You’ve read all the books and seen all the movies…twice. Midnight book openings, midnight movies, it seemed like the fun of Harry Potter would never end! But now, after the awesome Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2, you find yourself adrift in a sea of wizardless boredom. How to escape your post-HP doldrums? Try some of the following suggestions:
1. Watch this amazing video by the Maynard sisters called “Hallows”, set to the melody of Beyonce’s “Halo”. Believe me, with lyrics like “This is gonna hurt more/than when Snape killed Dumbledore”, you know that they feel your post HP pain:
2. Rewatch Harry Potter, in a whole new way:
You’ve seen all the movies, yes, but once you’ve watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with Brad Neely’s alternate track (entitled Wizard People, Dear Reader) you’ll never see HP in the same way again. Using a hilarious and totally bizarre voice, Neely paints our hero Harry as a drunk pre-teen with a massive ego whose sidekicks “The Wretched Harmony” and “Ronny the Bear” only get in the way of his greatness. When Harry yells out, after winning the Quidditch match “I, am a beautiful animal. I, am a destroyer of worlds. I, am HARRY FUCKING POTTER!” believe me. You will die. From lulz.
(Embedding disabled (LAME) so clicky here to watch a great scene from Wizard People).
You can download the track (it’s safe, I have downloaded it more than once) from Illegal Art.
3. Go see Harry and the Potters!
4. Read something new and awesome.
So many great options! If you want to read about awesome kids doing magical, cool stuff while saving the real (muggle) and magical worlds they inhabit, check out His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. While it is not as sweet as Harry Potter can be (seems impossible for anyone to make a character that is as well loved as HP), the story is interesting and unique, and Will and Lyra are two characters you will definitely root for. Piece of advice: do NOT watch the movie. It is the suck and will make you sad.
If you want to read about a young orphaned boy who just wants to be loved (poor Harry!) read The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. Nobody Owens calls a graveyard home and is raised by ghosts after his parents are brutally murdered. When I was done with the book I wanted to hug it…I haven’t loved a protagonist like that since our main man H.
And finally, if you want to read about a young man who is accepted to a mysterious wizarding school and leaves his (muggle) world behind in the process, read Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. The hero is older, in his late teens, when he is accepted into a strange school where a very creepy baddie appears one day to torture the students. A grown up Harry Potter with some Narnia mixed in. I’m excited for the sequel, The Magician King, which comes out this August.
If you guys do any of these thing to alleviate your wizard sadness let me know! Fact: I will be doing all of them. Enjoy!