November 19th, 2010
03:52 PM ET
It has been nearly 10 years since the first "Harry Potter" movie hit the big screen.
The schoolboy wizard and his friends cast a spell on us muggles (that's non-magical folk to those unfamiliar with the series), taking us through numerous rides on their broom sticks, and introducing us to a world of magic, spells, witchcraft, mystical creatures and the ultimate battle between good and evil.
We watched as these characters and the actors who play them grew up before our eyes. And now the magic of Potter-mania is slowly disappearing into thin air. Soon it will be a thing of the past. But it will never been forgotten.
The adventures of Harry Potter will live on as fans of the movies and books share the tales with their kids and grandkids. When asked what makes them want to share Harry with the next generation, one fan simply said that "it's one of the greatest stories ever written." The author of the book series, J.K. Rowling, has crafted a timeless story that is out of this world.
But fans still have something to look forward to. Rowling told NBC’s “Today” that she plans to publish a Potter encyclopedia that will reveal many details about the characters’ lives that she didn't have room to include in the books.
As for another full installment to the series, don't hold your breath. Although Rowling recently told Oprah Winfrey that she could "definitely write an eighth, ninth (and) 10th book," actor Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry in the movies, insisted otherwise. In an interview with MTV, Radcliffe said he spoke with Rowling, and that she agreed not to write any more books as a reward for his decade of work playing the role of Harry.
The first of the last two movies, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1", flies into theaters today. While fans anticipate seeing the final chapters unfold on the big screen, they will also have to deal with the end of Harry Potter.
Radcliffe, along with co-stars Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), told CNN that they're ready to move on and try different things. Watson is currently finishing her studies at Brown University. Radcliffe is in the process of filming "The Woman in Black," a haunting thriller where the actor plays a lawyer and father. And Grint recently starred in the farce comedy "Wild Target". As actors they want to grow and take on other roles. But are we, the fans, ready for them to embark on something new? Are we going to be able to embrace their new characters in other films?
No matter what your opinion is - one thing is for sure. Harry Potter will always leave a mark on us. In the end, the magic doesn't die.
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