It all ends in July.
For me, it ended the moment I got to the last page of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And that was last Sunday.
I know. It’s been ages since the book came out. The first installment of the movie had already been shown, and in fact, the second, and the last installment (again, of the movie) is going to be shown this July, so how come I had just finished the book? Well, let’s just say I intentionally put off reading the book for as long as I could.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t love the series. In fact, I read all the other books almost as soon as they first came out, but this one I decided would have to wait. You see, I had the feeling that the moment I finished reading it, I’d feel a sense of loss, knowing it was the last in the series, and that JK Rowling wouldn’t write an 8th, since Voldemort, the most evil of all evils, would already be defeated in the 7th.
But because I did not want to lose the chance of watching the last installment of the Harry Potter Movie series, I decided it was time to read the book. (On hindsight, this also means I would have to watch the first installment of the 7th movie on DVD. Never mind that.)
And what was the verdict? True enough, the moment I got to the last page, I felt a sense of loss, having realized I would not be reading about a new adventure of Harry Potter and Ron and Hermione. I felt as if the book took with it a part of my heart, never to return again.
Chos. Ang drama. But honestly, I really felt something was taken away from me. Reading the pages that tell of what happened 19 years post Voldemort’s defeat was like knowing that in just a matter of minutes, I’d really be separated from a dear, loved one.
But when Ate Kara and I were discussing it over lunch last Sunday, (She had already finished the book eons ago), and I was refreshing her memory about what happened, I realized, well, all is not lost. Since I am known for having a short-term memory myself, I’m sure, in just a few months, I’d totally forget the details of the 7th Harry Potter book. This realization made me, for the first time, thankful of the fact that I now have more “senior moments.” Haha!
So yeah, the movie ends in July, but for me, the story doesn’t really end, for I know, it will always be like a friend to me, one that I could go back to from time to time, and I have a feeling, we’d just pick up where we left off as if we just saw each other yesterday.