Harry Potter fans show excitement for the last movie

By Emily Johnson

Kaitlin Rounds, reporter

Junior Tyler Kile remembers when he was seven years old finding a stick in his yard and attempting to levitate his dog by pointing his new found “wand.” He repeatedly yelled the spell “wingardium leviosa” over and over, just waiting for his dog to hover up above his head.

Kile is just one of many in the current high school generation who has found joy and fascination with the magic of the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling. The spell he tried to cast when he was a child is just one of the many magical aspects that draw readers to the series. His interest was first sparked when his aunt sent him the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, for his birthday in second grade.

Junior Devin Rudicel has also been a fan for much of his life. He first became fascinated by the series when he picked up the first novel at a bookstore in first grade and then could not stop reading it. As the series grew, so did his fascination.

“I had a marathon with my cousins one time where we watched the first through the fourth movies and we tried to quote as much as we could,” Rudicel said. “Oh, and we drank butterbeer too.”

Junior Carly Granato, who has been a fan of the series since second grade when her grandparents took her to the midnight premiere of the first movie, is a self-proclaimed Harry Potter enthusiast. She has read all the books over three times through, reading the fifth installment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, several more times. She even follows Harry Potter blogs.

“It reminds me of my childhood. [Harry Potter] was one of the more enjoyable things from my childhood which is why I probably like it so much,” Granato said.

Besides providing a generation with entertainment and a common bond, Harry Potter has also offered an opening to the world of reading for many children and teens.

“I really think that Harry Potter reintroduced a lot of kids into reading. It was really popular and everyone read the book and talked about it,” Rudicel said. “Without Harry Potter, the interest in reading wouldn’t be so high.”

Throughout the country and the world various Harry Potter fan clubs exist, including one here. Senior co-presidents Marcia Ebb and Allison Weis founded the Harry Potter Fan Club last year and since then have been expanding in size and membership.

“The HPFC offers a magical escape into the wizarding world from school life for us ordinary Muggles [non-wizards],” Ebb said.

With its significant cultural impact, the Harry Potter series is almost certain to become a literary and cinematic legacy.

“I think it’s going to be one of the things that we’re known for,” Granato said. “Like in the ‘80s there were bright neon colors, rock bands and scrunchies. Harry Potter is going to be one of ours.”

For many Potter fans, the magic of the Harry Potter wizarding world is something that will stay a part of their lives for years to come.

“I think Harry Potter will constantly be in my house no matter where I go,” Granato said. “Actually, when I turn 18, I plan on getting the Deathly Hallows symbol tattooed behind my ear.”

Kile, on the other hand, plans to keep the spirit of the movies and books alive in a different way.

“I’m sure when I’m older I’ll have movie revival parties,” Kile said. “I’ll reread the books over and over throughout my entire life.”

With the first part of the final installment of the series hitting theaters Friday, Nov. 19, Potter fanatics around the school are preparing for the premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” with excitement. The film’s opening is possibly one of the most anticipated premieres of the decade.

“I already bought my ticket, and then I need to get face paint,” Granato said. “Last year [for “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”] I went to the midnight premiere and what I did was Gryffindor colors, with a yellow stripe through my face and wore one of my Gryffindor shirts.”

Kile plans to dress up for the premiere as well, opting to go in full costume.

“I think I’m going to dress as Dumbledore, in loving memory,” Kile said. “I think someone needs to bring it back.”

The final movie is being split into two parts, with the second part coming to theaters July 2011. Despite that this closing movie will truly be the end of the era, fans all around cannot help but be excited for the series’ conclusion.

“For the first part, I’m expecting a really anticlimactic ending to cliff-hang us,” Kile said. “But for both parts I’m expecting the most epic movie experience of all time.”

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