By Sechavar

Deathly Hollows II is here. The fact that it’s coupled with Carmeggedon sucks for us West coasters, and that may affect it’s earnings out here for it’s opening week, but damn it, it’s a risk the economy is willing to take!

There are two parts to this premiere just like there are two parts to the Deathly Hallows. For anyone around my age, who grew up with HP & Co., our childhood is officially over. You will go into the theatre and sate yourself on the last dregs of your youth and emerge from the cold dark an adult. As a generation, perhaps we’ve been able to hold onto the magic just a little bit longer than those before us, but it’s time to give it up.

I remember going to the midnight release of the last book (omg, that was in like 2007 I am so old…lulz, not really but still…) and upon receiving my prepaid copy I tore into the text with ferocity, feeling my old high school book eating self emerge for a feast. But before I did, I took the time to write on the inside cover, “The end of an era. The end of a girlhood.” But that was just a precursor. But this time, right now, in a matter of hours? It’s really, actually, seriously, no kidding, over. We are there.

The other side of this is the meme-culture response to this long awaited event. It’s kind of hard to be sad faced when you’ve got all these great performances and crafts to celebrate what will certainly go down as one of the most intense, well received, and long lived franchises in our lifetimes. While HP will always have a special place in my heart, I admit I’m curious to see what our subsequent generations will come up with. If I have kids, what will their franchise be? I’m sure Pokemon will still be around (and yes, I’m guilty of having been into that), but it will probably never have the depth and richness of culture that one will find in Rowling’s well crafted world (which is why I left Pokemon). I mean, Pokemon doesn’t have a fictional book called “Pokemon: A History” or “Training Through The Ages”. But there are some similarities. So, basically, not to be the consumer whore that I am, but what’s next? What will fill the vacuum in the fanverse?

Until then, I’ve decided to compile some tidbits that we can share, a bit o’ fairy dust to blow about before it’s over, over, over…

A Harry Potter Parody of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” and EVERYTHING on this page…except Nyan Cat. Sorry, not much I can do about that.

What happens when you replace Beyonce’s “Halo” with “Hallows“?

HP Pick up lines vs. Dirty Harry.

Oh, Ron… But seriously, Loleia Rodriguez has a treasure trove of re-imagined HP-ness.

PopEater.com has a nice stack of videos.

Harry Potter FTW

And some historical context for us nerds:

International Parodies

J.K. Rowling and the Road to Hogwarts

HP Wiki

Harry Potter

1997-2011

Fourteen years later, and all was well.