21st July 2007, 6.54am. First day the book was released. Finished in two days.
17th Nov 2010, 11.30am. First day of the part one of the movie. Finished in 2 and 1/2 hours.
14th July 2011, 2.10pm. First day of the part two of the movie. Finished in 2 and 1/4 hours.
Harry Potter saga. Done? Now what?
Recalled how I start to like Harry Potter, it didn't start when I got my first Harry Potter book as a birthday gift from my parents. Well, they got me the Chamber of Secrets (second book), I have absolutely no knowledge about this famous wizard with a lightning bolt scar. As a ten year old kid, I was never drawn to words, not realising the power of words, how it heals and hurts, creates and destroys, charms and upsets.
Then the craze started when the Prisoner of Azkaban (third movie) came out. I started to fall in love, and then there it comes, in about three or four years, seven books I have collected and read. The Deathly Hallows (last movie) marks the first time of me dropping tears in the cinema. It was just emotionally-challenged, I knew what would happen, reading the book before watching the movie. I knew Snape will be dead, no doubt Alan Rickman (portrait by the peculiar yet ever-cool Alan Rickman) and director David Yates successfully captured the emotional moment that created the most touching scene I have ever seen after Titanic's Rose and Jack's romance. It was sad and difficult to see the saga coming to an end, realising there's no more to expect.
The last and arguably the best among all signifies the end of a decade, but it never dies in a fan's heart. Of 10 years of spells and charms, it does more than a childhood accompaniment. It transforms my childhood into a mix of magic and fantasy, helps me realising value and love. I don't care how technology savvy can a future child be in the future, with iPad and iPhone replacing Tom & Jerry and Barbie, I will introduce Harry Potter to their lives.