I remember walking around a bookstore in Alabang Town Center when I was eight years old. I had just finished reading a book, so my mom allowed me to get another one. I already read all the Goosebumps so I was looking for something new. A brown book caught my eye: it had a boy flying on a broomstick attempting to catch a winged ball. That’s how I was introduced to Harry Potter. No one knew who he was at the time, but he changed my life, and later on, the world.
Six more books (and some spin-offs), eight films (and a new one on the way), and a website later, the world is still enchanted with the Harry Potter series. Late last month, a new book came out in the market and featured Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger as thirty-somethings. While Potterheads continue to hope that there’s a world after Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, think again. Because according to author JK Rowling, that’s it.
She told reporters: “[Harry] goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we’re done. This is the next generation, you know. So, I’m thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.”
The series follows the titular character as he navigates his way around Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he is known as the Boy Who Lived, after he survived an attack by Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who wants to control both the wizarding and mortal (Muggle) world. While the wizarding world thinks Voldemort is vanquished, signs are pointing to his return, and Potter must lead the fight against him.
After the the second half of the film adaptation of the last movie came out in 2011, a website called Pottermore came out to share stories of what happened after the books. And this year, it was announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would come out as a play. A script of the play was released as a book.
But it looks like this is the end, guys. Don’t worry: his story will live in our hearts. As Professor Snape once said, “Always.”
Let’s keep the light from our wands burning. Lumos maxima.
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