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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.

Claire Fletcher
Managing Editorial Assistant

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51 Comments

  • Emma August 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I think denial is the easiest route here. Re-read all the books and re-watch all the movies continuously.

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  • kelli August 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Count the days until you can share it with your children. Or share the books with your children, work on building all of the lego sets, and help them write their sequel: HP #8.

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  • Katherine McCluskey August 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    eventually we’ll be able to indulge in Pottermore 🙂

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  • Marci August 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Find another series to read…..however that won't last long either….boo hoo.

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  • Christy August 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I like your idea of crafting the best. And, Halloween IS just around the corner 😉

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  • Taylor August 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Start playing the video games if you haven't already, try to join Pottermore early ( I did!), play quidditch, start a Harry Potter blog, tweet continuously about how sad you are that it end…

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  • Leslie August 4, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Use the books as prophecy or insight into your own life. Grab a book at random, close your eyes, flip through it, and point to a page. Read aloud the sentence your finger landed on.

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  • Heather August 4, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Go to the library and ask for a recommendation for another awesome series, and keep hoping the JKR will change her mind and write more HP!

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  • Allison C August 5, 2011 at 5:43 am

    You should find a younger generation ad get them interested. Then you can re-read and re-watch with them again. Plus if you win this really cool book you can justify sporting Harry potter fashion more than just Halloween or costume parties.

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  • Tiffania Nicklebean August 5, 2011 at 7:05 am

    My friends and I are planning to indulge in Harry Potter themed mixed drinks, while dressed up as Hogwarts professors and listening to the John Williams soundtrack. A very grown up cocktail party it will be!

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  • Maria August 5, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I deal with my post-Harry Potter depression by relishing all of the first-time reading experiences I had, where with the turn of each page I was continuously surprised. I take comfort in the fact that I have all of the books, as a book is a present one can open again and again.

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  • Jenni August 5, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Make yourself a batch of butterbeer, gather all your friends and have a movie marathon. See how many times you can work HP phrases into your everyday life, ie, "Oh, here's that book I was looking for. I got it out of the library recently for a bit of light reading." Or, my personal favorite- when your significant other tries to hold your hand tell them that "Your hand's all sweaty!"

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  • Jessica M August 5, 2011 at 10:14 am

    There’s no such thing as a world without Harry Potter! So I’m going to be re-reading and re-watching over and over. I also managed to get one of the early registrations for Pottermore (yay for obsessive page refreshing! lol), which I’m ridiculously excited about. I think I’ve also found the perfect spot for a Lego Hogwarts…

    I have found a love for The Hunger Games though, and am counting down til the movie’s March release. I think that excitement will help temper a little of the sting of the end of HP.

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  • nysa August 5, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I love your suggestion for the animal lover! HA!

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  • twillian August 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Found a new series to read. I'm looking at you George R. R. Martin. Also, watched a lot of Doctor Who.

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  • Charlotte August 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    What, a world without Harry Potter?? my son has been having withdrawals & will only read the fanfiction site for Harry Potter stories written by others.

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  • Caitlin August 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I think watching the movies intently and taking fashion and decorating tips from them will help. Then I can have bits of Harry Potter in every day.

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  • Pam August 9, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I intend to finish re-reading the books (which I meant to do to commemorate the last movie). If I won this book, I'd begin knitting the potter baby stuff for some future grandchild or great niece or nephew.

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  • Stevie August 10, 2011 at 2:03 am

    hmmm… do like I do – create a private museum/replica of wizarding world of Harry Potter in your bedroom….

    thats a normal coping strategy – right?

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  • Jeanine August 10, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Get lost at the Harry Potter theme park in Universal.

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  • Gigi August 10, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Reread, reread, reread! Oh, and register for early admittance to pottermore and try to score 100% on every HP sporcle quiz 🙂

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  • Katrina August 10, 2011 at 5:32 am

    Get on a roleplaying site, find a Broomstix, Hogwarts, Marauders or Harry Potter game and just keep living in the universe (or round up some amenable friends and do it tabletop). Keep your knitting by the computer or at the table and you can game and get the weasley sweater done at the same time.

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  • Mariel August 10, 2011 at 6:19 am

    I don't see why everyone's freaking out. I'm just going to take my time-turner and head back to 1997 and relive the era on loop forever. Easy.

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  • NataLekku August 10, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Participate in a House Cup competition to keep the series alive! Go Gryffindor! House Cup sign-up link: http://boards.theforce.net/census_and_games/b1026

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  • Tracey August 10, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I suggest denial as well. Also watching Pottermore.com like a…well…like an owl. Supposedly there will be more for obsessive fans like myself. And no, I don't care that I long ago grew out of the target audience.

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  • Darcy August 10, 2011 at 9:24 am

    If you knit or crochet, join the Harry Potter Knit Crochet House Cup on Ravelry.

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  • paulb August 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    7 parts cream soda, 1 part butterscotch schnapps makes a great butterbeer. It's hard to be sad when you're drinking butterbeer.

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  • Bella August 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Looking forward to Pottermore.com is a good way to keep the magic going:)

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  • Maria August 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Endlessly discuss the books and movies with my two also obsessed sons :). Younger son is working his way through the books for the first time!

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  • Catlyn August 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Wait patiently for your Pottermore early entry email and knitting a house scarf in all the excitement! 🙂

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  • Ivy Sipes August 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I keep checking my email for my Pottermore welcome letter. I think I am going to knit every Harry Potter themed sock pattern I can find. Then enter them in the house cup on Ravelry for house points. Then I will start on Neville’s sweater from part 2…. Hello Post-Potter Depression, welcome to my life.

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  • Leslie August 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I read a lot more adolescent lit fantasy novels!

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  • Josette August 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Write Harry Potter fanfiction! The stories can live on forever, starting with the 19 you can write during those years that J.K. Rowling skips over in the 7th book.

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  • Kat August 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I was dealing with it by checking Pottermore hourly for days trying to find open registration time! Alas, now that I have gotten in I am dealing with it by waiting eagerly for when I get my welcome letter to join the beta 😉

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  • Monica (aka monnibo) August 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    For me, a HP movie marathon was good. But I think I had harder LOTR withdrawl… but it's all good because they're making The Hobbit right now. I would *love* to win a copy of World of Geekcraft because I know it would go to good use among myself and my friends…. some of whom I know have knit a Tardis.

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  • fasya August 10, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    read lot's of harry potter fanfiction and watching pottermore.plus it also helping i have other interest beside of harry potter..currently,i read lot's of japanese comic and watching japanese anime

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  • KaelaRacer August 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Harry Potter cross stitch! I made a pattern with the Hogwarts crest and J.K.Rowling's quote from the London premiere of DH2: 'The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home' It's going to be framed and have a place of honor on my wall. Also, reread the series while listening to the corresponding movie soundtracks.

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  • Mandy August 10, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I'm still reading Mugglenet like crazy and hoping that Jo will decide to open Pottermore early!

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  • Safa August 10, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Volunteer with kids, or have some of your own! If you go for the former, I recommend working with orphans, a bunch of living Harry Potters, and if you go with the latter be sure to name your child after your favorite character.

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  • youngmi August 11, 2011 at 5:03 am

    i'm currently re-reading the deathly hallows and that will lead to re-reading the entire series backwards. all my hopes are on pottermore. after that… sigh.

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  • lisab August 11, 2011 at 6:48 am

    I am an elementary school teacher. One week every year I sort my class into houses and have them decorate the classroom like Hogwarts – http://twitpic.com/64dukm . (It is like house elves did it). Also our local university (University of Michigan – http://www.umichquidditch.com/) has a Quidditch team. They visit the class and I attend a game or two.

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  • Janel August 11, 2011 at 7:36 am

    video game!! video games take you mind off of everything else, but i would stay away from lego harry potter, that will bring back the memories of all that was lost…

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  • Mary Beth August 11, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Revamp your wardrobe. Wear only Hogwarts robes to school/work. Model your after-hours attire after your favorite character from the movies. Bonus if you hand-knit a copy of any knit item worn in the movie, especially a Weasley sweater with your initial.

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  • jennie August 11, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I suggest first joining the Harry Potter Alliance, and turn your love of Harry Potter into real world actions, dedicated to fighting for social justice with the greatest weapon we have– love. http://thehpalliance.org/

    Then, I suggest joining the Back to Hogwarts Swap on Craftster, to begin your journey all over again, AND make a new friend. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=38

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  • Meghan August 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    During college registration, refuse to do anything until you get sorted into a house by the Sorting Hat.

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  • Laura August 17, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Join Pottermore when it's up and running in October. Interactive website with books available on-line, new material that JK has been hoarding all these years and you actually get sorted in a house, get a new wand…yada yada

    I am waiting for my email to enter before everyone else-psyched!!!

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  • pawpoint December 15, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Here is a link to some Harry Potter impersonations performed by a talking dog (!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUWr_DhVrD8&co

    Thought you might like…

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  • Larissa July 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I tried the epic lover solution and read The Hunger Games Trilogy (in less than a week). After seeing the movie, I realized that in a few years THAT will end, too! That will of course not only make me have the same feelings for The Hunger Games (post-panem depression?), but it will also remind me of the post-potter depression in which I was almost cured, and I'll be double depressed. I guess I should've become a Trekkie, because that ended before I knew what it was.

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  • beth February 6, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I think immersing into the HP REAL world will cure you completely. Harry Potter is real!

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  • Heidi October 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Buy a big field, and start Building own version of Hogwarts

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  • Bodybuilding and sex December 13, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I love your suggestion for the animal lover! HA!

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