Snape, Snape, Severus Snape

There’s nothing unusual about seeing college students out and about into the earliest hours of the morning, but when they’ve swarmed the streets with lump-filled throats and perhaps even a few tears still visible, one can take it as an indicator that something big is happening.

At half-past 2, on the morning of July 15, such a scene was the norm as audiences drifted from nearby theaters, still a bit shell-shocked with the realization that had just witnessed the triumphant conclusion to a more than 10-year effort and multibillion dollar franchise. Hours before, students flocked to any theater they could reach with a singular goal: to return once more to the magical world of Harry Potter and see how the rendering on the silver screen matched up to individual interpretations of the series’ countless readers.

It is the end of an era, and this is one that strums heavily on nostalgic heartstrings. read more »