Author Stephen King Says ‘Goodbye’ to Harry Potter

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Jul 06, 2007

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Saying goodbye to the Harry Potter novels is difficult for everyone, author Stephen King, one of the most widely read, popular and prolific writers of our time, is no exception. In a column he wrote for Entertainment Weekly detailing his thoughts on the looming end of the Harry Potter novels, Mr. King eloquently relates the feelings of many Potter fans around the world with the final book by J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, only two weeks away.

He writes:

When it comes to Harry, part of me ” a fairly large part, actually ” can hardly bear to say goodbye. I’d guess that J.K. Rowling feels the same, although I’d also guess those feelings are mingled with the relief of knowing that the work is finally done, for better or worse.

And I’m a grown-up, for God’s sake ” a damn Muggle! Think how it must be for all the kids who were 8 when Harry debuted in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, with its cartoon jacket and modest (500 copies) first edition. Those kids are now 18, and when they close the final book, they will be in some measure closing the book on their own childhoods ” magic summers spent in the porch swing, or reading under the covers at camp with flashlights in hand, or listening to Jim Dale’s recordings on long drives to see Grandma in Cincinnati or Uncle Bob in Wichita. My advice to families containing Harry Potter readers: Stock up on the Kleenex. You’re gonna need it. It’s all made worse by one unavoidable fact: It’s not just Harry. It’s time to say goodbye to the whole cast, from Moaning Myrtle to Scabbers the rat (a.k.a. Wormtail). Which leads to an interesting question ” will the final volume satisfy Harry’s longtime (and very devoted) readers?

Mr. King answers that question, going on to talk about the possible endings of the book, he predicts Deathly Hallows won’t end in a 10-second blackout, and ultimately wraps up this splendid column by saying:

But there’s comfort. There are always more good stories, and now and then there are great stories. They come along if you wait for them. And here’s something I believe in my heart: No story can be great without closure. There must be closure, because it’s the human condition. And since that’s how it is, I’ll be in line with my money in my hand on July 21.

And, I must admit, sorrow in my heart.





64 Responses to Author Stephen King Says ‘Goodbye’ to Harry Potter

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Well said!

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So very very true.All one can say is Diddo.

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He just put everything I’ve been feeling for the past few months into words. I swear, this made me want to crawl under my covers and just start blubbering. In fact, I may do that right now. He’s right about everything; the ending, the childhood aspect, and the abundance of Kleenex.

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Wow … Stephen King is one of my all time favourite authors – I’ve enjoyed reading every book he’s written, from the age of 11 – and he just captures the feelings we’re all going through, doesn’t he? It’s getting so close now and I think we’re all swimming through this sweeping gamut of emotions, from giddy exuberance to heartfelt sorrow. It’s been an awe-inspiring ride and as we all approach the final leg of the journey, I think it’s only right that we reflect, as Mr. Stephen King has done, and marvel at the phenomenom that is (and will forever be) Harry Potter and the sheer magic that is the world he inhabits. Thanks, Jo, I’ve loved every step of the journey and I know that you will guide us all through the final leg with the flair, pinache and sheer brilliance to which we have all been honoured to become accustomed to.

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He just put everything I’ve been feeling for the past few months into words. I swear, this made me want to crawl under my covers and just start blubbering. In fact, I may do that right now. He’s right about everything; the ending, the childhood aspect, and the abundance of Kleenex.

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Well and right said. OMG i am gonna miss Harry Potter so much .. this is right … no more ron, Hermione, Harry, Snape .. No more waiting and longing for the next book, no more another facinating Harry Potter book … i’ll miss it.

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Excuse me? Mr. King, I believe you’re mistaken should you think (or joke) yourself deserving of getting ‘Deathly Hallows’ before any of us.

J.K. Rowling has already stated she doesn’t think she’ll ever write something as great as Harry. I will doubtlessly read anything that comes out of her brain and heart nevertheless. Every great writer (or artist) has his own distinguished piece of work that goes above all the others, and that will make Harry even more precious.

Concerning the ending for ‘Hallows’: I trust J.K. Rowling. And even if she chooses the ‘wrong’ ending I will respect that, remembering it’s her creation and understanding that she’s the person who cares for Harry the most.

One thing remains ambiguous to me: Why the movies are so horrible? They are like cheap porn. The books’ series is a masterpiece. Don’t give up the writing, Ms. Rowling… ever.

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No ending can be right, because it shouldn’t be over at all.

He hit it on the head with that line! This even had me in tears :(. These next two weeks are going to be horrible! There is the movie ofcourse on wednesday, but still, It’s almost over!!!!!!! :(

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I’m crying after reading this….I truly don’t know what I’ll do after I know the answers to the big questions, I’ll never ben able to read the stories the same way again. It’s so true what he said, I was one of those kids who was 7 when they got their first Harry Potter book. =[

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Man, that made me cry…it’s the end of an era…

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It IS more than just Harry…it’s a whole world, and people I’ve come to feel very close to. I think I’m going to miss Mr. and Mrs. Weasley just as much as the trio and Hagrid. Stephen King was right on, only I won’t have kleenex, I’ve got a roll of paper towels set aside for this book. -B

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He said it so well, what a wonderful man! I almost cried reading his article.

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WOW, he just opened up my heart and put all my emoitions into words. I cried when I read it. He got it completely right, When I close this book, Its gona be like closing the book to my childhood. All those times I stayed up till dawn reading these books, going to release parties, anticipating the next book, driving my parents crazy with my Harry Potter drabble (of course I will do that long after the final book is released)... even though it hurts that its ending, I will treasure the memories forever. I can personaly thank JKR, she and her amazing story opened my eyes and heart to the fun and excitment of reading. The day this book is released will be a day of many mixed emotions, for me and milions of other readers. we will cry,laugh,be scared, be angry, and be relieved. I cant wait for this book but at the same time, I wish these last 2 weeks would last as long as it could. Thanks JKR, We love you!!

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mt King has deffinatly summed that up nicely. It almost made me cry, which is not good as this means I will no doubt be in tears through most of book 7.

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God love Stephen King…he gives a great voice to all of us fans!

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sniff Hear, hear!

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This is why (aside from Jo) Stephen King is my favourite author.

I knew before I even clicked the link that I was about to read something moving, with lines I’d want to quote to people for weeks after.

Well put as ever.

You all should read The Dark Tower Series; it’s one of only four book series that have had an impact on me comparable to Harry Potter.

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I’m crying. I’m sitting at my desk at work….crying. I don’t want to say goodbye and I refuse to do so! I will still be on TLC soaking in the news and I will still be on the forums. Well said Mr. King and Long Live HP!

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It just hit me. This is THE end of the series. only two weeks and there will be no more of the books to be read. there will be no more impaitent-ness for the next one. I can’t imagine how Jo must feel about finishing this book. I don’t want it to end but i know it has to.

I’ll probably drowned in my tears while reading this. I cried just reading this article. some people think its an obsession, when really, harry potter is what got me into literature and reading. where would i be without it? If i had never once picked up a harry potter book , i wouldn’t be the same person. This is like a hobby. It takes me away from reality and brings me into this world where im cheerful and careless about what is happening out there.

but it has to end. it will end the way it was always meant to end. and though it may be sad and unpleasant, it is what it is.

stephen king is such an inspiration to me, just as is j.k. rowling. it is so great to hear that he is, like so many other, sad to say goodbye to the series. teartear*

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I love you Stephen King!

That Final line of his, perfectly said.

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It just hit me. This is THE end of the series. only two weeks and there will be no more of the books to be read. there will be no more impaitent-ness for the next one. I can’t imagine how Jo must feel about finishing this book. I don’t want it to end but i know it has to.

I’ll probably drowned in my tears while reading this. I cried just reading this article. some people think its an obsession, when really, harry potter is what got me into literature and reading. where would i be without it? If i had never once picked up a harry potter book , i wouldn’t be the same person. This is like a hobby. It takes me away from reality and brings me into this world where im cheerful and careless about what is happening out there.

but it has to end. it will end the way it was always meant to end. and though it may be sad and unpleasant, it is what it is.

stephen king is such an inspiration to me, just as is j.k. rowling. it is so great to hear that he is, like so many other, sad to say goodbye to the series. teartear*

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well, now i’m all misty-eyed. I’m one of those kids that he was talking about! i first read it when i was 8 and now i’m, well, 19, but still. that’s a whole lot of my childhood.

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Diddo? You mean ditto. But yeah. Me too.

Wow. What a thing.

(Really eloquent today, aren’t I)

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Damn it, He’s made me cry. Thats not good for my ego! Thats why he is the greatest “male” author in the world ;) So eloquent with his words and boy is this piece poignant – oh man, I’m sobbing again….

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I can’t say it any better than Stephen or everyone else here. He has spoken the words we all feel. How wonderful, and sad we all are. But we are not alone in this. And I think the ripple effect after it’s over, will be even bigger. And we will all realize how important Harry is to the world. We love you Jo and thank you Stephen for speaking for us all!

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He just made me cry. He said it beautifully.

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so appropriate. I am one of those eight year olds!...well now 18 soon to be 19. But it is so true, that when that book closes, its like closing childhood altogether.

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Well said, Mr. King. It’ll definitely sad when the last page is turned, but the memories of this fandom will be cherished forever.

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I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that the end is close. I wonder what I’ll feel when I actually hold the book in my hands.

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He just put everything I’ve been feeling for the past few months into words. I swear, this made me want to crawl under my covers and just start blubbering. In fact, I may do that right now. He’s right about everything; the ending, the childhood aspect, and the abundance of Kleenex.

Posted by Sue on July 06, 2007 @ 12:21 PM

So true, Sue. So true…what he wrote makes me on the verge of tears. Wow.

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That’s why Potter fans all sing, “Stephen is our King.”

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‘That’s why Potter fans all sing, “Stephen is our King.”’

OMG. Love that.

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Stephen King wrote my 8th all time favorite book (hp1-7 being my favorite!) The Eye of the Dragon. Good read for kids, not scary or anything. The villian in that book reminds me of Snape, maybe distant cousins…..

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Most of Stephen King’s stories scare me to death, but I love it that he enjoys Harry Potter, and has been such a positive spokesman for the books. Maybe I’ll just have to have another go at some of his novels, after I’ve read Deathly Hallows at least twice.

He really did express what many of us are feeling with the last book only 14 days away. Squeeeee—only 14 days!!!!!!!! :-D

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That was so perfect. It made me cry.

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If I cried just from reading what Stephen King said I don’t know how i’ll hold up when i read deathly hallows…oh, this can’t be the end!!

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Spot on the money.

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Oh Stephen King… how I wish I had your gift of words. The eloquence of that article will stick with me forever. Just his way of summing it up… I can’t imagine how I’m going to hold up when I finish the book, if I cried after reading that article.

We’re definitely in for a tough couple of weeks. I mean, there’s euphoria and absolute excitement, but there’s also this horrible sense of having to say goodbye to a very old friend. I was 10 when I read my first Harry Potter book, and I’m almost 19 now. Harry Potter has been with me longer than my best friend. I don’t know how I’m going to hold up knowing that I’m reading the. last. book. ever.

But then I remember that these books will live forever in print, and that I can always go back to Harry when I’m sad or just want to mingle with him again.

Well put, Mr. King.

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Im not use to comment articles or any kind but i believe this articles is real and Stephen King, as many had said, he’d speak for all of us, It was my 10th birthday when my mom gave me her present…i teared the sponge bob wrapped paper and i saw it for first time.. Harry Potter and the Sorcer’s Stone…i was like thanks mom…i had no idea about harry potter world..so i went to school and when i came back i began to read it..just for fun…i just loved. Now 6 years after…im closing my childhood book as im reading Harry Potter end…is sad, and is gonna be two long weeks before we can have our Harry Potter copy in our hands…i have no idea what i would feel when i hold the last book..because even JK Rowling make an Encyclopedia about Harry Potter is not gonna be the same…Thanks Stephen King to speak our hearths and mind out

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Bloody Hell! I´m crying now… He knows how to use the perfect words, this guy. He is one of my favourites too… And the Dark Tower series is wonderful! I have suffered with the end of it too… I don´t know what I am going to do without Harry Potter. I have grew up reading it, it´s not simple say goodbye… but life goes on. Life goes on…

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Oh, my goodness, I couldn’t even read this sentimental article without sniffling. I’m never going to make it through reading this book.

I know exactly how you’re feeling, Mr. King.

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after reading this article (as soon as i took it out of the mailbox), a since of realization came over me. it will all be over in matter of weeks, wow im gonna cry when i finally open the book.

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I can’t believe this is comming to an end… I want to read DH so bad but then I don’t, I don’t want the seris to be over! This article made me cry, :(

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Yes, so many swirling emotions right now and I’m not 18 but 58. Those of you who are 18 do have something very special to look forward to: sharing these books with your children and watching them and you become enchanted all over again.

And to quote another English author: “parting is such sweet sorrow!”

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haha i ment “sense”

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King is the only other author i’ve read as much as J.K. and this proves how skilled he is at spinning words!! I just know i’m gonna read that last sentence like 10 times before i realise it’s all over…. :(

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Tho i AM quite excited to be auditioning for Tom Riddle on sunday! Can’t WAIT!!!

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Mr. King put it perfectly, with his eloquent statements. I grew up with Harry Potter I started back when I was like 7 and now I am 17… I can’t imagine what it will be like afterwards. In fact, when I read what Mr. King said I actually cried a bit. (how will I handle the actual book then?)

Harry Potter has changed my life. I have made connections with people who otherwise I would never have spoken to before and every experience I have experienced because of Harry Potter is now inbedded deep within my conciousness. And I hope one day, another book will be able to change a generation like Harry Potter did ours..

Well said, Mr. King. ...Well said.

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Okay, so here’s an article, a rather short article, I might add, that has reduced me to a tears because of the sole aspect that it is about the end of Harry Potter. What will become of me when I have turned that last page? When I have finally closed this chapter on my life? We will all know everything. Harry Potter, the literary event of the century, will essentially become a thing of the past. The theories and the guessing, the announcements and the book releases, are about to come to an end. How often does something like this series come along? How lucky are we to be in the thick of it? I was thinking earlier that if I could write a letter that was gauranteed to be read by JK Rowling, how would I ever express my gratitude? I don’t think I could.

I suppose that the only way to keep my sanity intact for the next two weeks will be to take the road of optimism. I will harness this excitment and let it overshadow that looming depression.

I know, I’m rambling. And I’m being terribly dramatic. But that is really how it is now. I need a shrink. My mother is a shrink; perhaps some antidepressants are in order. Hmm…

You guys. This is so freakin’ amazing. A really and truly awe-inspiring journey.

William Wodsworth wrote

For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.

I feel like these days are filled with that bliss of solitude. A devastating and heartbreaking solitude, true, but blissful all the same.

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A good writer can turn a phrase, but it’s great writers who strike a chord, who, when you read what they have to say, make you go, “Yeah, exactly! I know completely and utterly what you mean.” Which is why, I think, we all love Jo and Harry so much, and why what Mr. King has to say about the approaching end is so very poignant. So very true.

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I am, in fact, one of the 8 to 18 generation… and without those books, I’m going to need to find other things to obsess over.

I can always take the books with me to college, whenever I want to remember.

Or re-annotate.

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Wow. Gave me the chills and I got a tear in my eye. I’m absolutely torn between incredible excitement over getting my hands on the final book in the series to find out what happens as quickly as possible and wanting to take my time to make it last as long as possible BECAUSE there are no more after. I DON’T WANT IT TO END!!!

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Man, Stephen really nailed it. He was very true in saying this and I really picture the fact that it was part of most every child’s growth. To have a part of them end is closure and he is right, everything ends and something new always comes along…paitence is the key.

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Definitely need the kleenex and the champagne now… sniff… sniff…

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Read it & like so many others, I started to cry. Mr. King reached into my heart, translated my feelings so perfectly, and put it on paper… thanks. Now, I will just print it off & hand it to anyone doesn’t “get it.”

Of course, my husband-who introduced me to my friend Harry, read it over my shoulder & laughingly said “You’re going to be crying while we wait in line, aren’t you?”

Yep…

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What a good guy!

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End of an Era: “I will miss the train ride in and the pranks pulled by the twins. Though it’s no where I have been, I’ll keep on smiling at the times I had with them.” Best wizard wrock song ever by Oliver Boyd and the Remembrells. I cry everytime I hear it. Stephen King gets it right—bring on the Kleenex!sniff sniff

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sorry about the post 3 times—(still crying and has to blow her nose)

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So true… To look forward to something so much (getting my hands on the book) and to dread it at the same time. No wonder we’re all emotional wrecks surrounded by piles of used tissues.

I’d like to be in line at midnight and then bring the book home and hide it under my mattress and just savour one chapter at a time for weeks and weeks. But I suppose I wouldn’t be able to go out of the house without coming across spoliers. (Plus I know I don’t have that much will power anyway!)

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Though I was 8 when I first read Harry and I’m 12 now I feel like Harry has helped me grow so much in that short period. I know we will all miss reading the newest book then anticipating the next one! I’ve been looking forward to the end of this series. To see what Harry will do but now that the time is here I’m dreading it so much. Thank you Stephen King for writing what most of won’t come to terms. with. And the most thanks to JK for writing something that truly made a mark on this era!

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hes damn right, this is the end of my childhood. I’ve grown up with these books and i cant believe It’s ending. I’m 19 and this book signifies the end of my childhood! OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I feel as if he has taken my thoughts, my heart, my emotions, and my memories and wrapped them into an article that I’m sure touched the heart of every soul who just read it.

I related to everything he said. I was that girl who picked up the Harry Potter book, not knowing what was in store for me. (This is a short, yet funny story—the first Harry Potter book i ever bought was the Chamber of secrets. There were only two books out at the time, and the Harry Hype had already started. I was curious, so picked up the first one I saw, not knowing they were intended to be read in chronological order. Obviously, I figured this out) It was then I realized I had fallen in love with Harry Potter. I had fallen in love with a universe and a time that had never been described to me before. It became a part of me. The world and the places I had envisioned in my mind became my home. The people were real and the emotions were real. The bonds that were made, above all things, were real to me. I was that girl who spent summers with her nose burried in the exciting and wildy colorful pages of a Harry Potter book. I was the girl who people tried to convince was too old to be reading a Harry Potter book… I was also the girl who defended Harry, and J.K with every ounce of honor and respect I thought they deserved, and continued to read the books despite what all those people said. I was the girl who formed closer bonds with friends with late-night readings,predictions, and in-depth talks about what will happen in the upcoming book. (There is one friend in particular that I thank for my love of Harry-because she introduced me to him first.) Every single person who has ever read the series has their own personal memories that are linked to Harry Potter and the many years we have all followed the story of his life. I can’t express the memories I have made over the years I’ve read Harry. Not just Harry Potter memories, but the memories that come along with the time period. The people I knew, and the people I didn’t-all those emotions are linked to “that summer”. When things were innocent. I would just like to leave with this- the end of Harry really is the end of a time for me. The time when there were no worries. Just freedom, fun, and adventure. Those memories I’ll keep dear to my heart for the rest of my life, and I hope others can relate to that also. Again, it’s not just the books, it’s the time I spent with them and the people around me at that particular moment in time. I was the girl who come to love Harry Potter for what it was… I am now the girl who will never forget Harry and the magical world that will forever be in my mind.

Thank you J.K Rowling for giving me so much. You’ll never know the joy I’ve got from your pages.

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So, I AM that 18 year old with the first edition copy who started reading (actually my dad read it to me…) when I was 8. And I don’t think it’s really hit me that it’s almost over, sadly like childhood… Thanks for making me all soppy all of a sudden Mr. King!

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