It was my spring break last week. I thought it would be boring because I would be staying in Marquette since my parents had to work so I decided to do something that would not make it so dull. I made a decision that I would watch all of the Harry Potter movies over again. After all, I did, for the most part, grow up with the movies. I also read the books, but it was a few years after they were first published.
My decision turned out to be a good one because many memories flooded back to me from watching the movies. One of the memories was how I used to watch Harry Potter movies with my sister Freya and her friends. We would make a "potion," using Vernor's pop and cranberry juice, and we would also draw scars on our foreheads. I also remember reading "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" to my dad one summer when the two of us were in a cabin together after our morning canoe paddling.
While watching the movies, I realized how much better the books are than the movies. The directors of the Harry Potter movies left out many things, such as Peeves the Poltergeist, Harry repairing his wand with the Elder Wand, and what Harry, Hermione, and Ron got on their Ordinary Wizarding Level exams, etc. Also, the movies changed things, like who found Harry in the Hogwarts Express in the sixth movie, how viewers of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" find out what a Half-Blood prince is, and how Harry just watches Dumbledore get killed, etc. In my opinion, J.K. Rowling explains why and how everything happens in the books but the movies couldn't include all the details since each movie is about two or three hours long.
While watching the last three Harry Potter movies, I was extremely emotional. I cried more than I ever had before watching them. I cried when several of my favorite characters died. Those scenes were incredibly heartbreaking to watch. When I was reading the books, I don't think I cried as much or if ever. I think maybe why I cried so much is because I'm older now so I have more sympathy for what the characters are going through and the movies captured my visual sense. I wasn't just reading words on a piece of paper.
After I read and watched the epilogue in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," I was disappointed because J. K. Rowling left many things unanswered. Some of the things I was wondering about were what Hogwarts was like after the war, what Harry, Hermione, and Ron's jobs were, who the Minister of Magic was, and who the trio's children were friends with, and if the trio ever made up with Draco Malfoy. However, I think one of the signs that proves that J. K. Rowling as a great writer is that she leaves us with questions and makes us decide for ourselves what happens after the books end.
I had a perfect spring break. It was more fun than most of my other spring breaks. While I did hang out for a day with one of my friends who moved away earlier this year, and some other friends who still live here, all the other days, I was with Harry Potter and his friends in the wizarding world.
Editor's note: GlenEllen Lehmberg, 15, is a sophomore at Marquette Senior High School. She is a long time member of 8-18 Media and is also involved in dance and youth theatre in her spare time. Her parents are Paul and Z.Z. Lehmberg of Marquette. 8-18 Media is a youth journalism program of the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum. Through the program, teams of kids write news stories and commentaries on issues important to youth and about any good, or bad, things youth are up to. For more information call 906-226-7874, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.