2011 was a sad year for Harry Potter fans everywhere. We'd just gotten over the fact that there would be no more Harry Potter books*. But after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 released, there would be no more movies either!* (Not that the book-ending and the movie-ending grief was comparable.) The franchise was over for good and we had to say goodbye*.
Fans coped with this in various ways. Some wrote fanfiction and continued the story or took it down roads not taken, some created art and some became authors and wrote their own worlds (Wow)!
Here's how I coped. I collected Tom Felton pictures. Remember Tom Felton? The blonde guy who played Draco Malfoy, Harry-Potter-obsessor and creator of Weasley-Is-Our-King?
So, I had a few pictures of him. Can you blame me? I mean, look at him!
Okay, so few is a bad descriptor.
Okay, a lot.
But I didn't stalk him or anything. I just downloaded his likeness and stored it in a folder in my computer for me to pull up and occasionally gaze at (Instagram was not big yet).
When we started Mimblewimble - the Harry Potter podcast, something sent me hunting through my old computer and I found that along with many, many, many pictures of Tom Felton, I had also collected Harry Potter memes.
Because I can, I'm going to share my favorite memes here.
1.Harry potter and the love story of the generation
2. Sassy Harry and the not-so-pleased Snape
3. Harry Potter and his face
4. Harry potter and the buzzkill
5. Harry potter and the story could have ended in book 1
6. Harry potter and his incredible timing
7. Harry Potter and the actual hero of the book is Hermione
8. Harry potter and it's levi'o'sa not leviosaaa
9. Harry potter and his noseless nemesis
10. Harry potter and the map reading cat
As it happens, 2011 was also witness to the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1's release. Twilight fans and Harry Potter fans, not a mutually exclusive group, largely existed together in peace, until the Movie Gods decided to split the final Twilight movie into two parts ala Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. You'd never believe what happened next:
How many of these memes do you remember? What are some of your favorite Harry Potter memes? Let me know in the comments.
I'd like to end this post with my favorite poster from my Creepy-Tom-Felton collection.
*I was so young and naive.