At 12:01 a.m. on July 15, 2011, I witnessed an era come to an end. I witnessed thousands of people join together to celebrate a magical victory of good versus evil. And I witnessed the final chapter of my childhood come to a close.
It was a bittersweet goodbye when Harry and I parted after our final two hours together. It was a goodbye filled with laughter, tears, and a little bit of disbelief. Because how could something that had spanned fourteen years really be over?
It’s times like these when I wish more than anything for my Hogwarts letter to arrive in the mail with an apology not saying “Sorry we missed your 11th birthday by nine years.” Or for Hermione to show up on my front porch with the Time Turner, gladly handing it over so I could wind the clock back a few years, but not before she lectures me on the devices proper uses.
Sadly, we live in a world of Muggles, where we have to face days like these no matter how strongly we wish for a different outcome. But we can be thankful that director David Yates, along with the rest of the cast and crew of “Deathly Hallows Part 2” took our love for the characters and the world seriously, delivering us a cinematic experience that will live on with us forever.
We were able to cry with the Weasley family, march to our death with Harry, understand what true bravery is through Severus Snape, and become the heroes we were meant to be with Neville at our side.
And one day, all of these things will be shared with our children, because while we might have had to say goodbye to Daniel and Emma and Rupert, we will never have to say goodbye to Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Because as long as we allow the magic to live on through the books and through storytelling, we can never be separated from what we have all grown to love.
And I think Neville says it perfectly.
“Because Harry’s heart did beat for us. For all of us!”