HARRY POTTER 20th Anniversary New Year’s Special

It seems like just yesterday we ventured into the great wide Wizarding World with Harry Potter and all his friends.  Here we sit, a mere 20 years later, preparing to return.  I’m not gonna lie, I’m sure I’ll cry a lot.  Like a lot, a lot a lot.  I was already getting teary just watching the dang promo video, so I know we’ll be getting all the feels walking down memory lane with our favorite boy wizard and crew.  As a writer for this website, I’ve often had the joy of writing about things I’m passionate about and to get to write this absolutely falls in that category.

For many, the world of Harry Potter welcomed us with open arms and we found joy in reading about Hogwarts and Harry’s misadventures.  As a child, dealing with trauma, the first four books helped me escape into a better place where children were strong and powerful in their own right.  It wouldn’t shock anyone if I said Hermione was my favorite character, right?  Seeing our old friends walking down memory lane takes me back myself, walking through the studio tour, tearing up over the great hall, hearing Hedwig’s Theme play over the speakers.  For many of us, especially millennials, we grew up with the cast.  We experienced the same life events at the same time and revisiting it all together feels perfect.  There are some notably absent faces.  For one, the creator of the series was not invited to participate.  Given her recent choices and how most of the cast has come out in opposition of her, it’s not surprising.  But there are some faces missing that we’ve lost since the series ended.  Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy), John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander), Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), and so many others have left us.  It won’t be the same without them, but I’m sure fitting tribute will be paid to their losses.  I’m ecstatic to sit down and watch tomorrow and report back on all I learned.  Is there a better way to ring in the new year than with all our old friends?  I absolutely think not.

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