We went to see Harry Potter on the weekend as part of the youngest's birthday celebrations. It was, in the words of the eldest, EPIC. Really, really good. As we got to the end I was very clappity in a quiet way of course as I knew what was coming. And my favourite line was when Mrs. Weasley took on Bellatrix and said "NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!" Mrs. Weasley spent 7 movies being the stable, nurturing one. It was great to see that Mama Bear spirit manifest in a duel. Wooo!
I really wish Ginny had been drawn with a more colourful brush. Harry LOVES her. And while the story is really about the trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione, Ginny was very, very strong and ends up under the radar. Luna has her quirks to make her stand out. Neville is the underdog we all love. But Ginny is just...Ginny. Which is a shame because she is strong, loyal, brave, and it's got to be hard to love someone as famous and as MARKED as Harry but she does it and without a lot of fuss. My fave scene with her was when Harry returns to Hogwarts and she comes in and they just look at each other across the room. It is a look that says a lot. Ginny never demands, and I love her for it.
I teared up in a few places (and saved the napkins for the eldest who is a crier and did sniffle a bit) but to my surprise the moment I cried - and I still well up - was the moment it cut to the end credits. It was suddenly ALL OVER. All of it. No more stories, no more movies, no more Voldemort.
In a lot of ways we grew up with Harry. I started reading the books to the girls when the youngest started Grade 2 and I didn't worry about them frightening her. We read every word of them OUT LOUD before bed. And as you probably know, the books get longer as Harry gets older. The girls got older too...and the reading before bed no longer happens. I miss it.
But there was always the movie to look forward to, right? But now it's over and done and when those credits popped up on the screen I had a real moment.
Thank you, JK Rowling, for writing such splendid adventures. And thank God for DVD's. We're already talking about our first HP marathon. :-)