Goodbye, Harry Potter
Thirteen years ago, J. K. Rowling captured lightning in a bottle and stamped it across Harryâ€™s forehead as his signature scar.
The success of Harry Potter and the Philosopherâ€™s Stone was unexpected, came out of nowhere, and swept across the world in a feeding frenzy. Momentum gathered, and the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcererâ€™s Stone, was released three short years later. What followed was a phenomenon both the publishing and the film industries will be hard-pressed to duplicate.
This weekâ€™s release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has been ten years in coming, and weâ€™ve journeyed far with the characters. From the first movie to the last, change drove the franchise forward. There was nothing stagnant about the characters or the films. […]