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'Harry Potter' fanatics: Are we secretly jealous of them?

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Harry-Potter-fans_l When I went to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on opening night, I may have chuckled internally at a young man (even more committed than the one pictured) wearing a Gryffindor getup and carrying a wand. I thought I was laughing at him — though I should’ve known that wasn’t like me — until I left the theater, found myself walking solo on an eerily quiet block and got the sudden feeling that maybe I wasn’t alone: Death Eaters! When I got home, I read a tweet from Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Andrew), who’d also just seen the film. “Did anyone else think they had magic afterwards?” he asked. “Pretended that my dark, deserted street was a dark, deserted Diagon Alley for a block. That count?,” I responded. “I’m convinced I can learn to illuminate dark cavernous rooms…,” he wrote back.

I chalked my momentary dementia up to Half-Blood Prince being a great film (and the fact that I’d just watched Order of the Phoenix the night before), but then I read a piece from the Chicago Tribune in which a 21-year-old writer admits she’s a little envious of her 12-year-old sister’s immersion in the Potterverse. The pre-teen took her wand to the midnight screening they attended. She explained the difference between “Avada Kedavra” spell and the Muggle version of “Abracadabra” on the car ride home. She reads fanfiction and still debates Harry’s fate. Maybe a part of me is jealous, too. Maybe deep down I wish I would’ve been sitting there with a wand, and had lost myself enough in the movie to join in raising it in salute to Dumbledore. (That scene already gave me chills; if I was participating, tears.)

Are you secretly jealous of Harry Potter fanatics? And back to Tom’s question: Did anyone else think they had magic afterwards?

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