On July 21, 2007, Harry Potter fans across the globe finally got their hands on the highly anticipated finale of J.K. Rowling's seven-part saga. Millions of fans waitied in lines inside (and outside) bookstores for the final time, anxious to begin flying through the pages of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Of course, this time around, it was a lot different. Most of us probably felt a bit conflicted - wanting to rush through the pages to find out everything that happened to our favorite characters but at the same time wanting to savor every single page. After all, there would be no more to the story after the final few words.
Deathly Hallows would go on to shatter sales records, quickly becoming the fastest-selling book ever, with 15 million copies sold in 93 countries within the first 24 hours. It was a monumental day for retailers, literature as a whole, and of course, Potter fans.
Today marks the five-year anniversary of the release of Deathly Hallows. It's hard to imagine that so much time has passed since the final book dropped. Even though the final book and movie have already been released, over these years, Harry Potter has not come anywhere close to being "over." From Pottermore, to real-life Quidditch, to conventions, there is plenty to keep the Potter fandom alive. For this reason, we choose to celebrate this five-year anniversary! Harry Potter lives!
We recently reported about an event on MuggleNet Interactive allowing you to record a video explaining how the Potter series has been kept alive for you these past five years. If you haven't yet, you should check it out!
Since we here at MuggleNet want to celebrate July 21 with you, some of us have recorded videos of our own - talking about how the series has been kept alive for us and how much we love it! Below, you can watch a compilation of these videos, edited and finalized beautifully by our very own Laura Reilly! We hope you enjoy as we share our thoughts on this wonderful occasion. Here's to another five years, and beyond!