As any Harry Potter fan will tell you: Harry Potter was more than just a book series - it was a lifestyle. If you grew up during the series' heyday, chances are you ate, drank, and slept Harry Potter. If the highlights of your adolescence all involved book release parties and midnight movie showings, and you judged every person in your life based on what Hogwash's house they'd be in, then you know what I'm talking about. Here are 7 super specific moments that all super fans will remember way too clearly, to the point that thinking about them will probably destroy you emotionally. Sorry?
1. . Watching Brand New Trailers for the First Time
Remember when we had a new Harry Potter movie to look forward to every year? That was the life. Waiting eagerly for the first trailer to come out was almost as agonizing as waiting for the film itself, and once it finally did hit the internet you had absolutely no shame in watching it over and over (and over and over) again.
2. . Watching Sneak Peeks and Interviews on TV
If you were in your pre-teens back when the movies first started coming out (and YouTube wasn't a thing yet), then you can probably remember commandeering the living room TV to watch Oprah because the cast was going to be on, or because they were going to air a special sneak peek of the movie during some show or another. I don't care what anyone says...waiting to see that 2-minute clip was genuinely exciting.
3. . Discovering Wizard Rock
Wizard rock (or wrock) is an genre of music dedicated to writing and performing songs about Harry Potter and the wizarding world, and yes, it's just as nerdy as it sounds. As a Harry Potter fan, discovering that there's actually an entire genre of music about the thing you're most passionate about is like, life-changing. Sometimes, being a nerd is just way too much fun.
Raise your hand if a new Harry Potter movie meant a sleepover at your house, where your friends all made themed T-shirts and/or costumes and marathoned the previous movies before going to the premiere. I'm not ashamed to admit that those movie premiere sleepovers were honestly some of the most fun I've had in my life, and I know that I'm not alone on that one.
5. . Seeing the Warner Brothers Logo in Part 2 of The Deathly Hallows
At this point, the movie hadn't even really started yet, and already the entire theater was about to lose it. Seeing the iconic logo on screen and knowing that it was the last time that that would happen truly felt like the end of an era.
6. . Going to a Book Release Party for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
Talk about bittersweet. If you can mix excitement with the feeling of wanting to die, that would be the perfect way to describe the atmosphere in every bookstore on the eve of the last book's release. It was fun but also super depressing.
"All was well"? No, all is not well, because I am an emotional wreck. Whether you intentionally spread out your reading to make it last or devoured the entire book in less than 24 hours, it was an experience most of us will never forget. Finishing that last page felt like your childhood was officially over, but as they say, all good things must come to an end.