With the hours slowly ticking away as Potterheads the world over await the highly anticipated final film in the “Harry Potter” series, uber-fan Emily Watson already has a box of tissues at the ready for when the credits begin to roll after Friday’s midnight show.
“Oh, I’ll be crying. I guarantee you. I’m taking tissues with me. I will cry just because it’s over with,” she said Wednesday.
After 10 years of watching the films based on British author J.K. Rowling’s work, Watson said she’s ready to see how everything wraps up, even though the experience will be bittersweet.
“They’ve wrapped up the movies, so for the last 10 years of my life, I’ve spent with these characters, with those actors, and it’s like you’re saying goodbye to old friends or something. These people you’ve known longer than the people you knew in high school,” she said.
Watson has had her tickets to the midnight screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” for quite some time, and like all good Potterheads, she and her friends plan on dressing up for the occasion.
“We love getting dressed up and we love the whole aspect of it. It’s fun and the fact that we all love ‘Harry Potter’ and we get to dress up like these characters is the best thing ever,” she said.
While the first book in the popular series was released in 1997, it wasn’t until 2000 when Watson first cracked open a copy of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”
She remembers watching a segment of “Good Morning America” before the first film’s release in 2001 that acted as her introduction the world of “Harry Potter.” As someone who was in school to become a teacher, Watson was captivated by the excitement kids had for reading the books.
Watson read the first book around the time the first movie was released.
“The movie blew me away just like the book did. They were just fabulous, and I fell in love with them. I fell in love with the books. I fell in love with the movies. It was like going through Hogwarts with Harry. It was just wonderful,” she said.
The series’ focus on fantasy, high adventure and character was something Watson really latched on to. Rowling’s writing and the way each film has handled the material made the “Harry Potter” series something special for Watson.
“Regardless of this fantasy world, they’re real characters. You can identify with them in however way, shape or form. They’re misfits. They’re like the ultimate band of misfits,” she said.
While some fans prefer the books to the movies, Watson said she loves the film series because it picks up where the book leaves off. She doesn’t have a favorite entry in the series and has complete faith that the filmmakers and actors will stick the landing with the final film.
“At the same time, it’s over and no new ones are going to be coming out. That’s like a major chapter in a lot of people’s lives closed,” she said.
But that’s why the books and films exist. Whenever Watson feels like jumping back into Harry’s magical world, she can just pull the book off the shelf or fire up the DVD player.
“You get to go back into it again, and there’s always going to be that one little kid that picks up that first book for the very first time ... and it’ll continue on forever. That’s comforting for me,” she said.