It's my third film I saw twice in cinema (first was Final Fantasy and the Spirits Within, second The Dark Knight). All of these movies have some special meaning in my life and seeing second part of Deathly Hallows twice doesn't mean just that it's one of greatest films I've ever seen (David Yates, you've made a masterpiece!) but also that something very important is going to become just a thing in the past for me.

Yes, Harry, you're going into past. But God, I'm thankful for all the great memories we shared together and how close were you to me. When I read your stories I was in another world. I can't complain about my real life, but with Harry I realized that even if life is very generous and blessed, it's still sometimes fun to go into imaginary world. Just to turn off the real world and life with someone's adventures and be a part of something in real life probably will never happy.

I liked the girls that liked you too. If I asked a girl if she likes reading your stories and she said yes, she had a special "plus" with me. I never understood haters of your adventures, but if I look better I see that not everyone can connect himself/herself to you as I did. People have different lives, people have thousands of tastes and even if I consider your books a masterpiece you'll never be liked by all the people. Just as it won't happen to me too. We'll always get good and bad reviews and we have to live with that.

All we who've followed Harry's journey understand that he made a great impact on our generation. We've spent so many years with Harry we actually can connect a whole decade of our lives with him. It will be so cool when we'll be 70 and meet and talk again how wonderful were the years when Harry was our second world. And so we've:

... studied with Hermione, played Quidditch with Ron, laughed with Fred and George, hid Creatures with Hagrid, shared bravery with Neville, understood true love with Snape, rebelled against Umbridge, joinend the DA, made wrong choices with Draco, fought against Voldemort and stuck with Harry until the very end Now it's over, and now all we can do is remember and thank J. K. Rowling for the time of our lives and opening our hearts to magic.

If The Famous Five by Enid Blyton filled up my childhood, Harry definitely became my close friend for my teenage years and more. I'll never forget you, Harry!

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