Today marked not only the end of an era but a landmark for a generation struggling to find it’s identity. The early college students and high schoolers flocked to cinemas across the country late last night to get one last glimpse at the Boy Who Lived in what promised to be the “film of a generation” or something like that from the trailers. It’s been well over a decade since the Harry Potter franchise graced the screens adapting the first book into what seemed to be a child friendly series. But alas it turned out to be not so.
The series which began in 1997 as a simple novel about a boy placed in extraordinary circumstances soon became a pop culture hit and a mere four years later would soon have each book developed into a feature film. Many of the youthful fans that attended the film were tiny children when The Sorcerer’s Stone came out over a decade ago. I for one was 14 years old and slowly growing out of the whole Potter phase. The story now wraps up a whole decade later in the form of splitting the finale into a two part movie.
The Pottheads set a record for the midnight showing bringing in over 40 million dollars shattering the previous holder’s record, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (who took it from a more deserving title). The fact remains that after just one day the film that has seemingly touched a generation and even bridged together a few is finally ending. It is with heavy heart that we say good bye to Harry, Ron and Hermoine and look for new heroes that present a positive role model for our children of tomorrow.