Well, it began with "The Boy Who Lived.." It has been a wonderful series..and I am thankful that I have been apart of it. I remember watching the first Harry Potter, as well as reading all the books.
I used to boast that I could read fast, and one of the examples I would always use was: "I read Harry Potter, The Order of Phoenix in 2 hours." While this was usually not true, I still remember reading the books over and over and over. 20 times, 50 times, even 100s of times. Whenever the new book came out, I would read it non-stop to get the story. Right after I finished, I would re-read it again to soak up any details that I may have flew over. Harry Potter books are one of those books that will always show you something different every time you read it. I think my favorite Harry Potter book of all time would be the 5th. It was quite long (which shows that reading it in 2 hours is almost impossible), and yet it was very gripping. The death of one of my favorite characters, Sirius Black, was quite sad, but I did understand why. In all, as many people say, "the books are always better than the movie", and in this case, it is quite true.
As I have said to many people, I have been very disappointed with many of the movies. I personally believe that movie adaptations are usually bad, and in some cases the Harry Potter books. I think that movies 1 and 2 were the best, because the books were short and they could keep every thing in. 3, 4, 5, and 6 were mostly bad as they created many plot holes and sort of kept things abridged. I was quite glad that they split number 7 into two parts, as it allowed the producers to add more things in. In the end the Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2 were quite impressive and I actually enjoyed the movies.
In all, it has been a wonderful 10 years. While, it never seemed that long, it is true that the series will live on forever. It is possible that an Extended Universe will be created, similar to Star Wars. Finally, I would just like to say, that it truly is an end of an era, and I hope that this series will be kept alive through the billions of fans around the world. I will definitely "force" my kids to read the series, as I did before.