Jo, Rupert, Emma, Dan and other Harry Potter characters, actors and fanatics,
We all would just like to tell you that you lived lives and made magic that the rest of us could only dream of. You built dreams and supplied hope in hearts where it was most needed and craved.
As you felt joy reading your acceptance letters to Hogwarts, we did too. As you took your first ride on the Hogwarts Express, made you your first steps towards the large, welcoming doors at Hogwarts and went in, as you entered the the Great Hall for the first time, we were there with you feeling the rush; feeling joy, happiness, sadness and love.
Feeling joy because it was all very new and wonderful to us, and happiness for sharing it with you and others around the world, connecting us with millions of others all over the globe and weaving us all together with a single, simple love. That similarity in the millions of us will link us forever, no matter where we are, who we meet, who we evolve into, what life throws at us. When we come across someone with a Harry Potter themed t-shirt, sweater, hat, tattoo or sign, we can always know that his story lives on in our lives and that it will never be goodbye. We can smile at the other, maybe start a conversation, and know that Harry Potter is truly “The Boy Who Lived”. As Jo said, “no story lives unless someone wants to listen”. We listened, Jo, we listened and we cried and we kept reading.
Feeling sadness because we knew it would eventually come to an end, where we would have to be satisfied with where Jo last left us (and we are, mostly) and just imagine that they are out there somewhere…living their lives and protecting muggles.
To those who never understood, you never will. To you it may seem lame or dorky, but those of us who are Potter freaks, we feel sorry for you. We have such a deep understanding and passion for something that will link us forever. Our lives have been changed by more than just a boy-wizard, our lives were changed by the brilliant underlying messages of love, evil, and the bonds of friendship and family.
I’ve always felt as if I was the kid in the hallway like Colin, who was always around when everything happened, but unlike Colin, I knew all of the deepest and most passionate secrets of the Harry Potter world. At the beginning of each year, I would walk into the halls of Hogwarts with my fresh robes and books, my owl and wand in hand and greet my peers. Being a part of this amazing story, for that scarcely describes what it is, has been my childhood and the past 12 years of my life.
Thank you, Jo, from the very bottom of my heart. I know that Hogwarts will always be there to welcome me home, no matter when or how I choose to return.