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The end of a magical era

“…Every child in our world will know his name…” Professor McGonagall said in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

The end is near. The world of “Harry Potter” movies will close itself off from new adventures and join the finished book series.

Like many of today’s generation, “Harry Potter” was part of my childhood.

As we read “Harry Potter,” we grew up alongside him, and we watched three wonderful actors portray sometimes serious roles with excellence.

We would wait in line at bookstores for midnight to hit so we could quickly grab our copy, then stay up all night finishing it so we could know what happens to Sirius Black or to the wizarding world under Voldemort’s despotism.

Later, we would buy our tickets to watch it on the big screen. The long line seemed longer every time you blinked and wished those dumb trailers would end so you could watch your darn movie you’ve waiting the whole summer for. This has been a phenomenon children will remember forever.

But the most amazing fact about this series that has made record making sales in books and movies is that it received 12 rejection letters.

Until lucky 13, Bloomsbury Publishing in the United Kingdom said “yes” and published “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in 1997. Scholastic Books, in the U.S., published “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” a year later.

I bet those other publishing companies are kicking themselves now.

J.K. Rowling not only created a new world and established a new series for escapist literature, but also let children know imagination has no limitations.

One of the things that makes me love the “Harry Potter” series more is the fact that even after it became a huge phenomenon, the quality of the writing never changed.

Not only is Harry’s story like none other, but J.K. Rowling’s is as well.

She was so poor and went through so much personal tragedy, and now is one of the richest people in the world. She is the only children’s author this successful.

“Harry Potter” has been here more than a decade through its books and movies. It is unbelievable that it is coming to an end.

So I know what you’re thinking: J.K. Rowling did say in her interview with Oprah that there might be a ninth and 10th book, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

Although, Daniel Radcliffe did say that if there were any more films he would not be part of them.

If they add books and more movies and the whole cast does not come back, they shouldn’t do the movies. It would lose the image the movies have made these past 10 years. I don’t think they will be good if the original people are not involved. It’s like when they remake a classic. It should never be done!

After so many years of “Harry Potter” magic, it is weird to know that’s it.

I will admit it’ll be a tiny bit odd to see the actors in the Potter movies playing other characters in other movies.

Not only have all of the “Harry Potter” movies done extremely well, but the actors have been outstanding.

Hard scenes with death and despair were brought to life by the actors. They embodied what the characters felt so well. The Harry Potter actors such as Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman and Jason Isaacs brought a new level of professionalism to this franchise.

The only thing left to do is pay the new amusement park at Universal Studios a visit.

It’s crazy to think a magical world this large came from someone’s imagination. I am told the park is a sight to see.

It’s complete with roller coaster rides, butterbeer and goods the books described.

I highly recommend people to go who have followed Harry from the beginning.

I am looking forward to my trip spring break. I am told it is not a disappointment, but there is a long wait time for everything.

No other works compare to how these movies and books have done.

I doubt there will be another franchise that will do this well.

“Twilight,” “Lord of the Rings,” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” had much success, but I don’t think any franchise can beat “Harry Potter.”

“It’s sad that the adventure is over but I do hope J.K. Rowling keeps writing even if it’s not to add the “Harry Potter” series, because she is truly a gifted writer.

The books are done, the set’s closed and the last installment released, “all was well.”

pbarra@unews.com

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