My Grieving Process

More than two weeks have passed since I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and last of J.K. Rowling’s Potter series, and I find myself needing—not wanting, but needing—more. When my subconscious realized that I will not ever again get any new information about the Wizarding World, I began dreaming about it: I can recall at least two dreams in which I was chased by Death Eaters and in which I swung my wand and yelled things like, “STUPEFY!” and “PROTEGO!” (but never “AVADA KEDAVRA,” because I do not murder people, apparently not even in my dreams). In fact, in the latest of the two dreams—the one I had last night—I even ended up walking about a neighborhood populated with wizards in a time, apparently, after the death of Voldemort. Dumbledore was there, though, so perhaps this was not an imaginary vision of myself in a peaceful Wizarding World, but in Heaven…. Who knows? I’m no Freud.

Anyway, the obvious point is this: I am clearly going through some sort of grieving process. The Potter series is concluded, and I’m just going to have to deal with it.

But how am I going to deal with it, you ask? EASY: I’m just going to submerse myself in great children’s and adolescent lit! So far in the time since I finished The Deathly Hallows, I have read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, The Witches, and The Hobbit. Next on my plate: Bridge to Terabithia, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, and The Giver (ahhh, The Giver…I pause now as I remember with mixed sentiment my first venture into that cold—yet impossibly hopeful—world…).

Eventually, too, I will re-read the entire Potter series. But not now—the pain is still too near.

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One thought on “My Grieving Process

  1. i’m still working on it. but i might not read anymore, since amanda accidentily told me the ending. but since my sister is begging me to finish it, that way, she can read it again to see if she missed anything, i’ll half to.

    man, only a couple more weeks of summer vacation left. and i still haven’t got all my school supplies. plus it went by too fast.

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