We have some big news.
Are you sitting down?
Kendon and I
finished Harry Potter!
11.11.11 was a big day for us. We hunkered down on the futon with a bag full of Wendy’s and didn’t stop reading until the Horcruxes had all been found and Voldemort had been defeated and Harry and Ginny had sent their little red-headed babies off on the Hogwarts Express and every last natural-cut French fry had been consumed.
We closed that very last book with a new sense of meaning in life and a determination to pass on the bazillion life lessons of Harry to our own offspring one day. We discussed the brilliance of J.K. Rowling as she interweaved characters, generations and objects to create a culminating tapestry of meaning. We discussed the epiphanies we experienced as we ended the last chapter of the last book, after nine months of seven years of Hogwarts. It was a bit like closing a chapter in our lives, we decided.
Conveniently, the last movie came out on DVD last night. “Perfect!” we shouted. It was like 11.11.11 was the day when the stars aligned and magic really happened and dreams really did come true. So we bought the entire BluRay series. And, hours after finishing Book 7, we watched Movie 7 Part 2 for the first time ever.
I’m not exactly sure what we were expecting. All that I remember after putting it in are flashes of memory that include explosions, bad acting, and making out. Nothing made sense. No stars aligned. Voldemort laughed at the end in such a jovial manner that I laughed with him and wanted to give him a high five. Which isn’t right at all. We finished the movie and I racked my brain trying to remember what life lessons we were supposed to draw from this. I tried to remember what Dumbledore had told Harry that was so deep. Because he couldn’t have possibly had time to say it in the 30 seconds screen time he was given.
That DVD become like a disgusting Horcrux. It ruined our mood. It ruined 11.11.11. So we destroyed it. Actually we sent it back to Amazon after paying a small restocking fee. And that’s close enough for us.