The most magical “Deathly Hallows” anniversary: MuggleNet looks back

The most magical “Deathly Hallows” anniversary: MuggleNet looks back

It’s so hard to believe that it has been SEVEN YEARS since Potter fans around the world picked up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final novel in the series. Readers were pulling all-nighters, crowded into living rooms with friends or snuggled into bed with a box of tissues, as they discovered who RAB was, learned how to be the Master of Death, as they lamented Hedwig, Mad-Eye, Dobby, Fred, Tonks, Remus, Snape…

We wanted to share our thoughts, memories, and tears with you. Please share yours with us in the comments.


Aimee, Source Editor

Has it really been seven years? I still remember getting my book and locking myself inside my apartment to read the final installment of a series I’d once thought of as only for children but that had sucked me in from almost the first sentence. I read every word, forcing myself not to go too fast, trying to drink it all in, knowing it was the end. As the secrets of the series were revealed, I realized that this wasn’t just a story about good versus evil, what it means to be a friend, or truly realizing and accepting your fate. This was a love story – in my opinion,  one of the greatest love stories ever told with both a happy and a sad ending. I still cry whenever I read the final book, not just for all that Harry lost or found but for Snape, too. A flawed character whom so many judged, myself included, but who in the end proved that love is the most powerful sort of magic we can possess. Love makes us human. Love redeems our flaws and mistakes. Love lives on. Always.

Alyssa, Blog

The seven years since Deathly Hallows was released could not have been more of a whirlwind. I completed my degree, met and married the love of my life (who, of course, loves Harry Potter as much as I do; you might recognize his voice over on AudioFictions), and have gone through about three career shifts since I moved to the New York metro area. Thankfully, after a friend—who lovingly calls me “Hermione”—recommended my skills, I’ve been able to find my perfect fit: I’m on the path to becoming a literary agent. I’m hopeful that I will discover a book that will touch a generation’s lives as Harry Potter and Jo Rowling have touched mine and ours.

Amy, Creative

It was the middle of summer that I turned thirteen. The crack of a bat echoed through the dugout. I barely looked up from my book. I had fallen asleep around 4 a.m. and woken up two hours later to get to my softball tournament. I knew I would probably be sitting the bench again, so I brought my book with me. I finished the book that night at home, alone in my room. When I closed the book, just like that, a chapter of my childhood had been completed. There was a sense of sadness, but also closure.

Who would have thought back then that in seven years I would be writing this to be published on MuggleNet? I went through a lot of searching to find myself, who I want to be, and what I want to do with my life. Now, seven years later, I feel like I’ve finally got things figured out.

I just graduated with my Associate Degree in Communications and Media Arts, and I’m continuing on to tackle Bachelor’s Degrees in Broadcasting and Cinema and Screen Studies in the fall. It’s safe to say that Harry Potter helped me on the way to where I am. The books preach perseverance, and Hermione showed me that being brainy isn’t a bad thing – you sometimes just have to reign it in so that you don’t come off unlikeable. I could go on about the impact that Harry Potter has had on my life and the lessons it taught me, but I think most of us have had the same experience with it, so I will just say that it will always have a special place in my heart, and it never abandoned me when I needed it most, so in turn, I will never outgrow it and leave it by the wayside. Here’s to another seven years ahead and many more to follow!

Callum, Journalist

Wow, it’s hard to believe that it has been seven years already. It only seems like yesterday that I was standing in line at my local bookstore to buy Deathly Hallows. I can still remember the excitement I felt at being first in line and then when midnight arrived, finally being able to own a copy of the last Harry Potter book. I devoured it in one night, and I felt such a mix of emotions on completion. It was extremely satisfying that so many loose ends were tied up. Discovering Snape’s true loyalties and getting to learn about Dumbledore’s backstory was exhilarating. I have read the book countless times since its release, but I will never forget my first read through and how much of an impact this book and the whole series has had on my life.

Caleb, Senior Contributing Editor

The first thing I did this morning, upon waking up to the 7th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was watch the video we made on MuggleNet for the 5th anniversary. Through the video, several MuggleNet staff members talk about how alive the fandom and community is and how we expect this to continue. Just two years later is proof of how true this is.

Sure, the books are over, but Harry Potter is certainly still alive. It was just over a week ago that Rowling gave us a brief peek into his adult life, after all! Beyond that, the wizarding world is going strong, even when it moves backward (in time) for things like the Fantastic Beasts films. We have a new theme park to enjoy, too!

Seven is a magical number, and seven years later, the magic is still alive. I can’t wait to see the magic that the next seven years bring our way.

Felicia, Copy Editor

The day I finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I just lay down and sobbed. I felt such a great emptiness in me knowing that something I had loved so, so much was “over,” that I would never again feel that joy of discovering something new about the wizarding world. Little did I understand then, Harry Potter was far from over. In the past seven years, I’ve read The Tales of Beedle the Bard, seen three new films, pored over Pottermore, and found a home in MuggleNet. With my first LeakyCon and visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter just around the corner, it is clear that the fandom still lives on, and Harry still lives in my heart.

Jessica, Senior Journalist

A lot has changed in the seven years since Deathly Hallows was released, but in many ways I’m more impressed with the things that have stayed the same. I may have graduated both high school and college and moved across the country, but the friends I went with to the book’s release are still some of my closest confidants, I still love Harry Potter, and Hogwarts will always be magical.

John, Journalist

While many of us in the Harry Potter fandom thought the world was over after the last book was released, it turns out life did go on!  Since Deathly Hallows, I have met the love of my life, graduated college, started writing for MuggleNet, visited Hogsmeade Village (twice), and become an uncle.  Seven years later, I find myself waiting for the next stage of Harry Potter awesomeness as we have learned about the new park and the new films coming out.  Time really has flown by!

Kat, Creative & Marketing Director

Trying to put into words how my life has changed since Deathly Hallows came out is… daunting, at best. I remember, very vividly, sitting in my best friend’s living room, toe to toe on her couch, as we both devoured the book. See, I was on vacation, visiting her in Colorado. The book was my birthday gift from her, which was only appropriate since she is responsible for getting me into Harry in the first place. We vowed to not hole ourselves up all day reading and also vowed to read the same number of pages so as to not spoil it for each other. It took us the entire week to read the novel – thank GOODNESS social media was not what it is today, or I would have been spoiled for sure. It was one of the happiest and most nerve wracking weeks of my life, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Since then, my Potter world has expanded tenfold. My work with MuggleNet, conversations with friends across the world, and hosting Alohomora! – a global reread of the Harry Potter series – has really proven, time and time again, that Potter isn’t going anywhere. It’s a constant. Like change, it will always be there for me.

Keith, Managing Editor

My, how time flies by when you are having fun! It’s truly hard to fathom that seven years have passed since one of the most memorable days of my life took place. Over these past seven years, I have grown exponentially in solid friendships and countless encounters with individuals, families, and groups that share in the same passion as I do. All of which stem from “The Boy Who Lived!”

I still remember hanging out at midnight with my longtime Potter pal Heidi, purchasing my book at midnight with hundreds of local fans, then scampering home to read one of the most magical books ever! While laughing, crying, sighing, and just living these experiences, I maintained constant text conversations with my dear friend Hanako until the very end. When I was done reading, I remember just sitting still for a long time realizing that I just read a piece of literature that will survive the times for hundreds of years! It was magical!

Lindsey, Social Media

The day Deathly Hallows came out feels like ages ago, and yet, I can remember it like it was yesterday. I went to the midnight release party at Borders with my best friend who is also a huge Harry Potter fan. The bookstore was giving out temporary tattoos and bumper stickers that either said “Snape is evil” or “Trust Snape.” There was a lot of debate going on, and it was great listening to everyone’s theories of what Deathly Hallows might have in store. Of course, the next day came the fun bit, with everyone racing to finish first and to avoid being spoiled; there were plenty of tears and smiles and “Ha, I told you so!”s.

Shannen, Social Media

Seven years ago, I put on a purple ball gown and Gryffindor robes and lined up outside of a Borders (RIP) with my closest friends, my parents, and my older sister. Dad says, “Was that the big place that was really disorganized?” I don’t remember, Dad. I remember breaking down in tears at least twice, not being used to staying up late with crowds of people. I was twelve, I was fresh out of seventh grade, I was facing the basilisk. I don’t remember anything past that second breakdown in line, until the next day when my cousin and I began to discuss the details of this book that had changed our lives. I was at a turning point of my life since I had decided only a year earlier that I wanted to be an author.

Seven years later, I have lived in four different towns, completed my Associate Degree in English, and started my Bachelor’s Degrees in Creative Writing and Communications. As for Harry and I, we’re as close as ever. I’m about to go to my fourth LeakyCon. Staying up late with crowds of people does not cause me as much distress as it used to. I’ve discarded the Gryffindor robes for blue and bronze. And I keep reminding myself that fandom never dies. This feeling of belonging will never die. Han Solo is flying the Millenium Falcon again (broken leg or not), Bilbo is still going on an adventure, and the door to Narnia is free to open whenever I want to escape. And Harry Potter is still getting new scars, creating new stories of his own somewhere in that other world. A lot can change in seven years, but we are all made up of stories, and stories never die. They continue to grow as long as those of us who remain are loyal to them.

Sophie, Journalist

Seven years ago I was in the car, driving back from Cornwall, clutching my copy of Deathly Hallows, annoyed that I couldn’t read it because I got car sick. I had been so excited about the book that I couldn’t comprehend it ending, nor could I imagine would would happen next. I remember waiting for the book so clearly that I can’t believe it was released seven years ago! I remember feeling sad that I would never have that anticipation again or wait for another book in the same way. Little did I know that seven years later I would still be talking and thinking just as much about Harry!

I never would have imagined that I would be working for MuggleNet and that Harry Potter would have remained as important to me as it did then. I couldn’t have imagined that I would have done all the things that I have done, some of them because of Harry Potter. Harry Potter never really ended on that day. I’m glad that post Potter has brought just as much with it. May the magic keep continuing!

Tina, MuggleNet Interactive

I don’t think I’ll ever forget being in New York City for the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The countdown to midnight transformed the streets outside Barnes and Noble – Union Square into something more reminiscent of Times Square on New Year’s Eve, but with more house pride. There was the ever-present excitement, tempered by knowing something special, something magical, just might be coming to an end. Then, of course, the all-night readathon and my reluctance to turn that last page. A lot has changed in the last seven years. I moved to Washington, DC, finished my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and settled into a job, and Harry Potter continues to hold a special place in my heart. The fan community introduced me to so many amazing people, some of whom remain my closest friends. I feel privileged to have been a part of something so brilliant that thousands of people descended upon a bookstore at midnight because waiting until morning just wasn’t an option and because sharing that excitement with others was part of what made Potter so special.

Toni, Journalist

Seven years since the release of Deathly Hallows? Blimey! Where on earth has the time gone? Has it really been that long since all of us Potter fans picked up the final book and read the concluding episode of Harry’s long and winding adventure? I suppose it has been, and when I really sit here and think about it, it seems like a lifetime ago… yet just like yesterday at the same time, if that makes sense. I remember a few of my friends getting the book and reading it in no time at all. I was different, however, savoring it for all it was worth because of not wanting it to end. A week later, and that was still too quick for my liking, but obviously it was an amazing ride all the same. I laughed, I cried, I gasped – I even had to reread some passages, not quite believing what I had just read. I went through every emotion that was physically possible while reading DH, as I’m sure we all did, but as all of us Potterheads say anyway, “It’s never over. It’s real for us.” And it is! I have made some incredible friends over the years, been to some amazing events and even managed to gain a job writing for this totally awesome website, all in the name of Harry Potter. I am so incredibly thankful to everything that HP has given me, and although J.K. Rowling has stopped writing the best book series in the world, we will always have those books to read, the films to watch and the fans to converse with, never ever making this wonderful fandom or adventure over.

To quote the Queen herself, “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home,” and she’s right – it will be!

Veronica, Journalist

Seven years ago I could be found sleepless and excited as I spent the entire day plowing through Deathly Hallows after attending a midnight release and getting my hands on the book I’d so long been waiting for. But since its release, many other important things have also happened. I have watched the final three movies with people I love, I have made a few dear friends thanks to our mutual love for Harry Potter whom I can’t imagine my life without now, I have started working with a fantastic group of staff members here on MuggleNet (something I never could have imagined would happen), I’ve gone to my first LeakyCon just last year, and I passed this series down to the next generation by introducing the book to my youngest sister. In the end, I could go on infinitely about what Harry Potter has done for me, but I’ll sum it up with a single word: happiness. My love for Harry Potter is sometimes so overwhelming that I want to burst. But it’s a good kind of bursting, a happy kind. A bursting that will never go away. So thank you, Jo. Thank you for my happiness. And for this wonderful, wonderful fandom. Happy seven-year anniversary, Deathly Hallows!

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  • John Rutherford

    I remember then I first read the book. I was fifteen, it was summer. I went with my brother and some friends to the release party at the Beaumont branch of Barnes and Noble. I got the book and finished it in about seven hours. I still have my original copy, as well as deluxe and paperback editions. It’s one of my most prized possessions. I thought then that it was the end, then in 2011, I believed that maybe that was the end. I cannot be happier to say that I was wrong. I’m thrilled that the fandom still lives, and will continue to live for a long time. We have stuck with Harry until the very end, and in his own way, he has stuck with me.

  • Hope Bagarus

    I had been waiting months for the book to come out! My 14th birthday was on March 21 and my parents had pre-ordered the book for me from our local bookstore. They gave me the ticket that I had to turn in to pick up the book. I promptly pinned it to my bulletin board where it sat for exactly 4 months until I could pick it up. I remember when I finally got it I couldn’t read it right away because I had a swim meet that day. But right after the meet, my family left for vacation and I read it non-stop in the car. I remember reading the part where Voldemort has his flashback to the night he tried to kill Harry and my dad was trying to say something to me. I was really into what I was reading and it was such an intense part I kind of yelled something like “Not now! I’m trying to read” and then my dad got quite mad at me. Oh well! I probably read the book a total of 3 times that week :)

  • Shelby

    I’m reading deathly hallows right now I started re reading the series again for the anniversary of the last book. I feel as sad reading it today as I did the first time, I hate thinking this is it. No other series of books has moved and affected me like this one has. #lifelongpotterhead

  • Yasminda Hall

    I can’t believe its been 7 years but I remember reading through the night and crying like I lost a member of my family whenever someone died in the book, starting with Hedwig! I was having a cookout the following day so I was exhausted and puffy eyed through the whole party but all everyone wanted to know was how the book ended. As soon as the party ended, I started the book again! I miss having a new HP book to look forward too!

  • Katie Claussen

    I was 16 years old on this day 7 years ago. I was on the speech team at my high school and I was at speech camp at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. When I left for camp I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get the book until I came home. It was a two week camp and the book came out on the weekend in between the first and second week which meant I was going to have to wait a whole week before I could get my hands on it. When I was at camp, I wasn’t going to have access to a car and there was no bookstore within walking distance of campus except for the college bookstore which was closed for the summer. So even if I changed my mind and wanted to get the book while I was there, that wouldn’t even be an option. This almost made me skip the camp but I loved speech team so much I just decided that I would avoid the internet and texts from my HP loving friends for that week. This was the only midnight release I missed and that was certainly painful. Then the day came… And I just felt this need to get it immediately but I knew I couldn’t. Even if I could, I had so much work to do on my speeches that my coaches/camp counselors would not have been happy if I avoided work and read instead. That afternoon I walked to the CVS with my friends to buy snacks for the week ahead and saw it sitting there on a shelf behind the counter. They only got two copies in and the last one was just sitting there calling my name. I had to buy it for full price and it took all the rest of my spending money, but I didn’t care because I had it in my hands finally!! Needless to say, all the work I had to do on my speeches was put on hold as I ran back to my room and began to read. I took it with me when we went to the park and was sitting under a big willow tree when I read about the trio’s daring escape from Malfoy Manor and Dobby’s last act of kindness. That night I cried myself to sleep as I finished it. It is the most amazing story ever told. And it lives on in me everyday. I can’t even describe how happy I am that JK has kept things going even after all the books and movies have come and gone. Can’t wait to go to Diagon Alley in Orlando this summer and walk through my favorite fictional world!

  • Felicia

    I was fifteen years old when Deathly Hallows came out. When I put it that way, it really does seem like ages ago, but at the same time I remember it like it was yesterday. I come from quite a small town and it never occurred to me that I could have gone somewhere else to get the book in the middle of the night, so I was lining up with about ten other people outside my local bookstore at 9am on the 21st of July, 2007. However, I remember the owner of the bookstore smiling at us standing outside, and opening the doors a few minutes earlier than she normally would, in order for us to get our books.
    I read the first few lines right outside the bookstore, then biked home as fast as I could and continued reading like a maniac. I wouldn’t stop for anything, except for eating a little something every now and then. Hour after hour I sat completely still, reading page after page, smiling and gasping and laughing and crying. My family went to bed but I insisted on not sleeping before I’d finished the book. This was bound to take a while, because English isn’t my first language and this was really the first time I’d read a whole book of this length in this language.
    At 11am the following morning, I had reached “All was well”. Exhausted after all the hours, all the pages and all the emotions, I fell asleep right away, but, like Daniel Radcliffe said on the premiere of the last movie in London in 2011; I will carry this story with me through the rest of my life. This comment is long enough without me starting to explain all the ways in which Harry Potter has affected my life, but the series has been with me since I was nine (I am now twenty-two) and it has been magical all the way through. In the unlikely event that J.K. Rowling would ever stumble upon this comment, I want to say thank you for creating the most fantastic books I have had the joy of reading. I hope this amazing fandom will never see an end.

    • Felicia Grady

      I was fifteen, too! :)

  • Rebecca

    I was fourteen when Deathly Hallows made its appearance. My mom had pre-ordered a copy for me and a copy for my older brother, so when the day finally came I sat out on the porch all morning waiting for the mail to come. It finally did, and after I had my hands on that package I ran inside as fast as I could, tore it open, gave my brother his copy, got a huge glass of water and couple packages of crackers, shut myself in my room, and didn’t come out again till I had finished the book (at 9:45 that night, I remember checking the clock when I finished). Harry Potter was the first book series that I was really REALLY into, so I vividly remember how traumatized I felt by all the deaths. I remember the deep breath I took when I read “Nineteen Years Later”, because by that point I had forgotten that there was an epilogue. “All was well.” is a sentence that will always be burned into my memory, both what I was seeing in my head at that point, and also the image of the words themselves on the page. I won’t ever forget that day. :)

  • SparksPhoenix12590

    I was 23 when Deathly Hallows was released. I was living in Vancouver, Canada and I shared an apartment with two other girlfriends who just happened to be out of town that weekend. My friend Ryan was equally as excited about the final book, and we agreed to sequester ourselves away and binge-read together. The Canadian editions of the books are the same as the British ones. I however, had been collecting the US editions with Mary Grandpre’s artwork. My collection had to complete with book 7 of the US versions – so Ryan and I loaded ourselves up in my little Toyota Tercel and his Canadian copy of DH, and we drove across the Bellingham, WA border so I could buy my book at a US book store. Ryan read to me the whole way down, and the whole way back, we probably busted out 10 chapters on our journey across the border and back. We barricaded ourselves in my apartment, with an endless supply of grapes and other snacks and stopped only to refuel and go for a pee; oftentimes bringing our book with us 😉 We finished that weekend, and kept the same pace exclaiming to each other after each chapter and when someone died. We cried and laughed, and celebrated the end together. To me, this was the perfect way to end the series. My favorite way to read Harry Potter is out loud with friends, and I’m so glad with Deathly Hallows I wrapped it up the way we did.

  • sgm67

    I am a grown up Potterhead so I was 40 when Deathly Hallows came out and pregnant with my third child. My oldest (she was 14) and I went to get it at midnight and I made her read it to me on the way home! Then wouldn’t let her have it until I finished – and I don’t feel a bit guilty. I still re read all of the books, especially during the summer. My favorite books ever!

  • SparksStrike145

    I was 18 when Deathly Hallows came out. My friends and I dressed up in our Gryffindor’s finest and went to Harvard Square in Boston, where a Harry Potter release party was taking place all night. There were multiple bands and people dressed up everywhere- amazing costumes! People were taking pictures and I felt such a sense of belonging because everyone around me felt just as strongly as I do about Harry Potter, and JK Rowling has had a great impact on all of our lives. We left before midnight to make it to our local book store, then I stayed up for hours and remember reading the book at work the next day, and doing minimal work. I cried and cried, and I still cry every time I get to the part where Mcgonagall calls the suits of armor to defend the school. I re-read the books every summer and am going to Universal Studios for the first time, I can’t wait! Harry will always be real for us.

  • Lizikins

    I was 22 when Deathly Hallows was released. I had just graduated school and was still living in my college town so I got the book that morning, the hardback edition. I read it all in a day. Reading the last one was bittersweet for me because my mom had passed away earlier in the year and she had introduced me to the books. I was sad that she wasn’t able to find out how it ended and that it was the last book. Harry Potter was and still is one of my most favorite things I shared with her.

  • Rocío

    When the last book was released I was 12 and actually didn’t read it until much later, because I wanted to read the previous 6 books first. Finally, when I had the chance to read the last book (in 2 and a half days) I remember thinking that there would be no more books, ever. I was really sad and I actually was kind of lost. This are my favourite books ever, and after all this years, I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter.

  • Narny

    it gives me chills just to think about how I was thirteen back then and everything feels like it was yesterday…. so much happened since then and yet, these amazing adventures are still a major part of who I grew up to be… I’ve learned and experienced so much with Harry Potter… It’s been an overwhelming trail the one we blazed… And I couldn’t be more grateful that I have done it by the side of so many fantastic people that belong to this comunity… So and quoting someone above “Here’s to another seven years ahead and many more to follow!”. Couldn’t have expressed it better.

  • Pratum nomad

    I was 18 when the last book came out. It was berry picking season and we were picking black berries all night long. My father let me take a break at 11:00pm so I could rush to the book store to wait in line for my number to be called at 12 am. I was purple from black berries and probably had an aweful stench stalking me, I did not care one but though. Once the Deathly Hallows was in my hands I felt as if I had the elder wand. I got my book, went back to work, got off work at 7am and immediately went home to start reading! I stayed up for two days working at night and reading during the day. Harry potter has taught me so much. When people ask me my view point on religion I simply tell them I believe in Harry Potter.

    I took this picture the night the book was released 7 years ago!

  • Lexi

    I was 11 when the final book was released. I had been waiting for my letter since my birthday, and I haven’t given up hope in the last seven years. I made my mom take me to the bookstore for the midnight release. We waited in the long line until 2:30 a.m. to get the book. When we got home, I didn’t sleep. I read right though to the end. Sobbing, laughing, cheering, and then sobbing again. I paused before reading the epilogue. I knew once I read it, it would finally be over. There is nothing like reading a book series for the first time. Every year I reread the Harry Potter series. Every year I identified with a different book as I got older with Harry. Now, I am 18. Older than Harry in all his adventures. I feel like my adventure hasn’t even started. I reread the series again this summer. I only have the 7th book left. I have come to realize that I need to start my own adventure. Unlike in the world of Harry Potter, adventure rarely finds you in the real world. But I’ve also learned that you need to believe. Believe in magic. Believe in possibly. In friendship, faith, courage, family. Harry taught me what the important things are in life. As Dumbledore said, “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

  • ktrose68

    I remember the midnight release party at Borders, and reading in my best friends living room until we fell asleep. We took turns reading each chapter allowed to each other. The next morning we read as much as we could between our respective responsibilities. I made it to the Battle of Hogwarts before I had to go to work, forcing me to put the book down during the most exciting/important parts. Less than an hour into my shift, I had a massive panic attack (for the fate fictional characters) and had to have a friend come pick me up so I could finish the book and cry in a corner. My friends were really good about it, none of them judged me, and they held me while I cried.

  • Ash

    Seven years…has it really been so long? I was in Europe at the time. I remember seeing the book in a bookstore in London and knew I had to buy it. I curled up in my chair on the bus and just read. I would curl in the hotel room at night and just read until my book was done. My grandma was sharing a room with me and I got the strangest looks as tears dropped on to the pages. I was watching my favorite characters parish before my eyes. Characters I grew up with. Characters I had come to think of as friends. I didn’t put the book down until it was done. After returning home from Europe I read it again. I read the whole series again just to watch the lead up to the final battle for the soul of the magical world.

  • Madeleine

    I got the book one day earlier. Living in a small town in Sweden, it’s “easy” to get favors. My mother knew the woman in the local bookstore and the day before releasedate, the woman whispered to my mother: “Do you know what I keep behind this desk?” and smirked. “Not the new Harry Potter book?” my mother asked; being just as hooked on HP as I am.
    The woman nodded and whispered again: “How would you like to buy one, before anyone else?”

    That afternoon, my mother called me and said: “You may never be able to guess what I keep in my purse, right at this very moment.”
    I knew right away…
    “It’s the new book, right?” I answered and couldn’t hold back my excitement as I heard my mother nodding at the other side of the phone.
    I remember her saying, she felt like she was walking around with a treasure in her purse. I can highly understand that feeling…

    That day, afternoon, night and morning, I read. I read until there was nothing left to read. Holding my breathe several times, I forced my eyes to keep on reading even though they were flooding with tears. I will never forget the feeling while walking together with Harry through the woods, knowing he had to die. I was with him the whole time, along with his family, friends and all of you who share the same kind of love for this world and it’s characters…

    When morning came, it was all over and yet it felt like it had just started. It was now complete and all the goodbyes were said; To those who had passed on and tho those who kept on living.
    I cried, after the very last page was read and kept on crying for an hour or so, feeling that a long journey was now over…and that it all felt so complete.

    – Madeleine; Muggleborn Swede who believes in Magic.

  • visual.destini

    I was 17, and my best friend and I spent the whole night at Barnes and Noble and were lucky enough to be one of the first 10 to purchase. We drove to her house, yanked a blanket off the couch and sprawled out in the front lawn with a blanket and snacks. We fell asleep around 5 am, her mom made us come inside around 7 and we finished it on the couch close to 9 am. Then we cried some. Then we cried harder. Then we started it again.

  • severus<3lily

    I hd started med school 2 week earlier with my sister. We read it out loud to each other. I have sine finished my medical training and I am still obsessed with potter. cant wait to find my potter head soulmate.

  • ellaheipt7

    I didn’t start reading the first Harry Potter book until all of them were out, and I regret that all the time, that I never got to experience the crazy excitement and sadness quite in the way that those did who got the last book 7 years ago at midnight. I started reading in 2010 when I was 10 years old. I read about a book a day and when I got to the epilogue of DH I folded over the page and decided not to read it just yet because I couldn’t stand the thought of the series being over…I couldn’t stand it though and I lasted about 5 minutes before I had to read it. It was the first series that truly honestly changed my life forever and the first one that made me laugh and cry and still does whenever I relive it.
    It is incredible the community that has come out of the Harry Potter fandom. Websites, bands, plays, gatherings, fanfic, music, art, etc. it has changed so many peoples lives including mine and it’s just amazing what 7 books can do. Harry has been with me over the past years through ups and downs and literally no words can say how much the series means to me. I’ll try, though: If my life was a sphere, and everything that impacted me made a crater on the surface, Harry Potter would not be a crater. Harry potter would be a hole, a hole that began as a crater but got deeper and deeper, until it broke out the other end and made my life into a spiracle doughnut.
    Harry Potter is not “over.” There may not be any new books coming out but we can relive it every day. We can have movie marathons and reread the books. We can connect with other potterheads and spread the magic of the series. We can excitedly (understatement!) await Fantastic Beasts. We can travel to Harry Potter theme parks and tour Leaveston Studios and a million other things that prove that Harry Potter will never die. It is one of those exceptionally rare pieces of literature that becomes a part of you, and as long as people, however few, hold that feeling and pass it on, the magic lives on. As JK Rowling said, Hogwarts will ALWAYS be there to welcome you home.
    Here’s to another 7 years!

    • RavenclawPride8

      I’m just like you, except I started to read the series in 2007, the school year after the last book came out. (also to be noted, it came out on my 7th birthday , July 21). When the last movie came out, I was only 11, and It was pg-13. My parents are kinda strict like that. So, I never got to experience waiting in line for a book or movie, reading or watching it with friends, and laughing along. I wish that I had been born in the HP generation, because I have missed out on so much. I enjoy Harry Potter as much as all Potterheads, I just haven’t been lucky enough to experience things other Potterheads got to. And that is my boggest regret

    • TotalPotterhead101

      The same thing happened to me! I read the series in 4th grade but I skipped around the books so I didn’t really understand it. 2 years later I picked up “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in my school library. Immediately I was entranced and soon finished the first 6 books in 6 days. I was kind of hesitant to pick up Deathly Hallows, knowing that if I did so everything that I had come to love and cherish so much in the past few days would come to an end and simply just stop. But then I realized “All was well.”, because anytime I felt like it I could just revisit Harry and his friends’ adventures by picking up the books; because if you truly love something ,in your heart, it never ends. Nearly a year has passed since then. I now own all the movies and I have visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade) 5 times. My love of Harry Potter hasn’t ceased since then, although a small part of me was always very sad that I never got to go to a book release party or a midnight release or a movie premiere all dressed up in my Ravenclaw Cloak ;( but now I have the Fantastic Beasts Movies 😀 so I’m fine. Remember Harry Potter will never truly be over if you believe and have it in your hearts 😉