Star Wars Harry Potter
And house branding.....
And fine witches of all sorts! My hat got rave reviews. Small witches wanted to touch it. Big witches wanted pictures. Years before I was known for my Black Felt 5" Brimmed Cowboy Hat. Now I've moved on to a Black Felt 5" Brimmed Witch's Hat. Things don't change much around here do they?
Lots of fine young wizards and witches flew in.
There were many, many teenagers. More than I had imagined. Totally thrilled with all things HP. Hundreds were sitting down and listening to the short story contest winners during their readings.
This was perhaps the scariest thing. Teenagers......sitting and listening. I almost had to brace myself to continue on. It was really great fun to be surrounded by them and all their excitement concerning the Harry Potter book release. The teenagers were more fun than the little kids. Kind of gave me hope for the world. Strange isn't it?
There were loads of Muggles.
I almost didn't go. But the whole Harry Potter event reminded me so much of how exciting a 'story' can be......of how though we may not always have the huge good vs. evil events in our real life....it's so fun to get involved...be heartfelt....in a great story. Even more so a great book of fantasy with magic.
There was certainly a mixed excitement that permeated life and media concerning the release of the 7th and last book. A double-edged sword. Similar to how life can be everyday. We get the answer to something we want to know about. But in someway, that is the end of it. I so remember reading fairy tales when I was young. There was always good and evil, joy and pain. And much bittersweet emotion. Those stories almost seemed a testing ground for the human spirit.
The Harry Potter series is a story that many of our young people have grown up with. It's 'their' story. Much as 'The Hobbit' and 'Star Wars' was the story of my youth. To this day, those stories still color my world. They live inside of me.
Though it seemed at the time when I was done reading them or seeing them on the screen, that my heart would break to know the story had ended. But looking back, they just became a part of me in ways that I can not explain. And for this generation, that has Harry Potter as 'their' story, I'm sure and I'm also joyous, that it has been taken to heart. It's a great story. Even if all endings are bittersweet.
How fine it is to have a human heart! Bittersweet. But fabulous nevertheless.