Reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for me was like having your best friend move away - you're so close and have been through so much it's hard to say goodbye. Not only have Ellen and I watched the characters in the books grow up, but we've grown up too. We were just dating when I started reading the books, and now as the films come to an end, we're married! Going to midnight book releases and film screenings has always been a part of our relationship, and this shared loved of Harry Potter (and having something to totally geek out on together) is something I really appreciate and love. I remember when I was reading Order of the Phoenix and Sirius Black was killed, I was so heartbroken I immediately called Ellen and just said, "Sirius Black is dead." Are you embarrassed you know me yet?
Needless to say, we bought our tickets for the midnight screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II weeks ago, and leading up to it we've been both giddy and sad knowing this is our last time to visit Hogwarts. I can still remember vividly what I felt when Harry finally left the Dursley's cupboard and caught his first glimpse of Hogwarts from the boat. To me that's what makes a good story - when I feel what the characters feel and I long to keep on reading. And that's what Harry Potter has been for me. I hope in my acting career I can be involved in something like that.
We'll be watching these movies and reading these books for years to come, but it still feels like something is ending this week. So, for the final time, to the characters, places, and stories we love: Goodbye.
And in case you can't get enough of Harry either, this is a good place to start.