As many of you readers know, this weekend the final Harry Potter movie released in theaters everywhere. Thrilled as always to participate in yet another installment of the beautiful series, the screening was, however, quite bittersweet. I have been a Potterhead since I was nine or ten, and have watched the actors and characters grow physically and mentally throughout the years. This last movie reminded me that my childhood has come to an end, that I, like Harry, must move on. But that doesn’t mean that our lives can’t be magical in their own ways! This week’s How to Be Magical is a special dedication to Harry Potter, and a lovely collection of links, too.
1. Heard of Pottermore? It’s J.K. Rowling’s new project. On the website, she says that it “builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books.” Pictures of what this fabulous new website will look like are here. You can “register interest” now, and the few million who get past a test J.K. Rowling designs on July 31st (Harry & Rowling’s birthday) will be able to get into the website before October, when it releases to everyone.
2. Get yourself this wand. It’s also a Programmable TV Remote! You can change the volume and the channel with a simple swish and flick!
3. Ever wanted to turn back time, to change one thing? Hermione’s Time Turner will do the trick! I wore this beauty to the premiere last night, along with my Ravenclaw scarf and the t -shirt I made.
4. Watch as Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), and Matt Lewis (Neville Longbottom) talk American on this MTV interview. So cute!
5. There is a reason why The Thought Catalog is by far my favorite blog to read. Jeramey Kraatz writes about How to be a Hogwarts Graduate During a Recession. Hilarious!
6. If you haven’t seen the last movie yet, and are planning to, make sure to read this Harry Potter Survival Guide and follow each step carefully. (Remember, no eye makeup & bring tissues.)
7. And if you didn’t cry enough after seeing the movie, watch this tribute on YouTube called “End of an Era” by Oliver and the Remembralls.
Hope your week is as magical as Harry’s & remember, Harry will live in our hearts and minds forever. Dumbledore says: “Of course it is happening inside your head… but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”