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So I’ve just come home from Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows pt 2 and let me say that it was just so epicly awesome. I laughed and I cried and I’m so glad that I saw the last movie in theatres in 3D during half-price Tuesday to boot. Now, for the average person me being so awed by the second part of the seventh movie wouldn’t be so strange, yet for me it is and to explain how I first discovered Harry Potter.I was in grade seven, it was 1999 and I was walking in the mall when a Harry Potter book display caught my eye. The book on sale was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone (yest the American version) I thought that it was awesome looking, so my Mum bought it for me. I read it. Loved it and bought the next two in the series.

I had to wait for book four to be released and instead of going to the store we ordered it online and I was up at five am that morning and waited all day drawing Harry Potter pictures until the mail FINALLY arrived. I devoured book four and loved it.When book five came out, I read it in two twelve hour chunks and cried through the last hundred-ish pages or so and honestly was not so impressed by it. When the sixth book came out, I was feeling rather meh about it but I read it and liked it a whole lot more than book five and by the time book seven came out I felt as though I had moved past the whole series.

Also, with book seven, I didn’t read when it came out. My Mum read it and with every expletive at another character’s death I came to the decision that I wouldn’t read it…ever nor would I see movies 5- 7.2

Well, things have changed. I’m twenty-three, I’ve watched in amazement at the Harry Potter phenomenon and with the release of the seventh movie part 2, my sister went on a Harry Potter movie marathon. I watched movie 5 and thought that it was good. I watched movie 6 and thought that it was quite good. I watched movie 7.1 and thought it was amazing (especially since I had no idea what was coming) and I was super excited to watch movie 7.2.

I’ve come to realize that I loved Harry Potter as a kid because of how wonderful the story was. I let my anger at people dying and my own opinions as to who should have ended up with who but now that’s all gone. I can look at the Harry Potter series for the gem that it is and I am super excited to start reading the books again (and in terms of HP & the Deathly Hallows, for the first time).

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