Harry Potter, boy wizard, is about to end his run permeating the media permanently. There’ll be no more Potter books. No more Potter movies. But before then, Potter will break the boxoffice.
Harry Potter has been shattering records all across the country for midnight screenings, selling in excess of 27 million dollars for presale alone. You know how much money that is? That’s the GDP of a small country, in presale tickets. That’s more than 10 million people who have listened to the MovieFone voice, or reserved their tickets online. That’s at least 100,000 people who will dress up like Harry Potter, blow their hair out like Hermione, or run around on broomsticks.
Harry Potter mania has swept the nation many times over, propelling the series to be the highest-grossing film franchise of all time – officially ahead of Star Wars. As a die-hard Star Wars fan, I’d be mad, but it’s not like Potter took a break after a decade and churned out the worst movies/novels in history. They kept quality pretty consistent – and really, I’m sad.
It’s the end of an era. An era of boy wizards, Quidditch, unicorn blood, and schools that we all wished we could be a part of.
Until the next franchise rolls around. But it may never top Potter.