After seeing the last Harry Potter movie last night (yes, it involved many tissues), my best friends and I wondered: How are we supposed to move on with our lives Post-Potter? The books have been all written, the movies have all been made. What’s next? What can fill the gaping hole?
Muggle-Born’s Advice for Coping with Post-Potter Stress Disorder
1. Read lots of fan fiction. Fan fiction is a great way to immerse yourself back in the Potter world. There are hundreds of thousands of fan fiction out there waiting to be read. I admit most is utter crap, but if you know how to find them, there are some gems worth the attention. Browsing through some livejournal communities for recommendations are a great place to start. Other archives such as the Harry Potter Fan Fiction archive has a list of recommended fics.
If you know me well enough, you’d know I’m a die-hard shipper of Draco/Hermione. The ship has a really strong fan base – enough for them to hold yearly (or is it even bi-yearly) awards highlighting the best fan fiction and fan art out on the Internet. If you’re interested in Draco/Hermione, feel free to ask me for recommendations. Hawthorn & Vine is also a fantastic archive for Draco/Hermione fan fiction only.
2. Reread the series and watch the movies all over again. Marathons are fun. Reliving the magic once more can never get old.
3. Go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I actually haven’t been there yet, but trust me, I will get myself there soon.
4. Play some quidditch! Or watch. After seeing last year’s Quidditch World Cup, I vowed that I’d go again this year. It turned out to be a lot of fun, and it felt great to be surrounded by other Potter fans. Because they will understand exactly what you’re going through.
5. Try a new recipe. At home, we love to experiment with food and try Harry Potter inspired recipes. I don’t have the recipes off-hand but there are lots of great recipes for butterbeer online (alcoholic and non-alcoholic alike) as well as these awesome Cauldron Cake recipe that my brother tried out. (I will try and ask him to find the recipe! It was to die for.) For my 18th birthday, my brother even went out and made me a snitch shaped birthday cake! The possibilities are endless.
6. Play videogames. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and buy LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 before Years 5-7 come out in December. It really is a lot of fun and it takes you through Harry’s journey.
7. Go camping. My family and I are going camping this weekend at a place where they have old-fashioned tents. It reminds me of Harry Potter. I’m going to pretend I’m on the search for Horcruxes this weekend. If you don’t see me much this weekend, you’ll know why.
How are you coping with Post-Potter Stress Disorder?