The Washington Post has a feature on the Potterheads. Indeed, they continue to exist, and have remained zealotic in their devotion to their favorite series of fantasy books, the last of which was published last year. Breaking up is hard to do. Especially when it’s with a boy wizard. Especially when the woman who wrote the books says, firmly and consistently, that she won’t be writing about Harry, Ron, Hermione, or the rest, ever again. Especially when Deathly Hallows‘ epilogue already told you what you needed to know — yet nevertheless made you feel empty as fuck inside.
Like a jilted girlfriend whose former lover has brought her careening back to the ugly static cling of reality, Harry’s fans are desperately clinging on to whatever they can, and it’s a paltry, pathetic bag of party nuts: Rowling’s release of The Tales of Beedle the Bard (luke-warm response, noted!); the film version of The Half Blood Prince, which will come out in July; the Wizarding World Harry Potter theme park slated to open in 2010. And, you know, endless reams of fan-fiction, because that MPREG Snape/Harry romance is still, er, rife with possibility?
But it’s not enough. It will never be enough. And they still can’t seem to quit Harry.
Twerds, be warned. This will one day be your future.