The Wednesday Weigh-In: Harry Potter edition

movie poster for the final HP film

LIKE OMG YOU GUYS the last Harry Potter film is about to drop. The cultural reach of this dynasty is hard to overstate. Like everywhere else in the world, Harry Potter has had quite an effect on the Feministing crew.

Zach Wahls grew up reading the series, and so did our very own Chloe, who has written about her unabashed love for Ginny Weasley.

The final film has been (rightly) branded as marking the “end of an era”. Even the movie poster above cleverly uses the phrase “It all ends here.” Which got me thinking about the end of this cultural movement. A lot of people seem to be concerned with what will come next, and have urged J.K. Rowling to write more books. Emma Watson has teared up on several occasions talking about the end of the series, and fans all over the world are expressing their distress. In a similar spirit, this week’s Wednesday Weigh-in is all about endings:

When was the last time you experienced the “end of an era”? What did you do, if anything, anything to mark it, mourn it, celebrate it, or help yourself transition out of it?

Looking forward to reading your thoughts!

Brooklyn, NY

Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to her work at Feministing, Lori is an Associate Director at Planned Parenthood Global. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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