i want to write more on Harry Potter and the final movie in all of its glory but wanted to just go ahead and share this.

this was an article that was published in the Asheville Citizens Times. Im proud to be such a nerd

 

 

Written by Carol Motsinger

ASHEVILLE — It’s been 10 years since Anna Morgan, 24, first picked up a “Harry Potter” novel at the Rosman High School’s library for a class report.

Ten years since she stayed up all night for the first film adaptation midnight showing, a wee hours experience she’s enduring again tonight for the series finale, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.”

And ten years since she met Greg, her husband and the father of her first child, a son whose arrival is anticipated as soon as next week.

It’s a year of personal milestones and change for Morgan, an Asheville resident and masseuse. But the “Harry Potter” series of books and films have remained a constant source of comfort since she first poured over author J.K. Rowling’s words at 14.

It’s a magical coincidence that the young adult series about a boy wizard, which debuted in 1997, is concluding just as Morgan prepares to begin her next chapter, in which her childhood favorite becomes the book she reads to her own child.

“(They) calm me down,” she said of the movies, which she plans to have playing during her home birth. “I’ve always liked the escapism (aspect) about fantasy … but there is something really different about ‘Harry Potter.’ It is supernatural, but it feels within reach.”

There is something different about the Harry Potter series that has made it resonate with the world on an unparalleled level: The seven books alone have sold more than 450 million copies, translated into more than 60 languages.

The eight-movie series — the final installment was split into two films for the silver screen — has already earned more than $6 billion worldwide, making it the most successful film series of all time, even before the debut “Deathly Hallows Part 2.”

And the response for tickets in Asheville has already been crushing: At Biltmore Park Town Square’s Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15, all 15 midnight screenings had sold out by Wednesday afternoon; two 3 a.m. showings, added to meet the demand, were still available.

Morgan’s been to every midnight screening of the films and owns a home copy of each.

“We just had a movie marathon,” said Morgan, who is 36 weeks pregnant. “We watched all of the movies and it lasted from about 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.”

Her friends piled on their couches and crammed onto the floor, reciting lines from the films and snacking on treats, from chocolate owl cookies to a friend’s take on butter beer, the nonalcoholic drink that’s a favorite of the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter books.

“It was more like an ice cream float,” Morgan said, “cream soda with a scoop of butter pecan ice cream.”

Watching the series from start to finish was unusual for Morgan, but having one of the movies on — especially her favorite, 2004’s “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” — during her day is typical.

“I seriously watch the movies almost every day,” she said, noting that she’ll keep it on as background as she goes about her daily tasks in her home.

She can’t take a break from her dream to attend Hogwarts, a central setting in most of the books, where the trio of main characters — Harry, Ron and Hermione — study the magical arts.

Morgan’s found the closest thing to it in the Asheville universe: Two years ago, she attended an herb school. She’s made her own personal potions, like a belly balm for her ever-growing stomach.

“That’s why Neville Longbottom is my favorite character,” Morgan said of Harry’s classmate, who goes on to become a professor of herbology in Hogwarts in the novels’ epilogue. “I’m such a herb nerd.”

But she’s not so much of a Harry Potter nerd that’s she’s naming her son after it. He’ll be Rowyn, a name and spelling, however, that does share the same sense of whimsy of the supernatural series, she noted.

Greg’s been reading one of his favorites, J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” to Rowyn and Anna before she drifts to sleep. She’s hoping they’ll finish soon, so that they can start reading the “Harry Potter” series to him.

“He’s going to probably be anti-Harry Potter,” she jokes, noting that Greg, like his parents, is a super fan. “He’s either going to rebel or join us in our nerdiness.”

Neville Longbottom (Matt Lewis) fights the Death Eaters during the battle of Hogwarts in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2." Neville is superfan Anna Morgan's favorite character.

Neville Longbottom (Matt Lewis) fights the Death Eaters during the battle of Hogwarts in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.” Neville is superfan Anna Morgan’s favorite character
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