Urban Dictionary defines ‘Post-Potter Depression’ as,
“The feeling that a chunk of your heart was just ripped out after having finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, knowing that you will never again feel the anticipation, the excitement, the pre-release hype that ever accompanies a Harry Potter book release.”
and boy, do they have it right. Here are some of the things we miss the most:
1. The anticipation of the next book or movie release. As the days drew closer to the release of each new book, we’d all grow incessantly more impatient just waiting for our Amazon pre-orders to finally deliver. No more Barnes & Noble midnight-release parties, no more midnight screenings and no more controversial debates about what important book-scenes they decided to leave out of the film. Now I know there are other book series’ out there that might be worth a read, but since the books have all been released we’ve now got one less thing to look forward to.
2. Praying for that Hogwarts invitation letter to arrive. I don’t know what it was about the books being unfinished, but once they’d all been released I felt like my chance at a magical education had completely fizzled out. A part of me will always hope to return to an apartment filled to the ceiling with missed Hogwarts letters one afternoon, but until then it’s going to be nothing more than a sore subject.
3. The feeling of knowing that it wasn’t over yet. Similar to the concept of thinking you’ve always got time on your side, it seems like the releases flew by. I can still remember being half-way through Order of the Phoenix and thinking, “I know this is book five, but she’s still got two more to go!”
4. Although we have the new Fantastic Beasts movie in the works, we all miss the wizarding world we came to know and love thanks to J.K. Rowling’s imagination. And despite Hogwarts always being there to welcome us home by page or by the big screen, our exploration and discovery of Harry’s world came to a sad stop on page 759 of Deathly Hallows.
5. Watching Dan, Rupert and Emma grow up within the confines of one film franchise on the big screen. And further than that, seeing the trio together. Today, our forever-loved threesome has parted ways and have all been doing their own thing. And while that’s been wonderful to watch, we can’t help but hope for a reunion.
6. Interviews, interviews and more interviews. While the movie series was still unfinished, many of the stars would appear on various talk-shows and red carpet events and would answer questions about their experiences acting in the films. We miss hearing about what it’s been like for them and how the story has changed their lives. We also miss hearing J.K. Rowling reflect on how it felt to watch her stories come to life on screen, and how that’s had an effect on her and the Potter generation.
7. Hedwig’s theme. Hearing that as each of the Potter films were about to begin in theaters and barely being able to contain your excitement.
8. Conspiracy theories—don’t lie, you miss them. Scouring the internet for the newest in what was going to happen at the end of Deathly Hallows was totally part of the excitement leading up to the final book release.
9. The Weasley’s. I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all, at one point or another, wished to be adopted into that family.
10. The magic. Harry Potter has been one of the largest and most popular book and movie series’ of all time. Through seven books and eight films, and with casting changes only when necessary, this story has not only brought magic to us but has created magic for us in our world today. It’s brought a generation of people together and has given us something relatable and true and positive to bond over. Its countless lessons and inspiring messages (even Rowling’s personal one) have taught us the value of true friendship, love and laughter and have shown us the significance in perseverance and strength.