The Magical Reign of Harry Potter 732.1

It’s been 14 glorious years since Harry Potter was first introduced to the world. I truly loved each of the seven books and enjoyed the eight movies I’ve seen already . I’ve had lots of company — over 450 million books have been sold, and the movies (not counting the film just released) have taken in $6.5 billion in box office revenues. Though the books and movies are classics, this week’s opening of the last movie marks a symbolic end to the magical reign of J.K. Rowling’s imagination.

A young woman named Michelle Viscardi says it beautifully, reflecting in a blog post on her childhood during this last summer before college. A passionate Potter fan since she was four, Michelle wrote this in anticipation of attending the midnight premiere of the last episode in the Potter epic:

With the coming of this evening I can’t help but feel like I’m going to actually lose myself. I feel like I’m going to walk out of that theater and the child in me is still going to be sitting in the seat looking up at the screen in distress. . . . Harry Potter has been and will always be a huge aspect of my life. . . . My whole life has been with this series. . . . It’s been . . . important in making me who I am today. . . . I know some think it’s ridiculous . . . but for everyone out there who has loved and stuck with Harry, and Hermione, Ron, Neville, Luna, Dumbledore and the rest, it’s truly sad [to say goodbye]. . . . Hogwarts will always be my home. Harry will always be my friend.

It’s a worthy tribute to an exceptional literary achievement.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 took in $43.5 million at the midnight box office in North America — the biggest midnight opening of all time. Potter earned almost 50% more than previous midnight champion, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which earned $30 million from midnight shows when it was released in June of 2010.

The Harry Potter franchise is estimated to be the most profitable film franchise ever. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the eighth and final film has already grossed more than $100 million at the worldwide box office. If momentum keeps rising, this may be the biggest worldwide opening of all time.

Comments 3

  1. I’ve enjoyed the books as well, but not with the depth and emotion felt by Ms.Viscardi, and I am slightly jealous. I am reminded, however, of an older great literary achievement that affected me the same way at about the same age. Alongside the names Harry and Dumbledore, Neville and Hermione and Hagrid I would add Frodo and Merry, Pippin and Gandalf, Legolas … let us thank and keep close those wonderful writers who capture our childlike wonder every few decades and never ever let us go back …

  2. Ever since I was talked into watching the first movie, being promised how great it would be, I’ve not been able to understand what the fuss is about. Personally, I think it’s pretty wild that people actually pay to see this stuff, but each to their own.

  3. I didn’t grow up with Harry Potter but my daughters did. My youngest was roughly the same age as Harry when she started reading the books. I had heard rumblings in the media about the books. Then, she brought home her book order form from school and there was the first one. The rest is history as they say. As an adult, I have to admit I’ve read and re-read the books. The movies are great too. I think Harry, Hermione and Ron tried to do the right thing, separate right from wrong, and act with character. Yes they made some mistakes as they grew up but they figured that out. I’m sorry to see the saga end with the last movie.

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