my mom was riffling through a drawer of dvds and we started talking about the Avengers and so I told her about Marvel’s release of new female Thor and Sam Wilson as Captain America and she just turned around like
But okay listen: 7 years ago today, MILLIONS. LITERALLY MILLIONS. of Potterheads from all over the world were sitting with their brand-new copies of the Deathly Hallows and taking their final journey with Harry. It’s amazing when you think of the sheer scope of it-that many people in a sense united by this one book, riding the same emotional roller coaster simultaneously.
Virtually Famous (Series 1, Episode 1 - July 21st, 2014)
and to you
if you have
Me in 2007:
Me in 2014:
glad to see nothing has changed.
Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in January 2007. Before its release, Bloomsbury reportedly spent GB£10 million to keep the book’s contents safe before its release date. American publisher Arthur Levine refused any copies of the novel to be released in advance for press review, although two reviews were submitted early. Shortly before release, photos of all 759 pages of the U.S. edition were leaked and transcribed, leading Scholastic to look for the source that had leaked it.
Released globally in 93 countries, Deathly Hallows broke sales records as the fastest-selling book ever, a record it still holds today. It sold 15 million copies in the first 24 hours following its release, including more than 11 million in the U.S. and UK alone. The previous record, 9 million in its first day, had been held by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The novel has also been translated into over 120 languages, including Ukrainian, Swedish, and Hindi.
At 12:01am on July 21, 2007, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released worldwide.
Seven years later, sometimes I forget the SCALE of the whole thing. I remember watching the livestream of JK Rowling in London and the news coverage of it was like some global event. Though the final movie release in 2011 was also a huge event with celebrities and huge budgets, it was nothing like the release of the book, where the only celebrity was the author and everyone was there for one reason: a book.
I remember going in to town the following day to pick up my pre-ordered book at our independent bookstore only to find the main street closed off for the annual Scottish Festival. (To this day, every time I hear the Scottish Festival I always have an impulse to go read Harry Potter).
I remember the car ride home and opening the front pages and seeing the dedication in the shape of a lightning bolt and promptly slamming the book shut as the whole realness of the situation came pummeling down on me.
I remember stalling when I got home by puttering making a snack, all the while staring at the giant book on the table. The pages that held all of the answers. I was equal parts trembling with excitement and terrified of opening it because - well because it was the end.
I remember reading for hours but at the end of almost every chapter I would put the book down walk upstairs in a haze and word vomit at my mother at her work desk (though at the time she was only on OoTP so it was very spoiler-free word vomiting…basically incoherent noises of varying emotions).
It took me three days to finish the book because I kept forcibly walking away from it. I disconnected from any online chat during that time so not to be spoiled.
It took me three days to finish, and seven years to come to terms with it, and a life time of memories.
What’s your Harry Potter Story?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out 7 years ago today, and I swear, my dash has suddenly turned into Harry Potter extravaganza.
This fandom will never die and it is literally glorious.
End of an Era - Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls
Happy 7 Years everyone
Happy July 21st, Potterheads.
You know, in the years that have passed, I sometimes forget the SCALE of the 7th book release. It was a worldwide mania, each release equally packed, equally filled with costumes and wands and songs. Each with young kids, teens, adults all just wanting to know what happens.
Harry Potter is part of all of us.