A set of Harry Potter hardcover books sit on my bookcase like trophies on a mantel, my pride possessions. Back in my teaching days, I read the series to my students.
When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone hit the big screen, Allana was an infant, only a couple weeks old and we dragged her along to see it. By doing so, we created her Harry Potter obsession at a very early age.
A few years ago, Allan began reading the books to Allana. I believe Allan enjoyed having an excuse to read children’s books. Of course, they loved them as much as my students and I did. Allana loved the books so much that she began rereading them again to herself once she was capable of reading the books on her own.
Then, a couple of years ago, she dressed as Hermoine for Halloween, which also happened to be the same year she requested a Harry Potter birthday party.
Of course, being huge Harry Potter fans, we had to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 on opening weekend. Allana wore her Gryffindor robe to celebrate the occasion.
Before The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Sorcerer’s Stone had always been my favorite movie because I loved watching the magic of Harry Potter come to life. However, this weekend, The Deathly Hallows became my favorite Harry Potter movie. Perhaps it was the action or the many great lines which I kept quoting afterwards but more likely I enjoyed witnessing the closure for a great epic hero.
On screen, we’ve had ten years of Harry Potter, the same age as Allana. She was a fan from the start. I should have named her Lily Hermoine.
Come on, Tom! Let’s finish the way we started… together! –Harry Potter