Do You Have Post-Potter Depression?
“It all ends here.” That ominous line, repeated on posters across the world, serves as a harsh reminder that there is no more Harry Potter. No more books… no more movies… no more magic… no more Snape!
With this realization, has depression sunk in? When you watched the final scene in HP7 part 2, did you go home, curl up in a ball, hug the final book to your chest, and hope it would fill the emptiness that consumed me (oops, I mean you)? If you felt even a modicum of that emptiness, you may be in danger of sinking into a dementor-like state that experts are calling post-Potter depression. The following quiz will help you diagnose this affliction:
1) What was your reaction when Dobby the house elf died?
a) Cried myself to sleep
b) Happy to see him go
c) Who’s Dobby?
2. When did you go see the final movie?
a) Duh, midnight showing
b) Once the fuss died down
c) Haven’t seen it; don’t want to see it
3. What did you wear to the final show?
a) I dressed as my favorite character with my hand knit Gryffindor scarf around my neck.
b) I wore my glasses. They allow me to see.
c) I went naked. I like popcorn, watching Harry Potter, and being naked.
4. When asked which book in the Harry potter series is your favorite you:
a) Have a ready reply and could talk about it for hours
b) Try to remember what title goes with what book and then respond, “Chamber of the half-blood Phoenix?”
c) Say I can’t be certain since I stopped when the books became too big (I’m looking at you Goblet of Fire.)
5. After a long day at work, you relax by:
a) Drinking a flagon of home-brewed Butterbeer while listening to the Harry Potter soundtrack and petting your cat Crookshanks
b) Stuffing my face with food
c) Real Housewives anyone?
If you answered A to a majority of these questions, I’m sorry to say that you suffer from post-Potter depression. But don’t worry; there are cures for every type of Harry Potter fan.
For the animal lover: Stare at pictures of kittens and puppies until the sadness goes away. If the depression won’t leave you alone, drastic measures are needed. Immediately leave your house, find puppies and kittens (accio them to you if need be), and frolic with them in a field full of flowers and rainbows.
For the epic lover: Commit to another epic series, whether in film, literature, television, or both (the dorkier the better). Some options include: Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hunger Games, Twilight, and Indiana Jones.
For the Harry Potter lover not interested in indulging in any other interest: Re-read all of the books and re-watch all of the movies, forever, and ever, and ever. Or, find other Harry Potter related activities, such as: Join or start a local Quidditch team; visit Harry Potter world in Florida; go on a Harry Potter tour in London; have weekly tea parties with friends where you dress as Harry Potter characters and write letters to J. K. Rowling begging her to write another book (this is the post-Potter depression talking, do not listen…post-Potter depression…winning…must find puppies and kittens…).
For the crafter: Enter to win World of Geekcraft and spend your days creating all sorts of wonderful geeky crafts like this adorable Harry Potter Baby and Toddler Costume.
To win World of Geekcraft, just comment on this post with other suggestions on how to cope in a world without Harry Potter. A winner will be selected at random next Thursday, August 11.
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