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Darien Teens Reflect on End of Harry Potter Era

DARIEN, Conn. — Most teens of the recently dubbed "Harry Potter Generation" agree that the wildly popular book and movie series shaped their childhoods. Rising Darien High senior Drita Marku fondly recalls waiting for the release of a new book each year and the hype that surrounded the event.

"It's all people would be talking about when you got to school the next day," Marku said. "Wow, what doesn't Harry Potter mean to me?"

It came as no surprise to these young adults when they witnessed the mayhem that accompanied the recent midnight premiere of the final film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2." Jin Lin, a rising college sophomore, was insistent on dressing up in a Harry Potter costume for the showing.

"I decided to be Snape because of my natural black hair. I greased my hair and wore all black. I thought I had taken it far enough, but I was pretty surprised when I saw how far others took their costumes."

Lin's costume looked amateur compared with some of the ensembles worn by other die-hard Potter fans. The Stamford theater was mobbed by people, some young and some old but mostly teens, ecstatic for this moment.

However, after reflecting on what Harry Potter has meant, it came as no surprise that they would be so passionate in their expression. Marku and Lin both agreed.

"Harry Potter means the end of an era," Lin said. "Why wouldn't you want to celebrate?"

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