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scene from harry potter 7 part 2 Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, and Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.(Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

Eighth Harry Potter Movie Apparates Into Theaters

The magic of the series lives on in its fans

By Grace McManus | July 14 , 2011

It all ends July 15.

That's the ad campaign for the latest Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, premiering in theaters on Friday.

Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is the eighth Harry Potter film and the latest installment of an era that's spanned 13 years, seven books, eight movies, and millions of fans.

I'm a long-time Harry Potter fan — I first read the series when I was seven, and now at age 10, I've read the books three times over. So when I saw "It all ends" on movie ads plastered all over New York City, I was sad. An end to wizardry, Quidditch, Hogwarts, Hermione, Ron, and Harry? An end to magic?

For me, it was unthinkable.

Apparently, thousands of fans in Manhattan felt the same way. They mobbed the streets around the red carpet premiere of Deathly Hallows – Part 2 at Lincoln Center in New York on Monday. Some were dressed as their favorite characters, and all of them celebrated another fantastic Harry Potter experience. It wasn't a mournful end. It was a happy carnival! Harry Potter lives on!

In addition to all the fans trying to catch a glimpse of Harry Potter stars Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint, there were hundreds of reporters lining the red carpet, shoving for position and shouting questions as the stars passed by. It was crazy! Luckily, I got to ask Rupert Grint — who played Harry's best friend Ron — this question: You've grown up playing Ron as well as growing up yourself — kind of like a double life. What does it feel like to get rid of half of that?

"It really is like saying goodbye to a friend," Rupert told me. "Ron is kind of… I've been playing that same character for so long, a character I already felt quite close to."

"We've become this kind of same person, like this Ronpert kind of thing," he added, coining a new name right there in front of me. "It's gonna be weird not playing him, but he'll always be a part of me, I think."

I could see that his Ronpert experience would have a lasting effect on him, but he didn't seem sad about it ending. I got the same sense when I talked to Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy throughout the Harry Potter movie series. His character was mean, but that didn't bother Felton.

"I've had so much fun with the Malfoy family," he told me at a press conference on Sunday, adding, "Thank you, my lovely." My lovely? Wow! That definitely wasn't a sad ending either.

At that same press conference, Emma Watson, the star who played Hermione, had a bit more of an emotional response, saying that making Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was "really challenging for me, and it really pushed me as an actress. But at the same time, I was able to use a lot of my genuine emotion that I felt about loss and all of it coming to an end."

She did that, she said, in the scene where Hermione, Harry, and Ron stand on a bridge after their final battle. "I remember feeling exactly how Hermione would be feeling, like, 'Wow, this is all coming to an end. Look at all that we've achieved.'"

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson have all achieved a lot through Harry Potter — but so has everyone else. There's a new generation of kids who have become enthusiastic readers, and fans of the books and movies have become believers in magic.

So it's not all ending July 15 after all. The magic of the Harry Potter books and movies will live on!

Check out reviews of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 from Kid Reporters Miranda Rector and Wanjiku Gatheru, as well as blog posts from Kid Reporter Grace McManus on working the red-carpet premiere and Miranda Rector on her memories of growing up with Harry Potter!

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