Harry Potter lives on

By Nichole Seguin

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Seven books, 10 years, a website and a theme park later, the Harry Potter legacy is ending for some people as the final installment in the movie series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” was released last friday.

When I was in the first grade, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone” came out. Though, the series  didn’t really start to become popular until I was in the fourth grade.

Throughout my life, the books and movies have always been there.

On my 16th birthday, instead of going out with my friends, I waited in line at the bookstore. A kid with a lightning bolt painted on her forehead and dressed in Gryffindor house colors, all that mattered to me was what happened to Harry Potter with his next adventure.

Judging by the common release of all of J.K. Rowling’s books and movies, it was no surprise that the final installment of the series would occur, once again, right around my birthday.

This time, however, it meant  so much more.

For friends my age and myself included, the end of the movies pointed out that our childhoods as we knew it, were over. It especially held true to me, as I turn 20 today, just five days later.

There would be no more midnight premieres for the movies, no midnight lines for the books to come out, just memories of more than a decade of life.

But if you’re like me, you know how to continue the magic.

As the founder and president of the Muggle Quidditch League of Oakland University, I plan on keeping the series alive in my life.

The Oakland Owls and I competed last Friday, the same day the movie came out against Michigan State University at The Henry Ford Museum, to the likes of various news organizations. The turnout was spectacular and just the start of the headline-making the movies made this past weekend.

Beating all other records, the movie took in $169 million in its opening weekend, according to The Associated Press.

From there, it’s money making madness is supposed to continue.

Though the series has concluded and there are no more books, Harry Potter will continue to be present at OU.

Keep a look out for the Owls when we practice outside of the Oakland Center, and feel free to join in.